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Evergreen is made up of clinicians that truly love their work, love where they work, and believe that with proper support, change is possible. We want you to feel heard, validated, and comfortable in your therapy session. It is our privilege to walk along your journey with you.

pic-christine-mcguire-psy-dDr. McGuire earned her Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees from Temple University, Villanova University, and Chestnut Hill College. She interned at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Lenape Valley Foundation. Dr. McGuire worked overseas for the Republic of Ireland in the government Health Service (HSE) as a Senior Psychologist. There she supervised both the general Community Psychology Department, and the psychology service of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Department for two counties, Westmeath and Longford. She held an appointment as an Assistant Professor for Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia, Department of Psychiatry. She has also worked for the Philadelphia Prison System conducting psychological assessments for the PA State Board of Parole and Probation. Dr. McGuire has extensive experience providing supervision to clinical psychology pre-doctoral interns and post doctoral fellows. Her clinical interests include the psychological and emotional aspects of endocrine and hormone disorders, chronic health conditions, and performance anxiety. She is very happy to be back in the Philadelphia area and in Chestnut Hill.

pic-emily-boland-lcsw As I view therapy as a unique and individual process rather than a formula, I draw from approaches in psychodynamic, mindfulness, attachment, cognitive behavior (CBT) and dialectical behavior (DBT) therapies to help you strengthen and develop tools to cope, grow and thrive. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a BA from Columbia University and an MSS from Bryn Mawr College of Social Work. While difficulties and stress are common in life, we may face times when issues seem unmanageable, stress and emotional pain too overwhelming. I believe effective therapy offers the chance to “unpack” these burdens with a compassionate guide so you can experience genuine and lasting relief. In recognizing the courage it takes to reach out for help and step into a therapist’s office, I am committed to creating an environment that is warm, down-to-earth and focused on what is important to you. Across a variety of practice settings (inpatient drug/alcohol rehabs, community mental health clinics, hospital psychiatric units and agencies for survivors of sexual and domestic violence), I’ve developed specialties in the treatment of drug/alcohol addiction, women’s issues, trauma and abuse. My passion for helping individuals heal from disturbing life experiences and traumatic stress inspired me to train in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) a mind/body intervention for transforming trauma. Other issues we can address together include anxiety, depression, anger management, effects of family alcohol/drug abuse, self-harm, codependency, grief, life transitions and body image/self-esteem.

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Robin is currently on leave

Robin DeBates is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and Washington. She holds an additional credential of Child Mental Health Specialist in Washington, indicating additional training and clinical supervision in youth and family therapy. Robin completed a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies, as well as a MS in Social Responsibility with a focus on Global Gender Issues from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Robin’s post-graduate clinical training has included cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and trauma focused CBT, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), internal family systems (IFS), functional behavioral analysis (FBA), play therapy, and parent child interaction therapy (PCIT). As a participant in the National Health Service Corps, Robin worked for two years in a group practice near NAS Whidbey Island, working predominantly with active duty military, low income families, and youth in foster care at a designated center of excellence for autism services.

With more than 15 years experience in a variety of settings, Robin brings warmth, humor, and a high degree of skill to support children, youth, adults, and families through difficult times. Robin views being present with people in the role of psychotherapist as a deep honor, and believes each person has the capacity to find what they need when they have access to the necessary resources. This includes using social justice frameworks to assess how social structures shape what we believe,  how we experience the world, and how others respond to us with regard to race, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, and the interplay or intersection of  these factors. While trained to support people with a wide range of concerns, Robin specializes in the needs of quirky kids, teens, and adults who may identify as geeks, nerds, dweebs, dorks, gamers, or otherwise socially awkward and those who love them. She is very excited to be on the Evergreen team!

