Meet the Team
Nicole O'Barto Trainer
FOUNDER, PH.D, MS, LPC
Nicole received her doctorate in counseling psychology from West Virginia University. She was clinically trained in the Department of Psychiatry at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She also has specialized training in the integration of mind body therapies in the treatment of chronic gastrointestinal disorders and somatic disorders from the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health. Dr. Trainer has been studying integrative mental health since 2009 and has advanced training in mindfulness-based interventions, HeartMath biofeedback, and functional approaches to depression and anxiety, including nutrition, micronutrient therapy, and amino acid therapy.
Dr. Trainer has been working in private practice since 2011. She founded Native with the intention to shift the conversation in mental health care away from deficits and subjective lists of symptoms treated largely with pharmaceuticals to one focused on innate health and the integration of evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies. Further, Dr. Trainer believes that a more dynamic and holistic approach to mental health treatment would better prepare an individual for the lifelong process of understanding their emotional self and taking care of their mental health.
Dr. Trainer is also passionate about raising mental health awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding seeking help for mental health problems. She encourages a conceptualization of mental health that is more fluid and allows for occasional disruptions in emotional wellbeing to be embraced as a natural part of the human experience and not pathologized.
Deborah (Deb) Mucha
Psy.D., LPC, NCC, CTT
Deborah (Deb) obtained a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University and is working towards full licensure as a psychologist. She joined Native in May of 2022 and is a licensed Professional Counselor, a nationally certified counselor, and a certified trauma therapist. In therapy, Deb strives to create an environment of compassion, acceptance, and empowerment for individuals to explore areas of concern. This client-centered approach enables clients to find their inner strengths and access the agency to facilitate their desired changes.
Deb has a passion for working with individuals who have experienced psychological trauma, first responders, and forensic populations. Deb also enjoys inspiring and training future therapists through her teaching and supervision at the University of Pittsburgh.
Deb is a highly regarded expert in the field of trauma and has been sought after to provide trainings to first responders and criminal justice employees across the United States.
Kayla is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia and has been with Native since 2021. She received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. She utilizes an integrative theoretical, evidence-based practice; including working to meet the client where they are at. She treats the therapeutic relationship as a crucible where safety, support and value are cultivated to produce change. Kayla utilizes humor in her approach and consistently works to maintain awareness of self in the room. Kayla’s primary therapeutic work focuses on couples treatment through The Sound Relationship House and additive interventions used by John Gottman, Ph.D. Kayla also specializes in family dynamic and relational work from Structural, Emotionally Focused and Bowenian perspectives. She has worked extensively with the LGBTQIA+ community, primarily the transgender population through gender therapy and making necessary medical and surgical referrals. Kayla encourages all individuals to believe in their inherent worth and ability to belong and connect to one another and the world around them.
MA, ATR-BC, LPC
Lauralee joined Native in March 2022. Lauralee is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is Board Certified in Art Therapy. She graduated from Seton Hill University with her Master’s degree in Art Therapy. She utilizes a wide range of techniques to uniquely meet the needs of her clients. Specifically, she utilizes various art mediums to help children, teens and young adults express themselves and feel more comfortable talking about difficult thoughts and feelings.
Lauralee is also trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based therapy approaches.
Courtney joined Native in January 2023. Courtney is a licensed social worker and behavioral health therapist specializing in trauma-informed care. As a practitioner, Courtney uses embodiment techniques and integrative approaches to treatment. Courtney has been serving vulnerable populations for over a decade and understands the cycles of trauma. She spent the first 5 years of her career serving children and adults with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. After completing her MSW program, she began working as a social worker on a medical unit at a local community hospital where she witnessed first-hand the strong connection between the mind and the body. After serving on an adult inpatient psychiatric unit, Courtney transitioned into full-time private practice in an effort to better support her community during a time of heightened mental health needs.
Melissa received her Master’s Degree in Infant Mental Health Counseling from Chatham University and joined Native in March 2023.. She is a licensed professional counselor. She primarily works with children and adolescents. Melissa uses child-led therapy practices to build rapport and trust in sessions. Melissa has experience with engaging clients in play therapy and attachment based therapy. She has worked with children experiencing issues with depression, anxiety, ADHD, anger, and other behavioral/emotions concerns. She enjoys working with children and families to improve the overall wellbeing of the child.
MS, NCC, RDN, LD
Sina King-Smith holds a master’s in Nutritional and Food Science, as well as a master’s in clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from West Virginia University. Sina is a registered dietitian, nationally certified counselor, yoga instructor, and certified intuitive eating counselor. Sina specializes in eating disorders, disordered eating, body image and addiction specific concerns. Sina is also an adjunct instructor at WVU in the Davis College, as well as an adjunct instructor at Fairmont State University. Sina strives to support clients in creating a life free of dieting, body dissatisfaction, and intrusive (noisy) thoughts while striving for safety and embodiment. She is also passionate about supporting clients experiencing addiction and preoccupation with substances, behaviors, and foods while utilizing approaches founded in NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), Health At Every Size (HAES), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Sina enjoys addressing myths within the nutrition and wellness spaces, along with anti-fat bias and weight discrimination with her years of experience and specialization as a nutrition expert.
Lindsay Mosaky is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Rutgers University. With over 5 years of experience in social services, she has observed how all individuals are learning to exist and thrive within the context of a greater whole. Within her role as a mental health therapist, she prioritizes person-centered work with a lens on how one’s lived experiences have shaped their worldview and way through life. She has experience working with all populations, with a vast spectrum of clients–of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. She has additional experience working with individuals working through cultural identity challenges, grief, chronic illness, geriatric populations and in couples therapy.
FRONT OFFICE COORDINATOR
Shelby brings her experience in customer service and quality assurance to Native in her role as our front office coordinator. Shelby will help guide you through the initial scheduling and intake process and she is here to answer any questions you may have about making an appointment with a therapist at Native.