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.
He is also the co-host and producer of Called to THRIVE Radio, which airs locally on WPIT, 730 AM and 96.5 FM, on Saturday mornings at 8:30.
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
Certified Relationship Coach
Certified Sex Addiction 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 17 years. They have two biological children, and have adopted a third daughter They are also foster parents and are currently fostering a little boy who they hope to be able to adopt as well. Ron has led multiple faith based small groups at his local church, runs an Anger Management group (court ordered or not) as well as a hosting a Marriage Coaching group.
Ron is available to see clients at the Irwin Office, and the Belle Vernon office.
LeeAnn Trout: MA, LPC
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
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. Aki co-hosts and produces Called to THRIVE Radio, which airs locally on WPIT, 730 AM and 96.5 FM, on Saturday mornings at 8:30
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).
Kevin Douglas: MDiv
Life and Marketing Coach
Kevin’s passion and personal mission statement is: To foster an environment for people to experience and grow in Jesus. Contextualization of this personal passion has always been unique for Kevin. Early in his career this expressed itself in the context of creating a digital marketing company working with clients such as Disney, GIECO, Sea World and the Detroit Pistons. In this setting, Kevin met and loved working with people from many cultures, backgrounds and beliefs that challenged and sharpened his theological beliefs and cultivated a heart for people far from Jesus.
In 2013, God called Kevin to be a pastor and since then he has continued his personal mission through being an associate pastor at Pilgrim Congregational Church and The Director of Pastoral Care at a Sanctuary at White Lake. Kevin has a learner’s disposition and is constantly asking who is God and who are we in light of who He is. This desire led Kevin to complete a Master’s of Divinity degree from Moody Theological Seminary. Kevin has been gifted and groomed by God to lead and guide individuals and teams through the messiness of life by building relationships, deeply listening, and ministering to needs of clients wherever they are on their journey.
Kevin is available for online counseling and coaching and also offers marketing support and consultation to ministries, counselors and wellness organizations.
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.
Rebecca (Becca) Hudock: MA
Licensed Professional Counselor
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 and Belle Vernon locations.
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.
Paget Bridget McCarthy: MA, PsyD
EMDR Trained Therapist
Splankna Therapy Practitioner In Training
For many years Paget has pursued an understanding of the intersection of scriptures, daily living and emotional well-being. This pursuit, coupled with a calling to help others, led her to obtain a two-year bible certificate from Liberty Bible Institute and a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family from Geneva College. Shortly afterwards, her life was focused on raising five rambunctious children! However, some years later, Paget returned to her career and subsequently pursued that calling to come alongside those who are hurting and struggling with issues in life.
Paget recently obtained both a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a doctorate in psychology from Union Institute and University and is currently a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. Her clinical experience has been broad, addressing various mental health issues, emotional problems and relationship challenges. Her prime area of interest is to assist others in their recovery from trauma. Paget enjoys working with children and families, individuals, and couples. Her passion is to be a part of the healing journey of those who come into her office.
Amanda Ludwig, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Amanda Ludwig is a professional who is devoted to empowering individuals to attain holistic health; spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. She believes that the pain we all experience in life can be the best teacher when we are able to gain perspective from our relationship with God and one another. She is dedicated to partnering with her clients to discover their intrinsic value and worth by exploring their own personal journeys and how they have or have not made sense of these painful valleys.
Amanda has used her balance of compassion and truth-telling in various roles within the human services field since 2005 and the criminal justice field since 2011. She has also used her background in music as a tool to impact and inspire change when it is challenging for her clients to put their thoughts and feelings into words.
Her former colleagues and clients have used the following words to describe her: Compassionate, purposeful, patient, empathetic, a relentless advocate, dependable, knowledgeable, passionate, dynamic, inspirational, and transparent.
Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania as well as a National Certified Counselor. She received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University and her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Grove City College.
Kristen Lundquist, MA, NCC
Counselor and Coach
Kristen is a graduate of Messiah College with a Master of Art’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is working to fulfill her licensure hours in the State of Pennsylvania, as well as the District of Columbia where she is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC). Kristen also holds the National Certified Counselor (NCC) designation through the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Kristen is passionate about working with clients to help them cultivate hope in the midst of difficult seasons of life, and to feel empowered in their God-given gifts and talents. Through her practice, Kristen offers a client-centered, dynamic, and solutions-focused approach that creates a safe space for each individual’s unique story and goals. In addition, she emphasizes the principles of self-awareness, self-compassion, and holistic wellness – as clients move toward mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical healing. To compliment her therapy practice, Kristen is a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance's 200-hr Teacher Training Program, is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness, and holds a Certificate in Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh.
In addition to serving clients at Grace Wellness Center, Kristen serves as the Program Director for the Center for Women, Faith & Leadership (CWFL) at the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) in Washington, D.C., and serves as a psychotherapist under supervision at The Women’s Center in Washington, D.C. Through her work, Kristen has been blessed with a passion for working with individuals from many different backgrounds and cultures; and she regularly aids individuals struggling in difficult contexts around the world. To further support this work, Kristen holds an M.A. in World History from Eastern Illinois University, a B.A. in Theology and a B.A. in History with a focus on Near East Languages from The University of Northwestern - St. Paul, and a certificate in Religion and Conflict Resolution from Nyack College.