Our team is highly skilled in working with women and their families. Experienced psychiatrists, nurses and therapists work together to deliver the best possible care. Our staff is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for all of our patients and their families. The WEWC provides superior mental health treatment for women, by women.
Elizabeth Bland, MSW, LCSW
Division Director, WEWC
Liz Bland is a Pennsylvania state licensed clinical social worker with over extensive experience working with women and families at the hospital, governmental and clinical levels; Liz has been with Main Line Health since 2006. Areas of expertise include anxiety, depression and adjustment issues before, during and after pregnancy; infertility; bereavement; unexpected medical outcomes; neonatal intensive care hospitalizations; special health care needs as well as general women’s and family issues. Liz previously served as the labor and delivery/maternity/pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit social worker at Bryn Mawr Hospital for seven years and during that time also co-founded a private counseling practice for women and families featured on ABC Action News Philadelphia as a notable community resource. In 2013, Liz was asked by Main Line Health to launch the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center (WEWC).
Since 2013, Liz has managed program operations and growth to its current compliment of professionals and services to meet the needs of women in the community. Liz worked with leadership to develop the Edinburgh Screening Process across Main Line Health to ensure women who deliver at the health system are screened for and educated about perinatal mental illness. The WEWC has received rave reviews from patients and the community at large and was named an important resource for women by Philadelphia Style magazine in spring 2015. Liz has proudly represented Main Line Health at various events and speaking engagements, including NBC10, KYW news radio, Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania. Liz was named a Power Woman 2016 by Main Line Today magazine in October 2016 and a 2017 Woman of the Year by Suburban Life magazine.
Liz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Douglass College at Rutgers University, an undergraduate associate of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and achieved a master of social work from Temple University with honors. Liz completed a certificate in healthcare leadership at the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. She is a proud member of the National Social Work Honor Society. Liz is proud of her team and honored to serve women and their families on their wellness journeys.
Linda Ryan, MD, Medical Director
Linda A. Ryan, MD, medical director of the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center, has spent her career evaluating and treating patients with psychiatric symptoms in the medical setting. Dr. Ryan is board-certified in both general adult psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Completing her undergraduate degree from Davidson College, medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina, and residency at the University of Utah, she has held faculty positions at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Rochester. Dr. Ryan has worked at Bryn Mawr Hospital as a consultation liaison psychiatrist since 2006. Dr. Ryan was named Top Doc by Main Line Today magazine in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
“I enjoy evaluating patients using a biopsychosocial perspective, providing initial assessment and ongoing follow up of medical, psychological and social factors and reviewing the risks and benefits of medication in coordination with our experienced psychotherapists. The Women’s Emotional Wellness Center is a comprehensive treatment setting that aims to return each person to their most functional, comfortable and healthy state.”
Leslie Lipson, LCSW, Program Manager
Leslie is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive clinical, administrative and leadership experience. She has over two decades of experience working in acute community mental health settings that address the needs of children, families and adults in emotional crisis. Leslie enjoys working within a multidisciplinary team that provides a holistic approach to the overall health and well-being of women and their families throughout life stages and changes. Leslie’s clinical areas of expertise include trauma; cognitive behavioral therapy; depression and anxiety; grief and loss; suicide assessment and intervention; family therapy; and mindfulness.
As a strong believer in community partnerships, Leslie has served on numerous task forces and advisory boards that collaborate with hospital systems, school districts, shelters and other organizations to identify unmet needs and collectively solve problems. She has developed and implemented programs to support individuals who needed specialized care; including a Crisis Residential Program that serves pregnant women and individuals with intellectual disabilities, and a teen help line for at-risk youth. Leslie has been invited to speak on a multitude of behavioral health and wellness topics at annual county conferences, community events, local law enforcement trainings as well as faith based organizational meetings.
Leslie received her undergraduate degree in sociology for the College of Wooster. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice.
Leslie Forsyth, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, WEWC KOP
Leslie is a licensed clinical social worker with over nine years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in the non-profit sector. Areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss and women’s issues. Leslie practices from strengths-based and psychodynamic perspectives to assist clients on their journey to emotional wellness. She has completed post-graduate training in cognitive behavioral therapy and assessment, group therapy and advanced integrated adolescent therapy at Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Leslie is excited and honored to serve women and their families at the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center of Main Line Health. She graduated with honors from the University of Delaware and received her masters of social service from Bryn Mawr College.
