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Steven Pasquinelli, Ph.D - President/Owner


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 17 years.  He had 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 Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) and the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP).



Sara Affalter, MA, LPC, NCC  


Sara 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).  Sara 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.                                                 



Gale Foster, LCSW, MSW 



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



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.



Grant Kissel, MS, LPC 


Mr. Kissel 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.



Joyce Ruzanic, LCSW, MSW 

Joyce Ruzanic is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Mrs. Ruzanic has been serving clients with the group for over 10  years. She specializes in family and couples therapy, women’s issues, abuse, loss and grief counseling, depression and anxiety. 

Mrs. Ruzanic incorporates faith and spirituality-based counseling upon request.




Crystal Shaffer, LCSW, MSW 


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 is available for day appointments Mondays, Thursdays and every other Saturdays in the Hampton office.



John Thornton, Ph.D


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 is available for appointments Wednesdays and Saturdays 






















Psychological Associates, Inc.



                                                           Hampton Office -                                                  Cranberry Office -


​                                            4284 William Flynn Highway                                                20397 Route 19

                                      Castletown Square South, Suite 201                                               Suite 310
                                               Allison Park, PA 15101                                            Cranberry Township, PA 16066



Scheduling available day, evenings, and Saturdays (by appointment only)


Phone: 412-486-2948 

Fax:      412-486-5676





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