Pauline Amaismeier | Carolyn Baird | Linda Houston | Sherry (Brozinski) Raineri

Pauline Amaismeier BSN, MS, LPC, NCC, RN-BC, DCC, CCTP

My name is Pauline Amaismeier. Being a mental health care provider, I sometimes become frustrated when I see “initials” behind people’s names and have no idea what they mean. Let me explain my own.

  • The BSN shows that I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA www.duq.edu.

  • The MS signifies that I have a Master of Science in Community Agency Counseling from California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA  www.calu.edu

  • The LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania. http://www.licensepa.state.pa.us/

  • The NCC shows that I qualified as a National Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors. www.nbcc.org

  • The RN shows that I am a Registered Nurse in the State of Pennsylvania. http://www.licensepa.state.pa.us/

  • The BC signifies that I have met the requirements as a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse according to the American Nurses Credentialing Center. www.nursecredentialing.org

  • The DCC is a Distance Credentialed Counselor. I have taken hours of training in distance counseling, which includes learning about online email and chat counseling. This has met the requirements by the Center for Credentialing and Education. Check at www.aascb.org

  • The CCTP stands for Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. This was obtained through the International Association of Trauma Professionals www.traumaprofessional.net/.

I have worked as a psychiatric nurse with both adults and children who were inpatient in a hospital and outpatient for mental health problems. As a therapist I have worked mainly with adults but have also worked with a few adolescents and children with mental health diagnoses. I have also had a lot of experience in working with people who have experienced some kind of mental health trauma. It may have been caused by a man made or natural disaster, emotional, sexual or physical abuse, accidents, traumatic deaths and grief issues including suicide.

I use an eclectic approach in choosing the type of therapy to use for each client. I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), a proven method of working with trauma clients. This is just one, among other types of therapy that I may choose to use, as needed, to meet the needs of the client. Some of these other types of therapy include Cognitive Behavioral, Art (in face-to-face therapy sessions), Narrative and Person Centered Therapies.

I have been trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and have been a member of the local CISM team in my county. In addition I am an active volunteer for the American Red Cross, and have worked on both local and national disasters. The American Red Cross is not involved with my practice as a mental health counselor. I am only considered a Red Cross representative during my volunteer times. I included this because it expands my knowledge in working with people who have experienced mental health trauma.

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Dr Baird has practiced as a mental health/dual disorders therapist providing individual, family, marital and group counseling, EMDR, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, and EAP services since 1996. Her almost 30 years experience in the healthcare field have been spent in providing treatment to individuals of all ages with addiction, mental health and co-occurring disorders in the full continuum of settings. She received both her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and her Masters in Business Administration - Heath Care emphasis from Waynesburg University. A Certified Psych-Mental Health Nurse (RN-BC) since 1987 and an Internationally Certified Co-occurring Professional Diplomate level (CCDPD) (https://www.pacertboard.org/) since 2004, co-occurring disorders, trauma, and women’s issues have been the professional focus for most of her career.

A member of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) since 1997, she holds the credentials of Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (1998) and CARN-Advanced Practice (2001) (http://www.intnsa.org/ANCB/). In 2002 she received the IntNSA Annual Award for Excellence in Administration/ Management and in 2008 the IntNSA Annual Award for Excellence in Clinical/Direct Service. She was recognized in 2004 with the Carlow University Alumnae Service Award for Health Care and in 2007 with the Caron Community Service Awards, Medical Professional-Nurse.

In addition to IntNSA, Dr Baird is a member of the American Nurses Association the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Sigma Theta Tau International and serves as a Board Member of the Foundation for Addictions Nursing and the Journal of Addictions Nursing Editorial Board. She is an author, reviewer, journal special issue editor, presenter and adjunct nursing faculty member.

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Linda Houston

I am Linda Houston. I have been working with a variety of clients for over 10 years. I have experience with children, adults and elderly. I have worked inpatient in a hospital, partial programs, wrap around services and outpatient for a variety of mental health issues. I worked as a student supervisor where I was an advisor to current students at Waynesburg University. I am licensed through the State of Pennsylvania as a Licensed Professional Counselor and hold national certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors (www.nbcc.org). I am also a member of the American Counseling Association.

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and I received my Masters of Arts degree from Waynesburg University in Counseling Psychology.

I specialize in working with ADHD, victims of abuse, family conflict, loneliness, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and grief. I am experienced with Cognitive Behavioral approaches as well as Mindfulness and Gestalt Therapy as well as other types of therapy. I have experience with individuals, couples and groups. I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy which means I use a therapy that will be most beneficial to my client. You will be amazed at the natural healing power that comes when you share your story with someone who listens and helps you life your best life for you. By simply changing your thoughts, you can change your life. Let's begin your new journey.

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Sherry A Raineri, LCSW

I have been a social worker in a variety of settings in the field of mental health for the past twenty years.

I graduated from St. Vincent College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. St. Vincent has been ranked in the first tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Reports best Colleges Guidebook. I continued my education by receiving my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Social Wor.

During my training I was able to gain excellent knowledge through my work at Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Ligonier Valley Treatment Center, Mayview State Hospital – working on the Special Studies Unit as well as the Forensic Unit and at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

I began my career immediately out of graduate school as a dual diagnosis therapist, treating clients and families who were struggling with both mental health and alcohol/other drug issues. I was able to enjoy other varieties of work experiences during my nine years at Mercy Behavioral Health including the following:

As a mobile Crisis worker, on call day and night covering all of Allegheny County.

As a hospital Liaison between Mercy Behavioral Health and Jefferson, St. Francis as well as Mercy Hospitals.

I worked on the crisis phone line, helping walk in clients and doing assessments.

I provided school based therapy as well as office based treatment to children and adolescents and their families.

I was a trainer at MBH on a variety of subjects including: Anxiety disorders, Mood disorders, Alcohol and other drug issues, Stress management for clients and staff, Dual Diagnosis, Personality Disorders and Coping with Self Injury to name a few.

I have always strongly believed that in order for a therapist to be able to work in a private practice setting, one should be well educated in a variety of areas in order to serve the clients appropriately. This belief lead me to enjoy the past ten years working in a private practice setting.

Over the years as a psychotherapist I have enjoyed working with children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. Facilitating marital, family and group therapy has also been rewarding.

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