Nitasha Strait, ABD, M.Ed., MA, LMFT, CST- Founder
A perfect blend of warmth, empathy, and supportive learning is the quintessential therapeutic path to gaining the skills and insights into your issues and how you can solve them. At times, I will be the validating support you need to build you up and see the positives in your life. Other times, I will be the accountability and extra push you may need to make changes.
I have heard from numerous current and past clients that I am “real” in the sessions. I think carrying a genuineness to myself helps you grow. Laughter and connection are at the center of healing. Our therapeutic relationship will nurture and empower you to create positive, healthy connections in your life that lead you to feel a higher state of well-being.
My work is informed by interactions that I’ve had with past and current clients, professional training, and my collegiate teaching experiences at Temple University, Penn State University, and Rutgers University. My passion has always been to treat individuals, couples, and families through solace oriented teaching.
I use a variety of different tools that include worksheets, podcasts, books, and anything else I come across that I think would help you get to where you want to go. It’s not unusual for me to reach out between sessions with the latest article I read, or to send you a podcast as I’m halfway through it if I think it would benefit you. I’ve found that layering information (i.e. you hear it from me, you hear it from a podcast, you read it in a book, etc.) helps you to begin to connect to the change that you are seeking and makes it easier to have “aha” moments where things start to click for you.
As a Certified Sex Therapist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a decade of training and experience, I’m confident that my support and guidance will help you obtain the change you are looking. I received my first Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from La Salle University and my second Masters in Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. I’m currently working on finishing my Ph.D. in Human Sexuality at Widener University.
Michael Galarraga, LPC, ATR-BC, CSAC, CSOTP
Therapy can be an uncomfortable process that allows one’s self to reach the depths they have not trusted to previously experience, and other times it can be the place where one accesses internalized cycles to resolve and heal from. I am fortunate to provide therapy and in turn witness you learn from, understand, and grow with those uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that live within us as humans. The therapeutic alliance that is created between therapist and individual, whether that be a child, adolescent, adult, or partners, is an important part of the counseling journey to seek self-actualization. Your experience in therapy sessions with me is one that will bring grounding comfort, humor, and creativity to address factors that have previously limited progress.
I am a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. Incorporating art therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and verbal counseling interchangeably while meeting individuals where they need me to, I provide effective therapeutic services to promote change. I often find myself encouraging individuals to face their own ambivalence to process the uncomfortable topics brought out in therapy through artistic introspection that may influence our understanding of your needs and wants. Finding the words to describe your life challenges and accomplishments will be made conscious through various creative processes in our sessions together helping you to face the ambivalence that we may not expect.
Originally from New York City and living in different communities throughout my adult life, I have learned to apply life skill experiences in therapy to promote empathy, support, equality, and validation in the life events that you are needing to process. Combining my undergraduate degrees in Psychobiology and Studio Art from SUNY Binghamton University and receiving my graduate degree in Art Therapy and Counseling at Eastern Virginia Medical School, I have often reminded myself that the way to provide you the appropriate space for change is meeting you where you are developmentally as it pertains to your journey for change. I have worked in various settings within the mental health community including residential treatment, acute inpatient units, alternative and regular education schools, in-home based counseling services, and more recently private practice while continuing to serve children, adolescents, adults, families, and individuals in relationships. Being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, I look forward to providing a safe therapeutic space to those individuals within the community as well.
Searching for your passions and interests are helpful in building the guide to providing yourself the space to make this therapeutic alliance a lasting impression on your sense of self. I hope to witness the creation of that space and exploration of the journey to a better you.
La terapia psicológica puede ser un proceso incómodo que permite a uno mismo alcanzar las profundidades que no han confiado experimentar previamente, y otras veces puede ser el lugar donde uno accede a ciclos internalizados para resolver y sanar. Tengo la suerte de proporcionar terapia y a la vez ser testigo de que aprendes, entiendes, y como creces con esos pensamientos y sentimientos incómodos que viven dentro de nosotros como seres humanos. La alianza terapéutica que se crea entre el terapeuta y el individuo sea un niño, adolescente, adulto o pareja, es una parte integral del viaje de consejería para buscar la autorrealización. Su experiencia en sesiones de terapia conmigo es una que traerá comodidad, humor, y creatividad para abordar factores que previamente han limitado su progreso.
