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.
Courtney Miller, MA
My goal as a therapist is to make you feel safe. I have both a warm and empathetic approach and believe that by developing a strong therapeutic relationship healing will occur. I strive to regard all clients with unconditional positive regard and to accept and not judge anything that is brought into the sessions.
I believe you are the expert on your own feelings and my job is to guide you through them. Our relationship will serve as the basis to explore patterns in your life that are no longer serving you. We will bring awareness to these patterns and find alternate ways of being that better suit you in the present.
I specialize in working with children ages 10-years and older, teens/adolescents, and young adults. As an artist, I enjoy taking a creative, expressive, experiential approach. If you or your child identifies as a ‘Creative’, I’d love to help utilize your process as a form of healing. I also enjoy helping those working through mood disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder or social anxiety, major depressive disorder, and issues related to trauma. I am passionate about working within the LGBTQ+ community helping to create safety and alliance. In my spare time, you’ll find me in my studio doing crafty things, traveling, watching scary movies, biking around the city, or having fun with my friends and family!
I completed my undergraduate work at SUNY New Paltz in New York where I received a bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Fine Art. I then received my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY Brooklyn. In New York, I gained experience working with adolescents in an alternate school and young adults in a college setting. Looking for a change in scenery, I moved from New York City to Philadelphia and love it here! In Philadelphia, I have worked as a family-based, community services clinician working to restructure family dynamics, heal past traumas, and institute healthier interactions between family members. I have also volunteered at the Trevor Project Crisis Hotline for LGBTQ+ youth where I mastered de-escalation skills and gained awareness for issues specific to folx in the LGBTQ+ community.
Courtney is a pre-licensed clinician working towards hours for professional counseling licensure. Shee is supervised by Michael Galarraga, LPC, ATR-BC, CSAC, CSOTP, and Nitasha Strait, ABD, M.Ed., MA, LMFT, CST.
Willena “Lena” Hayes, MA-MFT
My approach offers a warmhearted, confirming listening ear, and is person-centered while giving you the push for accountability by challenging when needed. I believe this helps in the maintenance of integrity for the goals that you set while offering you respect and understanding.
I specialize in working with children and families, including couples. The main model I work from is Integrated Family Systems Therapy, which helps families understand how each individual influences and is impacted by their relationships with each other. Everyone will gain an increased level of self-awareness that will facilitate change. I also specialize in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Using this model, I help children, adolescents, and young adults understand how their traumatic experience (i.e. changing schools, divorce, abuse, loss of a loved one, bullying, etc.) has shaped how they view the world at large and how they interact with their world socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. Through processing these traumatic events in a TF-CBT structured way, you or your child will begin to feel more in control of the symptoms that present themselves and the negative memories. My goal is to help everyone delve into their assertiveness, improve upon their self-advocacy, and feel the joys that the world has to offer.
As a Black, female therapist but also as a human, I work extra hard to make space for those within the BIPOC community. I see you. I support you. I am you. We are in this together. Through solidarity, I believe that change can happen. I am here to help you or your child explore any underlying beliefs about yourself; to tease out what has been given to you through the systems in which you find yourself existing and what is yours truly. Together, we can explore the intersectionality of all of your parts. My hope for you, and all of us in this social justice movement (#BlackLivesMatter), is that you will find peace within yourself to feed your aspirations and meet your personal goals regardless of what obstacles stand in your way.
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 six 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 children, teens/adolescents, adults, couples, and families who have been affected 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, exploring novel 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 and Nitasha Strait, ABD, M.Ed., MA, LMFT, CST.