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Meet our Counselors

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PATRICIA M. WRIGHT, LCSW

Executive Director

Patricia has a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and a BA in Psychology from Regent University. She received her master’s degree in social work from Millersville University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Patricia also has her DSW (ABD) and is currently working on her DMin with a specialization in leadership at Lancaster Bible College.

 

Patricia uses an eclectic approach to counseling, using various forms of therapy depending on the client’s individual needs.  While Patricia is trained to provide many different types of therapy, biblical counseling is both a specialty and passion. Patricia has worked with many church leaders in crisis and led spiritual retreats and sabbatical equipping times.  Patricia has over 15 years of experience in providing trauma therapy, including a certification in EMDR. She works with individuals (children and adults) who have been abused sexually, physically, and/or emotionally. She has served in positions at mental health hospitals, crisis intervention facilities, and has held behavioral health emergency room positions. She has experience in providing mandated support group sessions for domestic violence offenders.

 

Certifications include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Anger Management, Grief Therapy, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, EMDR for Trauma, Internal Family Systems, Pre-Marital Counseling, Trauma Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Children’s Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (for children and adults), Crisis Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, and Biblical Counseling.

 

Currently, Patricia spends much of her time training University intern counseling students and is a public speaker for businesses and churches. Today she leads both a Grief Share Group and a Women’s Trauma Group in her community.

 

Patricia lives in Lancaster with her husband and family. She has a passion for leadership development and is currently working on projects for improved counselor and leadership health and wellbeing. She will publish the research from these projects during her dissertation work.

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MIKAYLA BEERS

Intern Therapist

Mikayla completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies at Lancaster Bible College and is currently receiving her MA in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling.

 

She has worked with children extensively in the past and is currently working at her church part-time overseeing their nursery ministry. 

Mikayla is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families to help them toward a brighter future. She likes to integrate a variety of different approaches including family systems therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and emotion-focused therapy. She values creating a safe space for her clients while working collaboratively together, ensuring that therapy is individualized, holistic, and helpful for each client's personal wants and needs. 

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THOMAS GAVIN, LPC

Counselor

Tom Gavin earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, with additional graduate coursework from West Chester University.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with diverse populations.

Over the last 25 years, Tom has worked as a Social Worker in Child Welfare as well as an Individual, Couples and Family Based Therapist.  Tom also facilitated an Intensive Outpatient Program providing group therapy for clients struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental health difficulties. He enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Tom’s approach to counseling utilizes a strengths based, client centered, holistic approach.  In this context, Tom’s work integrates a spiritual understanding of client difficulties and considers the strengths of a faith perspective. Ultimately, Tom assists his clients gain personal and relational successes while experiencing renewed hope and purpose for their lives.

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LESLEY HART, M.A.C., B. MUS

Counselor

Lesley is trained to work with individuals in a collaborative and compassionate way. She uses trauma informed and narrative therapy, along with attachment, behavioral and cognitive theories in her holistic
approach for various mental health issues. She is specifically skilled in working with adults who suffer from the effects of childhood trauma and sexual abuse, adult trauma and sexual abuse, emotional, and
relational distress.

Lesley earned a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA, now Missio Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, a Bachelor of Music degree from Houghton College, Houghton, NY, and
is certified for Church Lay-Counseling through the Allender Center, Seattle, WA.

Lesley stands on a strong foundation of biblical wisdom and ethics, yet enthusiastically works with those whose faith perspectives may vary. She has been married for 44 years, has two grown sons, enjoys playing the piano and flower gardening.

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KONRAD HERSHEY

Counselor

After growing up in a farming family, Konrad earned a Master of Social Work from Millersville University and is pursuing an LCSW. Over the past 10 years, he has worked with a variety of organizations serving the geriatric population and enjoys supporting clients going through a variety of emotional and physical changes.

He seeks to create safe non-judgmental spaces and relationships where people can more deeply understand their challenges and a way forward. He uses a variety of approaches and is open to working with clients of any faith background.

Konrad enjoys hiking, travel, reading, live concerts, listening to podcasts, and late night conversations with friends.

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SUZANYA HUSING, BS, MA, CMHC

Counselor

Suzanya Husing is a nationally certified counselor with her MA in clinical mental health counseling from Bradley University. In working with a variety of mental health conditions, Suzanya encapsulates many different techniques and theories with Biblical truth and creativity unique to her clients needs.

 

She enjoys working with youth, individuals, couples, families, and seniors. She has worked with clients suffering from emotional, cognitive and behavioral disorders; individuals suffering from loss and trauma; marriage and family counseling; eating disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, and learning disorders. Suzanya is committed to regular research as she aids her clients in their healing journey.

 

 

Suzanya taught middle school in a classical Christian school prior to becoming a clinical mental health counselor. She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and music. She is happily married and has two grown sons.

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LINDA LITSCHI, MAMFT

Counselor

Bio coming soon!

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BROOK LONG, MAMFT

Counselor

Brook has a Masters of Marriage & Family Therapy from Evangelical Seminary.

From Brook :: I take it as an honor that people allow me to sit with them in their weakest moments. I will provide a non- judgmental, safe place we will together process your pain and work towards your healing.

 

Life circumstances and experiences can influence our ability to see our strengths and unique selves, as well as affect our quality of life. Collaboratively we will work to make a connection between the way your history, thoughts, emotions, and body sensations impact the way you respond to the world.

