Sprout Center for Emotional Growth and Development is designed to address the needs of children and their families in all stages of life.
Consultation, training and supervision are also provided for all agencies and individuals that serve an important role in a family’s life including parents and caregivers, Childcare providers, Educators and Schools, Medical professionals, Legal representatives, Parenting groups and other organizations.
Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in early childhood social emotional needs, particularly attachment, grief & loss, trauma and anxiety. Erin earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and child development from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She attended Chatham University for her MS in counseling and earned her Infant Mental Health Certificate in Pennsylvania’s first Infant Mental Health cohort.
In 2013 after work on a seminal grant supporting postpartum depression, Erin felt there was a gap in supportive counseling and consultation for many young families. She opened her practice: Sprout Center for Emotional Growth and Development, LLC out of the love and passion for supporting children and their families. She has worked in the fields of Mental Health, Early Intervention and Behavioral Health service for over 15 years. Erin has presented on a variety of topics including mental health, grief and loss, social emotional and child development throughout the United States; but she calls Pittsburgh home. Erin is a registered Child- Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) clinician, Certified in Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling and an Endorsed Infant Mental Health Mentor.
Samantha is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a focus on children, adolescents, and young adults. She specializes in helping children manage and cope with anxiety, depression, and trauma (separation from a primary caregiver, death of a loved one, sexual abuse, foster care, other stressors) and has been practicing since 2013. Samantha is also adept at helping parents manage their children’s challenging behaviors. She is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and the Incredible Years.
Samantha obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. She enjoys utilizing a strengths–based blended approach culled from dyadic therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy in order to individualize therapy to best meet clients’ needs. She firmly believes in reducing the stigma associated with mental health care and enabling others to live their best lives.
Skylar is a graduate of Pennsylvania State Erie, The Behrend College with a BA in Psychology. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University.
Skylar has spent 3 years working in Intensive Behavioral Health Services with children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other behavioral disorders. She has worked with children and their families in the home, community, and school settings. She has experience using Applied Behavioral Analysis and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Skylar believes in the creation of environments that nurture the growth, development, and strengths of each child.
Brittney D. Singletary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who attended the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work Program and received an MSW in Mental Health and Integrated Health. Throughout her six years of experience Brittney has provided care to youth ranging from early childhood to late adolescents and their families in variety of settings.
Brittney’s areas of focus are early childhood trauma, acute/chronic/complex trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression and family conflict resolution. She has worked with families in navigating school behavioral health, IEP meetings, behavior modification techniques and familial interpersonal communication. She specializes in helping children develop increased coping skills, social emotional development, and interpersonal skillsets. Brittney has used her training in Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Incredible Years (IY)- Small Group Dina and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to help individuals overcome significant stressors that impede the life span and improve resiliency for the client.
As an LCSW, Brittney is multifaceted and utilizes a person-center fundamental framework. Her psychotherapy approaches consist of dyadic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, play therapy and attachment-based therapy. Her diverse and profound skillset has allowed her to provide optimal care and empowerment to all individuals in need of social and mental health services.
Gabriela Mance is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania. Gabriela received her B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University in 2013, and she continued her education at Kent State University earning her M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015. Gabriela began her practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and continued her practice and training to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with training supervision designation in Ohio before she became licensed in Pennsylvania.
Gabriela’s experience includes providing assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders with a focus on but not limited to, anxiety, depression, adjustment concerns, trauma, ADHD, and disruptive behavior. Gabriela has experience providing individual, group, and family counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. Gabriela continued her education and training in early childhood mental health, receiving a credential as an Ohio Early Childhood Mental Health Professional.
In order to best support children and families, Gabriela is knowledgeable in the Incredible Years Program, Conscious Discipline, Devereux Early Childhood Assessments, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy techniques, Ethics, Diversity, and Zero Suicide. Gabriela enjoys providing services to children and families in order for them to grow and accomplish their own goals.
Rachel is a graduate of Allegheny College with a BS in Psychology. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Gannon University and is a Nationally Certified Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.
Rachel has 10 years of experience working with children and families. She has specialized in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and those diagnosed with behavioral disorders as well as depression and anxiety. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in practice. Rachel is an LGBTQAI+ affirming therapist who has training in working with the kids and teens in the LGBTQAI+ population.
Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in perinatal/postpartum mood disorders and early childhood social emotional needs including attachment and emotional regulation through a family focused perspective. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and MS degree in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University with a completion of an Infant Mental Health certificate program.
