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, psychologists, 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.
Get to Know 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.
When life gets difficult, families may need professional intervention to navigate the challenges in their world. At Haven Professional Counseling, our goal is to listen to the needs of your family, meet you where you are, and enable you to get to a better place utilizing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach that is multi-disciplinary.
Our services include:
infant mental health specialists
trauma-informed counseling practices
individualized programming including intensives and retreats for your family or small group
Meet the Haven Team
CEO / Counselor
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. She has experience in teaching, early intervention services, and behavioral and outpatient mental health. Jennifer’s counseling approach utilizes CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), a Family systems approach, as well as TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Jennifer 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. She resides in Mercer County, PA with her husband and three sons. Jennifer sees clients at the Mercer, PA and Creative Learning Christian School locations
CAO / Counselor
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
COO / Coach
Kelly Guzie comes to Haven as Chief Operations Officer with a BS in Social Work from Slippery Rock University, a strong work ethic, and over 18 years of experience in coordinating services for families and children. Kelly believes in a team based approach to services that complements the vision for Haven and will enable our team to move forward in a variety of areas. Kelly’s experience includes service coordination and case management in the areas of: Early Intervention Services, Foster Care and Adoption Services, and Big Brothers / Big Sisters. She is passionate about supporting the families of children, empowering each family that she serves using a team based approach. Her skill set also includes: supervision of staff, exceptional organizational skills and going well above and beyond what is required of her. She has worked in a variety of settings over the years including both home and community. Kelly lives with her husband, three children, and dog in Darlington, PA. where they enjoy outdoor adventures together. She also enjoys hiking, gardening, and feeding her birds.
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.
Katie Lang is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified. She is currently enrolled in an Addictions Counseling Certificate program at Waynesburg University learning 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
Autum is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor in PA. She graduated from Geneva College with her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Human Services. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Slippery Rock University. Autum is passionate about working with children and teens and has done so in a variety of settings including: school-based therapist, outpatient therapist, therapeutic staff support in homes and communities, and in daycare settings with young children. She also has experience working with young adults and college students in outpatient and college settings. Autum utilizes a trauma-informed approach and takes into consideration how trauma impacts the mind and body. Autum is trained in TF-CBT, CBT, DBT, solution-focused therapy, and loves to use art and play therapy interventions in her therapy. Autum is passionate about building healthy parent-child relationships and teaching parenting techniques rooted in neuroscience to help parents connect with their children. Autum offers faith-based counseling for those that would like to integrate their faith into therapy. In her spare time, Autum enjoys gardening, painting, and spending time with her friends and family. Autum is available to see clients at Creative Learning Christian School, our Mercer location, and in the future at Capable Kids in New Castle, PA
Providing outstanding customer service and creating a warm and friendly atmosphere where clients can relax is Holly’s top priority. Joining the Haven team in June of 2021, Holly has been able to put her exquisite attention to detail and valuable organizational skills into full effect. Her determination and hard work ethics are key to successfully fulfilling her responsibilities for the Haven team. Prior to joining the Haven Professional Counseling, LLC team, Holly worked as a pharmacy technician for 17 years. She resides in Lowellville, Ohio with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet. Her favorite places are beaches and lakes. She also enjoys craft shows, cooking, spending time with friends and family, including the family pets.
