STAFF

NICOLE O'BARTO TRAINER, PH.D, MS, LPC

Nicole received her doctorate in counseling psychology from West Virginia University. She was trained in the Department of Psychiatry at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Trainer has been studying integrative mental health since 2009. She founded Natural Resilience with the intention to shift the conversation in mental health care away from deficits and subjective lists of symptoms treated largely with pharmaceuticals to one focused on innate health and the integration of evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies. Further, Dr. Trainer believes that a more dynamic and holistic approach to mental health treatment would better prepare an individual for the lifelong process of understanding their emotional self and taking care of their mental health. 

Nicole’s initial research and practice focused on the integration of evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies like mindfulness meditation, biofeedback, and nutritional awareness into the treatment of mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Nicole later began integrating mindfulness-based relapse prevention into her work with clients struggling to heal from disruptions in mental health caused by addictions to alcohol and other drugs. Nicole routinely teaches her clients about the roles that nutrition and physical activity play in one's emotional well-being and has specialized training from Allegheny General Hospital in mind-body therapies.

JOANN DAVIS FREY, BSN, MS, LPC, NCC

JoAnn is the co-owner of Natural Resilience, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Registered Nurse. She is devoted to meeting each client where they are, striving to consistently provide a setting of understanding, encouragement, and hope. As a practitioner of integrative mental health, her counseling philosphy is one that addresses mind, body and spirit. Her education and clinical experiences have allowed her the opportunity to work with a variety of populations, within a number of practice settings. JoAnn views each person as the true expert in their life. She focuses on the inherent strengths and abilities of the individual as a means to help them identify solutions and achieve desired outcomes. Her collaborative approach works toward a greater understanding of self, overall wellness and progression toward a more satisfying life.

ERIKA LAURENSON, MA, NCC, LPC

Erika is a Licensed Professional Counselor who believes that her clients are the experts in their own lives. She utilizes both evidence-based complementary and alternative practices to help others address their health in a humanistic and multi-faceted way. Erika considers herself to be a generalist who has trained extensively in therapies designed to address trauma, depression, and anxiety. She values her work for its ability to bring greater awareness, compassion, and balanced resilience to the lives of both those who are experiencing difficulties and for those who would simply like to develop a deeper and more profound sense of self.

KRISTIN JOHNSON-GIBEAUT, MA, NCC, LPC, CTT

Kristin is a licensed professional counselor, nationally certified counselor, and certified trauma therapist. Her primary work has been with posttraumatic stress disorder and dissociative disorders. Kristin strives to create an environment of compassion, acceptance, and empowerment for individuals to explore areas of concern. She incorporates creative approaches (art, writing, meditation, guided imagery) to bring balance and facilitate growth.

 

DEBORAH MUCHA, Psy.D, LPC, NCC, CTT, MSPC

Deborah obtained a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and is working towards full licensure as a psychologist. She is a licensed Professional Counselor, a nationally certified counselor and certified trauma therapist. She believes in empowering her clients and meeting them where they are at with unconditional positive regard. Her education and clinical experiences have allowed her to work with a number of populations within different settings.  Her approach to therapy enables clients to find their inner strengths and empowerment. As well as being a therapist in a clinical setting, she has a passion for working in forensics and inspiring new therapists through teaching at University of Pittsburgh and Seton Hill University.  She has also given numerous trainings in multiple states across the US.

SAMANTHA HOST MS, CRC, LPC

Samantha is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania as well as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She earned her Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University in 2008. She provides a safe place for her clients to explore their lives, beliefs and struggles with a non-judgmental and client-centered approach. She believes everyone is an expert in their own lives and their lives are unique and important. She strives to meet clients where they are and honors each client's story by assisting them to determine how they want to live their lives and helps them to identify solutions to their problems so they can reach their goals.

