John Weigel, MS, CAADC, Licensed Psychologist
John has been married since 1987 to Jane Weigel, who is an Associate with Weigel Counseling. Together they have two boys and two girls. They are active members of the Lampeter Church of the Brethren, and are involved in various community efforts in the West Lampeter Township area.
John enjoys sports (especially baseball), music (jazz, folk & Christian), reading (professional, mystery novels & theological books) and chocolate (all types!).
John is the founder and owner of Weigel Counseling Associates, Inc. John has been a Licensed Psychologist since 1989, and has been a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 1987. He began a private practice of Psychology in 1993. John's professional specialties include: Counseling children and adults, Substance Abuse Evaluations and Therapy, AD/HD Evaluations and Therapies, couples counseling, emotional disorders (anxiety, depression, anger), Psychological Evaluations, Sports Psychology issues, family counseling, educational presentations and public speaking. John works at the Willow Street and North Pointe Roseville Pediatrics offices and is able to accept most major insurances to help pay for his services.
Antonia Vasilakis Pawlson LPC, ATR-BC
Antonia has been with Weigel Counseling Associates since 2005. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her Masters in Counseling and Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Antonia’s past clinical settings include outpatient, partial day hospital, residential treatment, and shelters working on a range of emotional and behavioral issues. She currently works part-time primarily with children, adolescents and their families out of the Willow Street Office.
Antonia is married to Brent Pawlson, a local pediatrician, and is the mother of two boys, Alexander and Zachary. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her children, tennis, reading, painting, travel and volunteer work in the Lancaster County area.
Becky Charles, LCSW, MSW, M.Ed
Becky Charles is a couples, individual, and family therapist specializing in sexuality and gender issues. Becky joined Weigel Counseling Associates as an LSW in 2012. Becky attained her BS in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College and both her Master's in Clinical Social Work and Master's in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. She attained her LCSW in 2016.
Becky works primarily from a Narrative Therapeutic Approach as well as a Strengths-Based Model. Becky holds particular interest and expertise in issues surrounding HIV and sexuality, severe mental health concerns, and young adult transitional issues/college-aged concerns, as well as particular interest in working with couples and LGBTQ clients. Becky works at the Willow Street and Rothsville offices and accepts many major insurance types.
Jane Weigel, RN, BSN
Jane has been a nurse for over 25 years, and has worked in pediatrics, home health, and community nursing settings. For the past several years, Jane has been committed to assisting children and teens in living healthy lifestyles through her Body Tune Program. Jane specializes in working with children who are overweight, picky eaters, underweight children and teens, and children with abnormal laboratory values such as high cholesterol. She has an individualized and professional approach and works to motivate her clients.
Jane is happily married to John Weigel and is the mother of four children. Outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking are enjoyable for Jane. She also enjoys cooking and reading and working with the children at her church.
Jennifer Smoker, LPC, M.Ed
Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her master's degree from Shippensburg University and previously worked for a mental health company for 4 years working with children, adolescents, and families. Jennifer primarily works with children and adolescents through play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy while incorporating mindfulness. She believes the parents play a large role in their child's therapy and should be part of the healing process. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, ADHD, ODD, behavior modification, and grief/loss.
Jennifer is married, a mom of a wonderful baby girl and has two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys reading, being active, and spending time with family and friends.
Karen Foley, LPC
Karen Foley specializes in working with the LGBTQI community and Trauma. She also works with a variety of adult and adolescent client concerns (including Anxiety, Depression, Individual, Couples and Family Counseling). Karen is often accompanied by her dog, May, who specializes in sleeping and snuggling.
Karen has fourteen years of professional experience dedicated to working with trauma and the body. She has worked with adolescents and adults in hospital settings, VA Medical Centers and World Relief. Her knowledge of the body/mind connection is uniquely informed by her previous practice as a licensed massage therapist, Sensorimotor Psychotherpay, Shambhala meditation practices and yoga.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy looks a lot like "traditional" talk therapy, but gives equal attention to the physical information being presented by the client. This approach to trauma therapy enables her to help clients deepend awareness to the body's subtle communication and utilize techniques to manager traumatic stress responses at micro-level. By building trust in their own ability to regulate their body, clients beging to access a sense of safety in the present day and are less viscerally haunted by the past. https://www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/about.html
Karen facilitates the Queer Parenting Group and offers a Trans/Queer donation yoga class at MIO Studio at 12:30 on Sunday's (154 N. Prince St). Karen also advocates for Transgender Equality in local school districts.
Kanjana Rajaratnam, LCSW
Kanjana is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing individuals, couples, groups, and family therapy to clients of all ages in the Willow Street, Rothsville Medical Center and Roseville Pediatrics offices. She integrates her knowledge in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation, play therapy, and neurobiology to help clients attain personal awareness and growth. She offers a safe, supportive atmosphere where she works together with clients to utilize their strengths, understand their difficulties, and learn skills to achieve their goals.
