Our Team

The Center is a cooperative psychology practice dedicated to providing top notch, warm, personal psychological services. We work hard to match you with a psychologist who fits with your personality and specializes in treating the concern bringing you to therapy.

  • King of Prussia
  • Collegeville
  • Center City
  • Jenkintown
  • Media
  • Rosemont
  • West Chester
  • Doylestown
  • Ambler


Kristine Boward, Psy.D. (also in Collegeville office)

Kristine Boward, Psy.D. (also in Collegeville office)

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who works with adults on relationship issues, adjusting to change, grief, trauma, and connecting clients to their strengths in order to more easily cope with growth-edge areas. I use a variety of therapeutic strategies depending on the individual I am working with. I lean most heavily toward narrative, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal approaches. I often use analogy and imagery to gain a more tangible grasp of issues that may feel murky or nebulous.

I am also the director of the Center. As such, I am continually focused on creating an environment that is calming and inviting in which you are treated as the individual you are while gaining from the expertise of a team of highly trained psychologists. I sincerely hope your experience at the Center is one of introspection, personal growth, curiosity and relief from aspects of your internal world that may have been painful.

Michael Dyson, Psy.D., M.B.A.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist providing individual, couples and group psychotherapy.  I specialize in the treatment of adults with mood, anxiety and adjustment disorders.  I received my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Immaculata University in 2004.  I completed my doctoral internship and post doctoral training at Philhaven Hospital in Lebanon, PA where I gained experience in neuropsychological and personality assessment, group therapy and couples therapy at several levels of care including inpatient, partial day and outpatient.  My therapeutic interventions are informed by current research in cognitive behavioral, choice theory (reality therapy), emotionally focused and existential/humanistic therapies.  I strive to create a respectful, supportive and growth oriented therapeutic relationship with all those I serve.  I also serve as an adjunct faculty member at Immaculata University.

Elizabeth Eber, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Eber, Ph.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a licensed psychologist who provides individual psychotherapy to adults with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD and other trauma-related problems, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. I also work with individuals experiencing difficulties with interpersonal relationships and with managing their emotions. I use a variety of evidence-based practices and strengths-based approaches to help clients meet their desired therapy goals.

I have a doctorate in clinical psychology from Emory University. I have over 20 years of experience providing mental health services in a variety of treatment settings including inpatient and residential programs and outpatient clinics. My work has included individual, group and family therapies, consultation and training to a variety of community mental health agencies, and supervision of doctoral and master level psychology students. I have also worked extensively with adults who struggle with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems. In 2013 I completed a 6-month intensive training program in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) which has provided me with additional strategies to help my clients achieve their desired goals. I also use other treatment approaches including interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic.

Jim A. Haugh, Ph.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

My therapeutic practice can best be described as following an evidence based behavioral practice model. Within this model, my goal is to work with my clients to find a treatment that (a) best fits their goals for coming to treatment, (b) has the greatest evidence to support its usefulness, and (c) takes into consideration the unique, personal, social, and cultural history of the individual with whom I am working. With regard to specific treatment models, I have significant experience and training working from within Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Brief Psychodynamic perspectives. Although open to working with a wide variety of presenting concerns, most of my work focuses on depression, anxiety, couples/marital distress, adjustment issues, anger, and body image concerns.

Ashley Higgins, Psy.D.

Ashley Higgins, Psy.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania and obtained my doctoral degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I treat a variety of presenting concerns, including eating disorders, anxiety and mood problems, and relationship difficulties. I have received intensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. My approach involves examining and deeply understanding problematic patterns of coping or relating to others, and then building skills to break free into more healthy ways of living. My approach is collaborative and individually tailored to a client’s strengths and talents. My goal as a therapist is to provide the support necessary for my clients to take on the challenge of change.

Danielle Kaiser, Psy.D. (also in West Chester office)

Danielle Kaiser, Psy.D. (also in West Chester office)

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I provide individual therapy for adolescents and adults for various issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, life transitions and relationship problems.  My primary treatment approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy.  I utilize an array of therapeutic strategies to best address your needs, but view therapy as a collaborative process where we will work together to achieve your goals.  I strive to create a warm and supportive atmosphere where you can feel comfortable and safe in discussing your concerns. I obtained my Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Widener University.  My doctoral internship was completed during my two years of training on the Eating Disorders Unit at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment in Philadelphia, PA.  I also had clinical experience in a residential treatment facility, a college counseling center, a wrap-around service facility, and two outpatient private practices.

Annie Lam, Ph.D.

Annie Lam, Ph.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Out of the many roles and responsibilities in my life, I find that working with clients brings me the most joy and fulfillment. It is a tremendous privilege and honor for me to be able to share in the intimate details of my clients’ lives – sharing in their joys, struggles, challenges, growth, and development. I believe that the core of human development lays in forming and maintaining emotionally intimate relationships. Therefore, the therapeutic relationship is the key to healing. I work hard to create a safe and supportive environment for my clients, focusing on deeply exploring and understanding each individual client’s unique history, circumstances, strengths, skills, and worldview. My work with clients focuses on identifying their strengths and talents, helping them to gain insight about patterns of relating that may be unproductive, and encouraging them to experiment with new ways of behaving. I approach psychotherapy from a relational dynamic perspective, emphasizing respect, warmth, mutuality, and collaboration. My clients and I journey together, focusing on increasing their self-awareness, making healthier decisions, and learning how to balance the multiple, competing responsibilities in their lives.

