Person: When did I lose hope?
Internal Response: You used to be so happy. Just suck it up.
Person: How did it get this bad?
Internal Voice: You seem fine, maybe you should try exercising more.
Person: Why do I feel so lost?
Internal Voice : C’mon things aren’t that bad. It will get better on its own.
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HIPAA compliant. With flexible appointment times and days (including evenings and weekends), your appointments with eTalkTherapy are always confidential and private. The face of healthcare is changing rapidly and we are here to meet those challenges. Don’t allow scheduling conflicts, bad weather or long distances keep you from getting the help you need. Contact one of our telehealth experts today.
eTalkTherapy has been a leader in telehealth counseling throughout Pennsylvania since 2017. Schedule a free consultation or session with a local, licensed counselor or mental health therapist today. We are not a text-based therapy app. We provide live online therapy with an experienced and dedicated therapist who works exclusively with you. It’s easy, affordable, private and HIPAA compliant.
Let’s face it, relationships and marriages can be difficult, but they are not impossible. Our therapists will help you and your significant other identify where connection, communication and expectations are stuck and unrealistic. If there has been infidelity or a loss of intimacy, your relationship or marriage is going to need expert care and support in order to heal. Our goal is to restore harmony, healthy boundaries and practical expectations to your relationship. By providing encouragement, highlighting strengths and supporting you and your significant other in a way that is not about choosing sides, we will explore new ways to trust, communicate and create a relationship that is healthy, honest and balanced.
Most people attribute the failure of a relationship or marriage to their significant other. Blaming someone else or trying to change the other person instead of focusing on your own expectations and responsibilities seems like an easy way out, but it soon becomes clear that nothing changes unless you do.
Stop fighting against your relationship and start fighting for it! If you feel it’s finally time to talk about the issues that are damaging your relationship or marriage, then contact us today. Our rates are very affordable, the sessions are private, and the results may just surprise you in a positive way. Sessions are conducted live on video through our HIPAA compliant site.Get Started
Covid & Crisis Fatigue
You’re not alone. We are all experiencing increased levels of anxiety, stress and chaos because of the pandemic. Whether you use your laptop, smartphone or tablet, our experienced and licensed therapists have flexible schedules and are ready to talk with you today about your worries, fears, anxiety, and stress related to the pandemic and moving forward.
Unlike other telehealth providers that appeared because of Covid-19, we have been doing TeleCounseling since 2017 and offer low rates, flexible appointment times, and pay as you go – no subscriptions. In short, we are a professional group of telehealth therapists and counselors, not life or wellness coaches or a text-based app. We provide the same type of quality therapy that you would receive during a traditional office visit.
If it is time for you to promote better mental health, enrich your relationships, and create a life worth living, we are here to listen and help. Contact us today to schedule a free phone consultation and experience why we are the best choice for online therapy.
Making the transition from classroom to clinical setting can often feel daunting. It is our goal to challenge and help you blossom and sharpen your counselor identity through an existential and phenomenological lens. By fostering compassion, humor and consistent boundaries, we will provide you with professional guidance to help you move toward your goal of becoming a licensed counselor in Pennsylvania.
Our supervision style promotes growth, respect, confidence and a strong professional identity in the existential, humanistic and phenomenological traditions. It is grounded in our greatest strengths, which are teaching, coaching, and mentoring. We are genuine, person-centered, direct and engaging. Having experience in a wide array of private practice and agency settings, we will provide you with a comprehensive experience covering all aspects within our field that will aid in your success far beyond supervision.
We offer supervision for individuals working towards their Pennsylvania LPC licensure. Supervisees will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Our rates are competitive and our schedules flexible enough to meet your needs. NOTE: In-person supervision will resume once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.Get Started
Individual therapy (sometimes called “counseling” or “psychotherapy”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a highly trained therapist or licensed counselor to explore their feelings, beliefs, thoughts, behaviors, relationships and life issues. In order to work through challenging life problems, painful memories, trauma, depression or anxiety, a qualified therapist will help a client gain insight into the issues that have them feeling “stuck,” “hopeless” or “lost” in life. Good therapy provides a confidential, non-judgmental space for people to have a better understanding of themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change through meaningful conversation and problem solving. A client and therapist may work together for only a few sessions or for several months or years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
How can eTalkTherapy help? We want to build a relationship with you, not just provide a quick fix. We want to give attention to your life, not just your symptoms or a diagnosis. Our approach is about exploring meaning, solving problems, finding peace, and helping you live fully with yourself and others. Many people who seek therapy are coping with major life challenges, unresolved trauma or grief, or trying to manage depression or anxiety. Others may simply desire personal growth and greater self-knowledge.
