Associates in Behavioral Diagnostics and Treatment
Learn About Our Professionals
At Associates in Behavioral Diagnostics and Treatment, our staff may have varied backgrounds, but we are all united in our mission to help our clients. Our clinicians have a wide range of specialty training and experience to better help you and your family.
Amanda L. Pelphrey, Psy.D.
Amanda L. Pelphrey, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist, licensed in PA, and the founder and co-owner of the group practice (AIBDT).
A graduate of Miami University (B.A.) & Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Psy.D.), Dr. Pelphrey is a Child Psychologist who specializes in psychological testing & diagnostics, child development and neurobehavioral disorders, including ADHD, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, infant/toddler developmental delays, language and cognitive impairments, learning disorders and Tourette's disorder. Dr. Pelphrey is certified in CBIT from Tourette Syndrome Behavior Therapy Institute (TS-BTI). Additionally, Dr. Pelphrey has special interest in ethics in the practice of psychology and psychiatry.
Dr. Pelphrey previously worked at United Cerebral Palsy in upstate NY, as well as at the Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She held adjunct teaching positions in child development (Wells College) and learning and behavior (Chatham University). She is published in preschool development literature (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, 4e , 2009). Dr. Pelphrey is a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health, APA, and the PA Psychological Association.
Email: [email protected]
Andrew J. Ward, Ph.D.
Andrew J. Ward, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, licensed in PA, and co-owner of the group practice. He specializes in adolescent and adult psychotherapy, substance abuse/addiction treatment, sexual addiction, couples therapy, anxiety/depression and relationship issues. Dr. Ward has extensive experience in both juvenile and adult corrections, and he provides forensic consultation, including pretrial/pre-incarceration evaluations and court-requested sentencing recommendations.
A graduate of Duquesne University's Clinical Psychology program, Dr. Ward has expertise in humanistic psychology and works to understand and incorporate the role of personality and environmental factors on behavior and emotions. Dr. Ward is a member of the PA Psychological Association.
Bryson Bresnahan, Ph.D.
Bryson Bresnahan, Ph.D., is a PA Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist. He graduated from Duquesne University in 2006, but began therapeutic work in 1997. Dr. Bresnahan has both experiences in clinical and school settings as a therapist through WPIC, an evaluator for Auberle Child Services, and as the Supervisor of Psychological Services for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Dr. Bresnahan was also an adjunct instructor for psychologist testing (Duquesne University) for 10 years.
Currently, Dr. Bresnahan provides psychological assessment services from early childhood to college age. Evaluations include diagnostic services for Autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma. Dr. Bresnahan has a particular interest in how traumatic experiences impact different populations, as well as how reading difficulties influence attention and anxiety conditions.
Dr. Bresnahan is currently a member of the PA Psychological Association and the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer S. Porco, Ph.D.
Jennifer S. Porco, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, Licensed in PA. She is a graduate of Boston College (B.A.) and Michigan State University (Ph.D.). Dr. Porco is an Adjunct Professor at Chatham University and she previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Her therapeutic expertise is in the treatment of eating disorders, substance use disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders, working predominantly with adolescents and adults. Dr. Porco mainly utilizes cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral techniques in therapy, though she has also received training in psychodynamic theory. She also specializes in psychological testing and diagnostics for psychological, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD, learning disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.
Sarah B. Bartko, MS, NCC, LPC
Sarah B. Bartko, MS, NCC, LPC is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Her expertise is in autism spectrum, tic disorders, behavior modification, parent training, and women's issues. Sarah has specialty training in Perinatal/Postpartum Depression and maternal/infant attachment. She offers an Interpersonal Therapy program for mothers with perinatal depression and holds specialty interest in supporting women struggling with motherhood adjustment.
Sarah is certified from the Behavior Therapy Institute (BTTI) for specialty treatment in Tourette's Disorder as well as in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Deborah Volek, MS, LPC
Deborah Volek, MS, LPC is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in counseling for adolescents, adults, and couples. She has a special interest in Christian counseling, as well as mood and anxiety disorders.
Libreta Turner, MS, NCC, LPC
Libreta Turner, MS, NCC, LPC is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in therapy for children, adolescents, and adults with expertise in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, including treatment of OCD in children with autism.
She has over 3 years of experience with the OCD Intensive Outpatient Program at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic and has completed in-depth training workshops with the IOCDF Training Institute (BTTI) and the Beck Institute for cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, she has experience with treatment of focused repetitive behaviors, behavior modification, emotion regulation and anxiety disorders.