I am a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and earned my Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. My areas of specialization include trauma, sexual assault, identity issues, acculturative stress, racial identity development, cross-cultural psychology, anxiety and depression, couples counseling, women’s issues, conflict management, bereavement, and anger management.

Benjamin Lief, Psy.D.

Benjamin Lief, Psy.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who received my doctoral degree from Widener University in 2009. My goal as a therapist is to create a rich, supportive, and specific therapeutic experience aimed towards reaching your goals. I work with adults and adolescents individually focusing on issues such as relational difficulties, depression, anxiety, stress, professional struggles, addictions, trauma, bereavement, obsessions/compulsions, social tension, and academic concerns. I also perform couples counseling with those of all ages designed to identify and positively alter interpersonal dynamics that cause couples ongoing problems.

My philosophy is to tailor my therapeutic approach exclusively to meet your needs. Once we identify what your specific goals are we will create a detailed treatment plan designed expressly to reach those goals. I draw from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, relational, and mindfulness approaches in order to determine how to best lead you towards the goals that you want to achieve. Whether they are recent, daily struggles or more deep-seated personality issues, my aim is to offer an environment where you feel comfortable, safe, and also challenged leading you towards a more balanced and meaningful life.

I also have experience working in such settings as hospitals, universities, 30-day addictions programs, and community mental health clinics.

Megan MacDonnell, Psy.D., BCIA

Megan MacDonnell, Psy.D., BCIA

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

As a Clinical Psychologist, I treat adults and older teens with presenting concerns of depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, relational problems, grief, and stress management. My doctoral training was completed at Widener University and I have gained experience in various settings during my graduate and postgraduate work. I have helped individuals at community mental health, college counseling, primary care, inpatient, and residential settings. My approach to psychotherapy draws upon a collaboration of psychodynamic, attachment, interpersonal, and cognitive behavioral theories. I utilize various strategies to facilitate the therapeutic process, including mindfulness techniques, insight-oriented and emotion-focused approaches.

My work is grounded in helping people experience more satisfying, meaningful lives through deepening their connection with themselves and others. I believe the therapeutic relationship is essential in this process. I strive to connect with you and work together toward feeling more secure, content, and enriched by your current experience. By listening carefully to your goals, I tailor my approach to work toward your desired outcome. This could include focusing on ways to cope with, manage, and improve your day to day life and/ or addressing any deeper, ongoing themes in your life that may be causing you dissatisfaction or distress.

We will consider all aspects of your well-being while working toward an increased sense of balance and wholeness in your life. The goal is to help you live more fully in the present moment in a way that feels authentic and rich for you.

Vincent Morello, Psy.D.

Vincent Morello, Psy.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I create a comfortable and accepting environment, allowing people to explore their concerns in a natural way.  Utilizing approaches such as mindfulness, CBT, family and other modalities, I serve individuals seeking help with anxiety and depression, ADHD, addictions, trauma, and parent-child issues.  As a licensed and school certified psychologist with over 30 years of professional experience, and a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, I provide intelligence testing, ADHD assessment, career testing, psychological testing and psycho-educational testing.  My approach is to help people learn to love themselves and others, improve their communication skills and negotiate the stressors of school, work and family.  I see older adolescents, college and graduate students, adults, couples and families.

Elizabeth Nolan, Ph.D. (also in Collegeville office)

Elizabeth Nolan, Ph.D. (also in Collegeville office)

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406


Dr. Nolan’s clinical work focuses primarily on the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, along with managing life transitions, including relationship changes, adjustment to college, infertility, and grief & loss. Dr. Nolan works closely with clients to develop a treatment plan to best address personal goals. Examples of treatment goals commonly addressed in therapy with Dr. Nolan include addressing significant worries and fears, improving effective communication skills, fostering positive changes in behavior, and increasing self-confidence. Dr. Nolan’s approach is problem-solving oriented and she strives to effectively aid clients in making positive and lasting life changes. In therapy, Dr. Nolan works to provide a warm, caring, and non-judgmental environment. She provides individual and couples therapy and accepts referrals for older adolescents and adults. Dr. Nolan’s clinical work focuses primarily on the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, along with managing life transitions, including relationship changes, adjustment to college, infertility, and grief & loss. Dr. Nolan works closely with clients to develop a treatment plan to best address personal goals. Examples of treatment goals commonly addressed in therapy with Dr. Nolan include addressing significant worries and fears, improving effective communication skills, fostering positive changes in behavior, and increasing self-confidence. Dr. Nolan’s approach is problem-solving oriented and she strives to effectively aid clients in making positive and lasting life changes. In therapy, Dr. Nolan works to provide a warm, caring, and non-judgmental environment. She provides individual and couples therapy and accepts referrals for older adolescents and adults.
Dr. Nolan completed her doctoral study at Drexel University. Her research in graduate study was focused on the area of treatment outcome for Social Anxiety Disorder. She has experience working in numerous clinical settings including college counseling centers, a research-based anxiety treatment program, a medical rehabilitation unit, and an inpatient psychiatric hospital.

