Children and teens go through many changes and often end up having a hard time navigating all of these changes. The changes everyone is faced with today; especially in the time of COVID-19 are causing people to feel lost and uncertain as to how to move forward. You may have noticed how your teen has withdrawn into the digital world; or is avoiding completing tasks. Your teen may be struggling with school, making decisions, and their social network. Your adolescent may be experiencing an increase in stress and anxiety due to the uncertainty of the future. Pre-teens and teens often struggle to believe in themselves, especially with the messages they are receiving from the many social media platforms. As a parent of two teenagers and one pre-teen; Tonya understands the challenges of parenting Atypical and Neurotypical adolescents who are faced with the multiple transitions of today. She understands the child who is highly sensitive and empathic.
You may be questioning your beliefs; exploring alternative practices. You’ve tried traditional talk therapy before and/or maybe you’re just turned off by what you’ve heard about talk therapy. You’re concerned with your mind, body, and spirit connection. You know there are alternatives that may help you feel less sad/depressed, less anxious, less frustrated in life; you’re just not sure what or where to look. You need additional guidance and exploration to feel better and self-actualize.
Tonya Klemmer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); is aware of the importance of a holistic approach to life, thoughts, and feelings. She incorporates alternative practices in a person-centered approach which improves the mind-body-spirit connection. Tonya has a passion for empowering others to be the best versions of themselves. Tonya has the experience and expertise in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, persons with autism, and teens who have engaged in sexually problematic behaviors. Tonya uses integrative and expressive approaches to help you, and/or your teen improve.
Some fun facts about Tonya…
When she isn’t working Tonya enjoys reading, being outside, painting, and spending time with her family. Tonya has loved hockey and is a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. She enjoys watching football and coaches her daughters, recreational cheering team. She enjoys studying the art of tarot and crystal healing. You can see her supporting and empowering others both inside and outside the office.
Now-the qualifications… (important and kind of boring part)-feel free to skip if you already know Tonya is the one you want to help you
Tonya was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where she acquired her education and training. She attended Pennsylvania State University from 1994-1998 and received her Bachelor’s in Science majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She went on to receive her Masters in Social Work in 2003 from Marywood University.
Tonya has spent much of her career in various positions such as direct care, casework, management, and clinical work with adolescents and adults. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, behavioral issues, autism population, and adolescents who have engaged in sexually problematic behaviors. Tonya is trained in TF-CBT, EMDR (and working towards certification) and a variety of other modalities.