Meet the Professionals at Mountain Top Counseling


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Michelle Zapotoski, LPC, NCC, Owner

Michelle loves to work with clients from various backgrounds and issues from ages 18 and older. She is especially passionate about working with clients experiencing anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, and phobias. Michelle also offers specialized services in the form of couples therapy and women struggling with work stress, perfectionism and burnout. Michelle utilizes advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and the Gottman Couples Method with her clients.

Michelle is an avid cyclist. She loves to ride her indoor bike and outdoor bike as often as possible. She also has a love of books, she can always be seen reading in waiting rooms and listening to audiobooks. As a former school counselor, Michelle made the switch from the education environment to focus on contributing to the mental health needs within our area. Michelle has a niche of working with client struggling with work issues and assertiveness training.

Favorite Quote: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~ Maya Angelou

Education and Experience:

Years of Experience: 21 years
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC
Mountaintop Counseling, LLC, Owner/Therapist, 2016 – Present
Hanover Area School District, School Counselor, 2005 – 2021
Various counseling agency positions, 2002-2005
Penn State University, BS Psychology/Women’s Studies and Business Minors, 2002
University of Scranton, MS School Counseling K-12, 2004
Misericordia University, Addictions Counseling Certification, 2016
Center for EFT Studies, Level I and II EFT/Tapping Certification, 2016
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, UMass Memorial Medical Center , 2017
Embodied Philosophy, Deep Healing Through IFS, 2020
The Beck Institute, CBT for Anxiety, 2021
Chopra Institute, Meditation Certification, 2023
Internal Family Systems Therapy Live Training: 2023
Cornell University (online), Women’s Entrepreneurship, 2023
IFS Circle with Dr. Dick Schwartz, Advanced Certification, 2023
Gottman Couples Therapy Training: 2024
Adjunct Professor, Marywood University: 2024
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Lauren Martonick

Lauren enjoys working with individuals who are motivated to help themselves, open to change, and willing to have deep conversations about their challenges. She has a special interest in working with individuals who have endured any type of trauma in their lifetime or those experiencing relationship or family issues. Lauren is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and has experience working with many levels of trauma. Her goal is to provide individualized counseling approaches, primarily using trauma-informed practices, attachment theory, and cognitive-behavioral skill principles. Lauren strives to provide an environment where clients feel safe, supported, and validated. In turn, this will lead to a positive therapeutic relationship in which self-reflection and processing can take place.

Lauren has a broad range of experience in the counseling field, having worked with children, teens, adults, couples, and families with a variety of backgrounds and concerns in home-based, school-based, and outpatient settings. Her most recent experience includes working primarily with adults who suffer from Mood Disorders, Anxiety, OCD, and PTSD.

Lauren is very family oriented. She has 2 sons with her high school sweetheart and 2 chocolate labs! Lauren finds that she can make great connections with new moms and she is passionate about helping individuals struggling with relational issues. She likes to think of herself as fun and interactive, and she brings this to her therapy sessions to establish a strong therapeutic alliance.

Favorite Quote: “Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” ~ Lisa Olivera

Education and Experience:

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, BA in Psychology
Walden University, MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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Robyn Docherty

Robyn specializes in working with adolescents and young adults working to manage emotions around work, family dynamics, and expectations of self. Her approach is eclectic and person centered to meet individual needs bridging together skills from multiple therapeutic modalities such as art therapy, CBT, and DBT.

Robyn has been practicing for 4 years with experience primarily working with adolescents and young adults at a partial hospitalization program and school based program within a local high school. Throughout that time she has provided individual therapy and group therapy, focusing on managing anxiety and depression symptoms, emotional regulation skills, and providing a safe environment to open up.

Robyn is passionate about promoting the importance of self care to clients, and practicing what she preaches outside of work. In her downtime she enjoys reading, making art, spending time with her husband and their 3 cats, and finding new places to experience.

Favorite Quote: “Being human is not about being any one particular way; it is about being as life creates you with your own particular strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges, quirks and oddities.” ~ Kristin Neff

Education and Experience:

Board Certified Art Therapist, ATR-BC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Marywood University, Bachelor of Art Therapy
Marywood University, Master of Art Therapy
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Ariel McPeek

Ariel has experience with many populations. She has worked with incarcerated men and women, male veterans with psychiatric needs, and children who have experienced trauma. She currently works mostly with adults who have anxiety, depression, and trauma. Ariel really enjoys helping clients learn new coping skills to manage their symptoms while also confronting unhealthy patterns in behavior or relationships. She worked at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for one year as an intern in their suicide watch department. She helped clients work through emotions relating to first time incarceration, suicidality, and depression. Ariel also has experience at the Wilkes Barre VA Medical Center where she was a social work intern in their psychiatric ward. She ran and facilitated group sessions with veterans who were experiencing suicidal thoughts. The last 2 years before her transition to Mountaintop Counseling, she worked at Kistler Elementary where she was a Mobile Therapist for children in grades K-5. Ariel provided individual, group, and family therapy in the school and home, collaborated with all treatment team members including the school, completed assessments and treatment plans for a caseload of 24 children, and provided supervision of Behavioral Health Technicians. Her clients ranged in diagnosis from adjustment disorder to a variety of mood disorders and trauma.

