Female Therapists in Pittsburgh, PA

Photo of Daphne Lynn Jakstis - Holistic Counseling Services LLC, LCSW, DBTC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Holistic Counseling Services LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DBTC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15220  (Online Only)
Holistic Counseling Services is committed to providing quality care using a tele-mental health platform. My goal is to provide good quality care in the privacy of your home or office without the hassle of taking extra time out of your busy schedule to travel to a brick and mortar office.
Holistic Counseling Services is committed to providing quality care using a tele-mental health platform. My goal is to provide good quality care in the privacy of your home or office without the hassle of taking extra time out of your busy schedule to travel to a brick and mortar office.
(484) 853-4775 View (484) 853-4775
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Swetha Talluri
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15213  (Online Only)
Working with us you'll get results. Because we believe you're best served by a clinician who's passionate about not only their work, but who they work with as well. That's why we started Lifebulb - We're committed to building an organization that truly allows therapists to get back to enjoying their work, so you, our client, can receive the highest quality therapy services, whether in person at one of our locations or online through telehealth. We hire only highly trained and educated, licensed clinicians dedicated to the therapy process. We're confident we can help you achieve your therapy goals.
Working with us you'll get results. Because we believe you're best served by a clinician who's passionate about not only their work, but who they work with as well. That's why we started Lifebulb - We're committed to building an organization that truly allows therapists to get back to enjoying their work, so you, our client, can receive the highest quality therapy services, whether in person at one of our locations or online through telehealth. We hire only highly trained and educated, licensed clinicians dedicated to the therapy process. We're confident we can help you achieve your therapy goals.
(412) 267-9714 View (412) 267-9714
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Claire Fior
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Waitlist for new clients
I believe how humans experience growth and how they change are the big themes of psychology. We grow and change through our relationships with others, but sometimes we can get stuck in certain relationship patterns that cause distress. Uncovering the dynamics of these patterns, how they affect our self-concept, our feelings, our understanding of others, and our nervous systems can be healing. Practicing new patterns of emotion, thought, and behavior, whether through talk- therapy, mindfulness practices, or a combination of both, can assist growth and change toward more compassion and connection in our lives.
I believe how humans experience growth and how they change are the big themes of psychology. We grow and change through our relationships with others, but sometimes we can get stuck in certain relationship patterns that cause distress. Uncovering the dynamics of these patterns, how they affect our self-concept, our feelings, our understanding of others, and our nervous systems can be healing. Practicing new patterns of emotion, thought, and behavior, whether through talk- therapy, mindfulness practices, or a combination of both, can assist growth and change toward more compassion and connection in our lives.
(412) 871-6296 View (412) 871-6296
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Michelle Parmelee
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor located in the Pittsburgh area. I offer an individualized and person-centered approach to therapy with the understanding that each individual or couple has a unique history that has shaped them into who they are in the present. By utilizing person-centered therapy and evidence-based approaches such as CBT and solution-focused therapies, I hope to provide my clients with the opportunity to identify areas where they need help, so we can then begin to work together and create positive change.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor located in the Pittsburgh area. I offer an individualized and person-centered approach to therapy with the understanding that each individual or couple has a unique history that has shaped them into who they are in the present. By utilizing person-centered therapy and evidence-based approaches such as CBT and solution-focused therapies, I hope to provide my clients with the opportunity to identify areas where they need help, so we can then begin to work together and create positive change.
(412) 207-3652 View (412) 207-3652
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Savanna Stanton-Ameisen
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
My ideal client would be someone motivated to engage in motivational interviewing and change work.
My ideal client would be someone motivated to engage in motivational interviewing and change work.
(412) 538-6393 View (412) 538-6393
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Rachel Buffo
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has expertise in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I provide individual therapy to those who want to enjoy life and get to know themselves better in the process. Through my experience, I have learned the value of an interactive and collaborative environment to best support my client’s growth and development.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has expertise in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I provide individual therapy to those who want to enjoy life and get to know themselves better in the process. Through my experience, I have learned the value of an interactive and collaborative environment to best support my client’s growth and development.
