PAI Staff

 

 

Steven Pasquinelli, Ph.D. Owner/ President

 

Dr. Steven Pasquinelli is a Licensed Psychologist who received both his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Psychology from Duquesne University.  Dr. Pasquinelli has been with the Practice for over 12 years.  He has over 17 years of experience as the Lead Psychologist for a local area school district.  His rapport with children makes test referrals go smoothly. 

 

Dr. Pasquinelli provides counseling services for adults, young adults, adolescents, and children.  Areas of expertise include ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Cognitive and Personality Testing and Assessment/Full Psychological Evaluations, Counseling Children with Learning Disabilities, Depression, Early Admission Requests, and Gifted Evaluations.

 

He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Associations of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP).

 

Dr. Pasquinelli currently schedules appointments on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Fridays and Saturdays.   Ages 8 and older

 

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna, Cigna, First Health, Health America/MhNet, Health Partners, Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Magellan, OPTUM/UBH/UHC, UHC Chip,  UPMC, UPMC for Kids, (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE),  WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND

 

Private Pay is also an option.

 

Sara Affalter, MA, LPC, NCC 

 

Mrs. Affalter is a licensed professional counselor who received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Penn State, and her Masters from IUP in community counseling.   She has experience in outpatient community mental health, as well as in-patient.  Sara provides counseling to clients with a wide range of presenting concerns, including depression, stress/anxiety, psychosis, trauma, and women's issues (with strong interests in postpartum depression and infertility).  She is also passionate about wellness and likes to help clients create a healthier lifestyle.  Sara believes in the importance of empowering clients to best cope with life's stressors through the collaborative journey of therapy.         

 

Mrs. Affalter currently schedules appointments on Wednesdays,  Thursdays and Saturdays.  ages 14 and older.

                           

Insurances Accepted:   Cigna, Compsych EAP, Health Partners, Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Magellan.  OPTUM/UBH/UHC, UHC Chip,  UPMC (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE), WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND.

Private Pay is also an option.

 

 

Gale Foster, LCSW, MSW


Mrs. Foster is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 20 years.  She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Mrs. Foster specializes in a variety of areas including anger management, depression, anxiety, women’s issues, loss and grief counseling, self-abusive behaviors, and drug and alcohol issues.

 

Mrs. Foster currently schedules appointments on Monday and Wednesday evenings and alternating Saturdays.  Ages 5 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:  Advantra, Aetna, Carebridge EAP, Cigna, ESI EAP, First Health,  Health America/MhNet, Health Partners, Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Magellan,  OPTUM,  United Behavior Health,  United Health Care, UHC Chip,  UPMC, UPMC For KIDS (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE),

Private Pay is also an option.

 

Sarah J Ingram, LCSW, MSW


Mrs. Ingram is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She majored in Psychology at Miami University before earning a Master’s of Social Work in Direct Practice from the University of Pittsburgh. Her experience as a therapist includes over a decade of work in community mental health serving children, adolescents and families. She specializes in trauma-informed care, autism, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.  Mrs. Ingram is knowledgeable of multiple evidence-based practice techniques, which she incorporates into her therapy..

 

Mrs. Ingram currently schedules appointments on  Saturdays.  Ages 4 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:  Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Magellan, WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND.

Private Pay is also an option.

Dave Jerome, MA, LPC, NCC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Veteran of the U.S. Army.  I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology at IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and my Master’s Degree in Counseling at Waynesburg University.  Over the years, I have had many diverse experiences in the areas of mental health and substance abuse counseling.  I have 8 years of experience in working with adolescents and adults within inpatient and outpatient counseling settings as well as experience in the following areas: addiction, behavioral disorders, anxiety, depression, stress management, anger management, and self-esteem.  

I work with individuals, families, and couples to help them identify the areas complicating their life and work towards solutions to which will help minimize stressors. My preferred treatment methods are cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy.  I believe that by working together to understand the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as addressing problems quickly and effectively, a person can develop ways to cope with the ups and downs in life.

 

Mr. Jerome is available for Tuesday evening appointments.   Ages 13 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:   AETNA, Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Cigna, Optum, United Behavioral Health, United Healthcare, WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND.

 

Private Pay is also an option.

