Dr. Shoudt's approach to therapy is relationship based, believing that pschological healing takes place in the context of the therapy relationship. All therapy relationships begin with an initial evaluation to identify the areas of struggle and then a treatment plan based on research and clinical practice is established.
In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Shoudt has done numerous presentations and lectures in the community. She has done in-services trainings for teachers on "Understanding the Emotional Language of Behavior in the Classroom." She has done emotional wellness seminars for physcians, teachers, and other professionals. She has also worked in classroom settings to help facilitate healther classrooms and promote psychological well-being.
Dr.Shoudt has been a clinical psychologist in Berks County for over 15 years. She obtained her Master’s Degree at Immaculata Univiersity and Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.) degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Shoudt truly loves being a Psychologist and feels fortunate that clients include her in parts of their life journey. Dr. Shoudt is Catholic and has been married for over 25 years and has three children.
Melissa Reilly, Psy.D.
Dr. Reilly enjoys working with individuals and families ranging from school age children through advanced aging. During the evaluation process, she identifies the best mode of psychotherapy (individual, family, couples) and with the client, lays out a plan for treatment. Dr. Reilly takes a holistic approach which recognizes the multidimensional nature of a person’s life including one’s physical health and wellbeing, family structure, education/vocation issues, social roles and demands, as well as one’s developmental history, and how these factors impact a person’s functioning.
Treatment is individually tailored to meet the distinctive goals and needs of each client and all treatment methods are grounded in psychological theory and research. Dr. Reilly’s areas of particular interest include working with children and adults with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, parenting concerns, LBGT issues, and helping those with medical conditions such as cancer, and other chronic illnesses.
Dr. Reilly has been a clinical psychologist in Berks County for over 15 years. She obtained her Master’s and Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.) degrees from the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford. She is a native of the Catskill Mountains of New York but has called Pennsylvania her home since 1998. She enjoys spending time in amusement parks, zoos, and aquariums with her family. Dr. Reilly is an avid reader of fiction and loves to travel.
Katie Nerney, Psy. D.
Dr. Katie Nerney is a licensed clinical psychologist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Denison University and her Doctorate of Psychology degree from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University with a focus in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She obtained pre-doctoral training at the Widener University Counseling Center and Child Guidance Resource Center and her post-doctoral training at a group private practice where she saw individuals across the lifespan. She is experienced in working with a multitude of issues, including ADHD, disruptive behavior, depression, and anxiety. Additional areas of interest and specialization include working with individuals with OCD, generalized anxiety, self-esteem issues, and parenting difficulties. Dr. Nerney is the mother of four children and enjoys watching them learn and grow every day. She also enjoys swimming, going to the beach, and reading.
Christine Jenkins, Psy.D.
Dr. Christine A. Jenkins is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience in treating adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Dr. Jenkins currently treats a wide range of psychological concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management, pain management, ADHD symptoms, adjustment disorders, life stressors, self-esteem issues, substance abuse, aging and geriatric issues, and interpersonal relationship conflicts. Her professional history includes a strong background in treating the chronically and severely mentally ill in outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential settings. Also, Dr. Jenkins has a history of providing sex offender treatment to both adult and adolescent offenders as well as treatment to victims of sexual abuse.
Dr. Jenkins completed her undergraduate studies at Alvernia University and earned her first graduate degree, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, from Kutztown University. Dr. Jenkins also holds an M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a Psy. D. degree in Clinical Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). The training emphasis at PCOM was on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a directive and practical approach to dealing with the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In addition, Dr. Jenkins believes in treating the whole person with an emphasis on the mind-body connection, healthy living, and mindfulness. Philosophically, Dr. Jenkins believes that the meaning of being a whole, healthy, and authentic individual is founded in a deep understanding that good health is a balance between mind, body, and spirit.
Susan O'Hayer, Psy.D.
Dr. O'Hayer is a licensed clinical psychologist since 2000. Her approach to therapy includes humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral viewpoints. She sees a wide variety of patients including adolescents/pre-adolescents, adults, and couples. Therapy is viewed as a tool to address life and emotional problems and to add to lifelong growth and mental health. Dr. O'Hayer has a specialty in learning disabilities, helping in the management of cognitive and emotional issues associated with learning difficulties and acting as an advocate/liaison with schools.
Mary Anne Ferrese
Mary Anne is responsible for coordinating services from the initial contact and assists patients with billing and insurance concerns. Mary Anne manages all submissions to insurance companies and tracks copays and coinsurance. She respects all patients' confidentiality. Patients find Mary Anne friendly and helpful. If you have any questions or concerns regarding insurance or billing, please feel free to contact Mary Anne.