Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC is a practice dedicated to promoting cognitive and behavioral health for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Ray W. Christner started CHS in 2009 as a growth of his part-time private practice. CHS continually strives to provide well-studied and evidenced-based intervention and evaluation approaches in psychology, education, and mental health to consumers of our practice. Our assessment and evaluation services follow a neurocognitive process-oriented approach, which integrates quantitative test data, qualitative behavior observations, background information, and current research in psychology and neuroscience. Our intervention services use a cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) approach, which is a research-based psychotherapy that has been shown to be effective with a number of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, anger, etc. In addition to the clinical services, we offer professional development opportunities to mental health and educational professionals. The goal of the continuing education component at CHS is to provide professionals the most current research-based information on intervention, assessment, and psychotherapy.
Dr. Christner founded Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC in 2009, following years of part-time private practice. He provides a variety of services to patients at Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC, including psychological testing, psychotherapy, and consultation. Dr. Christner is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Christner is recognized on a state, national, and international level, as he has published and presented on a number of topics including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), school-based mental health, and neurocognitive-oriented psychological assessment. He has published numerous books in the field of psychology and education, including Anxiety Disorders in the Classroom: An Action Plan for Identification, Evaluation, and Intervention (2011; with Drs. Jessica Bolton and Jacqlyn Zarraba), Building Professional Competencies in School Psychology (2010; with Drs. Timothy Lionetti and Edward Snyder), Guide to Early Psychological Assessment with Children and Adolescents (2010; with Dr. Arthur Freeman, Mr. Corey Nigro, and Mr. Taymoor Sadar), Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Educational Settings: A Handbook for Practice (2006; with Drs. Rosemary Mennuti and Arthur Freeman), Handbook of Cognitive-Behavior Group Therapy with Children and Adolescents: Specific Settings and Presenting Problems ( 2007; with Drs. Jessica L. Stewart and Arthur Freeman), and School-Based Mental Health: A Practitioner’s Guide to Comparative Practices (2009; with Dr. Rosemary Mennuti). Dr. Christner is also the series coeditor School-Based Practice in Action book series, which is published by Routledge Publishing.
Dr. Christner has been acknowledged for his professional and clinical work. In 2003, Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 (LIU) presented him with the “LIU School Psychologist of the Year Award.” In March 2005, the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP) acknowledged Dr. Christner for his work in school psychology by naming him “Pennsylvania School Psychologist of the Year.”
Mr. Kochansky provides a variety of services to children, adolescents, and the parents of his patients at Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC. These services include psychological testing, psychotherapy, consultation, and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Mr. Kochansky is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Towson State University.
Mr. Kochansky began as a caseworker and family therapist at the York County Mental Health Center. He became the Director of the Gateway Partial Hospitalization Program, and concurrently provided individual and family therapy at Delphic Medical Center. In his 30 year association with the Children’s Aid Society in New Oxford, PA, Mr. Kochansky developed and directed the Child-Centered Counseling Program as well as serving as a Clinical Consultant to the counseling staff. He joined WellSpan Behavioral Health in 2000, as a Child & Adolescent Psychologist, providing therapy, psychological testing, consultation, and presenting continuing education sessions. Mr. Kochansky developed and facilitated Cognitive Behavioral therapy sessions for youth with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He volunteers with the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services, and had the privilege to serve in his capacity with the Red Cross at Ground Zero, giving support to rescue and recovery workers, families of victims, and displaced residents. Mr. Kochansky also volunteered on the Gulf Coast immediately following Hurricane Katrina, and conducted support services for youth traumatized by critical incidents in school. After serving as a psychological consultant with Psychological Associates of Pennsylvania, Mr. Kochansky joined Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC, to continue his work with child and adolescent patients.
Dr. Koloras provides clinical services at Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC to children, adults, couples, and families as they face a wide array of challenges that grows wider and more complex as we evolve as a society. Her services include psychotherapy and psychological assessments. She has a great deal of experience working with children of various ages who struggle to manage their family, academic and social lives.
She can serve as a support bridge between these worlds and often assist communication and cooperation among parents, teachers, coaches, doctors, and other service providers. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Koloras worked in school settings ranging from elementary to high school. Her special interest areas include child and adolescent development, co-parenting within blended families, anxiety disorders, and marital issues. Dr. Koloras has earned her Master of Science (MS) degree from the University of Baltimore and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Argosy University.
In her 20+ years of providing therapeutic services, Karen has worked with a variety of populations to address anxiety, depression, disordered eating and body image issues, grief and loss, relationship disruption as well as trauma and stress related issues. She has served in a variety of mental health settings, including community outpatient programs, crime victim assistance, crisis management and critical incident response, college counseling, rehabilitation hospital and private practice. Karen is skilled in cognitive behavioral and person-centered therapies. She uses motivational, collaborative and integrative approaches such as mindfulness and/or narrative techniques to assist clients. She has completed a 92-hour teacher development intensive training taught by senior staff from Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society in Massachusetts.
Mrs. Rachel Mailey joined Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC, after taking time off from her career to stay home to raise her young children. Rachel earned a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University in 1998. She has been a Nationally Certified Counselor since 1999, and a Pennsylvania Licensed Counselor since 2002.
Rachel began her career at the Children’s Aid Society in New Oxford where she worked with children (using non-directive play therapy) and adolescents and their parents and families. She then joined Family and Children’s Services in Harrisburg, working with people of all ages, backgrounds, and issues. Rachel has worked for hospice services as a bereavement counselor dealing with grief and loss and consequent life changes and transitions. Past clinical experience includes therapy for depression and anxiety and related issues. She works effectively with individuals, families, and couples dealing with communication difficulties, conflicts in professional and personal relationships, parenting, coping skills, and stress management. Rachel provides individual counseling for children and adults, including geriatrics.
