Thank you for taking a moment to learn more about Glade Run Pittsburgh. Our teams of teachers, therapists, and staff members create partnerships with families and provide unique learning opportunities tailored to individual needs.

We take pride in serving children, families and adults in Pittsburgh and in continuing the work began by William Passavant in 1854.



Alexandra Salcido LSW, HSV
Director of Family Support & Clinical Services- Allegheny County

Program Offering

Counseling gives families the tools and skills to manage the challenges of life.

Glade Run Pittsburgh offers professional and compassionate serves for children, youth, and adults.

Master’s level therapists use a variety of methods that may include individual, couple, family or group therapy.

On-site psychiatric services are also available for both evaluation and medicine management purposes.

Types of Therapy include individual therapy, psychiatric services and medication management, family therapy, and group therapy.

We are happy to answer any questions, and there is never an obligation to inquire about an intake appointment.

To begin, please call:
Sara Kowalok, Outpatient Admissions Coordinator
(724) 452-4453, ext. 1084.

Program Supervisor:
Heather Kaminski
724.452.4453, ext. 1895

Wraparound (BHRS) is a form of short-term therapy for children and adolescents that involves family participation. Treatment is specific to your child and family’s needs.

Services occur in the home, community, and school; the location depends on where a child is experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Therapeutic interventions address inattention, defiance, depressed mood, anxiety, social difficulties, and symptoms of autism.

Wraparound is best for:

Families managing their child’s significant behavioral or emotional difficulties
Children and adolescents whose behaviors disrupt their daily lives
Caregivers with an interest in learning new strategies to help their child.

To begin, please call:
James Strowder, BHRS Referral Coordinator
(412) 661-1827, ext. 114

We understand how the struggle with emotional challenges can significantly impact a child’s educational achievement.

We promote a community of care through an integrated and early intervention approach to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of children and their families.

Our reputation is built on providing a balanced approach to in-school behavioral health services and by reducing learning barriers through partnership with schools.


  • A therapeutic classroom model designed to support the culture of the school and support the needs of a wide variety of diagnostic groups
  • Assist by providing crisis services related to the assessment and treatment of at-risk behaviors
  • Promote closer connections to families by providing family therapy, informational talks, and parent support meetings

Program Supervision:
Amy Snyder, MED
Program Manager of School Based Services
(412) 661.1827, ext. 113

Hours and Details

The Pittsburgh Glade Run office is opened Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Night and weekend hours are available by appointment.

Most major insurance and medical assistance is accepted, however, certification varies by therapist; please call to confirm your eligibility if you have a preferred therapist.

There is a parking lot with limited parking immediately adjacent to the building and non-metered street parking is available on the surrounding streets.

Bus Routes: 71A Negley, 71C Point Breeze, 82 Lincoln, 86 Liberty, and P1.


Pittsburgh office location street view

Glade Run Lutheran Services
Pittsburgh Office
5648 Friendship Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 661.1827, Phone
(412) 661.1867, Fax


Meet the Pittsburgh Therapists


Stephanie Dalness, MS, LPC

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Stephanie Dalness is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Chatham University. Throughout her studies and professional development, Stephanie has concentrated on children, adolescents, families and women’s issues. Her therapeutic approach is person-centered, strength-based and experiential with an emphasis on whole person wellness. Her focus is to enrich interpersonal relationships, nurture sustainable change and improve the mind-body connection.

License & Qualifications

Qualifications: A practicing therapist since 2012
School: Chatham University
Year Graduated: 2012
Pennsylvania License #: PC008338
Specialties: Interpersonal Communication, Anxiety, Self Esteem, Mind/Body Connection, Behavioral Concerns
Issues: Women Issues, Interpersonal Issues, Family Issues, Behavioral Issues
Client Focus: Children (5+), Adolescents, Adults, Families, Women, Parents

Insurance: Highmark BC/BS, UPMC, CCBHO, Value, and Sliding Scale

Kristin Verikas - Counselor

Kristin Verikas, MS, NCC, LPC

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“The difference between a stepping stone and a stumbling block is how you deal with it.” -Unknown Kristin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has been working in the mental health field for several years after leaving a career as a musician. She completed a graduate degree in Counseling at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 2013, and since graduation she has been working primarily as an addictions counselor. As a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Kristin is trained to work with a variety of mental health concerns. Her areas of concentration include depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions (i.e. job concerns, coping with medical concerns), relationship challenges, and addiction; she also works with clients on concerns related to grief and loss of all types as she is Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement. Kristin sees adolescents, adults, and couples. In sessions, Kristin primarily uses a person-centered approach to counseling, as well as concepts from cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy. Her ultimate goal in sessions is to help you learn to use your strengths as a person to achieve your goals in life.

