I service South Hills areas (Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Claire, Bethel Park, Bridgeville, Dormont, Greentree) and Oakland/Shadyside in Pittsburgh, PA.
My 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.
I authored 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of my books have been translated into Dutch, Chinese & Portuguese. I am 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.
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.
I accept UPMC, Highmark, Blue Cross Blue Shield; I also accept self-pay.
I do not accept 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, 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.
I offer 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).
I also offer 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).
I offer 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).