Our Passion Is Your Journey

At The Counseling Initiative, our foundation is built on the belief that support should be comprehensive, flexible and compassionate. As a team of professional counselors, we have found that our experience coupled with education has provided us with a clear vision. Only through individual wellness can a family get well and in turn a community get well. Our goal is to walk beside our clients and ease their fears in whatever means best supports their goals.

TCI offers a combination of diverse services that are custom built for each individual. Creating a comprehensive treatment approach is a shared experience between counselor and client. Together growth and wellness are within reach. The journey of change can create fear and worry but when you are paired with the right counselor it can make change feel welcoming and supported. The Counseling Initiative is excited and motivated to be that welcoming support! 

What makes TCI different?

We believe in promoting the highest level of personal growth. By providing services that go beyond the traditional setting, TCI is a full-service practice. What does this mean? It means that your TCI counselor is not only dedicated to your mental health, but is also experienced in handling things such as: coordination with other treatment providers (i.e psychiatrists, medication-assisted-treatment centers, primary care doctors and or general practitioners). It also means that you will be able to spend your time focusing on you – and not the paperwork.    Our goal is to make the process as simple and encouraging as possible all while providing the utmost level of respect and compassion. 

Never been to counseling before?

What do I do now...

Have you never been to counseling before? Are you not sure about what happens when you see a counselor? Yet, you feel stuck and need a change? Identifying the need to make a change is the first step, reaching out for support is the next. 

If you're not sure what you need but you think you may need something, don't just wait and hope things will change. Make an active decision to reach out and see what's available to you. Time is a precious thing and feeling stuck is no way to spend your time. Change can be overwhelming and not knowing what to expect makes that even more difficult. The Counseling Initiative makes every attempt to ease those concerns even before the first appointment. Call today and speak directly with Angela or Jessica.  

Have you had a counselor before but you're looking for something different?

We can help!

Counseling is a very personal and intimate experience. Feeling comfortable and safe are two core components. It's important to feel connected, understood and supported during your journey. 

What makes TCI different is the unique collaborative approach to working with each individual. It is through listening, compassion and teamwork that goals are achieved. Counseling is meant to be a shared experience because the individual is the master of their own life. The counselor is designed to be a support and guide along the road to change. The Counseling Initiative takes pride in meeting each individual with a fresh perspective that radiates authentic connected understanding. 

Contact us for more information by filling out the contact information on our home page or emailing your desiered counselor directly.


Let us Introduce Oursevles

Emily Daub

Licensed Professional Counselor

Emily obtained her Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University in 2017, specializing in work with children and families, but has been practicing in mental health for the past 6 years. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient facilities working with children, adolescents, and adults, and highly values the relationship between counselor and client. She works with an approach that combines both reality and person-focused therapies, and sees overall wellness as multi-faceted. She believes that every client has different needs and experiences, and tailors her treatment to reflect this.

Kim McCarty

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a graduate of Waynesburg University, I have been working in the field of mental health and substance abuse for 7 years. I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with a wide range of clients. Through my experience I have found that my approach and focus when it comes to counseling is very client centered and to treat individuals from a holistic stand point. We are working on taking care of your mind, body and soul. My goal is to ensure that those who come to me for counseling leave with a greater sense of balance, stress reduction, and life skills to allow them to live a more fulfilling life.

Madyson Scheller

Professional Counselor

I am a graduate of Duquesne University and The University of Alabama. I have been working in the field of mental health and substance abuse for over 5 years. Through my own personal journey and experience in the mental health field, I have found a true passion for helping clients uncover their strength and resiliency. I have found that my strongest therapeutic relationships are developed through openness, honesty, and unequivocal reciprocal trust. My therapeutic approach is family oriented, educational, and geared towards building individual self-efficiency along the way.

Jessica Schad

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a graduate of Waynesburg University who has been practicing in mental health and substance use for over 10 years. My approach is generally interactive, directive, and educational, and is geared to give you practical skills to live a balanced life.  I believe that providing comprehensive and attentive care is key to wellness and success. A healthy mind is something we all want. TCI works hard to provide a personalized, creative and empathetic approach on that journey.

Amanda Zucchero

Professional Counselor

I am a graduate of Slippery Rock University and Duquesne University. I have been working in the field of mental health for three years. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and families. I have experience in inpatient, outpatient, and school settings. My therapeutic approach is person-centered, educational, and geared toward self-efficacy. I am passionate about being a change agent and helping clients overcome obstacles and barriers while revealing their own personal strengths.

Angela Stutzman

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a graduate of Waynesburg University and I've been working in the field of mental health and substance abuse services for over 10 years. Through self-exploration I found a home in the professional world of counseling. My client approach is grounded in a strong therapeutic alliance and is integrative and eclectic by design and through experience. I work closely with clients to create an environment of trust, acceptance, and honesty. I believe wellness is a holistic and inclusive state of being. Through balance, stress reduction, interpersonal relationships and self-efficacy the road to fulfillment is obtainable.

TCI counselors utilize a combination of professional education, self-development, professional experience, and continued exploration to best aid their clients. It is through their cohesive approach to counseling that they are able to provide a unique and connected individualized experience within the counseling relationship.

At TCI we are dedicated to treating all individuals with dignity and respect. TCI is passionate and motivated to eliminate stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse. It is through education and awareness that stigma and cultural perceptions change. TCI is committed to bringing those aspects directly to individuals, families and communities.


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