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Our Team of Professional
Counselors and Therapists

Available online across Pennsylvania & in-office for Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.

What People Say About Us

Client Testimonials

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Pennsylvania's Best Counselors & Therapists

* Existing clients can access services by clicking on your counselor

Sara Makin

MSEd, LPC, NCC
Founder / CEO

Rahmah Albugami

M.S.Ed, NCC
Clinical Supervisor
Outpatient Professional Counselor

Alexandria Billy

B.S.Ed, M.S.Ed
Clinical Team Lead Outpatient Therapist

Laura Stewart

B.A., CHN – Certified Nutritionist & Nutritional Counselor

Melissa Donohue

HBSc., MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jasey Husar

B.S. psych
Outpatient Associate Therapist

Larry Balbach

B.A., MSCP
Outpatient Counselor

Autumn Lovas

MA ,LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Meghan Rodgers

B.S., M.S. Ed, NCC Psychotherapist

Kelsey George

B.S. Exercise Physiology
Psychotherapist

Jaclyn Conrad

B.A., M.S. CMHC Outpatient Therapist

Randy Potter

B.A. Psych/ Studio Art Outpatient Associate Therapist

Tori Romberger

M.A.,LPC, CCTP Outpatient Therapist

We Will Help You Every Step Of The Way

Sessions by appointment only.
1st time appointments please call (833)-274-HEAL(4325) Monday – Friday 7:00am – 7:00pm
In the event of an emergency, please call 911
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Sara Makin

MSEd, LPC, NCC

Not Currently accepting new clients

With countless successes, Sara Makin continues to reach people worldwide with scientifically backed approaches to mental health, helping people heal and become happy again.....it's her purpose.

Sara Makin is the owner & founder of Makin Wellness , Pennsylvania’s premier therapy & assessment centers. 

Sara is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over a decade of experience in the psychology field and has worked in research, university and hospital settings before establishing Makin Wellness in 2017. While serving on the Duquesne Universities School of Education Alumni Advisory Board, Ms. Makin leads a team of highly rated and specialized providers that are devoted to helping 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. Accredited with international and national #1 best selling author on Amazon for “Depression to Joy” and “The Happy Entrepreneur”, Ms. Makin continues to spread her purpose of healing.

Sara is a recognized mental health care advocate and has successfully contributed to change policies and procedures regarding medical marijuana and online counseling.

Specialty

Mental Health & Addiction Therapist

Degrees & Certifications

MSEd, LPC, NCC

Experience

Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma, Medical Marijuana, Forensics, Family Issues, & Stress

Available Days

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Rahmah Albugami

MSEd, LPC, NCC
Clinical Supervisor
Outpatient Professional Counselor

Currently accepting new clients

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, addiction, 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.

Specialty

Mental Health & Addiction Therapist

Degrees & Certifications

M.S.Ed, NCC

Experience

Depression & Anxiety, Mental Health Therapy, Addiction, Trauma, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Group Therapy

Available Days

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Alexandria Billy

B.S.Ed, M.S.Ed
Clinical Team Lead
Outpatient Therapist

Currently accepting new clients

Alexandria cultivates the Makin Wellness philosophy in a more uniform way to ensure each client receives the best experience possible.

Alexandria Billy is a nationally certified counselor and recent graduate of Duquesne University with her Master’s degree in School Counseling with Licensure. Ms. Billy began her journey at Makin Wellness in September of 2019 as a practicum student and quickly grew to love the values and mission of Makin Wellness and was thrilled to become a staff member in January of 2020. Presently she is an outpatient therapist and the Clinical Team Lead.

Ms. Billy is a 2014 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with her Bachelor’s in Secondary English Education with 6 years of experience in education, marketing, and counseling. She began her love of helping people better themselves while teaching at McKeesport Area School District and further developed her skills when she moved into the marketing department at a local school focusing on the treatment and rehabilitation of court adjudicated youth. Combined with an appetency to help people, Ms. Billy possesses an inherent desire to reach people on a level that inspires them and opens up their heart and thoughts to a world of possibilities, all while sharing respect, love, and compassion.

