CCS Registration Department will assist you in choosing a Therapist that will best fit your needs.
Mandy Leonard, L.P.C., N.C.C. (Provider Manager for Cornerstone Behavioral Health Services)
I have worked in the Social Service field since 1998. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania and a National Certified Counselor with NBCC. I have experience working with individuals and families through BHRS programs, School Based Counseling, and Outpatient Therapy settings. I have assisted individuals with learning coping skills to overcome depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and anger management issues. I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy with an emphasis on Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
My current role as the Clinical Director includes providing clinical supervision for the Outpatient Counseling Staff as well as monitoring program development to ensure that our staff provides person centered and evidence based services that encourage personal growth.
I believe that personal growth requires both strength and courage. Personal growth occurs when individuals use resources such as healthy coping skills, individual strengths, natural supports, and community supports. I look forward to teaming with individuals and their families to discover and use their resources. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin
Dr. Sandy Sota (Somerset Office)
I have worked in the Social Service Field since 1991. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Pennsylvania and a National Certified Counselor with NBCC. I received my graduate degree in Community Agency Counseling from California University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and my doctorate in Spiritual Counseling from the University of Panama in 2003.
I specialize in working with adults with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief and trauma. My therapeutic approach includes not only traditional methods such as cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Insight Building, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, but also alternative methods incorporating spirituality, nature, and pets. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). “LIFE IS A JOURNEY THAT SOMETIMES REQUIRES A GUIDE. I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING YOUR GUIDE.”
Judd Hultman, M.A., N.C.C., L.P.C. (Windber Office)
I have over fifteen years of experience in the field of mental health in various programs and levels of care, including outpatient counseling programs, partial hospitalization programs, school-based counseling, and BHRS. I completed both my Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies and Master’s Degree in Community Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Since 2009, I have been a part of the Cornerstone Community Services School-Based Counseling Program and the Windber Outpatient Clinic. I provide therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults with various concerns, including anxiety, depressive symptoms, anger, and difficulty coping with life stressors. I approach concerns with a Cognitive Behavioral approach to treatment. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Ms. Tara Kane, M.A., N.C.C., L.P.C. (Somerset Office)
I am a therapist providing clinical mental health services, group classes, and consultation through the Somerset outpatient office, school districts within the county, and the local criminal justice system. I am nationally certified as a competent practitioner through The National Board for Certified Counselors, and I hope to be licensed as a professional counselor within Pennsylvania very shortly. I obtained a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Vanderbilt University.
I have experience working with adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, young adults, and families of all ages through work in summer therapeutic camps, behavioral health, and mobile crisis services. I welcome people of all ages as an opportunity to grow as a professional in the field. I believe in meeting you where you are in life and assisting you in developing a richer and more fulfilling quality of life. I embrace an eclectic approach with an emphasis on wellness, self-care, and solution-focused, brief therapy.
Mark Ludwig, M.S.W. (Somerset Office)
I completed my undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Health and Physical Education. I worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support from 1998 until 2002. At that time, I completed my Master Degree from the University of West Virginia. I was subsequently hired by Cornerstone Community Services in 2002 and have had 14 years of Clinical Experience working with group therapy in an Adult Partial Hospitalization Program as well as a brief period of individual counseling in the Outpatient Services.
I specialize in working with adults who are experiencing anxiety and depression. I employ a Cognitive Behavioral Approach to therapy as I work with individuals to achieve their goals.
Pamela Rusch, M.A., N.C.C., L.P.C. (Somerset Office)
I am a clinical mental health counselor who is currently working at the Somerset office of DBHS. I was awarded my graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling from Waynesburg University. I am nationally certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors, and I have just completed the required supervised hours to obtain my licensure as a Licensed Practical Counselor. I consider my counseling style to be eclectic; however, I have found Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to be especially effective. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I believe that by changing your thoughts, you can change your actions. I also think that using humor in session can be a healthy way to feel more comfortable, and allow the healing to begin. Mental health recovery is a journey, not a destination. I have individual counseling experience working with most age groups, and I have also assisted with couples therapy and family therapy.
