Mrs. Kirsten Teklits, LCSW

Preferred Name: Kirsten

Online Therapy

About Me

I earned my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. During my graduate studies, I focused on the treatment of substance abuse and trauma working with substance abusing adolescents and their families. I have over 10 years of experience working with clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD and substance abuse. In my clinical practice, I principally provide cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to treat adults and adolescents with diverse mental health problems but I also utilize other evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment modalities based on each client’s specific challenges. These additional treatment modalities include but are not limited to motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and mindfulness. ​ My goal is to educate and motivate my clients and to help them change their unhelpful thoughts and behaviors so that they can live a happier life that is consistent with their values. ​

Education & Experience

I earned my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania and have over 7 years of experience working with individuals that have a history of substance abuse and trauma. I am a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist and have successfully used EMDR as a powerful therapeutic method to accelerate the treatment of reprocessing painful traumatic memories.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

I am a member of the NationalAssociation of Social Workers (NASW) and EMDRIA (EMDR International Association).

Specialty Area

  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults


  • English


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Highmark
  • Medicaid