Kanjana specializes in grief & loss, chronic illness, anxiety & depression, ODD, AD/HD, autism spectrum disorders, trauma, LGBT issues and relationship issues with a special focus on intercultural and intergenerational relationships in couples and families.
Kanjana earned her BA in International culture and Japanese from Knox College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a clinical certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Bryn Mawr College. Kanjana enjoys spending time outdoors, being silly with her dogs, singing, traveling, and practicing yoga.
Lori Yelk, LPC, NCC
Lori is pleased to join Weigel Counseling Associates. She is a National Certified Counselor and also is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Lori received a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Alvernia University and most recently became certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Lori has experience working with people of all ages and with a variety of mental health issues; however her specialty areas include working with children and adults who have experienced trauma, and working with those who have developmental and intellectual disabilities, as well as working with the Amish population. For the past five years, she has provided counseling services to victim survivors of sexual assault and their significant others.
Lori enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking and biking. She also loves to read, travel and eat ice cream.
Melissa Brown, MS, Licensed Psychologist
Melissa is a Licensed Psychologist with over 26 years of experience in the mental health field. She works with adolescents and adults in individual, family and couples therapy. Clinical treatment areas include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adolescence and in adulthood, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and gay/lesbian issues. Her therapeutic approach includes psychoeducational, insight-oriented and cognitive behavioral therapy. Melissa works at our Roseville & Willow Street office.
Meade Stoner, MSW, LCSW
Meade is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the human services field since 1992 (with an MSW from Temple University since 1997) in settings such as Children and Youth Services, Family Based Mental Health Services, an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, Outpatient Therapy, Community Work with Urban Youth, Residential Treatment for adolescents and a brief period with developmentally delayed individuals in community living settings.
Meade has been with Weigel Counseling Associates since 2005 and works out of the Willow Street and North Pointe Roseville Pediatrics Offices. Much of his experience has been with children and adolescents. He has some training in Structural Family Therapy, has been a Comprehensive Crisis Management trainer and has received the Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist Certification from Ohio University (2004). In addition to his family and life experiences these positions and trainings have influenced his desire to be a healing presence in the lives of individuals and families. Each experience has been invaluable in developing a perspective that values each individual for who they are, what they believe and what they have been created to be or to become. Meade has a strong desire to impact issues related to fathering, the need for positive male presence in the lives of youth as well as sexual behavior difficulties among youth.
Meade enjoys spending time with his family, church, riding bicycle, hiking, kayaking, music and just about any adventure or outdoor activity.
Rachael Packer, LCSW
Rachael Packer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Millersville University and was previously employed as an Outpatient Clinical Therapist within a community agency. Rachael enjoys working with individuals and groups of all ages with a range of presenting mental health concerns. She works well with difficult-to-engage/therapy-resistant clients.
Rachael is particularly passionate about serving the LGBTQ community, addressing matters related to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation and the "coming out" process. She is especially excited to work with gender non-conforming children and their families.
Randy Rex, LCSW, MSW, BFA
Randy Rex joined Weigel Counseling Associates in 2012. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Widener University and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Syracuse University. He has experience working with issues of anxiety, depression, phobias, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, stress, men’s issues, parenting, and existential/spiritual crises. Randy employs Mindfulness-Based and/or Cognitive Therapy with his work with adults and Play Therapy with children and adolescents. He believes that life’s most difficult challenges can be met and transformed through mindful, compassionate collaboration between client and therapist in a safe atmosphere.
Randy has been practicing meditation since 2001, and has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn to better aid his clients in alleviating chronic pain and stress. In his previous career, he taught Pre-school for 16 years, and has additionally worked with children and adolescents of all ages as an educator and counselor.
Robert Magill, MA, CAADC, LPC
Rob is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) that works with individuals, families, and couples. He specializes in DUIs/addictions, complex cases, and counseling-resistant clients. He attained his MA in Clinical Counseling from Moravian Theological Seminary, his BA in Applied Psychology from Cedar Crest College, and his BS in Bible from Lancaster Bible College.
Rob uses a holistic and eclectic approach to working with clients. This means that he considers each aspect of a person's life as important to making lasting change and recognizes the uniqueness of each person. Rob is open to using a variety of approaches to find what will be most helpful to each client. He often finds that an existential, motivational interviewing, or psychodynamic approach - or some combination of the three - are most effective.
Rob works effectively with adults, teenagers, military, and first responders. He holds particular interest and expertise in issues surrounding addictions, severe mental health concerns, and personality disorders. Rob is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and volunteers on a regional CISM team.
Sharon Lauriello, LPC
Sharon is new to Weigel Counseling as of the Fall, 2017. Sharon is looking forward to bringing her therapeutic specialty, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to the practice. Sharon obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Millersville University. She obtained her professional license in 2009. Sharon's professional experience includes piloting two local DBT programs, outpatient treatment, partial hospital treatment, walk/talk therapy and clinical management. Besides DBT, Sharon is passionate about helping individuals afflicted with chronic mental illness achieve and maintain stability. Sharon understands the crucial element of trust and rapport within the therapeutic relationship, and she makes this a priority in her clinical work.