(412) 547-8554 View (412) 547-8554
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Jamie Harkins
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, CYT-200
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Waitlist for new clients
I believe in providing an environment of understanding, encouragement, and hope to allow you work through overwhelming, stressful, and confusing life situations. My therapeutic framework is client-centered and strengths-based, meaning that I recognize you as the expert on your own lived experiences. My goal is to collaborate with you, concentrating on your inherent strengths, to help you work through difficult and uncomfortable emotions, change thought patterns, and support your personal growth.
I believe in providing an environment of understanding, encouragement, and hope to allow you work through overwhelming, stressful, and confusing life situations. My therapeutic framework is client-centered and strengths-based, meaning that I recognize you as the expert on your own lived experiences. My goal is to collaborate with you, concentrating on your inherent strengths, to help you work through difficult and uncomfortable emotions, change thought patterns, and support your personal growth.
(412) 960-1266 View (412) 960-1266
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Karisa L. M. Sévère
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CAADC, BC-TMH, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15237  (Online Only)
The beauty of life can be hidden by the demands of time and resources. Thoughts of helplessness, frustration, and worry can be difficult to navigate. Constantly thinking about events or feelings that have had major impacts on our lives can prevent us from reaching our goals in life. To me reaching out for help to work through personal difficulties is one of the most important steps a person can take to begin to implement changes. I believe in the authenticity of the therapeutic relationship and how it is a source of strength for change.
The beauty of life can be hidden by the demands of time and resources. Thoughts of helplessness, frustration, and worry can be difficult to navigate. Constantly thinking about events or feelings that have had major impacts on our lives can prevent us from reaching our goals in life. To me reaching out for help to work through personal difficulties is one of the most important steps a person can take to begin to implement changes. I believe in the authenticity of the therapeutic relationship and how it is a source of strength for change.
(412) 538-5296 View (412) 538-5296
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Terri Fessler LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, Reiki
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I believe each of us has a gift of Self to unwrap and embrace along life's journey, especially when we've lived through a life threatening event or a series of chronic traumas. I know first hand how impossible connecting to ourselves can seem afterward. We grieve the loss of a sense of safety and often believe that our identity has changed to what has happened to us. We fear life will always be tarnished and feel set apart by our shame. Through my own life journey and my experiences as a Trauma therapist I have witnessed the reclaiming of Self that arises from the ashes of violence when healing begins to happen!
I believe each of us has a gift of Self to unwrap and embrace along life's journey, especially when we've lived through a life threatening event or a series of chronic traumas. I know first hand how impossible connecting to ourselves can seem afterward. We grieve the loss of a sense of safety and often believe that our identity has changed to what has happened to us. We fear life will always be tarnished and feel set apart by our shame. Through my own life journey and my experiences as a Trauma therapist I have witnessed the reclaiming of Self that arises from the ashes of violence when healing begins to happen!
(412) 567-9375 View (412) 567-9375
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Paulette Silver LCSWR
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCSWR
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
I am a therapist with decades of experience helping adults, and adolescents. I recently closed my practice in New York and now my practice is in Pittsburgh, PA. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one or need help in recovering from addiction, I can help. I understand you in the context of your family, and the specific life crises you are faced with.I am versed in diverse multiracial,multicultural dynamics.I have been an administrator in both mental health and substance abuse settings. I can help you learn to cope and lead a productive life.Be well ,embrace your one life.
I am a therapist with decades of experience helping adults, and adolescents. I recently closed my practice in New York and now my practice is in Pittsburgh, PA. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one or need help in recovering from addiction, I can help. I understand you in the context of your family, and the specific life crises you are faced with.I am versed in diverse multiracial,multicultural dynamics.I have been an administrator in both mental health and substance abuse settings. I can help you learn to cope and lead a productive life.Be well ,embrace your one life.
(412) 275-4870 View (412) 275-4870
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Marla Somova
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Not accepting new clients
I have over 20 years of experience working with adults (age 18+) on issues of identity, relationships, and family concerns, as well as stress, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I have extensive experience working with college students and the particular challenges of young adulthood. I approach psychotherapy as a collaborative endeavor, and I believe that understanding the past is important in helping you make changes in the present. I look forward to helping you work towards your goals! In addition to my practice, I am an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University.
