Counseling For Individuals, Couples, Families & Groups

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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.

Nora McDonald

Nora F. McDonald, MSEd, NCC, BSL, LPC is a licensed professional counselor and a state licensed behavioral specialist.  As a National Certified Counselor, Nora has worked with countless individuals, couples, and families of all ages and stages in life.

Nora specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents, including those on the autism spectrum.  Nora’s family systems perspective approach allows for understanding the interactions, roles, and patterns of each family member. Identifying the aspects that are positively and negatively affecting the family helps strengthen the family unit as a whole.  

Nora’s experience with adults includes those struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, job stress, job changes, and other challenges faced as life changes.  Believing that clients get the most out of the counseling relationship when experiencing unconditional positive regard and acceptance, Nora uses client-centered therapy as the basis of the counseling relationship.  Nora draws on Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and other related techniques and modalities that best serve the individual needs of the client.  Nora also brings a unique perspective to the counseling relationship based on years in the technology, finance, organizational consulting, and counseling fields.  Her unique experience in the public and private sector enables her to draw on a breadth of experiences to serve her clients.

Nora resides in the Pittsburgh area with her husband.  She is a Pittsburgh native with a Master of Science from the School of Education, Marriage & Family Therapy at Duquesne University.  Nora also has a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from LaRoche College.    She is currently available for weekday and evening appointments.

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.