Center for Hope and Healing, LLC is a trauma informed counseling practice that is specialized and designed to treat children and adults who have become imbalanced from traumatic responses to distressing and/or life threatening event(s) either directly or indirectly, in any facet of functioning and living. We offer hope and healing to children, adolescents, adults and their families.
Our highly compassionate staff and clinicians help clients heal traumatic responses to traumatic events through a variety of best practices and empirically found interventions. Members of the clinical staff utilize interventions including; TF CBT, CBT, EMDR art therapy, play therapy, and motivational interviewing. The Center for Hope and Healing, LLC takes a creative approach to healing those affected by trauma responses to trauma experiences through blending trauma therapy with artistic expression and wellness.
Toinette “Toni“ Shearer, LPC, CCTP, CATP, CJSOTS
Toinette “Toni” Shearer has been providing counseling and leadership in human and social services for 31 years. Ms. Shearer earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1991 from Antioch New England Graduate School. Her class was a prototype for what would soon become a degree in Marriage and Family. Despite an ongoing passion and commitment for working with children and adults who identify with being abused, professional circumstances created opportunity for her to become additionally specialized in working with adult sexual offenders, youth with problematic sexual behaviors and perpetrators of family violence. Ms. Shearer’s commitment has always been for those most vulnerable and doing her part to make communities, families, and individuals safer from emotional, physical and sexual violence.
Ms. Shearer feels fortunate to have had opportunities to be creative and develop cutting edge programming. Such programming included chaperone training, a visitation center and an in home, intensive program for youth with problematic sexual behaviors.
Ms. Shearer is a Licensed Professional Counselor in PA who is specialized in sexual and family violence. Ms. Shearer is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Child & Adolescent Trauma Professional and Certified Family Trauma Professional, through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and also is certified as both; a Juvenile Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist and an Assessor of Juvenile Sexual Offender Risk.
The Center of Hope and Healing, LLC is a dream come true which grew from a culmination of personal and professional experiences, a deep commitment for non-violence and a desire to help people feel less pain while finding hope, safety and balance.
Debbie Bauer, LCSW
Debbie Bauer, LCSW holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University and a Clinical License in Social Work from the state of Pennsylvania. For over 30 years, Debbie has worked in a variety of settings such as educational, forensic, and psychotherapeutic. Debbie has been an adjunct professor for over 12 years at HACC, both Harrisburg and York campuses, teaching in the Human Services Department. Debbie’s experience and training in forensic interviewing and evaluations has evolved over the past 18 years. Debbie offers forensic evaluations on child abuse for court proceedings.
Her special interest is in assisting children, adolescents, adults and their families with a variety of behavioral, social and emotional problems. These problems include depression, anxiety, sexual and/or physical trauma, post-traumatic stress, parent/child relationship issues, self harm and self-esteem. Additionally, she has worked with adult survivors of child sexual assault/abuse.
Debbie has an extensive professional history of providing training. She is passionate about ending child abuse and teaching children how to be safe. Her training has offered opportunity to work towards these goals. Additionally, she has attended numerous trainings in play therapy, trauma and abuse, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and TF-CBT (Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Debbie also is a CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) professional out of Dauphin County. Debbie’s experience has required her to assist first responders who endure tragic situations based on the job duties that they perform. In her free time, Debbie enjoys riding motor cycle, ball room dancing, and looks forward to this Fall where she will be checking a hot air balloon ride off her bucket list. Debbie’s precious companions are Mocha and Biscuit, her beautiful pups.
Tiffany Merrill LPC, ATRp
CREATIVE ARTS COORDINATOR/THERAPIST
As an Art Therapist Tiffany believes art is a powerful tool that can be used as a guide through healing. Art can empower an individual to harness and safely explore their personal narrative. As a native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Tiffany has worked hard in the hopes of bringing Art Therapy to her home town area.
Over the past 15 years Tiffany has worked in child care and development, early education, elementary education support, elementary counseling, mobile therapy for children and their families including Foster child and family unification. In 2015 Tiffany developed a specialized program serving transition aged youth and supporting mental health, designed to empower young adults to fully participant in their future goals, encouraging wellness and emphasizing the value of community. Tiffany has worked within a variety of settings and populations including individual therapy sessions, family Therapy, Group Therapy, Group psychoeducational skill building, Adult Partial Hospitalization, Social and Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Residential Rehabilitation.
In 2017, Tiffany completed the foundation training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy – DBT, a theory that has been successful with many populations but is particularly appropriate for youth who may be high risk to engage in self harm behaviors, impulsivity and struggle to regulate their emotions. DBT teaches and supports valuable skills to increase self-regulation, foster effective communication and develop distress tolerance with the goal of reducing the use of self-harm or suicidal behaviors. As a Marriage and Family Therapist Tiffany is inspired by Bowen Family System Theory which views the family as an emotional unit and strives to recognize the complex interactions which affect the family system. Additionally, Tiffany is a certified suicide prevention trainer from the QPR Institute, presenting and teaching the Question, Persuade, Refer technique in Cumberland and Perry Counties.
Tiffany earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2006. From this interest Tiffany went on to receive a dual Master’s Degree from Notre Dame de Namur, near San Francisco, California, in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy. Her Art Therapy worked is certified through the American Art Therapy Association – AATA and Tiffany is working toward completion of a Board Certification in Art Therapy.
