Here we grow again! PghPsych is happy to announce the addition of our latest therapist, Christie Nebel, MA, LPC, CAADC. Christie brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge to our growing practice and we are pleased to welcome her! Read more about Christie and her talents in this week’s blog post.
In Good Health,
“Life is the journey to heal our wounds, help others heal theirs, and minimize the creation of more.”
What kind of services do you provide as a psychotherapist?
Through my experience working in community mental health, I have developed numerous skills including providing psychoeducation to both individual and important persons to recovery, stress management, crisis intervention, relapse prevention regarding both mental health symptoms and addiction, developing recognition for need of change and increasing motivation, utilizing creative expression when words cannot be found, addressing guilt and shame, developing acceptance of self, and interpersonal concerns.
Where did you go to school and where did you receive your training – facilities, internships, awards?
I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clarion University. I earned my Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Slippery Rock University. I completed my internship while employed at Irene Stacy Community Mental Health Center in the Addictive Behaviors Unit.
What does good therapy mean to you?
Good therapy begins with the relationship. The relationship between an individual and therapist should provide the scaffolding to create relationships outside of the therapy room that allow for continued progress in an individual’s life.
What is the last book you read or movie you saw?
I just finished reading Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach. I try to balance my reading between books for personal/professional growth and those for my own escape. I have just started reading the seventh book of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon titled An Echo in the Bone.
What prompted you to become a therapist?
During my undergraduate days, I had to make a living as a cashier at a local convenience store. A drug and alcohol facility was located across the street, and individuals receiving treatment there would often come into the store for coffee and to socialize with each other and the employees. After hearing their stories, which often included themes of guilt and shame, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in which I would advocate for individuals who had addictions and provide support for recovery.
What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
I don’t think I can identify any one thing that is the funniest. I try to laugh as often as possible, and fortunately, I have been able to find myself as the largest source of humor.
What is your life philosophy?
Life is the journey to heal our wounds, help others heal theirs, and minimize the creation of more.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Intelligent, persistent, thoughtful
Who or what is your greatest inspiration?
The people who I work with are my greatest inspirations. They inspire me to continue with my own personal and professional growth so I can provide my best self to them so they can heal.
If you are looking to make positive changes in your life, we can help! Please give us a call at 412-367-0575 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with Christie.