Ms. Billy’s main focus is helping people feel better and reach their goals. She works with many clients of all ages who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and stress management. Together, you will create realistic goals and discuss a variety of ways to obtain goals in order to restore peace within yourself.

Specialty

Adolescent Counseling, Couples Counseling, Counseling for Young Adults,Stress Management, Depression, Anxiety, Communication, Goal Setting and Assessments

Degrees & Certifications

Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education PA Certified Teacher - English, 7-12 Masters of Science in Education, School Counseling K-12

Available Days

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Laura Stewart

B.A., CHN
Certified Nutritionist &
Nutritional Counselor

Currently accepting new clients

Laura is passionate about helping others see and reach their full potential. With a background in health and wellness, Laura is experienced in providing whole body health options through natural and alternative remedies.

Laura earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Carlow University. In working with clients and seeing the vital role of nutrition in overall wellness, she moved on to obtain credentials in Nutrition with American Fitness Professionals and Associates. She is a Certified Nutritionist offering a comprehensive nutritional counseling program.

Laura gives consideration to the whole person, recognizing the interrelation of body systems. She provides an integrative approach, encompassing mental, physical and emotional well-being. Laura addresses the root cause of dis-ease, with a thorough assessment of individual needs and goals. Healthy eating habits, exercise, time in nature, and practicing mindfulness are just a few of the tools Laura utilizes to encourage the body’s innate healing ability. She especially enjoys creating custom therapeutic grade essential oil blends for the specific needs and goals of clients to support overall wellness.

Laura is committed to supporting others with resources to achieve their individual wellness goals. She implements individualized lifestyle and diet changes through a customized plan. And commitment, with techniques to encourage stress reduction, improve mood and energy, and minimize the risk of other health concerns. She specializes in family wellness, including natural treatment options for mood disorders, anxiety, depression, addiction recovery, and pre- and postnatal care.

As individuals we are the sum total of our experiences, with the past being a place of reference, allowing us to move forward with enhanced knowledge and wisdom. Whole body health and wellness gives consideration to the whole person incorporating physical, mental, and emotional aspects. This approach provides necessary insight to support others on a customizable, individualized basis.

Schedule your initial session today to begin your wellness journey!

Specialty

Certified Nutritionist & Wellness Consultant

Degrees & Certifications

B.A., CHN

Available Days

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Melissa Donohue

HBSc, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Currently accepting new clients

“As a therapist, but first and foremost, as a human being, it is my promise to you, that I will walk with you through the difficult and joyous chapters of your life and through therapy, will help you re-establish the goals that you envision for yourself.”

Melissa Donohue is a licensed clinical social worker. She graduated from the University of Toronto, specializing in anxiety, trauma and PTSD, and mood disorders. Melissa also treats issues including addiction, bipolar disorders, obesity, depression, divorce, domestic violence, and grief, among many others. Melissa believes every individual she has the opportunity to meet carriers with them a collection of unique experiences, thoughts, beliefs, values and goals.

Melissa’s therapeutic approach is client centered focusing on the whole body. She believes you’re mental health and your mind affects every aspect of your life, including your physical health, social relationships, employment, sleep, quality of life, life expectancy and much much more!  It is important that therapy respects and treats you as a whole person, not just as the current struggle or ailment that you are currently experiencing.  Her approach is  based on all of your individual characteristics and the goals that you wish to achieve over the course of therapy.

Melissa will use a unique combination of effective techniques that are tailored to each individual, couple and family.  These techniques are grounded in Evidence-Based Practices, which essentially means that the therapeutic modalities that she uses are proven to provide results!

Specialty

Anxiety, Trauma & PTSD, Mood Disorders

Degrees & Certifications

HBSc., MSW, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Experience

Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Single-Incident Trauma, Developmental and Complex Trauma, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Eating Disorders, Grief and Loss, Emotion Dysregulation, Chronic pain/illness, Domestic Violence, Family Conflict, Self-Esteem, Mood Disorders, Stress Management, Substance Use and Addictions, Life Transitions

Available Days

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Jasey Husar, B.S.