I have over 20 years of experience working with adults (age 18+) on issues of identity, relationships, and family concerns, as well as stress, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I have extensive experience working with college students and the particular challenges of young adulthood. I approach psychotherapy as a collaborative endeavor, and I believe that understanding the past is important in helping you make changes in the present. I look forward to helping you work towards your goals! In addition to my practice, I am an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University.
(412) 567-3264 View (412) 567-3264
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Blake Macurdy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Not accepting new clients
You are someone who is fed-up, tired and a little pissed off about feeling stuck. In your emotions, in your trauma, in a relationship, in a job that you hate, in a body that you hate... I want to help you attend to yourself, process and move forward from that which no longer serves or nourishes you. You don’t want to feel as though you’re simply going through the motions, but that you can find meaning and enjoyment in your existence. I am passionate about helping others become the version of themselves they feel proud to show off and show up for. I am a LGBTQIA+ affirming and racial-justice oriented therapist.
You are someone who is fed-up, tired and a little pissed off about feeling stuck. In your emotions, in your trauma, in a relationship, in a job that you hate, in a body that you hate... I want to help you attend to yourself, process and move forward from that which no longer serves or nourishes you. You don’t want to feel as though you’re simply going through the motions, but that you can find meaning and enjoyment in your existence. I am passionate about helping others become the version of themselves they feel proud to show off and show up for. I am a LGBTQIA+ affirming and racial-justice oriented therapist.
(412) 924-5203 View (412) 924-5203
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Nadene Santelli
Pre-Licensed Professional, MEd , NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15222  (Online Only)
You may be someone struggling with the weight of anxiety, grappling with behavioral issues, or mourning the loss of a loved one. Your needs are specific, and you're seeking a therapist who can empathize and guide you through these challenges. Your goal is to regain inner peace and live a more fulfilling life. Let's work together to achieve the emotional well-being you deserve.
You may be someone struggling with the weight of anxiety, grappling with behavioral issues, or mourning the loss of a loved one. Your needs are specific, and you're seeking a therapist who can empathize and guide you through these challenges. Your goal is to regain inner peace and live a more fulfilling life. Let's work together to achieve the emotional well-being you deserve.
(412) 910-2645 View (412) 910-2645
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Joni B. Henry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217  (Online Only)
Since 2005 I have been working with individuals who are dealing with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, and individuals with special needs as well as interpersonal and relationship problems. I employ evidence-based treatment modalities including ACT, CBT, DBT, and interpersonal psychotherapy. I am passionate about my work as a therapist and I find great joy in working with my clients and witnessing their capacity to heal. look forward to supporting you in your journey and will provide a non-judgmental, compassionate, and kind experience.
Since 2005 I have been working with individuals who are dealing with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, and individuals with special needs as well as interpersonal and relationship problems. I employ evidence-based treatment modalities including ACT, CBT, DBT, and interpersonal psychotherapy. I am passionate about my work as a therapist and I find great joy in working with my clients and witnessing their capacity to heal. look forward to supporting you in your journey and will provide a non-judgmental, compassionate, and kind experience.
(412) 991-2042 View (412) 991-2042
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Virginia Wendt
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSCP, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Not accepting new clients
Hello! I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience working in community mental health, including over seven years as a psychotherapist. I believe that when we're able to live as authentically, honestly, and purposefully as we can, we feel more satisfaction, connection, and peace. I believe that awareness, curiosity, and self-compassion are powerful and necessary tools for growth, and that how we make meaning - of our lives, relationships, and the world - is deeply connected to our ability to live a fulfilling life.
Hello! I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience working in community mental health, including over seven years as a psychotherapist. I believe that when we're able to live as authentically, honestly, and purposefully as we can, we feel more satisfaction, connection, and peace. I believe that awareness, curiosity, and self-compassion are powerful and necessary tools for growth, and that how we make meaning - of our lives, relationships, and the world - is deeply connected to our ability to live a fulfilling life.
