Hannah Whitman, LPC NCC is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a board-certified counselor who practices at the Monroeville location of the Counseling and Wellness Center of Pittsburgh. Hannah knows that it can be very intimidating to approach therapy, and sometimes a person is not sure what they want to change. Past resentments, anxiety, and lack of fulfilment all can lead to feelings of discouragement and difficulty enjoying the things a person hopes to in life. It is a difficult task to share our concerns, fears, and vulnerabilities with another, and with that challenge in mind, Hannah hopes to give her clients a feeling of comfort, welcome, and most importantly-acceptance. Starting with this readiness for change, Hannah’s goal is to meet a client at their level of comfort. Hannah is eager to help clients resolve a variety of mental health issues such as stress, depression, bipolar disorder, family and marriage issues and counseling for children and teens.
Hannah takes a client centered approach with her clients by holding a space for the person to be heard, experience their feelings and feel understood and recognized. She employs reality therapy, solution focused approaches, and incorporates mindfulness and gestalt interventions. She makes her best effort to adapt to the client and take the approach they are most comfortable with. Her goal is to help her clients develop insight and identify what changes or adjustments they would like to make, and empower them to do so with support and honesty. She uses patience and acceptance to foster the therapeutic relationship so a person is comfortable in pursuing their own growth and development. One of the most important elements to a person’s success is the relationship between client and therapist. It is essential for the client to be an equal in the therapeutic relationship and allowed the ability to take an active direction in their own care; which allows them a space of their own, for change and growth. Her role is to support the individual and follow a person’s exploration of their experiences and meaning; so, they can cultivate a healthier and more balanced self.
Hannah’s inspiration for serving others is founded in community wellness. Her background was created by work at local non-profit agencies where she worked with a variety of different populations, backgrounds and identified issues. She works from a philosophical approach taking in cultural considerations and context to meet an individual where they are. Historically, she has worked with substance use which has provided her the opportunity to work with a variety of different mental health experiences, relationship issues, and interpersonal challenges. She has experience at different levels of care including residential, intensive outpatient programs and outpatient programs including private practice.
Her educational background includes a Bachelors of Art in psychology from Duquesne University and a Masters of Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. In 2018, she earned her National Certified Counselor title from the National Board for Certified Counselors, NBCC. She has been licensed since 2018. Her license number is PC010726. If you are looking for mental health counseling near Murrysville PA our licensed therapists are glad to help you with your emotional and psychological concerns. We also have many therapists who are certified in marriage and family therapy. Our Monroeville center is accessible from Murrysville, Plum, and Irwin PA.