CCS Registration Department will assist you in choosing a Therapist that will best fit your needs.
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”
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).
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
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.
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., L.P.C., Lead Therapist (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.
Evet Wilson, M.Ed. (Somerset Office)
I graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from Indiana University or Pennsylvania (IUP) where I also completed my Master’s of Education in School Counseling PreK-12th grade. I am a certified school counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. During my educational journey I was fortunate to work in an early childhood educational center working with infants through pre-school aged children. There, I was blessed to gain experience in working with children who had both developmental and behavioral health diagnoses. I worked hands-on with therapeutic support specialists, early intervention specialists, and occupational and physical therapists. Additionally, I have worked with children that struggle with communication and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
During my Master’s training, I was privileged to work as an Academic Assistance Counselor for the College of Health and Human Services at IUP. In this position I was able to utilize career-based counseling techniques, assessments, and screen clients for co-occurring disorders that were hindering their academic potential. Upon graduation I became a therapist at an outpatient provider in Washington, PA. I provided outpatient services to adults, adolescents, and children and was able to work with a population of people in the mental health, substance abuse, and family-based service programs. Shorty after getting married, returning to Somerset County was a priority. I obtained employment at an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation center providing inpatient counseling services for nearly two years.
I practice from a variety of psychoeducational theories including Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and a Person-Centered approach. I have been working with children since 2011, and I have been employed in the counseling field since 2015. I aspire to become certified in treating individuals that struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as becoming more familiar with personality disorders, anxiety, and depression. My heart’s desire is working with children and adolescents. I look forward to working in both the outpatient clinic and the school-based settings. Helping people reach their fullest-potential and realize their wildest dreams is my deepest passion!
Kelly Michlena, M.S., BSL (Somerset Office)
I received my Bachelor’s Degree of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2004 from the Pennsylvania State University and began working in the mental health field with children. I have worked as a T.S.S (Therapeutic Staff Support) and Mental Health Worker for a Partial Hospitalization Program. After obtaining my Master’s Degree in Counseling Studies and a Professional Counseling Certificate in 2011 from Capella University, I became a BSC/MT (Behavior Specialist Consultant/Mobile Therapist) within a mental health agency, an “in house” Behavioral Specialist within one school district and a Mental Health Professional within a Partial Hospitalization Program. I also obtained the Behavior Specialist License within the State of Pennsylvania in 2019.
I focus on being an integrative therapist using a combination of different therapeutic tools and techniques to fit the needs of the individual client. My goal is to help each client become successful by being supportive, helpful and encouraging them to make the positive changes in their lives and build confidence in themselves. I look forward to working with all members of the Outpatient team and learning new therapeutic skills to grow as a therapist.
Paul Bonus, M.S. (Somerset Office)
I was born, raised and raised my family in Somerset County. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in Applied behavioral Analysis from Kaplan University and began working as a substance use disorder counselor for a local substance use disorder provider in 2017. I provided individual and group counseling and worked both in the inpatient area and the outpatient. I then obtained my Master of Science degree in Psychology from Purdue University Global and then was hired with DBHS/Cornerstone services in 2021.
I practice with a variety of theories and love to utilize the client centered theories that include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and others that may fit the consumer the best. Helping the people in this community is a passion of mine and I look forward to meeting you.