Favorite Quote: “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ~ Pema Chödrön

Education and Experience:

Licensed Social Worker, LSW
Misericordia University, BA in Philosophy and Medical Health Humanities
Marywood University, Master of Social WorkHello! We are the therapists and staff of Mountaintop Counseling, LLC. As a local provider of mental health services, we strive to be a valuable asset to the overall health of our community. By offering a wide array of counseling services both in-person and virtually, we have helped clients gain access to mental health services.
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Leila Tucker

Leila is a Licensed Social Worker and provides counseling virtually or in person in both the evenings and on the weekends. As we know, stress, anxiety, depression, and traumatic events can happen to any of us irregardless of age, race, profession, sexual orientation. It is her goal as a therapist to meet clients where they are at in their life and make seeking counseling as accessible as possible. Leila has experience in helping individuals process the issues that are causing distressing symptoms and enable them to find their inner strengths, skills and abilities to be resilient. Leila focuses on helping empower clients to choose healthy instead of unhealthy thinking, feeling and acting. She has a special place in her heart for helping those who are struggling with grief, loss, and traumatic events as she has worked with grief groups, hospice, and end of life for 15 + years.

Leila has experience dealing with child welfare and family reunification. She has been a director of partial hospitalization for children with a variety of mental health diagnoses and a hospice social worker dealing with end of life issues. She also has experience helping patients and families deal with approaching death, resolving and mending relationships, and allowing patients to be able to have input into their end of life decisions. Leila is also a personal trainer focused on helping clients recognize their physical strengths and focus on what they can achieve through exercise, strength building, routine, and mindfulness.

Lelia is a wife and mother of 2 adult sons and 1 adult daughter with very unique and different personalities, strengths, and visions that have opened her eyes to the wonderful and challenging role of being parent, mentor, teacher, disciplinarian, and now, friend. Being a parent has challenged every fiber of her being and she made many mistakes along the way. Leila was tough on herself but now recognizes that even her mistakes, and the challenges she faced through each phase of their development were all for the right reasons, they were driven by the love for her children.

Favorite Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill

Education and Experience:

Licensed Social Worker, LSW
Child Welfare Certification
Certified Personal Trainer
Advanced Care Planning Certification
Misericordia University, Bachelor of Social Work
Marywood University, Master of Social Work
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Sarah Kosloski

Sarah enjoys working with clients from adolescence (ages 15+) and up. She is passionate and has experience working with clients struggling with depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum. Sarah primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with her clients and is willing to meet you wherever you are at in your therapy journey.

Sarah specializes in pregnancy, postpartum depression and anxiety, adolescents, major depressive disorder, and general anxiety disorder.

She loves attending concerts and comedy shows. She lives for her yearly trip to Ocean City, Maryland with her husband and 2 sons. Her dream is to buy a beach house there one day. She adores baby goats and loves getting a chance to hang with them and do yoga. She doesn’t have any goats, but she does have a dog named Bruce (after Springsteen) and 2 cats, Scooby & Daphne. She is an avid shopper and loves finding good deals.

Favorite Quote: “Somebody who can reckon with the past, who can live with the past in the present, and move towards the future-that’s fabulous.” ~ Bruce Springsteen

Education and Experience:

Licensed Social Worker, LSW
Kutztown University, Psychology
Marywood University, Master of Social Work
Marywood University, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
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Kristen Shipsky

Do you struggle with feelings that affect your relationships? Do you put your needs at the bottom of your to-do list? Now more than ever, people are feeling overwhelmed while trying to find their place in the world. Ignoring your needs and giving too much of yourself can lead to long-term issues for the mind and body. Therapy is a perfect way to learn more about yourself and take control of your life. I specialize in working with adults who are motivated and ready to learn more about themselves. Are you a caregiver for someone with a chronic illness or dementia? I have vast experience helping caregivers cope with life's challenges.

