Growth Minded, LLC, is an organization that offers therapy, consultation, assessments, and affiliate services in an effort to provide multiple options for growth in order to reach maximum potential.
Our company embodies a strength-based approach and highlights the unique purpose and design of an organization or individual before assessing the presenting problem. This approach allows the process to be affirming, with intentional steps towards a foreseeable goal. Evidenced-based therapeutic modalities and assessments are used as tools to leverage circumstances towards awareness and change.
Health and wellness are achieved by taking the time to understand, putting the right supports in place, working towards a goal, and believing that it is possible despite the challenge.
MEEt THE TEAM
CARA J. DIXON, LPC, NCC
FOUNDER & CEO
Cara J. Dixon, LPC, NCC is a clinical licensed professional counselor
in the state of Pennsylvania, and nationally board certified (NCC).
She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Eastern
University, where she also earned a master’s degree in Counseling
Psychology. During her training, Cara participated in research for child
development studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.
Cara is also an EMDR Trained Therapist through the EMDR Institute.
Her post graduate experience includes working as a behavior specialist in many
local schools, and providing counseling and assessment for young adults in a university
counseling center. Cara began working in private practice in 2011, providing therapy for individuals, couples, and families. Cara is a Certified Facilitator and Seminar Director for Prepare and Enrich, an assessment designed for couples. She has also worked as a consultant for several large organizations to develop effective mental health programming. Cara served as the Director of Counseling Services at The Stony Brook School, a boarding and day school in Long Island, NY, for several years. Through this experience, she created programming and protocol specific to adolescents to promote optimal growth and flourishing amidst the changes and challenges in this developmental stage. In 2013, Cara started writing as a contributor for The Huffington Post, and in 2015 she published a Children's book on coping with change, The Tales of Big Tree: Little Leaf Lets Go.
Cara returned, with her family, to the suburbs of Philadelphia in 2016, and was one of the founders of an Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Program, Main Line Day, LLC. There, she served as the Director of Program Development and Clinical Supervisor. Cara was the company’s Leader of Accreditation, which earned the Joint Commission Gold Star for meeting all compliance standards.
Cara has trained and supervised students from the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and Eastern University. Additionally, Cara also supervises master’s level clinicians working towards licensure. Cara is currently on staff at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she provides supervision for graduate students in her role as a Seminar Leader.
Cara’s approach to treatment accesses the safety and support of the therapeutic relationship, to heal and develop adaptive strategies for optimal functioning. She integrates cognitive-behavioral principles, dialectical behavioral (DBT) techniques, and mindfulness practices that are empirically supported to provide symptom relief. Cara has specialized training in Schema Therapy from The International Society of Schema Therapy Institute. Schema therapy is a comprehensive, evidence based psychotherapy that promotes more adaptive thoughts, emotions and relationships. Through a variety of techniques, Cara educates and empowers individuals, couples and families to flourish as they move towards their goals for growth.
CAITLIN BRADY, LCSW, CEDS, RYT
Caitlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania and a
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance. She has also completed
her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) certification through the
National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists. Caitlin is an
EMDR Trained Therapist through the EMDR Institute.
Caitlin has several years of experience providing group and individual therapy
at all levels of care: acute psychiatric inpatient, partial hospitalization (PHP),
intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient. With this, she has worked with a
variety of mental health diagnoses, most recently working with patients 13 and
older with acute presentation of eating disorders and trauma.
Caitlin has practiced under the clinical supervision of Cara, and utilizes a person-in-environment approach when working with her clients. She has experience with multiple theoretical interventions such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), aspects of Schema, and Motivational Interviewing. Caitlin fosters a collaborative approach with an emphasis on clients learning the foundational skills to improve their well-being.
Gabrielle Killeen, MA, DA (ABD)
Gabrielle is a psychotherapist with several years of experience assisting
children, adults, and families with a variety of mental health concerns. Using
her Master’s in Clinical Counseling, with a concentration in Applied Behavioral
Analysis, she has worked as an Outpatient Therapist, Mobile Therapist,
Behavioral Support Consultant, ABA counselor, and PHP/ IOP Group
Gabrielle has provided these services using a variety of evidence
based modalities: Motivational Interviewing, EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy),
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and ABA
(Applied Behavior Analysis). Gabrielle utilizes these modalities to support those affected by, but not limited to, Anxiety Disorders, Autism, Behavioral Management Concerns, and Depressive Disorders. Currently, Gabrielle is in the final stages of completing her doctorate in Marriage and Family counseling at Eastern University.
