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. 

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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.  

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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 Wregget

Professional Counselor

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. 

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Josie earned her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Her approach to counseling is integrative,  trauma-informed, and framed from a person-centered perspective. Josie’s experience has been focused on working with survivors of trauma and violence. She believes in the power of a strong therapeutic alliance that encourages clients to lead a life of acceptance and growth. 

 

Josie loves to start and end her day with moving her body through yoga or dance. She feels her happiest with a cup of coffee and sunshine!

Kristen Lewis

Professional Counselor

Kristen obtained her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and then went on to pursue and complete her Master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been working in the mental health and rehabilitation fields for several years and has a variety of experience with young children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She believes in working together to build a therapeutic alliance based on openness and trust. Her therapeutic approach is holistic in nature with a focus on psycho-education and building self-efficacy.

 

Her favorite forms of self care include journaling, listening to music or podcasts, reading, and watching The Office!

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Josie Albrecht

Professional Counselor

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!

Erica Rodrigues

Erica obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Allegheny College and then went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Waynesburg University. She has a wide range of diverse experience from her past employment and looks forward to new challenges. During the therapy process, she empowers clients by helping them discover their personal strengths, build healthy support systems, and make necessary changes to live a balanced life. Working from an eclectic approach, Erica believes that counseling should be individualized and customized for each person to achieve the highest levels of success.

 

When Erica is not working, she enjoys hanging out with her golden retriever named "Bigler". Erica also enjoys spending time outdoors either fishing or hiking.

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Tiffanni Downey

Professional Counselor

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Angela Stutzman &

Jessica Schad

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Tiffanni obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and her Master's degree in counseling from Carlow University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in an inpatient, partial hospitalization, and private practice setting. She also has past experience working with the CYF, criminal justice, and court systems. Her therapeutic approach is person-centered, strength-based, holistic and educational. She is passionate about working with individuals to increase self-awareness, gain new perspectives, and identify their personal strengths.

In her free time, Tiffanni enjoys traveling, hiking, regular exercise, podcasts, and hanging out with her dog.

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.

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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Our Team | This group is dynamic, engaged, and excited about life! #TCIpittsburgh

Kim McCarty

Professional Counselor

Jess McDade

Professional Counselor | Tele-Provider

Jessica earned her  graduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has  been working in mental health and rehabilitation for over 5 years. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked in community residential rehabilitation sites, schools, as well as, inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. Her approach is person-centered, holistic, and educational at the core. Jessica is passionate about working with clients to help them discover their natural strengths in order to build their individuality. 

 

Jessica is an avid fan of Zumba and spending time out! She also has a passion for cooking and is always looking for new healthy recipes.

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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. 

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Lindsay Tosh

Professional Counselor | Tele-Provider

 

Lindsay Tosh obtained her undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University and her Master's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient treatment services. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of therapeutic settings. She is passionate about working with clients to help them find their true selves by examining their purpose and personal values. Working from an integrative approach based on both existential and narrative therapies, she believes counseling should take an individualized, holistic approach.

 

In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading mystery and suspense books, cuddling with her cats, listening to music, and watching old movies. She also enjoys staying active by doing yoga and home workouts.