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"Human’s ability to grow is infinite when they feel safe."
– Carl Rogers

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MY STORY

Hey! I'm Meghan

(SHE/HER/HERS)

My goal is to create a space where you can express yourself authentically, seek fulfillment, and feel empowered. I have a passion for partnering with athletes and other high achievers to help meet their self-defined goals and would be honored to be a part of your journey.

I am a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner of Cognitive Pursuits. I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, along with Positive Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy, & Existential Psychotherapy. Through this framework I help athletes and other high achieving individuals make impactful behavioral changes, gain a deeper understanding of their emotions, and think in a more helpful way, to improve their overall well-being and achieve their mental performance goals.


I received my master's degree in Professional Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and have specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Beck Institute. I spent the first seven years of my career at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, working with individuals recovering from moderate to severe substance use disorders, primarily opioid use disorder, and co-occurring mental health disorders to reduce harmful behaviors, establish and sustain sobriety, and improve their mental health. I also served in program administration roles as the Lead Patient Navigator of the Opioid Center of Excellence Warm Hand-Off Program and as the Clinical Operations Manager for the Center for Community Substance Abuse Programs. I am currently an Affiliate Professor in the Community & Trauma Counseling Master's Program at Thomas Jefferson University. 

When I launched Cognitive Pursuits, it was because of my own experience as an athlete and a drive to support other athletes looking to both heal and grow simultaneously - which is possible! I was a competitive athlete from a young age and am a former NCAA lacrosse player.  Outside of Cognitive Pursuits, I am also a Certified Personal Trainer, Strong First Elite Instructor, and strength coach.
 
I thank you for your interest in working with me. I look forward to connecting.

 
Be well!

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Education

  • Master of Philosophy in Professional Counseling, University of Pennsylvania

  • Master of Science in Counseling & Mental Health Services, University of Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Ursinus College

  • The Beck Institute 

    • ​Essentials of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Personality Disorders

  • Motivational Interviewing: Advancing the Practice, DDAP

Licensing & Certifications 

  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Pennsylvania #​PC010781

  • Telemental Health Certified, Person Centered Tech

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Featured Appearances

The Movement Professional Podcast, "Movement Psychology: Goals, Wishes, Judgments and Relationships"

Professional affiliations

  • Saint Joseph's University, Adjunct Professor, Master's of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, School of Education and Human Development

  • American Counseling Association

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