pic-martha-durkin-mswMartha Durkin, LSW, ACSW, has seen clients in private practice for twenty years. She has a post-graduate specialty in Family Therapy, and sees individuals, families, adolecents and couples. Martha received clinical supervision from Dr. Harry J. Aponte for many years. She has enhanced her clinical expertise by incorporating into her work the principles of Structural Family Therapy, which Dr. Aponte developed with Dr. Salvador Minuchin at the The Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. She believes the need to understand and accomplish appropriate developmental tasks across our lifespan provides a foundation for positive life functioning. Martha has been part of a regional multi-disciplinary domestic violence consortium. She integrates concepts of trauma and theme theory as part of a trauma-informed approach to people impacted by traumatic events. She is a proponent of mindfulness and relaxation training as empowerment tools to help self-regulate anxiety and existential distress. She uses techniques from Imago Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Rational Emotive therapy to address therapeutic issues. In recent years she’s presented and written on the issue of grief. Her background includes extensive experience in training practitioners, agency staff, and adoptive and foster parents. She has worked in the administration of a large public welfare agency, has extensive grant-writing and program development experience, and has consulted for non-profits.

I am a firm believer in the mind-body connection, thus my approach to wellness is holistic. My specialty is in stress management and wellness. Anxiety and depression are two very common stress responses I treat using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) combined with a variety of relaxation tools such as guided imagery, autogenic training, and mindfulness. Over the course of my clinical experience, I have learned that our common factor is that all individuals need to adapt to changes in life. From everyday stressors, to life transitions and major life challenges, learning how best to cope is key to optimal functioning. My role as a therapist is to help you identify your goals, stressors, and stress responses; identify and help you build on your strengths; and show you effective strategies to help you reinforce resilience and grow as a person. I am a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University, Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University, and my Doctorate in Psychoeducational Processes from Temple University. I have treated individuals from all walks of life, from adolescence through adulthood, across a variety of clinical settings from community mental health centers to private practice. I am passionate about seeing the transformative growth in you through our collaborative relationship, and I look forward to working with you.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and family coaching specialist who works with children ages 2-18, and their caregivers. I offer counseling for childhood anxiety and depression, school avoidance, behavioral issues, bullying, and to improve communication skills. I believe a team approach between child, caregiver, and counselor is essential for success. I use evidence proven therapy for families and children struggling with ADHD or defiant behaviors. I coach parents and use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and depression.

I received a Bachelor’s of Science from Cabrini University and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College in 2001, and I have continued my training and education through The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I am a Certified School Counselor Grades K-12 and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I have supported students and families for 18 years inside and outside of school.

Childhood struggles are common but don’t have to be a struggle. My compassion, empathy, and professional experience can help your entire family, while my down-to-earth personality will bring warmth and humor to each counseling session.

As a licensed clinical psychologist in PA, I received M.A. from University of Delaware and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, both in Counseling Psychology, after receiving a Bachelor degree of Law in China. I made the transformation because I was inspired and called to work with people who may encounter emotional/mental adversity at times. In addition to scholarly research, I have practiced under supervision in several counseling centers, including doctoral internship at Johns Hopkins University and postdoctoral fellowship at Eastern University. I mostly worked with college and graduate students, but also with clients from more diverse background in hospital and community mental health services. Currently, I work part-time with geriatric population in nursing homes and rehab centers as well as with college students in a university.

My theoretical orientation is an integrated approach that combines interpersonal theory, CBT, object relations, and family systems. However, I am a believer of common-factor theory in psychotherapy which means that some common factors (e.g. empathy, experience of the therapist, client’s motivation, etc.) in different approaches and evidence-based practices contribute to success of psychotherapy. I strive to connect with clients from the heart, helping establish a solid therapeutic relationship. Perceived security, relaxation and trust will further open up clients’ heart to deeply explore their inner feelings and thoughts. The common issues that my clients bring to therapy are anxiety, depression, dysfunctional family issues, relationship issues, eating concerns, etc. I see myself as a generalist, but I have also developed clinical interest that focuses on religion and spirituality, multicultural issues, marriage and family conflicts and emotion management.