Upon graduation, Stephanie worked with children and families receiving wraparound services within Allegheny county while earning her professional counselor licensure. In 2015, Stephanie shifted focus to working with individuals dealing with perinatal/postpartum mood disorders including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, traumatic birth, and infertility.
While addressing maternal mental health concerns, Stephanie utilizes an infant mental health focus in order to strengthen the attachment formed between the child and caregivers. She believes there is a need to increase the education provided to expecting families regarding the postpartum period as well as services available.
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Pete is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience assessing and treating mental illness in children, adolescents, and young adults. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). During his doctoral study, Pete completed a clinical internship at the West LA VA Healthcare Center, and later gained extensive experience working with children and teenagers as a faculty member in UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences.
In 2014, Pete came to Pittsburgh to join the University of Pittsburgh’s Psychiatry faculty and to start and direct a specialized program for adolescents believed to be at high risk for developing mental illness. In early 2020, he moved on from Pitt Psychiatry to pursue his love for working with young people experiencing mental illness.
Although Pete treats a wide range of problems, he is regarded as an expert in helping young people who are experiencing psychosis, which can include hearing or seeing things that others do not or having false beliefs or impaired communication. Pete believes in the value of maintaining an accepting, non-judgmental therapy environment, and creating collaborative relationships with young people and their families.
Katelyn earned her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Duquesne University. She then went on to graduate from The University of Pittsburgh with her masters in Applied Developmental Psychology.
While she spent time as both a preschool teacher and childcare director early in her career, for the past twelve years Katelyn has been an educational coach and consultant. She has spent time consulting in early childhood classrooms on topics including enriching classroom environments, defining teacher roles and responsibilities, and implementing developmentally appropriate practice. However, the focus of Katelyn’s work has always been on supporting young children with challenging behaviors and the teachers who care for them. She believes in the importance of early childhood education and that with the right supports in place, all children can grow and thrive in their learning environments.
Katelyn is working towards Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement, and is also a PQAS certified instructor with the PA Key.
Sarah is a graduate of Lock Haven University with a BS in Psychology and earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Sarah has been practicing since 2014, starting with individuals with autism and moving into the community mental health setting before joining Sprout.
Sarah’s experience includes working with children, adolescents, and young adults utilizing an eclectic approach of Cognitive Behavioral, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, and Play Therapy based on the unique needs of each individual. Sarah’s areas of focus are on anxiety, depression, mood management, ADHD, conflict resolution, and skill building. Sarah’s passions lie within providing treatment to LGBTQIA+ youth and believes strongly in the advocacy for LGBTQIA+ rights and equal rights for all.
Arti Maharaj is a licensed professional counselor. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at La Roche College and her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Clinical-Community Psychology at Point Park University. She offers individual therapy for kids between the ages of 6-18 and family treatment. She has extensive experience in community and outpatient services with children, adolescents, and families. She has 8 years of experience working in the field with depression, anxiety, autism spectrum ADHD, PTSD, and numerous other mental health disorders. She began employment with Intensive Behavioral Health Services providing in-home services to children and their families. As a practicum student she was trained to use Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is also trained in Alternative for Families-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. While employed with WPH’s Behavioral Health Community Services she developed more experience in the community through Outpatient/School Based Services and has developed knowledge of student support to help support parents in seeking support for children in school. During her time with this department she also received specialized training for children with ADHD through the use of COPE Strategies and was also trained in Structural Family Therapy during her time there. She also identifies as a multicultural therapist and exercises cultural competence and has worked with a number of diverse populations.
Meghan is a Licensed Professional counselor, with a focus on children and adolescents. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with depression, anxiety, ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorder. She has spent the last four years providing in-home family therapy services to families struggling to navigate normal life stressors in conjunction with their child’s mental health concerns.
Meghan received her undergraduate degree in psychology from La Roche University. She continued her education at Chatham University where she earned a Masters of Counseling Psychology. During this time Meghan provided treatment to children with Autism in a classroom setting. She also has experience with preschool aged children, children in foster care and teen parents.
Meghan has experience with Structural Family Therapy interventions, mindfulness and errorless teaching strategies. She believes all children have the potential to be successful despite any difficulties they might be facing.