Jason Carter, LPC, NCC
Jason is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania and a National Certified Counselor.
Since completing his masters level training, Jason has worked in intensive outpatient programming (IOP) and outpatient levels of care with adolescents and adults. He has experience in both drug and alcohol as well as general mental health treatment.
Prior to becoming a counselor, he worked for several years in ambulatory
healthcare and residential treatment settings.
Jason’s primary therapeutic approach emphasizes the role of emotion in the range of human experience, as developed in Process-Experiential and Emotion-Focused Therapies. He enjoys working with people to find their way through a range of presenting issues, including, but not limited to: addiction, anxiety, behavior, depression, and relationship matters.
David Goneau, MA
PREPARE AND ENRICH FACILITATOR
As a Certified Facilitator in the Prepare and Enrich Assessment, David has joined the team at Growth Minded to help administer this assessment, and help support couples at any stage of their relationship to flourish.
David has his Masters in Clinical Counseling, and works part time as a counselor at John Applegate, MD & Associates, LLC. David has an extensive background serving in faith-based communities offering pastoral and spiritual support. He previously served as the Spiritual Care Coordinator at Heartland Hospice to provide grief counseling and care for families.
Deborah Grossman, PsyD
LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr. Grossman is a licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania. She earned her doctorate degree from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. While in graduate training, Dr. Grossman worked in a variety of health-care settings, including an outpatient HIV clinic, and inpatient headache clinic, and a variety of primary care offices. Her pre-doctoral internship was with WellSpan Behavioral Health in York, Pennsylvania, which included specialized focus on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as additional health-psychology training. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California, allowing her to work in a variety of hospital-based settings including a breast cancer screening unit, cardiac rehabilitation, and neuro-gastroenterology.
Dr. Grossman has extensive experience with psychodiagnostic testing and evaluations. Her training has specifically focused on cognitive-based testing, including testing for ADHD, learning disabilities, and neurocognitive screenings for dementia and other cognitive impairments. She has worked with adolescents, adults, and older adults.
In treatment, Dr. Grossman’s style is integrative, drawing primarily from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered therapy. She strives to tailor her treatment approach to meet the unique needs and stages of change of each individual patient. Dr. Grossman is passionate about helping individuals with a variety of medical illnesses learn to cope with and live a meaningful, fulfilling life, within the context of their injury or disease.
Ashley Sheff, LCSW
Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania with
extensive experience helping those who suffer from mental health and
substance use disorders. She has experience working in acute psychiatric
inpatient settings, mobile crisis, prisons, hospitals, and outpatient settings.
Currently, Ashley works full time at Paoli Hospital Emergency Department
where she helps patients who present for a myriad of reasons including,
but not limited to, mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and psychosocial concerns.
Ashley practices with a variety of evidence-based practices, including Motivational Interviewing, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). She feels the client is the expert of their own health and strives to help clients be the best version of themselves while working from a strength-based perspective. Ashley is passionate about helping others and is a fierce advocate of social justice.
Joy Miller, M.S., Ed.S., CAGS School Psychology
LICENSED SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST
Joy is a Licensed School Psychologist and certified educator in Pennsylvania.
She has several years of experience serving students from kindergarten
through college, working with families, and providing a variety of academic,
behavioral, and social-emotional support.
Joy is also an experienced college and career coach, and enjoys helping people
pursue their passions. School districts she has served include Tredyffrin Easttown
School District, Upper Merion Area School District, Norristown Area School District, and
the Upper Dublin School District. Her interest in education led her to earn a Master's degree in Integrated Science Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Teacher Leadership Certification from Villanova University. Her interest in psychology led her to Eastern University where her research revolved around the role that trauma plays on individuals and their learning.
She is currently working towards her National School Psychologist Certification and is practicing under the clinical supervision of Cara for her LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). She uses a variety of evidenced and researched-based therapeutic services, and is passionate about bringing families together, helping students find overall success, and assisting young adults as they come into their own. Joy loves promoting mental health, providing wellness strategies, and coming alongside those who are grieving due to change or loss.
Angela Sprock Freed, LPC
Angela (Ang) is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania.
After completing her master's level training in 2008 from Eastern University,
Ang and Cara started a private practice, Still Water Counseling LLC.
Ang went on to work as a Behavior Specialist and Mobile Therapist in
BHRS Wraparound Services.