Daniella Parrish, MSCP, LPC, LBS
Daniella Parrish, MSCP, LPC, LBS is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed behavioral specialist. She has expertise in providing therapy services from early childhood to adults, including individual as well as couples and family therapy.
She has over 5 years of experience in autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, oppositional defiance, disruptive behaviors and group therapy. She has had training in functional behavior assessment and applied behavioral analysis. She has extensive experience with the development and implementation of behavioral interventions, as well as providing parent training for improving behavioral management strategies.
Megan P. Flinchbaugh, MS, NCC, LPC
Megan P. Flinchbaugh MS, NCC, LPC is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in the treatment of adults, adolescents, and children with a strong background in Trauma, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, and defiant disorders in children. Megan is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has utilized a number of treatment modalities including CBT, Mindfulness, and behavior modification techniques. She also works with families and parenting support issues to assist with managing child behavioral problems.
Megan graduated with a masters from Edinboro University and spent six years working in the field of wraparound with families and as a counselor for an intensive summer program for children with ADHD. Megan enjoys working with individuals, families, and couples and takes a hands on approach to therapy using individualized interventions and materials to meet each client's needs.
Robert Ryan, MSCP LPC NCC
Robert Ryan, MSCP, LPC, NCC is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families. Robert earned his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University and attended Penn State University for his undergraduate studies in psychology.
His expertise is in trauma, mood disorders, disruptive behavior, and anxiety. Robert is certified in Trauma-Focused CBT and has utilized a number of therapeutic modalities including traditional CBT, Mindfulness Therapy, and Play Therapy. More recently, Robert has developed a therapeutic curriculum for children that will be utilized in five intensive outpatient clinics within the next three years.
Robert has worked in tandem alongside psychiatrists, as well as, other mental health and physical health professionals to better serve his clients within school, residential, and outpatient settings.
Heather Massolini, MS, LPC, NCC
Heather Massolini, MS, LPC, NCC has had over 15 years of experience working with children in a wide variety of settings including residential treatment, wraparound and outpatient. Heather’s clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, depression, transitional issues and mood disorders. She received her undergraduate degree from Duquesne University in Psychology and Studio art and then received a Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. She uses person centered talk/play therapy and incorporates traditional modalities of therapy including CBT and DBT to develop an individualized and eclectic therapeutic approach to treatment.
Lindsay Panizzi, MSEd, LPC, LBS
Lindsay Panizzi is a licensed professional counselor and licensed behavior specialist who specializes in the treatment of adolescents, children and adults. Lindsay additionally specializes in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders,Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and conduct disorders in children. As a therapist, Lindsay utilizes CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and person centered techniques to support client needs.
Lindsay graduated with a master's degree in Counselor Education at Duquesne University. Lindsay has over 6 years in the mental health field across home, school and community settings. Lindsay is certified in functional behavior analysis and implementing behavior modification interventions to support client needs.
Jill Pawlowski, LPC
Jill Pawlowski is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a BA in Psychology from Point Park University and a Master's degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jill has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field with MDD, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Family Systems and Couples Counseling, and Developmental Disabilities.
Heidi Stelzig, MSEd., LPC
Heidi Stelzig, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Otterbein College and started her academic accomplishments by earning an Associate's Degree in Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/Mental Retardation from Columbus State Community College.
Ms. Stelzig has been in the counseling profession since 1991. Her clinical experiences include individual and group work with children, adults, couples and families. She has extensive experience in treating children and adults in a variety of settings including Outpatient Private Practice, Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services, Foster Care, Juvenile Correctional Facilities, Group Homes, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Care.
Ms. Stelzig offers client-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy to adults. In her work with children, she utilizes the relationship, play therapy, behavior modification, and partnering with parents to help children overcome behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that interfere with emotional, social, and academic functioning. Her focus with parents includes offering emotional support and the teaching of positive parenting skills. Parents may be requested to join in the play which will enable them to learn esteem enhancing techniques and ultimately help sustain their child's growth. Active participation between sessions often aids children and families to reach optimal growth and success. Therefore, "homework" may be assigned and celebrated. Ms. Stelzig believes that children are best served by their team of family and professionals. To that end, collaboration is key.
Cassandra Besse, LCSW
Cassandra Besse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in the treatment of OCD, OCD related disorders and anxiety disorders. She previously worked at the WPIC Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient program where she provided intensive group and outpatient therapy. She has more than 10 years of experience working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, and autism.