Sharon has been a resident of Lancaster County since 1989. She moved to the area from Northern Virginia where she pursued her first career in the professional equestrian field. During her free time, Sharon enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, running, walking her dog and spending time with her retired show horse. Sharon also enjoyes practicing yoga and connecting with family and friends.
Tracy Herrera, LPC
Tracy has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for 10 years. She started off her career working with the military, their families and civilians, as a Substance Abuse Counselor, specializing in Drug and Alcohol Counseling but working with a variety psychological disorders that co-occured with her client's addiction issues. At the time, her husband was an active duty Military Policeman. She spent 4 years working in Germany for the Department of Defense and continued working for an additional year in Italy, focusing on Domestic Violence, Domestic Abuse and Child Abuse. Once returning to the United States, Tracy spent the remaining 5 years focusing on a myriad of counseling issues to include Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Grief/Bereavement, Anger Management and Substance Abuse. Tracy sees both children and adults.
Tracy takes an eclectic approach to counseling as she believes all people are unique and as such, should have a unique counseling approach. She uses CBT, Imagery and Relaxtion Training, REBT, Solution Focused Therapy as well as many others. She is a firm believer in homework and encourages her clients to be fully engaged in the therapeutic process. Her most rewarding moment is seeing a client succeed in an area they formerly felt weekness in.
In her spare time, Tracy loves to spend time with her husband and children (1 boy and 2 girls). She enjoys reading, watching movies and laughing (always).
Vic Poirier, LSW
Vic has been with Weigel Counseling Associates since 2007, providing strength-based therapy for Individuals, Families and Couples which includes Sexual Orientation, Co-Parenting and Adult ADHD issues. He is a graduate of Elizabethtown College, acquiring a Bachelor's degree in Professional Studies, and subsequently earned his degree as a Master Social Worker from Widener University, where he also obtained certification as a Sexual Abuse Therapist. Vic conducts Substance Dependency Assessments and provides both Individual and Group Counseling for individuals with substance dependency problems. He is also a trained and experienced Critical Incident Stress Management Counselor, providing volunteer counseling to First Responders and similar services to Insurance Companies.
In addition to his work as a Licensed Social Worker, his extensive experience in social services includes the founding and development of two well-established Lancaster-based social service programs: ACADIA (for individuals with traumatic brain injury) and Community Services Group. With his background in developing, growing and managing businesses, which included experience as a Mentor and Board Member of Assets, Vic is available for providing mentoring and consultation to local family and privately-owned businesses. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, theatre, tending his chickens and spending time with his wife, three sons and five grandchildren.
Yvonne Parsons, MSW, LCSW, CFAS
A gradudate from State University of New York (B.A.) and Temple University (MSW). Yvonne is please to join the clinical practice of Weigel Counseling Associates. As a licensed clinical therapist (17+ years), Yvonne offers her clients a collaborative and empathetic approach to help them identify personal strengths, define desired goals, and create a path toward positive change and growth.
Yvonne enjoys working with families, couples, and adults, children and adolescents, to address the following: couple's/marital counseling, divorce, co-parenting, blended family concerns, trauma and abuse, loss and grief, anxiety, depression, life transitions, LGBTQ/gender identity and expression, eating disorders, self-harm, bullying, self-esteem/empowerment, communication issues, ADD/ADHD, OCD, and substance abuse.
Originally from New York, Yvonne has lived in the Lancaster area for 18 years. She appreciates the change in the seasons, coffee and green tea, anything chocolate, a variety of music and movies, and hanging out with family and friends, which includes her 2 "furry" children, Bailey and Kiro.
Yvonne is located at the Roseville and Willow St offices.
Our Support Staff
Laurie Cosgrove, Billing Manager
Laurie is the Billing Manager for Weigel Counseling Associates, and is the "Queen" of Insurance Policy and all-things insurance-related, and also manages the Billing for Weigel Counseling Associates. Her knowledge includes panel information for the clinicians, and who is a provider for which insurance companies. Laurie has worked with John and Weigel Counseling Associates for over twelve years in this capacity.
Laurie has always lived in Lancaster County, and is a graduate of Penn Manor High School. Laurie's management abilities extend to include that of 250 low-income apartments for 10 years, and still maintains her real estate license. Laurie is married with three children and a dog. In her free time she enjoys catching up with family and friends, watching movies and reading.
Dana Poirier, Practice Manager
Dana is the Practice Manager for Weigel Counseling Associates. Dana received her Bachelor's Degree in Business from Albright College. Her role at Weigel is to support our clinicians, help manage the day-to-day operations of the business as well as promote growth and development of our practice.
Dana was born and raised in Delaware County, PA but has resided in Lancaster County for the last 15 years. She currently lives in Lititz with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling.