Kristen Murphy from PA Horizons Counseling has over 20 years of experience and specialized training working with individuals, couples, and families. She holds her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is certified in treating trauma and substance use disorders. Kristen started her career at just 19 years old when she was offered a position as an intern at a Philadelphia psychiatric hospital. She spent several years serving clients in the Philadelphia area with issues ranging from substance abuse, mental and medical illness, homelessness, extensive legal and other complex issues.

For Kristen, her unique way of serving her clients is not only a profession, but a lifestyle. She believes that compassion is one of the greatest gifts that she can give her clients and providing a safe and non-judgmental space to process emotions, has a profound healing impact. The opportunity to assist such diverse groups of people has provided her with the knowledge and keen ability to connect with her clients on a profound level. Kristen realized early on the importance of helping her clients to disidentify from their labels, reconnect to their intuition, and transcend their sabotaging behaviors. Through incorporating holistic treatment with psychotherapeutic interventions, her mission is to
empower individuals by helping them to reconnect with their own inner guidance system.

Jonathan Acevedo-Ali leads the Julia's Joy Encouraging U Teen Talk each Wednesday evening at the Empowering U Center since 2019. Ages 13 to 17 attend the Wednesday Night sessions from 7:30 to 9:00pm. Jonathan creates a welcoming space for teens to discuss things like peer pressure, healthy coping strategies, toxic relationships, feeling alone, and more. Jonathan is available as a teen coach for private sessions, and can be reached via email at to attend Teen Talk please visit

All Practitioners above are Independent Contractors who rent space at the Empowering U Center. The Practitioners do not diagnose illnesses, nor prescribe medications. Those with medical conditions should seek medical help from a Physician. Each Practitioner carries their own insurance, and the Empowering U Center shall have no liability as to the performance or outcome of the services of each Independent Contractor. If you are not sure which Practitioner can help your particular issue, please call 484-275-0393 with questions. 

Sascha Baello of PA Horizon's Counseling has over 20 years of experience working in social service and educational fields. Sascha started her career in the mental health field working at an inpatient psychiatric facility, then transitioned into the case management world, serving both mental health and special needs populations. From there, Sascha earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling which allowed her career to evolve into serving students in the role of school advisor and counselor. Sascha currently works in the area of transition planning and adult services for families with special needs children. As part of Sascha's passion for working with the special needs population, she earned a post-graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. 

Sascha's client-centered approach makes clients the driver of their therapy. Sascha helps guide and support clients through their healing using techniques that best fit their situation. Sascha specializes in working with those struggling with life transitions, caring for a child/adult with special needs, and those dealing with or recovering from Narcissistic Abuse and toxic relationships. Sascha is passionate about helping others build their inner strength and confidence, while healing the wounds of their past that led them to a place of self-doubt. "While we are all facing different struggles, we all deserve to find a place of peace and strength to live our fullest life." 

Kristen Murphy- Pre-Licensed Professional Therapist (MA)

A. Sascha Baello, M.Ed.- Therapist

Frank D LoRiggio is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified EMDR therapist with over 8 years of experience in the field of addiction and mental health. He has helped many people overcome issues that have negatively impacted their lives and limited their overall health and wellness, including stress management. Frank works with teens and adults individually, and in group settings, with mental health and substance use/addiction issues. As a certified EMDR therapist, he is trained to effectively treat trauma and abuse, as well as addiction, with rapid success that allows clients to quickly return to living a healthy and purposeful life. Frank also uses EMDR therapy and imagery for performance enhancement and stress relief. Frank sees therapy as a continuum, and meets you where you are at, and assists in the process from recovery to resilience, and to thriving in life. Call Frank at 484-301-2433 to schedule an appointment

Kathy O’Connell received her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from LaSalle University and is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.  She has provided outpatient, group, and in-home therapy to individuals, children, families, and couples. Kathy’s areas of interest include child and adolescent issues, “20 Something” transition struggles, Co-parenting, blended families and family dynamics, couples & individual counseling, workplace concerns, family of origin patterns and beliefs systems that influence current behaviors, thoughts and actions.  Kathy worked as a 7th grade teacher, then as a high level Human Resources Professional for over 15 years and a Therapist in an agency and private practice setting.  The perspective, knowledge and wisdom gained from the blended work experience offers clients a multi-faceted approach to therapy. 

Kathy works with children, adults and families and can help those experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, personality and mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, trauma/abuse, infidelity, separation and divorce, loss & grief and emotional regulation difficulties.  Kathy’s goal is to meet all her clients where they are at, and fully believes people are not “broken.”   Therapy provides clients with an opportunity to explore and identify things that are not working well, and create a plan to shift those behaviors consciously in order to obtain the outcome and life clients are truly seeking. Contact Kathy O'Connell directly at 484-504-9255

Kathy takes United Healthcare Insurance. If someone does not have insurance and has financial difficulty, they may complete an application to Pillars of Light and Love to determine eligibility for assistance.  Assistance depends of availability of funding from donations to Pillars of Light and Love. 