 

KAYLA SIEFERT, MA, LMFT

Kayla is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. She utilizes an integrative theoretical, evidenced based approach; including working to meet the client where they are at. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is integral to assuring the client feels valued, safe, and supported. She utilizes humor in her approach and works to maintain awareness of use of self in the room. These factors, along with client motivation, help facilitate change throughout the therapeutic process. Kayla has experience working with families from a Structural and Emotionally Focused perspective. She also works with couples through the interventions used by John Gottman, Ph.D.  She has specific expertise in dealing with the LGBTQIA community, working with the transgender population through gender therapy and making necessary medical and surgical referrals. Kayla has performed research on this population and gained knowledge around their experiences of loss. Kayla encourages all individuals to believe in their inherent worth and ability to belong and connect to one another and the world around them.

GILLIAN S. KRAFFT, MS, LICSW, IAEPD member

Gillian is a licensed independent clinical social worker and member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. She believes that her work as a therapist is to guide people through their healing process. As everyone’s process looks different, Gillian imparts an eclectic technique, combining traditional talk therapy, psychoeducation, dialectical behavioral therapy, as well as others, to provide the best care possible.  Gillian specializes in treatment of eating disorders, but also works with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as other life problems. Gillian is well-versed on aspects of nutrition and the effects of food on our body and mind, and offers education on this topic to our practice as well.

 

ANNA HRAFNSDOTTIR,  M.Sc, MSW, LICSW, CTT

Anna is a licensed clinical social worker, art therapist and certified ITR trauma therapist. Her therapeutic approach with clients is strength-based and person-centered. Anna’s education and experience with different populations has allowed her to provide individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults in various settings such as within schools, hospitals, residential treatment center, in private group practice, and in the community. Her primary clinical focus and passion has been with post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative disorders. Anna strives to create a safe environment to help the client find deeper awareness and compassion towards their inner self with the aim of empowering her clients to improve their outlook on life and the future.

 

BRENDA EVERETT, MA, LPC, NCC, CTT

Brenda is a licensed professional counselor, nationally certified counselor, and certified trauma therapist. Her military service and background paired with education and clinical skills have promoted her experience in working with various populations. She comes with numerous years of experience working with Veterans and their family members. She specializes in a variety of issues that include depression, anxiety, trauma, adjusting to change, stress management, grief and loss, relationship conflicts, codependency, and obsessions and compulsions. She enjoys the diversity of working with people from all walks of life by helping them attain better well-being, growth, and transition. She believes that by being proactive, purposeful, and working through the myriad of life’s ups and downs you have the chance to over-come, grow, and move forward in your life.

 

TAMARA MILLER, M.Ed, LPC

Tamara is a Licensed Professional Counselor in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Tamara earned her Master’s Degree from Ohio University in 2004. Since graduating, her practice has focused on counseling Adults, Adolescents, Children and Families.

Tamara has had a breadth of experience with helping people overcome various hurdles in their lives and to reach their goals for a more fulfilling life. Tamara specializes in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Grief, Relationship Concerns, and has extensive experience treating Trauma. She believes each person who comes to therapy is the expert on their own lives. Tamara takes the role of advocate to help clients gain insight into the areas they desire to see change or healing. Partnering with clients through the use of traditional, integrative and creative techniques, Tamara assists people in finding tools to utilize in the change process. She has a warm and caring personality and strives to create an environment of safety in which people can be vulnerable in order exhibit the courage to find healing and lasting change.

SHARON LEWIS, LCSW

KYLYNN SMITH, MA, NCC, LPC

Kylynn is a nationally certified counselor and a licensed professional counselor in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Kylynn graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with her Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree and has had numerous experiences working with children, adolescents, and adults in various mental health and drug and alcohol treatment settings. Kylynn has also completed training in trauma-focused CBT for children and adolescents. Kylynn uses an integrative approach to support, educate, and motivate clients on their journey of personal growth and development to meet each individual’s goals in a non-judgmental way.  Kylynn believes that every person has the abilities and strengths to improve their lives and increase their overall well-being.  Kylynn strives to support clients in their development and integration of these skills and qualities into their daily lives and achieve their best self.

SUSAN MCCOURT, Office Manager