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The mission of Kaleidoscope Therapy Center is to provide the highest quality of mental health services possible. All services will be provided by highly qualified individuals and will be administered to all persons without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, or sexual orientation.

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  • What services does KTC have to offer?

  • 1  Structured social skills group therapy for children and adolescents ages 4-18 2  Substance abuse counseling 3  Outpatient therapy for adults, couples, children, and families 4  Diagnostic interviews

Why choose Kaleidoscope Therapy Center?

Kaleidoscope Therapy Center has several qualified therapists, with years worth of mental health experience, ready to help you through your difficulties. We accept almost all insurance plans and offer sliding scale fees for uninsured clients. We understand that our clients have a wide variety of responsibilties and obligations throughout the day. That is why we see most of our clients in the evenings. Unlike most other therapy centers, we are open Monday through Thursday from 10 AM until 8 PM.

  • How do I begin services?

  • Beginning services in one of KTC's programs is as easy as 1,2,3.

  • 1   Call KTC and schedule an appointment. 2   Come in to the office and complete the intake paperwork. This usually takes about 45 minutes. 3   Schedule your first session. Services can begin as soon as your schedule allows.

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"    — Dr. Seuss

Services

  • Structured Social Skills Groups

    Structured Social Skills Groups

    For children and adolescents ages 3 to 18. The goals of the social skills groups are to increase positive interactions with peers, promote sharing and turn taking, develop appropriate social and communication skills, increase compliance, and promote independence.

  • Substance Abuse Programs

    Substance Abuse Counseling

    Kaleidoscope Therapy Center has a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor on staff to assist clients that have been affected by drug and/or alcohol abuse whether they are recovering addicts, family or friends.

  • Outpatient Therapy

    Outpatient Therapy

    Kaleidoscope Therapy Center offers individual, couples and family counseling services. Outpatient therapy is tailored to meet the needs of the client. The client is an active participant in all stages of treatment including, diagnosis, treatment goals and discharge planning.

  • Diagnostic Interviews

    Diagnostic Interviews

    Children, adolescents and adults can undergo a diagnostic interview with a Licensed Professional Counselor to assess whether or not a mental health diagnosis is present.

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you."    — Dr. Seuss

Expectations

  • What is social skills group therapy?

  • Social skills group therapy is designed to help children learn how to get along with peers, be socially appropriate in a variety of settings, express their feelings, and practice important skills such as turn taking, holding a conversation and using manners. Social skills groups run for 12 consecutive weeks. Groups meet twice a week with each session lasting two hours. Children are placed into groups with peers of the same age or ability level. Groups contain no more than 10 children. Social skills groups offer a positive and safe environment for your child to work on improving their social skills. You will be kept informed about your child’s progress during family meetings held at the conclusion of every 12-week session.

  • Is social skills group therapy appropriate for my child?

  • Social skills groups can be helpful for any child having difficulty in a social, educational or family setting. If your child displays any of the following behaviors then participation in a social skills group may be beneficial.

  • • Failure to act age-appropriately in the home, school or community settings • Inability to relate to others • Poor eye contact • Difficulty following rules and/or directions • Can be physically or verbally aggressive • Difficulty sharing and/or taking turns • Unwillingness to participate in activities with others • Poor social skills and/or communication difficulties • Sensory deficits • Can be bossy and demanding • Low self-esteem • Difficulty making and maintaining friendships

  • What can I expect from KTC staff?

  • • An individualized treatment plan developed by your child's clinical treatment team
  • • Family sessions conducted after the initial 6 weeks of treatment as well as at the conclusion of every 12-week session
  • • Weekly treatment planning meetings in which all treatment team members are present
  • • Collaboration with other professionals providing services to you, your child and/or your family
  • • Access to other services offered by KTC, including individual outpatient therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, and diagnostic interviews
  • Individual Theraoy Session

"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today."    — Stacia Tauscher

Staff

  • Jennifer Walker, M.Ed., LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor 1.724.627.4692

  • Jennifer Walker
  • Jennifer Walker has nearly fifteen years worth of experience working in the mental health field. She received her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and has Master's of Education degree in School and Community Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. We are pleased to announce that Jennifer has recently become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She has worked as an elementary and middle school counselor and also has experience working as a behavioral specialist consultant and developmental therapist. Over the last five years her concentration has been in outpatient therapy working with individuals, couples, families, and groups with children and adults. Jennifer has found that of all her experience in the mental health field, the work she has done as an outpatient therapist has been the most rewarding. She enjoys working with couples and is looking forward to do all she can to help all of her clients lead happy and healthy lives.

  • Courtney Cavanaugh, M.Ed. - Owner / Program Director 1.724.627.4692

  • Courtney Cavanaugh
  • Courtney Cavanaugh has been working with children and families in the mental health field for approximately nine years. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has a Master's of Education degree from California University of Pennsylvania. She is currently attending Waynesburg University where she is working towards her Master's of Arts in Counseling Psychology with certification in addictions counseling. Courtney has worked extensively in the BHRS field, most recently working three years as a BHRS program director. In addition to working in the wraparound field as a behavior specialist and mobile therapist, Courtney was employed as a strengths based therapist as well as a STAP camp director. During her free time, she serves as the event coordinator for the Autism Open's annual golf outing and annual golf bash. Children with autism have always held a special place in Courtney's heart and, over the last two years, she has helped raise close to $90,000 to assist in autism research efforts.

  • Mikee Krieg, MA, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor 1.724.627.4692

  • Mikee Krieg
  • Mikee Krieg is a Licensed Professional Counselor that has been working in the mental health field for eight years. She recieved her Master's of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Waynesburg University in 2007. She has several years worth of experience working with children and adolescents in the partial hospitalization setting. Mikee also has extensive training and experience working with children on the autism spectrum. Mikee enjoys helping people of all ages that face a wide variety of challenges in life. She currently counsels children, teenagers and adults. She also enjoys working with couples and families. Mikee takes both a Cognitive Behavioral and Existential approach to therapy. She believes that everyone should strive to be as happy as they can be in life and that, despite their circumstances, by changing their negative thinking there is hope to achieving their goals.

  • Elizabeth M. Smith, MA, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor 1.724.627.4692

  • Elizabeth M. Smith
  • Elizabeth “Liz” Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor that has been working in the mental health field for 6 years. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Waynesburg University in 2010. Her experience includes training and therapeutic practice at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital for Children as a Family Intervention Specialist Intern (2009 to 2010); as therapist & director at Western PA Behavioral Health Resources Suboxone & Mental Health Programs (2010 to 2012); as therapist and director at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh (2012 to present).

    She believes that children benefit greatly by participating in Kaleidoscope’s structured social skills groups. She believes that many clients experience increased positive self-image, as well as improved constructive communication and coping skills as they strive together reaching collaborative treatment goals. Liz firmly believes that learning socialization skills and gaining mastery to communicate and play effectively with their peers, families and communities facilitates their holistic growth.

    In addition to currently seeking certification in play therapy, she is also seeking specialization and certification as a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) via Trauma & Loss in Children training (TLC). She has a passion for helping children victimized by trauma and painful loss. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults and provides counseling in group, family, couples, and individual settings. She structures children and adolescent sessions both individually and with family sessions to maximize successful results, because she believes that it takes an entire family to achieve real change.

  • Christina Giles, M.Ed, LPC, CAADC - Cert. Drug & Alcohol Counselor 1.724.627.4692

  • Elizabeth M. Smith
  • Christina Giles is a Licensed Professional Counselor that has been working in the field for four years. She received her Masters of Education in Community Agency Counseling from Duquesne University in 2009. Christina has a background in mental health and drug and alcohol counseling. She is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with experience working with clients from partial hospitalization to outpatient levels of care. Christina also has experience working with children and adolescents in the mental health outpatient setting, as well as couples outpatient therapy. She primarily uses a Cognitive Behavioral approach to therapy. Christina hopes to provide a strong therapeutic support for each and every one of her clients. She is looking forward to assisting her clients make positive changes in their lives.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."    — Helen Keller

Contact

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