Phone: 412 368 2211

Fax: 412 279 1418

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Strong Foundations is now providing telehealth therapy sessions. You can meet with your therapist over a secure connection without leaving your home. Contact us at 412 368 2211 to learn more.

STRONG FOUNDATIONS 

THERAPY FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

We are here to help.

At Strong Foundations, we understand that finding the right mental health provider for yourself, your child, or your family can be a daunting task. Our hope is that the information you will find here about our therapists, and our approach will help you to make a well-informed decision. As a practice, our highest priority is providing supportive, personalized, and effective care to every individual and family. 

Our therapists offer daytime, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate busy schedules. Please call (412) 368-2211 to schedule an appointment or contact us via email: elizabeth.reitz@sfpgh.com

THERAPY FOR CHILDREN

For children and teens, we provide individual and family therapy. Our therapists typically meet with parents (without their child) for the first meeting. This allows us to learn about the child’s developmental history, to understand the current difficulty, and to collaboratively develop a provisional treatment plan.

 

During the second session we meet individually with the child to establish rapport, to assess their understanding of their challenge, to create investment in their treatment, and to set treatment goals.

Going forward, session time is divided so children and parents each have time with the therapist to learn new skills each week. We use evidenced-based practices, demonstrated by research to be effective in alleviating distress. We work with children and families using cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and mindfulness techniques. Children and caregivers leave with a clear plan on what strategies to practice together at home, and how these activities link with their overall treatment goals. 

 

THERAPY FOR ADULTS

For adults, we provide individual therapy, parent guidance, couples’ counseling, and family therapy. For individuals, we are here to help with anxiety or stress, depression, making meaningful social connections, anger management, trauma, grief, and adjustment to changing life circumstances.

 

We treat adults using cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and mindfulness approaches. These have been proven to be effective methods to alleviate distress. You will find your treatment experience to be tailored to your needs and to be built upon your existing strengths. You will gain skills to be aware of your emotions, to manage them effectively, and to improve your relationships. 

 
 

OUR THERAPISTS

Elizabeth Reitz, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth Reitz is a Licensed Psychologist who has 15 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Reitz works with children as young as two years old to improve parent-child relationships, and to help with mood and behavioral difficulties. She specializes in treating anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and ADHD. Dr. Reitz does not treat a symptom in isolation. Instead she involves the parents and caretakers in the therapy to teach the whole family new techniques and coping skills. Parents of her patients learn how to create healthy structure and discipline, to help their children regulate their emotions, and to promote well-being and happiness. Children learn how to recognize emotions in themselves and others, gain awareness of the intensity of their emotions, and master strategies needed to manage their emotions and navigate situations with success. 

When appropriate, Dr. Reitz works with schools and other doctors to provide the highest quality and most integrated care possible. Dr. Reitz’ therapeutic work is grounded in scientific evidence. She uses cognitive-behavioral (CBT), exposure-response prevention (ERP), dialectical-behavioral (DBT) and mindfulness techniques to improve patients’ mental health and to help them to achieve their goals.

 

Dr. Reitz completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, earned her doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University, and did her postdoctoral training at The University of Pittsburgh.

Vanessa Royse, LCSW

Vanessa Royse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who works with people to help with relationship issues, life transitions, chronic pain, anger, stress management, grief, depression, and anxiety. Vanessa provides both individual and couples counseling and works with adults across the lifespan, including young, middle aged, and older adults.

 

Vanessa’s style is warm, supportive, and collaborative. Vanessa approaches her work from a strength-based perspective and seeks to work as a team with her clients using an interactive and engaging style. She uses a variety of empirically supported treatment modalities to tailor her approach to the client's needs, including motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and dialectical-behavioral therapies (DBT).

 

Vanessa completed her undergraduate studies at West Virginia University. She graduated in 2012 with her Master's of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas in Austin. 

Yanet Vanegas, PsyD

Dr. Yanet Vanegas is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Psychologist who has experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Vanegas specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and mood disorders. In addition, she has received training and has garnered experience in the treatment of ADHD, behavioral difficulties, and autism spectrum disorders.  Dr. Vanegas uses a collaborative approach to therapy, whereby parents and children work together, using their relationship as foundation, to work through problems and develop solutions.  As part of her collaborative approach, Dr. Vanegas communicates with schools and other doctors involved in the child’s care as to obtain the most comprehensive clinical picture.

