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Welcome to Haven

Here at Haven, we are dedicated to offering a variety of interventions to meet your needs.  We believe that therapy isn't just "all talk".  We utilize a team based approach that includes counselors, coaches, and occupational therapists using techniques that are outside of what you may consider "traditional talk therapy".  We collaborate with other trusted partners in our mission to create a bio-psycho-social-spiritual interdisciplinary team, working together for you. 

Your story matters to us

Our mission is to provide our clients with a haven for healing and restoration and equip them with the skills and resources needed to navigate the challenges they face in their daily lives. 

We all face hard things on our journey and at times you may need professional intervention to  navigate the challenges in this world.  At Haven Professional Counseling, our goal is to listen to the needs of your family, meet you where you are, and walk alongside you in your story utilizing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach that is multi-disciplinary.

 

Services

individual counseling 

infant mental health specialists

marriage counseling

family counseling

coaching

trauma-informed counseling practices

occupational therapy

experiential counseling

animal-assisted therapies

equine-assisted psychotherapy

group counseling

individualized programming including intensives and retreats for your family or small group

 

Welcome
to Haven

Meet our multi-disciplinary team of experts in the field: 

Deanna Wolfgong, MMT, MT-BC

Deanna is a Board Certified Music Therapist and working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. She attended Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania for both undergraduate and graduate studies, receiving a Bachelor of Music and Certification in Music Therapy, and a Master of Music Therapy. Deanna has worked with a variety of people over her last 15 years as a music therapist and found she enjoys working with children and teens the most. She uses music to help facilitate growth in those with whom she works from a person centered perspective. When not working as a therapist, Deanna provides music lessons and is actively involved with her local community theatre. She is the dog mom to Baxter, her 12 year old chi weenie. 

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 Becky Samsa, MA

Becky Samsa has a MA in Counseling Services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and a BS in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Marywood University in 1984. She also has additional training in Foster / Respite Care. She has experience counseling teens and families as well as within a variety of ministries over the years. In addition to being a Mental Health Coach  at Haven Professional Counseling, Becky has experience as a camp counselor, counselor within a partial hospitalization program, and as a counselor at a residential treatment facility for delinquent and dependent youth. Becky is passionate about art, music, and humor and looks for opportunities to incorporate these practices into her daily life and coaching practice. She will be accepting clients childhood (10+) through adulthood who are struggling with grief and loss, depression, and anxiety. Becky feels her calling is to facilitate restored hope in lives and help her clients connect with the source of Hope and Truth, Jesus Christ. Becky lives in Grove City, PA with her husband, Rich. Becky partners with Haven to see clients at our Mercer location, Grove City Alliance Church, Grove City, PA as well as First Alliance Church, New Castle, PA

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 Mandy Keckler, OTR/L

Mandy has been an OT since 1998, when she graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. For the past 21 years, she has specialized in pediatrics with experience in the following settings: Public school; County school / preschool for special needs; Children’s hospital; Outpatient pediatric clinic; Early Intervention. Mandy has used direct care and parent coaching to work with children with ASD, feeding challenges, developmental disabilities, and more. Mandy is currently a Core in Training, pursuing certification as a Core Specialist with MNRI® (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration), and is excited to begin seeing clients at Haven for trauma, reflex and sensory integration therapies. MNRI® supports neurodevelopmental education through reflex integration to strengthen the physical, emotional, and cognitive growth of clients. Research has shown MNRI to be effective in helping clients positively and safely move through PTSD. Mandy is passionate about the holistic approach to therapy, and seeks to support clients by addressing frequently overlooked, but foundational pieces of wellness and function. Mandy lives with her husband in West Middlesex. Their blended family of five children has scattered from CO to VA with just one left at home.

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 Ben Makin, MA LPC

Ben is a Licensed Professional Counselor who obtained his Master's in Counseling from Huntington University with a Townsend Institute of Leadership and Counseling certificate. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Geneva College. Ben has received specialized training in marriage therapy, pornography addiction, and group therapy. He has experience working in various roles, including as the program director in a residential treatment facility for teenagers doing individual, group, and family therapy. Most recently, Ben worked for a College Ministry organization helping college-aged students navigate life's challenges. He works to be very relational and warm, utilizing a neuro-based, emotion-focused approach to change rooted in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Ben has also attended the Dr. John Townsend Leadership Program, where he trained in a Character-Based Growth Model. Ben is open to seeing individuals, couples, or families. He also works with Athletes on anxiety, performance, and everyday mental health struggles.