Victoria Ostroff, Psy.D. (also in Collegeville office)

Victoria Ostroff, Psy.D. (also in Collegeville office)

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who treats a variety of clients with different backgrounds and concerns. I am particularly interested in working with individuals who struggle with eating disorders, interpersonal relationships/family problems, anxiety, mood disorders, and life transitions. I enjoy working with both individual and couples, ranging in age from late adolescents into adulthood. In the context of a warm and empathic relationship, I work collaboratively with my clients to understand and address their concerns. I help my clients to access their strengths and build skills for managing emotions and coping with difficulties.

I received my doctoral training at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. My clinical experience includes working in a variety of settings such as residential treatment for eating disorders, college counseling, community mental health clinic, inpatient psychiatric hospital, and outpatient practices.

Andrea Pederzani, Psy.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a licensed clinical psychologist.  I graduated from Widener University in 2006 with my Psy.D. and MBA.  Although officially licensed as a psychologist in 2008, I have been working with clients since 2000.  I primarily work with adults who are going through various life transitions as well as those experiencing difficulties with interpersonal relationships.  I also treat adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and panic.  I partner closely with clients to understand their needs and hopes for therapy and then will customizes therapy sessions and treatment plans based on my clients’ goals and preferences.

Christine Rudy, RD LDN

Christine Rudy, RD LDN

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a Registered Dietitian and a licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state pf Pennsylvania and I specialize in nutrition education and counseling. I graduated from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA and completed my Dietetic Internship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. I have over 12 years of experience working with pediatric and adult sports nutrition, eating disorders, weight management and disease prevention and management. I use a nonjudgmental and personal approach with all my clients. I am devoted to promoting optimal health through a balanced lifestyle based on good eating habits, physical activity and a positive relationship with food.

Ian Douglas Rushlau, Psy.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from Immaculata University. I have worked as a mental health professional for over twenty years, in various treatment settings including inpatient and residential facilities, state and county prisons, and outpatient clinics, as well as private schools for profoundly disabled children. My work has included individual and group psychotherapy, testing and assessment, training, clinical supervision and consultation.

My treatment focus at The Center is individual psychotherapy with adults, specializing in addressing severe mental health concerns, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic, Post Traumatic Stress, Chronic Depression and Personality Disorders.

Diana Saunders, Psy.D.

Diana Saunders, Psy.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

As a clinical psychologist devoted to practicing therapy, I value the individual strengths, perspectives and histories that accompany each person. I believe that healing and growth occur within the context of a supportive and accepting relationship. Thus, I am highly attentive to the therapeutic relationship and more importantly, to the relationships that already exist in your life. My approach to therapy is relational and systemic.

My practice draws from multiple theoretical backgrounds including attachment theory, family systems, humanistic psychology, client-centered, and emotion-focused therapies. I tailor my approach to the specific needs, strengths and values that each person/family presents with. Some of the techniques that I use include mindfulness, acceptance and commitment, eco-systemic structural family therapy, emotion-focused couples therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy skills, and narrative therapy.I also focus on staying current with the most current neuroscience research, especially as it relates to attachment and relational behavior.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in providing therapy to families with children with behavioral/emotional disorders, trauma, attachment difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, and problems related to adoption. I am certified in systemic structural family therapy by the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center.  In addition to working with children and families, I offer individual therapy for adults as well as couples. My clinical experience includes providing family-based therapy for Child Guidance Resource Centers (CGRC) and Family Therapy and Consultation Services (FTxCS), diagnostic evaluations for the Center for Autism, work in the Wallingford-Swarthmore school district and the School in Rose Valley, out-patient individual, family and couples therapy at Bryn Mawr College Child Study Institute, and therapy for students at the Widener University Counseling Center. I also have over ten years of experience working as an Applied Behavioral Analyst.

Warren Saunders, Psy.D. (also in Collegeville office)

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a licensed clinical psychologist working primarily with adolescents, families with younger children, and adults struggling with family relationships. I see many children presenting with oppositional and defiant behaviors, overcoming trauma and abuse, or suffering from significant mood dysregulation, each of which can put a whole family in distress. My work with adults generally focuses on issues of marital relationships, divorces, and parenting. I help people resolve conflicts, improve communication, and change unproductive habits. I also often treat anxiety and depression.

I have worked with children and families for many years in outpatient community behavioral health settings, family-based programs (in clients’ homes), and residential treatment facilities. I prioritize
implementing empirically validated treatment techniques. I apply ecosystemic structural family therapy in much of my work with children, and I frequently use cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of anxiety and mood problems. I believe that homework assignments are a vital component of effective therapy.

I earned my graduate degrees from Widener University. My dissertation examined the effects of different aspects of people’s identities on their quality of life. I am attentive to matters of identity development, acculturation, and self-esteem. I work with clients on optimizing all components of their well-being, including finding meaning, building strong relationships, cultivating a positive mood,
and becoming healthy and energized enough to overcome the challenges in their lives.

Laura Simonelli, Ph.D. (also in Collegeville office)

Laura Simonelli, Ph.D. (also in Collegeville office)

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a licensed psychologist specializing in clinical health psychology. As such, I am able to help you cope with many life stressors including, but not limited to, medical problems. I can also assist you in achieving health-related goals. I use a variety of evidence-based therapies to help you reach your therapy goals and overcome stress, anxiety, depression, and grief, as well as navigate interpersonal relationship concerns. These therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, and a supportive approach to help you accomplish the changes you desire. Through our work together you will enhance your existing strengths and learn new skills to help you adapt, cope and grow in the face of life challenges.