Together we will find solutions and rediscover meaning, so you can create a life worthGet Started
Are you ready to get started or do you have additional questions about our services? Your consultation is at no cost and no obligation to you. Our professional therapists are here to help guide you on your path to better mental health and wellness.
Meet Our Experienced Team
We want to build a relationship with you, not just provide a quick fix. We believe good mental health starts with a strong therapeutic relationship and ends with you creating a life worth living. We know that you are more than a set of symptoms or a diagnosis. Let us help you find solutions and rediscover meaning starting today.
Don Laird, NCC, LPC, DCC
Don is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor and a Distance Certified Counselor with more than 18 years of experience helping those who have struggled with life and mental health issues. Through meaningful conversation, Don will help guide you on a path to wellness, purpose and better mental health. Don is interested in your story – how you arrived at this point in your life – and where you go from here.
Don’s specialties include anxiety, depression, guilt, meaning and purpose, relationship issues, parenting, caregiver issues, grief and loss, spirituality, and life and career transitions.
In addition to providing therapy and professional counseling, Don is the clinical director at eTalkTherapy. He offers consultation services, education and wellness seminars, and LPC supervision. As an adjunct professor at Carlow University, he also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in existential psychotherapy, psychology of film, and counseling theory. Contact Don today to begin your journey to better mental health and a life worth living.Get Started
Christina Pettinato, NCC, LPC, DCC
Christina is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Distance Certified Counselor with more than 10 years of experience serving adults, teens, and children at one of Pittsburgh’s premier mental health clinics.
She is a caring and professional counselor who values the therapeutic relationship and is supportive and attentive to your needs and goals. Christina will respect you as a person first and as a client second. She will help you navigate your issues and pain with proven problem-solving techniques, coping skills, mindfulness and self-reflection. She is interested in getting to know you as a person, not just as a set of problems or symptoms. Her specialties include, autism spectrum and ADHD in adults, depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma, self-esteem, caregiver issues, meaning, and mindfulness.
Through the art of conversation and meaning-based approaches to therapy, along with empirically validated methods, Christina will help you on your journey to better mental health. She is ready to talk with you today.Get Started
Mandi C. Dalicandro-Turk, MSPC, NCC, LPC
Mandi is a licensed therapist with over 7 years experience working with adults, couples, adolescents, and first responders. Mandi works with an array of issues, and is passionate about supporting others. She feels strongly that human-beings benefit from the experiences of learning, growing, and developing throughout each stage of life.
Areas of Focus: anxiety, depression, chronic stress, relationship issues, life transitions, self-esteem and confidence, autoimmune issues, critical incidents, PTSD, infidelity, divorce, loss of connection, break up recovery, developing a strong authentic identity, parenting, burnout, grief and loss.
As an adjunct professor, Mandi teaches courses focusing on organizational psychology, research methods, biopsychology, human development, leadership, motivation, genetics, and stress. She volunteers for a Critical Incident Stress Management Team that assists public safety personnel after the experience of a critical incident. Among her latest projects, Mandi focuses on research related to clinical levels of stress, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue. Mandi also creates the curriculum for seminars, workshops, and continuing education. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology summa cum laude and Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University.Get Started
Kema Lemley, LPC, NCC, BSN, RN
Are you struggling and not sure where to begin? Navigating your way through postpartum depression, infertility struggles, anxiety, depression, relationship problems and other women’s issues can often feel extremely overwhelming and hopeless. You’re not alone and there is hope. Kema will help define your goals and strengths and work at your pace toward self-discovery, confidence and wellness. In short, she will help get your life back on track.
With her 18+ years as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, as well as her extensive clinical training at The University of Pittsburgh and Carlow University, Kema knows first-hand the importance of caring for the mind and spirit as well as the body. Through mindfulness, self-reflection, problem-solving techniques and finding purpose, she will help you work through your struggles.
