Cristina Panaccione and Associates, LLC

Counseling Services 

Pittsburgh Therapists

Our Therapists:

Cristina Panaccione, LPC - Owner

Accepting most major insurances on a first come, first served basis.

Sometimes life can be scary and overwhelming. Sometimes it can be beautiful and wondrous! And sometimes we just need a little help sorting things out! I am here for you wherever you are in your journey. Let's figure this out and get you living the life you deserve to live!

My name is Cristina and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in mental health services across the lifespan with expertise in treatment of depression and anxiety.  I utilize an eclectic and down-to-earth treatment style to create a warm, safe environment to promote healing and growth.  I am going to work with you to learn about your specific concerns and we will work as a team to reach your individual goals.

I have a strong background in marital counseling and anxiety management.  My specialties also include school therapy, crisis intervention, Family Systems Theory, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I have extensive experience in service coordination and outpatient therapy.

All of the therapists who are in my practice are hand picked by me for their warmth, values, ethical treatment of patients, and strong skill sets. Call today to schedule an appointment to strengthen your life and/or your family life through counseling and education.  Let us help you handle life's challenges.

Laurie Pietragallo, LPC

Laurie accepts Highmark BCBS, Cigna, Optum/United insurance or out of pocket payments.

I believe the greatest gift we can offer to someone in need is the ability to meet them where they are and without judgement. Due to a lifetime of reasons, four of which are my lovely children, I did not re-enter the world of academia until my early 40's. The time prior to school enriched my life's experience and serves me well when connecting with clients. My approach to therapy is humanistic, providing a supportive environment comprised of acceptance and appropriate humor. My specialties include treatment of anxiety and depression as well as issues concerning self-esteem, relationships, and substance use.

I hold a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and a graduate level certificate in Infant Mental Health, both from Chatham University. My clinical experience has centered around community settings as an adult outpatient therapist working with clients who struggle with severe and chronic mental illnesses, mood disorders, personality issues, and issues regarding substance use.

My general approach to therapy includes a balance of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to treat symptoms affecting daily functioning and Psychodynamic Therapy, which explores the origin of a problem if so desired. I am passionate about helping others and look forward to working together with you to obtain greater joy and inner peace.

Kelli Jo Murphy, RN, LCSW

Kelli accepts Highmark BC/BS, Optum/United, out of pocket rates, and can offer a sliding scale based on income on a limited basis.

My name is Kelli Murphy and I have been a Registered Nurse since 1994 and received my MSW in 2010. Many years of my nursing experience was in psychiatric and behavioral health nursing, but I also have experience in surgical care, long term care, vocational rehabilitation, and oncology. 

I feel very strongly about a true holistic approach to both physical and mental/emotional health. I do not believe that you can tend to one effectively without also attending to the other. In my practice I always assist clients in addressing physical health factors and lifestyle issues that may be attributing to the issues for which they are seeking therapy. I address diet/nutrition, activity, sleep, life balance issues, as well as review relationships with primary care physicians and other specialists. I conduct health education as needed and assist clients in becoming active in their whole care, as well as teach self-advocacy skills. I also work with clients who have chronic health conditions. I work with them to assist them in understanding their condition, coping with adjustment issues, and managing conditions for best quality of life possible. 

I also enjoy working with couples who are either going through some conflict or who may be seeking divorce mediation. I strive to help improve communication and minimize the emotional impact on the children.

Currently I run caregiver support groups and assist caregivers in tending to and protecting their physical/mental/emotional health. I have completed training in Motivational Interviewing and Shared Decision Making and continue to keep up on current trends in health care related issues.

Mary Brodland, LCSW

Mary currently accepts Highmark BCBS, UPMC Commercial, United/Optum, out of pocket and sliding scale clients. 

Everyone is a unique and beautiful individual; we all have our own unique struggles, experiences, and strengths within us. It is within this reality that I function in the therapeutic relationship, and I believe this relationship is crucial to successful therapy.  

My name is Mary Brodland and I am here to help you harness the strength and power you possess to reach your goals. I am here to be your coach, guide, and/or team member. I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in mental health with a Masters certificate in geriatrics and an emphasis in hoarding disorder. I utilize an array of therapy styles and techniques depending on the individual.  

My clinical experiences span from work with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to assisting and facilitating older adults on life review and life transitions. I have extensive experience working with many forms of dementia using validation theory as well as with family and friends of those suffering from memory conditions.  