Pamela has a degree in surgical technology, but after staying home to raise her children, She started working as a Safe Environment Coordinator for a local Parish. Wanting to get back to her medical roots, Pamela started working for a pediatrician, until covid hit. She found herself once again searching for work that nurtured her medical background and her need to have a schedule to support her children’s activities. She joined Sprout Center in 2020. Pamela spends her free time with her children, reading or pursuing her love of photography.
Michelle Altman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in pediatric mental health. She is passionate about working with families to address common concerns such as anxiety, stress management, depression, and emotion dysregulation. She values meeting clients “where they are” and helping clients navigate life’s challenges using the power of empathy and validation. Michelle earned her Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Trauma-Informed Care from Syracuse University (Go, Orange!) Michelle is also proud to be a Latinx, bilingual provider; offering therapy services in both English and Spanish.
Holly is a graduate of Carlow University with a BA is Early Childhood Education. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Holly spent 8 years as an early childhood educator working with infants through preschool-aged children. With this experience she developed an understanding of child development and ways to support children developmentally, socially, and cognitively. Through her work, Holly had developed an understanding the importance of working collaboratively with families to find the best ways to support children. Through her work, Holly uses play therapy, strength-based, person-centered, art therapy, and mindfulness techniques. Holly believes in working collaboratively with each child to recognize and further develop their strengths and capabilities.
Allie graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a B.S in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. Not long after graduation, she moved to Nashville and started a career in hospitality and event planning. Allie moved back to Pittsburgh with her fiance and son to be closer to family in 2018. She continued her career in hospitality and event planning at a hotel downtown until the pandemic began and the hotel closed down. She found herself as a stay at home mom (which she always dreamed of being able to do!) and welcomed their baby girl in August 2020. She is now back in the workforce, loving every minute of helping the community through Sprout Center and is excited for her future with the company!
Kara is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received a BA in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2001, an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from University of Pittsburgh in 2006, and an MSEd in Community Counseling from Duquesne University in 2013. She has been working in the field of mental health for 20 years in most levels of care, including inpatient, partial hospitalization, in-home, and in schools. Most recently, she has spent time working as a mental health treatment specialist for preschool aged children on the Autism spectrum, as a family based mental health therapist, and as a school based therapist. Kara employs a strengths-based, client-centered approach in her work with children, adolescents, and their families. This approach includes techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, the use of play and art, and mindfulness techniques.
Jonathan is a graduate of Carlow University where he received his MS in professional counseling and PsyD in counseling psychology. He recently completed his pre-doctoral residency at Mid-Ohio Psychological Services in Columbus Ohio where he worked in a community mental health setting with both children and adolescents.
Jonathan has had extensive training in providing structural family therapy, child and adolescent individual therapy, and school and home-based interventions. He has eleven years of experience working in therapeutic and educational settings with children and adolescents struggling with a variety of difficulties including behavioral disorders, depression, trauma, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health concerns. Jonathan also has broad experience in administering and interpreting psychological assessments of children and adolescents including IQ, achievement, behavioral, and projective measures.
When working with children, adolescents, and families, Jonathan utilizes psychodynamic, CBT, play, and art therapy techniques, as well as mindfulness and family systems strategies to support clients in actualizing their goals in treatment.
Katie has been a passionate advocate and determined worker for child and adolescent health, wellness, and safety for over 20 years. Her previous professional experiences are in behavioral psychology, kinesiology, and communications. She is a graduate of Stetson University with her Masters of Science in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy, a certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a certificate in Play and Expressive Arts Therapy. Katie began her therapeutic work focused on serving adolescents and families in the foster care system at a group home, as well as, adult individuals, adolescents, children, and families at a community mental health agency. Her practice includes serving individuals of diverse backgrounds and cultures, who are experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and self harm, eating disorders, and grief.
Based on these experiences and in conjunction with her training in adoption competency, play therapy, sand tray, psychodrama, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trauma-informed techniques, Gottman Couples Therapy, Prepare/Enrich, expressive arts techniques, suicide prevention, multicultural competency, and mindfulness, Katie focuses on providing an integrated counseling approach to meet each individual client where they are. She utilizes a Person-Centered, Attachment-Based, Satir Transformational Systemic foundation, with techniques that draw from Dialetical Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, and Expressive Arts.
Katie believes in walking alongside and working collaboratively with her clients on their journeys toward wellness and healing. Her passion is with children and families in the adoption and foster care communities, as well as increasing access to mental health services and expanding current therapeutic structures to be more inclusive and culturally representative and respectful for all.
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