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Updated on Jan 18, 2024

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Sarah Bryski-Hamrick, LPC

Pennsylvania, PC #010402; Florida, TPMC #4117

Seeing clients since 2013
About Sarah | She/her

Sarah is a therapist and community organizer living in eastern Pennsylvania. She is a liberation oriented therapist offering virtual therapy to millennials and Gen Zs in Pennsylvania. She understands that most of the issues younger generations face are a product of capitalism, and she works methodically to guide her patients towards a path to inner and outer liberation. Her patients heal from internalized ideas about success, value and productivity, normalizing rest, tenderness and self-compassion. With training in EMDR therapy, and certifications to treat both trauma and anxiety, she specializes in treating physical, relational and spiritual trauma. She loves treating workers, including other therapists and activists! As a leftist therapist, she offers something that therapy spaces have not always provided: a chance to de-shackle from the expectations of the status quo. Learn what it means to love yourself, to care for yourself during times of pain, and to be liberated. Schedule with Sarah now. Sarah also offers anti-exploitative career coaching to workers, and business coaching to therapists who are tired of being exploited under capitalism. These services are offered internationally. Sarah’s clients find value outside of their paycheck, as they form a healthier relationship with work. Sarah knows that work is meant to sustain life, not the other way around. Schedule a free call now. Sarah loves gardening, reading, rewatching good shows, meditating, journaling, hiking, sewing and movement.

Message to clients

When we think about traditional therapy, we think about treating the person, not the environment. Therapy and healthcare in general have a long history of putting blame on the patient, and not the systems they are having to navigate each day to survive. Therapy with me will be different. It will be restful. It will be nurturing in a way that you did not expect. We will not think of ways in which you can be a more productive worker, we will think of ways in which you can find joy and peace. We will work on healing traumas that you’ve experienced, focusing on externalizing blame and normalizing the time that healing takes. “I should be over this by now” will become “I am managing this better now.” Therapy with me is political. Our class, gender, race, ability and sexuality are politicized, so why shouldn’t our care be? Our work together will be through an anti-capitalist lens, shifting blame and discontent from the self to systems that cause you harm. You may be living with student loans, housing insecurity, family conflict, chronic illness or disability. Maybe you’ve been exposed to the violence of our criminal justice and healthcare systems. We will do our best to make your life not only livable, but pleasurable. We will collect tools that will help you manage the bad days, and strengthen your ability to be in the moment on good days. Get help from a leftist therapist today.

Education

Master in Music Therapy and Counseling | Drexel University, 2015

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Career counseling/coaching, Anxiety, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Body image, Career counseling/coaching, Chronic illness or pain, Depression, Existential questioning, Gender identity, Grief and/or loss, Highly sensitive people, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Life transitions, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Humorous, Holistic, Calming, Direct

Modalities

EMDR

Cost

$165

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Sarah is one of the most compassionate therapists that I know. I admire how professional she is while also showing up for clients in the ways they need. I've worked with Sarah professionally and I appreciate how much thought she puts into collaboration and how open she is to suggestion. I am always happy to send potential clients her way because I know they will be well taken care of.

—Johanna Dwinells, LPC
Peer review

Sarah is a compassionate therapist who is dedicated to helping others. She is insightful and respectful. Sarah gives her clients the space to express themselves and provides feedback and advice.

—Sherie Thompson, MSW
Peer review

Sarah is always willing and ready to learn from others. She’s an exceptional listener and respectful of all individuals and backgrounds.

—Diana Turner, ATR-BC
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Stephanie Payne Capecchi, LCSW

New Jersey, LCSW #44SC06017200; Wisconsin, LCSW #11049-123; Pennsylvania, LCSW #CW022781

Seeing clients since 2017
About Stephanie | She/her

Stephanie (she/her) is a mental health therapist offering therapy in Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She works with individuals 18 to 50 years old who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or borderline personality disorder. She has worked in a variety of settings, including a residential treatment facility for adolescents, community mental health, and private practice - this eclectic experience allows Stephanie to feel comfortable working with a variety of types of stressors and types of people.

Message to clients

Sometimes you feel so exhausted you can’t get anything done, and sometimes you’re so on edge you can’t even rest. You’ve already tried on your own to solve your problems: you’ve read the self-help books, follow the popular therapists on Instagram and TikTok, and know the “right” things to do. You know you’re insightful, but insight alone isn’t shifting things. You speak to yourself unkindly, which doesn’t help. You want to have fewer ups and downs, or maybe you’re wanting to change a relationship that your friends say is toxic. At this point, you’re ready to try something new. When we work together, I’ll approach things with compassion to help you shift your insight into action. I will guide you in shifting your relationship with yourself from one of harsh criticism to one based in flexibility and kindness. I often start with the basics: sleep, rest, grounding, nourishment - always with the intention to feel better, not to meet some external criteria or have an aesthetic influencer routine. I suggest things to experiment with, rather than giving canned or rigid advice. We may also work on having better relationships, being less mean to yourself, and getting off the emotional rollercoaster. When we work together, you’ll be in the driver’s seat, and I’ll be in the passenger seat, helping you navigate your way to feeling better.