Kimberly Morrison, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, WEWC Newtown Square
Kim is a licensed clinical social worker with experience addressing the psychological needs of adolescents, adults and families through both individual and group psychotherapies. Her past work experience includes providing mental health and drug and alcohol therapy to pregnant and parenting women, as well as delivering social services and psychotherapy to criminal justice populations.
Kim graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and afterwards received her masters of social service from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. At that time, she also had the distinction of being selected as a student presenter at American Family Therapy Academy’s annual conference. Kim later returned to Bryn Mawr College for a post-masters certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She often utilizes these CBT techniques in her practice as a clinician, but also focuses on how family systems and attachment patterns impact an individual’s perspective and thought process. Kim is honored to currently have the opportunity to assist women and their families in restoring their emotional wellness.
Barbara-Lee Catania, LPC
Barb is a licensed professional counselor who has extensive experience working with adults experiencing substance use and co-occurring mental health issues since 2006. Barb is a certified yoga instructor and trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction; she utilizes strength-based counseling practices along with cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques when working with those experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma related disorders and substance use. Barb also incorporates meditation, mindfulness and body-centered work into individual, group and family counseling to promote a holistic approach to self-care, and to improve relationships with self and others.
Barb graduated from West Chester University with a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Barb most recently worked in a sub-acute residential treatment facility as a counselor and supervisor.
Hilary Chentow, LCSW
Hilary is a licensed clinical social worker with experience with children and families, adolescents, adults and the aging population. Hilary uses cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing and strengths -based perspectives to help individuals to strive towards their best selves.
A graduate of Macalester College, with a master’s degree in social services from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Hilary believes learning is a lifelong journey. She has also completed post graduate certificates in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and motivational Interviewing. Hilary has worked in medical social work previously practicing crisis intervention, care management and providing integrated behavioral health services. Hilary is excited to be part of the treatment team at the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center and sharing in patients’ journeys towards balance and wellness.
Christine Dehmey, LPC
Christine is a licensed professional counselor with clinical experience working among adolescents and adults in multiple outpatient mental health settings to include private practice, community mental health, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. Within these settings she has experience with individual, group, family and couple’s counseling. Areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, adjustment, trauma, relationship difficulties, women’s issues, and spirituality. Christine’s primary treatment model is schema therapy that attempts to look at early unmet emotional needs and attachment patterns that contribute to current maladaptive schemas and unhealthy ways of coping. Schema draws from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychoanalytic theory, attachment theory and Gestalt therapy to help clients identify their core needs and feelings in order to get their emotional needs met in everyday life and have satisfying relationships and experiences. Christine also incorporates CBT, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to support clients in their recovery.
Christine received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Biola University and later received her Master of Arts in counseling from formerly Biblical Theological Seminary. Christine is currently in the process of obtaining her Advanced Level Certificate in Schema Therapy from the International Society of Schema Therapy. Christine is grateful for the opportunity to walk alongside women and help them courageously break through various obstacles so they may fully flourish.
Chimère G. Holmes, LPC
Chimère is a licensed professional counselor with clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and families in both community mental health and private practice settings. Chimère brings a diverse array of experience and skillsets to the realm of psychotherapy. An ordained Reverend, Chimère is most passionate about blending her love of spirituality, wellness, and psychology to best assist each of her clients address individual challenges while overcoming difficulties. Chimère treats each therapy session as sacred, as she meets each client where they are and helps them discover the necessary tools and momentum to transform hardships in order to live their best life.
A member of the American Counseling Association, as well as the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Chimère garnered her skills from specialized trainings and accreditations through the Council for Relationships and the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis. An advocate for social and racial justice, she participates in academic panels promoting women’s empowerment, ecumenical, and multicultural dialogue. Chimère has traveled internationally to Kingston, Jamaica; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Antigua, Guatemala to assist in economic relief services. Most recently, Chimère became a volunteer with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
Chimère obtained a master’s degree in theology and Pastoral Ministry from Villanova University and a secondary master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She is currently pursuing her PhD in marriage and family therapy at Eastern University, and in October 2018 Chimère was named a 2018 Power Woman by Main Line Today. Chimère is extremely grateful and humbled to assist and journey alongside women and their loved ones on the path to wholeness and wellness.
