Trained professionals or clinicians (i.e., licensed or masters-level) with diverse qualifications and backgrounds, including professional counseling, social work, mental health counseling, marriage, couple and family therapy, psychology, pastoral counseling and counseling psychology, conduct the Mount Ararat Counseling Center (MACC) counseling sessions. Some counseling services may be provided by qualified students enrolled in masters-level and doctoral degree programs under the supervision of a MACC licensed mental health professionals and faculty members or doctoral interns who are licensed mental health professionals.
Taunya Marie Tinsley, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, completed her requirements and graduated with her Ph.D. in December 2005 from Duquesne University's Executive Doctoral Program in Counselor Education and Supervision. She received her M.A. degree in Higher Education Administration and College Student Development in 1995 from the University of Iowa. Dr. Tinsley also holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Tinsley is a counselor educator and associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she is the program coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Sports Counseling. She is the past president of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association.
Erik L. Brown, Intern, is a native of St. Clairsville, Ohio and has resided in the Pittsburgh area since 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Kent State University. He went on to work as a family counselor for delinquent youth for two and a half years and has, since, decided to continue his studies for his Masters of Science in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) in order to master his craft. Erik will graduate from Cal U in May 2013.
Janelle Carter, M.S., is a current doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Duquesne University. Her research areas include multicultural counseling, racism, post-traumatic group and resiliency. Janelle has experience working with youth, adolescents and young adults.
James A Cox, LCSW, CAC earned two graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, a M.Ed. in counseling in 1984 and a M.S.W. as well as an Advanced Certificate in Industrial Social Work in 1990. He has provided direct practice as a social worker for more than 20 years in various medical and mental health settings. He has also served as the Director of the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center for more than 7 years.
In addition to his counseling responsibilities, Cox has served as a field instructor and part-time adjunct faculty member at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Social Work since 1992. Additionally, Cox served as Counselor/Coordinator of Minority Affairs and Associate Director of the Counseling Center at Dickinson College and a Mental Health Specialist at Duquesne University. Cox earned his LCSW in 2001 and has been a Certified Addictions Counselor in Pennsylvania since 1987. He worked in a group practice for health America and in private practice as well.
Mandy Garber, MD MPH MS, is a community psychiatrist working at the Primary Health Care Services, Inc (PCHS) in Homewood. Her position at PCHS also allows her to work at various shelters providing psychiatric services to homeless individuals. She was raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa and migrated to the US for university studies. Prior to becoming a board certified psychiatrist, she was a board certified Internist in New York City. She is especially interested in working with HIV-infected individuals, marginalized and impoverished populations.
Lenora Hobbs, M.Ed., N.C.C., is a professional counselor; and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Lenora received her M.A. degree in Guidance and Counseling from The Ohio State University. She also holds a B.A. in Child Development from California State University in Los Angeles. Lenora is also currently on staff with Christian Counseling Associates of Western Pennsylvania. Lenora enjoys working with adults and children of all ages.
Lora R. Hubbard, M.Ed., LPC, CRC, has worked in the field of counseling for over 35 years—both in the private and public sectors, including the Pittsburgh Public School District. Ms. Hubbard successfully owned and operated a disability management company that provided vocational rehabilitation counseling services to such local entities as the City of Pittsburgh, Port Authority Transit and Equitable Resources. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor through the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. Ms. Hubbard received her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh and holds certifications through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification and the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counselors. Lora’s main specialty counseling areas include: Individual, Rehabilitation, Pre-Marriage/Marriage, Temperament Therapy, Career/Vocational, Family/Relationship, and Personal Development. She is also equipped to include spiritual principles in the counseling process as requested.
Kathleen Hunt, M.Ed. received her degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh as well as her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is currently the Community Counseling Program Team Leader at Family Services of Western Pennsylvania where she supervises and evaluates community therapists as well as coordinates services provided by the therapists. Ms. Hunt’s previous experiences include working as an employee assistance program specialist and team leader, serving as the clinical director of a chemical dependency program, and working as a therapist with a MH/MR center.
Michelle Mitchell, Intern, is a native of Pittsburgh. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Slippery Rock University. She decided to continue with her studies for her Masters of Science in Education degree in Community Mental Health Counseling at Duquesne University, where she will be graduating from in May 2013. She is currently employed with Mercy Behavioral Health as a Service Coordinator. Michelle’s clinical interests include grief, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and working with the older adult population.
Andrew Aveleno Monteiro, Jr., M.S., is a native of Midland Pa. of Beaver County. Andrew has been an active part of his community as a pastoral counselor for the past 26 years. He completed his undergraduate studies in Human Services at Geneva College and received his Bachelors of Science. He went on to continue studies for his Masters of Education in Counseling at Duquesne University. He graduated from Duquesne University in May 2012. Andrew’s chosen discipline is marriage and family therapy, with an emphasis on couple’s counseling. He loves people and believes that people and their relationships with each other are our community’s greatest resource.
Curtis Ricardo Terry, B.S., is a lifelong Pittsburgher. Curtis received his Bachelor of Science degree from Geneva College in the discipline of Human Services. Curtis is currently seeking to pursue his Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has previous experiences as an Intervention Specialist at a Domestic Violence Program where he helped men develop skills to remain non-abusive. Additionally, Curtis served as a Life Skills Specialist at a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility. He is currently employed as an Employment/Education Specialist. Curtis enjoys working with people and believes the highest aspiration of the human heart is to help another individual.
Rachel Woodson Goode, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with her MSW in 2006. She also holds a B. A. from Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) in Psychology and Communication. She has previous clinical experience as an intake coordinator and counselor at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center, and has served as a therapist with the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. She also has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, with responsibilities as an instructor and field supervisor for MSW students. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Ms. Goode's clinical interests include grief, anxiety, depression, eating and weight concerns, and family and romantic relationships.
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