Kema’s goal is to provide support, while working to set goals for your future and develop the tools necessary to reach them. Contact her today to start the change you want to see in your life.Get Started
Mary Mehlburger, BS, MA
Mary is a caring, compassionate, and experienced therapist who is supportive and attentive to your needs and therapeutic goals. Her approach is client centered as she infuses techniques from cognitive behavioral, existential, and other clinically validated methods of counseling. Mary feels that people need to be seen, to be heard, to be understood, to have a sense of connection, and to feel they can achieve greater levels of meaning and purpose in spite of the issues that have them feeling stuck in life. In short, she is interested in getting to know you as a person first and a client second.
Mary sees both English and Spanish speaking adults and older adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, trauma, and socio-cultural issues, as well as those facing challenging life transitions. Working in various clinical settings for several years has led Mary to see therapy as a collaborative and creative effort designed to meet your unique goals. Through meaningful conversation, Mary will join with you on your journey to better mental health, problem solving, awareness, and wellness. Contact her today.Get Started
Bridgette Petras, MS, NCC
Bridgette Petras has been providing clinical care for substance abuse and dependency issues since 2014. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kent State University, and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. Besides being a mental health therapist, Bridgette is also a certified drug and alcohol counselor (CAADC). Having experience in mental health and dependency issues, Bridgette understands that dependency is often a symptom of how people cope with pain, depression, suffering and trauma. She helps individuals by working through and processing their underlying issues and by teaching healthier coping alternatives and skills. Her approach utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), person-centered therapy, and other clinically supported, strength-based methods of treatment.
Moreover, Bridgette values getting to know you as a person and working with you on your journey to better mental health. Her areas of focus are anxiety, depression, self-esteem, substance abuse, guilt and shame, dependency, healthy coping skills, relationship issues, and reintegration into society from the criminal justice system. Schedule a free consultation with Bridgette today.Get Started
Prices and Insurance
Cost should never be a worry when seeking quality healthcare. eTalkTherapy offers a generous sliding scale with session fees to meet almost any budget. Ask us for details.
Here are a few Health Insurance Providers* accepted by eTalkTherapy:
*Insurance plans and coverage vary by therapist. We do not accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you choose a self-pay option, there is no insurance needed, no inflated prices and no subscriptions necessary. Just good therapy for those looking to make significant life changes.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and HSA (Health Savings Account) or FSA (Flexible Spending Account). Contact us for more information.
Our fees are more affordable and flexible than other telehealth providers. The choice is yours. If available you can use your insurance, or choose to self pay. Either way you are making the right choice with eTalkTherapy. Get started today!
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Issues We Treat
Here are just some of the issues we treat through our online services. Not seeing what you need or do you have more questions? Contact us
Anxiety is intense and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations that does not stop once a situation is over. It produces an overwhelming sense of uneasiness and apprehension. Clinically, anxiety may be diagnosed as anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder or social anxiety disorder. It’s characteristics can manifest in racing thoughts, panic attacks, obsessive thinking, compulsive behaviors, distorted thinking, fatigue, excessive fear, and life avoidance. Help is available. Contact us today.
- Anxiety Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Attacks
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Thinking
Depression is more than just feeling sad or having the blues. It can impact your sleep, appetite, daily activities, work, relationships, sex-life, and overall interest in life. Clinically, it is characterized as a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, fatigue, and loss of interest in life. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems, including hopelessness, loss of energy, guilt, and worthlessness. It may manifest as a seasonal affective disorder (SAD) where the change of seasons feels overwhelming. Any gender can experience depression at some point in their lives, but postpartum depression and other health issues can contribute to a depression diagnosis among women. Help is available. Contact us today.
- Seasonal Depression
- Postpartum Depression
- Loss of Interest
- Loss of Energy
- Sleep Disruption
These are life changing events or situations that cause us to examine our present sense of being. Life transitions may run smoothly, but people often struggle to adjust to change and may find these periods of life highly stressful and perhaps distressing. Just a few of these may include, divorce, career change and burnout, separation, illness, grief and loss, aging issues, empty nest syndrome, and caregiver issues. Help is available. Contact us today.