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of Minnesota, 2018; Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies | University of Minnesota, 2010

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Borderline personality disorder, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Body image, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Stress, Self harm, Self esteem/self worth

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Direct, Humorous, Inquisitive, Laid back

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Mindfulness based, Strength-based therapy, Attachment based

Cost

$175

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Stephanie is empathetic, attentive, kind, and reliable, and takes the time to really get to know and understand clients and their needs/personal goals in therapy. She is insightful and able to balance the dialectic of validation and directness in a warm and therapeutic way. She has great clinical knowledge and experience and is continuously pursuing trainings and other opportunities to grow in her career and clinical learning.

—Kiersha Mauch, MSW, LICSW
Peer review

Stephanie is a person-centered clinician highly skilled in emotional regulation, mindfulness training and trauma recovery. She is a thoughtful and conscientious clinician who demonstrates ability to be patient and challenging when clinically appropriate. She is able to guide clients to make their own decisions and improve their sense of self-efficacy. Stephanie truly joins with her clients and believes in the power of a good, healthy therapeutic alliance.

—Erica Laub, MSW, LICSW, CCTP
Peer review

Stephanie would be an asset to any agency, clinically and administratively. Stephanie is diligent, professional, timely and comprehensive in all documentation and work she produces.

—Nicole Cowan, LPC
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Katheryn Brauckmann, LCSW

Pennsylvania, LCSW #020343

Seeing clients since 2010
About Katheryn | She/her

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." This quote by Rumi sums up Katheryn’s approach to therapy. Katheryn Brauckmann is a licensed clinical social worker and founder of Totum Counseling and Consulting Services LLC. She has 13 years of experience supporting individuals in identifying and communicating their needs. She is passionate about supporting clients to live whole lives full of happiness and emotional healthiness. Katheryn focuses on exploring the mind, body, and spirit to aid in creating a unified whole that each client is excited and proud to be. In 2007, Katheryn graduated from Eastern University with a Bachelor of Social Work. She then obtained a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. She is trained in conflict resolution and offers mediation to disputes such as separation/divorce/custody issues. She serves as a supervisor for those working towards licensure to consider personal biases, meet state requirements, and establish competence. Katheryn is trained to provide psychological evaluations for immigration and asylum seekers. Her experience encompasses a variety of counseling environments including the homeless population, refugee resettlement, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, outpatient community mental health, a hospice social worker and trauma counselor for victims. Katheryn is an expert in dealing with trauma and grief and establishing healthy relationships. She guides clients in understanding and expressing emotions, coping with loss, developing healthy boundaries, building communication skills and creating healthy, supportive relationships. She offers counseling to adults in Pennsylvania both virtually and in person utilizing various approaches and skill sets to tailor support to the needs of each client. Katheryn is a compassionate, humorous, and honest (no nonsense) therapist. She is passionate about helping others to live a complete and whole life. Her focus is on exploring the mind, body and spirit to aid in creating a unified whole that each client is excited and proud to be.

Message to clients

Therapy can be scary. We often think of it negatively. I hope to change that mindset. Therapy is a relationship and a conversation. I hold this space and time sacred for you. Its a safe space to process emotions, purge thoughts and gain new perspective, learn skills and be supported. I listen and we come up with an action plan that you are comfortable and excited to work on. Being a healthy functioning adult is about knowing who you are and what you need! And then being able to communicate that to others. I specialize in trauma, grief, and healthy relationships. To be healthy we first must care for ourselves. That is my goal for you and I am excited to be a part of your journey.

Education

Master of Social Work | University of Pittsburgh, 2010

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Grief and/or loss, Trauma, Self esteem/self worth

Additional areas of focus

Abuse, Anxiety, Dating, Depression, Divorce counseling, Grief and/or loss, Life transitions, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault, Stress, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Conversational, Empowering, Holistic, Passionate, Affirming

Modalities

Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Enneagram, Internal family systems (IFS), Narrative, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$125

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Katheryn provides a safe and genuine therapeutic space to process the impact of life. She is kind, compassionate, and empathetic.

—Ashley Thompson, LCSW
Peer review

Katheryn will listen with care and compassion, but will also push you to reach your goals. She roots for her clients every step. She will not beat around the bush, and will make sure you are taking the steps that are best for you in your life!

—Jessica DiIenno, LCSW
Peer review

Katy is a talented clinician who provides excellent treatment to her patients. She has a strong foundation and has several areas that she specializes in. She is always reading, attending trainings, staying on top of literature and challenging herself to continue to expand her skills/knowledge. She is loyal, hardworking, and compassionate.

—Melissa Kurtz, LCSW
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Samantha Nusom, LCSW

New Jersey, LCSW #44SC05899700; Pennsylvania, LCSW #CW024227

Seeing clients since 2016
About Samantha | She/her

Samantha is a psychotherapist who enjoys helping single female healthcare professionals in their 30s-50s, who stayed too long and gave too much in their past relationships, stop the cycle and build healthy relationship habits. Additionally, Samantha also provides trauma therapy for adults who want to move forward from past pains. The authentic connection Samantha brings, as well as years of providing therapy in various different settings is what has helped Samantha to motivate clients and empower them to overcome life's challenges. She hears and sees you, and she aims to get you to a place of accepting every part of yourself.

