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The Aspen Center Team
Our Clinical Staff

Alisa Matteson Mundt, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Center Director 

Dr. Matteson Mundt's Approach

The Aspen Center's Founder and Director, Alisa Matteson Mundt, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health. She holds a Doctor of Psychology degree and a Masters in Clinical Psychology.  

Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Matteson Mundt studied Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Florida and trained to work with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Dr. Matteson Mundt's clinical experiences span a variety of settings, including forensic, community mental health, inner city, non-profit, university counseling, and hospital.  She is well versed in short-term interventions, crisis management, and longer-term treatments for individuals, couples, and families.  

Dr. Matteson Mundt works with patients with a variety of presenting concerns, including relationships, family of origin, adjustment to disability, sleep, mood, ambivalence, grief and loss, substance use, and oppression / discrimination. Throughout her experiences, Dr. Matteson Mundt has worked with people who are diverse across a number of areas.  She has been involved with LGBT advocacy and the Independent Living Movement.  Her commitment to culturally sensitive treatment and social justice continues through clinical practice, teaching, and publications.

 

Dr. Matteson Mundt practices from a perspective that appreciates phenomenological experience and is hermeneutic in nature.  She believes that the patient's individual experience and his/her interpretation of these experiences is the appropriate place from which to work.  She approaches intervention with flexibility and consideration for the context each patient brings.  

 

Dr. Matteson Mundt maintains an attitude of openness and flexibility in which the treatment process actively involves the patient.  

 

Theoretically, she pulls from object-relations, self-psychology, existential, and Buddhist perspectives.  An ongoing area of interest for her is the development of personality organization and the impact of culture and media on the development of the self.

 

Dr. Matteson Mundt’s Focus Areas:

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Substance Abuse

  • Divorce, Separation, Relationship Complexity

  • Autoimmune Diseases

  • Chronic Illness

  • Grief & Loss

  • Ambivalence

  • Family of Origin Issues

  • Midlife Transition

  • Oppression/Discrimination

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Erin T. Patel, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Staff Psychotherapist

Erin's Approach

Erin provides a compassionate, empathetic, and supportive environment to promote healing and growth.  She is positive and appoachable, and builds a strong therapeutic relationship with each patient.

 

Erin has a collaborative approach to help her patients explore their own strengths, set goals, and take practical action towards those goals.  By providing a judgment-free space, Erin meets patients where they are and works with them at their own pace.  She believes that every patient’s experiences are unique, and their therapeutic experience should reflect this.  Erin wants her patients to feel heard and accepted, so they can have a safe place to explore and process.

Erin provides therapeutic services to adults, young adults, and adolescents.  She also sees couples and families.

Erin's Focus Areas:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety & Panic

  • Life transitions / Life stressors

  • Self Esteem Issues

  • Relationship Issues / Divorce

  • Interracial and Interfaith Relationship Challenges

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief and Loss

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Anger Management

  • Sexual Dysfunction

  • Teen & Young Adult Issues

  • Transition into Older Adulthood

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Schizophrenia

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Nancy J. Kensek, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Staff Psychotherapist

Nancy's Approach

Nancy’s approach is collaborative and holistic.  Upon meeting a new patient, she strives to establish a warm, compassionate environment that is conducive to a reciprocal therapeutic relationship.  This creates a “safe space” wherein she and the patient work together to identify specific issues and therapeutic needs.  

 

Nancy’s approach emphasizes the development of patient insights and skills that foster a sense of self-awareness, and the formulation of personalized strategies that are tailored to each patient's circumstances.  There is a focus on developing mindfulness to strengthen the patient's motivation and ability to engage in self-care techniques.  This enables individuals to better manage their unique circumstances, and to deal with the issues and challenges of their day-to-day lives.

Nancy’s approach includes a comprehensive assessment that provides a plan of treatment to guide progress.  Nancy provides individual, couples, and family psychotherapy.  

Nancy's Focus Areas:

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Family of Origin Issues

  • Adjustment to Change/Life Transitions

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Family Conflict 

  • Grief and Loss

  • Self Esteem

  • LGBTQ  

  • Emerging Adults/College Students

  • High Conflict Relationship Issues

  • Panic

  • Substance Use

  • Behavioral Issues 

  • Chronic Illness

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Nancy’s approach includes a comprehensive assessment that provides a plan of treatment to guide progress.  Nancy provides individual, couples, and family psychotherapy.  

