Tag Archives: therapy

Susan Cherian/Psychologist

7 Jun

*This review was given verbally during an event, thus its brevity.

Susan Cherian
Psychologist
7455 Church St, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

(412) 242-5052

Respectful, open, works with sexual abuse survivors.

 

Patty Delaney/Nuin Center

7 Jun

*This review was given verbally during an event, thus its brevity.

Patty Delaney
Therapist
Nuin Center
5655 Bryant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
773.865.3354
delaneyplcsw@gmail.com

Chill, gentle, nice gender therapist.

Mike Marshal

7 Jun

*This review was given verbally during an event, thus its brevity.

Mike Marshal
Gender Therapist
412-246-5663

Person had a good experience with Mike. Sees people under 21 free of charge.

Charles Esposito, LPC

12 May

Provider name: Charles Esposito, LPC
Practice name: Wisdom Within Counseling LLC
Address: 401 Shady Ave Ste C107 Pittsburgh, PA, 15206
Phone: (412) 357-4197
Website:
https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Wisdom+Within+Counseling,+LLC_Pittsburgh_Pennsylvania_184997

What type of services does the provider practice?        

 Mental Health

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

 Yes. Good communicator (scheduling and payments), nice office space, comfortable sharing about his own experience but doesn’t dominate the conversation, good at connecting things mentioned in previous visits to current visit, calm presence, has a lot of varied experience and technique to draw from, good at suggesting things withing being imposing, affirming of queer/trans experience, willing to get philosophical – develops interesting conversation.

When was your last visit with the provider          

 0-5 months ago

Why did/do you see this provider?         

 Feeling depressed and anxious. Looking for a provider who I could see during a very stressful time and also for maintenance.

What was/is your experience making an appointment with this provider?           

 Contacted through Psychology Today. Then connected over the phone to set up an initial appointment. I get email reminders about my appointments and sometimes communicate via text message.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

 I have UPMC insurance. We worked out a payment fee for each visit. The fee has only changed by $2 since starting (over 10 or so sessions). Someone else handles billing, so a couple times I got a bill for a slightly different amount, but that didn’t affect how much I paid. He’s okay with me paying in cash or check. Would be easier to pay with a card.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

 I like seeing a counselor who identifies as gay. I like that he is ready to draw from a range of experiences, because my needs feel different during every session. I like that he takes good notes and follows back up on previous things said. I feel like he is paying attention. I enjoy being in the office space – decorations are thoughtful and there is natural light. He always offers me a glass of water. I stated that i ramble a lot and sometimes need to be redirected and he took that feedback and does in fact help me stay on track and not just gloss over feelings. He has validated my feelings about difficult family relationships in a way I haven’t really allowed myself to see before.

 Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff (if applicable).            

 There are some other providers that meet in the same office. I haven’t interacted with them much at all.

What identities do you have?    

 30, queer, trans, man, white, insured

Tell us if the provider or practice is especially good with a certain community, has special skills or services.           

 He is fluent in Spanish (and Italian I think), sees a lot of patients of different faiths, LGBTQ-friendly

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?               

 He is white, gay, grew up catholic, an artist, taught Spanish and Italian

What did you observe or experience about the accessibility of the practice?       

 The office is on the first floor of an accessible office building. There is an accessible gender neutral restroom on the same floor but not in the office itself. The office restroom is single-occupancy and not gendered.

Additional Information:

 

Darrell Philips, LCSW, MBA

12 Dec

Darrell Phillips, LCSW, MBA         

Psychological & Counseling Center, Inc.,

1824 Murray Avenue, Suite 304

Pittsburgh, PA 15217

412.327.2189

phillipscounseling@gmail.com

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Therapy/counseling.

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

 Yes! Yes! Darrell is a wonderful therapist. He is empathetic, transparent, good at setting and respecting boundaries, LGBTQQIA-aware (he identifies as a gay male, himself), as well as sensitive to issues of social justice. He also is knowledgeable about and practices multiple psychotherapeutic modalities, from psychodynamic psychotherapy to cognitive-behavioral therapy, etc., so he can tailor his methods to the changing needs of his client. I have experienced this in my sessions with him. He also informs the client of what method he’s using and what diagnosis he’s treating, and empowers them to learn from him as well as choose the focus of the sessions.

When did you last see this provider?

0-5 months ago.

What was/is your experience making an appointment with this provider?           

It is very easy to make appointments with Darrell. He responds promptly and has a lot of availability–including evenings.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

Yes. He accepts my insurance, which is UPMC, and does not charge a co-pay. I’m not sure what other insurance he accepts. There was a period when I was insecure about whether I’d have health insurance, and he told me not to worry about it financially, and that my continued care was the most important thing, so I assume he would be open to a sliding scale rate or a payment plan, but I’m not sure.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

My experience with this provider has been extremely positive. I have always felt respected, comfortable, and validated with Darrell. I am a white cis woman in my late 20s whose sexual orientation is fluid. Darrell has been great at identifying and navigating the intersections and disparities between the different aspects of our respective identities, and using these qualities as productive therapeutic tools. I feel comfortable asking any question that arises, as well.

What identities do you have?    

White, fluid sexual orientation, late 20s, tall and slim, cis woman, female, able-bodied, middle-class.

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?               

LGBTQ-friendly, experienced working with trauma/sexual assault survivors, trained in social work and is socially-conscious (regarding race, class, etc.) Darrell is a black gay cis man in his late 40s and is very open with me about his own struggles as well as privilege resulting from these identities.

What did you observe or experience about the accessibility of the practice?       

Darrell’s office is wheelchair accessible via elevator. I believe there’s braille on the elevator signage. I don’t know about parking–I take the bus and the office is in Squirrel Hill. The office is very accessible via public transportation. He has another office in Oakland which is also accessible via public transportation. I believe it is wheelchair accessible. Neither office building has gender-neutral restrooms, though. I’m not sure about interpreters. It seems that all signage is in English only, as well.

Persad Center

15 Aug

What is the name of the provider you saw?
Ashley

What is the name of the practice?
Persad Center

Where is the provider located?
Persad

What type of medicine does the provider practice?
Therapist

Would you recommend this provider to others?
Yes

Why did you see this provider?
Anxiety

Was the provider affordable?
Yes, I’m uninsured and make <$20,000/yr, so services are comped by the county.

Please describe your experience with the provider named above:
She’s great, and has particular strength working with family issues.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:
The front door is accessible–I always take the stairs up to the second floor. So I’m not sure. It’s super-accessible by public transit, though–you can take the 88, 87, or even 86 to get there. Gender-neutral bathrooms.

Good with certain populations?
LGBTQ-friendly

Judith Gusky

2 Aug

Judith Gusky
155 N. Craig Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213
http://www.judithgusky.com/site

What type of medicine does the provider practice?
Therapist

Would you recommend to others?
Yes

Why did you see this provider?
Mental Health Issues, Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Was the provider affordable?
Judy could not accept my UPMC insurance, but she works with a sliding scale that was reasonable considering my income level (usually $15-30 per session).

Please describle your experience with the provider:
I really enjoyed working with Judy. She specializes in grief and loss counseling and helped me through a difficult time. She is warm and interested in alternative therapies such as light boxes for winter SAD.

Please describe your how accessible the practice was for you:
Close to many bus lines, easy walk to Oakland, Bloomfield, Shadyside, etc.