Samantha Hunsicker, LCSW, MEd, CD(DONA)
Samantha is a licensed clinical social worker, as well as a certified birth doula. She earned her dual master’s degrees in social work and human sexuality education from Widener University after graduating from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Samantha has provided clinical mental health services to a diverse range of clients; however, she is most passionate about serving women and their partners throughout their journeys related to perinatal wellness. Samantha practices with a gentle and holistic approach, encouraging clients to explore their strengths and resilience in a warm environment. Samantha has completed several trainings specifically related to Women’s Emotional Wellness, as well as mindfulness-based stress reduction and DONA International’s Birth Doula certification. Samantha’s previous work experience has included community outpatient mental health services, adoption social work, and hospital perinatal and postpartum counseling.
Suzie E. Kim, MA, ATR-BC, LPC
Suzie is a licensed professional counselor and board-certified art therapist with experience providing individual and group therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults in various treatment settings. Using a combination of art and verbal psychotherapy, and working from a primarily psychodynamic, strength-based approach, Suzie helps her clients express and explore their thoughts and feelings towards greater self-awareness, insight and development of effective coping strategies. In addition to traditional psychotherapeutic processes, Suzie believes in the power of humor, creativity, and play to help one make connections with others and to nourish the soul. Suzie also views each person’s wellness journey as unique to the individual and values partnering with her patients on the path to growth and healing.
Suzie holds a BFA in fine arts from Moore College of Art and Design and graduated with honors from Drexel University with a master’s degree in art therapy.
Christina Kucher, CRNP
Christina Kucher is a nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry/mental health. As a nurse practitioner, she utilizes a holistic nursing approach to provide medical and emotional support to those working with psychotherapists. Her previous experience includes working with adolescents and adults within a community mental-health setting, as well as with women in a residential setting. Christina received her bachelors degree in neuroscience at Kenyon College, and then completed her nursing training at the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School.
Caitlin Ryan Lawrence, LPC, NCC, ACS
Caitlin is a licensed professional counselor with extensive experience in residential and outpatient treatment working with individuals across the lifespan. She has widespread experience working with women, families, and members of the LGBT community experiencing compounded challenges including substance use, attachment issues, and criminal justice involvement. Caitlin practices from a social justice framework to confront patriarchal structures that expose interpersonal violence, custody disputes, parenting conflicts, and feelings of worth and confidence. She is driven to empower individuals to be the agent of change in their lives using solution-focused, existential, psychodynamic and Rogerian approaches within the counseling relationship.
Caitlin graduated with honors from Wagner College in psychology and with honors in clinical counseling psychology from La Salle University. She is an approved clinical supervisor, a national certified counselor, and is also a certified trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapist. Caitlin is honored to work with the Women's Emotional Wellness Center team to continue her mission of empowering individuals to take back their lives.
Diana Mahoney, LCSW
Diana is a licensed clinical social worker with experience working with individuals across the life span in both the hospital and outpatient settings. Diana’s past clinical experience includes crisis assessment, therapeutic case management and outpatient psychotherapy. Diana recognizes and values that every individual comes to therapy with their own combination of unique life experiences, strengths and resilience which continue to shape their story and goals for treatment. Diana seeks to create a safe, collaborative and nonjudgmental space for women to heal and grow as they continue to build lives of hope. Diana graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science and went on to receive her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. She has completed post-graduate certificate training programs in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and advanced clinical social work with children through Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research. Diana utilizes a compassionate, integrative approach of traditional and evidence based treatment modalities to find the best fit for the individual. Diana is grateful for the opportunity to walk alongside women on their wellness journey.
Elizabeth Martin, LCSW
Liz is a licensed clinical social worker with experience providing individual and group therapy to a diverse group of adult and adolescent clients. She has experience supporting clients coping with substance abuse, healing from trauma, and those living with chronic and/or severe medical conditions and their caregivers. Liz believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and strives to create a safe and supportive environment for her clients, allowing for a collaborative process rooted in respect and compassion for each client along their path to wellness. Liz comes from a strength-based perspective that supports each client in identifying and implementing strategies to effect healing and change. Liz received her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, and has additional post-graduate training in providing trauma informed care, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Karen Pentz, MSW, LCSW
Karen is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive clinical and supervisory experience working with women and families. Karen practices from strengths-based and solution-oriented perspectives to help patients feel empowered to create meaningful change in their lives and discover tools that will help them to positively influences their mental health and life in general. She utilizes cognitive behavior therapy strategies to challenge thinking patterns that contribute to and prolong anxiety, depression, stress, anger and hopelessness. Karen is trained in bereavement, trauma, assertive communication and mindfulness. She is passionate about helping women expand their support networks and is grateful to be a part of her patients’ journeys in discovering opportunities for resolve, gratitude and peace.
