About Mrs. Cory Kunicky, M.Ed., NCC, LPC
I have been in the field of education for thirteen years and I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor for seven years. I completed my undergraduate degree from Penn State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, with an option in Children, Youth and Families. I continued on to California University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2004 with a Master of Education and a dual certification in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling. I immediately entered the education field upon completing my degree and experienced profound joy in the school setting. I have worked with both elementary and secondary students, but my focus has been with elementary students; specifically grades K-5. As a school counselor, I have become very aware that children require more therapeutic resources than the school setting can offer. It is with this observation that I have an increased desire to shift my focus to an office setting. It is my belief that counseling can provide individuals with successful tools to manage life in a healthy, therapeutic manner. Each developmental milestone is marked with specific challenges and it is my goal to help individuals process and recover from life's struggles with confidence and resiliency.
I use a varied approach in the counseling setting and I tailor each session to the individual. The theoretical approaches I utilize include, but are not limited to; cognitive behavioral, solution-focused and reality therapy. I have provided counseling services for individuals experiencing anxiety, trauma, defiance, anger, physical, verbal and sexual abuse, grief, poverty, sexual identity awareness, decreased self-esteem, Autism Spectrum Disorder, depression, crisis, self-harm, adoption, foster care, divorce, adjustment disorders, career and educational awareness , homelessness, suicidal ideations, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and other social and behavioral challenges.
I am proud to work with the other counselors here at Sanderson Psychological to offer the surrounding communities with the most recent and effective evidenced based practices the counseling field has to offer. I am confident that we can conquer life's obstacles together and I can help you gain a deeper understanding into your thoughts and behaviors.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, eating out and listening to music. I also never met a pug I didn't love!
About Cassy Sanderson, MS, LPC, NCC
I have been working in the Mental Health field for 5 years, and I love it more every day. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2012 from Wheeling Jesuit University. I then completed my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling in 2015 from Carlow University and am now a Licensed Professional Counselor. Throughout my schooling, I focused primarily on child and adolescent studies, as well as trauma counseling.
I have worked in a preschool teaching behaviorally and emotionally disabled children, ranging in ages from 3-5 years old, and I have also worked in a multi-disciplinary clinical setting doing outpatient mental health counseling.
In my years of counseling, I have found passion in helping children and families cope with trauma, behavioral issues, issues through divorce and blended families, as well as helping people discover their own passions in life. I am a strong believer in the idea that all people have strengths, and I love to help people find, expand, and develop their strengths. I also have a heart for treating veterans and/or their spouses who suffer from trauma and PTSD.
Outside of work, I am an NASM certified personal trainer. I enjoy everything fitness, working out and staying healthy - mentally and physically. I like to read and spend time with my animals and loved ones at home. I try to volunteer and give back locally, especially with the non-profit organization, It’s About the Warrior Foundation, who helps out our local Veterans.
About Stephanie Briskin, MS, LPC, NCC
I have been working in the mental health field for over 12 years. In that time, I have primarily worked with addictions, severe and persistent mental illness, mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder, etc.), and anxiety. I have also extensively worked with individuals struggling in relationships. I love being able to help people through tough times in their life, and I feel privileged to be able to be there to support people when they are ready for change.
I received my Bachelor's degree from Penn State University in 2006. I then received my Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University in 2010. I went on to also finish a program for Drug and Alcohol addictions.
In my time outside of work, I love to spend time with my many pets as well as my friends and family.
About Shara Zoeller, MS, LPC, NCC
I have been the mental health field for 6 years and post graduate for 4 years in the outpatient setting. I received my Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2014 from California University of Pennsylvania. I am currently a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor.
I have worked with a variety of people ranging from ages 5 to 78 with a variety of diagnosis. I have worked with people on many thing's such as but not limited to anxiety, depression, behavioral issues such as ODD and ADHD, self injurious behaviors, bipolar, LGBTQ, grief and loss, trauma (sexual, verbal, physical in various age ranges), autism, couples counseling, family counseling, and much more.
I love what I do, and I genuinely care to help others. I care to make a difference, however small it may be. Outside of work, I love to be with my family. Summer is by far my favorite time of the year - I love to be outside!
I have been working in private practice for six years, but have been working in the mental health field for ten. I received my undergraduate psychology degree from Penn State University in 2008. I graduated from Carlow University with my Master's of Science degree in Professional Counseling in 2010 and am currently licensed as a Professional Counselor. I received my doctorate from Carlow University in Counseling Psychology in 2015, and am also currently licensed as a psychologist.
Throughout my time as a student I had the opportunity to work with many college students (of many different ages and of many diverse backgrounds) while completing practicum hours at California University of Pennsylvania's Counseling Center and Carnegie Mellon's Counseling Center. I also completed an APPIC accredited internship at Cleveland State University's Counseling Center.
I have helped people who have struggled with anxiety, depression, psychosis, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, sexual identity concerns, personality disorders, thought disorders, grief and loss, parenting concerns, trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, substance abuse and dependence, addictions (gambling, sex, internet, video games), self-harm behaviors, suicidal ideation, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, spirituality concerns, abortion concerns, sleep issues, family conflict, couples issues, infidelity and divorce, chronic pain issues, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and behavioral issues in children.
Outside of work, I enjoy outdoor activities, particularly paddle boarding and jogging, and I also love a good yoga class. I am an animal and nature lover, and believe that snuggling with pets can cure some of what ails you. I also enjoy trying out new restaurants in the Pittsburgh area.