Effective May 21, 2015, the following therapists can only be reached at their respective contact information listed under their statements of areas of expertise. They will not be accessible through Penn Valley Counseling Associates website or the Penn Valley Counseling Associates telephone number.
Dr. Sidney Portnoy, Director
Is your child’s behavior disturbing to you or interfering with his/her school performance or socially with friends? Call me now to get an evaluation of your child to put your mind at ease. Take care of the problem now, rather than looking back 2 years from now and wishing that you had gotten professional help sooner when it might have been easier to correct the situation. I am a Child and Adolescent Psychologist with many years of experience evaluating and treating children to help them maximize their potential. We will work together to correct the problem now.
My specialized training has been in child and adolescent psychology, consisting of an Internship and PostDoctoral Fellowship in Child and Adolescent evaluation and treatment, numerous courses, continuing education workshops and most importantly over 30 years of experience in the field. My Doctorate is in Clinical Psychology and I am Licensed in PA.
Additionally, over the years I have participated in numerous training workings and have developed skills and experience helping individual adults,couples and families. I also providing services to the elderly in the office and consult to retirement centers.
I am Director of Penn Valley Counseling Associates, a multidisciplinary outpatient Behavioral Health practice with three office locations in Montgomery County, PA. My staff of 12 Licensed therapists specializes in many stages of life from preschool through elder adulthood. We help people with their relationships with significant others and their environment.
Dr. Portnoy is a member of and enlisted in the American Psychology Association “Find a Therapist” @ www.find-a-therapist.com, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology @ www.nationalregister.org and the Psychology Today @ www.psychologytoday.com
Susan E. Glaskin, Psy.D., Clinical Director
As Clinical Director of Penn Valley Counseling Associates, I am a doctoral level Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been in practice for over 30 years in the Lansdale area. I see people in individual counseling from ages 18 through elder adulthood. We will discuss your reasons for seeking treatment and what you’d like to gain from counseling.
In a caring, supportive environment, I help people to explore and resolve problems with life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, issues related to health personal loss, job stress, and interpersonal difficulties. By looking at patterns of thinking, feeling, and behavior, we can work together to establish positive, more effective ways to handle the issues concerning you.
Telephone: 215 412–8677
Fax: 215 412–8688
Margaret A. Brnich-Ryan, MA, NCC, LPC
You are unique! As such, the story you tell me about your life, the way YOU see it, is where we will begin. Using both traditional and mindfulness-based approaches, I as your mirror will help you decide what it is you want to explore about your life… about yourself. From there I’ll guide you in the process of gently and compassionately finding ways to effect the changes that help you meet your goals and find the joy, peace, and happiness you deserve.
I really like working with people who feel they have lost their POWER. Difficult life events can keep you from believing YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR LIFE, your relationships, your family. Just make an appointment and together we’ll WAKE UP YOUR TRUE SELF, to help get you back on track.
My Fort Washington office is welcoming, quiet and conveniently located on Pennsylvania Avenue (next to Holiday Inn), just off the Fort Washington exits of Route 309 and the PA Turnpike.
Richard Chaney, L.M.F.T, M.A.
Richard Chaney, L.M.F.T, M.A. is a Pennsylvania licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition to his training and experience providing individual, couples and family therapy, he has extensive experience treating adolescents, young adults and adults who are suffering from symptoms of depression and anxiety. He works with clients either individually or in conjunction with family members and significant others. Richard works within a best practices model while accounting for individual strengths, common factors and sources of resilience.
The development of safe and respectful therapeutic relationships with clients is a priority at the beginning of therapy, and that collaboration helps to determine therapy goals and suitable approaches. Richard also maintains a sensitivity and openness to individual issues of growth and change that clients might want to deal with separately from their families. He has trained and experience in Structural and Contextual family therapy approaches as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and brief solution focused approaches.
Richard is a clinical member of the AAMFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He has been providing clinical supervision for over ten years to both seasoned and student therapists working and studying in a wide variety of agency, private practice and educational settings.
Peter Gelbart, EdD
My professional experience has been in providing therapy to adolescents and adults. My primary approach is usually individual and couples therapy. The area of expertise is treating issues of anxiety, depression, marital problems and personality issues. In addition, I have worked with clients with addiction issues for a number of years. I have found my work professionally rewarding and I hope to be able to continue to achieve these results. I offer a supportive approach with an understanding of the primary problems.
Nefertiti Isoke, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW
“Life is like a box of chocolate you never know what you are going to get”. It may sound corny or funny, but we all know it is true. Life is an adventure and sometimes we need help navigating through it. If you are finding that you or a loved one is having trouble with the assortments of chocolate, life has handed you please call.
I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression and have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and family. I went into this private practice with one goal helping people heal.
You may not know why you are in pain, but you are. You may not know where the pain is coming from, but you know it is there. You may not know how to stop the pain, but you know it needs to stop.
My goal is to help you identify, understand and heal from the pain and enjoy life.
Life is like a box of chocolate, no matter what you get you can navigate it if you just ask for help.
Dr. Leela Jackson, LCP
Dr. Leela Jackson is a licensed clinical psychologist. I love working with children, adolescents, and families. In addition, I have significant experience working with adults through challenging life events. My belief is that everyone has the potential to change, and that potential varies from individual to individual. My goal when working with you is to assess your potential for change, and serve as the medium for change to occur. I use a range of therapy approaches, specifically tailored to your needs.
Kala Lalani, LCSW, ACSW, Structural Family Therapist
People are confronted with challenges of life and experience symptoms of confusion, anxiety, depression, relational difficulties and identity matters. The focus of my practice is to assist people in identifying unresolved issues allowing them to live to their fullest, healthiest potential.
My experience includes working with anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma issues, relationship and family difficulties, adoption challenges, separation and loss, LGBTQ, displacement and cross-cultural adjustment issues. This is accomplished through individual, couples and family therapy. I work with children, adults and the senior population. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Diplomat in Clinical Social Work and trained as a Structural Family Therapist. I also incorporate CBT and EFT techniques in my therapeutic work with clients. My experience includes working as a certified trainer for Child Welfare Resource Center operated by University of Pittsburgh.
Miriam Orenstein, MA, RN, CS
Clinical Nurse Specialist in adult mental health with more than two decades of experience.
Ms. Orenstein utilizes various treatment methods to work with individuals and families. She combines Cognitive Therapy methods with a Psychodynamic approach. In addition, has had training in family therapy. Overall, Ms. Orenstein has experience in working with persons with eating disorders, trouble adolescents and couples needing therapy. She has worked for Penn Valley Counseling Associates for over 3 years.
Tamar Port M.S.S., L.C.S.W.
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been working with Penn Valley Counseling for 22 years. I’m interested in working with adults, children and couples. I deal with clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting difficulties and life changes. I’ve had success working with children diagnosed with ADHD, adjustment problems, social issues and family conflicts. I am fluent in Spanish and feel very comfortable performing therapy with Spanish speaking clients.
Fax: 215– 646–5253
Dannetta Purnell, LCSW
I am a licensed clinician helping people to identify and remove any barriers preventing them from achieving their goals. Everyone needs a listening ear, a person who will validate the emotions associated with the struggles that we are bound to face in life while providing guidance and perspective. I will help you to recognize your own strengths while calling you on you opportunities for growth. Let’s work together to unwrap the layers of masks and myths to identify the powerful person inside. I am a DBT therapist who also practices various other modes of therapy based on needs of the individual. My professional experience includes addressing issues associated with anxiety, depression, addiction, sexual orientation, relationships, issues associated with identity and trauma. If you are willing to take steps, then together we will move forward.