Meet Our Therapists

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Kathryn Nickischer Friel, LPC, NCC

Kathryn is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania and a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor (NCC.) She has a BA from Marywood University, and a MS in Clinical Health Counseling from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM.) Kathryn worked as a family-based therapist for Northwestern Human Services (NHS) until 2012, when she started working in private practice, for both Olivewood Counseling and The Center for Integrative Psychotherapy. 

In 2015, Kathryn opened her own private practice in Palmerton, PA. Since then, she has expanded her practice to three locations. In June of 2017, Kathryn was selected by Lehigh Valley Business as one of the 40 Under 40, an award that honors business professionals who have achieved entrepreneurial success while also contributing back to the community. In July of 2017, Kathryn was selected for inclusion in the WHO WHO'S Top Doctors Honors Edition. 

Kathryn is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist who specializes in treating teenagers and adults who have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD,) Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD,) Phobias, and sexual dysfunction disorders. She is an active volunteer at Manito Equestrian Center and has recently partnered with Manito Life Center in order to offer Equine Therapy to her clients.  Kathryn is an Internal Family Systems (IFS) level one graduate. 

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Rachel Little, LCSW

Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Pennsylvania. She has two undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Kutztown University. She has worked as a family-based therapist providing in home and community based services, as well as a diagnostic clinician for residential treatment facilities. Rachel transitioned into private practice at Olivewood Counseling, and began facilitating equine assisted psychotherapy through Manito Life Center of which she currently serves as a Board Member for their non-profit charity organization. 

Rachel offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Holistic and Humanistic integrated approaches towards treatment for adults, families, couples, as well as adolescents. Her specialty areas include Depression, Generalized Anxiety, relationship issues between heterosexual and LGBTQ couples, and Adjustment Disorder. She also has experience working with individuals who have PTSD, Aspergers Disorder, and adolescents struggling with mood disorders. Rachel offers empathetic support in teaching valuable coping skills that can be utilized during the toughest of times. Rachel is objective and non-judgemental in her approach to therapy, and truly enjoys the client-therapist relationship.

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Holly A. Mullen, LCSW

Holly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania, earning her bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Kutztown University in 2008 and receiving a master's Degree in Social Work at Marywood University in 2013. Holly's prior experience includes behavioral therapy with children and families at Providence Community Services and as an Inpatient Case Manager.

Holly has experience working with adults and adolescents who are encountering depression, anxiety, life's transitions, recovery and grief. She also supports couples and blended families seeking to improve communication, co-parenting skills and pre-marital counseling. Holly specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Person-Centered and Solution Focused Therapies. Her focus as a therapist is to promote understanding yourself through encouraging acknowledgment of strengths with emphases on positive thought process to enhance learning and growth.

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Susan Featro, LPC, Ed.D

Susan earned a B.A. from Lycoming College, a M.Ed. from Penn State University, and an Ed.D. from Wilkes University. After earning her doctorate in education and teaching in K-12 schools and at the university level for 15 years, Susan decided to pursue a M.S. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and to work towards licensure. She graduated with a M.S. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and has done additional training in trauma-focused CBT, in addictions, and in working with LGBTQ couples. Susan also works at a short-term residential psychiatric crisis center for adults.

Susan combines her background and experience in education, her background and experience in counseling psychology, and her training in yoga, mindfulness, and body-based therapies in serving her clients. She specializes in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), depression, trauma, addictive behaviors, relationship issues, and women's issues. Susan focuses on helping clients to grow in self-awareness and helping them to heal, grow, and find balance in their lives. She sees children, adolescents, and adults and also works with couples in the Lehighton office, offering daytime and evening hours.

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Roslyn Birnbaum, LPC

Roz brings with her a fantastic reputation in the field and a following of clients who truly respect her. Roz has a BA from Pennsylvania State University, and received her MS in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Roz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Dual Diagnosis Counselor who specializes in emotional, mental health and drug/alcohol issues. 

Roz provides a safe environment where you can explore your issues to gain insight and develop skills to make positive life changes. Her therapeutic areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, trauma, mental and physical abuse, self esteem, ADHD, life transition issues, and codependency. She also helps those with chronic pain problems in regaining confidence.

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Kerin Oksienik, LPC

Kerin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and additionally recognized as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lafayette College in 2009 followed by her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University in 2011.  Kerin has several years of experience working in outpatient treatment settings helping individuals to gain stability over their mental health symptoms and co-occurring substance use disorders to be able to live fulfilling lives.

Kerin specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, addiction, trauma, and relational conflict.  She works with adults, adolescents, and couples using a therapeutic approach that integrates elements of cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and person-centered therapies.  Kerin understands the importance of having a safe, supportive environment to feel validated in while confronting some of life’s most challenging times.  She develops this through a genuine, caring approach while helping to change unhealthy thought patterns that could be getting in the way of personal growth and satisfaction.

