Hi! I’m Brianna, a Pittsburgh-based therapist serving all of Pennsylvania through virtual counseling! I am SO glad that you are considering starting therapy and considering me to walk along side you on that journey! We invest so much into our jobs, our homes, our families, etc. But what do we do for ourselves? Often, people talk about how they treat themselves to a spa day or shopping spree to help ease stress. At Viaggio Counseling & Wellness, we aim to be a “spa-like” experience for your mind! I hope that you will see our sessions as a space for you to be rejuvenated mentally and to take a break from the stressors of your every day demands.
I am a licensed clinical social worker who is passionate about helping others through the therapeutic process. I have been practicing teletherapy for over five years and in that time, have become an expert in online therapy services. In addition to our virtual practice, Viaggio Counseling & Wellness has just opened a brand new, luxury office space in the South Hills of Pittsburgh fully equipped with a complimentary coffee bar, co-working space/wifi, waiting room lounge, and secure entry via pin pad for after hours sessions! I believe in a solution-focused, client-centered approach that is grounded in the idea that our thoughts affect our emotions, which in turn, drive our behaviors. In order to change our negative emotions and behaviors, we must first change our negative thoughts.
I also believe that in order for treatment to be effective, a strong therapeutic relationship must be established between therapists and their clients. Because of this, I always strive to create an environment where my clients feel heard, understood, and that they are in control of their individual therapeutic process. My clients would tell you that I am laid back, approachable, and non-judgmental. My sessions not only utilize the most up-to-date, research-based interventions, but also are filled with laughter and maybe even a moment of sarcasm. I am comfortable talking about anything and everything and feel that a moment of laughter or a joke can be just as effective as the most clinical intervention.
In addition to being a co-owner of Viaggio, I am also the supervisor of a residential step-down program that treats adults returning to the community after a psychiatric hospitalization. Through my experiences, I am skilled in working with a wide range of clients. I specialize depression and anxiety; as well as relationship problems and self-esteem issues. I also have a strong background in trauma (specifically sexual assault) and LGBTQ/trans issues. I am comfortable talking about anything and everything. Sex, monogamy/infidelity, trauma, negative thoughts, etc.—I hope you will feel comfortable with bringing anything to our sessions without the fear of shame or judgment.
I look forward to speaking with you and embarking on this journey together!