I service South Hills areas (Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Claire, Bethel Park, Bridgeville, Dormont, Greentree) and Oakland/Shadyside in Pittsburgh, PA.
Clinical background: a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from SUNY Buffalo, with 20 years of clinical experience (15 years post-licensure); member of Pennsylvania Psychological Association and of Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association, APA member from 1997-2015.
Related achievements: 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of these books have been translated into Dutch, Chinese & Portuguese. Honored to be on the Advisory Board for The Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Over the years, I have conducted a variety of continued education workshops domestically and internationally on the topics of mindful eating, perfectionism, anger management, and mindfulness applications for addressing worry, dysthymia, insomnia and substance use presentations. My work has also been discussed in a variety of radio interviews (eg Martha Stewart's Radio/Whole Living, Fully Alive!, etc.) and mentioned in a variety of print publications (eg Martha Stewart's Body + Soul Magazine, Orpah Winfrey's O Magazine, etc). See the Publicity page for details.
I offer an original, mindfulness-based approach to working with perfectionism, self-criticalness, and negative self-view/self-esteem issues. A recent, randomized study—published by Mindfulness Journal—shows that my approach (which I described in my 2010 book Present Perfect) is effective as a standalone intervention. The study found that those who had read the Present Perfect book experienced a statistically significant reduction of self-criticalness, a result that was still maintained at a six weeks follow-up (Wimberley, Mintz, & Suh, Mindfulness, Nov. 2015).
I trained and worked in a variety of clinical settings, which include: psychiatric hospitals, university counseling center, county jail, hospice, community mental health centers, family medical practice, cancer hospital, veterans' hospitals, pain clinics, and private practice.
Accepted: UPMC, Highmark, Blue Cross Blue Shield; I also accept self-pay.
Not accepted: UPMC for Life, UPMC for You, UBH (United Behavioral Health), Cigna, Aetna
Addictions/Drug & Alcohol, Adjusting to Change & Life Transitions, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues & Stress, Codependency & Dependency, Compulsions, Compassion Training/Empathy Training, Control Issues, Creative Blocks, Depression, Divorce & Divorce Adjustment, Eating & Food Issues, Gambling, Emptiness, Emotional Abuse, Existential Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Fear of Abandonment, Grief & Loss, Habits, Harm Reduction, Health Behavior Change, Impulse Control, Infidelity & Affair Recovery, Irritability, Insomnia (CBT-I), Life Purpose & Meaning, Managing Chronic Illness Behaviors and Treatment Compliance, Men's Issues, Midlife Transition, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Motivational Enhancement, Obsessions, Panic, Perfectionism, Phobias & Fears, Post Traumatic Stress, Premarital Counseling, Relationships & Marriage, Self-Care, Self-Confidence, Self-Criticism, Self-Doubt, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm (Cutting, etc.), Sensitivity to Criticism, Sex & Sexuality Issues, Search for Meaning, Shame, Smoking Cessation, Social Phobia, Stress, Trauma, Trust Issues, Workplace Issues, Worry, Worthlessness.
Fast-paced individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, and process-focused group therapy. I am certified in Rational Hypnotherapy, EMDR (Level 1) and Gottman couple's therapy (Level 1).
Self-pay executive & life coaching, case consultation, programmatic consultation, program development, workshop development services, anger management intensives, and couple's therapy intensives. (Please, inquire about costs for these modalities).
I do not offer Family Therapy (parents + children). I only work with adults (21+ years of age).
An eclectic treatment approach that consists of: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Meta-Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectic and Behavioral Therapy, Logotherapy, Mindfulness-based Therapy, Brief-Dynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing Therapy, Gottman style couple's therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).