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Peter D. Ellison, LPC, CCDPD

Peter is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in 2002, as well as a Master of Arts degree in community counseling (2004) and an Education Specialist degree in mental health counseling (2005), both from Seton Hall University.  Peter has extensive experience providing care within various clinical settings.  This includes inpatient and outpatient substance use treatment programs, working within a psychiatric and addiction medicine practice, and as an independent practitioner.

Peter has training and experience in working with adults who are seeking help for managing depression and other mood issues, anxiety, substance use issues, relationship struggles and stress management.  He has provided group therapy, individual therapy and couples therapy, and specializes in the use of Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal and Person-Centered therapy skills and techniques.  Peter views each person as a unique individual with their own set of strengths and capabilities that can be developed and used to help challenge and overcome personal issues.  

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Lauren Falgout, LCSW, CCTP

Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Penn State University, and her Master's Degree in Social Work at University of Southern California. She completed her second Master's Degree in Psychological research at Walden University, and is currently in pursuit of her Doctorate in Psychology through Walden University. Lauren excels in a variety of therapy techniques including motivational interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered, Trauma Informed Care, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT.)

Lauren has experience working with a variety of mental health and behavioral concerns within diverse populations. She has experience with children, adolescents, adults, marriage counseling, family therapy, and group therapy. Lauren excels in working with individuals with trauma histories, depression and self-harm, anxiety and self-identity concerns.

Lauren aims to aid clients in reaching their goals and full potential at the pace that they feel most comfortable with.

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Marissa Cruz, LPC, LBS

Marissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS) in the state of Pennsylvania.  She earned her BA in Psychology from Cedar Crest College, and  MS in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chestnut Hill College.  Marisa has worked for several years providing behavioral and family therapy to children, teens, and families in community and outpatient settings.  She also works as an adjunct professor at Northampton Community College. 


Marissa has experience in treating anxiety, depression, developmental/spectrum disorders, ADHD and other behavioral disorders of childhood.  She uses an integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT,) Humanistic approaches, and psychoeducation in her work.  Marissa strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where one can explore difficulties, gain insight, and begin the journey to radical self-acceptance. 


Jeremy Falgout, LPC, NCC

A Nationally-Certified Counselor, Jeremy completed his undergraduate work at Clarion University where he studied Rehabilitative Sciences with a concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling. He then earned his Masters Degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.


Jeremy has worked in the field of addiction and mental health for 8 years. Jeremy also has experience working with individuals who are in crisis or struggling with suicidal thoughts, as well as victims of trauma. 


Jeremy believes in the power of a strong therapeutic relationship, encouraging clients to utilize their own personal strengths as tools for success. Working from a Gestalt-based approach, he works with clients that have experienced traumatic events by helping them process unfinished business and reach a place of closure. Utilizing an approach that is honest, direct, and non-biased, Jeremy works diligently with his clients to establish a sense of self-empowerment that helps them in reaching their goals. 

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Heidi Mack, LPC

Heidi is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Moravian College and her Master of Science degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, with a focus on Marriage and Family Counseling, from Chestnut Hill College. 


Heidi has over ten years of experience working with children, adults, couples, and families in outpatient and community health settings.  She takes an eclectic approach to therapy by utilizing a combination of cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and person-centered therapies.  Heidi believes in the importance of building a strong therapeutic relationship to help her clients heal from past experiences, learn skills to cope with challenges, and explore their personal growth.

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Elizabeth Vegetabile, MS, LPC

Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. She graduated with a BS in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania in 2011 and a Masters in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a focus on Child and Adolescent Therapy from Chestnut Hill College in 2013. She also has a postgraduate certificate from Chestnut Hill College in Trauma Studies that she earned in 2017. She has a variety of experiences working in outpatient therapy settings with children, teenagers, and adults.


Elizabeth provides a safe and positive environment for her clients to heal and grow. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to help clients through a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, family stressors, relationship issues and life changes. She works with children as young as six years old using play to help them understand their complex emotions. She works with all of her clients regardless of age with a level of respect and understanding and knowing that the therapeutic alliance is a beneficial part of the healing process. She wants all of her clients to feel validated, yet challenged by their therapeutic work as they move towards bettering themselves and becoming healthier, happier individuals.


Elizabeth offers therapy in both the Allentown and Lehighton locations. 

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Waded Baquerizo-Mahuad, MA, LPC

Waded is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania.  She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in her home country of Ecuador. She received her graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling from Kutztown University.  She has worked as a Mobile Therapist for children providing home and community services.  In addition to her career in private practice, she works as a professional counselor for a Community-Based Agency.  Waded has experience working with a variety of mental health diagnoses that include Generalized Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADD, and trauma.  