I received a doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology from The Ohio State University and completed my internship at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and postdoctoral fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. I have extensive experience working in psycho-oncology helping people cope with cancer, and I have particular interest in women’s health including breast and gynecologic cancers, infertility and other women’s health problems. Additionally, I have training to address many other health issues including obesity, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, pain, headaches, rheumatologic illnesses, organ transplants and medically unexplained physical symptoms. I am also available to conduct evaluations for medical procedures such as bariatric or other surgeries. I am passionate about emotional well-being, health psychology and helping you achieve your goals of wellness, serenity and personal growth.

Kristen Stowe, Psy.D. (also in Collegeville office)

Kristen Stowe, Psy.D. (also in Collegeville office)

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples & families experiencing difficulty with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, grief, career challenges, and other life transitions. My approach is eclectic and collaborative as I feel it is most helpful to consider a person’s unique needs and goals. I provide a nurturing and safe environment so that you feel comfortable on your therapeutic journey towards happiness.

I received my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Masters degree from University of Pennsylvania. My clinical experience includes working in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospital, emergency services, long term care facilities and private practice.

I believe in work/life balance, importance of personal growth, and embracing a constantly evolving path to wellness. Our goal in therapy is to work together to move you towards achieving increased self confidence, positive relationships, and ultimately…your version of happiness.

Susan Stuber, Ph.D.

Susan Stuber, Ph.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience helping adult individuals and couples to meet their goals. I have treated mental health issues such as depression, relationship difficulties, parenting concerns, anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and other eating/weight related issues, poor self-esteem, grief and loss, abuse/trauma, and health concerns. Additionally, I specialize in mental health issues related to infertility, postpartum depression, pregnancy complication and loss, and menopause. I offer consultation and evaluation for those undergoing infertility treatment.

With a focus on doing more of what they are already doing right, my orientation with clients is cognitive behavioral. I often employ strategies such as setting manageable goals, noticing and changing negative/interfering thought patterns, and various types of stress management and self-care. My training in research based interventions, coupled with my warmth and humor which helps facilitate safe and trusting relationships with my clients, are the key elements of my effective counseling practice.

I did my undergraduate work at Georgetown University, majoring in psychology and theology. I then earned a M.A. in religion from Yale Divinity School, and received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I completed my internship at the Family Center of the Berkshires in Pittsfield, MA, and my post-doctoral residency at the 45th Street Mental Health Center in West Palm Beach, FL. I also regularly attended Medical Residents’ lectures on ob/gyn medicine, with a special focus on fertility issues.

I have enjoyed teaching in a variety of settings, including undergraduates at Yale and University of Illinois, and Medical Residents at Nova Southeastern University and the University of South Florida. I have lectured in a wide range of professional and community settings.

The collaborative, trusting relationship I foster with each client, coupled with the evidence-based interventions my training brings to bear, afford clients the opportunity to make deeply meaningful personal changes.

Shoshana Wortman, Psy.D.

Shoshana Wortman, Psy.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I am a licensed psychologist who works with individuals ages 5 and up on a variety of concerns, including trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, and difficulties with school or family. In my work with children, I use play therapy and creative techniques in order to help them process feelings that they may not have the language to express verbally. In addition, I teach behavioral techniques to children and their guardians. I also help families to better communicate and support each other. With all of my clients, I believe in using an approach that matches the individual in order to help them identify and develop their own strengths to help in their healing journey. My approach includes cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and schema therapy.

I received my Doctorate and Masters degrees from Widener University’s Institute for Clinical Psychology. I have worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient victims of crime, inpatient drug and alcohol unit, community mental health and private practice.

Lin Zhu, Ph.D.

Lin Zhu, Ph.D.

Location:

2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suite 134, King of Prussia, PA 19406

I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. My training was focused on mood disorders, depression in particular, and I have worked with some of the leading researchers in the field. My other interests include health psychology – I was part of the Temple Hospital Heart Transplant Team for 2 years and helped patients through the various stages of heart and other organ transplants. In addition, I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and have done cross-culture research on optimism and wellbeing. I have been sought out by many who wish to approach their concerns in therapy with cultural sensitivity.

My psychotherapy focus at The Center includes issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress, grief, PTSD, and life transitions (challenges of young adulthood, career decisions and changes, relationship concerns, etc.). In addition to using a variety of evidence-based tools, I encourage and help clients develop a sense of curiosity into how they have become the people they are today. The goal is for the clients to have a better understanding of themselves – why they think, feel, and act the way they do. With this awareness, the clients can better leverage their strengths and learn to prevent their weaknesses from getting in their way of living a fulfilling life.



Dr. Williams Gaines, Ph.D.

Location:

1500 Cedar Hill Road, Ambler, PA 19002

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist and have worked for over 25 years with adult clients and with couples.  My areas of clinical experience include working with depression, anxiety, marriage and relationship issues, trauma, and stress management.  I often focus on life-stage issues which range from the challenges of college-age young adults, the many competing demands of family/work life, to the sometimes difficult adjustment of retirement.  My treatment approaches are based primarily in psychodynamic and insight-oriented psychotherapy, and may include other modalities in order to meet the particular needs of each unique individual.

