CHILD & ADOLESCENT 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.
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.
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 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.
Amanda Roberts, LMFT
Amanda Roberts is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) with 12 years of experience in the behavioral health field across various settings including community, inpatient, residential, and school-based. Amanda works with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual, family, and couples therapy. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and specializes in treating PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief/loss, adjustment, anger, and relational disruptions.
Amanda’s treatment approach is based in systemic theory that considers all parts of a person in the context of their larger systems. She uses eclectic and integrative techniques to meet the individual needs of her clients including CBT, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and experiential processing. Her style is warm, collaborative and client-centered.
Amanda graduated from Saint Vincent College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and obtained her Masters’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seton Hill University in 2014.
Gina Ager, LCSW
Gina Ager is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with years of experience working in children's behavioral health, across a variety of settings. Gina works with children and adolescents to help improve behavioral difficulties and overall emotional well-being. Gina specializes in treating anxiety, ADHD, anger, trauma, autism spectrum disorders, depression, and grief. Her goal is to provide an avenue for her clients to create positive change and bring more peace within the family structure.
The environment Gina creates with her clients and families permits a space that is inviting, client-centered, and collaborative to help ensure progress is made during treatment. Her creativity and extensive knowledge of therapeutic approaches guide her choice of modality, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), to deliver tools that are fitting for each client.
Gina graduated from Wingate University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Winthrop University in 2014.
Karen Donahoe, LCSW
Karen Donahoe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 9 years of experience working in various settings providing individual, family, and crisis counseling. Karen has worked in a variety of settings including wraparound, residential, partial hospitalization and employee assistance program. Karen treats adolescents and young adults. Karen specializes in treating depression, anxiety disorders, grief and loss, stress management, life transitions, autism spectrum disorders & social skills. She enjoys working with parents as they navigate helping and supporting their child.
Karen believes rapport and trust are at the core of a therapeutic relationship and focuses on making her office space a safe and non-judgmental zone for her clients. Karen approaches therapy from a person-centered and holistic focus. She uses evidence - based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Karen completed her undergraduate studies at Edinboro University. She completed her graduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Kaitlyn Earnesty, LSW
Kaitlyn is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) who has experience working with diverse populations within different settings including school-based, family-based, hospital, and outpatient. Kaitlyn works with children and adolescents providing individual and family therapy. Kaitlyn specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, and anger outbursts.
Kaitlyn utilizes a variety of techniques and skills drawn from recognized therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychoeducation, Exposure Response Prevention, Play Therapy, Behavior Modification, and Mindfulness. Kaitlyn uses a comprehensive, strength based, person centered approach to guide her practice. Kaitlyn's style is warm and inviting, as well as organized and goal focused.
Kaitlyn graduated from California University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelors in Social Work and went on to obtain her Master’s in Social Work from their advanced standing program.
Candace Hawthorne, PhD
Dr. Candace Hawthorne is a Licensed Psychologist with a doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Hawthorne has been working with children and families for over 40 years. She began her career as an occupational therapist and has been working as a licensed psychologist for the last 10 years. As a result, Dr. Hawthorne brings a multidisciplinary approach to her work. As a psychologist, her previous positions include psychologist at Children’s Hospital of UPMC/Pittsburgh, the Matilda Theiss Child Development Center at Western Psychiatric Institutes and Clinic at UPMC/Pittsburgh, and Early Childhood Partnerships program at the Office of Child Development at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Hawthorne has provided assessments and ongoing therapy to children, as well as consultation in hospital clinics (feeding and NICU). Dr. Hawthorne has provided inpatient and outpatient care, in various early childhood settings including early intervention, Head Start, private practice, and early care and education centers. Dr. Hawthorne is internationally certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and in Child and Parent Psychotherapy for Trauma (CPP). Dr. Hawthorne specializes in working with children and parents from toddlerhood into middle childhood, helping to decrease family conflict, and to increase child compliance and emotion regulation.