Stephen A. Luther: MSEd, MEd, LPC
“Executive Director and Founder”
Licensed Professional Counselor
Therapeutic Parent Coach – “My Kids” Program
Certified Splankna Trauma Therapist and Trainer
After receiving a master's degree in Education and working with troubled youth for several years, Steve returned to school and completed a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Duquesne University. Stephen is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Since 1997 he has been helping children, adolescents and adults suffering with many different issues. Steve works through various treatment modalities including Attachment Based Therapy and Splankna (mind, body trauma therapy). He specializes in working with hurting families including those who have foster, adopted or traumatized children.
Steve is the founder and director of our “My Kids” therapeutic parent coaching program. As an expert in Attachment Therapy and parenting, he has put together this Christ-Centered program to help families who are stuck in the same old failed patterns and helps them to not just survive anymore, but to THRIVE as a family.
Steve is available to see clients in North Huntingdon on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Bethel Park on Thursday, and in Greenfield on Tuesday. He also does online and phone therapeutic parent coaching and consultation. He accepts most major insurance plans. Call the office for confirmation of coverage.
Louise Meleshenko: MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Louise is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience in providing therapy to adults and late adolescents in the community and private sector. She has provided treatment to individuals experiencing challenges with mental health disorders, addictions, abuse and relationship issues. She seeks to provide evidenced based treatment that is supported by the truth of the scriptures. She has been actively involved in various ministries throughout the years in her church from young children to adults. As a new empty nester, Louise and her husband have raised two daughters.
Louise is available at the North Huntingdon office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday mornings, and at the Greenfield office on Tuesdays.
Ron Agostoni: MS, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Ron is a graduate of Walden University in Minneapolis, MN where he earned both a Master's in Psychology and a Master's in Mental Health Counseling. Ron bases his counseling practices on the foundation of God’s word and integrates different theoretical approaches based on the needs of the clients he serves.
Ron has 12 plus years of experience working with individual adolescents and adults, and he specializes in marriages and families, as well as blended families. In addition to that, he works with those experiencing challenges from mental health disorders, abuse, anxiety, anger, substance abuse, relationship concerns and has specialized training in coaching. Ron also has a passion in working with individual men who are seeking to grow their walk with the Lord and becoming the man, father and husband that God has called them to be.
Ron has been married to his wife for 14 years. They have two biological children, are foster parents and are currently pursuing the adoption of more children. He has led multiple faith based small groups at his local church, and is currently running an Anger Management group as well as a Marriage Coaching group.
Ron is available to see clients at the Irwin Office, the Bethel Park office, and the Belle Vernon office.
LeeAnn Trout: MA, LPC
Coordinator of Outreach
LeeAnn is a graduate from Liberty University where she learned to integrate psychology and theology in order to provide her clients with a faith based healing journey. As a Master’s level counselor, LeeAnn is excited to walk with each client through their personal crisis, and into an area where the person grows in their relationship with the Lord and experiences the freedom found in Christ. LeeAnn works with those experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship, and marital issues.
Pursuing a certification in Christian Sex Addiction Counseling is where her educational efforts are being placed. She currently sees male and female clients for sexual and pornography addiction as well as women for codependency and trauma. She offers group counseling in sex addiction and for the spouses of those experiencing sex addictions. Her heart is to walk with men and women to conquer sexual sin and/or addiction and to address the effects of such. Call to discuss the treatment possibilities that will lead a person or couple to freedom.
Personally, LeeAnn is a mother of three children ages 12-20. Life experience includes working in ministry with children and teens, a certification in special education and experience with children with autism spectrum disorders.
LeeAnn is available for: Individual, couple, and group counseling. Phone and Online counseling can also be provided when appropriate. Appointments can be made for Belle Vernon on Mondays, Irwin on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, New Kensington Thursdays and occasional Fridays, and Cranberry on Saturday mornings.
Aki Jamal Durham MA
Director of Creativity
Aki is a relationship coach and counselor with 10 years of experience providing individuals, married couples and those preparing for marriage with insights that focus on couple’s strength assessments, communication, conflict resolution, finances, family of origin examinations, and intimacy. He received his Master of Arts degree in human services counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Liberty University and relies heavily in biblical truths to support the practical and clinical guidance he offers his clients.
Married for 13 years, Aki and his wife are the proud parents of two beautiful children. He and his wife are ordained deacons at his local church where he has led numerous Marriage Mentoring and Marriage Enrichment groups. Aki has played a role in creating Christ-Like Maleness education and programming there as well. Revealing God’s purpose for marriage and His desire for Godly men to head Christian households are Aki’s primary passions.
Aki is also a published author with more than 15 years of experience in the managing, brokering, and coaching of relationships for corporations in the experiential marketing, beverage, real estate, and finance industries. His book, The Spider Web Philosophy: Catch Your Dreams, opens the mind of the reader to the direct correlation between the quality of our relationships and our quality of life and provides strategies to greatly improve both. The theme of the book is also a model for our THRIVE coaching program created by our founder, Steve Luther.
You can meet with Aki online or via phone for coaching and consultation services. He is also available to meet in our Irwin office (additional locations forthcoming).
