Pennsylvania Therapists Online

Psychotherapist Don Laird and Veteran TV Host Susan Brozek Scott present Tell Me More, a podcast that is designed to help remove the mystery and take the stigma out of mental healthanswer your questions about therapy, and help you learn new ways to improve your mental fitness.

Don and Susan bring you new topics and timely tips to help you live your absolute best life. Click here to listen to previous podcasts.

So, grab a cup of coffee or tea and listen in on their lively conversation! Listen now to Tell Me More: Episode 6 podcast below.

Real Therapy. Real Change.

Experience makes the difference. We believe good mental health starts with a strong therapeutic relationship. We are a local private practice, NOT a big tech company with a text-based app. We provide one-on-one therapy with a dedicated licensed counselor or mental health therapist. We’ve offered professional and accessible therapy to all Pennsylvanians since 2017, and we will guide you on a path to better mental health.

Affordable and Professional

The support you need from the comfort of your home. Contact one of our Pennsylvania Licensed Counselors or Mental Health Professionals today. Unlike other telehealth services, we provide you with live-video therapy from an experienced and dedicated counselor who works exclusively with you and not by texting with someone who is on-call. Contact us today to see why eTalkTherapy is the best choice for live online counseling.

Convenient and Private

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 an initial consultation or an intake appointment 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.

Couples Therapy

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.

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Talk Therapy

You’re not alone. Most of us are experiencing high levels of anxiety, stress, chaos, fatigue and burnout these days. Our experienced, caring, and licensed therapists have flexible schedules and are ready to talk with you today about your worries, fears, and anxieties.

Unlike other telehealth providers that appeared because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been practicing telehealth counseling since 2017. We offer flexible appointment times, affordable self-pay rates, and we do accept some insurance plans. In short, we are a local group of professional telehealth therapists and counselors, not 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 to help. Contact us today to schedule an initial phone consultation and experience why we are the best choice for online therapy in Pennsylvania.

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Life Coaching

Is your life waiting for you to show up? Let’s get started today with an open, honest, and non-judgmental conversation that is centered on what you want and who you want to be. We’ll then end our time together with you creating a life worth living. Coaching changes lives and it works across a spectrum of issues and challenges.

Drawing on my years of professional experience with contemplative psychology and existential philosophy, I developed an approach to help individuals like you explore your goals, dreams, hopes, values, and beliefs. I will help you define and map out meaning and purpose, foster and reach goals, and explore what it means for you to live a more fulfilled life. During this journey, I’ll be your fellow traveler and colleague toward the discovery of your true north. Coaching is used to help navigate obstacles and move in the direction of life goals and desires through creative action and meaning. Throughout the years I have encountered people from all walks of life. However, I only work with individuals who are committed to this process, who are ready to make a change by investing in themselves. In short, people who want to do something different to achieve a different outcome. I can’t guarantee instant results, but experience has shown me that lives often shift in significant ways once a person makes a commitment to face their fears and work actively and creatively on their dreams, purpose, and vision.

Contact me today to learn about my dynamic and unique approach to creating a life worth living. I look forward to working with you! 

All my best, Don

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Individual Therapy

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 worth

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Initial Consultation

Are you ready to get started or do you have additional questions? To determine how we can best meet your needs, please complete our brief consultation form to speak with one of our therapists. The phone consultation is at no cost and no obligation to you. We’ll be happy to talk to you about your therapy needs, fees, insurance, and answer any other questions you may have about our services.

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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. Let us help you find solutions and rediscover meaning starting today.

Don Laird
Don Laird
Licensed Therapist
Christina Pettinato
Christina Pettinato
Licensed Therapist
Andrea Avecilla
Licensed Therapist
Mandi C. Dalicandro-Turk
Mandi C. Dalicandro-Turk
Licensed Therapist
Kema Mesko
Kema Lemley
Licensed Therapist
Mary Mehlburger
Therapist / Psicoterapeuta
“Tambien hablo español”

Don Laird

Don Laird, NCC, LPC

Don is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor with more than 20 years of experience helping those who are struggling 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, death and existential anxiety, grief and loss, guilt, meaning and purpose, parenting, relationship issues, suffering, spirituality, and life and career transitions.

In addition to providing professional therapy and counseling services, existential life coaching, and LPC supervision, Don is also the clinical director at eTalkTherapy. Since 2012, Don has been an adjunct professor at Carlow University where he teaches graduate courses in existential psychotherapy, psychology of film, and counseling theory. As a board member with the International Network of Personal Meaning (INPM), Don is the Chair of Professional Development and Education.

Contact Don today to begin your journey to better mental health and a life worth living.

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Christina Pettinato

Christina Pettinato, NCC, LPC, DCC

Christina is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Distance Certified Counselor with more than 12 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.

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Andrea Avecilla, LPC, EMDR Certified

Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 8 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children who are struggling with mental health issues, such as, anxiety, depression, trauma, parenting, or other life stressors.  She has an eclectic therapeutic perspective with a heavy influence of eco-systemic structural family therapy.  She is also certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). 

Her three approaches to therapy are collaborative, non-judgmental, and empathic.  Her approach is based on the belief that therapy is a collaborative process where the goal is to continue growing while life changes.  In this process, clients are encouraged to work hard alongside her. She seeks to help others improve and discover new ways of thinking and being.  She hopes to help you reach your goals.

“Don’t go through life, grow through life.” -Eric Butterworth

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Mandi C. Dalicandro-Turk

Mandi C. Dalicandro-Turk, MSPC, NCC, LPC

Mandi is a licensed therapist with over 9 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.

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Kema Mesko

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 19+ 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.

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Mary Mehlburger, BS, MA

Mary is a caring, compassionate, and experienced therapist who is supportive and attentive to your needs and therapeutic goals. Mary is a doctoral candidate at Carlow University working toward her PsyD. 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 (Llámala hoy).

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Prices and Insurance

Cost should never be a worry when seeking quality healthcare. eTalkTherapy offers affordable self-pay options to meet almost any budget. Ask us for details.

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Here are a few Health Insurance Providers* accepted by eTalkTherapy:

  • Highmark
  • Anthem
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare

*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 than other telehealth providers. Talk to us today about your payment options. Get started!

* Effective January 1, 2022: Under a new Federal law, you have the right to receive a good faith estimate for the total estimated cost of any self-pay services, including therapy and counseling sessions. Learn more.

eTalkTherapy Reviews

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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

Experiencing issues of anxiety and stress
Experiencing issues with depression
experiencing issues with transition
Life Transitions
experiencing issues of dependency or addiction
experiencing problems with your relationship
Relationship Problems
mental health and wellness issues that impact women
Women’s Issues
mental health issues that impact men
Men’s Issues
experiencing issues of low self esteem or confidence
Self Image/Esteem


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
  • Hopelessness
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Interest
  • Loss of Energy
  • Guilt
  • Sleep Disruption

Life Transitions

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.

  • Divorce
  • Career Change/Burnout
  • Separation
  • Illness or Accident
  • Empty Nest
  • Aging Issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Caregiving


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

Relationship Problems

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.  

  • Communication
  • Sex & Intimacy
  • Codependency
  • Infidelity
  • Trust
  • Financial

Women’s Issues

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
  • Trauma
  • Infertility
  • Confidence & Esteem
  • Pregnancy Issues
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Men’s Issues

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
  • Anger
  • Purpose & Meaning

Self Image/Esteem

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

  • Depression
  • Negative Self-Talk
  • Anxiety
  • Shame & Guilt
  • Body Image
  • Social Anxiety
  • Low Self-Worth
  • Substance Abuse

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