Mental health and physical health go hand in hand, and for those living with HIV, addressing both can be essential. If you’re an individual living with HIV who is case managed by Allies or if you receive care in Allies’ clinic, you can access our care for mental health as well. Allies’ therapists are licensed professional counselors and certified addictions counselors. Our therapists have experience working with:
EMDR is a specific type of therapy used for processing trauma and can help patients process upsetting memories, thoughts, and feelings related to the trauma. Allies’ behavioral health therapist Matthew Reinhart, LPC, is one of few EMDR-certified therapists in the Pittsburgh area who does not require private insurance to be seen.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based practice that encourages clients to recognize their emotions and feelings and that trying to control or suppress painful feelings is not healthy or helpful. According to Psychology Today, “Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives.”
Allies’ therapist Joey Marsh, LPC, specializes in ACT.
If you’re a person living with HIV who is case managed by Allies or a patient in Allies’ clinic and interested in the behavioral health services we offer, be sure to discuss your concerns with your provider or case manager. Please note that Allies’ therapists may not be able to see you immediately, and we can refer you to another practice if you would prefer not to wait for an appointment.