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Since establishing the company in 2017, she has led Makin Wellness to it’s position today as the state’s fastest growing & privately owned tele-mental health company, achieving rapid expansion and mental health utilization. Under her leadership, Makin Wellness has established a proven track record of successfully shaping the mental health market & driving mental health transformation by executing on their mission of helping millions of people heal & become happy again.
Sara Makin has been featured in major media outlets including NBC, ABC, FOX, The CW, International Business Times, The Scientific Journal and hundreds more media sources internationally. She has been named a Top 100 Healthcare Leader (2019) & an Empowering Woman in Philanthropy (2018). Sara has been on the cover of Inspiring Lives Magazine, Dispense Magazine, Pittsburgh Avenue West and Steel This Magazine.
Nationally recognized as a trailblazer in the virtual mental healthcare field & 3x Amazon best selling author, Mrs. Makin is fueled by a relentless desire to improve virtual mental health outcomes and provide the masses with outstanding mental health care.
Her successful career in mental health care began at Duquesne University , where she still serves on the Alumni Advisory Board.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts from La Roche College & Masters of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Duquesne University.
Rahmah Albugami is a nationally certified counselor and clinical supervisor with experience in setting goals for clients that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time manageable. Rahmah’s clients frequently deal with depression, anxiety, trauma, medical marijuana, forensic, family issues, & stress. Ms. Albugami is an empathetic professional who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adult populations in an individual as well as group setting. Rahmah tailors individualistic interventions and treatment modalities based on client needs online and in office.
Ms. Albugami creates a relaxing environment where you can open up and begin to heal. Her client base consists of high profile and high stress executives, business owners, lawyers, politicians , young professionals and more.
Rahmah’s treatment approach includes evidence and client- based approaches that are individualized to your unique needs. She believes strongly in working together so you can move forward.
Hello! My name is Dr. Tomlin, and I am a licensed and nationally certified professional counselor and traumatologist. I specialize in various modalities, including strength-based coaching, existentialism, multicultural awareness, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I have a strong passion for helping others achieve social, emotional, and behavioral improvements and providing them the fundamental tools to overcome life struggles so they can prosper.
Life is full of obstacles and difficult circumstances, which can feel overwhelming and all-consuming. Navigating these unique, daily challenges can be isolating, leaving you second-guessing everything, spiraling with sadness, frustration, and exhaustion.
I will provide the tools you crave and need to manage and overcome life’s difficulties during my time with you. Not only are you learning to manage today, but you’re also working towards a successful future. I believe in working with my clients to help them work through their challenges to get better and enjoy life to the fullest. Life is not just about making the most of today; it’s creating an extraordinary tomorrow to become the person you dream of being.
Therapy is as much about finding the right counselor as it is about a treatment plan. I want my clients to improve their social, emotional, and behavioral health by creating an environment rich in patience, empathy, innovation, respect, and advocacy.
Nothing makes me happier than guiding others toward fostering empowerment and overcoming difficulties. If you feel I’m the right fit, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
I am a nationally certified counselor and provisionally licensed therapist with experience in working with diverse adult populations and treating various mental health and psychiatric concerns. I have experience in providing individual and group therapy services in intensive outpatient and virtual outpatient settings.
I believe therapy to be a meaningful relationship between two people, and present as my most genuine and authentic self, as I am first and foremost, a human being just like you. I view clients as people with their own lives, experiences, lifestyles, and backgrounds, and my focus is to treat the whole person, not just the ailment. My goal is to equip individuals with healthy and effective strategies to overcome life difficulties and enhance overall well-being. I aim to motivate and empower clients to reach their life goals and improve their mental and emotional health by providing a safe, understanding, and compassionate space to facilitate change. If you choose to work together, I will assist you through your journey toward healing and growth.
I specialize in treating anxiety disorders and eating disorders. I approach therapy from a person-centered perspective and draw on a range of interventions and techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Narrative Therapy.
Hi. If you’re reading this, that means you’ve taken the first step towards feeling better–and it’s not always an easy first step to take. My hope is that you’ll find the counselor that is just right for you to help you on your journey towards healing, so with that in mind, let me introduce myself.
