Luisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and is an instructor for the Speakers Bureau for the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. She has taught (title) "Spiritually Integrated Therapy; Building Competencies, Major World Religions and Clinical Issues. Her therapeutic approach is humanistic-existential psychology based on a hope-filled philosophy that encourages individuals and families to exercise courage, compassion and wisdom. Luisa has over 20 years of clinical experience counseling clients for parenting, co-parenting, caring for elderly, life transitions, chronic illness, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, disabilities, blended families, divorce, as well as gay, lesbian and transgender issues. She also has specific training in Trauma-Focused CBT, Behavioral, Gestalt, psychoanalytic therapies, as well as counseling abused and/or neglected children, teens and adults. She has worked in a variety of settings that include, community behavioral health facilities, hospitals, and social service agencies and experience running group mental health and substance abuse therapies.
She earned her first master’s degree in psychology of arts (M.A.) from Duquesne University with an emphasis on the value of treating the entire individual or holistic approach as well as appreciating the value of research based clinical practices. Her second master’s degree in psychology is an M.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Luisa has also completed postmasters certification in Family Systems Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh and is a member of the Adlerian Group whose approach to treatment is humanistic and practical. She has also trained, studied and practiced in practiced in Eastern Meditative practices for over 15 years and has enjoyed helping programs at local colleges such as Victory Over Violence and Efforts Towards Global Peace and Nuclear Disarmament. She is a practioner of Buddhist meditative practices and has Judeo-Christian background. She enjoys continuing to learning and working with individuals from diverse spiritual backgrounds.