Outpatient Associate Therapist

Currently accepting new clients

"Every individual is unique and it is important for us to understand that people can have different coping mechanisms for treating emotional stressors."

Jasey has dedicated her life to helping others live their best lives. She has recently graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with plans to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2020 at Carlow University to obtain her Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in forensics.

Her time at Makin Wellness is paired with her work as a psychiatric assistant at Western Psychiatric Hospital on the General Adult unit. Her experience consists of working with clients that have struggled with mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and psychosis. She has a strong interest in mental health and she believes it is essential to educate people with information and techniques on how to cope when they feel symptoms of anxiety and depression. Jasey has found great success with treating each patient on individual terms. Available for assessments online or in office at the downtown Pittsburgh location.

Eagerly studying criminal applications such as an individual’s competency to stand trial, their mental state at the time of an offense, and mediating factors in sentencing, she is familiarizing herself with the many important roles that psychology professionals play in this field.

Jasey’s main goal is to make clients feel as comfortable as possible during sessions in order to construct accurate and detailed assessments.

Specialty

Forensic Services and Assessments

Degrees & Certifications

B.S.

Available Days

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Larry Balbach

B.A., MSCP
Outpatient Therapist

Currently accepting new clients

“I believe in working together so you can move forward, developing coping strategies for today’s issues. Healing leads to a happier life tomorrow.”

Hi! My name is Lawrence Balbach, but my friends call me Larry. I am an Outpatient Counselor in Pennsylvania with more than 20 years of experience working in the mental health and addiction field. I am a Pittsburgh native and have dedicated my life to giving back to my community. My career and service in the mental health community is driven through personal experience and my goal is to impact as many lives as I can in a meaningful and productive way, with the only goal being to help you heal. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from La Roche College as well as a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University, but have found that my experience as a human being has been my greatest education. The choice to start therapy may be a tough one, but I am here to help you cross that threshold to find the happiness you deserve.

 My priority in session is to create a calm and relaxing, non-threatening space where my clients are free to express and move forward. I approach therapy with evidence-based modalities and sometimes a bit of good sense humor. I have worked in recovery at all levels of care and found above all, a smile can be a powerful tool. Together we will take the necessary measures to make concrete, lasting changes.

Among my specialties, I offer court-ordered mental health assessments and treatment, Stress Management, Coping Skills for anger and panic disorders online or in person.

When you are ready to start your journey, I will be here. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Specialty

Mental Health & Addiction Therapist

Degrees & Certifications

B.A., MSCP

Experience

Depression & Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma & Grief, Stress, Panic, Anger

Available Days

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Autumn Lovas

MA, LPC, NCC

Currently accepting new clients

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, addition 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!

Specialty

Mental Health & Addiction Therapist

Degrees & Certifications

MSEd, LPC, NCC

Experience

Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Relationship Conflicts, Time Management, Organization and Balance, Communication

Available Days

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Meghan Rodgers

B.S., M.S. Ed, NCC
Psychotherapist

Currently accepting new clients

Hi.My name is Meghan Rodgers. I am a counselor with Makin Wellness. I began my collegiate career knowing I wanted to become a therapist to help people in their journey to positive mental health. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Duquesne University in Psychology then went on to complete my M.S. Ed with Licensure at Duquesne University with an intense sense of urgency to jump into my role as a your guide to a better future.

I have always been drawn to healing and the human mind. I believe in building a comfortable, safe place where you can be yourself and discover a deeper sense of being through mindfulness and results based therapies. I have also worked with children from 1st to 12th grade in various school districts, including public and alternative treatment schools. I am confident I can provide a relaxing environment in which your child can open themselves to growth. My positive ‘can do’ attitude makes me a great candidate to be your therapist. 

My clients battle anxiety and depression. I approach everyone with an existential and solution focused orientation. We work together to design a treatment specifically for you and break down walls together. If you feel you are ready for change…don’t wait.

Call today to get started on a happier you!

Specialty

Adolescent Counseling, Adult Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management

Degrees & Certifications

B.S., M.S. Ed

Available Days

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Kelsey George, B.S.