(412) 660-6100 View (412) 660-6100
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Sarah Paolino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
I believe that therapy is a co-created process meant to bring awareness within ourselves and our relationships to create meaningful change. I believe that everyone has the natural capacity to have a fulfilling and desired quality of life. Healing comes into play to meet life’s obstacles so that growth and integration can happen. I look at relative trauma as well as the impact of larger systems. I use mind-body awareness practices to help bring alignment within authentic self. I work to bring non-judgment and trust as transformation occurs. I look to help you explore within yourself, in relationships, families, and society.
I believe that therapy is a co-created process meant to bring awareness within ourselves and our relationships to create meaningful change. I believe that everyone has the natural capacity to have a fulfilling and desired quality of life. Healing comes into play to meet life’s obstacles so that growth and integration can happen. I look at relative trauma as well as the impact of larger systems. I use mind-body awareness practices to help bring alignment within authentic self. I work to bring non-judgment and trust as transformation occurs. I look to help you explore within yourself, in relationships, families, and society.
(412) 903-9706 View (412) 903-9706
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Sharna Olfman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
I am a psychodynamic (insight oriented) therapist, with a focus on integrative health. I specialize in relationship issues, women's issues, parenting, work / life balance, depression, and anxiety.
I am a psychodynamic (insight oriented) therapist, with a focus on integrative health. I specialize in relationship issues, women's issues, parenting, work / life balance, depression, and anxiety.
(412) 404-0084 View (412) 404-0084
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Maddie Canel
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
I have lived experience with neurodivergence, depression, anxiety, and being in a plus sized body. I have experience working with the above as well as being trained in working with clients with BPD and clients who just feel like they need a safe space to discuss day to day life stressors. I stress to my clients that therapy is for everyone and there is no such thing as a "trauma olympics" where something is better or worse than others! I work with clients age 6+.
I have lived experience with neurodivergence, depression, anxiety, and being in a plus sized body. I have experience working with the above as well as being trained in working with clients with BPD and clients who just feel like they need a safe space to discuss day to day life stressors. I stress to my clients that therapy is for everyone and there is no such thing as a "trauma olympics" where something is better or worse than others! I work with clients age 6+.
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Debbie Kramer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Debbie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 14 years of experience working as a therapist. She specializes in Perinatal Mental Health. She received her Master of Social Work with a specialization in mental health from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. She has many years of experience working in community mental health assisting adults in coping with grief and loss, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and life stressors, and in working with women who are experiencing infertility, challenging pregnancies, pregnancy loss, and who are new parents.
Debbie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 14 years of experience working as a therapist. She specializes in Perinatal Mental Health. She received her Master of Social Work with a specialization in mental health from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. She has many years of experience working in community mental health assisting adults in coping with grief and loss, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and life stressors, and in working with women who are experiencing infertility, challenging pregnancies, pregnancy loss, and who are new parents.
(412) 455-3989 View (412) 455-3989
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HandinHand Counseling Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
At HandinHand Counseling, LLC our GOAL is to promote HOPE, HEALTH and HEALING to individuals and families dealing with generational and situational obstacles. We are a practice with a 21st century approach to counseling devoted to removing the stigma attached to mental health counseling. We see peace in the place of chaos. We see function where there appears to be dysfunction. Our goal is to tap into the strengths you possess, that are often times masked by life's complexities through therapeutic intervention and resource building. Let us assist you in bridging the gap between the problem and the solution.
At HandinHand Counseling, LLC our GOAL is to promote HOPE, HEALTH and HEALING to individuals and families dealing with generational and situational obstacles. We are a practice with a 21st century approach to counseling devoted to removing the stigma attached to mental health counseling. We see peace in the place of chaos. We see function where there appears to be dysfunction. Our goal is to tap into the strengths you possess, that are often times masked by life's complexities through therapeutic intervention and resource building. Let us assist you in bridging the gap between the problem and the solution.
(412) 444-7250 View (412) 444-7250
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Female Therapists

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.