I received my doctorate from Michigan State University, and have provided mental health assessment and treatment services in hospital, clinic, and private practice settings.  My approach is to work with care and respect, providing a relaxed, informal, and nonjudgmental environment.  Psychotherapy can bring someone relief from their presenting symptoms and distress, improvement in work and family relationships, and sometimes life-changing personal growth and understanding.  I work together with my wife, Leslie Rapp Gaines LCSW (also with The Center) out of our private office.



Kristine Boward, Psy.D. (also in King of Prussia office)

Kristine Boward, Psy.D. (also in King of Prussia office)

Location:

409 2nd Avenue, Suite 203, Collegeville, PA 19426

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who works with adults on relationship issues, adjusting to change, grief, trauma, and connecting clients to their strengths in order to more easily cope with growth-edge areas. I use a variety of therapeutic strategies depending on the individual I am working with. I lean most heavily toward narrative, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal approaches. I often use analogy and imagery to gain a more tangible grasp of issues that may feel murky or nebulous.

I am also the director of the Center. As such, I am continually focused on creating an environment that is calming and inviting in which you are treated as the individual you are while gaining from the expertise of a team of highly trained psychologists. I sincerely hope your experience at the Center is one of introspection, personal growth, curiosity and relief from aspects of your internal world that may have been painful.

Elizabeth Nolan, Ph.D. (also in King of Prussia office)

Elizabeth Nolan, Ph.D. (also in King of Prussia office)

Location:

409 2nd Avenue, Suite 203, Collegeville, PA 19426


Dr. Nolan’s clinical work focuses primarily on the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, along with managing life transitions, including relationship changes, adjustment to college, infertility, and grief & loss. Dr. Nolan works closely with clients to develop a treatment plan to best address personal goals. Examples of treatment goals commonly addressed in therapy with Dr. Nolan include addressing significant worries and fears, improving effective communication skills, fostering positive changes in behavior, and increasing self-confidence. Dr. Nolan’s approach is problem-solving oriented and she strives to effectively aid clients in making positive and lasting life changes. In therapy, Dr. Nolan works to provide a warm, caring, and non-judgmental environment. She provides individual and couples therapy and accepts referrals for older adolescents and adults. Dr. Nolan’s clinical work focuses primarily on the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, along with managing life transitions, including relationship changes, adjustment to college, infertility, and grief & loss. Dr. Nolan works closely with clients to develop a treatment plan to best address personal goals. Examples of treatment goals commonly addressed in therapy with Dr. Nolan include addressing significant worries and fears, improving effective communication skills, fostering positive changes in behavior, and increasing self-confidence. Dr. Nolan’s approach is problem-solving oriented and she strives to effectively aid clients in making positive and lasting life changes. In therapy, Dr. Nolan works to provide a warm, caring, and non-judgmental environment. She provides individual and couples therapy and accepts referrals for older adolescents and adults.
Dr. Nolan completed her doctoral study at Drexel University. Her research in graduate study was focused on the area of treatment outcome for Social Anxiety Disorder. She has experience working in numerous clinical settings including college counseling centers, a research-based anxiety treatment program, a medical rehabilitation unit, and an inpatient psychiatric hospital.

Rachel Novosel, Ph.D.

Rachel Novosel, Ph.D.

Location:

409 Second Avenue, Suite 203, Collegeville, PA 19426

As a clinical psychologist, I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and families, as well as adults who are coping with chronic health issues. Though able to help you address a variety of areas, my primary emphases are anxiety and mood disorders, behavioral problems, and adjustment disorders, including adjustment to chronic illness. I strive to create a supportive environment through empathy, honesty, and trust to foster change and growth for you and your family. Using evidence-based treatment strategies, we work together to define clear goals for overcoming challenges on your way to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

I received my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. I trained in clinical and health psychology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine and completed an additional two years of specialized training as part of the solid organ transplant team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I have experiences providing psychotherapy in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, primary care medical practice, and hospitals.

Victoria Ostroff, Psy.D. (also in King of Prussia office)

Victoria Ostroff, Psy.D. (also in King of Prussia office)

Location:

409 2nd Avenue, Suite 203, Collegeville, PA 19426

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who treats a variety of clients with different backgrounds and concerns. I am particularly interested in working with individuals who struggle with eating disorders, interpersonal relationships/family problems, anxiety, mood disorders, and life transitions. I enjoy working with both individual and couples, ranging in age from late adolescents into adulthood. In the context of a warm and empathic relationship, I work collaboratively with my clients to understand and address their concerns. I help my clients to access their strengths and build skills for managing emotions and coping with difficulties.

I received my doctoral training at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. My clinical experience includes working in a variety of settings such as residential treatment for eating disorders, college counseling, community mental health clinic, inpatient psychiatric hospital, and outpatient practices.

Warren Saunders, Psy.D. (also in King of Prussia office)

Location:

409 2nd Avenue, Suite 203, Collegeville, PA 19426

I am a licensed clinical psychologist working primarily with adolescents, families with younger children, and adults struggling with family relationships. I see many children presenting with oppositional and defiant behaviors, overcoming trauma and abuse, or suffering from significant mood dysregulation, each of which can put a whole family in distress. My work with adults generally focuses on issues of marital relationships, divorces, and parenting. I help people resolve conflicts, improve communication, and change unproductive habits. I also often treat anxiety and depression.

