Gina Asti, MA, LMFT offers transparent therapeutic support that centers around the therapeutic relationship in our Monroevillle Counseling Center. Gina utilizes approaches from Symbolic Experiential Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Narrative Theory to guide clients in reaching their goals. In addition to these approaches, she consistently approaches therapy from a trauma informed lens to promote self-care and safety within the therapeutic relationship.
Her areas of expertise include couples dynamics, family systems, anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder and trauma. Gina also is passionate about helping those struggling with issues of social justice including issues of racial inequality, gender, sexuality and ability. She works from an authentic approach to meet clients where they are in order to promote change. She believes that the key to helping individuals, couples,, and families achieve their desired goals lies within open, honest communication and truly being authentically seen and heard for the underlying struggles that they are going through, appropriate communication comes from a healthy self, and creates health in relationships. In her experience she has discovered that the feelings of being seen and heard in this way can be connected to the ways that everyone needs to feel a sense of belonging, which is something Gina see as fundamental as food, clothing, and shelter. She believes that being authentic in relationships with not only clients but any personal and professional relationship is the fundamental basis of building trust.
Education & Experience
Gina received her Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2012 from Seton Hill University. She also earned her Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2015 from Seton Hill University as well. She continues to look into various training’s and education to continue to expand ways to better assist clients in reaching her goals. At some point, she hopes to become a Gottman Certified Therapist.
Gina has years of experience helping individuals of nearly all ages, couples and families. She began her therapeutic career working in group homes and shelters helping adolescent youth work through various struggles with mental health and family systems. This included assisting them with working through feelings of abandonment, trauma, anxiety and depression. She then began working in-home with families in family based services. She would utilize Structural Theory interventions to promote change and encourage role definition to assist healthy family dynamics. She most recently worked with transition age individuals and those struggling drug and alcohol issues in both individual and group therapy settings.
Hobbies & Interests
Gina was born and raised in the suburbs just east of Pittsburgh and continues to reside there with her newborn son and husband. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with immediate family as well as a very large extended family. She also loves to cook and find new recipes to attempt to recreate in her own kitchen when she is not discovering new movies or planning her next vacation to the Outer Banks or Disney World.
How to Get Started
Gina provides therapy in-person at the Monroeville office as well as via online therapy for your convenience. You can reach us at 412-322-2129 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. Or contact us here.