Robert Bingham- Therapist (MSS, LSW, RSMT)

Kathy O'Connell- Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist, serving children and adults as individuals also.

Denise Drapikowski - Reiki Energy Services

If you are unable to afford any of the above services, you can check with your insurance company for coverage. In the event there is a financial need for those without coverage, you may apply for assistance to Pillars of Light and Love at or call 484-854-1162. Assistance depends on funds available through donations to Pillars of Light and Love. 

Nina Aniskevich offers EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Talk Therapy and More

Diane Nolan - Holistic Practitioner, Mind Body Healing, Certified Biofeedback Specialist, Certified Stress Management Specialist & Coach

Patricia Mohan Gallagher - Motivational Coaching

Adrianne Wagner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, EMDR Specialist, Talk Therapy for children and adults

TESTIMONIAL June 12, 2018

For some time, our 10 year daughter had been struggling with anxiety and obsessive / compulsive thoughts and behaviors.  My wife and I were taking her to a cognitive therapist and we were seeing mixed results.  As you can imagine, all we wanted to do was to help our daughter so we continued looking for additional treatment options for her.  This is when my wife happened to find a free talk on the benefits of biofeedback therapy at "The Empowering U Center" in Trappe.  Following the talk, my wife and I did some additional research of our own and then decided to give the therapy a try.  We went in with an open mind and decided from the start that we are committed to ensuring we follow treatment plan.

Our practitioner was Diane Nolan and she could not have been any more helpful.  She is a very calming presence and immediately set my daughter and I at ease.  Throughout the course of the therapy, she would ask my daughter questions and explain to us what she was doing, why she was doing it, and the benefits we should expect.  My wife and I were seeing improvements in our daughter after the first few sessions and our daughter at one point commented to us out of the blue that she "does not feel worried anymore."  We continued with the entire series of treatments and could not be happier with the results.  Our daughter is a whole new person, or better yet, back to that same, carefree person she was and deserves to be!
I would feel remiss if I did not say that we followed the treatment plan almost to the 'T' and really pushed our daughter at times to ensure we gave this therapy our 100% effort.  I highly recommend this approach to any parents who are struggling to find a way to help their child cope with anxiety.  Our daughter still has some worries, but they are under control and we are optimistic about the future.

Denise is an Intuitive Usui Reiki Master and Teacher.  She has been helping clients for nearly 10 years relieving the body of tension and stress. Her journey began after a diagnosis of high blood pressure brought on by stress. While attending a holistic fair she was able to witness for herself the wonderful relaxation and feeling of ease after trying a Reiki treatment. She then decided to take the training to be able to help others witness the healing effects of a session.  During a Reiki session Denise uses a series of hand positions either by hovering over the body or with a light touch.    A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well being. To book a session with Denise, please call or text her directly at 610-763-7567

Robert is a licensed social worker/therapist who provides a collaborative, non-judgmental
relationship that facilitates clients’ access to their innate strengths and healing capacities. Robert helps clients build on their social, psychological, and spiritual resources to enable personal growth, creativity, insight and healing. Robert's background includes community-based, university and private practice settings, where he has served diverse populations including members of the LGBTQ+ community, trauma survivors, and neurodiverse clients. Robert is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and frequently integrates mindfulness and movement-based interventions with psychodynamic and cognitive approaches.

In addition to being a therapist, Robert is a dance artist and educator with over 15 years of
experience teaching dance at universities. Robert has had the privilege of working with thousands of young adults of various backgrounds and academic levels, in both studio and seminar settings. This experience has given him skills in creating safe, supportive environments for individuals to access their creativity and develop skills in communication, problem solving and courageous self expression.

Shea Kennedy, Chom, C.HP - Certified Homeopathic Expert

​​​The Empowering U Center

Jonathan Acevedo-Ali, Teen Coach 

My journey into homeopathy began over 15 years ago when my oldest was an infant. I noticed that after each well visit, he would become sick. I began to feel that conventional medicine was not the approach I wanted for my children. I became interested in homeopathy upon my research in an alternative approach. I found homeopathy helped with many common ailments including colds, ear infections, behavioral and emotional issues. Every problem that came up was improved with the help of homeopathy. Eventually our entire family was using homeopathy as our main form of healthcare.
After seeing the improvement homeopathy provided for my children, myself, family, and friends I decided to pursue my interest to begin studying homeopathy. I am a graduate of Lotus Health Institute and I continue my education with Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy and I have my certification as a HP supervisor from FHCI (Free and Healthy Children International)
I am a Qest4 practitioner for Bioenergetic testing. In addition to spending time studying homeopathy, I enjoy spending time with my husband, my 2 sons, and daughter. I have over 17 years’ experience in the Homeopathic Telemedicine Research Industry. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, running, and yoga.

