We are proud to offer you the following seasoned therapists with the experience and knowledge that you are looking for. It is important for us to stress that A Journey to You is committed to employing and offering you to choose from only quality clinicians that will provide you with everything you are looking for. Please take time to peruse our staff, their styles and experience in order to make an informed decision as to who may be the right fit for you. If after meeting with your therapist, you decide that he/she is not a good fit, please understand that this happens and it is normal at times because not all people connect with all people. It is important that you let us know so we can find the best fit that will allow for the level of comfort necessary for you to successfully do your work!
Bethanne is no newcomer to the Happy Valley area, having lived in the State College area for 22 years. For over two decades she has worked in the field of human services, serving members of the geriatric population as well as individuals with disabilities. Bethanne acquired her BA from Rutger’s University and her MEd from the Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Services. Bethanne is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Centre County Reentry Coalition. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors at Centre Helps in State College. Bethanne also serves as a Mental Health Service Professional on the Mental Health Disaster Team for the American Red Cross. Bethanne’s previous work includes Psychological Services Specialist at the State Correctional Institution of Rockview where she was the Specialized Program Director for the inmate population. She was also a Lead Clinician at the Meadows Psychiatric Center where she managed adult and adolescent clinical services in the inpatient setting. While she continues to build her vision at A Journey to You, Bethanne is also an adjunct professor at Penn State University where she teaches for the Rehabilitation and Human Services Department. Bethanne is passionate about helping others succeed in the counseling profession and offers clinical supervision for those pursuing licensure as well as internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Areas of special interest include trauma, sex and gender issues, mood disorders and couples and family counseling using a strength-based and empowerment focused approach. She is trained in and teaches Suicide Prevention with other areas of special training that include Critical Incident Stress Management and Neurofeedback therapy. Bethanne is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and is also certified in Telemental Health.
MS, LPC, NCC
Jenna comes to A Journey to You with extensive experience in the field of mental health and is one of A Journey to You’s very first employees, believing in and contributing to the passion and mission when it was simply a vision. Jenna received a BA in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Jenna’s effectiveness and enthusiasm with children has been a great addition to our team, as well as for the community. She has worked as a mobile therapist/behavioral specialist providing services to children in their home as well as in the school setting. She has experience working with individuals with Autism as well as their families. Jenna also worked at the Meadows Psychiatric Center providing inpatient mental health treatment and case management services to individuals of all ages. Areas of special interest include anxiety, depression, and trauma. Jenna’s love for people and passion to help others to succeed becomes evident as her clients find her energy and workspace to be a calm and safe space in which to do their work.
MSW, LCSW, CCTP, RPT
Paula is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, bringing with her 15 years of experience in the mental health field. Her previous positions include working as a Mobile Therapist/Behavioral Specialist Consultant, working with children/adolescents and their families in the school/home/community settings, and as a Mental Health Professional for a Family Based Mental Health Service program conducting Structural Family Therapy with clients and their families. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University and her undergraduate degree from Penn State University in Administration of Justice. Paula is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with a pending registration in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She recently became rostered in Cognitive Processing Therapy and has received training in Trauma Art Narrative Therapy (TANT) and Sandtray Therapy, both techniques she incorporates into her work. Additionally, Paula has received two years of post-graduate training in Child-Centered Play Therapy, and is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Her areas of special interest include trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, anger management, parent-child conflict, and sexual abuse. Populations served are children, adolescents, and adults conducting individual, couples and family therapy sessions. Paula’s style is goal-oriented as she strives to assist clients in developing the skills necessary for self-empowerment, and improvement in the overall quality of their lives. She uses a diverse blend of therapeutic modalities to achieve this with her clients.
Cassie is happy to come on board with A Journey to You as she brings with her a warm and friendly demeanor with an unarmed, genuine desire to help others. Cassie’s inquisitiveness about the brain has led her to study at the Institute of Applied Neuroscience in Ashville, NC where she received her official training in neurofeedback. She went on to continue with more advanced levels of training and has regular consultations/supervision with Dr. Ed Hamlin the President of the Institute of Applied Neuroscience as well as his team of experts. Cassie was recently asked and was happy to accept the position as a member of the Neurofeedback Team at Penn State University. It is here where she is called upon to share her experience and assist post doc students and faculty with their latest research efforts involving brain training.
Olivia earned her B.S. in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Penn State University with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She graduated with her MEd in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from Penn State in May, 2016. Olivia has worked as an undergraduate and graduate student intern at A Journey to You. While completing her Master’s degree, Olivia continued to be employed at A Journey to You as a part-time office assistant and is now seeing clients as a therapist here at the State College facility as well as our Bellefonte location! Olivia takes a person centered and strength-based approach to counseling and works with adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, histories of trauma and substance abuse, and life transitions.
MS, LPC, CCTP
Hannah Hartswick, completed an undergraduate degree at Penn State University and received an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lock Haven University in May, 2016. With extensive experience in family counseling, creative therapies and anxiety reduction techniques, Hannah especially enjoys assisting individuals in promoting change through self growth and discovery. She has extensive experience working with trauma and families in crisis and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Hannah served as a graduate intern who completed her practicum as well as her internship over the past year. We are proud to have her as a part of the AJ2U team as a therapist at both our State College and Bellefonte locations!
Ashley comes to A Journey to You having experience working with clients from various cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds, who have had a number of struggles. She attended Waynesburg University outside of Pittsburgh, PA, where she earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prior to that, she grew her love for psychology and helping others while attending Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has had the privilege of working with children, teens, young adults, and adults in various settings, including outpatient behavioral health facilities, as well as in schools, inpatient and alternative school facilities, and in homes conducting mobile therapy. Her special areas of interest include low self-esteem, anger management, difficult life transitions, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, and relationship concerns.
She understands many of us are struggling with painful situations; that life is full of inevitable change, within ourselves and our lives, and are looking for a way to move forward. Using a strength-based approach, she helps clients explore internal struggles that are making them feel “stuck”, and then works together with them to identify how to move forward in a positive way. She knows change can be very intimidating, but that it can also lead us to new and exciting places. Her goal is to empower her clients and guide them on this journey. She realizes no one can be their best self all the time, but strives to help you to be your best self more often.
Michelle will be one of the first voices you hear when calling and one of the first faces you will see as a client at A Journey to You. Michelle brings nearly a decade of medical office experience. You will know who she is the moment you walk into the facility as you will be met by her warm, friendly smile, her calm demeanor and her willingness to help make things easier on the back end. Michelle is here to help answer any questions you may have and her attention to detail will allow you to concentrate more on what you are here to do for yourself in the therapy room.
Haley is thankful for the opportunity to learn and develop in her counseling career at A Journey to You this year. She is currently working to complete her Master’s Degree in Counseling through Colorado Christian University. She has enjoyed receiving education from a faith-based approach and feels comfortable exploring issues of faith and spirituality with clients. Haley is also interested in working with the LGBTQ+ population and to be a safe space for those struggling with issues of sexuality and gender. She desires to see people walking in freedom, in peace, and in strength as they develop the skills for coping with life’s challenges. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association as well as Kappa Chi Upsilon, the Colorado Christian University chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.
Meredith Chaney, Graduate Intern
Meredith is a Master’s intern from Penn State’s Counselor Education program. She has degrees in secondary and higher education, and most recently worked as an undergraduate academic advisor at Penn State. Meredith made this career change because she believes in the powerful and positive growth individuals can achieve through counseling. She looks forward to gaining experience and supporting clients during her time at A Journey To You.