My Masters of Social Work focus of study is in geriatrics and hoarding disorder and ranges from individual therapy to family encounters.  Other clinical experiences include case management, working with individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with anxiety, depression, decision making, compulsive behavior, grief and bereavement, goal attainment and life enrichment. I am particularly interested in the counsel of individuals with disabilities.

I want to congratulate you for taking the first step to seeking help by visiting our website. I encourage you to harness that momentum and take the next step, whether that means calling to inquire, or making an appointment. I look forward to helping you reach your personal peace, through whichever path that may take us!

Chelsea Foster, LPC

Chelsea accepts Highmark BCBS. Out of pocket and out of network rates available.

It is my belief that when the proper therapeutic relationship is established individuals will gain knowledge and trust in themselves to be able to solve problems now and in the future. It is my goal to help you feel supported and empowered to make choices and changes that align with your authentic self. Each person, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation, is unique and deserving of unconditional positive regard and respect. It will be my role to provide a safe, trusting, and therapeutic environment for change to occur. My therapeutic style is person-centered, pulling from a variety of theories and techniques.

During my undergraduate studies, at The Pennsylvania State University, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies and minored in Psychology. During my graduate studies, at California University of Pennsylvania, I earned a Master of Education in School Counseling as well as a Sports Counseling Certificate. I am a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

My clinical experience involves working with children and adolescents in the school setting where I’ve provided individual, group and family therapeutic services, consultation with school staff and service coordination. However, I welcome individuals of all ages who may be struggling at any point in their lives. I have worked with individuals who may suffer from trauma, anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, autism, and ADHD. I also focus on skill development in the following areas: social skills, problem solving skills, time management skills, organizational skills and communication skills.

It can be overwhelming when you find yourself struggling due to life’s stressors and demands. By finding a warm, accepting and understanding therapist, you will be taking the first step towards overcoming life’s challenges and taking control of your life. Whether your goal is to improve your overall sense of well-being, strengthen personal relationships, or heal unresolved issues from your past, you deserve to live the life you want and you don’t have to do it alone!

Alyssa Thomas, MA, SAC

Lower cost, out of pocket rates available for Alyssa. Proof of income will be required. 

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”  -David Richo

My name is Alyssa Thomas and I received my Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack, NY and my Bachelor's Degree in Biobehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. I completed the state boards exam in April 2015 and am working towards licensure. I have recently earned a certification in Sexual Assault Counseling and am very passionate about helping heal trauma.

My clinical experience includes working with those struggling with substance abuse and other addictions (e.g. social media, pornography, codependency), anxiety and decision making, relationships and family issues as well as psychiatric research on long-term effects of cocaine use on the brain.

My therapy style is an eclectic approach utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a non-judgmental, supportive environment to help clients focus on their strengths and reach their goals so that they are able to live the life they want to live the best they can.

Susan Rosemeier, MA

Lower cost, out of pocket rates available for Susan. Proof of income may be required. 

I am a firm believer that the relationship between counselor and client is crucially important – and therefore I strive to create a warm, caring environment in which to promote insight, healing, and growth. 

Currently holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and Organizational Leadership from Trinity International University, I am in the process of completing my Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. After graduation in August of 2016, I will continue to work towards licensure.

My background includes experience in case management, structural family therapy, individual & group therapy, and crisis counseling. While I utilize an eclectic approach based upon the preferences of each client, my style is person-centered and hope-focused, mostly drawing from cognitive-behavioral and existential counseling theories. I also specialize in spiritual, faith-based issues if this is something that is of interest to you.

Amanda Anderson, MA

Lower cost, out of pocket rates available for Amanda. Proof of income will be required.

My name is Amanda Anderson and I am currently working on my master’s degree for Marriage and Family Counseling from Duquesne University. My Bachelor's Degree is in Psychology from Slippery Rock University. My expected graduation date is in May of 2016.

I have a broad range of experience which includes working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. I also have experience in working with adults who have been incarcerated, those who struggle with mental health issues and adolescents who have struggled with substance use.

My approach to therapy pulls from a number of theories including: Bowenian Family Therapy, Experiential Family Therapy, and humanistic/existential therapy. I work with couples, families and individuals from a trauma informed care perspective. I believe therapy requires a non-judgmental environment in which clients and therapist work together to help the client live a happier and stress free life by reaching their therapeutic goals.