Clinical Staff Biographical and Specialty Information
Lois Beer Dunnavent is a Master's Level Licensed Counselor. She earned a BSS in Behavioral Science from Penn State University, an MS from Shippensburg University and a Certificate in Spiritual Guidance from the Guild for Spiritual Guidance. As an outpatient therapist for over 20 years, Lois prefers to work with adults, ages seventeen to eighty plus, for individual or couple therapy. Holistic in her approach, she uses body/mind/spirit awareness, mindfulness and imagery. Areas of interest include loss, bereavement, life transitions, depression, anxiety, relationship, existential and transpersonal issues. The work of Carl Jung, Murray Bowen and Roberto Assagioli has deeply influenced her. She has facilitated support groups and is presently teaching courses in experiential Spiritual Development.
Diane Edmond is a Masters Level Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a BS in Psychology from Millersville University and a MS in Clinical Psychology also from Millersville University. She is a Masters Level Certified Addictions Counselor Diplomate. She has clinical experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient substance abuse, outpatient mental health, outpatient substance abuse, facilitating co-parenting seminars and the wraparound system. Diane has an eclectic approach with a strong emphasis on cognitive therapy and family systems. She has completed Level II EMDR training. She works with adults and children over the age of 8, and has done significant work with adolescents. Her areas of interest include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, codependency, substance abuse, adult children of alcoholics and drug addicts, relationship issues, sexual abuse, gender issues, co-parenting and personality disorders.
Nancy Einsel is a Masters Level Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a Christian with a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Counseling. Her credentials also include being a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, Level III Brainspotting and Level II EMDR Counselor. Nancy has been practicing for over 18 years and specializes in counseling with a Christian point of view, most specifically with couples and families, trauma counseling, and sex offender treatment and assessment for individuals ages 15 to adult.
Mary Jane Fox is a Masters Level Licensed Social Worker. She earned a BA in Behavioral Science from Messiah College and a MSW from Temple University. She has enjoyed working as a therapist in a mental health group practice for several years, maintaining a part-time practice while teaching and directing the undergraduate accredited social work program at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. Her approach to therapy is from a systems as well as a strength-based perspective. She uses a cognitive-behavioral, insight and problem solving orientation. Mary Jane believes in the ability of persons to create change in their lives in the context of a therapeutic relationship in an environment of safety and trust which she is committed to provide. Her areas of interest include grief work, mood disorders, job stress, survivors of abuse, sexual orientation issues, life stages and transitions and rebuilding injured relationships. She prefers to provide individual therapy to adults.
Jessica Hart is a Masters Level Licensed Psychologist. Her educational background includes Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Psychology. She has over 25 years clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and their families on adjustment issues (e.g., separation/divorce, moving, etc.), ADHD and behavioral problems, depression, anxiety, and stress management issues. Jessica uses play therapy with pre-school and young elementary age children. Her therapeutic strategies are tailored to fit the developmental age of the child, the needs of the family, or the client's individual needs. She works with adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship or work problems, post-traumatic stress, and abuse issues. She uses cognitive-behavioral strategies, relaxation training, guided imagery, and psycho-educational techniques in working with clients. Jessica has completed Level II EMDR Certification and uses EMDR with adults and children. In addition she also has been trained and uses Brainspotting with adults and children.
Lynn Groff Loomis is a Masters Level Licensed Professional Counselor. She received a BS in Art Education in 1972 and a MEd in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1973 from Pennsylvania State University's Main Campus. Her earlier clinical experience was in community programs for at-risk adolescents. Later, she worked in community mental health programs. As a psychotherapist for over 28 years, Lynn has developed a strong interest in and commitment to ongoing training in mind/body approaches, including trauma theory which utilizes recent research. These approaches include decades of experience and certification in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, training in Eye Movement Integration and Thought Field Therapy, Brainspotting, and more than 10 years experience with EMDR in which she has Level II certification. She treats adults with long term mental health issues related to trauma, abuse and attachment, mood disorders, anxiety, patterns of codependency, sexual orientation, spiritual concerns, and life transitions. Lynn has a strong belief in focusing on the individual's needs and goals in the context of relationships, and the importance of the therapeutic process in accessing one's own internal resources.
