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. Qualified students enrolled in masters- and doctoral-level degree programs may provide some counseling services 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, D.Min., Ph.D., NCC, LPC, graduated in December 2005 from Duquesne University with a Ph.D. 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 where she was also inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame in September 2014. In April 2013, Dr. Tinsley completed her requirements for the Certificate in Missional Theology from Biblical Seminary. More recently, Dr. Tinsley graduated with a Doctor of Ministry with a focus in Prophetic Congregational Development Using 21st Century Methods, Establishing Strong Leadership from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.
Dr. Tinsley has a wealth of experience providing appropriate personal and academic growth opportunities for those seeking to become professional master’s degree-level counselors as well as for those helping professionals seeking advanced or specialty areas of training and development in multicultural education and counseling, spiritual and Christian interventions, and sports counseling/athlete development. In addition to providing academic and administrative services, Dr. Tinsley is the Clinical Director of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Counseling Center. Additionally, Dr. Tinsley is the Owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program that includes a ministry division, Love and Basketball Ministries. Dr. Tinsley provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultative services.
Rayna Carter, M.S. ED, NCC, graduated in December 2016 from Duquesne University's Masters Program in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and Minor in Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Rayna is currently employed at Project STAR at the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh as a Behavioral Health Clinician, which entails working with families in the community, child welfare and legal system. She is currently working to obtain clinical hours for licensure as a professional counselor.
Melva Hartzog, M.Div, M.A., Doctoral Candidate, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary, and continued her studies to earn a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Melva is currently completing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. Her clinical interests include victims of intimate partner violence, self-esteem, grief, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Melva is an ordained clergy, a member of the American Counseling Association and American Association of Christian Counselors.
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 Master’s 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. Ms. Hubbard is currently enrolled in the pre-doctoral program at United Theological Seminary.
Amirah Hunt, MPC, is a native of Pittsburgh and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English from Kent State University. She decided to continue her education earning her Masters of Professional Counseling in School Counseling at Carlow University. Amirah currently works as for the Women and Girls Foundation as the Program Manager for the GirlGov Program, introducing and engaging high school girls in politics teaching the about civic, government, philanthropy, youth organizing, community involvement, women history and leadership. Amirah enjoys working with children, adolescents, youth and young adults helping to create positive relations in order to achieve success.
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.
Fetima T. Mahaffey, M.S., NCC, LPC, has experience in various counseling disciplines. More specifically, she has eight years of experience in Drug & Alcohol Counseling, corrections counseling, aftercare counseling/services, assessments, medication therapy, and crisis management. She has over ten years of combined experience in mental health counseling, partial hospitalization programs, and psycho-education and therapeutic groups. She has also counseled families and educators on how to utilize coping, intervention, and child rearing skills with children that have developmental impairments and behavioral health disorders. Fetima has experience in supervising, training, and mentoring counseling professionals. Her professional and community-based experience in the helping profession in lieu of (adult and adolescent) individual therapy, (adult & adolescent) group therapy, assessments, crisis intervention, triage, life skills training, and offering assistance in linking clients with supportive services. Fetima’s professional experience stems from employment in; hospitals, outpatient clinics/offices, corrections facilities, a research center, residential services, and church ministries. Her administrative, managerial, clinical, and therapeutic experience; combined with the interpersonal skills and willingness to learn shapes her into a competent counselor. Fetima is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision at Waynesburg University.
Fawn T. Robinson, Ph.D., NCC, is a Counselor Educator and Student Affairs Professional. Her clinical experience consists of working with a diverse population in the areas of career, clinical mental health, addictions, and academics. Her counseling and research interests include the historical trauma and racial oppression of African-Americans, career interventions, counseling services for vulnerable populations, culturally-responsive pedagogy, and professional identity development of counselors-in-training. She holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University, a M.A. from Slippery Rock University of PA, and a B.S.B.A. from Clarion University of PA.
Sarah Sault, B.S., CFLE, hails from Central Pennsylvania but resides in Greensburg. Sarah graduated from Kent State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She holds a certificate in Family Life Education with the National Council on Family Relations. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seton Hill. She has experience in crisis intervention and domestic violence through her undergraduate internship work at the Battered Women’s Shelter in Akron, Ohio. Sarah currently sees clients as an intern at Seton Hill’s Center for Family Therapy in Greensburg, Mount Ararat Counseling Center, and Transitions Counseling Services, LCC in Pittsburgh.
Curtis Ricardo Terry, B.S., M.A., is a lifelong Pittsburgher. Curtis received his Bachelor of Science degree from Geneva College in the discipline of Human Services. Curtis completed 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.
Paris van Simmons, B.S., is a second-year Master of Professional Counseling student at Carlow University, training to provide advanced clinical drug and alcohol counseling. He obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh where he partnered with researchers at the Learning Research and Development Center to study how policy and educational reform initiatives can improve instruction and student learning Instructor. He is passionate about educating and nurturing individuals with various needs. Paris empowers individuals to overcome personal obstacles to improve their relationships. Using clinically tested and evidenced-based interventions, Paris has worked with many individuals struggling with substance abuse and related issues with Allegheny County Department of Human Services by providing supplemental targeted case management services to recently released state and county inmates. Paris is a regular provider of services at Allegheny County Jail, where he presents on various substance abuse and mental health wellness topics, and has presented to Allegheny County professionals on how to address their clients’ emotional, personal, and substance abuse needs. Paris specializes in substance abuse counseling, and client-specific anxiety, depression and relationship issues. He enjoys connecting with his clients and facilitating personal growth. He sees therapy as a wellness endeavor and therefore beneficial to anyone. His theoretical approach is integrative, based on an existential-phenomenological orientation and informed by psychodynamic thought, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), interpersonal therapy (IT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).