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School's Out: What Now?


by Alissa Klugh, MS, LPC


The weather is warmer. The sun is shining (on most days, but we all have that love-hate relationship with rain). We can hear the laughter of the little ones. The popsicles are making the hands of our little ones super sticky. Summer is here. School is out. What now?

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According to the CDC, suicide is a growing epidemic in our country and has increased by 30% since 1999. In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide. Given the importance of awareness of this topic, we reached out to a loving member of our community who has been affected by suicide. Our community member, Amanda Swanson, lost her brother to suicide in 2013. She was brave and gracious enough to share her story with us so that we could share it with you. Please read on, respectfully, and share with others who may need to hear this story.

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What to Expect in Therapy: Part Two


by Alissa Klugh, MS, LPC

In my previous blog, "What to Expect in Therapy: Part One," and it's continuation, I reviewed some basics about preparation for therapy and the actual experience of therapy. This was meant to help people understand what may happen when they go to counseling for the first time and continue to attend. In this post, I wanted to share with you, one step further, in the depths of what to expect when you see a therapist regarding the hot topics of ethics, confidentiality, and privacy in a social and technological world.

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  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples & Marital Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Co-parenting Therapy
  • Child & Adolescent Therapy
  • Groups
  • Group Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Classes



Pittsburgh Psychotherapy Associates is under new ownership as of August 2018! If you see Alissa Klugh, MS, LPC, or Lauren Heaton, MS, LPC, ICAADC, be sure to congratulate them on their new journey.

We are continuously adding new blogs, groups, classes, and services to our practice, with a focus on overall wellness. Check back frequently for updates!

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Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Call: 412.367.0575

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