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. 

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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 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 Wregget

Professional Counselor

Courtney is a graduate of Penn State University and Duquesne University. Her approach to counseling is holistic and believes that in order to feel mentally healthy all aspects of mind body and spirit must be addressed. She specializes in working with children and adolescents and has received most of her training in a school setting. She is passionate about helping people realize their true potential and guiding her clients to define and achieve their own personal definition of success. In her spare time you can find Courtney teaching and/or taking hip hop dance classes, practicing reiki with friends or taking a long walk while listening to a podcast. 

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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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Madyson earned her graduate degree in counseling from The University of Alabama. Through her own personal journey and experience in mental health treatment, she had 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 unequivocal reciprocal trust. Her treatment approach is family oriented, educational, and geared towards helping individuals uncover and use their strengths in the most effective way possible. 

Madyson’s favorite forms of self care include regular exercise, Zoom Escape Rooms with  family, camping, playing board games with friends, and spending time with her dogs Sydney and Amelia, and her bunny Lord Archibald. Additionally , she has also picked up new hobbies such as building LEGOs and cooking different types of cuisine.

Kelsey Chizmar

Professional Counselor

Kelsey obtained her undergraduate degree from Southern New Hampshire University and  earned her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining TCI, she had gained a wealth of experience working as a counselor at both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Her treatment approach is rooted in providing an eclectic style that can fit a wide variety of individual needs, while maintaining a consistent and supportive platform for individual growth.  

Kelsey loves being a mom to her daughter and rescue cats! She enjoys journaling, crossfit, watching The Office, and painting. She prioritizes family time and virtual connectedness with her extended family.

Josie Albrecht

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!

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Amanda Pegher

Professional Counselor

Amanda is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and Duquesne University. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. Her counseling experience was gained through in-patient, outpatient, and school settings. Amanda’s therapeutic approach is person-centered, educational, and geared toward self-efficacy. She is passionate about being a change agent and helping clients overcome obstacles and barriers while revealing their own personal strengths.


In her personal time she enjoys working out, listening to music, exploring new music, and spending time with family and friends.

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Angela Stutzman &

Jessica Schad


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

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.

Madyson Scheller

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


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.