I have worked with children and families for many years in outpatient community behavioral health settings, family-based programs (in clients’ homes), and residential treatment facilities. I prioritize
implementing empirically validated treatment techniques. I apply ecosystemic structural family therapy in much of my work with children, and I frequently use cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of anxiety and mood problems. I believe that homework assignments are a vital component of effective therapy.

I earned my graduate degrees from Widener University. My dissertation examined the effects of different aspects of people’s identities on their quality of life. I am attentive to matters of identity development, acculturation, and self-esteem. I work with clients on optimizing all components of their well-being, including finding meaning, building strong relationships, cultivating a positive mood,
and becoming healthy and energized enough to overcome the challenges in their lives.

Laura Simonelli, Ph.D. (also in King of Prussia office)

Laura Simonelli, Ph.D. (also in King of Prussia office)

Location:

409 2nd Avenue, Suite 203, Collegeville, PA 19426

I am a licensed psychologist specializing in clinical health psychology. As such, I am able to help you cope with many life stressors including, but not limited to, medical problems. I can also assist you in achieving health-related goals. I use a variety of evidence-based therapies to help you reach your therapy goals and overcome stress, anxiety, depression, and grief, as well as navigate interpersonal relationship concerns. These therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, and a supportive approach to help you accomplish the changes you desire. Through our work together you will enhance your existing strengths and learn new skills to help you adapt, cope and grow in the face of life challenges.

I received a doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology from The Ohio State University and completed my internship at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and postdoctoral fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. I have extensive experience working in psycho-oncology helping people cope with cancer, and I have particular interest in women’s health including breast and gynecologic cancers, infertility and other women’s health problems. Additionally, I have training to address many other health issues including obesity, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, pain, headaches, rheumatologic illnesses, organ transplants and medically unexplained physical symptoms. I am also available to conduct evaluations for medical procedures such as bariatric or other surgeries. I am passionate about emotional well-being, health psychology and helping you achieve your goals of wellness, serenity and personal growth.

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I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples & families experiencing difficulty with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, grief, career challenges, and other life transitions. My approach is eclectic and collaborative as I feel it is most helpful to consider a person’s unique needs and goals. I provide a nurturing and safe environment so that you feel comfortable on your therapeutic journey towards happiness.

I received my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Masters degree from University of Pennsylvania. My clinical experience includes working in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospital, emergency services, long term care facilities and private practice.

I believe in work/life balance, importance of personal growth, and embracing a constantly evolving path to wellness. Our goal in therapy is to work together to move you towards achieving increased self confidence, positive relationships, and ultimately…your version of happiness.




Lin Zhu, Ph.D.

Lin Zhu, Ph.D.

Location:

Medical Arts Building, Suite 901, 1601 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. My training was focused on mood disorders, depression in particular, and I have worked with some of the leading researchers in the field. My other interests include health psychology – I was part of the Temple Hospital Heart Transplant Team for 2 years and helped patients through the various stages of heart and other organ transplants. In addition, I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and have done cross-culture research on optimism and wellbeing. I have been sought out by many who wish to approach their concerns in therapy with cultural sensitivity.

My psychotherapy focus at The Center includes issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress, grief, PTSD, and life transitions (challenges of young adulthood, career decisions and changes, relationship concerns, etc.). In addition to using a variety of evidence-based tools, I encourage and help clients develop a sense of curiosity into how they have become the people they are today. The goal is for the clients to have a better understanding of themselves – why they think, feel, and act the way they do. With this awareness, the clients can better leverage their strengths and learn to prevent their weaknesses from getting in their way of living a fulfilling life.




Lea Girsh, Ph.D.

Lea Girsh, Ph.D.

Location:

The Pavilion, 261 Old York Road, Suite 525A,
Jenkintown, PA 19046

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing for the past 14 years and specializes in helping individuals and families, including adolescents and couples. I view herself as an integrationalist, combining humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic treatment modalities in meeting the client’s psychotherapeutic needs.

In my clinical work, I work with clients to establish a safe environment where they can process and explore the challenges which they face. I have extensive experience in working with children, adolescents and adults who have endured traumatic events throughout their lives. I have successfully treated individuals suffering from physical, emotional, sexual, combat-related, and abusive histories. Learning to refrain from habituating to the traumatic experience, processing the trauma thoroughly in a safe environment, understanding the influence the trauma has had on one’s identity, and creating safe coping tools to managing traumatic symptoms is an integral part of the therapeutic process.

I also have extensive experience in treating a wide spectrum of populations including veterans, police officers, clients recently discharged from inpatient hospitalization programs, and clients of various ethnic backgrounds. My experience includes treating a multitude of mental health disorders including but not limited to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Insomnia, Depression, Nightmares, Self-Injurious Behaviors, and chemical addictions. I compassionately understands the pain, resentment, humility, and frustration that symptoms underlying these behaviors can cause and establishes specific goals to help clients eliminate these symptoms in an innocuous and healthy manner.

I strive to aid the client in overcoming their individual struggles and develop a “toolbox” of effective coping strategies. I work with clients to help them navigate through distressing periods in the healthiest manner possible. I focus on meeting the client where their individual needs lie. I treat each client as an individual and develops a personalized treatment plan with tangible and concrete goals to help them focus on developing their optimal quality of life. I treat couples of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and religions.