Soy un Consejero Profesional bilingüe en el estado de Pennsylvania, terapeuta de arte, consejero certificado de abuso de sustancias, y terapeuta certificado de tratamiento para delincuentes sexuales. Incorporando terapia de arte, Reprocesamiento de Desensibilización del Movimiento Ocular (EMDR), y combinando consejería tradicional mientras trabajando dentro sus necesidades, proporciono servicios terapéuticos efectivos para promover el cambio. A menudo me encuentro animando a las personas a enfrentar su propia ambivalencia para procesar los temas incómodos que se sacan en la terapia a través de la introspección artística que puede influir nuestra comprensión de sus necesidades y deseos. A través de nuestras sesiones juntos encontraras las palabras para describir sus desafíos y logros en una manera consciente usando varios procesos creativos y nos ayudara enfrentar la ambivalencia que tal vez no esperemos.
Creciendo en la ciudad de Nueva York y viviendo en diferentes comunidades dentro de mi vida adulta, he aprendido a aplicar experiencias de la vida en sesiones de terapia para promover la empatía, el apoyo, la igualdad, y la validación en los eventos de la vida que necesita procesar. Combinando mis licenciaturas en Psicobiología y Arte de Estudio de la Universidad SUNY Binghamton y recibiendo mi título de posgrado en Terapia de Arte y Consejería desde Eastern Virginia Medical School, me he recordado que la manera de proporcionarle el espacio adecuado para el cambio es reconocer donde estás en su desarrollo en lo que se refiere al cambio que buscas. He trabajado en varios escenarios dentro de la comunidad de salud mental, incluyendo tratamiento residencial, hospitales, escuelas de educación alternativa y regular, servicios de consejería en el hogar, y más recientemente práctica privada sirviendo a niños, adolescentes, adultos, familias, e individuos en relaciones. Siendo parte de la comunidad LGBTQIA+, espero proporcionar un espacio terapéutico a esas personas dentro de la comunidad igualmente para los de más.
Buscando sus pasiones e intereses son fundamental en la construcción de la guía para proporcionarte el espacio de encontrar una impresión duradera en su sentido de sí mismo. Espero ser testigo de la creación de ese espacio y la exploración del camino hacia un mejor tú.
Willena “Lena” Hayes, MA-MFT
My approach is person-centered, offering a warm, validating, listening ear with the push for accountability and challenging you as needed. I believe this helps us maintain integrity for the goals that you set while offering you respect and understanding.
I specialize in Integrated Family Systems Therapy helping families understand how each individual influences and is impacted by their relationships with each other. Each family member will have an increased level of self-awareness that helps facilitate change. I also specialize in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Using this model, I help children understand how they have been impacted by traumatic experiences (i.e. changing schools, divorce, abuse, loss of a loved one, bullying, etc.). Your child will begin to feel more in control of their symptoms and memories of the event through processing them in a TF-CBT structured way. My goals are to help each individual delve into their assertiveness, improve upon their self-advocacy, and feel the joys that the world has to offer.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, completing my undergraduate work at Millersville University with a major in Psychology and concentrations in African American and Women’s Studies. I moved back to Philadelphia to pursue my masters from La Salle University in Marriage and Family Therapy. With over five years of experience in the field, I have worked in a variety of mental health agencies throughout the city providing services to ethnically and culturally diverse communities. I have notable experience working with adults, children, and families who have been impacted by traumatic experiences and those who have been traditionally underserved or under-represented.
In 2016, I began pursuing a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family therapy, with a concentration in working with adolescents and their families. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, volunteering to serve the community, traveling and exploring new places, singing karaoke, and the occasional and energetic dancing like no one’s watching.
Lena is a pre-licensed clinician working towards hours for marriage and family licensure. She is supervised by Nitasha Strait, ABD, M.Ed., MA, LMFT, CST
Caleb Dunn, MA
I have been told that I have a good balance of light-hardheartedness, quirkiness, and seriousness. I want you to know that you can be open about your struggles without judgment while knowing that I can handle the intensity of life’s challenges that you experience. Life is a process, and so will be our therapeutic relationship. I will help you in learning how your strengths can challenge and break negative patterns that you are struggling with surpassing.
My primary experiences include working with children and families in Philadelphia, and the greater Philadelphia area. I’ve had the honor of helping at-risk youth, young adults, and their families. I have volunteer experiences with the National Suicide Hotline, Peace Corps, and my local community. With therapeutic focuses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eco-Systemic Family Therapy, I look forward to understanding you, your child, or your family on a deeper level by exploring how upbringing, trauma, and interpersonal patterns affect how you got stuck in a life that you’re not happy with.
I am originally from the Pittsburgh area, but decided to stay in Philadelphia after graduating from La Salle University; the city has stolen my heart. Through my personality and therapeutic style, I find that I can both relate to and help adolescents and adults alike with the challenges that they face. My only goal is to help you or your child become a better version of yourself!
Caleb is a pre-licensed clinician working towards hours for professional counseling licensure. He is supervised by Lauren M. Rooney, LPC Nitasha Strait, ABD, M.Ed., MA, LMFT, CST