Meet our Talented Therapists 

Lara Krawchuk
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Jen Weidner
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Nicole Cowan
Our compassionate, calm, curious and creative therapists are here for you! We believe in exploring your pain and growing your strengths.  Call today to get started on your healing journey!  
 

Lara Krawchuk, MSW, LCSW, MPH

Are you sad, stressed, scared, suffering, or feeling isolated? Have you experienced loss or trauma? I recognize the courage and vulnerability it takes to ask for professional help and am committed to providing personalized support. You deserve state of the art clinical care!

 

I created Healing Concepts, LLC almost 20 years ago to provide excellence in clinical care. I love supporting healing in individuals and families struggling to cope with bereavement, cancer care, end of life, living losses, physical illness, professional compassion fatigue, attachment trauma, and traumatic loss. I feel strongly that no one should suffer in isolation and that healing is ALWAYS possible!  I particularly enjoy helping other helping professionals (i.e., counselors, medical professionals, social workers, spiritual leaders, and therapists) tend to their own wounded parts. I understand that we must tend to our own suffering in order to effectively help others.

I strongly believe in the power of creative clinical intervention! I combine a powerful combination of talk therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), guided imagery, mindfulness, somatic practices, spiritual exploration, and creative healing techniques to move clients towards deep and long-lasting healing.

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Owner and Clinical Director of Clinical Services

Healing Concepts, LLC.

IFS Certified Therapist

610-209-3111

HealingConceptsLLC@gmail.com

I am so proud to be IFS certified therapist. I simply love this gentle and profound healing model. IFS helps clients uncover the hidden reasons they act and feel the way they do, learn to love all parts of themselves (even the challenging ones) and heal from past and current wounds. I use IFS in my clinical practice and love to teach other therapists how to effectively use the model. My clinical supervision groups and popular CEU trainings are a great way to learn more.


I am an internationally recognized expert on grief, living losses, coping with physical illness and professional compassion fatigue/vicarious traumatization. I am a long-time adjunct
professor with the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. I also teach continuing education classes all around this country. Recent offerings include; ambiguous and living losses, caring at the end of life, grief & loss across a life cycle, IFS in clinical practice, professional compassion fatigue, and treating trauma. I speak nationally on bereavement, IFS, living losses, physical illness, end of life, guided imagery, creative healing and compassion fatigue. I wrote four chapters for two of Robert Neimeyer's acclaimed Techniques of Grief Therapy books. I also serve on the faculty of Niemeyer's, Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, which offers fabulous onsite and online postgraduate trainings and certifications.


I currently see clients exclusively on our secure Telehealth Platform. I also offer a range of supervision and CEU options for professionals. To begin working with me, or one of the incredibly talented therapists on the Healing Concepts, LLC team, please contact me at 610-209-3111.

 

Commonly Used Healing Modalities:

  • Internal family systems (IFS)

  • Art-inspired therapy

  • EMDR

  • Guided Imagery

  • Meaning Making Practices

  • Narrative therapy

  • Somatic (body-based) approaches

  • Trauma Informed Practice

 

Chandler Ballbach, MSW, LSW

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Chandler Ballbach

MSW, LSW (she/her)
Clinical Associate
215-798-0170
Chandler.ballbach@gmail.com

Chandler sees clients in our Main Line, Philadelphia, and Telehealth Offices.


I love working with teens (14 years and older), young adults, and adults experiencing concerns related to abuse, anger, anxiety, bullying,
depression, divorce, family stressors, grief, life transitions, living losses, loneliness, parental addiction, perfectionism, relationships, self-esteem, sexual abuse, and school stressors. My clients tell me I am compassionate, hopeful, committed, accepting, and very patient. I work extensively with clients from diverse cultures and identities and am committed to fostering an open and inclusive therapy practice. I have significant
experience supporting clients with complex trauma histories.

I enjoy nurturing an environment of trust and support for my clients. I am committed to advocacy and confidentiality for my teen clients, but also enjoy working collaboratively with families and schools to help support the work of healing.

