Our Path to Here....

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When we connected in 2007 neither of us had any idea how our work as therapists and personal journey's would grow into an 11 year friendship.  We met at Mercy Behavioral Health, a community mental health agency in Pittsburgh, Pa.  Kristy had just completed her internship for her MSW and was hired on part time as Gretchen was starting her internship to complete her MA in counseling.  Gretchen quickly got the nickname "Kristy 6 months later" when she was then hired on part time after completing her internship. 

We worked together at Mercy Behavioral health for 7 years before Kristy left, with another colleague,   to open The Village Center for Holistic Therapy, a private practice in Pittsburgh, Pa. It wasn't long after the grand opening that Gretchen joined the practice and we were reunited once again.  It seemed an unlikely pairing as so many things about us were different but maybe that has been the key to our friendship.  We view therapy, humanity, and approaches to living life in the same way.  Through our individual experiences it has allowed us to grow in our connection as friends through sharing and support of one another.

Outside of our professional work we share a love of board games, good food, girls nights, wine, and the band Incubus. 


Bios

Gretchen Hoffer, LPC

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Gretchen Hoffer is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania and is currently working in private practice in Pittsburgh, Pa at The Village Center for Holistic Therapy.  Gretchen’s work in the mental health field has spanned 15 years and been in various different settings.  In her practice she specializes in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, coping with stress, and trauma.  She has spent a lot of time understanding the impact on trauma on individuals, how trauma is stored in the body, and helping individuals to reclaim their personal power.  She is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and has a strong commitment to the deaf community.  Gretchen is also a certified Music Together teacher, which is an early childhood music and movement program for children birth-age 8 and their parents.  After attending classes for almost 5 years with her own children, she became a certified Music Together teacher and has been teaching classes to children and their families for the last 3 years.  Through teaching, Gretchen has the opportunity to support parents in helping their children grow, explore, and play through music.  She uses her background and knowledge as a therapist to provide insight into normal child development and helping with the parent/child relationship.

Kristy Weidner, LCSW

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Kristy Weidner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Pennsylvania and is currently the founder/co owner and Clinical Director at the Village Center for Holistic Therapy, a specialized holistic group private practice providing mental health treatment to individuals, couples and families.  She is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and has worked with the deaf community in multiple ways.  She has an education background and started her career teaching deaf students who have emotional and behavioral needs.  Kristy has found her treatment focus in grief and loss, life transitions, and relationships.  She specializes in couples therapy with a strong focus on communication and conflict resolution. She also treats a wide variety of mood disorders, which include anxiety and depression.  It is through her personal experience as a business owner that she has found a passion in consulting fellow entrepreneurs in the different phases of business ownership.  Kristy volunteers her time at The Caring Place, which provides grief support to children, teen and adults after the death of a loved one.  She has facilitated support groups for children of all ages as well as groups for parents and caregivers.  In 2018, Kristy became a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and studied Inner Axis, which is a breath based yoga-movement and mindfulness practice.

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