Nicholle (Nikki) O'Leary: LPC, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor
Nicholle (Nikki) O’Leary is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She has a Master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a specialization in Community Counseling, and a Bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University with a major in Psychology, and a minor in Sociology.
Nikki has over 15 years of professional experience in the social service field as an in-home family therapist as well as other roles. She has counseled youth (ages 5-21) and their families who are involved with Allegheny County Juvenile Court and Children Youth and Families for over 14 years. During that time, she has also provided clinical supervision to Family Based Mental Health and Family Focused Solution Based therapists. In addition, Nikki conducts assessments and has provided outpatient counseling to women with co-occurring disorders (women with both Drug and alcohol and mental health issues). Prior to this, she served as a Family Development Specialist providing child development and parenting skills to families with children ages birth to five.
Nikki’s therapeutic philosophy stems from a holistic approach: incorporating mind, body and spirit. She provides individual, family, couples and group counseling to various populations. Through both life and professional experiences, Nikki enjoys helping people find a balance with life’s daily struggles. She assists those who are struggling with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD, perinatal (pre-pregnancy) and postnatal mood disorders, co-occurring disorders and other issues that can create an imbalance in our everyday lives.
Nikki also has years of life experience as she is a wife and mother of five children and believes in the value of family and healthy relationships.
Nikki provides counseling in both our Cranberry and Bethel Park offices.
Jonathan Held: L.C.S.W.
Jonathan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the state of Pennsylvania specializing in Structural Family Therapy. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Pittsburgh, with majors in Psychology and Philosophy. He completed his Master’s degree in Social Work at California University of Pennsylvania.
Jonathan has nearly 7 years of experience working
attend Charter Oak Church - Crossroads campus in Greensburg, PA. He serves with the worship team. Jonathan plays the drums and leads worship occasionally at the church.
Jonathan is currently practicing in our Irwin location. He is available throughout the week (and possible Saturdays) in the mornings, afternoons, and some evenings.
Adam Morrison: MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist
Adam attended Geneva College where he majored in Student Ministries and minored in Psychology. During that time, he worked with his churches youth ministry, Powersource. Seeing many difficulties that the youth were facing that could not be addressed with his current training, and feeling a call to work with troubled youth, Adam continued at Geneva College where he received a Master’s degree in Family Counseling. For the past 6 years he has worked with troubled youth in a residential setting, specializing in working with youth with sexually maladaptive behaviors along with their families. Adam was trained in utilizing trauma informed care to be mindful of how experiences may affect the actions of his clients. Adam also has experience in working with youth experiencing ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Anger Management issues, and break downs in family communication.
Adam has also continued as a youth leader with Powersource, where he has gained experience in integrating many of his counseling skills with faith based principles and serving as a resource for his local churches. Adam is currently available for sessions at the Cranberry location Monday through Friday.
Barbara Torango: MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Barbara graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has her Master’s degree in Art Therapy, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Barbara has the utmost respect for the clients she sees as active members of the therapeutic team. She believes that clients deserve trust, comfort, and support to fulfill their needs and personal goals. She feels that clients should be able to bring up pressing issues and events and have their sessions prioritized accordingly. Because she is both an Art Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor, she offers options as to how clients can express themselves. This is based on their comfort level, through talk therapy or through the art process.
She has over twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups. Treatment focus is faith based art therapy, grief therapy for children and adults, AD/HD, anger management for children, children of separated/divorced parents, chemical dependency, victims of sexual abuse/trauma, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
Children respond extremely well to art therapy and therapeutic play. Barbara’s experience has been that children love to attend sessions and look forward to them. This is a welcome relief to parents whom have had difficulty getting their resistant children to come to therapy.
Nicole (Nicky) M. Dericks: M.Ed, NCC, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Nicky is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She obtained her Master's of Education in Counseling at California University of Pennsylvania where she also obtained her Pennsylvania School Counselor Certificate. She has worked as a counselor for the last 5 years, and prior to that, worked as a Director of Youth Ministries. She currently serves as a volunteer in ministry alongside her husband in his role as a Senior Pastor at a church in Moon Township. She has experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety diagnoses including but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, identity issues, and behavioral concerns. In addition, she has had specific training in substance abuse and addiction. She truly enjoys being able to utilize her knowledge as a counselor, while helping individuals to find their identity in Christ which brings true peace and freedom. She believes whole heartedly that we are called to first love Christ, and then to love others, and especially enjoys being able to share the love of Christ with her clients. She adheres primarily to the theory of Cognitive Behavior Therapy in her therapy practices. In addition, she feels especially called to work with adolescents to help them understand their value and self-worth, and to encourage them to exhibit self-respecting choices and behaviors.
Nicky is available to see clients Monday and Wednesday in our Moon, and North Huntington offices.
