About The Professionals

FIOR VERAS, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

Fior Veras is a licensed, bilingual and board Certified professional counselor with 30 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She received her Master degree in Counseling and Human Systems from Florida State University in 1986 and has expanded her skills in various evidence based modalities. She is an expert in treating individuals using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Her experience includes working with active military service members on military bases and installations, managing community mental health centers in Philadelphia and conducting clinical assessments, crisis intervention and psychotherapy. Ms. Veras treats children ages 3-21 and adults living with anxiety, depression, domestic violence, autism, substance abuse, relationship conflicts and personality disorders. Her emphasis is to build resiliency and individual strengths in a compassionate therapeutic environment.

PA License Number:

PC003345

Education:

1984-1986 Florida State University, MS, Counseling and Human Systems

CHERI RAWLISON, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

Cheri Rawlinson has been working with adults, children, adolescents, and families in the field of Behavioral Health for over 20 years. She began her career working in the community with at-risk families in their home and schools. She also provided counseling services to student’s ages 10 – 14 in a school based setting. Over the past 10 years, she has gained extensive experience working in Crisis Intervention at Abington Hospital.

In order to pursue her license in the state of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Rawlison attended Arcadia University to complete their Undergraduate and Master’s Program in Counseling Psychology. She completed post-graduate work at the Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work where she gained further knowledge in counseling, and evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She completed the licensure process in 2016 following an internship at an acute inpatient behavioral health facility in Montgomery County.

Mrs. Rawlison believes that thoughts and behaviors are nearly always a product of the environment in which we live or the result of past experiences. Inherently, she encourages a supportive collaborative relationship with clients in which solutions to their problems may be identified. She works together with clients to explore the manner in which their thought processes, emotions, relationships, and environment interact together and affect the ability of an individual to attain goals and improve their emotional well-being.

Mrs. Rawlison is experienced in utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Family Systems approaches to address concerns related to depression, anxiety, ODD, ADHD, school-related issues, and parenting-related concerns. She is also well versed in helping the individual and their families identify triggers to a crisis as well as helping them work through a crisis related situation. Her experiences has enabled her to be present with a client while simultaneously empowering them to focus on their own needs and set their own pace.

PA License Number:
PC009152

Education:
1991-1995 Arcadia University, BA, Psychology
1996-1999 Arcadia University, MA, Counseling Psychology
2012-2014 Arcadia University, MA, Advanced Counseling Psychology

Certifications/Certificates:
September 2014 Certificate in PA Student Assistance Program K-12
April 2015 Certificate Program in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Bryn Mawr College Graduate School
May 2016 Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice with Adolescents, Bryn Mawr College Graduate School
April 2017 6-week workshop in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Internship:
2014-2015 Horsham Clinic, Montgomery County

CHRISTINA PFEIFER, LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST


Christina Pfeifer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 11 years of experience providing therapeutic interventions in mental health. Christina’s experience is working with children ages 8+, teens and adults providing both individual and family counseling. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from LaSalle University.

Christina’s experience includes working with individual members and families from various backgrounds assisting families during times of transition, grief, loss, separation, and/or divorce. The goal of treatment is to promote growth and change for all members in a family system. Mental health can impact all people regardless of their gender, background, and history. Therapy can offer hope that change can happen.

Christina has experience working with anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, emotional regulation, and behavioral concerns. She uses the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Model to teach a set of behavioral skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness to children, adults, and teenage clients.

Profession License:

MF000600

Education:

2000-2004- LaSalle University, BA Psychology

2004-2007- LaSalle University, MA Clinical Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy

Trainings:

60 hours of Core Clinical Training in DBT Fidelity Model provided by Treatment Implementation Collaborative, LLC

 

JENNIFER ACHILLE, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

Jennifer Achille is a licensed professional counselor with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Arcadia University in 2013. Jennifer has experience with treating individuals living with mood disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, sexual abuse, trauma, substance abuse, developmental and behavioral issues, as well as family and relationship issues. She sees children, teens, adults and families. Jennifer emphasizes trust and commitment in therapy, and believes first and foremost in a strong therapeutic alliance between client and therapist. Jennifer utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-focused CBT, Motivational interviewing, as well as relaxation and mindfulness techniques to help her clients to realize and build on their own strengths.

PA License Number: 

PC009611

Education:
2009-2013: Arcadia University, MA, Counseling Psychology
2004-2007: Millersville University, BA, Psychology

Internship:

2012-2013: Network of Victim Assistance, Bucks County

 

SUSAN MAURIZIO, LICENSED BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST

Susan Maurizio holds a Ph.D. ABD in Psychology, with a specialty in forensics, and is a Licensed Behavior Specialist. She is certified by the Bureau of Autism for Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and is ABA trained.  She worked with forensic populations for over 12 years before earning her first Masters in Human Services and Counseling in 2008 from Lincoln University. To increase her skillset, she earned a second Masters in 2014 in Psychology. She currently specializes in working with children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum, Sensory Processing Disorders, as well as behavioral and conduct disorders.

