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.
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1984-1986 Florida State University, MS, Counseling and Human Systems
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.
2000-2004- LaSalle University, BA Psychology
2004-2007- LaSalle University, MA Clinical Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy
60 hours of Core Clinical Training in DBT Fidelity Model provided by Treatment Implementation Collaborative, LLC
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.
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2009-2013: Arcadia University, MA, Counseling Psychology
2004-2007: Millersville University, BA, Psychology
2012-2013: Network of Victim Assistance, Bucks County
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
2001-2004 Teesside University, PsyD.
1995-1998 University of Leeds, BS, Psychology
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.
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2008-2011 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Psy.D
2005-2007 Touro College, MS, School Psychology
2001-2005 Stony Brook University, BS, Psychology
2010-2011 The Center for Brief Therapy, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
2011-2012 Neuropsychology Resident, Malamut & Moss, PC
2011-2012 Charter High School for A & D, Philadelphia, PA
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