Meet Our Clinicians

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.

pic-robin-debatesRobin 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!

Dr. Kimberly Doyle is a Licensed Psychologist, and a Certified School Psychologist. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University, and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology from Temple University. While at Temple University, Dr. Doyle received additional training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in their ADHD Clinic. Dr. Doyle has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults in the field of education for over 20 years in public, private, and nonprofit settings. Most recently, Dr. Doyle has provided supervision to clinical psychology pre-doctoral interns and practicum students, while she has also taught graduate level courses in the area of school consultation. Dr. Doyle has extensive experience conducting psychoeducational and gifted evaluations for school districts, and her interests include Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. While working with students and families she strives to ensure that the whole child is considered during an evaluation and that appropriate supports are recommended for a school setting. She is available for psychological assessment, ADHD evaluation, intelligence testing, and consultation. She looks forward to providing services to our community.

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.

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.

Dr. Olson has worked in a variety of settings with people struggling with wide-ranging issues during her thirty years as a helping professional.  She has extensive training and experience with anxiety and depression, transitions, relationships, family stress (including addictions, violence, and personality disorders in the family), sexual abuse and assault, and grief and loss (including surviving suicide and other traumatic losses).

Dr. Olson began her career counseling children, adolescents and adults affected by family violence.  After earning her M.A. in Counseling, she provided hotline, individual and group therapy to adults in crisis.  After moving to Philadelphia, she did intensive in-home counseling with families with children in imminent risk of removal from the home.  While she completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Temple University, she worked at a Philadelphia community mental center, assessing and counseling children, adolescents and adults in individual, couple, family and group sessions.

For several years, Dr. Olson counseled students from diverse backgrounds at University of Pennsylvania’s student counseling center, where she also trained and supervised junior colleagues and received specialized training while counseling adults at the Center for Cognitive Therapy.

Upon completing her Ph.D., Dr. Olson’s interest in supporting people on Medical Assistance led her to a position directing a combination psychiatric/addictions clinic, where in addition to providing individual and group therapy and supervising the staff, she developed extensive clinical programs and services.

In addition to extensive counseling experience, Dr. Olson also has many years’ experience teaching psychology and women’s studies courses at area universities and as a judicial officer dealing with student misconduct, including drug and alcohol-related misconduct and sexual assault, harassment, and stalking.

Dr. Olson has a deep respect for clients and their values, purposes, hopes and resources. Her work with clients emphasizes these strengths in order to separate clients from their problems and empower clients to stand up to their problems. Her approach is warm, down-to-earth and gently challenging.

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.

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.

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 has experience providing therapy to children, adults and families. She has been in practice since 2002.

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.