My name is Ashley Harward and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in downtown Meadville, PA. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, I completed a postgraduate Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and, subsequently, a clinical residency at Care and Counseling, Inc., also in St. Louis. For more than ten years, I have worked with adults in private practice and with college-aged students in the Allegheny College Counseling Center.
I see therapy as a collaborative process between a client and a therapist and most enjoy working with clients who desire to know more about themselves and are open to the possibilities that a strong therapeutic relationship can engender. My contemporary and relational approach to working with clients, based solidly in psychodynamic theory, is open, curious, and unintimidating. I seek to help my clients better understand and appreciate the connections between their past and present experiences and develop strategies for managing difficulties and working toward a greater sense of peace and acceptance.
My services include individual, joint, and group therapy with adults and older adolescents. I have training and expertise in areas which include depression and anxiety, obsessive tendencies, identity development, women’s issues, life transitions, marriage and family issues, aging, gay and lesbian issues, maternal mental health, grief and loss, infertility and reproductive concerns, and trauma.
For questions or to arrange an initial session, please email or call Ashley at 814-807-1300, x3.
Lezlee Betts, LCSW, MSW
My name is Lezlee Betts and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working within an established private practice located in Meadville, PA. I graduated from Edinboro University with a Master's Degree in Social Work. I have experience in case management and advocacy. and my clinical background has involved individual and family therapy, crisis intervention, and behavior modification strategies.
I am committed to helping people attend to their emotional well being as a necessary ingredient to a healthy and fulfilling life. It is my goal to help you connect with your unique strength and inherent ability to grow and change. I believe that a trusting relationship is an essential starting point for therapeutic growth and change.
My approach is collaborative wherein I take into great consideration a person-in-environment perspective. Elements of mindfulness, humanistic, and interpersonal therapies are often sprinkled about in my expression. I have training in Structural Family Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Certificates in Collaborative Law and working with survivors of domestic violence.
For questions or to arrange an initial session, please email or call Lezlee at 814-807-1300, x4.
Elise O'Connell, LCSW, MSW
My name is Elise O'Connell and I am currently in private practice in downtown Meadville, PA. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago and have been working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since the early 1990's. I spent the first ten years of my career working as a social worker in Chicago, where I was involved in homeless outreach and director of a treatment program serving the chronically mentally ill with co-occurring substance abuse disorders. The next seven years I worked in crisis at a level one trauma emergency department. Since coming to Meadville four years ago, I have worked as a counselor in the Allegheny College Counseling Center and as a psychotherapist at a community mental health center.
I enjoy working with all of my clients but feel especially drawn to clients whom I believe are under-served in Meadville like the LGBTQ community and their families. I highly value diversity and inclusion and find great fulfillment in working with those people who have not felt accepted in their community and/or family. Creating a sense of connection, self-worth, and self-understanding is what I hope to build with my clients.
My approach to therapy is relational and client-centered. After the client shares what brings them to therapy I present therapeutic approaches that have been proven to be successful in treating their issue. We then have a conversation about what approach they feel most connected to. My goal is always to meet my client where they are in their life and then work together to get them to where they want to be. I believe that the journey is just as important as the destination.
I have training and experience in working with: post traumatic stress, sexual assault, mood and anxiety disorders, identity development, couples therapy, parenting skills, women's issues, self-esteem, and stage of life issues.
For questions or to arrange an initial session, please email or call Elise at 814-807-1300, x2.
Kelly Diley, LCSW, MSW
My name is Kelly Diley, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts from Thiel College in 1997, majoring in psychology and receiving an Aging Specialist Certificate for my minor in gerontology. While gaining valuable experience working in community mental health and an inpatient psychiatric unit, I attended graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. I finished my Master of Social Work in Community Organization and Social Administration in 2002, and became licensed later that year.
In 2005, I obtained my clinical license while continuing my work with individuals, families, and school aged children in special education. Locally, most people know me from my work at the Mind Body Wellness Center and Hospice of Crawford County, both of Meadville Medical Center. As an independent contractor, I’m currently accepting new patients at Integrative Therapies Meadville.
There are many reasons that individuals, couples, and families seek assistance to help them understand and cope with life’s many challenges. I use a reflective approach in talking with people to help them find their way through those difficult times. I have a specific interest in working with adults who are facing unique challenges such as coping with changes in health status, transitioning into retirement, grief & loss, and making healthcare decisions for yourself, spouse, or aging parent. Together, strategies for managing these challenges can be developed in a supportive environment without judgment. I am also happy to assist individuals of all ages and families, who feel that this type of approach would work well for them in addressing issues related to anxiety, depression, conflict management, and resiliency.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Kelly, please call 814-807-1300, x5.