About The Highlands

Our practitioners offer a range of experience, treatment approaches, interests and specialties.

Kathy Bieschke(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 817)

Education/Training

Ph.D, Michigan State University

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist

Populations served

Individuals, College students, Adults

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Relationship issues, LGBT/sexual orientation issues, Gender identity issues, Women's issues, Identity issues, Mood disorders, Supervision and training, Cross-cultural/diversity issues, Work stress

Treatment Approach

I believe that the success of any treatment is contingent upon a strong working relationship between the therapist and the client, and I work to create a therapeutic relationship that provides both support and challenge for clients. Within that context, I draw upon a variety of theoretical approaches (i.e., cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, feminist) to determine how to best move forward, given the presenting concern. While I recognize that people seek treatment because they are in some kind of distress, I tend to approach clients (and treatment) holistically and from a strengths-based perspective. In other words, I believe it’s important to focus not only on what’s of concern but also on what the client is doing well as well as the resources she/he has available to them. My sessions tend to focus on exploring patterns (e.g., relative to relationships, behaviors, thoughts) causing concern for the clients and I utilize evidence-based techniques and interventions to facilitate change and reduce distress. When appropriate, I coordinate my efforts with other professionals (e.g., psychiatrists, family care practitioners, other mental health treatment providers) to improve client care.

Alycia A. Chambers(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 802)

Education/Training

Ph.D, The Pennsylvania State University

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist

Populations served

Individuals, Families, Adolescents, College students, Adults

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Life transitions, Relationship issues, LGBT/sexual orientation issues, Recovery from trauma, Dissociative disorders, PTSD, Women's issues, Mood disorders, Cross-cultural/diversity issues, EMDR

Treatment Approach

Times of doubt, pain, confusion and high stress occur for everyone. Getting to a clear perspective can be challenging. When these times persist, using all resources available to us makes good sense. Therapy offers a confidential context for exploring pathways to clarity and lasting change. Respectful collaboration about goals helps therapist and client select from approaches that have been well-researched and shown to be useful for people who’ve had similar concerns. While training and 30 years of experience inform my recommendations, each person is unique and actively joins in shaping the best plan. I approach therapy from a lifespan developmental and cognitive-behavioral perspective. I may incorporate educational and gestalt strategies, as well as EMDR. I work closely with local physicians when medication or medical testing is indicated.

Jeff Hayes(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 815)

Education/Training

Ph.D, University of Maryland

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist

Populations served

Individuals, Couples, College students, Adults

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Spiritual/religious issues, Relationship issues, Cross-cultural/diversity issues, DID

Treatment Approach

Life is difficult. Sometimes we need help coping so that we don't compound our difficulties. I provide a safe, warm, caring environment in which problems are directly addressed, explored, and overcome. Even when life is not particularly challenging, therapy can be beneficial. Therefore, I also offer therapy that is oriented toward insight and growth for those who are interested.  I provide both individual and couples therapy; couples therapy with a female co-therapist is an option.

Joyce Illfelder-Kaye(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 812)

Education/Training

Ph.D, The Ohio State University

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist

Populations served

Individuals, College students, Adults

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Relationship issues, Women's issues, Identity issues, Mood disorders, Cross-cultural/diversity issues

Treatment Approach

I believe that people come to therapy because there are aspects of their lives that are not working for them, and they are looking to make a change.  Sometimes people are not sure what that change should be.  I believe that therapy can provide a place to explore a person's strengths, what is working and what is not working in one's life, and to contemplate change.  That exploration can best take place in the context of a relationship that provides safety, support and some challenge, as well as an understanding of the contextual factors that are contributing to the current situation.  An exploration of the past and what one has learned from past experiences can often help to inform this process, and I am open to that exploration as well.