Nancy's Focus Areas:

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Family of Origin Issues

  • Adjustment to Change/Life Transitions

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Family Conflict 

  • Grief and Loss

  • Self Esteem

  • LGBTQ  

  • Emerging Adults/College Students

  • High Conflict Relationship Issues

  • Panic

  • Substance Use

  • Behavioral Issues 

  • Chronic Illness

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Lindsey A. Remegi, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Staff Psychotherapist

 

Lindsey's Approach

Lindsey Remegi, LCSW, values providing a safe and open environment to facilitate a trusting relationship as patients work towards positive change.

 

By providing a supportive and judgment-free space, Lindsey meets her patients at a comfortable starting point, and sessions continue at a pace patients are comfortable with.  Lindsey understands that each patient is unique and has different needs, goals, and desires for their therapy.  Lindsey works from an individualistic approach tailored specially to each patient so their therapy will be most beneficial and productive.

Lindsey values collaboration, guidance, and empathy when working with patients so they have the most positive and inviting experience possible. Lindsey’s most important responsibility as a psychotherapist is for her patients to feel secure and heard during their sessions and to see her patients make lasting improvements in order to live their best life.

Additionally, Lindsey is trained and certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which she uses to help her patients increase motivation and develop a happier and more balanced life.

 

Lindsey provides therapeutic services to adults, young adults, and children aged 5+. Lindsey also sees couples and families.

Lindsey’s Focus Areas:

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Life transitions / Life stressors

  • Relationship issues / Divorce

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Family conflict

  • Grief and loss

  • Behavioral issues

  • Anger management

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Teen & young adult issues

  • Transition into older adulthood

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Jillian Cruz, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 

Staff Psychotherapist

 

Jillian Cruz, LCPC, believes that the relationship between the patient and therapist is the central component of the therapeutic process. To cultivate this relationship, Jillian provides her clients with empathy, support, encouragement, awareness, collaboration, compassion, and unconditional positive regard.  

 

Jillian understands that it is not always easy to speak about our issues, but she believes that through careful listening and gentle inquiry, it is possible to gain insight into our feelings and behaviors.  Jillian respects the needs of each individual and conducts treatment in a way that recognizes that each individual has different means of expression. She believes it is critical to give people an opportunity to tell their story in their own way, in their own time. Jillian’s treatment approach draws from cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, psychodynamic theory, EMDR,

mindfulness-based stress reduction practices, and family-systems models. Jillian offers her patients an empathic and nonjudgmental perspective, with warmth and a down-to-earth style.

Jillian’s areas of interest include helping people improve their relationships, cultivating self-awareness, overcoming impulsive behaviors, and navigating life transitions and the complexities of adulthood.  Jillian works well with patients who tend to ruminate, finding themselves in patterns of self-critical or perfectionistic thinking. Jillian’s clients describe her as genuine, active, flexible, and attentive to their needs.

Jillian’s Focus Areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Panic

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Obsessive Compulsive Behavior

  • Self Esteem Issues

  • Body Image Concerns

  • Substance Use

  • Stuttering

  • Communication Difficulties

  • Adjustment to Change

  • Life Transitions

  • Family Conflict/Concerns

  • Parenting Difficulties/Stressors

  • Relationship Issues

  • Break-ups

  • Infidelity

  • Interracial and Interfaith Relationship Challenges

  • LGBTQ Relationship Challenges

  • Gender Identity

  • Identity Issues

  • Difficulty Coming Out to Family and Friends

  • Questioning of Faith and Spirituality

  • Faith-Based Challenges

 

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Pam Kranyak, BS

Graduate Student Intern

 

Pam's Approach

Pam’s approach is one of mindful reflection. She understands that the journey toward greater insight is non-linear, taking its own timeline and shape. She believes in the power of slowing down, quieting the world, and remaining open to the present moment.

 

Pam works collaboratively with patients in an accepting atmosphere, asking questions and allowing time and space for them to examine their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She believes curiosity is an asset. She believes that each person is an integrated whole—that no one can be understood as collections of traits, but only as infinitely complex stories.

Because of this, Pam uses a systems-based approach in order to understand more about how patients interact with other factors in their lives, such as family, work, and life history. She values patients’ intersecting identities, knowing that each is a layer in their life experiences and informs how they see the world.

Pam attends Adler University, where she is pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her work at The Aspen Center will further her growth as a therapist toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Pam’s Focus Areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Life and Role Transitions

  • Family Conflict

  • Relationship Issues

  • LGBTQIA+ Identity

  • Somatic Symptoms

  • Existential Concerns

  • Grief and Loss

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Our Administrative Staff

Michael

Practice Manager

Information Coming Soon!

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