I’m Laurie Gatti, and I founded EMERGE because I truly believe healthy relationships, both with ourselves and with others, are the foundation for a fulfilling, happy life.

It’s my mission to help you realize the full potential of each of your relationships so that you can live the happy, healthy and productive life that you deserve!

I’m a licensed psychotherapist with a certification in executive coaching and expertise in relationship building. 


At Emerge, we can provide you with the tools necessary to work through stressors and acquire relational skills that lead you to success at home or at work.


And if you're unsure of where to start, I can recommend a path that's right for you.

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Margot Groenfeldt

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who serves individuals, couples, and families. I have received certification in Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy, which works with family systems to improve family functioning, couple and co-parent relationships, and family structure. My treatment approach is always trauma-informed and incorporates additional modalities to best meet individuals needs. I utilize CBT and DBT skills to help individuals change current thinking and behavioral patterns. 


I have experience working with individuals and families in crisis to find new ways of being and interacting with one another. My work with couples and parents aims to change patterns of interaction that no longer work while fostering connections and creating a new sense of belonging. I have experience working with individuals who present with a range of diagnosis and life stories, and view each individual as unique and deserving of an individualized approach to treatment. 


I graduated with my Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, and obtained my Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Kelly Muic

I believe in centering therapeutic practice around a holistic approach that enables individuals to not only heal, but also to grow and thrive. Essential to this work is addressing the mind-body connection to identify the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that can help or hinder one’s ability to feel good in all aspects of life.  


I administer a variety of therapeutic modalities; however, the path to healing and growth is always based on the best needs of the individual. I employ therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Existential Therapy and Humanistic Therapy.


I have over ten years experience working with individuals, children, adolescents, and families. I am especially experienced in developing positive communication skills, emotional regulation and prosocial behavior patterns.

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Tiara Wilson

I am a pre-licensed clinical mental health counselor that collaborates with individuals and families to identify and overcome personal obstacles. I have over 7 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with a diverse background and range of concerns. I favor an Eclectic therapeutic approach that draws on multiple theoretical orientations & techniques with the understanding that each individual or couple has a unique history. Versatile approaches to therapy help me use the most effective methods available to address the needs of each individual.


My goal is to empower my clients and help them to develop, achieve, and sustain a healthy lifestyle of wellness.


I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Duquesne University. 

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Jessica Giuffrida

I am a second-year graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh's Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program.  Previously, I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology. 


As an intern for Emerge Therapy, I am excited to gain experience working with individuals, couples, and families, as well as assist with group sessions.  I take an integrative and person-centered approach to counseling, as I intend to cater to the client's needs and goals. 


Additionally, because of my background in development, I seek to help clients explore their childhoods and relationships through a psychodynamic lens.  I am eager to learn and I am looking forward to working with you!


Danielle Carioto

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) have experience with a variety of settings and populations. 

I am certified in DBT which is particularly useful for behavior modification when treating individuals and families who struggle with addiction, mood disorders, self harm, etc. 


I am both a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP), which allows for me to effectively dive into trauma work, which is often the root of much of the mental health dysfunction existing today. Working towards the root cause can lead to significantly improved outcomes. 


I have worked in the drug and alcohol field for 31 months and been exposed to a multitude of situations.

I have a broad-based perspective on mental health and use a holistic approach when working with individuals. I find it important to increase not only mental health, but also physical and spiritual health.

Being a Pittsburgh native, I feel passionate about serving the community. Together we will build a safe and open environment to explore and process whatever it is that brings you to Emerge.

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Sam Wilshire

Life is a winding path- it can be difficult to adjust to challenges as they happen in the moment or accumulate over time. 


I have been helping clients for several years confront the tasks of integration and expansion in the face of unhelpful habits, relationships and circumstances. Let me help you with what is depleting you in this moment, in whatever shape that may take.


My approach is informed by behavioral, interpersonal and mindfulness-based modalities. To orient ourselves towards lasting change, we need to make use of insight as well as concrete skills that reduce disorder and provide meaning in our evolving world. I make ample use of interventions old and new- hypnosis, breathwork and contemplative skills, as well as cutting-edge biofeedback. To make these skills take lasting root, we must nourish them with human connection and validating emotional experiences. Let me help you find this connection today. 


I am now accepting clients for both short and long term psychotherapy, either in person or via telehealth platform.

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Ioana Neagoe


Alex Mattina

Throughout my nine years working in mental health, I have learned how important it is to our healing to be connected in heart and body. I believe building a better understanding of this mind-body connection and the impact it can have on both our physical and mental health is critical in symptom management, emotional regulation, and navigating our everyday life in this world. 


My holistic approach pulls from multiple evidenced and strength-based modalities including CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, grief and loss, and psychodynamic theory.


Simply put, together we will build a safe, open, and honest space to explore and process whatever is bringing you to this journey of self exploration.

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Caitlin Evan

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have over 10 years of experience in the mental health field across a variety of settings and populations.


For the past several years, I've worked primarily with survivors of sexual violence as a trauma therapist. However, I have a broad-based perspective on mental health with a humanistic approach.


I focus on incorporating several evidenced-based modalities including EMDR, CPT, and TF-CBT into treatment with the goal of working collaboratively with each individual toward healing. 


After obtaining my Masters and Bachelor degrees from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, I look forward to further serving the Pittsburgh community.

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Denija DuCasse

I have been employed in the mental health field for the past 8 years. I have experience working in different settings and with many different populations. The bulk of my experience has been in substance abuse counseling; however, I have experience with mental health counseling as well. As an avid advocate for the underserved populations, I have found that people heal best when they are being supported adequately. It has been my mission to ensure that those who need help are able to receive the help.

My theoretical approach to counseling is based on the needs of the client. I am a firm believer of meeting the client where they are by employing techniques of which ever counseling theory best fits. Some of the counseling theories that I use are CBT, DBT, Existentialism, Person Centered, and techniques of mindfulness and meditation. 

“It is through the collaborative process of counseling that individuals find true healing.”


Areas of Mental Health Practice 

  • Substance Abuse Counseling

  • Mental Health Counseling

  • Marriage and Family Counseling

  • Sex Offender Counseling

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Emily Ross Justice 

I am a recent graduate from Duquesne University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (December 2021). Previously, I attended Point Park University where I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. I have been working in the mental health field for about two years. I have about 2000 hours of experience between working with individuals, groups, and other mental health work. My work has mainly consisted of treating Substance Abuse clients, adults with various mental health disorders, and some couples counseling. I try to focus on a holistic model of therapy. I utilize holistic and strength-based approaches such as Existential-Humanistic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy. I often use meditations, mindfulness, and artistic modalities based on what the client needs. I am a firm believer that the client is the driving force of the therapeutic process, and what they desire from therapy is what I will strive to provide.

My name is Ioana, pronounced ee-wa-na. As a Romanian immigrant, as well as a science lover, I work from a foundation of person-centered and existential therapy, paired with whatever evidence-based approach is suited towards your goals. I’m well versed in the intricacies of the immigrant experience and operate from a multicultural counseling point of view.


I offer counseling that is trauma-informed, personalized, collaborative, and science-based. In my therapeutic process, I make it a priority to understand the client not only as an individual but as a product of their upbringing, experiences, and environment.

Some of the therapeutic interventions I may use or draw from are CBT, IPT, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness, and DBT. I’ve been in the field for 4 years, focusing mostly on perinatal mental health, grief, depression, and mental health research. I’m a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a Master's degree in counseling.