About Us

About Dr. Carole Kunkle-Miller and Associates

Established in 1986, Carole Kunkle-Miller, PhD and Associates is a group of psychologists, social workers and counselors who provide therapy and consulting to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. This unique group of practitioners are clinical professionals with the highest level of education and expertise, as well as having a long standing reputation for treatment effectiveness and excellence.

Our physical offices are in Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair, however we also do virtual sessions which are self-pay if not approved by your insurance. We welcome children in our offices. 

Our Therapists

Jane Ackerman, Ph.D.

Scott Cunningham, LPC

I am now welcoming new clients. For the past 20 years, I’ve been providing a safe and supportive environment where people feel comfortable talking about their depression, fears, stresses and hopes for life. Having a collaborative relationship with clients is important to me. We can think together about painful & confusing things that come up in therapy and process them together. I approach my work with positive energy and am committed to helping you move forward.

I bring hope and knowledge into our sessions and provide psycho-education to aid in the effectiveness of therapy. I work with clients coping with issues such as, but not limited to anxiety, trauma, depression, partner-relational issues & phase of life transitions. My experience entails couples, adolescent, family and adult counseling.I am certified in: Chemical Dependency Counseling, ASIST Suicide Intervention, Crisis Intervention Stress Management and Comprehensive Crisis Management. I am certified in Chemical Dependency Counseling, ASIST Suicide Intervention, Crisis Intervention Stress Management and Comprehensive Crisis Management.

My goal is to help people struggling with trauma to regain stability and strength as well as insight into their issues. I believe that everyone has an innate ability to grow and learn. I enjoy helping people accomplish that goal and live better and more productive lives.

Christina Hostutler, L.C.S.W.

I equate therapy with going on a road trip; you are in the driver’s seat but have trusted me enough to let me know your destination and guide you with the map. Because I’m not the one driving, I can look behind and ahead to see perspective on your journey, guide you through unexpected detours, and even educate you in basic car maintenance and repair. I help clients learn to accept their emotions without being overcome by them and focus on a path of action dictated by their values. I have over 18 years of experience with clients of all ages and stages. I look forward to helping you with life changes, relationship issues, parenting concerns, struggles with anxiety and depression, social and performance anxiety,  job stress, and much more.

Melissa Kostiuk-Kuczma NCC LPC

“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”
-Virginia Satir-

Life does not always follow a plan. While we are not always able to change what happens, we have a choice in how we cope. My role is to help bring clarity to all the choices that are available and to provide support in deciding how to move forward.

I have worked in a variety of community mental health programs prior to joining Dr. Kunkle-Miller’s practice. Most recently I spent 6 years providing counseling services to families within a busy pediatric practice.

My goal is to help individuals and families overcome whatever obstacles prevent them from achieving their goals. I use a variety of techniques and a trauma-informed care approach. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. I have a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Duquesne University. I offer individual and family counseling for a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, stress management, Women’s issues, school concerns, relational issues, and parenting support.

Carole Kunkle-Miller, Ph.D.

To me, one of the most inspiring symbols of self-growth is the tree of life. I have specifically chosen that symbol as the logo associated with our group practice as it is so representative of the growth individuals undergo through therapy. The tree of life illustrates our being connected to all aspects of life: to the relationships with our past and present families, to the foundational relationship to our health, and to our sense of self as a child of nature with incredible potential to grow and thrive. Like trees, we may all look alike, yet we all have our own unique histories and stories to tell. We learn how strong and resilient we are especially during the most difficult storms. My therapeutic approach is centered on holistic health concepts, co-creating a treatment plan based on a review of the individual’s unique personal history and resulting in goals to address mind, body and spirit.

My desire is to lead people to  become the change they desire in their lives.  By focusing on their physical health,  personal relationships, and their living environments, people can achieve a greater sense of happiness and fulfillment.  My specialty in natural mental health solutions offers healthy options to preventing burnout and experiencing joy.

Richard K. Miller, M.Ed.

I am a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience. I use both a skill building and a developmental approach in therapy. Skill development includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, stress/anger management, and resolving marital conflict and communication problems. A developmental approach considers your unique story of childhood and how you became the person you are today. Approaches include Attachment Theory, Schema Therapy, and brain development.

Recalling and discovering old memories and feelings–and sharing them–is part of the process of change. This integrates the past with the present, and your emotional self with your logical self. The goal is to identify and resolve old belief systems that once worked, but now interfere with your happiness as an adult.

Changes occur by promoting integration of the mind, moving one forward to resolve maladaptive schemas, thereby changing the structure of the brain through the process of neuroplasticity. Deciding to talk with a professional is a big step, and finding the right person is important.

Maryann Sorrell, L.S.W.

“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” As a therapist for over thirty years, I have had the privilege of assisting clients of all ages in their journeys towards self-discovery, empowerment and greater joy. With care, compassion, and clinical insight, I provide individual, group and relationship counseling. Some of my areas of expertise include childhood issues, relationship/marital concerns, fertility challenges, anxiety, depression, grief and attention deficit disorder.  I believe each of my clients is the expert when it comes to their own feelings, desires and goals. My hope is to assist clients in achieving greater contentment and in developing effective ways to handle life’s challenges. I would welcome the opportunity to be part of your journey!

Marianne Uffelman, L.C.S.W.

Just as my yard needs weeding, pruning, and mulching to stimulate growth; we as individuals require an honest reflection and evaluation of our life’s story. My goal as your therapist will be to help you grow physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually to become the best version of yourself. In my Women’s Empowerment Group, I utilize devotions, 12 step principles, and cognitive behavioral theory to reignite clients sense of spirituality and faith. We become a safe place of peer support and guidance to process the stressors of everyday life. Whether it be individual, couple, or group sessions, I will respond to your experiences with empathy, humility, understanding, compassion, and forgiveness to promote development. I am mother of four and grandmother of eight.

Wendy Weaver-Graham, Ph.D.

Two learnings from past mentors stand out to me; “meet your clients where they are”, and “build on their strengths”.  The first requires empathic listening and compassion and the second skills and experience to invite understanding and change.  People are like puzzles and sometimes life’s challenges such as trauma, conflict, and loss seem to scramble the pieces. Through the use of your life experience combined with my own life experience, training, and over 30 years of professional experience in Dance/Movement therapy and Psychology; we work together to “refit the puzzle”. The challenges of life can deepen our experience and broaden our knowledge leading to a potentially fuller experience of life. A more beautiful puzzle!

Nicolene Zapach, M.A.

Emotions can override logic causing us to struggle with our feelings.

During therapy sessions, one’s personal beliefs – often including spiritual beliefs – are discussed as these concepts set the framework for how one views themselves and their world.  I assist clients to connect-the-dots often revealing different perspectives encouraging clients to consider choices previously unrecognized.  Energy psychology methods such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Tapas Acupressure Technique(TAT) can provide insight and enable healing by tapping into a strong mind-body connection .   Relaxation and meditation techniques are also often used in sessions.

However, it is in the-time-between the therapy sessions that the processing and potential change truly occurs.  The talking and techniques in sessions set the stage and provide tools.  It is in moving through one’s life when healing and experiencing life differently occurs.

Therapy provides a means to increase self-awareness and compassion, to breathe both exhaling and inhaling, and better navigate balance.