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153 Perry Highway, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15229

 
 

"Serenity is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it." — Grapevine, 1984

 
 

About Us

Rhonda Lee

Rhonda Lee Gaetano, M.S., NCC, LPC is the owner and therapist of Serenity Counseling, LLC. She is Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania and a National Certified Counselor with over 10 years of experience treating a variety of diagnoses. Her range of experience includes substance abuse, couples counseling, co-dependency, EAP, adolescents and the forensic population. Additionally, she has treated a variety of other mental health diagnoses with a specialty in depression, anxiety, addiction and co-dependency.

Rhonda's primary focus is to provide a safe, comfortable, friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere where clients feel comfortable discussing feelings. Rhonda is sensitive to the impact family members endure during addiction, therefore she works with clients to decrease enabling behaviors and increase the ability to set and maintain healthy boundaries. Rhonda emphasizes assertiveness and communication skills in effort to help clients meet and verbalize needs.

During the initial visit, clients can expect to complete brief paperwork and begin discussing presenting concerns and stressors. She offers a variety of day and evening appointments in a comfortable handicap accessible office. She utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy, the majority being cognitive-behavioral therapy, goal-oriented therapy and rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT).

A 1999 University of Pittsburgh graduate, Rhonda received a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2002 from Chatham College. Rhonda currently resides in the Pittsburgh area with her husband and two sons.

Eileen Savikas

Eileen Savikas, M.S., LPC is a licensed professional counselor with over 10 years of experience working with adults with mental health needs in a variety of settings. Eileen specializes in the treatment off anxiety, depression, fertility/pregnancy/post-partum issues, and  recovery from addiction. In addition, Eileen has developed a strong interest and ability to help clients who are struggling in relationships with others. Eileen provides an eclectic, client-centered treatment style with elements of Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT) as the foundation.

Eileen is originally from Princeton, NJ, and graduated from the University of Maryland with her BA in Psychology in 2003. She then went on to get her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College, in Baltimore, in 2005, and her post-master's certificate from Johns Hopkins University in 2008. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2010 with her husband, a Pittsburgh native, and has two young children.

Eileen strives to make her clients feel comfortable and supported while working towards treatment goals. She is currently available to meet on weekdays and evenings.

Kelsey Emhardt

Kelsey Emhardt, LPC, NCC  is a licensed professional counselor and a national certified counselor. Kelsey believes that life unavoidably brings stress, challenge, and loss that can cause us to feel stuck and unsatisfied. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and specializes in helping people heal from their past so they can accomplish their present and future goals. EMDR therapy has been effective for processing difficult things in a healthy way that allows for people to work towards a more fulfilling life.

Kelsey has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, group, and parenting sessions. She has worked with people experiencing a wide-variety of diagnoses and symptoms including anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief/loss, mood disorders, ADHD, anger management struggles, and stress surrounding relationships, school, and careers. She works with the client to determine the best plan for therapy which may include EMDR therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused approaches.  

Kelsey has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience from Allegheny College and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Duquesne University. She completed an EMDRIA-approved training program in EMDR therapy through the Trauma Institute. 

Laurie Pietragallo

Laurie Pietragallo, LPC believes the greatest gift we can offer to someone in need is the ability to meet them where they are and without judgement. Her approach to therapy is humanistic, providing a supportive environment comprised of acceptance and appropriate humor. Her specialties include treatment of anxiety and depression as well as issues concerning self-esteem, relationships, and substance use.

She holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and a graduate level certificate in Infant Mental Health, both from Chatham University. Her clinical experience has centered around community settings as an adult outpatient therapist working with clients who struggle with severe and chronic mental illnesses, mood disorders, personality issues, and issues regarding substance use.

Her general approach to therapy includes a balance of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to treat symptoms affecting daily functioning and Psychodynamic Therapy, which explores the origin of a problem if so desired. She is passionate about helping others and she looks forward to working together with you to obtain greater joy and inner peace.

Samantha M. Pastrick

Samantha M. Pastrick, LPC is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington and Jefferson College. She has a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University.

Samantha enjoys working with adults, adolescents, and children above the age of 7 years old. She has provided individual, group, family, and couples counseling. Her range of expertise includes addiction, as well as co-occurring disorders, including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, grief, conduct disorder, behavioral issues, and bi-polar disorder. She has worked with clients struggling in relationships and have helped them develop more positive communication skills, as well as increase their self-esteem. She also has experience treating clients with multiple levels of trauma. Samantha focuses on helping the client build a loving relationship with his or herself.

Samantha practices a holistic, humanistic, and strength based approach to therapy. As a therapist, she believes providing the client with a safe and a non-judgmental atmosphere is of upmost importance. It is only in this environment that the client is then able to be open and honest, as well as to be his or herself without feeling stigmatized. The client is the expert in this therapeutic relationship, and she tries to help guide the client in obtaining the goals he or she has set forth.