Cynthia L. MacNab(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 807)

Education/Training

Ph.D, The Pennsylvania State University

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist

Populations served

Individuals, Couples, College students, Adults

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Eating disorders, Life transitions, Grief and loss, Spiritual/religious issues, Relationship issues, LGBT/sexual orientation issues, Recovery from trauma, Dissociative disorders, PTSD, Women's issues, Mood disorders, Cross-cultural/diversity issues, EMDR

Treatment Approach

Most people seek psychotherapy because they feel the need to make some changes in their lives. I believe that positive change takes place within the context of a safe, supportive therapeutic relationship. As we explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in therapy, my role is to help you reflect upon your experience, so that you can gain self-understanding and begin to experiment with more adaptive ways of being. In my approach to psychotherapy, I have been influenced by ideas and techniques from a number of schools of thought including humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and I try to tailor my approach to the needs of each person. I will facilitate referrals for medication when appropriate.

Mary K. McClanahan(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 810)

Education/Training

Ph.D, The Pennsylvania State University

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist

Populations served

Individuals, Couples, College students, Adults

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Eating disorders, Grief and loss, Spiritual/religious issues, Relationship issues, LGBT/sexual orientation issues, Gender identity issues, Recovery from trauma, Women's issues, Cross-cultural/diversity issues

Treatment Approach

I approach therapy from a collaborative, strengths-based perspective. We work together to assess the current struggle: where it comes from; what’s worked in the past that isn’t working now; and what options you have to address it. I provide a warm and supportive environment with the goal of empowering clients to be active in their own therapy. While I’m flexible in my approach depending on the specific concern, my beliefs about human nature and change have been most influenced by existential and feminist theory: The first emphasizes recognizing our choices so as to create the most authentic, meaningful life possible; the second acknowledges that power and privilege play out across a number of societal elements (gender, race, ethnicity, ability status, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic status). I also incorporate cognitive-behavioral strategies when useful.

Janet McCracken(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 808)

Education/Training

Ph.D, The Ohio State University

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist

Populations served

Individuals, Couples, College students, Adults

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Eating disorders, Life transitions, Grief and loss, Spiritual/religious issues, Relationship issues, LGBT/sexual orientation issues, Gender identity issues, Recovery from trauma, PTSD, Caregiver fatigue, Retirement planning, Women's issues, Identity issues, Mood disorders, Supervision and training, Cross-cultural/diversity issues, Work stress, EMDR

Treatment Approach

People often seek therapy because they are looking for support, guidance, and an objective viewpoint. My goal is to help clients see themselves within the context of their environment and find answers to difficult life questions. My sense is that clients thrive in a warm, safe, and vibrant space that allows them to meet challenges, reach personal goals, and expand the way in which they live. As I discover what fit is right for each client, I draw from the theories and philosophies including interpersonal, humanistic, feminist, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.  I offer both individual and couples therapy; couples therapy with a male co-therapist is an option.

Glenn Mitchell(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 818)

Education/Training

M. Div., Bethany Theological Seminary

Credentialing

Certificate in Spiritual Guidance, Shalem Institute

Populations served

Individuals, Adults

Specialties

Life transitions, Grief and loss, Spiritual/religious issues, LGBT/sexual orientation issues, Identity issues, Work stress, Men's Issues

Treatment Approach

As a spiritual guide I seek to create a safe and sacred space within which persons can express and explore their spiritual longings, doubts and struggles. In this work we focus on the depth dimensions of life, on spiritual practices that fit and help sustain daily living, and on exploring the dynamics stirred by seasons of transition, loss, and renewed inspiration.  Although I do not provide psychological treatment, I have found that there is often an overlap between spiritual and psychological issues.

