Our Practice

Spiegel Freedman Psychological Associates provide outpatient psychotherapeutic care to the people of the greater Pittsburgh area. We are committed to excellence and strive to provide our community with the highest quality of psychological services.

We provide psychological care for people with problems including:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Illness
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Gender Identity Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Marital Issues
  • OCD
  • Parenting Concerns
  • PTSD
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Women’s Issues

To discuss your concerns and receive a brief confidential evaluation, call our office 412-367-9800 to speak with one of our available doctors.

  • Jeffrey D. Freedman, Ph.D.
  • Jon Spiegel, Ph.D.
  • Jean Brannan, LCSW
  • Andrea Croom, Ph.D.
  • Brent N. Henderson, Ph.D.
  • Sharon Hovis, L.S.W.
  • Karen L. Katunich Ph.D.
  • Jozef Spiegel, Ph.D
  • Libba Spiegel, M.S., A.T.R.

Our Clinicians

Jeffrey D. Freedman, Ph.D.

Jeffrey D. Freedman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has been providing direct care to children, adolescents, adults and elders since 1990. He has been trained in individual, couples and family therapy and specializes in treating depression, anxiety, neurological degenerative diseases, and persistent mental health disorders. Dr. Freedman has been the clinical director of a group practice for many years, is an associate professor at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic where he supervises psychiatric residents, and is on the board of directors for the Jewish Family and Children’s Services. He regularly lectures and provides staff training for a number of geriatric care facilities in the Pittsburgh area, has taught psychology courses at Duquesne University, and has been a consultant for the North Hills and North Allegheny School Districts’ staff. Dr. Freedman earned his doctorate from Duquesne University and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the Greater Pittsburgh Association.

Jon Spiegel, Ph.D.

Jon Spiegel, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice since 1976. Since 1980 Dr. Spiegel has been teaching and supervising psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists. His Master’s Degree is in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and his Doctorate is in psychodynamic psychotherapy. His postdoctoral work is in mythology and comparative religion. His specialty areas include: anxiety disorders, couples therapy, cognitive approaches to depression, life transitions, spiritual and faith concerns. Dr. Spiegel is cofounder of the Spirituality & Psychology program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, NIH Clinical Consultant for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. A popular teacher, Dr. Spiegel has taught throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Dr. Spiegel has studied in Asia with Jain, Sikh, Hindu, Taoist, and Buddhist teachers since 1967. In the United States he studied with the late mythologist Joseph Campbell for five years. Dr. Spiegel studied with Reb. Zalman Schacter-Shalomi for 30 years.

Jean Brannan, LCSW

Jean Brannan is a licensed clinical social worker with a background in child development and family systems theory.  She obtained her MSW at the University of Pittsburgh, and did her postgraduate study in Bowen Family Systems Theory.  Ms. Brannan was a unit manager and supervisor at Mercy Behavioral Health for over 30 years. She has over 40 years of therapy and supervisory experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  In clinical practice, she seeks to understand her clients in the context of their relationships within their families and other close contacts. She works with individuals, couples and families. Ms. Brannan helps her clients to effectively manage their stressors while further developing their strengths.  She works with persons of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and relationship issues. Ms. Brannan is on the faculty of the Western Pennsylvania Family Center.

Andrea Croom, Ph.D.

Andrea Croom, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has been providing direct clinical care to adult clients at major medical centers including UPMC. Dr. Croom received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Croom has taught at the graduate level, lectured to medical professionals and conducted research on shared decision making and how families and couples cope with chronic/life-limiting illnesses. Dr. Croom specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment to medical illness or other major life changes, grief and loss, and relationship concerns. Her approach is rooted in humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness therapies.

Brent N. Henderson, Ph.D.

Brent N. Henderson, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Originally from California, Dr. Henderson received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and came to Pittsburgh in 1998 to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Henderson has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, conducted research in the area of mind-body influences on physical and mental health, and authored several articles and book chapters in the areas of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. In his clinical work, Dr. Henderson follows a cognitive-behavioral approach and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, provides strategies to minimize the impact of stress on mental and physical health, helps patients adjust to medical illness and other major life challenges, and offers education for health and lifestyle changes.

