Cheryl is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with families in distress for over 20 years. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor in Pennsylvania and is working toward a specialization in Early Childhood Trauma. Cheryl’s approach to therapy is warm, positive, and empathetic. She believes that most often the negative experiences we have in childhood corrupts our true sense of being. Cheryl’s personal mantra is derived from a quote by philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche that states “What does not kill you will make you stronger.” This quote she states, addresses the trials and tribulations we encounter in our pursuit of a happy and productive life and the personal strength it builds.
Erica HoltzMA, LMST-AS
Erica graduated from La Salle University with a Masters in Clinical Counseling Psychology in the Marriage and Family Therapy track. She received her license in Marriage and Family Therapy in November 2010 and is currently an AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor . She also has a Certificate for Childhood Sexual Abuse from Widener University and is trained in Eco-systemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT). At CFAR, she provides therapy for couples, families, and individuals, and provides supervision for interns and unlicensed therapists. Erica takes a special interest in working with couples, individuals with trauma and families. She is empathetic and authentic and uses humor whenever appropriate and possible.
Full Time Therapists
Brigid WalkerMA, MFT
Brigid graduated with a Master’s Degree from La Salle University within the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She believes therapy is an opportunity for families, couples, and individuals to create new meaning of past experiences and to become empowered to reach their future goals. Brigid hopes her clients will feel supported in building upon their individual strengths, while learning to improve their relationships and connections with others. Brigid is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which promotes healing for children and their caregivers who have experienced past traumas.
Kathryn (Kate) BelinskyM.S, LMFT
Kathryn graduated from Holy Family University in 2012 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology; Marriage and Family Concentration. Kathyrn (Kate) is currently working to obtain her marriage and family therapy licensure in Pennsylvania. As a marriage and family therapist, Kate provides counseling to individuals, couples, and families. During her course of study, Kate has developed an interest in assisting and guiding those who are struggling with self-esteem and confidence due to codependency, trauma, and other negative and outside influences. She is trained in Eco-systemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT). Kate believes that families can rebuild themselves through empathy, support, and determination.
Luisa SilvaM.S., M.A., MFT
Luisa graduated from LaSalle University with a Master’s Degree and a focus on family therapy.She is in the process of being trained in Mindfulness-Based Play Family Therapy as well as Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy. She is passionate about family therapy because she believes it not only helps foster strength and resilience within the family unit but within our society as a whole.Luisa works from a strengths-based perspective and likes to focus on utilizing those strengths to facilitate change.Although, fluent in Spanish, Luisa enjoys working with families of all different cultural backgrounds.
Michelle SnappMA, MFT
Michelle obtained a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from LaSalle University. As a Marriage and Family therapist she believes that relationships and family health directly influence how we function in all other areas of life. Michelle utilizes a person-centered approach as well as interventions from eco-systemic structural family therapy (ESFT). She focuses on empowering inner strengths and building on healthy family and social supports. She also likes to focus on the client’s self-care routine, in the belief that in our relationships, we can’t “pour from an empty cup”. Therapy is a great space to collaborate on finding the balance between tending to our relationships while also taking care of ourselves.
Rachel Pazder BennettM.D.
Rachel Pazder Bennett, M.D., is a lifelong Delaware Valley resident. She was raised in Bordentown, New Jersey and attended Drexel University College of Medicine. She completed her general adult psychiatry residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Bennett’s research interests have included autism spectrum disorders and attachment-based family therapy. She believes that each young person has a right to be seen, heard, and understood, and that working with families is the key to fostering recovery in young people. She has provided psychiatric evaluation and medication management at the Center for Families and Relationships since 2013 and is excited to contribute to the organization’s continued success as Medical Director.
Samatha graduated from Drexel University with a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. She’s also trained in Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Samantha is passionate about family therapy because I love to help all members of the family reach their fullest potential, whether that be increasing communication or strengthening relationships. Her style of therapy pulls various models to find what works best for the client and meet them where they are. I use different aspects of Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy to work with families too. Working out and living a healthy life style both physically and mentally are important to her. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading and attending concerts.
Syeeda graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a Master’s of Science in Clinical Counseling focusing on Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently working towards licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. She has several years of experience working with children and their families in Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services. Syeeda enjoys working with individuals, couples and families from diverse, cultural and ethnic backgrounds by empowering them to make the positive changes necessary to bring about transformation in their lives.
Belen graduated from Drexel University with a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Belen is also trained in DBT. She is passionate about family therapy because it allows all the key players to be in the room to communicate openly and reach a deeper understanding of one another in order to strengthen relationships and gain the tools needed to reach their goals. Her style of therapy is creating a safe environment in which family member not only can feel heard but also work to communicate effectively to create positive change. Belen was born in Argentina which not only helps her work with Spanish-speaking clients, but also makes her a natural foodie.