- Career Change/Burnout
- Illness or Accident
- Empty Nest
- Aging Issues
- Grief & Loss
Dependency is defined as a condition of being dependent on a particular substance, thing, or activity. There are many moving parts to substance abuse and dependency, but there is no time better then right now to take that first step in creating a life free from dependency. Dependency may manifest in the forms of alcohol abuse, prescription drug dependency, substance abuse, pornography dependence, sex dependence, social media and online dependency, food issues, and gambling. Help is available. Contact us today.
- Alcohol Abuse
- Prescription Drug Dependency
- Pornography Dependency
- Substance Abuse
- Dual Diagnosis
- Mental Health & Dependency
All couples run into relationship issues at some point, but there are times when therapy can help by exploring new ways to communicate, build trust, and foster connection. Relationship problems may include, poor communication, lack of connection, excessive arguing, infidelity, sex, intimacy, financial, parenting, and trust. Trust issues may include jealousy, possessiveness, unreasonable rigidity, emotional infidelity, physical and sexual infidelity, gaslighting, lack of reliability and dependability, lack of emotional support, and lack of mutually-supportive goals. Help is available. Contact us today.
- Sex & Intimacy
Good mental health is a crucial part of any woman’s overall wellness. Your mental health is as important as your physical health. In fact, new research demonstrates how closely the two are connected. Taking care of your mental health can help you feel better physically, and there are many mental health and wellness issues that impact women in a unique fashion. They include, postpartum depression, body image, pregnancy issues, infertility, trauma, self-esteem issues, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD). Help is available. Contact us today.
- Postpartum Depression
- Substance Abuse
- Body Image
- Confidence & Esteem
- Pregnancy Issues
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Men and women can develop most of the same mental health issues and conditions, but may experience different symptoms. Some prominent symptoms in men may include: anger, irritability, or aggressiveness; noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite; substance abuse or addiction; difficulty concentrating, feeling restless, or on edge; and feeling sad and hopeless. Additionally, there are issues unique to men including: erectile dysfunction, body image, changing roles, pornography addiction, confidence, and esteem. Help is available. Contact us today.
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Substance Abuse
- Confidence & Esteem
- Changing Roles
- Body Image
- Pornography Addiction
- Purpose & Meaning
People with low self-image or confidence often feel shame, guilt and doubt, and are usually their own worst critic. Some of the many causes of low self-esteem may include: an unhappy childhood where parents (or other significant people such as teachers) were extremely critical or abusive; poor academic performance in school resulting in a lack of confidence; ongoing stressful life event such as a relationship breakdown or financial trouble. Signs of low self-esteem usually include: negative self-talk and being critical about yourself; focusing on your negatives and ignoring your achievements; thinking other people are better than you; not accepting compliments; feeling sad, depressed, anxious, ashamed or angry. Help is available. Contact us today.
- Negative Self-Talk
- Shame & Guilt
- Body Image
- Social Anxiety
- Low Self-Worth
- Substance Abuse
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)?
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Convenience and Affordability: Since you attend sessions through online-live video or on the phone from the comfort of your home, dorm room or office, you can schedule your therapy for times that are the most convenient for you and your busy schedule. If you choose to self-pay there are never any hidden costs, copays, deductibles or subscription fees with our services – just good therapy that is affordable and convenient.
Accessibility and Flexibility: eTalkTherapy offers easy access for busy professionals, health-care workers, essential workers, college students, stay-at-home parents, business travelers, caregivers, retirees, new parents, those living in rural or remote areas, as well as those living with physical illnesses or mobility limitations.
Choose between two convenient options: live online video or telephone. You pay for sessions as you go, whether you choose self-pay or insurance. It’s easy, affordable and HIPAA compliant. From the eTalkTherapy registration page, you will be directed to:
- Create a private username and password to get access to our therapy services and scheduling calendars.
- Answer a few questions about yourself and the issues you are currently facing.
- Enter payment information for either self-pay options or health insurance** copays or deductibles [HSA cards accepted].
- Choose your counselor or therapist then select a day and time for your appointment.
- Begin the counseling process in the way that you want: live-video or phone.
** If using health insurance, your therapist will assist you with that process.
We are a local private practice, not a tech company with a text-based app. We use live-video through a HIPAA secure platform, and provide you with a dedicated, experienced and professional therapist who works exclusively with you. Real therapy is not done through texting or email with complicated subscriptions and automated responses, and there are significant ethical issues for those companies who practice this kind of service. We provide you with one-on-one therapy (just like a traditional in-office local practice) with a licensed counselor or mental health therapist, but with eTalkTherapy you pay as you go with affordable single-session fees or insurance.