Tom Jones: MA
Tom currently serves as a pastor at Keystone Church in Greensburg, PA while also working as a counselor at Grace Wellness Center. After pastoring for 34 years, Tom felt led to seek a degree in the field of counseling. He received his Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and is now working toward licensure. Tom has a passion to work with pastors in the daily stress and trauma involved with the ministry of pastoring. Having gone through a very difficult time and seeking counseling in 2009, God opened his eyes to the benefit and need of counseling for pastors. He works with Post traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma, Sexual Addiction, and marital counseling, and pre-marital counseling. Tom was reluctant to seek personal counseling for most of his ministry believing that a strong pastor should be able to work through his own issues by praying harder and being a “stronger Christian.” He now realizes that it is not necessary to carry the load alone. Certainly, God desires to help and He uses others to come along beside, as well. Tom currently works at the Irwin and Greensburg offices and he also conducts online therapy through video conferencing. Tom works with couples, individuals, and families as well as pastors.
Brian Harr: MA
Brian is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA where he earned a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, and of Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Labor Studies and Industrial Relations, with Minors in Dispute Management Resolution and Business. Brian is grateful for the opportunity to join the Grace Wellness Center, an environment that encourages clients to find the extraordinary life that God has planned for each of us, His children. Brian uses an integrative approach to counseling, combining Biblical truth with a variety of therapeutic techniques in order to meet a client’s needs. He has experience working with clients with anxiety, depression, anger, stress, and marriage and family concerns, among other things. Brian has a special interest in serving clients who are struggling, or have struggled with infertility and pregnancy issues, clients struggling with grief and loss, and blended families. He has begun the process of acquiring the necessary requirements to become a board certified Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor.
Brian is available to see clients in the North Huntingdon and Belle Vernon offices.
Rebecca (Becca) Hudock: MA
Becca is graduate of Waynesburg University with a Master's of Arts in Clinical Mental Health. She is currently working to fulfill her licensing hours to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. In addition to working with a variety of clients at Grace Wellness Center, Becca also has experience working with court-ordered adolescents and adults with substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Becca’s passion for people stems from her love for God and her belief that every person has value. She partners with clients to find healing from past hurts and security in their identify in Christ. She meets clients wherever they are, and supports them in moving forward with their current circumstances. Becca’s counseling style is compassionate, relaxed, and approachable. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Biblical truth in her counseling sessions.
Personally, Becca volunteers as a youth leader at her church and is engaged to be married to her best friend in July 2016.
Becca is available to see clients in the Uniontown location.
Kaelynn L. Hillegass: MS
Kaelynn received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Chatham University and is working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. Kaelynn integrates a faith-based approach into her work, as well as various therapeutic techniques and modalities that she has studied and become familiar with, based on the needs of the client.
Kaelynn believes she is called to work with adolescents and young adults dealing with a variety of issues that may come up during that life stage such as anxiety, depression, difficult life adjustments such as divorce or other family situations, and/or other stress-related issues. Kaelynn has had experience and training working with teenagers and young adults, utilizing Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness/Positive Psychology techniques that have proven to be extremely beneficial and helpful for this specific population. Kaelynn believes in a client-centered approach, with the goal being to understand each client and his/her situation to best identify practical, individualized steps and tools to assist each client and their journey.
Kaelynn has also been working with another one of our counselors, Nicole LaVale, a specialist in court-ordered family services, for the past year. Together, they provide court-ordered family services such as Co-Parenting, Supervised Visits, Parent Child Reconciliation, and Home Studies.
Kaelynn believes that therapy can be an empowering, enlightening time for people to work through life’s experiences in a safe, positive, and supportive environment. She is available for appointments at the North Huntingdon office Monday through Friday.
Nicole LaVale: MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy, and later went on to earn her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an Art Therapy Specialization from Seton Hill University. Nicole has worked with adolescents in various settings including group homes, residential treatment, and a partial hospitalization program. She has also worked at the mental health base service until recently as a case manager and county designee facilitating inter-agency meetings. For the past 11 years, Nicole has specialized in working with children and families as a forensic coordinator/custody evaluator. She has experience in facilitating co-parenting, parent-child reconciliation, supervised periods of physical custody and Court testimony on behalf of the best interest of children.
Nicole recently obtained her license as a Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Nicole is excited to be a part of the Grace Wellness team and for the opportunity to assist others in understanding that through Christ, all things are possible.
Nicole is available to see clients at our North Huntingdon office.
Patricia (Patty) Hanson: MS
Patty is a graduate of Carlow University with a Master's of Science Degree in Professional Counseling. She completed a two year Post Masters Certification in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh, and is also an Associate Geriatric Care Manager. In addition to working with a varied population at Grace Wellness Center, Patty also has experience working as Mobile Therapist with Children and Adolescent clients. She earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Corporate Communication from Point Park University and has 25 years of life and professional experience in business management, sales & marketing, and organizational development. Patty’s counseling style is straight forward, non-judgmental, empathetic, and compassionate. She engages clients in a collaborative and interactive manner as they work to deepen awareness of thought patterns, behaviors, and the unconscious choices they make in their lives and in their relationships. Addressing behavioral, mental, emotional and spiritual issues, Patty provides counseling with a Christian Faith based foundation. Patty works with Seniors, Adults, and Children, and she is available for Individual, Group, Couples or Family Sessions at Grace Wellness Center offices in North Huntingdon, Monroeville, and in Greenfield near Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh. Patty has been married for 11 years and is a mother of an only child.