Brittany Edge, M.A., LMFT
Brittany Edge, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Brittany is the owner and director of Family Matters Center for Relational Therapy. She is dedicated to relational work, believing that strong relationships are essential for health and happiness. For over a decade, Brittany has been actively involved in the mental health field. She has a special interest in helping families navigate the transitional times in their lives (divorce, loss, new job, new home, adolescence, blended families, etc.) and works with couples, families and individuals to address these concerns. Brittany is able to assist families in a variety of contexts through multiple collaborations with organizations that work with families in the community. Since 2011, Brittany has provided mental health consultation to Westmoreland County’s Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. As consultant, she provides assessments, recommendations, and consultations to students and staff in twenty-nine classrooms across Westmoreland County, as well as trainings on child development, parenting and mental wellness.
Brittany is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) (www.aamft.org) and is on the Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (PAMFT) Board of Directors (www.pamft.com). She currently serves as the PAMFT President-Elect and the Regional Director for Western Pennsylvania. She is committed to the continuation of the marriage and family therapy profession, she supervises marriage and family therapists as an AAMFT approved supervisor and teaches within the marriage and family therapy masters program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Following her own struggle with postpartum depression, Brittany developed a specialty in helping woman and their families during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She facilitates a support group called Out of the Blue that offers support to new mothers. She also volunteers as a Western Pennsylvania Area Coordinator for Postpartum Support International (PSI) (www.postpartum.net).
Stephanie Christner, M.A., LMFT
Stephanie Christner, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). Stephanie is the Principal Associate with Family Matters Center for Relational Therapy. Stephanie provides individual, couples, and family therapy with a focus on the impact of relationships on wellness and functioning. Stephanie has special interest, experience, and training in working with those struggling with issues related to self-worth, healthy relationships, grief/loss, and trauma. Stephanie has had great success in helping individuals recognize, establish, and maintain healthy relationships with others. Stephanie also has extensive experience working with teens and young adults to address concerns/issues specific to this unique developmental life stage, including resolving parent/child conflict, establishing personal identity and increased autonomy, developing personal values, and understanding/creating healthy relationships. Stephanie is invested in the field of Marriage & Family Therapy and has taken pleasure in providing support to MFT students and graduates via internship supervision, supervision toward licensure, and personal therapy. Stephanie is an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor candidate. In addition to her work as a Marriage & Family Therapist, Stephanie is employed full-time at Auberle as Director of Behavioral Health Services. Auberle is a non-profit organization located in McKeesport, PA, which provides a wide array of important services to benefit youth and families. In this context, Stephanie supervises a Clinical and Medical department comprised of Master’s level and licensed mental health and substance abuse therapists, psychologist, psychiatrist, nurses, and administrative assistants, and clinical interns.
Kimberly A. Stenson, M.A., LMFT
Kimberly A. Stenson, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Kim is a clinical associate with Family Matters Center for Relational Therapy. Kim has degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Information Management, both from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Kim is an active member of the YMCA in Westmoreland County and participates in Circles of Diversity events. Kim has over five years of experience working with individuals, couples, groups, families and friends of all ages. She has worked in multiple contexts, such as residential treatment facilities and outpatient settings. She has extensive experience running treatment groups for both adolescents and adults. Kim currently is affiliated with an organization that provides substance treatment to individuals struggling with addiction. Her treatment of substance issues challenges family patterns and individual thought processes that keep people vulnerable to addiction. In addition to the work she does around substance issues, Kim has a special interest in parenting, developmental stages and life transitions. She has personal and professional experience with blended, foster, adoptive and kinship families. She offers many gifts to these families that help them navigate the larger systems they are involved with, define clear rules and roles, and create lasting and rewarding relationships. Kim practices from an approach to therapy that considers family, community and relational dynamics. She assists clients in improving their emotional, physical, mental and sexual safety and security in relationships and promotes an enriched lifestyle.
Matthew Suarez Pace, Ph.D.
Matt Pace is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and currently the Clinical Director and Assistant Professor at the Seton Hill University Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Matt provides individual, couple, and family therapy with a belief that relationships are central to human growth, healing, and change. Clinical interests and experience include addressing grief and loss, inter-ethnic/racial couples and families, the impact of chronic illness on couples and families, assisting couples and families dealing with divorce, and supporting LGBTQ youth and families. Matt’s education and training include a Master’s and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. Both at Syracuse where Matt was trained, and at Seton Hill University, an emphasis on therapist self-awareness, multicultural diversity, and social justice inform his clinical work, supervision, teaching, and everyday life. Matt is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.
Mark Eidemiller, MSW, LCSW
Mark is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and received his master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Social Work where he specialized in Mental Health studies. For the past 15 years he has worked with social services agencies serving individuals, couples and families with relationship and mental health issues, and has also worked with clients with intellectual disabilities and addictions. He currently works full time in the counseling department of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Greensburg and sees clients in three offices in Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong counties. Mark believes in empowering a greater sense of responsibility so that a person can manage and cope with life’s trials and difficulties. He is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trauma work, Gottman marital techniques, Family Systems and Solution Focused Methodology. At the client’s request, counseling can also include a philosophical/spiritual component along with its psychological foundation.