Marriage and Family
The counselors and psychologists at Psychological Associates of Schuylkill County have received extensive education and training in systems theories and practice to assist in strengthening your family to help them handle problems encountered with members.Read More….
Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depressive are treatable. At Psychological Associates of Schuylkill County, we are here to support and guide you in that process. Our licensed professionals can assist individuals to overcome life’s problems that contribute to their difficulties.Read More….
Meet Our Staff
Joseph Sheris, Ph.D., NCC, CCMHC
Dr. Sheris is a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist since 1994 and one of the founding partners of Psychological Associates of Schuylkill County, LLC. He is Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) through the National Board of Certified Counselor. Additionally, he has specialty certifications as a Parenting Coordinator and Custody Evaluator with the Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators. He also earned clinical certification in the treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder from the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and he is trained in EMDR and related trauma therapies.
Dr. Sheris provides clinical assessments and psychological evaluations in several areas. He conducts comprehensive evaluations for the Courts in custody matters. In addition, he conducts comprehensive diagnostic assessment for children and adults for attention disorders, learning problems, trauma, and other clinical areas. Additionally, he completes psychological evaluations for police, employment, bariatric surgery, and other medical needs. He provides individual treatment to children and adults in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma.
In addition to the treatment of victims of assault and trauma, Dr. Sheris has extensive training and experience in treatment and assessment of sexual offenders. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Sex Offender Assessment Board and conducts evaluations for the courts in several counties.
Dr. Sheris earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology from Northcentral University and a Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Kutztown University. He did his undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University. He is a lifelong resident of this county and he has chosen to continue to serve the residents of Schuylkill and surrounding counties.
Patricia M. Brownmiller, MA, NCC
Patricia M. Brownmiller is a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist since 1995 and a founding partner of Psychological Associates of Schuylkill County, LLC, which was formed in 1996. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor with a certification as a Parenting Coordinator, a Divorce and Custody Mediator and a trained Child Specialist and Coach in Collaborative Law.
Her experience began in the social service field, working with children and adolescents as the director of a therapeutic foster care program. It was here that her interest in building healthy families began. Throughout her career, her focus on families and relationships has remained constant.
Ms. Brownmiller earned her Master of Arts Degree from Kutztown University and followed with a three-year postgraduate program in Family Therapy through Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. Her undergraduate degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania has provided a base for work with in various populations in forensic psychology over the years.
Currently, Ms. Brownmiller focuses on providing counseling to a wide range of populations and ages in individual, family, and couples. She utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach within a family systems orientation. She remains current in research and techniques for treating problems that affect a person's quality of life.
Over the years, Patricia has focused her energy on helping families who are in the process of change. Since 1993, Patricia has worked with the Courts in Schuylkill County to assist separating and divorced parents in developing effective co-parenting relationships. As a firm believer in the benefits of proactive problem solving, she has worked to promote services that utilize alternative forms of dispute resolution. Although the definition of family has expanded greatly over these past decades, the importance of positive communication, nurturing of relationships and the well-being of the individuals remains central to positive life experience. In addition, Patricia has been an active volunteer and board member of Co-County Wellness Services and has represented Schuylkill Wellness Services in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Kelly Reno, DSW, MSW, LCSW
Kelly Reno is a licensed clinical social worker, who has been in private practice at Psychological Associates of Schuylkill County, LLC since 2007. This current position is the culmination of more than twenty years in the field of social work.
While capable of addressing most forms of psychological and social issues, particular areas of interest for Kelly are grief, loss and bereavement, aging and caregiving issues and health related issues.
Prior experience in the home health and hospice and aging fields have assisted Kelly with honing skills with a variety of client issues.
Ms. Reno is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors (2005). She is a current member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Academy of Bereavement.
Ms. Reno her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from Alvernia University, her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University and her Doctorate of Social Work from Capella University. She is also a Clinical Certified Trauma Professional (CCTP). In addition, she continues to actively obtain continuing education and has remained current in the field of social work and mental health.
Denise L. Whalen MA, NCC, LPC
Denise has been practicing in the field of Counseling Psychology since 1991. She received her BSoSc from Penn State University, her MA in Counseling Psychology, completed a certification program in Structural Family Therapy from the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, and has trained extensively in the field of Play Therapy.
Denise has worked in the following clinical settings: Community Mental Health, Adult Partial Hospitalization, Inpatient and Outpatient. Additionally, Denise has taught as a part-time faculty member at Penn State and Alvernia Universities since 1998. Denise also provides trainings for local Mental Health Professionals though the Laurel Training Institute.
Denise has volunteered on the PA Association for Play Therapy board of directors, and was elected to the position of president. She is actively involved in numerous community organizations.
Denise is licensed as a Professional Counselor by the state of Pennsylvania, and is a National Board Certified Counselor. Her areas of specialization include working with children, families, and marital therapy.
Dana Sukeena, MSW, LCSW
Dana Sukeena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been in the field for 23 years. Dana obtained her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her Graduate degree from Temple University; a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She believes that the biggest indicator of change is developing a genuine relationship and connectedness with her clients. Dana’s primary treatment modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but she draws upon other modalities as well.
Dana has a broad background of experience to include; 12 years of addictions counseling, trauma counseling, community mental health counseling, school social worker and 7 years of Private Practice. In addition to private practice, she is the Campus Counselor at Penn State University-Hazleton Campus. “I believe people have their own answers, my role is to help them find those answers”.
Christianne Bayer, Ed.D., NCC, LPC
Dr. Christianne Bayer is a licensed professional counselor and employee of Psychological Associates of Schuylkill County, LLC. Dr. Bayer received her education from Penn State University as an undergraduate, earning a B.S Degree in Psychology. She later completed her studies at Kutztown University earning a M.A. Degree in Counseling Psychology. She most recently earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University in 2012.
Dr. Bayer has been providing treatment services to individuals and families since 1991. She has been primarily concentrating her services in the adolescent population and has worked in an adolescent partial hospitalization and day treatment program with adolescents and their families since 1991. Furthermore, Dr. Bayer has experience with treating a variety of childhood/adolescent disorders, and providing support/services to their families.
Dr. Bayer also has experience with psychological assessments, primarily with adolescents being evaluated for Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS). She has completed this training with a licensed psychologist through a private practice. Christianne has also provided therapy services to individuals, families and couples in a private practice setting since 2002.
Dr. Bayer is licensed as a Professional Counselor by the Pennsylvania State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (2002), and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Linda M. Badger, ACSW, LCSW
Linda Badger is a certified and licensed clinical social worker currently practicing at Psychological Associates of Schuylkill County, LLC. She has worked in the social work field for over 30 years with children and families in the areas of child abuse/neglect, parenting, parent/child conflict, and family functioning; with a focus on teaching child development, behavior modification, parenting skills, and anger management.
Ms. Badger has experience providing mental health counseling in multiple treatment modalities; including individual, couples, group, and family. She has worked with individuals to enhance their abilities to deal with symptoms relating to trauma, depression, mood swings, attention deficit, hyperactivity, oppositional defiance, and adjustment disorders. She offers skill training on coping skills, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Her therapeutic approach is strength based and client focused using psycho-supportive, cognitive behavioral, solution focused and play therapy.
Ms. Badger received her Bachelor of Science degree as a social work major from Edinboro University and received her Masters of Social Work degree from West Virginia University. She is certified through the Academy of Certified Social Workers and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.