Sharon Hovis, L.S.W.

Sharon Hovis, L.S.W. is a licensed social worker who works with the adults and adolescents. She has been in private practice since 1996. Ms. Hovis has provided mental health services in community mental health centers as an outpatient therapist. Additionally, she has been a part of the treatment team at an inpatient psychiatric unit. Ms. Hovis was trained in Cognitive Behavioral therapy at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She also has training in Hypnotherapy from the American Hypnosis Training Academy. Ms. Hovis has expertise in the treatment of people with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and eating disorders. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Hovis is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Karen L. Katunich Ph.D.

Karen L. Katunich Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who works both in our group practice, and as a Senior Clinician in WPIC’s Adult Mood Disorders Clinic. She has over 25 years experience with diverse populations in multiple public and private clinical settings. Dr. Katunich provides psychological care for adolescents, adults, and seniors and specializes in the treatment of mood disorders, borderline personality disorders, trauma and geriatric/end of life issues. As a former Air Force Officer she first began extensive teaching experience at the US Air Force Academy and has since taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at local colleges and universities. Dr. Katunich has combined her leadership, teaching, organizational and clinical skills in her work as Program Coordinator of Western Center (a 400-bed facility for adults with mental retardation), and Director of Operations for a regional behavioral care company providing services to Long Term Care populations.

Dr. Katunich received her doctorate at Virginia Commonwealth University and her internship training at the Pittsburgh Consortium-VAMC. She is presently Director or Psychotherapy Training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Jozef Spiegel, Ph.D

Jozef Spiegel, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, author, and teacher.  He has been  a presenter at local, national and international conferences, as well as a treatment consultant and trainer in the areas of childhood sexual abuse, human relationships, sexuality, and anxiety. Dr. Spiegel was a research associate at Columbia University and a professor at Rutgers University. He is author of the recently published book, SAM—Sexual Abuse of Males: The SAM Model of Theory and Practice. Dr. Spiegel provides treatment to children and adults with histories of sexual abuse, male and female perpetrators, individuals experiencing addictions to drugs, alcohol and sex.  He works with individuals and couples seeking to build and strengthen intimate relationships. Dr. Spiegel has a particular interest in individuals, families and groups searching for and actualizing purpose in their lives, and individuals confronting anxiety and depression. Research efforts include local, national and international studies that address abuse dynamics and effects, with particular emphases on sexual self-concept, relational issues and HIV-risk behaviors.

Libba Spiegel, M.S., A.T.R.

Libba Spiegel, M.S., A.T.R. is a licensed psychologist and child development specialist who has been in clinical practice since 1972. She works with children, adolescents, adults and families. Ms. Spiegel is a Play Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. She uses these modalities for individuals who cannot easily express their concerns in words. Her specialties include: school and behavior problems, teenage depression, divorce, child bereavement, and women’s life transitions. Ms. Spiegel has been a consultant to WQED-TV for their Wonderworks project, and Fred Rogers’ Family Communications for their book on adoption. Ms. Spiegel has been on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Association for Arts and Education, the Advisory Board for the Pittsburgh Playhouse Jr. and has been the Psychology Consultant for the Forbes Hospice, Pittsburgh Child Bereavement Program. Ms. Spiegel is deeply interested in the curative power of the creative process.

We are conveniently located in two areas:


105 Braunlich Drive, Suite #210
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

In the North Hills, on corner of McKnight Road and Braunlich Drive
in McKnight Plaza on the forested hill overlooking McKnight Road.


401 Shady Avenue, Suite 104C
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

In Shadyside, on the corner of Shady Avenue and
Walnut Street in the Kenmawr Building.

For more information or appointments

call: 412-367-9800
email: mailsfpa@gmail.com

Spiegel Freedman Psychological Associates has been recognized as one of the top Pittsburgh Psychology practices. Verified by Opencare.com