Children with severe emotional disabilities, aggression and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression frequently struggle to progress socially or academically. It is not uncommon for these children to need behavioral support before they begin to respond to academic interventions. In such cases, an individualized education program (IEP) team may suggest the family receive support from a licensed behavior specialist to assist in behavior management. Susan understands that all behaviors have a function, and understanding its function, is the key to extinguishing unwanted behaviors. Susan strives to help individuals of all-abilities meet their maximum potential. While working with children individually, she frequently includes parents. She understands that the emotional well-being of a child is entwined with the well-being of the people who care for them.

Susan has delivered individual and group therapy with and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual disabilities, and significant behavior disorders, as well as mental illness, and dual diagnosis. She has experience in Trauma informed care, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. With children, Susan will use strategies such as play therapy, talk therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapies. Susan has also worked with first responders and Veterans struggling with PTSD and addictions.

Research projects include Biological Responses to Trauma, First Responders, PTSD, and Addictions, and adolescents exposed to violence.

Mrs. Maurizio treats children ages 3-21 with a diagnosis of Autism, living with mental health or behavioral/conduct disorders, as well as children and adults living with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mental health disorders, and substance abuse.

Education:

  • Walden University    PhD in Psychology abd
  • Walden University-M.S -Psychology
  • Lincoln University – MHS-Human Services and Counseling

PA License: #BH01551

LOIS WHITTALL, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Lois Whittall is a licensed psychologist who specializes in providing assessment and therapy. Her experience includes working with adolescents, adults, and older adults. 

Dr. Whittall obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) from Teesside University in Middlesbrough, England in 2004. Her career began with an emphasis on health psychology at the James Cook University Hospital, where she worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings. During her time with the psychology service she expanded the role of clinical psychology into the renal medicine and diabetes care services and was facilitator for the pain management group. After moving back to Pennsylvania she completed the process for state licensure in 2017.

 Dr. Whittall has experience working with people from many backgrounds presenting with a variety of psychological problems including depression, anxiety, and life transitions. Her integrative approach utilizes cognitive, behavioral, and dynamic perspectives in order to best respond to each client's unique needs and concerns. Working together towards positive goals, she supports clients to explore their feelings and experiences, gain a better understanding of their strengths, and develop healthier, more effective problem solving strategies.

PA License Number: PS018269

Education:

2001-2004 Teesside University, PsyD.

1995-1998 University of Leeds, BS, Psychology

DR. JAIME FRIEDMAN, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Friedman began her career as a certified school psychologist working at an urban district where she provided extensive psycho-educational testing and counseling services to youth ages 5-21. In order to pursue a doctoral degree, she moved to Pennsylvania in 2008 and started attending the Psy.D. School Psychology program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). While enrolled at PCOM, she had the opportunity to practice her clinical skills and gain further knowledge in psychological testing and neuropsychology. As part of her pre- and post-doctoral training, she provided psycho-educational testing, neuro-psychological testing, and clinical counseling.

While enrolled in a doctoral program, she continued practicing as a school psychologist and consulted with several agencies providing psycho-educational testing and other psychological services to various districts, charter schools, and cyber schools. After completing the licensure process in 2013, she decided to return to work full time as a school psychologist. From August 2012 until November 2013, she worked for Chester Upland School District (CUSD). In November 2013, she decided to use her specialized training in special education and began working for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU). At the BCIU, she worked with students with low incidence disabilities that met special education criteria. She also worked with students with Autism, Specific Learning Disability, and Hearing Impairment, including Deafness, Other Health Impairment, Multiple Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, and many other disabilities. Additionally, she gained experience working with students ages 18-21 in a vocational/transition setting and in classrooms, which focused on re-integrating students with brain injuries back into public schools. Dr. Friedman stayed with the IU until she decided to open up her own private practice in 2016.

As a trained school psychologist, Dr. Friedman believes that to help students succeed, assessments should be individualized. Additionally, different cognitive processes that shed light on learning styles should be explored. She has had the experience with conducting comprehensive assessments, performing Functional Behavior Assessments, and creating effective Behavior Intervention Plans. She has participated in school based committees to enhance student learning and social/emotional functioning, while providing consultative services to staff and parents. Results of testing will serve as a guideline for recommendations, accommodations, and enhance strengths and needs that are outlined in assessment reports.

Dr. Friedman has also worked as a Licensed Psychologist completing bio-psycho-social assessments to determine medical necessity for Behavioral Health Services (e.g., behavior analysts, mobile therapists, and therapeutic support staff). Additionally, she has provided clinical counseling services to individuals in need.

PA License Number:
PS017395

Education
2008-2011 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Psy.D
2005-2007 Touro College, MS, School Psychology
2001-2005 Stony Brook University, BS, Psychology

Internship
2010-2011 The Center for Brief Therapy, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
2011-2012 Neuropsychology Resident, Malamut & Moss, PC
2011-2012 Charter High School for A & D, Philadelphia, PA

Publications
Dissertation and Publications

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