Wendy J. Moran(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 806)

Education/Training

Ph.D, The Pennsylvania State University

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist. National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

Populations served

Individuals, Couples, College students, Adults

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Life transitions, Relationship issues, LGBT/sexual orientation issues, Recovery from trauma, Women's issues, Mood disorders, Cross-cultural/diversity issues, Work stress

Treatment Approach

My approach to psychotherapy relies heavily on building a strong, collaborative relationship between myself and the person I am working with. I work to provide a warm, supportive environment for people to identify and address the challenges before them. I think about problems and patterns from an existential/gestalt perspective and use interpersonal, cognitive, and psychodynamic concepts and strategies to foster understanding and change. I help people become aware of their patterns of thinking, feeling and interacting and help them find alternatives to these patterns. Finally, I strive to approach people from a holistic perspective that embraces their strengths as well as their challenges, that explores the context of their lives, and that encourages people to see themselves with awareness, compassion and acceptance.

Jill Susan Morgan(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 805)

Education/Training

Ph.D, Duke University

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist

Populations served

Individuals, Couples, Families, College students, Adults

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Eating disorders, Grief and loss, Relationship issues, LGBT/sexual orientation issues, Recovery from trauma, Dissociative disorders, PTSD, Caregiver fatigue, Women's issues, Mood disorders, Supervision and training, Cross-cultural/diversity issues

Treatment Approach

I believe that the past influences the present and that many of the issues that people bring to therapy have been informed by painful relationships and experiences that occurred earlier in life. I think that struggling with past and present grief, disappointment and loss in the context of a safe, nurturing and challenging therapeutic relationship is central to the work of therapy

Robert B. Slaney(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 803)

Education/Training

Ph.D, The Ohio State University

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist

Populations served

Individuals, Couples, Adults

Specialties

Relationship issues, Supervision and training, Cross-cultural/diversity issues, Men's Issues

Treatment Approach

Here's what I think. The central deal in therapy, i.e. whether it feels safe, helpful, effective, etc. will be based on the relationship we form. Trust takes a while to develop, but is central to doing important work.  I also know psychological stuff and that’s important to treatment but I think that, as therapy plays out, the relationship and trust are central.  Most of my clients are men.  This has evolved over time, as has my belief that for many men there are advantages to seeing a a male therapist.  I also see a few women and couples, as well as graduate students and professionals.  I have particular training and experience in individual and couples therapy, and in supervision.  I have a particular interest in working with Asian Indians.

Julie A. States(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 820)

Education/Training

Ph.D, West Virginia University

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist

Populations served

Individuals, Couples, College students, Adults

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Life transitions, Grief and loss, Spiritual/religious issues, Relationship issues, LGBT/sexual orientation issues, Gender identity issues, Recovery from trauma, PTSD, Women's issues, Identity issues, Mood disorders, Supervision and training, Cross-cultural/diversity issues

Treatment Approach

I view therapy as a collaborative process whereby I will work with you to identify and meet your treatment goals. I work from an eclectic approach, utilizing a variety of techniques best suited to individual needs. I highly value the therapeutic relationship and work to establish an environment of safety and mutual trust. Within this context, you will be asked to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviors in an effort to increase self-awareness and identify avenues for growth.

Elizabeth A. Toepfer(814) 238-1880 (Ext. 809)

Education/Training

Ed.D, Columbia University

Credentialing

Licensed Psychologist

Populations served

Individuals, Couples, College students, Adults

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Life transitions, Grief and loss, Relationship issues, LGBT/sexual orientation issues, Recovery from trauma, Women's issues, Identity issues, Mood disorders, Cross-cultural/diversity issues, Work stress

Treatment Approach

I see therapy as a collaborative process with the goal of creating meaningful change. Together, we will discuss your life situation, desire for change, and identify treatment goals. Therapy is an endeavor of self-reflection, and I seek to create a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship to help you to do so. My role is to help you to reflect upon your experiences and explore more adaptive ways of being. I utilize a variety of techniques best suited to your individual needs, drawing from humanist, interpersonal, psychodynamic, feminist and cognitive/behavioral traditions. I believe that change is created by increased self-awareness, understanding influences from your past and the contexts in which you live your life, and expanding ways of thinking, behaving, and accepting emotions.