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 Brittany Makin, MSW, LCSW

Brittany obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in children, youth and families from Indiana University Indianapolis and her undergrad degrees in Social Work and Addictions Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. Brittany is an LCSW and has gained experience working within community mental health settings, addiction settings, non-profit organizations within social work, anti-human trafficking, teenage mental health, and sexual abuse survior settings (with both victims and perpetrators). Brittany has specifically focused in her work at a residential treatment facility in Wabash, IN as a “live in” parent for teen girls struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and poor behavioral management. She attended the Dr. John Townsend Leadership Program, where she trained in his Character Based Growth Model. She utilizes this model in addition to CBT and TF-CBT throughout her therapeutic work. Brittany is especially passionate about working with teens, empowering women, and helping men and women who have experienced sexual trauma. It is her belief that everyone should be allowed to live in the fullness and freedom that healing can bring. Brittany is available to see clients at our Mercer, PA location

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 Katie Lang, MA, LPC, NCC

Katie Lang is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified. She holds an Addictions Counseling Certificate from Waynesburg University where she specialized in interventions for how trauma impacts a person's brain, mind and body. In 2007, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Slippery Rock University. Pursuing her passion of psychology, she earned her master’s degree from Edinboro University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2020. Valuing honesty, integrity and patience, Katie takes a compassionate and direct approach with her clients bringing forth unconscious learned responses and applying Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Choice Theory/Reality Therapy, and a Family Systems approach. Katie utilizes a variety of methods, assessments and interventions to make therapy both fun and educational. With 15 years experience working with children and their families, Katie’s goal is to teach the importance of unlearning generational patterns, for every family member to have a voice, and to learn healthier ways to communicate, resolve conflict, and heal from past trauma. Katie resides in Mercer County with her husband and their children. Katie is available to see clients at our Mercer, PA location

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Kelli Redfoot, MA, LPC

Kelli Redfoot is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2013. Kelli earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Grove City College in 2009. She is currently working on obtaining her Maternal Mental Health Certificate through Postpartum Support International. She has 15 years of experience serving and treating individuals and families in a variety of settings. Kelli utilizes a trauma and client centered approach. She is passionate in serving those who have suffered loss, infertility, high risk pregnancies, birth trauma, postpartum challenges, medical complexities, family and individual trauma, clinical anxiety and depression. Kelli lives with her husband, her twins, and her fur babies in Grove City. Kelli is available to see clients at our Mercer, PA location.

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 Jennifer Thumm, MA, LPC

Jennifer Thumm is a Licensed Professional Counselor who launched Haven Professional Counseling, LLC in 2017. She earned her master's degree from Geneva College with a concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling, and a certificate in Special Education in 2010. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in 1999 from Edinboro University in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She is passionate about working with children and families, doing so in various settings throughout her career. Jennifer specializes in children utilizing her experience in teaching, early intervention services, and behavioral and outpatient mental health to provide a whole child approach. Jennifer’s counseling approach utilizes animal-assisted therapies, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), a Family systems approach, as well as TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). She believes in an approach that works toward health and restoration in the families that she serves using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach. She believes in a process that works toward ending generational patterns of dysfunction and abuse, changing the trajectory of lives, and providing clients with a network of community and support to meet the individual needs of their journey. Jennifer continues to expand her specialization for children and families in interventions for the clients she serves. She has been a part of One Shot One Life Mastermind Group, as well as Leader's Heart and EQ Kids Coaching cohorts. She and her family are currently working toward training dogs for animal - assisted therapies / certified therapy dogs, as well as training toward being able to offer equine assisted interventions, and intensives and retreats for families.  She resides in Mercer County, PA with her husband and three sons. Jennifer sees clients at the Mercer, PA location.

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178 Franklin Rd

Mercer, PA 16137

Phone: 724-761-2321

Fax: 724-764-4556

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