........Effective help for life's problems


Chuck Kuhn is a graduate of West Virginia University's Master of Social Work Program. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from WVU and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been practicing as a psychotherapist in private practice since 1997. Chuck is a Fellow in the American Psychotherapy Association and a member of the Center for Clinical Social Work. He is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania to practice psychotherapy


Karen Stickel is an honors graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Master of Social Work Program in clinical social work also earning a certificate for advanced study in Labor and Industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating summa cum laude. 

Karen has extensive experience working with mental health, trauma, behavior and addiction issues. She has been a psychotherapist, since 1991 and in private practice in the Allegheny Valley since 1996. Ms. Stickel is a Fellow in the American Psychotherapy Association. She is licensed to practice clinical psychotherapy in Pennsylvania. 

What do the credentials mean?

Licensed Clinical Social Worker is the highest level of licensure for social workers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is for clinicians exclusively. It indicates that the licensee has passed a rigorous examination, is of good character and has met both educational, supervision and experience requirements of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors, which protects Pennsylvania consumers. Clinical social workers provide more psychotherapy services in western Pennsylvania than any other type of licensed mental health professional/

The American Psychotherapy Association designates members, who have achieved their high standards and qualifications, with the title Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association.  Fellows must adhere to the Association's Code of Ethics and meet the educational requirements consistent with that title.

Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work has met the educational standards as well as the supervision and experience requirements of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. Additionally, Diplomates must adhere to the Board's Code of Ethics and meet continuing education requirements.