Cassandra earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada) and a Masters in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cassandra has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Cassandra strives to provide an open, safe and nurturing environment where children/adolescents and adults can learn to cope with their symptoms and take control of their own treatment. Cassandra aims to make treatment fun and loves to watch individuals make progress towards their goals.
Amy Schwerer, MS, LPC
Amy Schwerer, MS, LPC is a licensed professional counselor who has worked with individuals across the lifespan. Amy graduated from La Roche College with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology and earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University.
Amy has over 9 years of experience working in the mental health and substance use treatment field. Her experience includes: BHRS (wraparound), family-based therapy, substance use treatment, medication-assisted treatment, dual diagnosis mental health and substance use treatment, and outpatient therapy. She has provided both individual outpatient, family, and group outpatient therapy throughout her career. She has worked with clients with concerns ranging from anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, trauma, Autism, and substance use disorders.
Amy follows a person-centered, strength-based approach to meet the client where they are at to help guide them towards achieving their goals. She utilizes a variety of treatment strategies and has additional training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP).
Ashley Turner, MSCP, LPC
Ashley Turner, MSCP, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor who provides counseling to children, teens, and adults, with a specialization in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, behavior modification, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ashley has over 10 years of experience working in the field including roles such as Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS), Family-Based Therapist, Behavior Specialist Consultant/Mobile Therapist (BSC/MT), and Therapeutic Specialist for social skills groups for children/teens with Autism.
Ashley graduated from Allegheny College with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and received her Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University.
Ashley is an EMDR therapist and has also been trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Her treatment approach is individualized to meet each client’s individual needs. In addition to EMDR, she uses other modalities such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness techniques. Ashley’s goal is to make treatment fun and engaging for each client while working towards achieving the therapeutic goals. When working with children and teens, Ashley believes that it is important for the parents/caregivers to be involved in treatment to promote generalization of therapy skills.
Email: [email protected]
Lauren Szpak, MA, LPC
Lauren Szpak is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of mental health needs including depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavioral disorders, and adjustment disorders.
Lauren utilizes a strength-based approach to empower clients to believe that they can navigate and overcome the stressors that life can put in our path. Lauren strives to make each client feel like they are heard and encourages them to recognize that their story matters. Lauren is committed to creating a safe environment that allows clients to feel supported as they work on their treatment goals.
Lauren is skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and motivational interviewing. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Robert Morris University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental health Counseling at Waynesburg University. Lauren has over six years of experience in the field of mental health, including experience in multiple levels of care such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, school-based outpatient, and outpatient therapy.
Emily Hricko, MS, LPC
Emily Hricko, MS, LPC, is a PA licensed professional counselor who specializes in therapy with children, adolescents and adults. Emily is a graduate of Penn State University with her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She obtained her Master’s of Science Degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University.
Emily has over 10 years of expertise working with clients struggling with Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, ADHD, developmental stressors, trauma-related issues, ODD, depression, mood disorders and Bipolar Disorder. Emily is well-versed in helping others develop coping skills in order to tackle life’s difficult events. Emily offers a person-centered, strength based approach to each client she works with. She utilizes therapeutic techniques mainly stemming from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but is also finds that play therapy and a healthy sense of humor can be helpful as well.
Matthew Kazsimer, LPC
Matt Kazsimer, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in cognitive behavioral, behavioral, and family focused therapy. He works with children age 3 and up focusing on behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and ODD. For adults, Matt specializes in anxiety, depression and parenting stress.
Email: [email protected]
Erin Sheaffer, LCSW
Erin Sheaffer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has expertise in providing therapy services to adults of all ages. Erin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Sociology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh.
Erin has worked in a variety of clinical settings including correctional facilities, a substance abuse treatment facility, a hospice agency, a hospital oncology unit, and a community health program for senior citizens. Areas of specialization include grief and loss, gerontology, substance abuse/addiction treatment, anxiety, and depression. She has exclusively worked with patients in a private practice setting for the past 8 years. She primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a strengths-based approach and assists clients to develop coping strategies related to their presenting challenges.
Erin is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is also the treasurer of the Southwest Pennsylvania Division of Social Workers in Aging Practice.
Kaitlyn Barbarow, MS, NCC, LPC
Kaitlyn Horan is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in therapy for children, adolescents, and families. Kaitlyn graduated with in Masters in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University and has experience working with families in the home, as well as with children and adolescents and their parents in the school and outpatient setting. Kaitlyn has a background in trauma, ADHD, and mood disorders in children and adolescents. Kaitlyn utilizes a strength-based, client-centered approach with multiple treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Family Structural Therapy.
Email: [email protected]