My name is Halle. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor with over ten years of experience in the mental health field, practicing as a therapist for the last five. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Washington & Jefferson College and my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Gannon University. Respect, a non-judgmental space, and genuine care lead the way when I’m given the opportunity of helping a client start to feel better. I’m here to listen, support, and guide. You are not in this alone.
My specialties include working with individuals who have experienced complex trauma, may have challenges with mood (anxiety, depression), or are seeking support with parenting and children. The approach that we’ll take when working together is tailored towards your needs. My treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused therapy, including EMDR, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I’m a firm believer that you are the expert in your life; I’m here to meet you exactly where you’re at and start moving forward together in that way that works best for you.
My name is Erin Kilpatrick and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Marywood University and a Master’s of Arts from Drexel University. I am a Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist. For the last 9 years I have been working with adults in the mental health field and prior to that I had worked with children in a school setting. I have experience in team leadership, crisis intervention, case management, navigating the mental health system and supporting individuals with severe mental health issues, in addition to my experience with therapy.
Providing individualized and person-centered care is the foundation of what I do as a clinician. I have learned that everyone learns, processes and experiences life, and therapy, in their own way. Art Therapy is a powerful opportunity for those who may find traditional talk therapy intimidating or not the right fit. In my experience, utilizing evidenced-based interventions is key to the therapy process. The approaches I utilize include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, as well as others. I have learned that providing psychoeducation about the different therapy processes helps individuals better understand the “why” behind the interventions we are using.
My experience has shown me that taking a holistic approach is vital to truly supporting you as a whole person. I will strive to learn who you are as an individual and the context of your life, as these pieces cannot exist without the other. I believe in the mind-body connection and therefore will support you in caring for all parts of yourself to achieve ultimate wellness and healing. We all have a unique story and I am honored that you are allowing me to be a part of yours.
I applaud you for showing up for yourself by taking this next step in your journey. I believe that everyone has strengths and I will use them as a foundation in our work together. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you write a chapter you can be proud of.
Hi! My name is Autumn Lovas and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with Makin Wellness. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at St. Vincent College and my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I started my career working with families of children on the Autism Spectrum before transitioning to higher education and working with college students as a mental health counselor.
I am a Solution Focused, Client-Centered therapist and I combine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Reality Therapy to find evidence-based interventions that will help make positive changes in life. I have worked with clients experiencing difficult life transitions, anxiety (general, social, test anxiety), depression, and relationship conflicts. I also have experience helping clients balance different aspects of their life and mastering time management and organization.
I believe everyone holds the power to change; they sometimes just need the right support and atmosphere to make the plan to change. If you are ready to let your power to change out, let’s work together!
Hi, my name is Amber Blue. My favorite thing about being a therapist is getting to learn new things from my clients each day. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Juniata College in 2019 and my master’s degree in counseling psychology from Chatham University in 2021. I have always had a passion for helping others through whatever barriers they are facing. I have had experience working with college students who are survivors of sexual assault and dating violence, adolescents experiencing difficulties in peer relationships and academics, as well as families who are grieving.
I have been a part of Makin Wellness since 2021 and am currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. The approach I take with my clients is holistic and integrative. I believe that everyone is unique, and your treatment plan should be too. I strive to create a therapeutic space that feels safe, comfortable, collaborative, and non-judgmental. I will spend time truly getting to know you because I believe that trusting and supportive relationships are one of the most important aspects of healing. We will work together to gain insight and understanding of current issues and how they came to be. We will also develop tools and skills to better cope with symptoms you may be experiencing. I emphasize Mindfulness, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, and Person-centered techniques in my approach.
If you think we would be a good match, please contact our intake specialists to schedule an intake appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!
Kelsey is an outpatient associate therapist who is currently working towards her professional license. She is also working towards her PhD at Duquesne University. Kelsey received her master of science in counseling psychology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor of science in exercise physiology at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida.
Before moving to Pittsburgh, Kelsey spent the last couple of years in Denver, Colorado where she became a certified yoga instructor. Kelsey has been on multiple yoga, breath work, and meditation retreats. She has worked with a diverse clientele teaching weekly yoga classes and in event settings. She also has experience working with at-risk youth at a mental health facility, which included conducting psychological assessments, intake procedures, teaching yoga to children, and running group therapy.
