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 diverse team of professional counselors and allied staff, we have found that our personal experiences, coupled with formal 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 and unique services that are tailor built for each individual. Creating a comprehensive treatment approach is a shared experience between counselor and client and 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. We consider ourselves 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, legal obligations, the school systems and employers. It also means that you will be able to spend your time focusing on you – and not the paperwork, in addition to having a valuable teammate to help navigate you through whatever path your on. 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? 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 a counselor.
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 us directly! info@TCIpittsburgh.com
Let us Introduce Oursevles
Courtney obtained her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and went on to earn her graduate degree from Duquesne University. Her approach to counseling is person-centered and holistic in nature. She believes that in order to feel mentally healthy, all aspects of mind, body and spirit must be addressed. She is passionate about helping others define and achieve their own personal definition of success.
Courtney's favorite forms of self care include journaling, listening to podcasts and doing walking meditations outside. In her spare time, you can find Courtney taking hip hop dance classes or relaxing watching a funny movie.
Melanie obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Penn State University. She then went on to achieve her Masters degree in professional counseling from Carlow University. Melanie has a background in drug & alcohol, adolescent services, adult mental health, family dynamics, and generational trauma. She utilizes an eclectic style of approaches and theory to best individualize goals and personal growth. Melanie is highly creative and often times bring in additional components to her sessions such as music, art, and animals.
Melanie’s partner in crime is her little black cat Bellatrix who often enjoys Friday’s at the office. When Melanie is not working you can find her swimming laps in the pool, reading a good book, or exploring the city!
Michael Chiappialle Sr.
Madyson earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama and obtained her graduate degree from Duquesne University. Through her own personal journey and experience in mental health treatment, she has found a true passion for helping individuals uncover their own strength and resiliency. She believes that her strongest therapeutic relationships are developed through openness, honesty, and mutual trust. She has been working in the mental health field for several years and has a variety of experience with adults, couples, and families. Her treatment approach is family oriented, holistic and geared towards helping individuals not only uncover their strengths, but also to use them in the most effective way possible.
Madyson’s favorite forms of self care include regular exercise, dancing, playing board games with friends, building LEGOs, watching scary movies, and spending time with her dogs Sydney and Amelia, and her bunny Lord Archibald. Her favorite hobbies include outdoor activities including scuba diving, golfing, camping, and going on hikes!
Shiloh is a Pittsburgh transplant. She is originally from a very small town several hours from Pittsburgh. Shiloh attended IUP for her undergraduate degree. After graduation, she took a leap of faith and applied for grad school and attended Duquesne University. She fell in-love with city life and decided to make it a permanent change. Her counseling style is eclectic, collaborative, and person-centered.
In her free-time she is adventuring on trails with her dogs Beau and Bella, snuggling up at home with her cat Poppy, or attending concerts! Some of Shiloh’s favorite forms of self-care are spending time with friends and family, being outside, or just having peaceful day full of all her favorite activities!
Kim earned her graduate degree in counseling from Waynesburg University has been working in the field of mental health and substance abuse for several years. Over those years, she has gained valuable experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with a wide range of clients. Kim has also obtained her EMDR certification to provide this much needed treatment option to clients suffering from serious trauma. Her approach toward counseling is client centered with a focus on treating individuals from a holistic standpoint. Her primary focus is support her clients in gaining a greater sense of balance, stress reduction, and life skills to allow them to live a more fulfilling life.
When she’s not working, you can find her out on the hiking trails around Pittsburgh, roller skating or just having a relaxing evening with her family and favorite furry friend, Luna.
Director of Operations
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Tiffani just moved to Pittsburgh from Dallas, Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree, in Psychology, from Texas Woman’s University and her graduate degree in, Applied Psychology with acertification in Teaching Psychology, from Angelo State University. She is also a TBRI Practitioner which was earned through Texas Christian University. She has a vast array of experience with working with people with intellectual disabilities, adolescents in the juvenile justice system, and domestic violence victims. Not knowing the path she was going to take, she dabbled in both counseling and behavior services and found her passion in counseling. Tiffani utilizes a trauma informed approach and adapts various treatment modalities to meet the needs of her clients; emphasizing on the methods of positive psychology, wellness, and empowerment.
In her free time you can catch her at her house, enjoying time with her husband and her four fur babies. If she is not at her house, she is exploring her new city, trying new foods, road-tripping across the states,
and spending time with friends/family.
Angela and Jessica both received their graduate degrees from Waynesburg University with specialities in Clinical Mental Health and Substance Abuse. With over 10 years of experience, their approach is interactive, person-centered, trauma-informed, and educational. It is tailored in this direction to give clients and young counselors practical skills to achieve a whole life balance. Angela and Jessica share a strong belief that wellness is a holistic and inclusive state of being and that through organized adjustments, stress-management, and interpersonal relationships the road to fulfillment can be obtained. Through time and experience they have developed a deep passion for educating, training, and advocating for the next generation of counselors. Angela and Jessica dedicate their time to counselor development and professional fulfillment.
Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She is an active person who enjoys hiking, running, fishing, traveling, and going on adventures. Angela indulges in date-nights with her husband, concerts, and brain-stimulating content from books and documentaries.
Jessica dedicates her time outside of work to her daughter and husband. She spends time working and playing on her farm. She is rarely seen in-doors unless it's meal-time or sleeping. Jessica has horses, donkeys, and dogs that she showers with love and attentiveness.
Angela and Jessica have not only worked together but they have built physician-based rehabilitation programs, consultation assessments and implementation for outside fully operational programs and then ventured out on their own to developed TCI.
TCI was created on the belief that the wellness of individuals improves the wellness of the family unit, which in turn improves the community wellness. Through their education and lived experience they continue to adapt, change, and improve personal and professional development-education.
Michael Chiappialle was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University. Michael is a United States Army Veteran with combat service during Operation Enduring Freedom. He has worked with children and adolescents within a trauma-focused school-based outpatient team and as a family-based therapist. He additionally has a focused experience in parenting education including but not limited to; behavioral difficulties, ADHD, Trauma, and Anxiety. Michael utilizes CBT, ESFT, and Solution Focused as primary modalities paired with a humanistic-existential framework. He believes in the importance of a trusting, therapeutic alliance to help support clients during their process of finding meaning and moving towards growth. He thrives in being present through the individual experience of identifying and nurturing individual capabilities.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, watching his children's athletics, and being with friends and family. When he isn’t engaged in family activities he is spending time in nature and listening to podcasts.
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.
Our Team | This group is dynamic, engaged, and excited about life! #TCIpittsburgh
Morgan is a Pittsburgh native. She earned her undergraduate degree from Point Park University and obtained her graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Morgan has experience working with adolescents and adults in intensive outpatient programs and experience with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, and suicide prevention. Morgan is an electric therapist, pulling from several therapeutic modalities, and believes that therapy should be tailored to the individual and their unique needs to help build upon existing strengths.
Morgan’s favorite forms of self-care include reading, playing games, being outside, and spending time with her husband and dog Hawkeye.