I believe that no matter what challenging behaviors my clients are experiencing, resilience, growth, and healing are always possible! I enjoy developing long term healing relationships with my clients and their families, and patiently support my clients as they move from places of deep woundedness to substantial thriving.


Commonly Used Healing Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Techniques

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Techniques

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Meaning Making Practices

  • Mindfulness

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Practice

 

Nicole Cowan, MSW, LSW, MPH

Nicki sees clients in our Philadelphia and Telehealth Offices.

I work with clients ages 16 and up in both short- and long-term healing relationships, providing space and tools to safely process and cope through grief, depression, and anxiety. My clinical focus centers on losses to death and living losses, depression, anxiety, cancer and other chronic or life-threatening illnesses, family caregiving, end of life, and other significant life transitions. I also support families in navigating the many challenges of illness, end-of-life planning, and traumatic loss. I strive to ground my practice in an antiracist, affirming, non-pathologizing framework, and I welcome discussions about justice, oppression, and privilege. Meaning and hope can be vital to wellbeing, and I understand the complexity of meaning and hope in the face of significant life transitions. It would be an honor to join with you in exploring the meaning of your unique life challenges and achieving greater access to your inner healing intelligence.

Commonly Used Healing Modalities:

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Creative Meaning Making Practices

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Polyvagal Theory

  • Trauma Informed Practice

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Nicki Cowan

MSW, LSW, MPH (she/her)

Clinical Associate

609-525-4841

nicolemanette@gmail.com

 

Emilee Duckworth, MSW, LCSW

Emilee sees clients in our West Chester and Telehealth offices.

I support clients who experience a wide array of stressors including anxiety, depression, grief, physical illness, trauma and traumatic losses, religion-related distress, and life transitions. In my experience, a trusting relationship between the therapist and client is key to growth and healing. I create a warm environment where you can feel the safety and freedom to explore the details of your own situation. I support you as you move towards healing and thriving.

 

I enjoy working with individuals from all ages, from adolescents (13 and older) to older adults. Knowing that every client’s life story is different, I use my professional expertise to tailor a treatment that is unique to your needs. I use narrative and meaning-making therapies to help you understand the “why” of the pain you are feeling. I also use Internal Family Systems (IFS) and EMDR to support you with the destabilizing impact of loss and trauma. I teach helpful skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)  to increase your ability to successfully engage with the people around you.

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Emilee Duckworth

MSW, LCSW (she/her)
Senior Clinical Associate
484-897-0079
Emileeduckworth@gmail.com

I love being at the crossroads of a person’s life as they encounter a difficult circumstance and then accompanying them as they navigate their situation. I recognize the bravery and vulnerability it takes to ask for professional help, and I am committed to providing you personalized support to help you grow. 

 

Commonly Used Healing Modalities:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) 

  • Meaning Making PracticesMindfulness Practices Narrative Therapy

 

Terry Sturmer, MSW, LCSW


Terry sees clients in our West Chester and Telehealth offices.


My teen (16 years and older), adult, and older adult clients face deeply personal, past, and present losses and traumas. I understand their feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, confusion, and sadness. My clients tell me I am compassionate, collaborative, creative, scholarly, and warm. Together, we work to heal and resolve problems and challenges with new skills and abilities. I am an LGBTQ+ advocate and ardent supporter of my clients’ lifestyle choices. I have extensive clinical experience working with complex trauma, traumatic grief, living losses, and life-threatening physical illness.


 My individualized approach draws on my training in evidence-based practices such as EMDR, IFS (“parts work”), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Guided Imagery, and Mindfulness. I enjoy collaborating closely with other mental health and medical providers to further my clients’ healing.

Terry Sturmer

MSW, LCSW (she/her)

Senior Clinical Associate

484-278-3884

Terrysturmerlcsw@gmail.com

In person and on telehealth, I always create a session environment that is safe, warm, inviting, and productive. Maybe you have waited until now to work on the issues that challenge your happiness. Let me help you.
I look forward to hearing from you and starting this healing journey together. 


