Counseling and Trauma Services

Our Staff

Pauline Amaismeier Carolyn Baird Linda Houston Sherry Brozinski Jocelyn Compliment

Pauline Amaismeier

Carolyn Baird

Linda Houston

Sherry Brozinski

Jocelyn Compliment

Pauline Amaismeier BSN, MS, LPC, NCC, RN-BC, DCC, CCTP

Pauline Amaismeier

My name is Pauline Amaismeier. Being a mental health care provider, I sometimes become frustrated when I see “initials” behind people’s names and have no idea what they mean. Let me explain my own.

I have worked as a psychiatric nurse with both adults and children who were inpatient in a hospital and outpatient for mental health problems. As a therapist I have worked mainly with adults but have also worked with a few adolescents and children with mental health diagnoses. I have also had a lot of experience in working with people who have experienced some kind of mental health trauma. It may have been caused by a man made or natural disaster, emotional, sexual or physical abuse, accidents, traumatic deaths and grief issues including suicide.

I use an eclectic approach in choosing the type of therapy to use for each client. I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), a proven method of working with trauma clients. This is just one, among other types of therapy that I may choose to use, as needed, to meet the needs of the client. Some of these other types of therapy include Cognitive Behavioral, Art (in face-to-face therapy sessions), Narrative and Person Centered Therapies.

I have been trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and have been a member of the local CISM team in my county. In addition I am an active volunteer for the American Red Cross, and have worked on both local and national disasters. The American Red Cross is not involved with my practice as a mental health counselor. I am only considered a Red Cross representative during my volunteer times. I included this because it expands my knowledge in working with people who have experienced mental health trauma.

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Carolyn Baird, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, CARN-AP, ICCDPD

Carolyn BairdI have been working with a variety of clients for over 13 years. I have experience with children, adults and elderly. I have worked inpatient in a hospital setting, partial programs, wrap around services and outpatient for a variety of mental health issues. I worked as a student supervisor where I was an advisor to current students at Waynesburg University. I am licensed through the State of Pennsylvania as a Licensed Professional Counselor and hold national certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors (www.nbcc.org). I am also a member of the American Counseling Association,  International Association of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDRIA), International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), as well Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). 

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and I received my Masters of Arts degree from Waynesburg University in Counseling Psychology.

I specialize in grief and loss, Trauma, victims of abuse, family conflict, loneliness, depression, anxiety, eating disorders.  I am experienced with EMDR, Grief counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Mindfulness and Gestalt Therapy.   My approach is a solution focused type of therapy.  I have experience with individuals, couples and groups. I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy which means I use a therapy that will be most beneficial to my client. You will be amazed at the natural healing power that comes when you share your story with someone who listens and helps you to live your best life. By simply changing your thoughts, you can change your life. Let's begin your new journey.

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Linda Houston

Linda HoustonI am Linda Houston. I have been working with a variety of clients for over 10 years. I have experience with children, adults and elderly. I have worked inpatient in a hospital, partial programs, wrap around services and outpatient for a variety of mental health issues. I worked as a student supervisor where I was an advisor to current students at Waynesburg University. I am licensed through the State of Pennsylvania as a Licensed Professional Counselor and hold national certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors (www.nbcc.org). I am also a member of the American Counseling Association.

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and I received my Masters of Arts degree from Waynesburg University in Counseling Psychology.

I specialize in working with ADHD, victims of abuse, family conflict, loneliness, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and grief. I am experienced with Cognitive Behavioral approaches as well as Mindfulness and Gestalt Therapy as well as other types of therapy. I have experience with individuals, couples and groups. I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy which means I use a therapy that will be most beneficial to my client. You will be amazed at the natural healing power that comes when you share your story with someone who listens and helps you life your best life for you. By simply changing your thoughts, you can change your life. Let's begin your new journey.

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Sherry A Brozinski, LCSW

Sherry A BrozinskiI have been a social worker in a variety of settings in the field of mental health for the past twenty-two years.
 
I graduated from St. Vincent College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. St. Vincent has been ranked in the first tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2016 edition of U.S. News and World Reports best Colleges Guidebook.  I continued my education by receiving my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Social Work.

During my training I was able to gain excellent knowledge through my work at Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Ligonier Valley Treatment Center, Mayview State Hospital – working on the Special Studies Unit as well as the Forensic Unit and at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

I began my career immediately out of graduate school as a dual diagnosis therapist, treating clients and families who were struggling with both mental health and alcohol/other drug issues. I was able to enjoy other varieties of work experiences during my nine years at Mercy Behavioral Health including the following:

As a mobile Crisis worker, on call day and night covering all of Allegheny County.

As a hospital Liaison between Mercy Behavioral Health and Jefferson, St. Francis as well as Mercy Hospitals.

I worked on the crisis phone line, helping walk in clients and doing assessments.

I provided school based therapy as well as office based treatment to children and adolescents and their families.

I  was a trainer at MBH on a variety of subjects including: Anxiety disorders,  Mood disorders, Alcohol and other drug issues, Stress management for clients and staff, Dual Diagnosis, Personality Disorders and Coping with Self Injury to name a few.   

I have always strongly believed that in order for a therapist to be able to work in a private practice, one should be well educated in a variety of areas in order to serve the clients appropriately. This belief has lead me to enjoy the past twelve years working in private practice settings. I have enjoyed working with children, adolescents, adults and geriatric clients. Facilitating marital, family and group therapy has also been rewarding.  

Currently I am working at Counseling and Trauma Services, specializing in trauma. I am trained in EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing which provides me with the opportunity to work with my clients on a more intense level helping them cope with both past and current traumatic experiences.

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Jocelyn Compliment, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

Jocelyn ComplimentHello! My name is Jocelyn (Jozi) Compliment.  I am a registered and board certified art therapist professionally licensed to provide counseling services in the state of Pennsylvania. 

I graduated with a dual master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.   As an art therapist, I understand emotions and experiences can be hard and frightening to express through words. Art therapy can provide a safe outlet to release those feelings while helping you gain insight. My role is to help guide you through your own creativity to understand yourself. No artistic talent or background is necessary.

Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to work with diverse clients, including couples learning to work more effectively together, adults living with mood and psychotic disorders, adults and children who have survived traumatic experiences, people living with depression and anxiety, personality disorders, and those who engage in self-injurious behaviors, to name a few.  I have had the opportunity to provide county wide telephone crisis services to those in need as well as working with individuals in a residential setting to help them solve in-the-moment crises.

I have the tools to help you grow.  I will work with you using a collaborative approach.  Upon our meeting, I will work with you to help identify the best method that will make you comfortable throughout the therapy process.   I have an interactive style that is always compassionate and sometimes slightly challenging; giving you the support you need and the motivation to help you move in the direction of health, healing, and growth.  In addition to using creative and expressive therapies, I can also work with you on skill building to help cope with life stressors using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) or to help you work through and process traumatic experiences using narrative therapies.  I believe we heal when our bodies, minds, and souls are able to work in harmony together.  With a holistic approach, I can help you re-integrate these elements to help you feel grounded and whole again.

I trust all humans are naturally resilient, meaning they can bounce back from tough experiences.  However, sometimes support from a neutral person can empower you to navigate life’s transitions and adjustments.  You have the answers to your concerns inside of you, and sometimes just need a bit of help uncovering them. Thank you in advance for allowing me the opportunity to walk with you on your journey.

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