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June V. Isaly, MS Ed.
Founder and President


Founder of Isaly Counseling Associates, Inc., Ms. Isaly was nationally recognized for her work in alcohol and other drug counseling and family therapy.  During her 35 year career, the first nine being volunteer, she developed a national model Parent Assistance Program that was personally recognized by Mrs. Nancy Reagan.  As the result of her volunteer mission, Ms. Isaly helped design a Student Assistance Program (SAP) for the North Hills School District.  This project became a model for all SAP's in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Isaly also worked with her son and late husband to institute the Chemical People, a series of national town hall meetings broadcast via WQED-TV to address youth alcohol use and other drug problems.  Chemical People later became locally based and nationwide leading to Task Forces providing community outreach information, education and prevention and prevention programs.  A trained interventionist, Ms. Isaly also has served as a trainer and consultant to Fortune 500 companies.  She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Education from Duquesne University and has been in her own private practice for the past 35 years with three offices serving Butler and Allegheny counties.
 

Frances Campbell, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-CS, CARN

Ms. Campbell is an Advanced Practice Board Certified  Psychiatric Nurse who is also Certified in Addictions Nursing.  Ms Campbell has a broad base of experience ranging from direct treatment (both inpatient and outpatient) to training (presents nationally on the topic of Dual Diagnosis) to  clinical writing  (co-authored two texts on Dual Diagnosis) and  program design. She formerly served as Program Director of the Center for Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency Services, a program that she helped to design and implement at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in 1987. Ms Campbell has been with Isaly Counseling Associates  since 1998. She works with adults and couples. 
 

Deb Cohen, MA, ATR, LPC, BCPC 

Ms. Cohen obtained her Masterís Degree in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Houston/Clear Lake in 1982.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Registered Art Therapist. Ms. Cohen has been practicing for over 30 years, primarily in substance abuse treatment, working with both adolescents and adults. She has experience working with individuals, groups, and families. Additionally, she worked with the treatment of perinatal (pregnant women) for 8 years.


Bill Dorn, M.Div., LPC

Mr. Dorn has been with Isaly Counseling Associates for the last 15 years. He has over 28 years of experience in the field of counseling. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and specializes in the treatment of relationship issues, stress management, anger management, dual diagnosis, co-dependency, sexual minority, shame and guilt and life-purpose issues.  He also provides critical incident stress debriefing (CISD) counseling to area companies. He holds a Masterís Degree in Divinity from the Washington Theological Union, Silver Spring MD.  Mr. Dorn provides EAP services to military personnel and their families as an in network provider in the Military One Source (MOS) program through Beacon Health and the US Department of Defense. Throughout his career he has held both managerial and clinical positions in Pittsburgh area treatment facilities. He has presented trainings on Adolescent Addiction, Addiction and Spirituality, and Boundaries in the Workplace. His clinical approach is individualized to the counseling needs of each of his clients and he seeks to provide a safe therapeutic environment so his clients will experience personal empowerment so necessary for desired change. 


Alicia M. Fairman, M. Ed., LPC 

Ms. Fairman has worked in behavioral health services since 1994. She received a Bachelorís Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masterís Degree in Counselor Education from Penn State University. Ms. Fairmanís experience includes working with adolescents, adults, and families. She has managerial and clinical experience in the areas of assessment, mental health services, dual diagnosis, program development, and licensure supervision. She is trained in individual and groups therapy models allowing her to meet the needs of individual and their families across a variety of topics including depression, stress management, organizational skills, anger management, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, relationship issues, bullying, academic goal setting, parenting, and communication skills. Mrs. Fairman also provides EAP services and is a Certified School Counselor. She has served as a treatment consultant to various community agencies through her professional roles with multiple healthcare facilities. Ms. Fairmanís intention is to provide motivation and support through counseling to individuals and their families in achieving their goals.


Ginny Fox, MSW, LCSW

Ms. Fox has been a licensed therapist since 1991, having been trained as a Gestalt therapist with the New England Gestalt Therapy Institute. She received her Masterís in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She specializes in treating dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, ADHD, family issues, bereavement, and family of origin issues.  She has worked with clients who have acute mental health issues at Westmoreland Hospital and Western Psychiatric Clinic as group therapist.  Also she has been a group therapist at Gatewayís Intensive Outpatient Program for substance abuse. She has years of experience as a care manager at UPMC.  Ginny has compassion and understanding for clients on their journey of emotional healing.


Kathryn Gibson, MA, Family Mediator

Ms. Gibson, a counselor with Isaly Associates in the North Hills and Butler, specializes in issues surrounding divorce, custody and stepfamily. She is also a frequent speaker for corporate, professional and academic groups on such topics as stress management, workplace communications and team building. In addition, Ms. Gibson is a court-approved mediator for Allegheny County and a facilitator in the county's successful custody education program. In her private practice, she specializes in mediation and counseling for changing families and couples. High conflict families are often referred to her by judges, lawyers and other mental health professionals. Ms. Gibson received her M.A. in counseling from Slippery Rock University and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Grove City College. Her basic and advanced mediation trainings are approved by the state of Pennsylvania and the Academy of Family Mediators. Ms. Gibson is also a writer, specializing in articles about family and workplace mental health issues. Her articles have won national awards in Chicago, Phoenix, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., and locally, they have appeared in The Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Pittsburgh Parent.


Constance L. Lappa, MSW, LCSW, QCSW, CST

Ms. Lappa is a licensed clinical social worker and AASECT certified sex-therapist who has been in private practice for over 20 years. She counseled women and their families at Magee Women's Hospital for many years regarding issues related to complicated pregnancies, pregnancy loss, infertility, sexual assault and breast/gynecological cancers. Besides those areas, Ms. Lappa treats clients with anxiety/panic disorders, depression, post-partum depression, medical /disability concerns, couples issues, and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. As a sex therapist, she has a special interest in treating a variety of sexual concerns in men and women.  Ms. Lappa has been published in professional journals and books (chapters) and has been a speaker for community and professional groups on numerous occasions. She is an adjunct professor at both Robert Morris University in the undergraduate Social Sciences Department and at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Social Work in the Masterís program. She treats individuals and couples of all genders, sexual orientations, cultures and faiths. Further information is available at LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/connie-lappa-msw-lcsw/1b/4a7/165


Nancy L. Ritsko, Ed.D., LPC

Dr. Ritsko was called to the counseling profession when she was a senior in high school and worked as a student aide in the Guidance Office (Brownsville Area).   After earning her B.S. in Secondary English Education from California University of Pennsylvania,  she attained her M.Ed. in School Counseling from CUP and her Ed.D. in Counselor Education from Indiana University of PA.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor  and has worked throughout her 40 years in the profession as a:  certified school counselor (K-12) in both non-public and public schools in PA and GA;   faculty member at IUP, Slippery Rock University, and Clark Atlanta University (GA);  instructor at a business school; behavioral  specialist consultant, supervisor, and outpatient therapist for privately-owned behavioral health agencies.  Her previous full time position was as a psychotherapist with a local community mental health agency for over 9 years.  Dr. Ritsko works with adults and adolescents, individuals and couples.  She enjoys working with those seeking answers in their spiritual paths and treats a wide range of difficulties, including dual diagnosis, depression, stress, anxiety, boundaries, bereavement, and life transitions.  Dr. Ritsko believes that contentment can arise only as a result of a basic honesty and acceptance of oneself and oneís life.

 

                                                                    

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