Mutual understanding and empathy are powerful in connecting human beings across different cultures and languages. They also form the foundation of my counseling practice. I am blessed to be bilingual in both Mandarin Chinese and English, which has served my clients well. I hope that understanding, empathy and language can work together for us to connect with each other and work on those life puzzles together.

One of my favorite movie quotes is “For every problem there is a solution”. I truly believe this premise and enjoy helping clients find the resolve! I have witnessed true strength and courage in people when they first engage in treatment. Walking through the door for the first time or making the initial call is a sign of strength and courage. Problem resolution can be achieved in several ways; one, through educational processes: two, through exploring choices: and three, challenging myths and changing specific thought processes. This is the therapeutic process. I possess Masters in Counselor Education, a Masters in Social Work, a Clinical License (LCSW), and Certificates from The University of Scranton, Marywood University and other Schools of Social Work. Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. However, the best education I have received has been from the clients I served and the colleagues with whom I have worked, as well as my own personal experiences. I have 40 years of experience in both mental health and addiction settings, from outpatient to inpatient, working with children to geriatrics, working with the LGBTQ community and providing various treatment modalities such as a systems approach, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy. My main approach is a Holistic Systems Approach. There are solutions to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, life transitions, self-confidence, self-acceptance and self-worth. “Let’s get together and get this done!”

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a M.S. in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Immaculata University.  We all experience personal challenges, problematic behaviors, painful feelings, and difficult relationships. I am committed to helping my clients better manage these difficulties and make positive changes in their lives. I am trained in psychodynamic therapy, client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. With my training and more than 20 years’ experience as a therapist, I work with clients to help them to identify and recognize patterns in their past that may be prohibiting positive change. Self-awareness is the foundation for change. I support my clients in developing the insight and skills to enable positive change and to continue to grow as they move forward. In a collaborative, therapeutic relationship, I work with adolescents and adults who experience depression, anxiety, opposition, mood dysregulation, anger management issues, life transition issues, or self-esteem issues.

I feel honored to have spent the past twenty-five years offering supportive therapy to children, adolescents, adults and families. I am dedicated to this process and my work has centered on my strong belief in the resiliency of individuals of all ages. My formal training is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and EMDR. I have immersed myself in what I call “family work” grounded in the framework of Contextual Family Therapy, and I am guided by additional training in play therapy and sandtray therapy; modalities which I have found to be very helpful in supporting individuals who have experienced traumatic life events. Sandtray therapy is a technique which I use to foster both expression and healing in adults, adolescents and children. It allows individuals to express feelings and thoughts when the words aren’t available.

I earned my MSW at Temple University, an MS in Special Education at UPENN, and my BA at the University of Wisconsin. My background includes working in a variety of clinical settings, outpatient practice, and a university psychiatry department. I offer a non-judgmental stance to make clients feel comfortable, accepted, and validated as they embark with me on their own unique therapy journey.

Michael Ramsteck, Psy.D. earned his Bachelor’s degree from Philadelphia University, and his Master’s, Educational Specialist and Doctoral degrees from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a Pennsylvania and Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Ramsteck typically utilizes a CBT framework, and his clinical interests include a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, socialization, executive functioning difficulties, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He has experience in working with various populations including children, adolescents, adults and the LGBTQ community. His warm and engaging manner makes him easy to speak with and his genuine caring is clearly reflected in his work.

Dr. Ramsteck has extensive training and experience providing psychological assessment services to adults and children, notably examining abilities related to cognition, academic achievement, behavior, emotionality, Autism and developmental concerns. He is available for psychotherapy services and consultation, psychological/psychoeducational assessments, intelligence and achievement testing and evaluation for various clinical presentations including ASD, ADHD, mood disorders and externalizing behaviors.

pic-oswald-smalls-mswMr. Smalls has provided psychotherapy for children, couples and families for over 20 years. His education and ongoing training includes CBT, family therapy, and psychodynamic treatment modalities. He believes in matching the best evidence based techniques, and the most appropriate treatment model to each individual patient. He works with individuals, couples and adolescents. He specializes in adjuducated youth, and adolescents at risk.