Teresa Orsini, most often known as Betsy, has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania since 2002. She earned a Master of Science Degree from Shippensburg University in 1992, as well as her certification with the National Board for Certified Counselors. Betsy’s career began as a Family Based therapist and outpatient counselor in 1992.
She offers her services to help individuals, couples and families gain skills to address issues of anxiety, depression, communication and relational skills building, manage stress, and tackle parenting issues and behavioral struggles.
She has offered services in a variety of modalities and settings over the years, including residential treatment, intensive structural family therapy, couples’ therapy, group therapy and individual treatment. Her clinical focus has been primarily in working with families. She also has extensive experience in working with individuals of a variety of ages. She employs techniques of Structural Family Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based techniques and Person Centered Therapy.
Luana Robinson has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2005. She attended Mount Saint Mary’s for her undergraduate studies and McDaniel College for her Master of Science. She has been working in the mental health field for 15 years in the school, home, and community settings.
She has extensive knowledge in working with young children and adults who are on the Autism Spectrum and can be a great support system for the entire family. She is well versed in social skills development, transition goals, and sensory integration difficulties.
Luana is great at implementing a variety of therapeutic modalities to accommodate the needs of her clients. She has worked with a multitude of diagnoses, including neurodevelopmental disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, trauma and stress-related disorders, conduct disorders, and impulse control disorders. She can also support clients who are experiencing stress and anxiety as a result of loss and grievance, relational issues, and parenting challenges.
Mrs. Weber has been counseling in Pennsylvania since 1998. She began her career in Texas with the Advocacy Center for Crime Victim’s and Children and was instrumental in developing the first organization in the state dedicated to providing medical, legal and mental health services in one location to victims of violent crime including child sexual assault. Upon moving to Pennsylvania she gained experience with chronically mentally ill patients through community mental health services.
The past 13 years of private practice have provided the opportunity to counsel couples, individual adults and children presenting with needs that include communication difficulties, lack of coping skills, depression, anxiety, and workplace issues using a variety of methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Critical Incident Debriefing, Play Therapy, IMAGO Therapy and EMDR. Mrs. Weber is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Texas and Pennsylvania earning her Master of Education in Counseling degree from the Texas A&M University system.
Mrs. Wentland provides clinical services, including psychotherapy and behavioral health treatment, for children, adolescents, and adults. She also provides therapeutic services to families. Mrs. Wentland has provided counseling services since 2013 in both non-profit and educational settings. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania since 2015.
Amanda began her education at The Pennsylvania State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in home, school, and community settings. She has also facilitated numerous group sessions. Past clinical experience includes psychotherapy for depression, anxiety, anger management, ADHD, and mood disorders. She also works effectively with relational conflicts, grief and loss, parenting, and coping skill development. Mrs. Wentland bonds well with the adolescent population. She employs techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based techniques, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Mrs. Wentland is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
In 30-plus years of providing mental health services, Bob has worked in a variety of settings: Outpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive in-home services. He has worked with clients to address issues of anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, domestic violence, marital difficulties, and communications. Bob employs play therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy.
Bob received his Master in Education in Counselor Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Bob has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2002 and he is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Dr. Julia Hollinger is a full-time Postdoctoral Psychology Resident at Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC. She primarily provides assessment services for CHS, including psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for clients working with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. She also provides school psychological services, such as psychoeducational evaluation and consultation, as needed. In addition, Dr. Hollinger provides local school districts with state-mandated suicide education and prevention training.
Dr. Hollinger holds a doctoral degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and an Education Specialist degree from the University of Central Florida, both in School Psychology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University. She completed her predoctoral internship through Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12’s Neuropsychological Clinic.
Dr. Hollinger is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PAPSY). She is also a Certified School Suicide Prevention Specialist and is a member of the York County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the American Association of Suicidology (AAS).
Mrs. Tucker provides psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. She has been working with children and adolescents since 2013 in various capacities. She previously worked at a social skills center for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum and is currently completing her school psychology certification.
Mrs. Tucker received a Master of Arts in psychology from Hunter College, CUNY and is currently attending Millersville University to complete necessary coursework to receive certification as a school psychologist. During her undergraduate career at McDaniel College, she completed an internship with Kennedy Krieger Institute in the neurobehavioral outpatient unit.
Mr. Alex Smith provides psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. He is a nationally certified school psychologist at the South Middleton School District in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, where he provides psychological assessment, consultation, individual counseling, and academic, social/emotional and behavioral program development and analysis.
Mr. Smith received his Educational Specialist and Master’s degrees at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in psychology and sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Smith is a member of the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) and the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP).
Brooke Yellets earned a Master’s in Education Degree in Educational Psychology from Indiana University of PA (IUP) in 1995 and continued on to earn an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology in 1997. She has worked as a school psychologist in public schools, private schools, and in early intervention programs throughout Cumberland, Dauphin, Adams, and York counties. In 2006, she earned her License as a Professional Counselor in order to better meet the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of children and adolescents. Brooke has 20 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and their families.
Brooke has extensive experience working with children and adolescents who have behavioral issues, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, and Depression. She offers her services to help them develop skills in self-awareness, self-regulation, and positive coping strategies. Brooke also works with parents/guardians to help decrease parental/family stress related to their child’s emotional and behavioral needs. Brooke utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness strategies to address the needs. Her services are directed toward developing the whole child in a systemic approach. Additionally, she works with parents/guardians in navigating the educational process to support their child’s learning as well as continued personal growth and well-being.