Karen graduated with high honors from the Pennsylvania State University and hold a Masters of Social Work degree from Marywood University. She is certified in child and adolescent psychotherapy and group practice from Bryn mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Gail Roeshman, LCSW
Gail is a licensed clinical social worker experienced in both clinical and supervisory roles. Gail has supported individuals through the lifespan, including children, adolescents, adults and families. Her experience includes trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, treatment for anxiety, disability, bereavement, depression and transitions. Gail uses a person-centered, strength based treatment approach which includes mindfulness and compassionate care. Passion and commitment are guiding principles that are values that Gail brings to patient care.
Gail graduated from Temple University School of Social Work, College of Public Health, and has a postmaster certification from University of Maryland in thanatology, hospice and palliative care.
Amanda Smith, MSS, LCSW, CAADC
Amanda is a licensed clinical social worker and internationally-certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor with experience as a clinician and supervisor. Prior work experience includes treating addictions and mood disorders among adolescent and adult populations, as well as within the family system. She has done extensive work in the settings of individual, group and family therapy. Amanda employs a variety of therapeutic approaches, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy. She meets her patients where they are and holds the belief that each individual has their own journey.
Amanda graduated Cum Laude from Cabrini College with a bachelors degree in psychology and social work. She earned a masters degree in social service from Bryn Mawr College of Social Work and Social Research. Amanda resumed her studies at Bryn Mawr College and obtained a post-masters certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy. Amanda is grateful for the opportunity to inspire women and their loved ones on a path towards wellness.
Lauren Weinberg, LCSW
Lauren is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive clinical experience working with adults, families and medical professionals to assure a patient’s continuity of care. For over ten years Lauren has worked in skilled nursing facilities and trained in individual psychotherapy, grief and bereavement counseling. She has helped patients cope with unwanted physiological and emotional changes using practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy and a psychodynamic approach. She helps her clients develop strategies and coping skills to change unproductive behaviors and negative thought patterns.
Lauren received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Muhlenberg College. She then continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice earning a master’s degree in social work. Lauren is honored to have the opportunity to support women as they embark on their emotional journey to wellness.
Erin Hanna, Office Coordinator, WEWC KOP
Erin comes to the WEWC from Siemens Healthcare where she has been working as a business analyst assisting with project planning since 2016. In 2015, Erin worked as a wellness ambassador with Rite Aid advocating for their wellness program, organizing flu shot clinics and working directly with consumers. Erin has previously completed yoga and doula trainings. While the responsibilities of the office coordinator do not include clinical care, Erin’s trainings provide a lens by which she recognizes the importance of emotional health and the essential care provided to women at the WEWC. Erin received a BS in Health Science with a Community Health track from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in December 2014.
Megan Ann Royer, Office Coordinator, WEWC Newtown Square
Megan Royer, who works as a registration specialist at the WEWC, joined us in January 2018 bringing seven years of experience with her. Megan is often the first person patients speak to when they call the practice or the first person they see when they arrive to the WEWC. Megan works closely with Office Coordinator Erin Hanna; together their goal is to assist patients with scheduling and administrative needs as well as to provide a welcoming environment for all patients and their families.
Julia Windsor, RN, CARN
Julia is a registered nurse with over 10 years of clinical experience with adult patients who have co-existing mental health issues and substance use disorders. She most recently worked in a sub-acute residential treatment facility as a staff nurse for the past seven and a half years. Julia became a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse 3 years ago.
Julia is near the completion of her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Chester University. Her goal is to continue her education to become a nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. She is compassionate in her care of patients and likes to incorporate holistic measures into her nursing practice. She is proud to be working with a multidisciplinary team focusing on women’s wellness.
Referrals for an appointment can be made by callingcall 1.888.CARE.898 (227.3898). Treatment at The Women’s Emotional Wellness Center is covered by most commercial insurance plans and Medicare. The staff will provide specific information about reimbursement issues.