The ultimate goal in the psychotherapeutic treatment that I provide is to aid individuals in identifying and understanding their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and how these variables impact the individual’s identity and their relationships while also collaboratively guiding them in making healthy changes in their emotions, cognitions, and behaviors to optimize their quality of life.

Cheryl Madden, Psy.D.

Location:

The Pavilion, 261 Old York Road, Suite 525A,
Jenkintown, PA 19046

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist with 15 years of experience working with people dealing with symptoms of anxiety, depression, difficulties in personal relationships, school problems, grief and a variety of other issues. I work to understand each person’s unique strengths and difficulties in order to develop an individualized plan of treatment. I believe that it is important to utilize a client’s strengths to help address challenges and obstacles that get in the client’s way of living the life or having the relationships he or she wishes for.

My treatment approach is strength-based and collaborative. I believe that the best way to help people overcome obstacles in their lives is by helping them identify their strengths so that they can use these as tools in the process of change. I have found this approach to be successful in addressing clients of all ages and with a wide range of treatment issues including anxiety, depression, loss, grief, relationship issues, stress management, anger management, academic difficulties, occupational difficulties and others. I can address these issues through individual, family and group treatment.

My background is in both clinical and school settings, so I am able to help children, adolescents, parents and adult students to improve their academic experiences through psychotherapy, assessment and consultation with schools. I am able to participate in IEP meetings and assist in academic and behavioral programming to address emotional and learning needs.

I believe that the client is the expert on him or herself, so the therapist’s role is to help clients to find the solutions to their difficulties through listening, asking questions, providing support and educating the client on the interplay of thoughts, feelings and behaviors. My treatment is tailored to each client’s individual needs.




Marianne Giegerich, Psy.D.

Marianne Giegerich, Psy.D.

Location:

15 West Third Street, 1st Floor, Media, PA 19063

I am a licensed psychologist, and treat individuals and couples. I believe that therapy can be beneficial for anyone who feels that they are not living up to their full potential. I treat adults of all ages and have a background working in college counseling, and treating addictions. I work with a variety of obstacles to mental health, including mental illness, stress, feeling down or anxious and relationship problems.

Based on a relationship of trust and understanding, I work collaboratively with clients to address specific problems and explore more deeply rooted issues. I take the time to get to know each client individually, use humor, capitalize on existing strengths, develop concrete skills (i.e. relaxation, communication, coping skills) and explore emotions. I help clients to identify areas of concern, cope and respond in healthier ways, and achieve a deeper understanding and appreciation for themselves. Ultimately, I see therapy is a means to greater contentment and a place to focus on the achievement of personal satisfaction and productivity.

I received my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) and Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Widener University.

Rebecca Olejniczak, Psy.D.

Rebecca Olejniczak, Psy.D.

Location:

15 West Third Street, 1st Floor, Media, PA 19063

I am a licensed clinical and school certified psychologist who works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples, undergoing a variety of life experiences. I help clients grow, identify problematic areas, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and learn to utilize these coping strategies in their daily lives. Based on a relationship of trust, mutual respect, and understating, I work collaboratively with clients to explore their feelings, reactions, and specific problematic areas. I work to help clients gain a better understanding of themselves so that they can more effectively utilize their strengths and learn to manage their weaknesses successfully so that they can live a happier, more fulfilling life.

I use a treatment approach tailored specifically to each individual, and has training in both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approaches. In my work with children, I utilize play therapy and other creative techniques in order to help them process and express feelings they may not yet be able to successfully verbalize or understand. In addition, I work with children and their families in teaching and implementing behavioral strategies. I see individuals with numerous presenting concerns from normal life transition issues to more serious mental health concerns, such as stress, work difficulties, college preparation, divorce, relationship problems, family conflict, eating concerns, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

I received my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) and Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Widener University, where I concentrated my studies in school psychology. I am a Certified School Psychologist with experience working within the academic setting providing assessments, diagnosis, and consultation for students requiring educational and behavioral supports. I also have a background working with youth with legal involvement, in college counseling, in community mental health clinics, and in private practice.




Peggy Backal, Psy.D.

Peggy Backal, Psy.D.

Location:

1084 E. Lancaster Ave,
Suite 301,
Rosemont, PA
19010

As a clinical psychologist, I work with adults and teenagers with concerns of depression, anxiety, trauma, stress management, grief and loss. I am also experienced in helping people manage various life transitions, including relationship changes, adjustment to college, parenting and infertility. My approach to psychotherapy reflects a collaboration of psychodynamic, attachment, and problem solving theories. Together we focus on understanding and insight.

My Doctoral training was completed at Widener University. I have helped people in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health, schools and college counseling centers.




Erica Henninger, Psy.D.

Erica Henninger, Psy.D.

Location:

1517 McDaniel Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

I am a licensed psychologist who provides individual and family therapy for adolescents and adults to maximize their emotional, occupational, and relationship functioning. I frequently help clients address issues such as anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression and other mood disorders, post-traumatic stress, self-esteem, loss, and work and relationship stress. I have a special interest in health psychology and helping clients to adjust and thrive with chronic health issues such as diabetes, cardiac disease, cancer, chronic pain, and obesity. My aim is help clients navigate through difficult life transitions by providing a supportive and nurturing environment in which they can grow and make positive life changes. My approach to psychotherapy is often based on the unique goals and needs of each client. My treatment approach incorporates evidence-based treatment strategies as well as cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and psychodynamic perspectives.