Good Roots Occupational Therapy
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. What is MNRI®? MNRI® or the Masgutova Method, created by Dr. Svetlana Masgutova, is a comprehensive and unique set of programs that address neurosensorimotor integration. This involves working with primary reflex patterns at the brainstem level, which are foundational for development, protection, and survival. These reflex patterns are seen in utero and become matured and integrated through birth and typical development. However, when the brain and nervous system experience trauma, illness, injury, or intense or prolonged stress, dysfunction may occur. This may present as learning challenges, developmental delays, unhealthy responses to stressors, and more. Research has demonstrated that experiences of stress and trauma trigger the genetic, unconscious, protective response of the brain (primary reflex patterns) to activate automatic survival responses. Survival is realized through reactive reflex responses. A chronic state of surviving in stress negatively affects the immune system and may cause an inefficient cycle of hyperactive survival -> reactive reflexes. MNRI brings maturation on the brainstem level for protection and survival by integrating primary reflex patterns and associated functions of sensory processing, motor output, emotional responses, memory, and learning. Currently, most therapeutic methods use a cortical (top-down) approach, requiring the client to respond and engage on a conscious level. However, if the client is stuck in stress and protection at the brainstem level due to stressors mentioned above, these approaches may have limited outcomes. MNRI® uses a subcortical approach of reflex integration, which address the problem at its foundation and builds on the neuroplasticity of the brain. This facilitates natural recovery, strengthens the nervous system, provides stress resilience, and positive protection responses. Dr. Masgutova’s method proposes integration of primary reflex patterns as intervention to promote: · Healthy protection/survival responses · Optimal self-regulation · Gross and fine motor development and coordination · Enhanced attention, focus, memory, and perseverance · Academic achievement · Refinement of controlled, skillful, intentional movement · Motivation and confidence · Maturation of social skills · Increased immunity · Mature cognitive development MNRI® programs have promoted neurosensorimotor development and improved motor, emotional, and cognitive functioning in children and adults with: · Learning Disabilities/Challenges · ADD/ADHD · OCD · Autism · Down Syndrome · Fetal Alcohol Syndrome · ODD · Emotional Disturbances · Sensory Processing Disorder · PTSD · CP · Genetic Disorders · Brain Stroke And SO much more.......
Infant Mental Health
MIchele Mapes, MS, IMH-E© is passionate about promoting the early relational health of infants and toddlers by supporting those that care for them. Michele is endorsed as an lnfant Family Specialist by the Pennsylvania Association of lnfant Mental Health (PA-AIMH). She obtained her MS from Chatham University in lnfant Mental Health and her BA in Psychology from Allegheny College. Her 20+ years of work experience include serving young children, their families and caregivers in childcare, preschool, foster care, early intervention and home visitor settings. She is involved in several local groups committed to supporting families in our community. Michele works in partnership with Haven Professional Counseling, LLC, to provide Reflective Consultation and Circle of Security-Parenting. Michele resides in Mercer County with her husband and children. Michele offers: Reflective Consultation - Reflective Consultation at Haven Professional Counseling, LLC is for professionals that support families and children ages 0-6 (such as Early Intervention, Early Head Start, behavioral health, early learning, healthcare, and child welfare). Small groups are formed to provide a safe space to explore the important work with children and families, to learn how to strengthen relationships, and to build resilience against vicarious trauma. Reflective Consultation provides opportunities to increase providers’ supportive capacity to families and decrease burnout and compassion fatigue that can affect the quality of care. Information about Infant Mental Health and Reflection will be provided to support the process. Circle of Security - Trained facilitator Michele Mapes, MS Infant Mental Health will present this Circle of Security Parenting Series. It is for parents of children between the ages of 4 months to 6 years old. Why are we presenting this series? Because at times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. This program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.
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 counselor 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
Counselor / Coach
Ben 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.
Haven Professional Counseling, LLC. is proud to introduce Sonja Cullum. Sonja is a licensed professional counselor with a Master’s degree from Liberty University. Sonja is licensed in both New York and Pennsylvania. Sonja and her husband have three adult children and have recently adopted four siblings under the age of 7. Sonja specializes in developmental trauma, attachment, foster care and adoption, children with behavioral difficulties, depression, anxiety and relational issues. In addition to her specialties of TBRI, CBT, EMDR and mindfulness therapies, Sonja is passionate about integrating a faith based, client centered, family systems approach with the goal of promoting lifelong healing and change. Sonja will be available to provide school based mental health services at the Beaver County Christian School.
178 Franklin Rd
Mercer Pa, 16137
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