Dr. Vanegas uses evidenced based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the treatment of choice for depression and anxiety, as well as exposure response prevention (ERP), the most effective treatment to date for obsessive compulsive disorder.  Her approach to therapy is client-centered, with a focus on increasing acceptance and understanding of the client, as well as renewing the client’s connection to goals, values, and improving self-esteem. 

Dr. Vanegas is a member of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) of the American Psychological Association.  She completed her undergraduate and doctorate studies at Albizu University and completed her post-doctoral training as a Harvard Medical School Appointed Fellow at McLean Hospital.

DanielleTrimarco, LCSW 

Danielle Trimarco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of experience in the behavioral health field, across diverse settings. Danielle works with adults, young adults and adolescents, and provides individual therapy and couples' counseling.  Danielle specializes in treating anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, depression, PTSD, as well as relationship issues, managing work stress and other life transitions.  

 

Danielle’s strong interpersonal skills, extensive experience in the field combined with an open-minded and collaborative style, create a fertile environment for growth and transformation. Danielle works with her clients to identify and consider all the elements impacting their experience. Together she and the client examine the individual’s physical health, work environment, financial situations, relationship with self and others. She assists and empowers clients to recognize their strengths and best utilize their talents to create positive change. Through a cognitive behavioral lens, she selects the most appropriate theory or tools for each client.

Danielle completed her undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She graduated with her Master’s degree from University of South Carolina.

Mauri Tate, LSW

Mauri Tate is a Licensed Social Worker, with a certificate in Child, Youth, and Family. She has years of experience working in children’s behavioral health and in school settings. She comes from a person-centered approach to treat children experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and ADHD, just to name a few. While her treatment focus is centered on improving the life of the child, she also strives to improve the function of the family structure as well. 

Mauri’s ability to build a meaningful rapport with her clients, joined with her gentle, easy going personality allows for children to gain the most out of treatment. This in turn builds the trust of their parent(s), allowing both the child and family to make great strides in therapy.

 

Mauri utilizes evidence-based therapy models such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Structural Family Therapy. In short, Mauri’s goals of treatment are to always empower the child and to fill their toolbox for success in life.  

 

Mauri graduated from Duquesne University with her Bachelors in Sociology. She completed her Masters of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. 

Tanya Y. Banda, PhD

Tanya Y. Banda is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Psychologist with specialization in the assessment and diagnosis of young children, adolescents, and adults. Throughout her training, she has worked in both schools and outpatient settings, and has also worked collaboratively with Head Start and other preschool programs to provide mental health consultation.  Dr. Banda provides comprehensive assessments for Autism, developmental delays, ADHD, learning disabilities, and mood disorders. She also has experience in the assessment of children in the foster system, focusing on the impact of stress and trauma and relational concerns. 


Dr. Banda tailors assessments to each individual’s needs and concerns, and develops assessment batteries that can guide further psychological, psychiatric, and/or educational intervention. Following assessments, Dr. Banda will continue to work with families who are in need of ongoing support to understand results of the evaluation or to follow-through with recommendations. In addition to assessment, Dr. Banda enjoys working with families to provide developmental guidance in order to improve the parent-child relationship and address common behavioral concerns in early childhood. Dr. Banda’s treatment approach is based on attachment theory and the benefits of positive parenting. Her goal is to help families learn how to guide children in developing emotional and behavioral regulation while strengthening familial relationships. 

She obtained her doctoral degree in School Psychology from Texas A&M University and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in infant and early childhood mental health at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

BILLING & INSURANCE

The therapists at Strong Foundations are in-network providers for Highmark, all Blue/Cross Blue Shield, and UPMC Health Plan insurances. Often sessions are covered in full, or families either have a deductible to fulfill or a small co-payment to make.

If you have another type of insurance, you can likely process the fees through your out-of-network benefits, but we suggest you contact your insurance directly to receive more information about those procedures and your coverage.

 

CONTACT STRONG FOUNDATIONS

We love helping our patients develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges. Contact us today to learn more.

363 Vanadium Rd

Suite 105

Pittsburgh, PA 15243

Phone: 412 368 2211

Fax: 412 279 1418