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Meet the team behind UpStreet!
Clinical Coordinator for UpStreet
Erin has worked at JFCS since 2003, starting as a Foster Care / Adoption Caseworker where she worked with youth of all ages and their families around issues of loss, trauma, identity and permanence. Next, she moved to the Career Development Center where she served as a social worker for a job-readiness program for young people aging out of the foster care system and then as a program specialist for after school programs. Erin also provided career counseling to young adults with mental health challenges and those on the autism spectrum. Now as the Clinical Coordinator for UpStreet, Erin is proud to be part of a program that makes mental health care accessible for those who need it. Erin has a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Adolescent and Teen Psychotherapist
Stephanie is in her second year working for JFCS. She started as the behavioral therapist for the Jewish Day Schools in Squirrel Hill where she worked with the students, teachers and administrators. She provided support to ensure students have successful experiences in school. Stephanie also has experience as a teacher and swim coach. Stephanie is excited to be a part of the UpStreet team and provide services to those who need it. UpStreet is a huge step in helping break the stigma and silence surrounding mental health. Stephanie has her bachelor’s degree in early childhood and special education and her masters degree in professional counseling.
Adolescent and Young Adult Psychotherapist
Alliyah began her career working with children who experienced difficulties expressing their emotions. During graduate school Alliyah witnessed and learned about childhood trauma and how it impacts people into adolescence and adulthood, Alliyah dedicated herself to getting her Masters degree in Social Work. As a clinician Alliyah believes in the individual inner strength and resiliency of each client and helps each client reclaim their strength and believes it is important to normalize therapy and healing. Alliyah believes having a mental health therapist should be as ordinary as having a primary care physician, which is why Alliyah is excited to be a part of the Upstreet team and help make that possible for adolescents and young adults!
Adolescent and Young Adult Psychotherapist
Shelby just joined the JFCS team in April. She has a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Licensed Social Worker. While getting her master’s, she received a certificate in Mental Health. Shelby started as a counselor and advocate with Crisis Center North and Allegheny Health Network where she worked individuals experiencing domestic violence. While in this position, she provided trauma-informed individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, safety planning, case management, and advocacy services. Shelby is grateful to be a part of the UpStreet team and is very passionate about providing support to teens and young adults in a sensitive, inclusive, and accessible way.
Natalie just started in September working for JFCS as an intern for UpStreet. She is currently a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) student at The University of Pittsburgh. She also attended Pitt for her undergraduate degree in psychology as well! Natalie is very excited to have the opportunity to work and grow with the UpStreet team. She has interest in working with teens and young adults of all backgrounds. Her experience as a peer mentor for children sparked her interest in pursuing a degree in social work. Specifically, she has interest in providing therapeutic support for teens with mood and anxiety disorders.
Carmen became a member of the UpStreet team as an intern this past January. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Robert Morris University. In 2020, she completed her undergraduate degree at West Virginia University, receiving a B.A. in psychology and criminology. Carmen developed an interest in working with teens and adolescents through coaching JV and varsity softball. Due to the turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, she recognized the struggles that countless younger people began to face and became determined to help. She believes that everyone regardless of age, race, or gender should have access to mental health resources and is excited to provide support through UpStreet’s program.
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