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.
As a Certified Sex Therapist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with nearly a decade of training and experience, I’m confident I can help you get to where you want to be. 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.
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.
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!