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Our Clinicians

What You'll Find at Compassionate Counseling

Since 2000, Compassionate Counseling has been providing top-tier mental health care. We support people dealing with a variety of mental health issues, including patients with multiple diagnoses.

Located in Pittsburgh, we welcome patients of all ages and life stages to engage in in-person, telehealth, and mobile therapy services with our trained providers. 

Rock in Sand

Our Team

Highly Qualified, Highly Compassionate

Diana Fischerkeller

Diana Fischerkeller 

MS, LPC, Clinical Director

(She/Her)

 

 

Extensive experience and success in working with individuals with anxiety, phobias, depression, relationship issues, and medical conditions that affect mental health. Therapies used include Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-focused, and Reality therapy to address multiple problems experienced by individuals, couples, and families.

I use a holistic, wellness-based approach and recognize the positive impact that spirituality can have in the healing process of therapy. My goal is to walk with you on your journey towards change in a positive direction.

Hunter Downs

Hunter Downs

MS, PC Counselor, Intake Specialist

(He/Him)

 


I love to help people improve their current quality of life by diving into the past to settle any unfinished business. I have been in your shoes as a person seeking mental health services and can empathize with how difficult that can be. I am equipped to create a safe and comfortable environment for people of all different backgrounds and orientations. I have experience working in corrections and outpatient therapy and have worked with teenagers, adolescents, and older adults. My goal for all my clients is to help them expand their “toolbelts” to be better able to cope with all of life’s stressors. Using Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioral counseling models, I aim to empower my clients to direct their own therapy sessions. In our sessions, we will work collaboratively together to find solutions to the problems that prevent you from reaching your best potential.

Joan Mercer

Joan Mercer

MS, LPC, EMDR Certified Counselor
(She/Her)

 

Areas of specialty include substance abuse, trauma, grief counseling, and elder care/geriatric-related issues. I have experience working with individuals across every stage of life. I love utilizing creative and expressive arts interventions when appropriate. I also offer Christian-based counseling for those seeking a faith-based perspective. I am also a certified E.M.D.R. therapist.

Emily Lawrence

Emily Lawrence

MSW, LSW
(She/ Her)

 
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the therapy experience. I aim to create a safe and non-judgmental space for all of my clients. My experience includes working with Individuals with disabilities and their families, Individuals in recovery, formerly incarcerated individuals, and seniors. Having such a diverse background of experience has helped me evolve as a therapist. I bring a unique perspective to the company as their first social worker on staff. I like to use a Holistic Approach and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Together, we will explore life’s twists and turns toward growth and change.

Kierra Price

Kierra Price

MS, LPC, Counselor

(She/Her)

Counseling is meant to be a safe space for processing, growth, and healing. As your counselor, my goal is to help you create opportunities for exploration and skill-building. My approach to counseling is grounded in a feminist and relational framework to create a meaningful and empowering space for you to heal and process your relationships. I am passionate about working with teenagers and adults through trauma. My counseling space is one that is safe and accepting of all gender, sexual, and racial minorities. My hope through our work together is that you find a space to cultivate a more positive and true relationship to yourself and others.

Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Office Manager

(He/Him)

I have thirteen years of diverse business experience from working with teens, adults, and elderly populations in addition to my own business that aids me in working with our clients and therapists. My goal is to support clients and therapists in achieving positive change and improved mental health.

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