About Us

Our Mission At Seyler – Berkebile Marriage & Family Therapy we believe that through the context of a caring and supportive relationship, we can assist individuals, families and couples in the difficulties they are experiencing. This process can bring about change by empowering you to make responsible connections with yourself, others and the environment in order to safely and effectively fulfill your needs. We utilize the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Approach where we will encourage you to talk about your thoughts, feelings and behaviors in a safe environment which you may explore in the present moment. Goals will be established that are co-created by you and your therapist, and therapy will focus on helping you find solutions to reach those goals. Our success in the past has stemmed from our strong commitment and sense of professionalism. We keep high standards for our work. We devote ourselves to continuing our education to better assist our clients. 

Our Team

 

Courtney Seyler Owner

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Courtney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has worked in various outpatient mental health and private practice settings for the past 20 years, gaining experience working with couples and families in the home, school and community. Courtney completed her undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh in Greensburg where she majored in Psychology. She then completed the Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Seton Hill University. Her therapeutic approach is Solution Focused, focusing on solutions to create a stronger relationship. Courtney has conducted numerous workshops: Passionate Marriage, 5 Love Languages, Surviving Affairs, Difference between men and women, and the power of Forgiveness. Courtney’s strong knowledge and professional drive has helped couples with communication, increasing passion, handling conflict, surviving affairs, developing empathy and falling back in love.

In 2006 Courtney, wanting to utilize more of her preferred approach, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, she began a private practice. Both her degree and her training have led her to view people systemically and she has focused on how people experience relationships. While providing individual and family therapy at her practice she specializes in Couple Counseling.

 

NEW HIRES: Courtney offers on-boarding supervision where she helps new couple therapists to ​

enhance their ability to provide skilled and comprehensive therapy to couples struggling as they join Seyler Berkebile Marriage & Family Therapy. 

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other”– Audrey Hepburn. 

M.A., LMFT

Amanda Berkebile Owner

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Amanda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has worked in various outpatient mental health and family therapy settings for the past 18 years. Amanda completed her undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown where she majored in Psychology. She then completed the Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seton Hill University.

 

Throughout her career Amanda has provided individual, family and couples counseling. In 2006 Amanda began to work in private practice on a part-time basis. Amanda's theoretical approach is Solution Focused Brief Therapy and believes in a systemic approach to therapy. In 2009 Amanda and Courtney joined as partners and they have worked to build a practice that is both calming and nurturing with the goal of meeting the emotional needs of their clients. Amanda continues to see clients at the practice on a part-time basis focusing on couples and individuals experiencing difficulties in relationships.

M.A., LMFT

Leslie Savisky

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Leslie is the Practice Manager at Seyler - Berkebile Marriage & Family Therapy. She earned her AAS degree from Westmoreland County Community College in Criminal Justice in 2000 and her BA degree in Sociology from Seton Hill University in 2003. She has an extensive background working in the social services field and working with at-risk youth and children with special needs. Leslie is also a substitute teacher and paraprofessional for Penn Trafford School District.

 

Leslie is also the author of the self-published novel, Other People's Words. Although it is a fictional adult thriller, the story delves into the topics of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Having gone through some personal traumas - which fueled Other People's Words - Leslie believes that reading about other individuals who have similar issues helps us feel 'less alone'. Leslie resides in Westmoreland County with her husband, daughter, and their two dogs.

Kerry Reed Senior Therapist

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Kerry is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Kerry received his Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Waynesburg University. Kerry has over 12 years of experience working with adults, couples and families who have problems such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, work-related stress, difficulties with interpersonal relationships and every day stress.

 

His approach is to provide clients with the support and compassion that clients need in a comfortable, confidential environment. “I believe people want to do their best but sometimes they need someone to help them get back on track. As a professional counselor, I want to help you through your problems as I have successfully helped many others and to help you succeed in your goals for your life.”

 

Kerry is available for therapy appointments Monday through Thursday.

LPC

Heather Scherf Senior Therapist

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Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of PA (LPC). She obtained her bachelor of arts in psychology in 2007, and Masters in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University in 2009. She has worked in foster care, school partial programs, behavioral health rehabilitation services, and outpatient settings. She also had the opportunity to provide research based social skills groups to teens as part of the ASERT social skills curriculum. 

 

Heather sees adults experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, grief/loss, and life adjustment issues, as well as couples looking to repair, communicate and connect in their relationship. She is a LGBTQA+ friendly therapist. She specializes in behavioral and emotional issues in children and adolescence ages 3-18. 

 

She has certifications and additional training in Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP, with an emphasis on play therapy for self-regulation skills). Her model typically includes a 3:1 ratio of child sessions, family/parent only sessions, and family sessions with the child. This would be collaboratively determined at intake and throughout the course of treatment and can fluctuate depending on your specific family needs. She believes that parents/caregivers of children with behavioral and emotional needs equally need the support when going through treatment, as well as this provides opportunities to transfer skills the child is learning. 

 

“Beneath every behavior there is a feeling, and beneath each feeling there is a need. When we meet that need rather than focusing on the behavior, we begin to deal with the cause not the symptom.”

 

Heather is available to see clients Monday through Thursday.