Deborah Bauer holds a Master’s degree on Social Work (M.S.W.) from Temple University and a Clinical License of Social Work from the state of Pennsylvania. Her special interest is in assisting children, adolescents, and their families with a variety of behavioral, social and emotional problems. These problems may include depression, anxiety, sexual or physical trauma, post-traumatic stress, parent/child relationship issues and self-esteem. Additionally, she works with adult survivors or childhood sexual assault/abuse. For the last 20 years Debbie has worked in a variety of settings as an educator and psychotherapist. She utilizes an eclectic therapeutic style to meet the needs of her clients. She has attended numerous training seminars in play therapy and recognizes its values, especially with traumatized children. Debbie is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association for Play Therapists and Critical Incident Stress Management Team.
Kendra Trufanhestock is a Masters Level Licensed Social Worker with a warm, open, honest, client-directed style drawing from elements of insight-oriented, Gestalt, and mind/body work. She enjoys working with individuals and couples ranging from older teens to late adulthood. Kendra earned a BS in psychology from Messiah College and a MSW from Temple University, followed by passage of her license exam. Kendra joined New Passages in 2006 after 11 years of clinical experience including Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Services, abnormal psychology services through Edgewater's partial hospitalization program, and five years as therapist at Dickinson College's Counseling Center. Kendra has worked successfully with clients presenting with a wide range of struggles including depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, family of origin issues, GLBT issues, women's issues, grief/loss, relationship issues, and survivors of childhood abuse.
Barbara Turk is a Doctoral Level Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For over 25 years, Barbara has worked in a variety of clinical settings with individuals experiencing emotional, interpersonal, and social problems. Her clinical orientation is cognitive-behavioral within a mind-body context. She is trained in Level II EMDR and Brainspotting. Barbara enjoys working with individuals from age eight through late adulthood. She has specific clinical expertise and training in working with individuals who have experienced life trauma, grief/loss, chronic pain, life transitions, women’s issues, GLBT issues, workplace stress, anxiety and mood disorders, attachment and relational problems, parenting concerns, and weight problems. Barbara also performs gastric evaluations for a number of surgery centers.
Shannon Weise is a Master's Level Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has earned
a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art and Photographic Illustration from Rochester
Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from
Temple University. In addition, Shannon has trained in Cognitive Therapy
at the Beck Institute and at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for
the Treatment and Study of Anxiety in Exposure and Response Prevention
for OCD. She has clinical experience working in a variety of settings from
partial, intensive outpatient, and inpatient hospitalization programs focused
on the treatment of chronic mental illness and eating disorders. Shannon
has provided a multitude of group therapies throughout her career. Her
theoretical style is eclectic with a strong cognitive behavioral approach.
She prefers working with adolescents through adults. Shannon's areas of
interest include working with depression, anxiety, OCD, and relationship
Elaine C. Riel holds a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology and a Master’s level certification in Addictions Counseling, both from Penn State. Her undergraduate degree, which is in Secondary Education, was earned at Millersville University. Before joining the staff at New Passages she worked in a variety of community settings, including sheltered workshop, case management, drug rehabilitation and Partial Hospitalization. Most recently she was the Director of the Philhaven Harrisburg Adult Partial and Intensive Outpatient Programs. She uses a recovery-focused style which includes elements of cognitive, behavioral, choice-making and support-building strategies. Her interests include working with adolescents and adults with mental health diagnoses, drug and alcohol issues, grief and loss, trauma, chronic pain, and parenting.
Butch Romanoski is a Master’s level Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of Delaware and also received a Master’s in Education in Counseling while being a graduate assistant coach for the football team. He then attended Columbia University in New York City where he received a Master’s in Social Work Administration. He worked in a community center in the South Bronx running groups and working on outreach for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for the aftereffects of 9/11. Butch has experience working in residential programs, outpatient settings and supervising other Masters level clinicians. His primary target population is adolescent and teenage males but also works with adults. His approach is eclectic, focusing on finding practical solutions to the behavioral problems and psychological issues of the clients he works with. Butch’s area of interests includes oppositional defiant teens, transitional issues, family dynamics, depression, anxiety, and clients that self harm.
Shanen Turk-Geller is a Master’s Level licensed Social Worker with a specialty license in Clinical Social Work She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s in Social Work from Boston University. Shanen has over fourteen years experience in the practice of psychotherapy. She has worked with children, adolescents, and families in a number of settings including in-home treatment programs, partial hospital programs, outpatient community mental health, and private practice. Shanen has run numerous groups for children and adolescents in areas that range from social skills development to improving self-esteem. Her particular areas of interest include child and adolescent depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, trauma, issues related to families who are dealing with divorce, as well as a wide range of other emotional, behavioral, and adjustment-related issues.