Tiffany enjoys comic books, especially the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, art, movies, video games and spending time with her rescue house bunnies and two pups.!
Dana has over 27 years of clinical, supervisory, program development and consultation experience. Her first passion is working directly with clients. Dana will be working with adolescents, individuals, families and couples at Center for Hope and Healing, LLC.
Dana began her post master’s employment as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Delaware County PA. Therapy was provided to probation clients and their families to prevent out of home placement. The theme of her work began to emerge: keeping children in their homes using natural and community supports.
Dana then moved to the Seattle Washington area working for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. She provided in home therapy to at risk youth and their families. She also acted as a Clinical Supervisor and Program Manager.
Upon her return to Pennsylvania she became the Division Director of Truancy and Delinquency Services with Child Guidance Resource Centers in four counties outside the Philadelphia area. These services included in home Mutlisystemic Therapy Services, Truancy Prevention Services and Mental Health Services in the Delaware County Detention Center. She used her clinical experiences to teach staff the values of family preservation. Placement may be necessary but ultimately children return home. Parents need to be taught how to improve parenting skills and manage difficult situations with their families.
Many people experience trauma. Often times they are not aware that this trauma informs their current struggles with family, relationships, school, employment etc.… Her goal is to engage with clients to provide a safe haven to explore these highly painful and personal experiences. It is imperative to focus on strengths and fostering resilience. This is done with a large dose of positive humor, mindfulness and respect. She is skilled at Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Systems Therapy, and Trauma Informed Treatment. She enjoys the gift of learning from every one of her clients.
Dana attended Lower Merion High School. She graduated from West Chester University with a BA in Psychology. She is a graduate of Kutztown University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a subspecialty in Marital and Family Therapy.
Dana spends her spare time reading, walking and gardening. She is a huge dog, lizard and cow person. She is the proud mother of an Adult son who continues to be her greatest teacher.
"Deborah “Debbie” has been providing counseling for over 40 years with the last 25 years being in private practice serving children, adults, and families in Maine focused mainly on treating anxiety, depression, and PTSD although she has had experience with a variety of other issues. Her work with PTSD has involved healing from domestic violence, childhood sexual and physical abuse, and work related trauma.
Having earned a Bachelor's Degree in psychology at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and a Masters Degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Debbie started her career working as a case manager in developmental disabilities in Wisconsin and went on to be a medical social worker in South Carolina. She also worked as a consultant to Hospice and assisted in developing an area-wide grief recovery program. Prior to going into private practice she was employed at the children’s unit of a local community mental health center where she learned play therapy.
Debbie also has extensive training in reactive attachment and trauma which led earlier in her career to providing services to young children who were either adopted or in foster care. She facilitated bringing trainings and providing trainings in attachment work in the Maine area and became an expert witness advocating for young children who don’t have a voice in the court system. This area of interest was humbling in learning how resilient we all are and led Debbie to a philosophy that most of us do the best we can with what we have learned and have been exposed to. In honoring that experience, it opens up possibilities for change through work in various modalities.
Passionate about promoting growth and helping others to be more whole, Debbie is also trained in EMDR, DBT, sand tray therapy and various other modalities with a trauma informed lens.
Debbie is relishing giving up private practice in order to spend more time with her three grandchildren and to reconnect with hobbies in music, stained glass, dance and travel."
Tammy illustrates over 18 years of administrative knowledge. She’s experienced in a variety of work procedures, and enjoys her work. Although quiet, Tammy tends to be a good listener and demonstrates a caring side through her participation in multiple social groups in attempts to make a difference including; Food Bank, Toys for Toys, and relay for life.
Being a single, adoptive mom allows her to empathize with clients and families that have daily struggles associated with PTSD, RD, ODD and conduct disorder. Tammy’s journey is personal and her commitment is unquestionable.
Qautonnia "Nia" enjoys working closely with clients at our Camp Hill office and is always ready to assist in answering questions on both scheduling appointments and information about our class schedules as well as other center events. With a smile and her engaging personality, "Nia" is always ready to assist with a kindness and compassion.
Riki Durbin, RN, Fitness Instructor
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT AND
MINDFUL MEDITATION AND STRETCHING SERIES INSTRUCTOR
Riki ensures a seamless transition from scheduling to weekly appointment details in our Camp Hill office. Riki also volunteers her time and talents with our Mindful Meditation and Stretching Series. Please see our calendar of events for the latest schedule (dates are subject to change.) Participants must RSVP at our front desk.
Donna Jean Foster (Volunteer)
SONG CIRCLE INSTRUCTOR
The purpose of the song circle is to effectively gather together & inspire each other to articulate & communicate our many changing emotions via the gift of song. This class will teach you how to express emotions safely by journaling and documenting feelings. Participants will then begin to turn conversations & situations into the fine art of lyric writing, evaluating existing songs while learning to create lyrics and eventually songs of your own. You will begin to tell your story through song and music. The goal is to inspirationally increase communication skills and bridge the emotional & relational gaps. Come join in and let the music take you anywhere you want to go. Please see our calendar of events for the latest schedule (dates are subject to change.) Participants must RSVP at our front desk.
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