I believe there is hope for a better quality of life. I offer a person-centered approach to therapy which acknowledges the client as the expert of their life story. I help by meeting clients where they are and creating a plan utilizing their strengths to help them move forward. I provide an inclusive, safe space with in-person or virtual appointments.

Helping clients live their best life is my mission. It might mean working through a loss or life transition, setting boundaries, or changing behaviors. Everyone deserves an opportunity to express themselves and seek the support they need. Contact me today for a free consultation. I am excited to walk beside you on the journey to self-discovery."
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Natasha Nayduch

Natasha recognizes that life isn't always easy, and that everyone deals with and processes life's events in different ways. That's why it's especially important to her to individualize therapy for you and your specific needs. Natasha works with clients  that may be struggling with managing all that is going on in their lives, including managing additional anxiety, stress and/or depression. She feels passionate about working together with her clients to develop a personalized plan for them so that they feel heard, safe, and confident as they move forward in their healing.

For the past 18 years Natasha has worked in the human services field in a variety of different capacities, from caseworker in a foster care agency, to elementary school counselor to outpatient therapist. Seven years ago she shifted her focus to health & fitness coaching and supported women in committing to living sustainable, healthy lifestyles. After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis she shifted her path to a more holistic approach of healing, living, and counseling.
The natural healing journey that she’s been on has taught her so much about how energy stores in our bodies, and it is what ultimately brought her back to her counseling roots. Natasha utilizes the tools she’s learned over 14 years of counseling, healing, and Reiki/energy work to support her clients in achieving their goals.

Natasha loves spending time with her husband and daughter. She loves anything outdoors; from hiking to mountain biking to planting her garden. Natasha also loves the escape that a good book can give her. Natasha is passionate about supporting her clients in becoming the most beautiful versions of themselves that they can possibly envision.

Education and Experience:

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, BS in Psychology
Shippensburg University, M.Ed. in School Counseling
Nationally Certified Counselor
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Amanda Tomlinson

My ideal client is someone who recognizes the significance of holistic healing and is eager to embark on a transformative journey towards self-discovery. They may be navigating the aftermath of trauma, seeking relief from anxiety and depression, or striving to build healthier relationships. Their needs include a safe and non-judgmental space to explore their thoughts and feelings. They aspire to uncover their strengths, build resilience, and cultivate balance in their life. Motivated to achieve holistic well-being, they value a client-centered approach and are ready for a collaborative, empowering journey of self-exploration.

Empowering you through challenges, I specialize in domestic violence, sexual abuse, substance use, and various issues such as addiction, codependency, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Offering support in coping skills, family conflict, and relationship issues, I guide you toward healing and enhanced well-being.

Embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing. As a pre-licensed professional counselor, I am here to build empathy, understanding, and support. Your path to well-being begins with a conversation. Reach out, and let's navigate this transformative journey together.
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Ashley McAndrew

Life is not always black and white. I am here to help provide you with the tools to be the driving force behind creating your own narrative. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, going through a life change or just feeling stuck, no concern is too small to take the leap and begin your therapeutic journey.

Through my person-centered approach, I can utilize a combination of talk and art therapy to help engage individuals in a nontraditional way. I have helped children, adolescents, and adults by giving them the necessary tools to openly communicate their struggles in a safe and nonjudgmental environment.

It is important that every individual feels heard and seen in order to create a strong therapeutic relationship. I believe change and growth occur after a strong relational foundation is built. I strongly believe that together we can work to begin taking control of your own life back and strive toward creating the best version of yourself.

Education and Experience:
Marywood University, Masters of Arts (Art Therapy)
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Valerie Treat

Valerie has been working in the administrative field for 10+ years. In her years of experience, she has worked in varying office environments including healthcare, higher education, and real estate. She has always had a love of the mental health field, and believes it is so important for people to have access to outlets where they can work on themselves and feel heard.

Valerie loves spending time with her husband and their 4 cats. She often volunteers at a local cat cafè, and would take them all home if she could! She is also an avid movie fan and one of her favorite activities is going to the theater to see the latest releases.

Education and Experience:

Keystone College, BS in Business Administration
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Our practice mascot - Remy!

Remy was found by a good samaritan at a bus stop in Texas. He was being taken care of in an overcrowded facility when Michelle Zapotoski came across his profile online. Michelle was able to adopt him and the rescue organization transported him all the way to PA. It was love at first treat!

In a therapy session, you can expect to be greeted by Remy when you get here. After that he typically will lay on his bed. He is also sensitive to crying and will take it upon himself to be a canine tissue for you if you would like! If not, Remy can be kept on a leash with Michelle for the session. He has been through a lot in his short life and we are so grateful to have him with us everyday! 
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