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  • Meet Our Team

    Annalisa Smithson, LPC, NCC

    Annalisa is the founder and director of Unleashed Counseling. She is a board-certified counselor licensed in the state of Pennsylvania, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy and animal-assisted therapy. She has presented research at mental health conferences around the country, including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Women in Psychology, and the Pennsylvania Counseling Association.

    Annalisa is the author of two books, Emotional Support Animals (2021) and the Unconditional: Learning to Love Your Authentic Self (2022), and has published research in several peer-reviewed journals including Psychology in the Schools and the Journal of the PCA. Prior to becoming a counselor she worked as a fundraising professional for Lehigh University. She holds a Master of Education in Counseling & Human Services and a Master of Arts in the Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation.

    Nicole Fine, MA, NCC

    Nicole is the assistant director of Unleashed Counseling. She received her Master’s Degree from Immaculata University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and earned her board certification immediately upon graduating. Before joining our team, Nicole worked at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia, where she served individuals with a variety of co-occurring disorders. She has experience working in special education and direct care, supporting students with developmental and behavioral disorders, and adults suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

    Cleopatre Paulvin, LPC

    Cleo is a licensed professional counselor and a a social justice-oriented therapist at Unleashed Counseling. She is currently trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and works toward helping them process their traumatic experiences by telling their stories. Additionally, she is trained in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.

    Cleo focuses on ensuring that she uses an approach that will be the most helpful to you. She has worked with pre-teens, teenagers, and adults going through anxiety and depression, as well as individuals who have experienced traumatic events. She received her Masters of Education in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University in May of 2018.

    Heather Engle, MA

    Heather started at Unleashed Counseling as a clinical intern until she received her Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling from Alvernia University and began seeing clients in May of 2022. She received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from La Salle University in 2016 and has been a program leader at the Spring Valley YMCA since 2015 She is hoping to obtain her Doctorate in Child Psychology.

    Benji, Therapy Doggo Extraordinaire

    Benji provides a monthly self-care tip to the community (with our help). Here is his playful introduction, “Well hello there! My name is Benjamin Sisko Franklin, therapy doggo extraordinaire! But I’m better known around the office as Benji. I’m an AKC-trained therapy animal, head of Barketing at Unleashed Counseling and renowned author of The Benji Files. I am a black & tan Beagle/Coonhound Mix (I think) all the way from West Virginia. I’m best known for my unconditional love, calm demeanor, and occasional bursts of puppy energy. I love to play, snuggle, and go on walks with clients. I bring joy and lightness to the therapy room, and my mom says I do a heckin’ good job.”

    The Elegant Therapy Bunny, Hops

    Hops provides support and comfort for clients by being a quiet companion during sessions. Here is her own introduction: “Hello, Lady Hoppington here! Feel free to call me Hops. I’m a Lionhead Rabbit who was rescued from a park in Philadelphia. As a therapy animal-in-training, I’m best known for nosing around for treats and the soothing sounds of me eating lettuce. In the therapy room, I’m known to lend a floppy ear to listen and a fluffy head to scratch. I also enjoy playing games that involve treats and getting to know people by nudging them with my nose.”