LPC

Rachael Ananian  Senior Therapist

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Rachael Ananian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She is a Systems Theory trained clinician, obtaining her Bachelors in Clinical Psychology from East Stroudsburg University, followed by her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seton Hill University. With over 5 years of clinical experience, she has worked in several settings: providing in home family therapy with children, school-based counseling, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient services.  Rachael is most drawn to a strengths-based approach and Experiential theory, however, also utilizes various counseling modalities to best fit the clients need, including:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Theory, Narrative Therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy.

Rachael was a guest lecturer at Seton Hill University in 2018, discussing systemic-based clinical interventions in work with eating disorders.  She previously worked at a leading eating disorder PHP/IOP for women & teenage girls in the Pittsburgh area, facilitating individual, family, couple, and group therapy.   Rachael is an active member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), IAEDP, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

She is currently providing couples, individual, and family therapy for adults and adolescents on Monday-Thursday

LMFT

Janice Firestone

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Janis is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with experience working with individuals, couples and families, and the elderly population. She graduated from Seton Hill University magna cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2005.

Janis has years experience working with addictions, codependency issues, depression, and anxiety. She integrates structural, cognitive behavioral, and systems theories along with the Christian faith into the healing process to help promote change.  Janis has studied gerontology, and the effects of aging, incorporating this understanding into working with an older population.

 

She resides in Westmoreland County with her husband, and has three children.

 

Janis is available for Monday-Thursdays for appointments.

MFT, LPC

Christina Kuchma

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Christina is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a  Nationally Certified Therapist.  Christina earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

 

 Her clinical experience has provided her with a diverse background assisting individuals, couples, and children with a wide range of issues.  Her areas of strength are working with those going through separation, divorce, reconciliation, co-parenting, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma.  She is passionate and dedicated in helping those that have a desire to make positive, healthy change in their life.

 

Christina is accepting clients in our office Mondays through Thursdays. 

LPC, NCC

Angela Illig

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Angela received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Syracuse University.  Angela has over 14 years of counseling experience and enjoys working with individuals and couples to manage obstacles, build confidence, strengthen relationships, and reach their full potential.  She sees herself as a human potential enhancer. Angela is a Master's Level, Nationally Certified Therapist.

 

She has assisted clients with stress, anxiety, depression, coping, family dynamics, sexuality, relationships, confidence, identity, motivation, codependency, and transition issues. She has aided families and couples with communication and conflict resolution skill-building, advocacy and assertiveness, grief, co-parenting, and building positive relationships within the family.   She implements the practical, goal-oriented treatment of cognitive behavioral therapy in helping clients recognize thoughts and behaviors that are no longer serving them as they incorporate new strategies for moving forward.  

 

Angela also utilizes Solution Focused Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, and Psychoeducation in her work with clients. 

 

Angela is working toward licensure and accepting clients Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Angela works under the direct supervision of Rachael Ananian, LMFT.

MS, NCC 

Jennifer Huber

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Jennifer earned her Master degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014.  She is certified in trauma therapy and has extensive experience working with people experiencing addiction and their family members, family counseling and individual counseling.  She utilizes CBT, Strength based techniques as well as Motivational interviewing while working with her clients.  Jennifer is an out of the box thinker, claiming the role of Arts and Crafts therapist, she enjoys working with her clients in array of different techniques.  She has experience with adoption related trauma, infertility, LGBTQ+ community as well as multicultural and transracial families. 

Aside from therapeutic experience, Jennifer recently taught a community class at Westmoreland Community college for families struggling with accepting their LGBT+ family member.  She was able to work with several individuals as they began the journey of loving their family member or close friend, as they were also experiencing their own grief, sadness and confusion. 

Jennifer is working toward her clinical licensure and is accepting clients Monday through Thursday.  Jennifer works under the direct supervision of Heather Scherf, LPC.

LSW

Desiree Hill

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Desiree Hill earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Kaplan University and her Master’s of Professional Counseling, at Grand Canyon University. Desiree’s experience includes working with children, youth and their families. Through this experience she has successfully helped individual’s experiencing trauma, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, grief and loss and many other mental health concerns.

Desiree’s prior experience includes delivering therapeutic services to youth in a secure residential facility. She has also worked with families in their home to develop skills to manage behavioral concerns of their children and build stronger family connections.  

 

Desiree utilizes Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT, and psychoeducation to help individuals develop coping skills, manage stress, relationship concerns and many other topics that get in the way of daily life.

         

Desiree is working toward licensure and is accepting clients Tuesdays through Fridays. Desiree works under the direct Supervision of Kerry Reed LPC

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Kelsey Rhea

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Kelsey is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of PA (LSW). She obtained her Bachelor of Science in 2008 in Psychology and her Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2012 at California University of PA. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient treatment with adolescents and families, as well as community-based programs. She has worked with the aging population, specifically with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients and their caregivers. Her interventions include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Yoga. She also has experience with Experiential Education, Functional Nutrition and Wilderness Therapy.

 

Kelsey sees adults experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, codependency, caregiver burnout, and trauma. She specializes in working with couples working through separation, divorce, conscious uncoupling, reconciliation, and co-parenting. She is a LGBTQA+ friendly therapist. She specializes in behavioral and emotional issues in children and adolescents ages 5-18. 

 

Kelsey is working toward her clinical licensure and is accepting clients Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Kelsey works under the direct supervision of Courtney Seyler, LMFT.

MSW, LSW