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About Us

Courtney Seyler, M.A., LMFT

Courtney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has worked in various outpatient mental health and private practice settings for the past 15 years, gaining experience working with couples and families in the home, school and community. Courtney completed her undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh in Greensburg where she majored in Psychology. She then completed the Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Seton Hill University. Her therapeutic approach is Solution Focused, focusing on solutions to create a stronger relationship. Courtney has conducted numerous workshops: Passionate Marriage, 5 Love Languages, Surviving Affairs, Difference between men and women, and the power of Forgiveness.

Courtney’s strong knowledge and professional drive has helped couples with communication, increasing passion, handling conflict, surviving affairs, developing empathy and falling back in love.

In 2006 Courtney, wanting to utilize more of her preferred approach, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, she began a private practice. Both her degree and her training have led her to view people systemically and she has focused on how people experience relationships. While providing individual and family therapy at her practice she specializes in marriage counseling and same-sex relationships.

“Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side”– Zig Ziglar. 

 

Amanda Berkebile, M.A., LMFT

Amanda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has worked in various outpatient mental health and family therapy settings for the past 15 years. Amanda completed her undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown where she majored in Psychology. She then completed the Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seton Hill University. Throughout her career Amanda has provided individual, family and couples counseling. In 2006 Amanda began to work in private practice on a part-time basis. Amanda shares Courtney’s theoretical approach of Solution Focused Brief therapy and, also having graduated from the same master’s degree program, believes in a systemic approach to therapy. In 2009 Amanda joined with Courtney as partners and they have worked to build a practice that is both calming and nurturing with the goal of meeting the emotional needs of their clients. Amanda continues to see clients at the practice on a part-time basis focusing on couples and individuals experiencing difficulties in relationships.

Marilyn Nadik, LCSW

Marilyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Marilyn received her Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve in 1999. Marilyn has been providing outpatient services to individuals, families and couples in a private practice setting since 2000. Prior to that she had worked in hospital settings and areas of family service focusing on helping individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression.. Marilyn’s direct counseling experience includes repairing relationships, fostering positive mental health and recovering from past abuse. She has extensive experience working with couples, adolescents and adults. Marilyn incorporates both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Brief Solution Focused Therapy in her counseling style.

Marilyn sees clients in the Jeannette office on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Faith Sartori, LMFT

Faith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She has both an Associates Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Faith obtained her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hill University.

Faith has over 13 years’ experience in the mental health field through a variety of positions. Her breadth of experience includes counseling adults, children/adolescents, families and couples addressing many concerns including but not limited to grief and loss, trauma, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, attention deficit disorders, oppositional defiant disorders, self-esteem, communication, and relational conflicts. She has worked in both outpatient and community settings to provide services. She has additional experience providing vocational training and services to clients along with working as a crisis counselor.

“I enjoy working from a strength based, systemic approach utilizing assessments that gather information about an individual’s family of origin patters and ways of interacting. This allows me to gain a better understanding of you and how best to help empower you to reach your goals.”

Faith has begun to attain further training in the Gottman method and has completed the Level 1 & 2 training’s. Faith is also a Gottman Leader for the ‘7 Principles for Making Marriage Work’, along with the ‘Bringing Baby Home program’.  If you would like more information about the Gottman technique please visit The Gottman Institute. If you would like more information about any upcoming workshops Faith is presenting please click here.

Faith is available in our Jeannette office on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and in our Ligonier office on Wednesday.

Kerry Reed, LPC

Kerry is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Kerry received his Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Waynesburg University. Kerry has over 9 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families who have problems such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, work-related stress, difficulties with interpersonal relationships and every day stress. His approach is to provide clients with the support and compassion that clients need in a comfortable, confidential environment. “I believe people want to do their best but sometimes they need someone to help them get back on track. As a professional counselor, I want to help you through your problems as I have successfully helped many others and to help you succeed in your goals for your life.” Kerry is available for therapy appointments Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in our Jeannette location and Tuesdays in Ligonier.

