Alliance Counseling Center, LPC

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  Angie Gutekunst, MS      
My life’s passion is working with adolescents and helping them through life challenges. I also understand parenting a teen is one of life’s hardest and most challenging jobs. In this work, the one thing I have found parents and teens can agree on, the teen years are confusing and frustrating. With no clear road map, many families become overwhelmed by the turbulence of adolescence and find themselves lost. But families do not need to address these challenges alone.  I use my personal and educational experiences to help parents and adolescents work through issues such as depression, gender identity, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anger, anxiety, school avoidance, self-esteem and many more issues.

Sometimes adults also carry their own adolescence scars, and I work with them on issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, work/life balance strategies, communication skills, and personal healing. I like to use an empathic, non-judgmental manner to guide them through these tough situations. I also find that exploring how family patterns affect us can help us improve life outcomes. Teaching resiliency, stress management, relaxation techniques, positive coping skills, are some of the skills I use in my therapy process.
 
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After spending 13 years working for a local corporation, I left the business world to continue my educational journey and fulfill my desire to become a psychologist.  I earned a Master of Clinical and Counseling Psychology degree from Chestnut Hill College, and currently I am working to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified in family and couple therapy.
 
   
 
Lauren Miller, MS         
 
Lauren's approach centers upon building an honest and trusting relationship without judgment in order for you to begin healing and exploration.  She uses a variety of therapy techniques while providing emotional support to you and helping you to observe your thoughts and how they influence your daily life in your relationships, decisions and moods. Lauren believes successful results are built upon the strength of the relationship between the therapist and the individual as well as your own willingness to be open about your feelings and receiving help. She feels that positive and negative experiences present opportunities for learning and growth when a person puts forth the energy to process and explore and feel accepted. Humor and homework are two techniques used to sort out thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Lauren determines where you are in your readiness to change and helping to meet your goals in your journey.

She has experience counseling in several settings including outpatient private practice, in home family counseling and institutions.  Lauren has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Individuals that are battling drug and alcohol addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues or grief are welcomed for help.

Lauren has acquired her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from West Chester University and a Master's degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College.  She is an affiliate with the American Psychological Association (APA) and The Association For Addiction Professionals (NAADAC).  Lauren is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor

 

 Ilissa J. Ducoat, MA, CT, LPC                  


Ilissa has 10 years of experience across different areas in the mental health field. 

Ilissa believes in creating a warm, receptive space in which people explore their healing journey. She is able to connect quickly within this space and offer support, gentle insight, and personal empowerment. Ilissa has a loss-based approach to guiding individuals through the therapeutic process. She feels these losses, if they come through death, change of lifestyle, losing a sense of safety, or other life experiences, are important in working through clients’ struggles. Ilissa provides compassion and understanding along this journey toward a more balanced life.

Ilissa is proficient in American Sign Language and previously worked with Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients.

Ilissa also has a specialization in Bereavement Counseling. She has a current interest in working with parents that have lost children, couples and individuals dealing with stillbirths and infertility, and clients dealing with sudden, traumatic, and ambiguous loss. Ilissa also recognizes major life changes that produce a sense of mourning, without a death having occurred. 

Ilissa holds a Masters degree from Montclair State University in Counseling. She is also a Certified Thanatologist through the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Ilissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and she is currently training to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

  
   
Caitlin Campanella, MS                                                                                            
Caitlins interests include working with adults who are struggling with anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, depression, and drug and alcohol issues. She also helps young adults dealing with self-esteem and relationship difficulties. Caitlin adapts her approach for each person, helping them move towards health.

Caitlin enjoys building trusting relationships and providing a safe, non-judgmental environment for people looking to explore their emotional struggles. Her encouraging approach allows an opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are presenting challenges. Caitlins gentle guidance helps the client move through a journey of discovery and work towards a solution by providing the insight necessary for them to increase their emotional and behavioral awareness. 


Caitlin has experience providing outpatient counseling in college and community settings, as well as intensive outpatient counseling for substance abuse and mental health clients. Caitlin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Moravian College, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Caitlin is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.
  

Thomas E. Sarver, MA, LMFT   


Are you going through a life transition or feeling depressed, anxious or stressed? Are you in a relationship that is not as satisfying as you would like? Are you and your partner struggling to communicate? Then you don't have to struggle anymore. I will come along side you to work through life's challenges, working with you to develop reachable goals and improve your life or martial satisfaction.  I provide therapy with compassion, respect and integrity to help you improve your emotional well-being and rewrite your story.  I am committed to assist you in making positive changes and develop emotional wellness in a safe and supportive environment for you to share your concerns and begin to develop new solutions and stories.

I enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds. I listen carefully to my clients because it is important my clients feel respected and understood. My areas of expertise include improving self-esteem, anger management, relationships, infidelity, Christian counseling, life coaching, and Pre-martial counseling.  As a veteran, I like to work with fellow veterans facing life challenges reintegrating back into a civilian life-style.

I am a Pennsylvania State Licensed Martial and Family Therapist.   I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Maryland and my Master’s degree in Martial and Family Therapy from Evangelical Theological Seminary.


Kensi A. Stauffer, MS, LMFT
 

Kensi has experience providing both outpatient counseling and in-home family based counseling.  Her background working with individuals, couples, and families within their community has provided her with a wealth of knowledge regarding available resources for people in their own neighborhood. 

Kensi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Moravian College, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Chestnut Hill College.                                                                Kensi is a PA Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT).


Kensi feels strongly about developing a safe environment for individuals through the creation of an open, honest, and genuine relationship.  She believes in working with individuals through a systemic approach, which involves an understanding of a person's thoughts and feelings, while considering the environment and family system in which they have been shaped.  Kensi enjoys providing warmth, support, and understanding for her clients, while guiding individuals to improved relationships and a greater quality of life.  Kensi’s interests include working with couples and families, as well as working with young adults struggling with relationships, anxiety, depression, and sexual addiction.     

Diane R. Morris, MS, CAC, LPC


(Not accepting new patients at this time)

Diane brings over 15 years of experience, along with her innate gift, which enhances her ability to help others. She focuses on helping clients with grief and bereavement losses.

Diane has a talent for making people feel comfortable and prides herself on her ability to maintain a balance between gentleness and firmness.  She strives to be positive in nature, especially helping clients recognize their greatest strength.  In a counseling session, she supports her clients into uncovering their own answers.  She also believes in “homework” to help make change in between meetings and is open to feedback.

Diane earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from DeSales University and her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College.  She is a Certified Addictions Counselors (CAC).  She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.


Alliance Counseling Center Reaches

Hellertown PA