Christine Matthews, LCSW, MBA, CLC, CCTP, BSP
Christine Matthews is the Owner and Clinical Director at Never Journey Alone, LLC. Christine approaches every client from the perspective of, everybody's therapeutic process is different. It is important that she works with every client to develop an individualized plan to address their specific needs. She enjoys working with Individuals, Couples, facilitating Therapeutic Mental Health Groups, Parenting Classes, Mental Wellness workshops, and Clinical Supervision to the Never Journey Alone Clinical team.
She graduated from Thiel College with a BA in Psychology, University of Pittsburgh with a Masters of Social Work, University of Waynesburg with a Masters of Business Administration. She also has the following Certifications: Certified Life Coach, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Brainspotting Practitioner.
Christine has over 20 years of experience working as a Mental Health Social Worker, serving children, teens, and adults, in various settings such as: Mental Health Inpatient, Correctional Facilities, Insurance, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Residential Programs, Mental Health Outpatient, and Community Wrap Around Programs. Since starting Never Journey Alone in 2017, Christine has focused 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 to move them through a successful therapeutic process. 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!https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/330713
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!
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.
Monique Stevenson, MHS
Monique attended Chestnut Hill College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She took her love for working with others to the next level and decided to complete her Master’s Degree in Human Services. She has over 15 years of experience in counseling and social services. Her primary focus has been in clinical work. Monique specializes in Trauma Informed and CBT therapeutic approaches. She holds a strong background in working with both Adolescents and Adults.
Monique believes in treating the whole person, Body, Mind, and Soul. Being a supportive guide to help people find their inter-strength and empowerment is her main objective. Monique emphasizes that anyone has the ability to grow and gain the coping skills they truly need for a better quality of life.
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Nicole Bennett, MSW
Nicole is a social worker with 24 years of experience in the field working with children and families. Nicole graduated from University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation services. Nicole earned her MSW from University of Pennsylvania in May, 2020. Her passion is empowering people of color to seek therapy; as therapy is stigmatized in communities of color. Nicole uses a strength based perspective coupled with a trauma focused lens with her clients. Nicole creates a safe space in a non judgemental environment to allow the client to achieve their desired outcome. In Nicole's free time she travels, gardens, attends concerts, and listens to vinyl records.
Martay Davis, MA
Martay has been married for 35 years and she is the mother of a blended family. Her family consists of 9 children (4 son in laws and 2 daughters-in-law) and 28 grandchildren. It is because of her love for family that she has been able to create a safe haven for many children. This was a factor of which prompted her to return to school to earn a BS in Healthcare Management from Chestnut Hill College and a MA in Counseling from Missio Seminary.
With over 20 years’ experience as a mental health professional, life coach, behavioral specialist, and mobile therapist; Martay specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. When addressing the needs of her clients, she utilizes tools and strategies such as trauma-informed therapy, CBT, DBT, strength-based, and emotional focused therapy to name a few. She has treated clients with Depression, Anxiety, ODD, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct disorder, OCD, Autism, ADHD, ADD, and Martial conflict.
Martay believes that everyone has a voice and wants to be heard. Their voice matters! She walks alongside each client as they journey through their difficult times by ensuring they are both seen and heard. Every behavior has a function of communication. What are your behaviors communicating? Let’s explore them together!
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