Waded focuses on building insight in order to create self-awareness, personal improvement and growth. Her approachability and openness to the human experience fosters a safe and accepting environment.  She uses a humanistic, person-centered approach, while also utilizing mindfulness and sensorimotor techniques.  Waded is bilingual in Spanish and English, and especially enjoys providing counseling to Latin American and Hispanic community members as a proud bicultural practitioner of compassion. 

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Ann Goodrich, LCSW

Ann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Pennsylvania and New York. She earned both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Adelphi University in 2012.  Ann went back to school to pursue a career in social work after raising her children.


Ann has many years of experience working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Ann specializes in mood disorders, as well as paths to sobriety.  She enjoys working with people in recovery, helping them to develop the self-awareness and coping skills necessary in order to redefine their lives. In addition to using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT,) Ann utilizes mindfulness, Positive Psychology and behavior therapy in assisting clients to set life goals.

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Vince Confalone LPC, NCC

Vince is a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor (NCC). He earned his BA in Sociology from Moravian College, and his MS in Counseling from The University of Vermont.

Vince has worked in the field of mental health for the last 7 years. His experiences range from residential treatment facilities for adolescents, outpatient therapy, school-based counseling, and home-based family therapy. Vince specializes in family relationships, Generalized Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, life transitions, adolescents, young adults, and trauma informed care. Vince believes in a therapeutic approach that is driven by a strong therapeutic relationship, goal oriented treatment, and strength-based interventions. Vince has formal training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).

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Debra Morey Manning, LCSW

Debra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Pennsylvania.  Before she became a social worker, Debra spent 16 years as a pastor in which she conducted pastoral counseling.  While pastoring she helped to open up a non-profit center for troubled teens.  She received her Masters in Social Work from Marywood University and Masters in Human Resource Counseling from Regent University.  She worked at St. Luke’s University Hospital and Lehigh Valley Health Network, in adult inpatient behavioral health, serving some of the most severely mentally ill before moving to outpatient as the Director of a Community Mental Health Center in Luzerne county.

Debra has an eclectic approach to therapy.  She believes that each person is unique and needs a personal plan that fits the individual.  Some approaches she uses are Existential Therapy, Solution Focused, Person-Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  She loves working with all ages—children, adolescents, adults,  and the senior population.   Her areas of expertise are mood disorders, grief and anxiety disorders.  

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Lacey I. Binkley, LPC

With over ten years of experience as a therapist, Lacey’s clinical knowledge is a strength in her work as a therapist.  Lacey holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Penn State, and an MA in Education and Secondary School Counseling. She is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist. Lacey has worked for various, well-respected mental health community agencies in both Pennsylvania and Florida. These include KS-MST, Children’s Home of Reading, Pennsylvania Counseling Services of Lebanon, and The Center for Psychology, in Fort Meyers, FL.  As a program supervisor, Lacey’s Juvenile Court program won the 2010 Court Operated Program of the Year award. 


Lacey enjoys working with teens and young adults. Her speciality treatment areas are trauma, PTSD, and personality disorders. Lacey also enjoys working with young adults who are struggling with relationship difficulties. She is currently invested in a Trauma-Focused CBT certification program.  Lacey combines person-centered and cognitive-behavioral approaches to empower clients to discover their inner warriors and learn to love themselves. Her straight-forward approach and sense of humor allow for both fun and focus in the therapy space. 


Joseph Young, LPC NCC

Joseph is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania and a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor (NCC.) He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his Master’s degree in Mental Health and Counseling from Antioch University. Joseph has worked as a Family-Based Therapist providing in home and community-based services enhancing feelings of empowerment and self-efficiency so families can help themselves and their children become psychologically self-sufficient. He worked as a Multisystemic Therapist (MST) empowering teens, young adults, individuals, and families using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client and family.


Joseph’s clinical vision is to ensure a safe environment for clients to explore and to assist clients in the discovery of their strengths, building support systems, and developing healthy lifestyles to set the foundation for life successes. He employs a cross-disciplinary therapeutic approach utilizing modalities which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Person-Centered Therapy, Psychoeducation, and mindfulness, helping clients navigate Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, life stressors, and family and relationship issues.

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Ellen Lutz, Office Manager

Ellen is the friendly voice you hear when you call to make an appointment at our practice.  A graduate of Quakertown High School and Lansdale School of Business, Ellen has worked in business administration for over 15 years.  Professional, courteous, and truly caring, Ellen is an asset to the practice, and will gladly help you with any scheduling, insurance, or billing questions that you may have.  Ellen is the proud mother of Parker, Abby, and Hudson.