I would love to offer you a free consultation, please visit my website to schedule and learn more about my services at I can also be reached at 610-955-5995 or via email at

What is it like to be you? Sometimes you might wonder why you don’t fit in, why others judge you, talk about you behind your back, or why people just do not understand the way you are. Maybe your values and behavior patterns frustrate them and they frustrate you. You do not know how to be any other way - but the way that you are. And that is perfectly alright. We all have unique talents, gifts, personalities and abilities. You do not have to be any other way! You might wonder if everybody has problems - everyday problems like you do. You may feel bad, lonely, guilty, anxious, depressed or confused. You might even feel like running away from your home or situation. A session with Patricia Gallagher provides ways to honor and appreciate yourself as well as free community resources to help with your need. Trust Patricia to be your guide to personal freedom so you can be yourself - your best self!  You can’t go through difficult times alone. Patricia offers a gift to each client. Select from her book titles: The Gift of Believing in Yourself - More than 300 Ways to Overcome Challenges and Restore Your Spirit, The Gift of Changing Yourself – More than 300 Ways to Work on Yourself and Not Try to Change, Rescue or Fix Anyone Else, The Gift of Saying Goodbye – For Anyone Considering Parting Ways in a Relationship and Who Needs the Strength to Let Go, or No More Secrets – A Family Speaks About Depression, Anxiety and Attempted Suicide.

Patricia is a frequent speaker for conferences, retreats, business meetings, church-affiliated organizations and educational events. She has been a guest on Oprah, Interview with Joan Lunden of Good Morning America, Sally Jessy Raphael, Maury Povich, The Early Show, CNN, CNBC, QVC, The 700 Club, Financial News Network, Family Feud, EWTN and  more than a hundred other radio and television interviews. She hosted the radio talk show, Come Share Your Faith. Her work has been featured in Family Circle Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Parents Magazine, Guideposts Magazine, Angels on Earth Magazine, The Stars and Stripes, National Enquirer Magazine, Woman’s World, GRIT, and in Associated Press, Catholic News Service, Scripps-Howard, UPI, and Gannett wire stories. She holds a BA in Education from Villanova University, Graduate Credits from Temple University and an MBA in Financial Management from Saint Joseph's University. Email:  Call (267) 939-0365

Diane is a Certified Stress Management Holistic Practitioner. She understands the Gut-Brain Connection, the Limbic System of the brain and how low energy, brain fog, appetite and mood swings are at the lower end of how stress may manifest in your life. What are the stressors in your life? What do they stem from, and how are they affecting your mind, body and spirit? Using a variety of methods, Diane can help you learn to restore your body to a healthy and stress-free state with a holistic approach. Diane is certified in Biofeedback, Stress Management and various methods of alternative approaches to overall well-being and balance. Diane has seen many young people suffering with anxiety, aloneness, sadness, depression and more. She is happy to speak to parents who feel lost to help their children, especially those who are seeking an alternative approach to medication. In a private session with Diane, you will work together to discover your personal emotional and physical connection, and what you may need to become more balanced to live a healthier, more purposeful and happy life. 

Contact Diane directly for an appointment at 215-237-2510

​Frank LoRiggio is a Licensed Counselor and Certified EMDR Therapist who works with Teens and Adults

Adrianne Wagner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in working women who are stressed and overwhelmed find a more balanced and joy filled life.  Adrianne’s training specifically focuses on all the different factors that influence our current state of being such as our relationships with our friends and family, where and how we grew up and different unique experiences that may impact us in ways we are unaware.  We can explore all of this to help elicit lasting and sustainable changes in your life. Adrianne is also EMDR trained which is widely known for treating trauma but can also be used for a wide array of mental health issues including anxiety, depression and feelings of low self-worth. Adrianne works with young adults and adults age 18 and up.

Contact Adrianne Wagner directly at 610-410-9402 or schedule a complimentary phone consult through her website at 

Stress & Life Management

Nina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Therapist & Consultant in EMDR therapy. Nina enjoys working with teens and adults through a trauma informed lens. She strives to create and provide a safe healing space where one can recover through life's difficulties. Nina believes that establishing an environment that is built on trust, safety and open communication is essential. She also believes in using a client-centered and strength-based holistic approach in her therapy practice. Being authentic is one of her core values, along with having empathy and compassion for her clients' life and well-being. 

Nina's areas of focus are on trauma, PTSD, grief, substance use disorders, anxiety, and depression. She has taken advanced courses and is highly trained in complex trauma and attachment. Nina's work history includes inpatient drug & alcohol treatment, outpatient therapy services for persons with severe mental illnesses, and providing case management services through a health plan for those with an Opioid Use Disorder. Nina has over 15 years of experience providing direct trauma-informed care to individuals throughout Pennsylvania. In 2021, Nina formed PA Horizons Counseling, to find out more information visit

CALL Nina at 484-553-0732 to book an evening or weekend appointment