Licenses & Qualifications

Qualifications: Three years as a master’s level therapist at a drug treatment facility School: University of Wisconsin – Whitewater Year Graduated: 2013 Pennsylvania License #: PC008706 National Certified Counselor (#322087) Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement (CT# 15040)

Rachel Witkowski, LPC, PCIT, CRED

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Hi my name is Rachel Witkowski. I am a professional counselor, licensed by the state of Pennsylvania (LPC) as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Waynesburg University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Penn State University. I have been trained in traditional CBT (cognitive­ behavioral therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma­informed CBT, and PCIT (parent ­child interactive therapy).

I currently counsel adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. My areas of interest include adjustment issues, anxiety disorders, divorce recovery, grief counseling, life transitions, mood disorders, relationship problems, self-­esteem issues, and parenting challenges. My counseling style is genuine, direct, and engaging. I partner with clients to increase self­awareness, identify and release restrictive patterns, foster empowerment and encourage positive change. I am experienced with diverse cultures and populations in a wide variety of life situations.

My personal philosophy of counseling is client ­centered, based on respect for the individual and belief in each person’s intrinsic value. I believe in the potential of the human spirit to rise above painful life situations. I feel that it is my responsibility as a counselor to assess what the clients’ problems are, to offer hope and support, and to empower them to make the necessary changes in their lives so they can reach their goals and realize their full potential. My approach to counseling is also integrative, focusing on the relationship between thinking, feeling, and acting. On a daily basis, I help clients think about their beliefs, experience their struggles on a feeling level, and learn to behave in new

License & Qualifications

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Stephen Hodzic

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I have had experience in a wide variety of psychiatric settings; from acute level care in emergency rooms to intensive therapy groups to traditional outpatient services. My focus is on helping clients. I have had experience in a wide variety of psychiatric settings; from acute level care in emergency rooms to intensive therapy groups to traditional outpatient services. My focus is on helping clients achieve their goals, and overcoming the barriers that are preventing this achievement is the focus of therapy. This style of care enables me to work with individuals from all backgrounds, and to work on concerns that are unique to each individual. I strongly endorse a holistic approach that includes healthy habits such as regular exercise, healthy eating, and appropriate sleep hygiene. achieve their goals, and overcoming the barriers that are preventing this achievement is the focus of therapy. This style of care enables me to work with individuals from all backgrounds, and to work on concerns that are unique to each individual. I strongly endorse a holistic approach that includes healthy habits such as regular exercise, healthy eating, and appropriate sleep hygiene.


Education: M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University.
Therapeutic modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, and Reality (Choice) Therapy.
Years in the mental health field: 5+

Fetima Mahaffey, MS, LPC, BSL

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Fetima’s person-centered style includes a good-listening, and judgement-free approach. Life comes with many stress fueled experiences that can be overwhelming at times. She is an accredited Licensed Professional Counselor and Behavior Health Specialist who has both professional and community-based experience working with adults and adolescents. Fetima’s primary counseling experience stems from working with adolescent behavior and developmental health, as well as adults struggling with addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, and various chronic mental health disorders. She earned a Master’s degree from Carlow University.

Fetima’s believes that people reload one has to download. Allow me to assist you in processing your thoughts.

License & Qualifications

Years in Practice: 13 years in the Mental Health field
Education: Carlow University: M.S. Professional Counseling;B.A. Psychology
PA License No: PC007501 & BH001423
Insurance privileges: Highmark; Keystone Health Plan West; Premier Blue Shield

Lauren Pulinka, LSW

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Therapy is about a partnership between the therapist and the client. The therapist functions as the expert on interventions and psychoeducation while the client is an expert on themselves. It is only through this partnership that therapy works. Being trained as a social worker means an emphasis on social justice, advocating for the rights of all and impacting change. I specialize in working with transition age, young adults from the ages of 12-28 years old. These years are some of the most difficult years when you are struggling with the transition from childhood or dependence to being an adult and independent. I have experience working with a wide range of diagnoses including personality disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma and substance use disorders. I use a variety of interventions depending on the individual clients including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Cognitive-Processing, Trauma-focused, Seeking Safety, Family Therapy and Couples Therapy.

License & Qualifications

Years in Practice: 5 years
Education: MSW from University of Pittsburgh, Concentration in Direct Practice and Mental Health
BA from University of Delaware in Psychology and Interpersonal Communication
License Number: SW129963
Insurances accepted: CCBHO, VBH, Aetna and UPMC


Kelly Greer

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I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I majored in psychology, minored in criminology and graduated Magna Cum Laude. I then attended the University of Rochester where I earned my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have worked with children and families in the home, community and school setting.