Psychotherapist

Currently accepting new clients

"The secret is always within"

Hi, my name is Kelsey George. I am a psychotherapist with Makin Wellness. I received a bachelor of science in exercise physiology at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. I spent the last couple of years in Denver, Colorado where I became a certified yoga instructor. Within the healing community, I have worked with a diverse clientele, teaching weekly yoga classes and in event settings. I have experience working with at-risk youth at a mental health facility, including assessment, intake procedures, teaching yoga to children, and running group therapy. My path to healing then led me to the Pittsburgh area to study counseling psychology at Chatham University. 
 
I believe in many aspects of healing. The journey you will experience with me will have a spiritual touch and is rooted in the mind-body connection. In therapy, we will work together to design an evidence-based treatment approach, built on the foundation of the collaborative therapeutic alliance. I specialize in overall wellness, mindfulness practices, spirituality, positive psychology, relational communication, humanistic psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy. I also provide yoga therapy, where we can  incorporate yoga practices with psychotherapy.
 
I will provide a safe, private, and welcoming space for you to cope and we will explore areas of growth to better connect with your sense of self. We will collaborate a program specific to your personal needs that will flow into a happier, healthier YOU.
 
I currently work with individuals, couples and families in areas of depression, anxiety, communication, relationships, and stress management. Everyone is welcome! If you are ready to heal, I will be here to guide you every step of the way.

Specialty

Depression, Anxiety, Relational Communication, Family Counseling, Couples Counseling, Guided Meditation, Yoga Therapy, Medical Marijuana Assessment and Assisted Therapy

Degrees & Certifications

B.S. Exercise Physiology, Counseling Psychology Master Candidate

Available Days

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Jaclyn Conrad, B.A.

Outpatient Associate Therapist

Currently accepting new clients

Hello! My name is Jaclyn Conrad. I am an Outpatient Associate Therapist with an incredible passion for the mental health community. I have put forth my efforts with dedicated years in the helping profession. Growing my ability to work with diverse adult populations in both individual and group settings, I have worked with various mental health conditions and substance use disorders.

I specialize in anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma, stress, and addiction. As an expert in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP),  a therapeutic approach that combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and humanistic therapies, I aim to promote client growth and change. I believe we can all live our best lives when given the correct guidance and opportunity. This opens doors in all aspects of the human experience.

If you believe you are ready to take your life to the next level of happiness, we will face these challenges together.

Call today to schedule an appointment.

Specialty

Neurolinguistic programming (NLP), Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Stress management, Grief & Trauma

Degrees & Certifications

B.A. Psych, M.S.Clinical Mental Health Counseling 2020

Available Days

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Randy Potter

Outpatient Associate Therapist

Currently accepting new clients

Randy is a 2013 graduate of Allegheny College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Studio Art, and he has 7 years of experience in team management and building, coaching, and art education in addition to extensive community involvement. Randy cultivated his love for helping and empowering others toward well-being through his work in developing and teaching youth art programs at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Well-rounded experience has proven an asset that enables Randy to excel in fostering collaborative and trusting relationships in which personal growth and well-being can be positively promoted.

Randy’s therapeutic approach is client-centered and based on a humanistic, existential ideology that addresses clients as complete human beings encompassed by a totality of mind, body, and soul. He is passionate about the integral role mental health plays in individual human experience and he aims to help clients find congruence and reach their potential toward self-actualization. By incorporating this ideology with an artistically creative background and evidence-based practices Randy is able to intervene with clients in a highly individualized manner so that he can help with a wide spectrum of concerns including anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, and general well-being. 

To schedule an appointment with Mr. Potter please call (833)-274-4325

Specialty

Depression, Anxiety, Stress management, Family and Couples Counseling, Art Therapy

Degrees & Certifications

B.A. Psych/ Studio Art, M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling 2021

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Tori Romberger

M.A.,LPC, CCTP

Currently accepting new clients

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, ADHD, and addiction;
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!

Specialty

Mental Health, Trauma & Addiction Therapist

Degrees & Certifications

M.A., LPC, CCTP

Experience

Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma and PTSD, Bipolar disorders, ADHD, stress management

Available Days

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