The Center for Trauma is a group of clinicians who are skilled in providing therapy for patients who have been impacted by trauma. It is our mission to provide the best services possible for these patients. We do this by supporting our clinicians who treat trauma through trauma-specific supervision, resources, and access to training on evidence-based treatment models.
We offer individual and family therapy to clients who have been impacted by traumatic events. We have a variety of clinicians trained in trauma informed approaches such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy and Play Therapy. We offer in person and virtual sessions.
Krista Elston LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in treating children, adolescents, and young adults who have experienced trauma. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Penn State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has over 14 years of experience in providing this treatment at the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital. Krista specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma including sexual and physical abuse, witnessing domestic or community violence, traumatic grief, and car accidents. Using evidence-based treatment, Krista is able to provide clients with a safe space to discuss their experiences and learn coping skills that will help them throughout their lives.
Jennifer specializes in working with patient with a history of trauma, and is a certified EMDR therapist through EMDRIA. She has training and background in utilizing CBT and DBT strategies to treat a wide spectrum of disorders. Some of these disorders include Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Personality Disorders, Substance Abuse Disorders and Adjustment Disorders. Jennifer obtained has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Studies from Messiah College, a Masters of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University, and is a Licensed Practicing Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.
Megan Cook is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist. She received her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy with a Specialization in Counseling from Seton Hill University. For the past five and a half years, she has treated clients of all ages who have experienced or witnessed violence, crime, and interpersonal trauma. Megan uses a number of modalities to support her clients through the therapy process. She is a certified Level 1 EMDR Therapist, and is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She utilizes Art Therapy to enhance communication to self and others, process trauma and grief, and move towards growth and wellness. Megan believes the therapeutic relationship is the catalyst for change and healing. She specializes in working with children and their parents to repair the relational wounds created by trauma.
Tori Novosel earned her Masters in Counseling from Duquesne University in 2021 with a focus in marriage, couple, and family counseling. She has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, families, and individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, and eating disorders. Tori is committed to forming strong, trusting relationships with clients, believing that the therapeutic alliance is at the heart of treatment. She uses a person-centered, humanistic approach in addition to evidence-based practices to foster client growth, help them accomplish their goals, and create meaning in their relationships and lives.