Message to clients

If you are a single healthcare female professional who wants to break past relationship cycles and build new habits, let's work together! The work that we will do together will help bring the enlightenment and changes you need. If you are an adult wanting to over past traumas, I aim to help you move forward so you can live the life you desire. You deserve that!

Education

Master of Social Work | Rutgers University, 2017

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture, Central and/or South American culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth, Stress, Abuse

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Empowering, Laid back, Calming, Direct

Modalities

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Trauma-focused

Cost

$200

/

Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Samantha is a prime example of who a therapist should be. She genuinely cares about her clients and wants the best for them. With her kind personality and extensive knowledge, she makes a fantastic clinician.

—James Castorina, LPC
Peer review

Sam is passionate about helping others. She strives to offer each client personalized care. Sam is kind and easy to talk to.

—Alicia Carpenter, LPC
Peer review

Samantha is kind, patient and empathetic. She always actively listens and provides constructive feedback. I would send any one of my family members to Samantha and feel fully confident that she will give them the care they deserve. She is truly an incredible person!

—Kerry Echavarria, APN
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Charity O'Reilly, LPC

Pennsylvania, LPC #PC005729

Seeing clients since 2003
About Charity | She/her

Charity is a trauma therapist who practices holistic trauma healing on Lenape land along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. A cat mom, chicken mom, avid tea drinker and gardener of native plants, she loves guiding people on their journey to healing trauma through EMDR intensives and solo healing retreats that blend trauma processing, parts work, and body based interventions. Her passion is helping people heal childhood trauma, sexual trauma, and grief. Charity has an online course, Tea With a Trauma Therapist, designed to teach people about healing from trauma, and her first book is being published in May 2023 in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Charity is an EMDRIA certified EMDR therapist, and she is certified in IFS Informed EMDR and Trauma Processing Yoga.

Message to clients

Intensive trauma therapy offers a holistic and efficient way for you to find healing from your history of trauma. Using EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and somatic approaches, we will set aside 3 to 5 days to hold space for your story of trauma and to create a new story for your future. By reprocessing distressing memories through bilateral stimulation, EMDR helps to integrate traumatic experiences and promote healing at a deep level. Instead of needing to open and close your story each week like in traditional therapy, I will hold space gently and safely over an extended period of time with your trauma and all the parts of you that have held it. During the intensive retreat, you will stay in a beautiful retreat cottage along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. In addition to trauma therapy, you will be offered opportunities to participate in trauma-sensitive yoga, movement therapy, ecotherapy, massage therapy, aromatherapy, sound therapy, art therapy, and more. You will work with Charity to determine your specific agenda based on your preferences and needs for your retreat. At your EMDR Intensive Therapy Retreat, you’ll embark on a holistic healing journey and be guided with compassion every step of the way. Each retreat is carefully designed to create a safe and supportive environment for transformation.

Education

Masters of Counseling, Cairn University, 2006

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Wiccan/Paganism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular), Mormonism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Abuse, Trauma, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault

Additional areas of focus

Self esteem/self worth, Spirituality, Stress, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Mindfulness and/or meditation, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Medical trauma, Infertility, Grief and/or loss, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.)

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Inquisitive, Passionate, Laid back

Modalities

EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Somatic therapy, Trauma-focused, Enneagram

Cost

$200

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Intensive therapy is not covered by insurance, but a Superbill can be provided upon request.
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Charity creates a space that is safe, comfortable, and accepting. Charity strives for clients to find their empowerment through their healing journey. If you are looking to have someone that you can easily connect to and who will support you with absolutely no judgement, Charity is your therapist.

—Dr. Tiff Lanza, LCSW, M.Ed.
Peer review

Anyone interested in exploring their past trauma in a safe and supportive atmosphere should consider working with Charity. She is an amazing clinician with a wealth of knowledge and clinical experience. She is an excellent example of a therapist who brings warmth and empathy to her approach, and could be a great fit for those looking to do intensive trauma healing with holistic elements.

—Chelsea Petrosky LCSW, EMDRIA Certified Therapist
Peer review

Charity is a wonderful choice as a therapist because of her calm, gentle and compassionate nature. Her passion to always learn and grow makes her a truly skilled and knowledgeable therapist. She uses that knowledge and her nature skill to provide her clients with the tools, information, space and support needed to go through the healing process. Charity truly believes in her clients' resilience and determination to live a better life. She will always hold positivity and hope that every client will achieve a life better than they had previously.

—Katie Palombo, LPC
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Fee
Year Started practice
Specialties
Sarah Bryski-Hamrick

$165

2013

Career counseling/coaching, Anxiety, Trauma

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Stephanie Payne Capecchi

$175

2017

Anxiety, Borderline personality disorder, Trauma

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Katheryn Brauckmann

$125

2010

Grief and/or loss, Trauma, Self esteem/self worth

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Samantha Nusom

$200

2016

Anxiety, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Trauma

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Charity O'Reilly

$200

2003

Abuse, Trauma, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault

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Frequently asked questions about therapy

What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

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Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

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We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

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