I have worked with an array of populations from adolescents to seniors. My clinical approach varies based on client needs, however, I incorporate cognitive-behavioral therapy components, as well as other evidence based practices to meet you where you are at and encourage you towards further growth.

 

My goal is to provide a warm setting for you to find rest and peace even in difficult circumstances.

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DAVID MCADAMS, M.DIV, MAMFT

Counselor

David grew up in Central Florida where he enjoyed the surrounding lakes and wildlife. Singing in choirs was one of his early passions. David graduated from Asbury University in 1998 with a Bible Degree and then proceeded to Asbury Seminary to obtain a Masters of Divinity Degree. Pastoring in Florida, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, David led youth groups, prayer groups, and at times small groups to deepen individuals walks with Christ. David is a licensed pastor in the Missionary Church denomination.

Over time, a deep passion developed to work as a therapist, so he obtained his degree as a Marriage and Family Therapist at Evangelical Seminary. He currently works at Upward Call's Lebanon and Ephrata campuses. David has a compassionate presence as a therapist as he helps persons reach their untapped potentials, create new narratives, and heal from their hurts. It is his hope that individuals, couples, and families become healthier and engage in flourishing lives. David enjoys working with those who are desiring help on issues that include: faith, anger, anxiety, depression, self-worth, identity, grief, same sex attraction, sexual, marriage, and family systems. Groups he specializes in are church leaders and those who struggle with sexual brokenness.

David lives in the Lancaster area with his wife Kellie and their four children Ava, Kalyssa, Graceanne, and Eli. He also works at another therapy agency dealing specifically with sexual issues. He enjoys nature, sports, travel, reading, and watching movies like Marvel, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, or Narnia.

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PAUL MILLER, MAMFT

Counselor

Paul Miller has a BS in Bible from Lancaster Bible College and a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Evangelical Seminary.

Paul developed an integrative model of systemic therapy he calls Spirit Focused Therapy while a graduate student.  This Model of therapy focuses directly on improving a family’s ability to Honor, Identify, Sense, Give, Receive, Accept, Communicate, and Embrace (H.I.S.G.R.A.C.E.) God’s Love and apply it within your family. 

 

Paul uses a unique and creative Biblical approach to therapy that includes play therapies for both adults and children, and incorporates humor, art, reading, music and dance as part of the therapeutic experience of healing (when applicable). 

Paul works with families, couples, children and individuals with a diverse array of issues; however, Paul believes Biblical healing requires full family participation at some point in the therapeutic process. 

Paul has transitioned from an abuse survivor to an Overcomer in Christ and is currently a creating and developing a parachurch ministry to help others become Overcomers.

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MELANIE MYER, MA, NCC, CTP

Therapist, Counselor, Life Coach, Play Therapist

Melanie has a BA in Psychology from The King’s College and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a certified trauma professional (CTP), a national certified counselor (NCC), and a certified life coach. She is currently in the final phase of working toward the Association for Play Therapy’s registered play therapist (RPT) credential. Melanie works with clients of all ages.

Her areas of interest and experience include self-worth/self-esteem, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, life transitions, grief and loss, serious/chronic illness, stress, trauma and complex trauma, identity issues, spirituality, faith/religious crises, child and adolescent development, parenting, relationships, career development, wellness, and personal growth. She has specialized training in ADHD.

Melanie assists individuals and families across the lifespan, drawing from a variety of methods and approaches to meet the specific needs of each person. These include compassion-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, relational-cultural therapy, stress management, mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, coaching, dream work, psychodynamic therapy, family systems, play therapy, bibliotherapy, sand tray, expressive arts therapy, and group therapy.

 

Upcoming groups may include A Journey to Self-Worth, Bibliotherapy for Adult ADHD, Expressive Arts for Trauma Recovery, Game Therapy for Adults, Game Therapy for Teens, and process groups.

 

Melanie’s approach is inclusive and multicultural, honoring each client’s unique experiences and views of the world. She cares deeply and seeks to help people heal and flourish through the client-therapist relationship and relationships with others.

 

Melanie lives in Lititz and loves spending time with her family. She enjoys playing board games, growing flowers, hiking, reading, writing, and learning.

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LINDSEY SULLIVAN, MAMFT

Therapist/Counselor

Lindsey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a specialization in addiction and recovery and a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She has experience working as a permanency specialist with children placed in foster care and has collaborated with biological and foster families through transitions. During this time, Lindsey became very familiar with trauma and attachment theory. She also has experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and was a behavioral health technician for a combined 4 years.

 

Lindsey’s area of interest and experience includes working with trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, family and couples’ conflict, self-esteem, spirituality, illness, post-partum depression, family transitions, and grief and loss. She developed a holistic, strength-based approach to counseling through her own personal journey. She views each person and family as unique and believes in a collaborative approach during therapy.

 

Lindsey has two daughters and enjoys spending time with family, biking, and swimming during the warmer months.

Meet our Staff

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DONNA BIVINS

Office Assistant

Donna joined the Upward Call team in October 2013. She moved to Lancaster from California with her husband, Danny, and her family that same year. Donna has five children and seven grandchildren and enjoys all things art, spending time with her grandchildren, and exploring new places and things with her husband. 

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KATHY CLEARY

Office Assistant

More details to come...

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