My experience as a therapist includes treating those with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders in short and long-term residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and general outpatient counseling. Although familiar with many different therapeutic approaches, I often incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into most of my practice. These therapies are most effective for those seeking treatment for mood (depression, anxiety, bipolar) and personality disorders. My specialties include effective communication, conflict resolution, and emotional regulation. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a therapeutic intervention that is helpful in processing painful memories or traumas that are often repressed.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Stockton University in psychology as well as a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Rosemont College. I am licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania and am also recognized as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). I am also licensed in New Jersey as an Associate Counselor (LAC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). I am recognized nationally as a Certified Counselor (NCC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).
Dr. George Collins, Psy.D., MBA has served as the Director of Psychological Services at Keystone Center since August 2014. He is a licensed psychologist and from May 2011 through August 2014, was the Director of Psychological and Social Services at one of Philadelphia’s largest behavioral health inpatient hospitals. He has directed outpatient, school-based behavioral health, and extended assessment programs in Philadelphia and Delaware counties. In group private practice and in community-based settings, he has provided a broad range of psychological services to children, adolescents, adults, and elders, including individual and group psychotherapy, psychological testing, and consultation, since finishing his predoctoral internship in 2004 at Keystone Center under Dr. Michael Salazar.
Dr. Collins graduated from Widener University with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Business Administration, specializing in Health and Medical Services Administration. His areas of professional interest and current practices include direct care to people recovering from co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, supervision and training of psychology graduate students, dialectical behavior therapy in outpatient and residential rehabilitation co-occurring disorders programs, motivational interviewing, and application of effective short-term therapies for people recovering from co-occurring diagnoses.
Dr. Gary Davis has been in the helping professions for the past 30 years and a licensed psychologist since 2012. In addition to his Doctor of Psychology degree, Gary holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University and a Masters in Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been on the staff of inpatient addiction treatment centers as well as psychiatric hospitals, university counseling centers, and outpatient mental health clinics. Gary works with individuals, couples, and groups; his clinical expertise includes treating addictions, depression, personality disorders, anxiety, trauma, and grief. His goal is to help persons work through problems in order to enhance their quality of life, to increase their enjoyment of work, family, and intimate relationships, and to meet new challenges with optimism and confidence. He works from a cognitive behavioral framework and employs mindfulness-based therapies in order to give his patients the tools they need to gain freedom from suffering.
Dr. Jeremy Frank who oversees Jeremy Frank and Associates is both a psychologist and certified alcohol and drug counselor who is also in recovery from personal addiction with over 25 years of sobriety having chosen to get clean and sober at age 25. Jeremy has extensive treatment and supervisory experience having served as the Coordinator of Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness at Tuttleman Counseling Services at Temple University and the Assistant Director of Health and Counseling and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He has had positions at Drexel University, The University of Pennsylvania, University of Florida, Hahnemann University, and Jefferson University . He lives with his wife and two children in Philadelphia and is an avid soccer player, walker, and gardener which are part and parcel examples of, and a testament to, people’s ability to trade compulsive behaviors for positive addictions, structure, social support and ritualized dependency on healthy alternatives in one’s life. He seeks to help others find meaning and purpose in their lives, and to support connection in intimate relationships with friends and family.
Kapil Nayar (Kap) obtained his masters degree from La Salle University, and has since practiced in both nonprofit and for profit entities in order to secure his license as an Professional Counselor. Brain function is clinically relevant when discussing mental health, and Kap is prepared to discuss the biological aspects of mental illness to assist clients where applicable. Along with this, Kap is trained in the use a variety of methods and styles in therapy. He tends to think therapy in parallel with a tailor, with a focus on the client and individually tailor different treatment modalities to fit their need. Kap has experience with mental health disorders, addiction, and dual diagnosis. He offers mindfulness approaches as well as hypnotherapy to assist in the management of depression, anxiety, stress management, and impulsivity.
As an accredited supervisor Kap will do everything in his power to maintain his licensure and certifications, modeling behaviors and ideologies that serve the foundation of this practice. In doing so, he will establish a relationship founded in trust and open communication.
Alex Ott has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Alex began his career in pediatric oncology at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas, counseling families, and their children in various stages of cancer treatment. Believing in a systemic approach to care, Alex completed his clinical hours at Austin Family Institute; a premier training site for systemic theory and family therapy across a broad spectrum of focus. Alex took his love of family therapy and opened his own private practice in 2011, where he treated individuals, couples, and families on a sliding scale to allow for a more inclusive and diverse clientele. Alex continued private practice while taking a position as lead therapist in a Partial Hospitalization Program in 2015. An adjunct professor at St. Edward’s University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program, Alex taught a graduate studies course in drug abuse, treatment and therapy, pharmacology, and neurobiology. Alex considers the process of therapy an ongoing conversation, free of directives and open to curiosities and wonder. Narrative Therapy, Brief Structural Therapy, and Mindfulness, are among the approaches to care Alex utilizes to help improve the lives of those he sees. Alex’s open, empathic stance creates a welcoming environment to explore together the solutions that are unique to each individual.
John began his career as a founding member of the Student Counseling Center at Drexel University in 1996. John has over twenty years of treatment experience working with a multitude of psychological disorders with special attention to, and focus on substance abuse disorders and LGBTQ issues. John developed the Alcohol, Other Drug, and Health Education program at Drexel University, founded the CHOICES Center for Alcohol, Other Drug and Health Education at Drexel in 2010 as both an office providing services for students and a training site for counseling and public health students. In 2014 John lead Drexel’s efforts to establish a Collegiate Recovery Community, The Haven at Drexel, which centered on a recovery house and a peer support philosophy. John has served as a formal and informal consultant o addressing substance abuse issues in higher education for the US Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse prevention and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. John enjoys being a part of the greater Philadelphia community and taking advantage of its many great arts institutions, restaurants, and biking and hiking trails in the area. He has been privileged enough to be extensively involved in LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS organizations over his 25 years in Philadelphia.