 

Grant Kissel, MS,  LPC

 

Mr. Kissel is the newest addition to the PAI family.  Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), and his Master’s degree from Chatham University in Counseling Psychology.  He has 6 years of experience working as an outpatient therapist in the community health setting with adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

 

Mr. Kissel also has worked as a Drug/Alcohol therapist and has been employed in the mental health field for the last 10 years. Grant provides counseling to clients with a wide variety of mental health concerns and life issues including anxiety/panic disorders, addiction recovery/mental health issues, mood/depression disorders, anger management, grief/loss, family issues, trauma, thought disorders, relationship issues, self-esteem, communication issues, and adjustment problems.

 

He utilizes a diverse and wide-ranging approach when working with clients to find what works best for them and is experienced with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, and Solution Focused approaches. Grant focuses on making a strong client/therapist relationship, working together to build steps for goals, skills clients can learn and implement for their mental health, and a positive/safe environment so clients can be open and move forward in ways they want.

 

Mr. Kissel is available for  Tuesdays and Thursday evening appointments.   Ages 13 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:   AETNA, Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Cigna, Mental Health Network (MHN), Optum, TRICARE, United Behavioral Health, United Healthcare, UPMC,  (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE), WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND.

 

Private Pay is also an option.

 

 

Ryan V. Lenz, Ph.D., NCSP

Dr. Ryan V. Lenz has provided a variety of services to children, adolescents, and families in the Pittsburgh area, for over 20 years. Dr. Lenz is a Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist, who attended Allegheny College, and received both his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Psychology from Duquesne University.  Dr. Lenz is a recent addition to the Practice, having also worked in school settings, and clinic and community based programs.  

 

Dr. Lenz provides counseling services for adults, young adults, adolescents, and children.  Areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, autism spectrum, ADHD, behavioral issues, cognitive testing and assessment, psychological evaluations, counseling children and adolescents with school problems, and gifted assessments. He strives to work collaboratively with adults and families, and enjoys working with a wide variety of children and adolescents.

 

He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Dr. Lenz currently schedules Wednesday evenings.  Ages 5 and older.  

Dr.  Lenz accepts private payment in the form of cash, check and most major credit cards.  He is currently working on becoming in-network with most insurances.  

Joyce Ruzanic, LCSW, BCD, MSW


Mrs. Ruzanic is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Joyce has been serving clients with the group for over 25 years.  She earned her Master's in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and completed post-Masters work in the field of family therapy and couple counseling.    Joyce specializes in individual, family and couples therapy, women’s issues, abuse, loss and grief counseling, depression and anxiety.

She incorporates faith and spirituality-based counseling only upon request.

 

Insurances Accepted:   Aetna, Carebridge EAP, Cigna, First Health,  Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Magellan Regular, Managed Health Care,  OPTUM/UBH,  Tricare (Standard/ Preferred Reserve NOT Prime),  Value Options, 

UPMC (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE),  UPMC for KIDS.

 

Private Pay is also an option.

 

 

Crystal Shaffer, LCSW

 

Mrs. Shaffer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She majored in Psychology at Clarion University before earning a Master’s of Social Work in Direct Practice with Individuals, Groups, and Families from the University of Pittsburgh. Crystal aims to create a safe environment for clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors while creating relationships that promote personal change and fulfillment. She employs an empathetic, systemic, strengths-based approach to assess clients’ needs and treatment goals. Crystal works with children, adults, and couples. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and maneuvering family transitions. Crystal has 11 years of experience as a Therapist. Crystal loves life and tries to see the good in others, in life’s challenges and in the simple things of daily living.

 

Mrs. Shaffer currently schedules appointments on Mondays, Thursdays and alternating Saturdays.  Ages 14 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:  Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Cigna, Optum. Tricare Standard & Prime (out of network), United Behavioral Health, and United Healthcare, UHC Chip, and UPMC, UPMC for Kids, (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE).

 

 

Private Pay is also an option.

John Thornton, Ph.D. NCSP,  Assessments only

Dr. John Thornton is a School Psychologist who received both his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Psychology from Duquesne University. Dr. Thornton has worked in public education with students from pre-K to postsecondary for the past 15 years. Prior to working in the education field, Dr. Thornton worked extensively in the mental health setting in inpatient, outpatient, residential, and research settings with children, adolescents, and adults.

 

Dr. Thornton provides assessment services for adults, young adults, adolescents, and children. Areas of expertise include psychological and neuropsychological evaluations.

 

Dr. Thornton currently schedules assessments on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays.

Dr.  Thornton accepts private payment in the form of cash, check and most major credit cards.

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