Melissa Ferrigno, MA, LPC, PMH-C
I am the owner and founder of Halcyon Therapy. I completed my Master's Degree at LaSalle University in Clinical-Counseling Psychology. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. I have worked as a therapist nearing 10 years and I’ve spent the majority of that time in private practice helping individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, work/life stress and imbalance, self-esteem, relationship struggles, and improving time management .
Much of my clinical experience has involved working with women through various life stages. However, becoming a mother myself changed the way I wanted to approach my work. I decided to focus my practice on working with women and specializing in maternal mental health. During my journey to motherhood and life thereafter, I became more aware of how common infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal mood & anxiety disorders, and postpartum depression and anxiety actually are. When I found myself both a new mother and a therapist experiencing postpartum anxiety, I realized there was not only an absence of support, but a lack of proper training in helping women navigate these transitions. To best support this population of women, I completed training through PSI (Postpartum Support International) in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and received my certification in perinatal mental health.
I value developing a trusting relationship and I utilize a client-centered approach with cognitive behavior therapy principles. I believe in the power of transparency and relationship based therapy. I am committed to establishing a rapport that is rooted in trust and where you feel safe to be vulnerable and grow through life’s challenges. Together, we will collaborate to identify your individual goals for therapy. I believe it is important for you as the client to feel empowered by identifying your goals for therapy and change. I am motivated to help you achieve these goals and experience a healthier, happier, and more balanced life.
Cristina DiBartolomeo, MA, LPC
Life has a way of stopping us in our tracks when we least expect it. This is exactly how I felt when my husband and I were told IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) was our only option if we wanted to conceive. This was not part of my plan and it took a lot of mental (and physical!) work to finally open myself up to the possibility of a different path than the one I had always imagined for my family. Today, I am on the other side of that difficult diagnosis and I am a therapist on a mission to bring more awareness, education and support to topics like infertility and the journey to motherhood and beyond.
I have been in the mental health field for over a decade and during that time I have developed a wealth of knowledge around ways to help cope with emotions, tackle fears and barriers and live a more positive, healthy life. I am determined to help women, no matter what phase of life they may be in, work to pursue the life they want to live. However, it is through my own experiences and struggles that I have found a connection to the world of infertility and new motherhood and a passion for making a change. I am currently pursuing certification in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through Postpartum Support International and have both professional and personal experience in the world of fertility. It is my goal to guide and support women experiencing these life transitions.
I believe therapy should be a conversation. A relationship between two people built on trust, support and encouragement. In our work together, we will explore the difficult topics, learn ways to help cope, reduce anxieties and stress, work to make changes and achieve goals, mourn losses and celebrate victories. I truly believe that healing is possible, and it is my goal to help get you started on your path to wellness.
Michelle Newdeck, MS, LPC, PMH-C, CPLC
I have a passion for working with women and the maternal mental health population. I have over ten years of experience and success helping my clients break out of unhealthy patterns to feel more empowered and strong. I provide empathy, compassion, and offer a supportive, safe, judgement free environment. I am skilled in and use a variety of evidenced-based treatment modalities to individually tailor a client’s care.
Motherhood is complex and I believe there is hope and strength within each of us. You deserve a happier and healthier life. I am committed to helping you achieve that. It was not until I became a Mom myself that I fully understood how much support is lacking for Moms. This is what led me to become fully trained and certified through Postpartum Support International (PSI). Throughout my work with Moms, I found myself gravitating toward helping women cope with loss. To best support this population of women and specialize in loss, I pursued my certification in Perinatal Loss Care and am now officially certified.
I believe grief is a highly personal experience and is often not a linear process. To undergo the process alone can feel very isolating and unprocessed grief can hold us back from living. The dominant American culture often does not allow much space or permission to grieve. It often feels like nobody understands your loss. Not even your partner really understands, because they’re grieving in their own way. It hurts, possibly more than anything you have ever experienced. Life doesn’t seem fair right now and it’s hard to imagine moving forward.
You want to feel understood. I believe in providing a safe space to share your grief, to express all of your emotions, and to heal. While I believe no one ever forgets their loss, I do believe that finding acceptance and peace is possible. I am here for you every step of the way.