Elizabeth Brendlinger, M.A. (Somerset and Windber Office)
I have been with Cornerstone Community Services for over 6 years working in the Outpatient Counseling Clinic. I work with all age ranges and diagnoses as well as provide on-site counseling through the School Consultation Program. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development. I also hold a certification in School Counseling for grades K-12 and an Elementary Teaching Certificate for grades K-6. Additionally, I am working towards my licensure for therapy in Pennsylvania.
I have held a variety of positions such as Behavioral Specialist, Mobile Therapist, Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and an Elementary Teacher. I am SAP trained and have assisted on school SAP teams. Due to my background and clinical experience, I feel I have a vast knowledge of the DSM diagnoses and I am comfortable working with a variety of symptoms. I utilize a variety of therapies and techniques to help each individual work towards mental health wellness. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and help you in your journey.
Jill Slope, M.Ed. (Somerset Office)
I received my Bachelor of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling in 1998 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Education in Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2009. I completed additional coursework to prepare for licensure with focus on grief counseling and counseling issues of girls and women. Currently I am obtaining training in The Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 42, Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders to obtain certification in providing therapy services for individuals experiencing both mental health and substance abuse problems.
I have been working with children, teens and young adults in various professional capacities since 2006 facilitating programming in youth risk behavior prevention/ education as well as providing counseling for students in alternative school placement. I have served as a clinical and school based therapist for this agency since 2010. I provide therapy to individuals (youth and adult), couples, and families in the clinic setting, however I am primarily based in the school setting working with youth grades K-12 and their families.
I provide therapy services addressing various client needs, including anxiety, depressive symptoms, grief, and family/interpersonal relational difficulties. I have experience and training in working with individuals on the autism spectrum as well as survivors of physical and sexual abuse. I apply various approaches based on the needs of the individual I am working with, including Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapeutic interventions & DBT strategies, and play therapy methods . I believe in a comprehensive approach to treatment that includes close partnership with other providers, including Blended Case Management and Medication Management services as needed, to best serve the individuals with whom I work.
Emily Brick, M.S., L.P.C., N.C.C. (Somerset Office)
I received my Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2015 from California University of Pennsylvania where I also completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I am a nationally certified counselor and I am completing requirements to become a licensed counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.
While working on my degree, I participated in internship and practicum experiences at the Somerset Hospital Behavioral Health Unit and at the Somerset DBHS partial hospitalization program. I have also worked as a Mobile Therapist and Behavioral Specialist Consultant where I guided behavioral interventions as well as facilitated counseling in the home setting. Most recently, I worked as mental health counselor at the Bedford DBHS Long Term Structured Residence which is a residential treatment facility for adults with chronic and serious mental illness.
I have a wide range of experience with different populations and specialize in working with adults with chronic and severe mental health concerns such as, Schizophrenia, Bi Polar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, and Psychosis. I utilize several different approaches to counseling such as, Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, and Solution Focused, however, I enjoy incorporating music, humor, and other expressive therapies where they are helpful. I believe that counseling is more than techniques and theories, it is about building a therapeutic alliance that assists individuals in making changes in their lives.
Heather Foor, MS, CTRS (Clinical Director for Somerset & Windber OP)
I graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. I then obtained my Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University, IN while working with at-risk youth who were experiencing mental health difficulties. I have worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support, Mental Health counselor, sexual abuse counselor, Partial Hospitalization Program Director and as the Director of Activities in nursing homes.
My current role as the Clinical Director of the Outpatient Counseling Center is another opportunity for me to “help people get back to being themselves”.
Therapeutic Recreation is more than just playing games. Becoming certified as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) carries the responsibility of promoting health and wellness. It is about restoring and rehabilitating a person’s level of functioning through recreational and activity based interventions. As a CTRS, I help find purpose behind activities specific to each individual, enhancing their quality of life and independence.
I look forward to being part of the Outpatient Team, bringing my own skill set to share while learning from the other team members as well.
“We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing”