Christine Matthews, LCSW, MBA, CLC, CCTP, BSP
Christine Matthews is the Owner and Psychotherapist at Never Journey Alone, LLC. She enjoys working with individuals, couples and families. Her private practice is maintained in Colmar, PA.
She is a graduate from Thiel College with a BA in Psychology, University of Pittsburgh with a MSW, University of Waynesburg with a MBA. Also, a Certified Life Coach from Coach Training Alliance and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional from IATP.
Christine has many years of experience working as a Mental Health Social Worker, serving children, teens, and adults, in various settings. In private practice Christine focuses her specialties of treatment in the areas of Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Racial and Generational Trauma, Grief/Loss, and Relationship issues. She works together with her clients in developing the proper treatment plan to address their specific needs to move them through a successful therapeutic process.
Everybody’s therapeutic process is different. It is important that an individualized plan is developed to address the needs of the client.
Christine often says “this is the client’s treatment, I am simply here to provide the tools to help them successfully navigate through life”
You can also find Christine’s profile on Psychology Today!https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/330713
Justin Morton, MS BSL
Justin is a 2020 Graduate from Purdue University with a Masters of Science, where his coursework focused in APA Behavioral Psychology. He has several years experience working with children, adolescents, adults , and families. He has worked with clients with various diagnoses such as: Autism, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, ADHD, ADD, ODD – to name a few!
Justin has worked as a mental health therapist, behavioral specialist and mobile therapist in various settings.
When he isn’t working, he is active in the community, hiking, or reading. An Allentown resident currently. He believes that working to help bring people together is the highest calling imaginable
Jayne Giampa, MS
Jayne received her BA in Psychology from West Virginia University, and graduated from Chestnut Hill College in 2019 with a MS in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. With a psychodynamic background, she utilizes a variety of techniques from CBT, DBT, client-centered, play and art therapy, and strength-based approaches. She enjoys working with children, teens, and young adults on an individual level, and has experience in both residential and outpatient settings. Though her specialties of treatment are in the areas of depression and anxiety, she has experience working with issues related to trauma, self-esteem, family dynamics, relationships, behaviors, anger management, and life transitions.
Jayne wants to emphasize the importance of self-care and being in tune with your mental health while offering a calm, safe, and judgment-free space. Her goal is to support you and provide empathy and compassion as you move forward with your therapeutic journey. Things you can work on together can include but are not limited to: processing thoughts/feelings/emotions, utilizing coping skills, identifying stressors and triggers, working towards future goals and plans, and practicing positivity and self-love. Whatever challenges you may face, together, you and Jayne will work on strategies in addressing those issues and how to overcome them to improve your day-to-day functioning and overall life satisfaction.
Lesli Harper, MA
Lesli is a mental health professional with more than 12 years’ experience who believes that everyone is capable of creating and living their most authentic life. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Also, has a wealth of experience in trauma-informed care and treating post-traumatic symptoms. She enjoys working with teens and young adults.
Lesli’s view therapy as a collaborative process in which she provides a safe, nurturing, empowering environment for her clients to explore their thoughts and feelings in order to reach their goals.
Trazanna Spearman, MSW
Ms. Spearman is an MSW with a 20-year of experience in the field of social services who believes we all have the capacity to change and achieve greatness mentally, emotionally, and physically. She has a wealth of experience and training in individual and group counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Alcohol and Drug Treatment serving both children and adult populations. Life is an Incredible Journey and learning to overcome personal obstacles empowers us to achieve growth in all areas of our lives.
Carla Bidwell, MA
Carla received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She has experience working with all ages from very culturally diverse backgrounds. She has worked with children, individuals, couple’s , and families that are struggling with any kind of life storm or dealing with various conditions and symptoms. She uses a person- centered approach, trauma focused, psychodynamic (attachment injuries), CBT, DBT, ACT, EFT, solution focused, family systems. RLT, exposure therapy, mindfulness and play therapy.
Carla has such a passion to provide an empathetic, safe space to walk alongside others as they share their story.
She works collaboratively building a trusting relationship with each person to find true healing that will allow them the freedom to use their strengths and choose to create a full, meaningful, joy filled life with a purpose. She believes that so many suffer in isolation or in avoidance behaviors that get us stuck but once you decide to reach out for help there is so much Hope. People are wired for a mindset of Love and connections to others. Helping people know they are worthy and capable of striving for their highest potential is the most beautiful gift ever!
Tyra Wright-Johnson, MS
Tyra has professional experience in working with Early Intervention as a Special Instructor, Behavior Specialist Consultant, ABA, Parent Coach, and Autistic Support Disorder Coordinator in Philadelphia. Worked in conjunction with Elwyn Services, (NET) Northeast Treatment Centers, Department of Behavioral Health, Community Behavioral Health, and Partnerships in Philadelphia.
Tyra also works with families and children by using positive behavior and cognitive strategies. Providing (ABA) Applied Behavior Analysis in promoting interactive daily routines. Providing conflict resolution and anger management style practices for adolescents and teens. By creating healthy choices and solutions. Partnered with the schools and universities for implementing Teen Program in violence prevention and awareness.
Mrs. Johnson is the Founder and President of a non-profit organization that educates
the community; women, children, and teens about domestic and teen dating violence. After being victimized twenty-three years ago, Tyra wanted to teach others how to become self-
sufficient by learning the signs of domestic violence, educating themselves on what to do when it happens and learning to become independent and successful with resources.
Tyra received an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice, a B.A. in Business Management, and MS in
Psychology Walden University. She received the Women’s Opportunity Awards from Soroptimist International Five Points Magenta, where she is President.
Tyra received Certificates in Domestic Violence Training from Women against Abuse; Parent Educator Ambassador; from the Black Alliance for Educational Options
Business Management; Wharton Small Business Center; The Women Development
Center in Philadelphia. Servant leadership Award from Opportunity Inc., Image Award by State
Representative Vanessa L. Brown, 190th District, and 2015 Power Voice Award given by
She is active in domestic violence prevention advocacy, behavior therapy for children with
special needs, empowering, and motivational speaking.
James Matthews joined our team to simply “help out” with office and billing duties in 2021 to support his wife and business. In 2022 when Never Journey Alone started to expand, he was asked to come on board full time as NJA’s Practice Manager. His work experience has been in Real Estate (Sales/Foreclosures/landlord) and Graphic/Production Planning. He attended University of Pittsburgh where he studied Architecture Design and ran on the Track team. Currently, is the Girls’ Head Track Coach at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and for a Local Club Track team in Philadelphia. He considers coaching track a pleasure and absolute privilege, especially being able to coach his own 2 teenagers. He has always been very good with “numbers” and managing the financial side of business. We welcome James and his experience here at Never Journey!
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