Our Clinical Staff
Dr. Bernadette Cachara
Dr. Cachara is a Licensed Psychologist, owner and clinical director of the practice. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University (formally known as The American School of Professional Psychology). Dr. Cachara has been practicing in the field of psychology for over 12 years. Her clinical experience includes a specialized doctoral internship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where she was trained extensively with nationally recognized experts in the field of childhood trauma.
Dr. Cachara values the therapeutic relationship with the belief that change is facilitated through a non-judgmental and supportive relationship. She will work to provide you with evidence based treatment strategies to assist with symptom relief while allowing you to openly explore your thoughts and feelings as it pertains to the conflicts in your life. Dr. Cachara works out of both the Carlisle and Shippensburg offices.
Laura Rhoads, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Ms. Rhoads is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has a specialized license as a Behavior Specialist. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where she earned her Master's Degree in Applied Clinical Psychology. Her clinical internships include training with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit as well as the Meadows Partial Program. Ms. Rhoads has extensive training in the use behavioral modification with children diagnosed with a autism spectrum disorders.
Ms. Rhoads values the therapeutic relationship. She provides a warm and open style, allowing others to feel comfortable in their work with her. She believes in a collaborative treatment approach, working extensively with teachers and other school officials to maximize treatment. She is a strong advocate for parents as they navigate the school system in efforts to obtain educational, behavioral and emotional support for their children.
Amanda Burger, MA
Amanda Burger holds a B.S. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Shippensburg University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and is currently pursuing her LPC. Amanda has been a school counselor for 7 years and has worked in both elementary and middle schools. Her goal is for children and adolescents to feel heard and respected. Therapeutically she uses several modalities, but has a distinct interest in narrative therapy and mindfulness based approaches. Amanda values clients and appreciates their feedback. She strives to make them feel accepted and comfortable so they can freely explore their thoughts and feelings in a constructive path towards healing. Amanda is also an advocate for victims of violence, including human trafficking. She sits on the STOP Violence Against Women Taskforce of Cumberland County.