- A fully dedicated and experienced treatment team of professionals and support staff.
- We provide the highest respect for client privacy, dignity, and safety.
- Our therapists have flexible schedules and the ability to meet most scheduling needs.
- We have the most affordable fees of any online therapy service in Pennsylvania.
- We provide clinical and evidenced-based treatments along with holistic, existential, and contemplative approaches to therapy.
- Each of our therapists and licensed counselors are highly trained, experienced, and competent in their specialty areas.
- We provide live-online/virtual therapy through a HIPAA compliant website with a dedicated therapist who works exclusively with you – not by texting with someone who is “on-call” or “first available.”
- Anxiety & Depression
- Autism Spectrum
- Behavioral Disorders
- Co-parenting Issues
- Death Anxiety
- Dissociative Disorders
- Divorce & Separation
- Grief & Loss
- Life Adjustments & Transitions
- Loss of Meaning
- Parenting Issues
- Postpartum Anxiety & Depression
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Seasonal Affective Depression/Disorder
- Self-Esteem & Body Image Issues
- Spirituality & Spiritual Issues
- Stress Management
- Substance Abuse
As a clinical and holistic practice, we place equal value on both evidence-based clinical approaches to therapy as well as humanistic, integrative, and holistic methods. We have highly trained, licensed and certified clinicians to oversee treatment at all levels of your care.
eTalkTherapy offers the following types of “talk therapy” for individuals and couples:
- Behavior Therapy – focuses on changing unwanted and unhealthy behaviors.
- Cognitive Therapy – designed to help you identify and change distorted thought patterns that often lead to destructive feelings and behaviors.
- Cognitive-Behavior Therapy – CBT – combines both cognitive and behavior therapy to identify destructive and negative beliefs and replace them with healthy and positive beliefs.
- Contemplative Psychotherapy – a branch of therapy integrating Eastern Buddhist philosophy and practice with the clinical traditions of modern Western psychology. It is rooted in the belief that all people are granted the internal wisdom necessary to heal from pain. Individuals and couples seeking therapy to promote self-awareness, improve overall health, and increase a general sense of well-being may find contemplative therapy to be a beneficial approach.
- Eclectic Therapy – draws on multiple theoretical orientations and techniques. Eclectic therapy is a flexible and multidimensional approach that allows the therapist to use the most effective methods available to address a client’s needs.
- Existential Psychotherapy – a form of psychotherapy that explores the difficulties and complexities of life from a philosophical perspective. Focusing on the human condition, existential therapy highlights our capacities and encourages us to take responsibility for our actions and lives. Existential therapy uses an approach that illuminates human capabilities and hopes while simultaneously acknowledging human limitations, including death.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy – DBT – a form of cognitive behavior therapy designed to teach you effective behavioral skills, stress tolerance, emotional regulation, and improve relationships.
- Interpersonal Therapy – focuses on current relationships with others with the goal of improving your interpersonal skills.
- Mindfulness Therapy – mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a type of psychotherapy that involves a combination of cognitive therapy, meditation, and the cultivation of a present-oriented, non-judgmental attitude called “mindfulness.”
- Motivational Interviewing – a therapy which engages the client to make changes in behavior through assisting fundamental motivations. The therapy is nonjudgmental, non-confrontational, and non-adversarial. Through this process the client will envision a better future through specific goals and the means to change.
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – focuses on increasing your awareness of unconscious thoughts and behaviors which can lead to increased awareness and understanding of behaviors while developing new insights and resolving conflicts.
- Psychoeducation – focuses on teaching you and other people in your immediate life about your mental health issues. It encompasses exploring treatment options, coping strategies, and problem-solving skills.
eTalkTherapy can be useful and helpful for most, but online counseling is not appropriate for people who are seeking ongoing treatment for a severe or complicated clinical diagnosis or are experiencing persistent suicidal or homicidal thoughts or acts. If it is determined during our sessions that your case is not appropriate for online counseling in any form, you will be given information on resources in your area if applicable. We do not provide assistance or paperwork for disability claims, legal matters or legal disputes.
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