Part Time Therapists
Alyssa graduated with a Master’s Degree from Lasalle University. She is passionate about family therapy because she believes that once we gain insight into our connections with others, we can begin to view ourselves from a different perspective. She likes to have insightful conversations with clients that lead to positive change. She would like others to know that she is fully committed to helping others unpack their stuff.
Brynne graduated from Drexel University in 2017 with a Masters in Family Therapy. She is working towards obtaining her license in Marriage & Family Therapy. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Brynne provides counseling to individuals, couples and families. During her course of study, Brynne developed interest in working with those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and trauma due to social issues and family dynamics. Brynne is attentive towards understanding clients’ social context and how that contributes to her clients’ identity, functioning and relationship dynamics. Through her humanistic approach, Brynne hopes to encourage each of her clients to be their own advocates and find hope in a world that can feel limiting.
Geraldine obtained a Master’s of Science from Chestnut Hill College’s MFT Program. She is passionate about family therapy because it helps the individual to explore the larger part of self through their own family systems. She feels the therapist serves as the facilitator, one who helps individuals, couples and families to fain a place of wholesomeness over time as they explore family system, subsystems and patterns. She feels that there has to be a positive process of joining for the clients and therapist in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Geraldine wants others to know that she is an advocate for children with disabilities and their families. She loves working to help others to become their greater sense of self; socially, emotionally, and spiritually while respecting their culture and values. Geraldine has worked with diverse cultures, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds for many years.
Karen Rivera-SedaMS, MFT
Karen graduated from Walden University with a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. She believes that there are a number of issues that can arise in the family unit, in the school unit as well as just from growing up, that can cause a child to feel lost; this plays into the passion she has for family therapy as it affords her the opportunity to work with the lost child (this includes the inner child of an adult) on an individual, couple, and/or family level. Her therapeutic style possesses systemic undertones with consideration for the client’s cultural background as the latter could influence and potentially compound a client’s concerns/presenting issues. Karen has developed an interest in assisting pre-teens/teens; also, from being Caribbean-American herself, Karen has developed an interest in working with teens and families struggling with Caribbean-American/Caribbean-Immigrant issues/concerns.
Kasey graduated from Chestnut Hill Collage with a Master’s of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She believes relationships are the foundation of life; they shape our personalities and inform our choices. She aims to show clients that they are inherently valuable and their experiences are valid.
Lisa holds a Master’s in Family Therapy from Drexel University. She believes that strong families are the key to so much, and helping families to be more successful is important for their strength. Lisa approaches clients with empathy, but also tries to maintain a sense of “realness” in the room. Lisa wants families to know that she works just as hard as they do and she really enjoys the work she does and the accomplishments families achieve through the therapeutic process.
Olivia DobsonMPS, ATR-BC, LPC
Olivia is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist / Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a Master’s degree in Professional Studies. She is also trained in
Trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Olivia is passionate about art therapy, as it is an opportunity for all to participate and explore their concerns in a safe and encouraging space. Olivia strongly believes that therapy should be collaborative, meaning Olivia works closely with each and every person and family to make the process unique to their needs. She loves to read and spend time outdoors.
Randi CutlerM.S, MFT
Randi received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University in the Chicago area. She believes that relationships are one of the most fundamental pieces of human existence. When these connections are built upon strong foundations, they provide protection against future turmoil and create a more compassionate and loving environment both within the relationship, and in the broader context of society. She aims to help people learn how to build relationships with themselves and others from the ground up and from the inside out, in a way that provides them with an effective system for working through life’s challenges.
Randi dedicates her life to helping individuals, couples, and groups improve the foundations of their most important relationships. She values and encourages self – awareness and self-advocacy, clear boundaries, wholehearted communication, and effective conflict resolution skills, as these are the building blocks of increased intimacy, trust, and relational longevity. As a systems thinker, she believes that people do not exist in a vacuum; people become themselves through their life experiences and their relationships with others. One’s internal and external environment set the stage for the direction that his or her life takes, so developing a solid sense of self, authentic connections with others, and a nurturing environment are crucial for a sustainably fulfilling life.
Ylondia Lee from Chestnut Hill College with a Master’s of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She believes a strong family unit contributes to a positive community. She is a caring Therapist who listen to my clients with understanding. Ylonda has an eclectic therapeutic style that help promotes a safe and comfortable environment for my clients to feel free to share.
Aalyah SabreePart-time Receptionist
Derricka WilsonBS - Billing Coordinator
Jeannine MartinCertified Peer Specialist
Myriam SantiagoAdministrative Assistant
Zachary GarberOffice Manager
Family Counseling Specialists
The Center for Families and Relationships is a not for profit counseling center serving the needs of individuals, couples, families and children.