Kelsey believes in many aspects of healing. The journey you will experience with Kelsey will have a spiritual touch and is rooted in the mind-body connection. In therapy, you will work together to design an evidence-based treatment approach, built on the foundation of the collaborative therapeutic alliance. She specializes in overall wellness, mindfulness practices, spirituality, positive psychology, relational communication, humanistic psychology, acceptance and commitment therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She also provides yoga therapy, where she incorporates yoga practices with psychotherapy.
She currently works with individuals, couples and families in areas of depression, anxiety, communication, relationships, and stress management. Kelsey believes that while she is your guide, you are the leader.
Hi, my name is Doug Puchko, I have always had a passion for helping people improve themselves. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, I worked as a financial advisor for 7 years where I helped individuals, couples, and families navigate the hardships of life and enabled them to gain better insight on how to best help themselves. Throughout this time I continued to work with community programs around the Pittsburgh area where I helped adolescents gain perspective into their lives and the lives of those around them. This led me to redirect my passion for helping people back toward Psychology and counseling. I graduated from Chatham University’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) program where I worked with individuals and groups to assist them in enhancing their understandings of their roles and relationships in their lives, and enabled them to regain any sense of loss of control caused by the stresses of the world.
I believe in using a holistic and collaborative approach to create a welcoming environment for you to feel safe in sharing your thoughts and goals, which we can work toward together. I specialize in psychoeducation, person-centered therapy, humanistic psychology, positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Throughout my career I have specialized in working with individuals experiencing grief and loss, people coping with stress, anxiety, and trauma, as well as individuals with chronic illness, physical disabilities and intellectual disabilities. I am excited to work with you in helping you through life’s challenges and difficulties as well as enabling you to achieve your goals, and bring out the best version of yourself.
Hello! My name is Randy Potter, and I am an outpatient counselor at Makin Wellness. I have a diverse background with experiences in education, horticulture, music, and the arts in addition to mental health counseling. I have a deep passion for helping others, and I have earned a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to dedicate myself to mental health care through working directly with clients and advocating for improved mental health awareness and access to care. We all have a state of mental health, and my goal is to help equip you with skills and insights to empower you toward achieving and maintaining optimal mental health and wellbeing.
I have counseling experience with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families confronting a wide spectrum of emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and other mental health concerns in both individual and group settings. My therapeutic approach is client-centered and based on a humanistic ideology that addresses clients as complete human beings encompassed by a totality of mind, body, and soul. Within this approach, I utilize a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapy and existential talk therapy to formulate an individualized treatment plan for each client to meet their specific needs, circumstances, and goals.
The underlying focus of my treatment is founded in fostering a collaborative therapeutic relationship with clients to promote trusting, safe, non judgmental spaces in which clients can be empowered toward positive outcomes. If you feel like you and I might fit and work well together, please feel welcome to reach out!
Jenn Sevier (she/they) is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Approved Supervisor with over 12 years of experience in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. She has an extensive background in serving clients (18+) within inpatient, correctional, community-based, and outpatient settings, in addition to past crisis-intervention work in Baltimore City.
Through these professional endeavors, she has developed clinical expertise with an awareness of the systemic barriers and sociocultural factors that impact minority communities. She utilizes an eclectic approach to treatment focused on meeting the unique needs of each client as an individual, and as the ultimate authority on their own lived truths and experiences.
Jennifer utilizes an eclectic approach of interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, existential, and relapse prevention strategies to promote effective and healthy management of mental health conditions. Through compassionate understanding, clinical knowledge, and a bit of well-placed humor, she strives to tailor her approach to best meet the needs of each client as an individual. She believes that working towards positive change takes genuine courage, and hopes to help all of her clients achieve healing and personal growth.
Tori Romberger is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She graduated from Messiah University specializing in clinical mental health counseling. Tori’s experience is with treating adolescents and their families who struggle with problematic sexual behavior and varying mental health diagnoses to include PTSD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, and ADHD; among other things. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) in addition, to being trained in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT).
Although trained in many therapeutic techniques, Tori primarily combines a client centered approach, affording you the control over your treatment, with evidence-based interventions tailored to meet your unique needs.
If you are ready to work towards the change you want to see within yourself, please reach out!