Misty Mancini- Seybert LPC, LMHC

Having 16 years of experience within the helping profession of Counseling, Misty is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She gained her Masters of Counseling with AGTS (2002) and currently has 55 credit hours complete towards her PhD in Psychology, Capella University (CACREP accredited). She specializes in children, teens, college students, families and couples on a variety of issues, such as but not limited to: relationships, anxiety, identity issues, crisis situations, grief, self-harm (cutting), self-esteem, women’s issues, parenting, and daily life challenges. For the last 15 years, Misty has also taught Psychology and Counseling on an undergraduate level. Within the field of Counseling and Mental Health, Misty believes in and practices full healing. (Healing that takes place on four levels: emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical which leads to personal growth, improvement, and life change.) The client does have to be responsible for his/her healing by having willingness and desire to change by taking the proper steps to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Full healing is incorporated into practice by: 1) stating upfront the expectations and goals of counseling, 2) faith-based counseling can be utilized (if you desire and upon your request), and 3) investing in your healing is crucial (i.e. CBT, and or therapies that require you to work on your challenge each day to improve). Counseling provides the opportunity for growth and self-discovery in the context of a safe, supportive, and therapeutic relationship. Theoretically, Misty most often thinks in terms of systems, and use a family therapy model for treatment. What that means is that she may collaboratively identify how your family of origin impacts or has impacted your feelings and behaviors of today and how this contributes to your family dynamics. She also utilizes Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (looking at your thoughts, feelings and actions, and how they affect your daily life), Client – Centered Therapy and, at times, Reality Therapy. Misty’s approach is goal-oriented, and will collaboratively identify the goals you want to attain in therapy, as well as determining a plan to achieve each. The focus is personal growth and positive change. “Without change, your pain and circumstance will remain the same. It is my responsibility as a therapist/counselor to assist the client in making healthy, functional decisions based on guidance, education, and the information offered during sessions.” Misty is available for therapy appointments Mondays in our Jeannette location.

Heather Scherf, LPC

Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with 9 years experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings. Heather obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Chatham University in 2007, and stayed at Chatham University for her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 2009. Heather’s clinical experience has included working in a variety of settings such as foster care, partial hospitalization for children, behavioral health rehabilitative services, and outpatient community mental health services. In her previous work she held the titles of therapist, permanency specialist, behavior specialist consultant, and mobile therapist. In her most recent role prior to SBMFT she was a Clinical Supervisor of a community mental health center and BHRS program, where she gained experience mentoring and coaching other therapists in their counseling work with people of all ages and stages. Through these roles Heather has experience working with a variety of diagnoses and life concerns including; obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, Autism, ADHD, ODD, grief and loss issues, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, separation anxiety, self esteem issues, social skills, teen media issues, sexuality concerns, personality disorders, stress management, and a variety of communication and relationship concerns. Heather uses a variety of counseling modalities in her work including (but not limited to); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Theory, Holistic Counseling, Narrative therapy, and Behavior Therapy. Heather works with her clients by assisting them in identifying their short term and long term goals, and then by identifying appropriate tools and techniques to utilize based on the clients individual strengths. “As a family therapist my belief is that everyone has the same mission (to love & feel loved, to be together, and to be happy), their methods of getting there can sometimes be different causing miscommunication and difficulties in patterns of interaction. My role is to assist the client/s in identifying those methods to encourage change within the family dynamics, so the mission can be put back to that common goal.” Heather is available for appointments Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays in the Jeannette location.

Lindsay Henderson, LMFT

Lindsay is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duquesne University in Psychology and then her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hill University. Lindsay has provided Individual, Family, Couples and Group therapy for over 10 years in various outpatient settings throughout her career. Her specialty is working with couples, as well as, she specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents using a systemic approach. She addresses concerns ranging from symptoms of anxiety and depression, ADHD, behavioral issues, trauma, grief and loss, stress reactions, family conflicts, LGBT concerns, couples conflicts and blended family concerns. Lindsay has experience working in both the outpatient setting as well as the in-home/community setting. “I enjoy working from a narrative and systemic approach. It’s a great way for people to find the patterns of thoughts and actions that they may be trapped in, so that they can finally begin to heal”. “The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.”–Michael White, David Epston Lindsay is available in our Jeannette office on Tuesdays and our Ligonier office on Thursdays.

Sarah Martino, LPC

Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 7 years experience in outpatient mental health and school based therapy. Sarah obtained her Bachelor degree in Psychology at The University of Pittsburgh Greensburg, and then completed her Master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seton Hill University in 2011. Sarah specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families with experience in couples therapy as well. Sarah practices through the Structural framework of Systems Theory and incorporates CBT into her approach. Sarah believes that changing situations and increased stress in our lives often negatively impact our overall health, daily functioning, and relationships, and that clients need to take an active role in their lives and in treatment in order for change and growth to be possible. When working with children and adolescents, Sarah addresses issues within the entire family and works to strengthen and support the parental sub-system. Sarah sees clients in our Jeannette office on Saturdays.

Alexandra Molnar, MS, NCC

Lex Molnar earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Duquesne University and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Lex has spent time working as a Therapeutic Staff Support, working with autistic children in Allegheny County for the Watson Institute. Additionally, she has completed an Infant Mental Health concentration program through Chatham University. She has been employed by Seyler-Berkebile Marriage and Family Therapy as an office assistant since 2014. Lex has completed internships at a local mental health agency and a local community college helping adolescents transition to adulthood. Lex is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Lex is currently seeing clients at our Jeannette office at a reduced rate.
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