pic-elisabeth-steuble-lpcElisabeth Steuble comes to us from Switzerland. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health Education from Temple University, and her Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has 15 years of experience in the mental health and addictions field, including community mental health, private practice and an outpatient addictions center. She worked for over 10 years as a nurse in the medical and public health fields in Switzerland, influencing her wholistic, mind-body philosophy. She is fluent in English, German and Swiss-German. Elisabeth is a Registered Yoga Teacher-200 hours and is also a Certified LifeForce Yoga ® Practitioner-1. Elisabeth feels passionate about the mind-body connection, and the integration of yoga in the healing process for depression and anxiety. She is Evergreen’s Yoga Instructor and offers ongoing Yoga workshops and classes at Evergreen, which are open to everyone. Please see the Yoga tab above. Elisabeth offers individual psychotherapy to adults of all ages. Her treatment approach is holistic, collaborative and concentrates on rediscovering who you are and what you love by developing new coping strategies for the inevitable stresses in life. She brings diverse counseling and personal experiences to her work, including a compassionate understanding of diverse cultural backgrounds, complex mental health struggles, and the difficult nature of addiction and its overcoming. Her medical background, coupled with her yoga training, further enhances her ability to help those with medical conditions and chronic pain.

Dr. Tedesco earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Widener University, and then practiced for several years in the community mental health system in Philadelphia. She moved into private practice and had opportunities to work with Amnesty International and the Liberty Center for Survivors of Trauma and Torture, Philadelphia Family Court, and the Federal Court System. She began working with attorneys on trauma cases and discrimination cases in 2005. During those years, she also began practicing mindfulness, first studying at The University of Pennsylvania with Michael Baime, M.D. This led to teacher training at Jefferson University with Diane Reibel, Ph.D., and ultimately to developing mindfulness-based programs for use with those who have suffered from trauma.

In 2009, Dr. Tedesco joined the VA Medical Center, Wilmington, DE, and developed a program offering mindfulness-based interventions for Veterans and their families. Some of these programs included traditional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), graduate practice groups, retreats several times yearly, as well as innovative mindfulness-based eating programs, mindfulness-informed programs for diseases of addiction and grasping, and mindfulness-based diabetes management programs. The Vanguards of Mindful Stewardship was developed to assist Veterans in sharing these teachings with others in their own communities. The three-semester teacher-training program for mindfulness practitioners was the only one of its kind in the VA.

Her practice now at Evergreen is limited to legal evaluations involving trauma, injury and discrimination.

Therapy is a unique and individual experience, and choosing when and where to start therapy can be unnerving. I will provide an environment full of support and reflection while helping you work through your needs and goals, and together we can identify real solutions for lasting change. I provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families wanting to increase their personal confidence and conflict resolution skills, communication, and overall well-being.

Issues we can address include depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, addiction, adult ADHD and sleep hygiene. I bring extra specializations in topics and populations such as LGBTQ, trauma, and couples struggling with performance anxiety, sexual and emotional intimacy, and conflict.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work, a Masters of Education in Human Sexuality, and graduate certificate in Trauma Practice from Widener University.

Throughout diverse practice settings and age groups, I’ve continued to develop my specializations and provide therapeutic interventions using Attachment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Structural Therapy and Systemic family therapies.

I’ll be with you every step of the way.

Matthew Zakreski earned his bachelors degrees in psychology and communications at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He then completed a research internship at Harvard University, and earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. His clinical orientation is based in a Systems approach to psychotherapeutic treatment, and he has trained extensively in psychological testing and assessment.

Dr. Zakreski’s training and experience make him well suited to serve individuals who are experiencing symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant/behavioral struggles, grief, adjustment and life changes, family transitions, and social skills. He is extremely excited to join the Evergreen Team as a Post-Doctoral Fellow.