PPA Blog

The Power of Heartache


By Alissa Klugh, MS, LPC

What is heartache? Have you ever experienced it? I’d take a guess that you have, and if you have, you know. It’s not something that you have to wonder whether or not you’ve experienced. It’s powerful. It can knock the breath right out of your chest. It can last days, months, weeks, or even years. When it comes to doing therapy with people, I’d say that this is one of the most common reasons people seek treatment.

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New Additions: Larissa Smith


We have a new addition to our practice, Larissa Smith, MSW, LCSW, CRP, EMDR Specialist. We're excited to have her start with us this fall. So that you can get to know her better, we've asked her a bunch of questions, just for you. Take a peek, below.

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submitted and written by Kelly K

CAUTION: This content is considered of the adult variety and can be triggering for those who have experienced addiction and/or are sensitive to the topic. Please read with caution.

August 22, 2012, I took a bus ride that I had taken many times in the past, the trek to rehab. I knew the 12 steps, I knew how to get sober. I never believed I was worth the effort to stay sober. My whole life had been gearing me up for the fight of my life.

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  • Family Therapy
  • Co-parenting Therapy
  • Child & Adolescent Therapy
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  • Group Supervision
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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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