Counseling For Individuals, Couples & Families

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9401 McKnight Road, Suite 305
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-6000

 
 

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

 
 

About Us

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.

Jennifer Costa MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist and a native Pittsburgher. A graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor degree in Psychology from La Roche College. Jennifer holds a clinical license through the state of Pennsylvania and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She has over ten years of clinical experience in various settings including private practice, community mental health our patient, residential and inpatient psychiatric hospitals.

Jennifer is experienced in supporting children, adolescents and adults. She provides therapeutic services for individuals, couples, families and groups. Her diverse work experiences have led her to specialize in various areas, especially trauma. Jennifer's therapeutic approach is guided by the strengths' based perspective, as she will look at the individual needs of the "whole person". Her treatment orientation combines Cognitive Behavioral with Family Systems and elements of Dialectical Behavioral therapy. Jennifer holds a strong work ethic and is motivated to help individuals fins ways to resolve their core life challenges and achieve a fuller more content filled life.

Eileen Savikas, N.S., LPC is a licensed professional counselor with over 7 years of experience working with adults with mental health needs in a variety of settings. Much of Eileen's practice has been helping clients recover from depression, anxiety, and substance use. In addition to treating these issues, Eileen specializes in the areas of fertility/pregnancy/post-partum issues and helping clients who are managing chronic pain diagnoses. Eileen embraces a holistic approach and 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 worked in Washington, DC, and nearby suburbs in Maryland for 5 years and moved to Pittsburgh in 2010 with her husband, a Pittsburgh native. She had her first baby, a son, in August 2012.

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