I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings, both in-patient and out-patient, over the course of more than 25 years.  I have had particular interest over the past 10 years in working with children and families experiencing grief and loss issues related to death, divorce, adoption, addiction and/or other significant trauma.  I also have considerable clinical experience working with couples dealing with intimacy issues, infertility, infidelity and those considering divorce. Additional areas of focus for me include: individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and life transitions; and survivors of childhood abuse.

I utilize a very dynamic, interactive, and relationship focused approach to therapy. I consider myself a holistic therapist working in a multi-disciplinary way with clients and focusing on the body, mind and spirit. This includes utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches including family systems, solution-focused; emotion-focused; trauma informed care; and crisis intervention.

I am a native of St. Louis, Mo. and moved to Pittsburgh in 1998 with my husband and two children. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University with a double major of Social Work and Spanish, and then earned my Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois.  I spent a semester studying in Spain and then two years working with the Latino community in Chicago, and I am fluent in Spanish.  I enjoy hosting international visitors, traveling abroad and being with family.  I am also a former yoga teacher who is presently studying Kundalini yoga and breath work hoping to bring what I learn into my practice to help clients heal more fully. Finally, I am also the Director of Social Services and Managing Director of International Family Services, Pennsylvania office, where I work with families who are pursuing domestic and international adoption.

I also have Advanced Reiki Training and I offer private 1/2 hour and 1 hour sessions for those interested in this type of healing work. Reiki, Aromatouch, and Energy Balancing sessions are available.  I am a Level III trained Reiki Practitioner, I have an Aromatouch therapy certificate, have been practicing energy work for several years and am in training for Eden Energy Medicine.  An added bonus to schedule a private session includes access to a medical device called a BioMat, which is lined with amethyst crystals and provides deep infrared heat to the tissues.  Call or email Rita to schedule a session. (412.455.6890 ext 6) or Rita@VillageTherapy.org