Commonly Used Healing Modalities:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Guided Imagery

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Mindfulness

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

 

Jen Weidner, MSW, LCSW

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Jen Weidner

MSW, LCSW (she/her)
Clinical Associate
267-428-1485
Jen.weidner.therapy@gmail.com

Jen sees clients in our Philadelphia and Telehealth Offices.

I am a dedicated supporter of young adults and adults with experiences including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, grief, living/ambiguous losses, physical illness, traumatic loss, and trauma across the lifespan. I also have significant experience supporting veterans, military families, and first responders navigating the impact of loss and trauma. In addition to providing individual therapy, I also co-facilitate our Grief Relief workshops within which I enjoy teaching participants a wide range of tools to support them as they navigate their unique grief reactions to life losses and transitions.

 

I enjoy developing both short and long-term relationships with my clients, and work collaboratively with you to determine the appropriate frequency and length of our work together. I combine evidence-based practices with clinical wisdom and creativity to help you move towards your healing goals, and cater my clinical techniques to your specific needs. I strive to cultivate a safe space where we can collaboratively explore your life experiences with curiosity, openness, and compassion. I am dedicated to providing an inclusive, affirming space for clients of all identities, and welcome conversations related to how your culture, multiple and intersecting identities, and societal factors have influenced your life’s course. 

I believe that you already have much of what you need inside of you to heal—our work together is to tap into your inner wisdom! Together we will work to understand the adaptive nature of your thoughts and beliefs, emotions, behavioral strategies, and body sensations with the goal of creating a deeper relationship with yourself and ultimately, the possibility for change. I recognize the profound courage that it takes to reach out for professional support and would be honored to walk the path to well-being with you.

 

Commonly Used Healing Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Techniques

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Meaning Making Practices

  • Mindfulness

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Somatic (Body-Based) Approaches

  • Trauma Informed Practice

  • Writing/Journaling

 

Joy Slabaugh - Intern Program

Looking for lower cost therapy? We at Healing Concepts, LLC are serious about expanding the reach of therapy services.  We never want cost to get in the way of your mental health care.  In order to expand the reach of our services we partner with counseling and social work interns to offer therapy at a lower fee.   All interns are closely supervised by senior members of our team and engage in rigorous learning protocols throughout their time with Healing Concepts, LLC.  Please note that interns only join the practice for a year so be clear that working with an intern is a short term counseling experience.  Come prepared to work on one or two issues and be aware that change will happen when the intern graduates.  If this fits your needs please contact us today.

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Joy Slabaugh (she/her)

Fee-$90. 

Joy also offers a generous sliding scale.  

To schedule with Joy please contact us.

Joy Slabough is a Master of Counseling student at Arcadia University.  She is supervised at Healing Concepts, LLC by Lara Krawchuk, MSW, LCSW, MPH.  Feel free to reach out to Lara with questions or concerns about working with Joy.

Welcome.  I would be honored to support your healing journey!  I recognize that woundedness can come from many directions—losses, our families of origin, current relationships, oppressive societal “norms”, medical events, natural disasters, pandemic distress, and more. I am also very interested in ways that anxiety and distress manifests in corporate and educational environments. Organizations can be dehumanizing, creating interactions that bring up shame and activate prior hurts; we can explore this together. I love to partner with adolescents, young adults and adults on their unique healing journeys. I will seek to create space for you to heal by gently building trust, exploring the unique meaning of your pain, and eventually helping you develop skills in following your own inner healing wisdom. 

My goal is to create an accepting environment where we can explore the intersections of all your identities, which may include culture, gender, sexuality, race, body image, ethnicity, disability, and more. I always welcome discussions on class, oppression, and privilege. To increase access to mental health care I offer a generous sliding fee scale. We will discuss fees up front to determine what rates are affordable for you. To inquire about working with me please share a little bit about your needs through the contact us feature of our website.