About Us

We want to warmly welcome all who enter our doors. A theme of mindfulness runs through our office, as we value intentional living, compassion and gratitude.

The practice is an extension of Dr. Yamasaki’s original private practice, in an effort to expand access to quality services for anxiety and life stress.

Our therapists balance appreciation of the individual, while drawing heavily from empirical evidence.

 

Stephanie L. Stama, Psy.D.

LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST - General practice & Autism specialist

Stephanie L. Stama, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

Each person is the expert in their own areas of strength and growth.”

Mindfulness offers the opportunity to focus on the present moment, develop self-compassion, manage difficult emotions, and radically acknowledge that which we cannot control. In my work, I integrate mindfulness strategies with evidence-based interventions for adults diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum (primarily Level 1), survivors of trauma (e.g. sexual assault, emotional abuse), and partnered relationship/couples therapy.

My philosophy is broadly humanistic and interpersonally-focused, though flexibly adapts to meet an individual’s needs. As humans, we are perpetually growing and changing, which is both exciting and challenging. My goal is to help individuals navigate the change process by accessing their strengths to grow from discomfort and live authentically by their values. 

I earned my Psy.D. from Florida Institute of Technology (2015) and am a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania. You can also find me on staff at Counseling and Psychological Services of Penn State.

Dr. Stama’s curriculum vita

Elana Sczcesny, Ph.D.

LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST - Insomnia Specialist

Elana Sczcesny, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Difficulty sleeping doesn’t have to last forever.

Sleep disturbance makes it difficult to function. I enjoy working with clients to improve sleep quality and quantity using evidence-based strategies. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is currently the gold standard of treatment for insomnia, and one of my areas of specialization.

My training is rooted in health psychology and informed by the bio-psycho-social model of the interaction between mental and physical health. I first received training in CBT-I as a graduate student working with Veterans in the VA system and have continued to hone my skills, with prior work in primary care and specialized medical settings (e.g., sleep clinic, cancer center). I currently also work at Counseling and Psychological Services at Penn State University.

I have a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware (2014) and completed my internship at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, where I worked as a staff psychologist for several years before relocating to State College, PA. I’ve been licensed since 2016.

When not at the office, you can find me enjoying the outdoors or knitting. I believe that engaging in meaningful activities that are enjoyable is critical to enhancing mental well-being!

Dr. Szczesny’s vita

Alissa Yamasaki, Ph.D.

LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST - General practice, stress & anxiety specialist

Alissa Yamasaki, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Avoidance won’t improve your anxiety, but facing your fears will.”

Anxiety interferes with good relationships, zaps energy and takes away from the joy of life. My focus is upon helping clients, especially those who have already finished basic work in therapy, find deeper understanding of their anxiety and make desired change.

As a therapist, my approach is strongly rooted in cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic orientations, with an appreciation for medical complexities. I tend to be direct, open to feedback and willing to enjoy a laugh alongside clients. Clients tell me that I can be tough in a session, but that the work is fulfilling.

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Penn State University (2006), completed internship at Albany Medical Consortium and became licensed in 2008. More recent training was with Board-certified sleep psychologist, Dr. Julio Mendoza, of Hershey Sleep Research and Treatment Center.

Outside of the therapy room, you’ll find me mentoring our interns, consulting with other providers, meeting with other small business owners, and finding inspiration from my favorite podcast, “Good Life Project.”

Dr. Yamasaki’s vita

 

Caitlyn Albano

UNDERGRADUATE INTERN

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Hi, I’m Cait. I am a senior at Penn State University with a major in Psychology. I have been an intern for Dr. Yamasaki since Summer 2018 and feel lucky to be able to have the opportunity to work in a clinical setting similar to the career I hope to pursue. I have spent a lot of my time at Penn State exploring the field of clinical psychology. Something I am most proud of is my involvement at Centre Helps, a non-profit organization to help those in crises. I am a trained hotline counselor there. Some activities I am involved in for leisure are the THON organization - Eclipse, and one of Penn State’s A Cappella groups – Shades of Blue! I am currently on the path to applying to Graduate school for a PsyD degree with my end goal of becoming a licensed clinical psychologist.

Marley Billman

UNDERGRADUATE INTERN

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I am a senior at Penn State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Rehabilitation and Human Services. I am a mental health technician at The Meadows in the Stabilization Unit and a psychiatric technician for Merakey in their Community Residential Rehabilitation program. I am also the lab manager of the Penn State Relationships and Stress research lab, volunteer at Centre Safe, and am the vice president of Psi Chi. My research interests include long-term effects of trauma and intimate partner violence. I have interned with Dr. Yamasaki since May 2019. Upon graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and obtain my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I would eventually like to work in an inpatient psychiatric setting or transitional outpatient care.

Julia Dobre

UNDERGRADUATE INTERN

Julia Dobre

My name is Julia, and I am a junior at Penn State majoring in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience. This academic path has expanded my interest in both psychopharmacology and the manifestations of disorders such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder. My goal after I graduate from Penn State is to attend graduate school and obtain my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. I would love to teach and be involved with research at a University in the future, as well as work as a licensed psychologist in a hospital setting.