Most recently, Ang has worked for the past several years as a Student Support
Counselor in the North Penn School District, K-12, as a contracted psychotherapist.
She has extensive experience in community and cross-cultural psychology, and is passionate
about pursuing peace, justice, and mercy through her work on both a local and global level. Ang has also
co-facilitated training and lead groups in racial healing, conflict resolution, and racial reconciliation work.
She also has experience providing faith based counseling with both children and adults.
Ang's current work embraces implementing CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), trauma-informed, and brain-based approaches with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and more. Ang has also provided family, couples, and marriage counseling services.
*Please note that Ang is only seeing clients virtually through telehealth.
Laura Kauffman, LPC, NCC
Laura Kauffman is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of
Pennsylvania and nationally board certified (NCC).
Her focus of care has been with children, adolescents, and parents through
the avenues of school counseling, outpatient psychotherapy, and school-
based therapy. She has extensive experience helping clients work through
a wide range of presenting issues including, but not limited to, stress and anxiety,
family adjustments, grief and loss, life transitions, and emotional regulation, with a
strong passion for parent education and support.
Laura employs a wide variety of therapeutic modalities and interventions, but primarily utilizes CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), mindfulness, play therapy, and interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB). She is a lifelong learner and has a deep interest in the neuroscience of emotions and behavior - specifically the interconnections of mind, brain, and relationships and the hope this provides for long term healing and growth.
Nikki DeVault, LPC
Nikki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania with
experience in helping children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in
a variety of settings. Her experience has included intensive in-home family
therapy, working to support children and adolescents with mental health
challenges as well as their parents and caregivers. She also has experience
in working with couples and adults struggling with individual mental health
difficulties including but not limited to depression and anxiety. In addition,
Nikki has used her M.Ed. in School Counseling to work as a certified school
counselor in local high schools. Specifically, she has experience in working with
adolescents in emotional support classrooms and crisis intervention.
When working with clients, Nikki employs a wide variety of counseling approaches. Most often, she uses CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and SFT (Structural Family Therapy). Currently, she is working on becoming an ADHD certified therapist. Nikki believes everyone has the ability within themselves to heal, grow, and thrive when given effective tools. She considers herself privileged to join each client in their journey toward personal growth.
Julie Montgomery, MSW
Julie is a Masters level clinician currently pursuing PA clinical licensure
under the supervision of Cara. She holds a BA in Psychology from Messiah
University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from West Chester
University. Her experience includes work with individuals and families in
inpatient psychiatric facilities, hospice, healthcare, and academic settings.
She has participated in research on mental illness and has been published in
the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Julie utilizes a strengths based approach that is integrative, holistic, collaborative and
empathic. Her practice is informed by IPNB (interpersonal neurobiology) and she uses CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and mindfulness techniques to assist individuals through issues such as stress and anxiety, depression, grief/bereavement, and medical diagnosis/illness. Her goal is to provide a compassionate and safe space for clients to feel heard and explore a path to wellness.
Sara Green, PhD, LSW
Sara completed her PhD and Masters in Social Work at the University
of Washington in Seattle. She holds a Masters degree in Counseling
Psychology with an emphasis in Spiritual Psychology from the University
of Santa Monica (USM) in California. She is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
in Pennsylvania with over 15 years of experience working with children,
teens, families, and adults with a range of needs and in a variety of settings,
including a hospital-based family trauma clinic at UCLA, an HIV education and
health center in East Los Angeles, and family reintegration retreats in the Grand
Tetons and Oahu’s North Shore. Sara has worked with clients and communities coping
with a range of stressful circumstances and mental health issues including chronic illness, medical trauma, depression and anxiety, PTSD, grief and loss, foster care and adoption, and family crises. Sara has particular expertise working with active duty and veteran military service members and their families.
In line with Sara’s investment in linking science with real world solutions, she has collaborated with academic and community organizations to develop evidence-informed, family-based programming, participant assessments and program evaluations, and research initiatives to better direct and enhance services. Sara's research and practice interests center on addressing inequality and reducing stress in vulnerable populations and bolstering the resources needed to foster health and wellness.
In counseling with individuals and families, Sara uses multiple modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt, Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and Spiritual Psychology to work collaboratively to help clients achieve greater levels of self-awareness and well-being. In support of these goals, Sara assists her clients in focusing on practical strategies relevant to what has brought them into counseling, as well as deeper areas of consciousness where authenticity, healing, and wholeness reside. Sara strives to make therapy a dynamic experience where change can occur within the safety of the therapeutic relationship.