I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and also completed a Master’s in Business Administration in the area of health administration at Widener University. My clinical experience includes multiple settings, such as college counseling centers, community clinics, intensive outpatient programs, therapeutic after-school programs, and primary care medical practice. I have also worked extensively with patients undergoing bariatric surgery in helping them prepare and adjust to surgery and maximize long-term success.

Danielle Kaiser, Psy.D. (also in our King of Prussia office)

Danielle Kaiser, Psy.D. (also in our King of Prussia office)

Location:

1517 McDaniel Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

I provide individual therapy for adolescents and adults for various issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, life transitions and relationship problems.  My primary treatment approach include cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy.  I utilize an array of therapeutic strategies to best address your needs, but view therapy as a collaborative process where we will work together to achieve your goals.  I strive to create a warm and supportive atmosphere where you can feel comfortable and safe in discussing your concerns. I obtained my Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Widener University.  My doctoral internship was completed during my two years of training on the Eating Disorders Unit at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment in Philadelphia, PA.  I also had clinical experience in a residential treatment facility, a college counseling center, a wrap-around service facility, and two outpatient private practices.

Tjitske A. Milks, Psy.D.

Tjitske A. Milks, Psy.D.

Location:

1517 McDaniel Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

I graduated from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Child and Family Therapy and School Psychology.

I am a Level II Certified School Psychologist with experience working within the academic setting providing assessments, diagnosis, and consultation for students requiring support.

My specialties are in assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD, individual and family-based treatments for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and performance-based anxiety management techniques for children and adolescents, including transition-based anxiety for adolescents. I also have experience working with child victims of sexual abuse.

Kristin Van Doren, Psy.D.

Kristin Van Doren, Psy.D.

Location:

1517 McDaniel Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

I work with individuals ages 3 and older, who are adjusting to a variety of life changes. I help clients grow and heal by providing them the support and information they need to make the most of their own abilities. My areas of specialty include helping clients manage anxiety and depression, supporting individuals coping with chronic illness, and working with children and families managing loss, change, and divorce. Using research-supported treatment approaches, I work with clients to find the best treatment fit for each individual. I am versed in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, family therapy, psycho-education, and existential treatment techniques.

I received my Doctoral and Masters degrees from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, where I concentrated my studies in the field of health psychology. I am BCIA certified in general biofeedback, which I use in conjunction with traditional therapy techniques to help individuals cope with anxiety, alter physical reactions to stress, and manage chronic pain.

I have worked in a variety of treatment settings; including community mental health, hospitals, private practices, and as the clinical director of a non-profit organization for grieving children and their families.

 




David Bromberg, PsyD (two office locations: Jenkintown and Doylestown)

Location:

300 Spruce Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 and 101 Greenwood Avenue, Suite 410, Jenkintown, PA 19046

I am licensed psychologist with 20 years experience in the field of behavioral health. I have a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The University of Denver, with academic specialties in psychological assessment, child and adolescent therapy, and couples and family
therapy. I have extensive experience in treating trauma, sexual abuse, and sexual behavior problems, and in forensic evaluation. My therapy experience also includes working with adults and adolescents with issues of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, domestic violence and other clinical issues. I also have nearly a decade of experience in clinical program development and supervision, as the developer and director of ATA’s Youthful Offender Program and as the coordinator of child and adolescent evaluation at the Joseph J. Peters Institute.

Kathleen Adams, LPC

Kathleen Adams, LPC

Location:

The Franklin Building, 16 North Franklin Street, Suite 200B, Doylestown, PA 18901

 I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who received my MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 1991. I initially was part of a comprehensive therapy team at Child and Family Consultants in Melbourne Florida, where I worked with children and their families. As a certified Early Intervention Specialist, I also served the Under Three population and their parents in a clinical setting and in the home.

I was also employed by Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida where I conducted parent education classes for parents of children, ages 0-5. I then was appointed Parent Educator Coordinator. In this position, I supervised a staff of thirteen parent educators and coordinated a preschool program in eight preschools with fifteen separate programs. I was responsible for planning the curriculum for parent education classes serving 300 families and conducting in-service training sessions for the teaching staff.

Upon moving to Pennsylvania in 1996, I have been in private practice in Doylestown where I continue to serve the needs of children but also see adolescents and adults.

I have received special training in a form of expressive therapy called Sandplay. Clients are invited to choose from thousands of miniatures and place the figures in a shallow box of sand. This embodied therapy can access long repressed feelings and bring about new insights. I have completed the training provided by Sandplay Therapists of America and am now a Certified Sandplay Therapist-Teacher and provide training for other therapists.

In 2003, I was invited to be part of a special program in the New York schools to bring sandplay to the children in the Ground Zero schools in Manhattan following the traumatic events of September 11, 2001. I have trained and did consultation with the school counselors who worked with this impacted population.

I continue to actively study Sandplay and the Jungian psychology upon which it is based. I provide consultation to other Sandplay therapists, has written several articles for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy and is an Editorial Associate on the Journal.