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A Haven for your healing...

Take a Step Toward A Better Tomorrow 

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Help During this Difficult Time

In this time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, many are struggling to find balance and a sense of stability. As we all handle this in our own way, please know that there is always Hope. 

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Take a Step Toward Better Mental Health

Growing up in today's world is challenging.  Everyone experiences difficult situations at some time in their life. It may be a family issue, difficulty in school, cultural and community challenges, or unexpected trauma. When life gets difficult, families may need professional intervention to  navigate the challenges in their world.  Here at Haven Professional Counseling, our goal is to listen to the needs of your family, meet you where you are, and enable you to get to a better place through individual and family counseling, experiential counseling, equine-assisted psychotherapy, group counseling, and individualized retreats for your family or small group. 

About Our Counselor

Our Team 

Becky Samsa, MA


Schedule with Becky:


Becky Samsa has a MA in Counseling Services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and a BS in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Marywood University in 1984. She also has additional training in Foster / Respite Care. She has experience counseling teens and families as well as within a variety of ministries over the years. In addition to being a counselor at Haven Professional Counseling, Becky has experience as a camp counselor, counselor within a partial hospitalization program, and as a counselor at a residential treatment facility for delinquent and dependent youth.

Becky is passionate about art, music, and humor and looks for opportunities to incorporate these practices into her daily life and therapy practice. She will be accepting clients childhood (10+) through adulthood who are struggling with grief and loss, depression, and anxiety. Becky feels her calling is to facilitate restored hope in lives and help her clients connect with the source of Hope and Truth, Jesus Christ.

Becky is available to see clients at Grove City Alliance Church, Grove City, PA as well as First Alliance Church, New Castle, PA 

Katie Lang, MA, NCC


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Katie Lang is a National Certified Counselor and is working towards fulfilling requirements to obtain Licensure as a Professional Counselor. She is currently receiving training to be certified in TF-CBT. In 2007, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Slippery Rock University. Pursuing her passion of psychology, she earned her master’s degree from Edinboro University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2020. While being a student during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she truly empathizes with other students and working moms whose mental health has been affected. Valuing honesty, integrity and patience, Katie takes a compassionate and direct approach with her clients bringing forth unconscious learned responses and applying Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Choice Theory/Reality Therapy, and a Family Systems approach. Katie utilizes a variety of methods and interventions to make therapy both fun and educational. She is genuine and authentic, as what you see is what you get and loves to apply humor in her practice. With 15 years experience working with children and their families, Katie’s goal is to teach the importance of unlearning generational patterns, for every family member to have a voice, and to learn healthier ways to communicate and resolve conflict. Katie will be accepting women and children. She resides in Mercer County with her husband and their blended family of 6 children. She enjoys running, interior decorating and ink therapy.

Katie is available to see clients at our Mercer, PA location 

Jennifer Thumm, M.A., L.P.C., NCC


Owner of Haven Professional Counseling, LLC

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Jennifer Thumm is a Licensed Professional Counselor who launched Haven Professional Counseling, LLC in 2017. She earned her master's degree from Geneva College with a concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling, and a certificate in Special Education in 2010. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in 1999 from Edinboro University in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She is passionate about working with children and families, doing so in various settings over the past 20 years including teaching, early intervention services, and behavioral and outpatient mental health. Jennifer’s counseling approach utilizes CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), a Family systems approach, as well as TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Jennifer believes in an approach that works toward health and restoration in the families that she serves using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach. She believes in a process that works toward ending generational patterns of dysfunction and abuse, changing the trajectory of lives, and providing clients with a network of community and support to meet the individual needs of their journey. She resides in Mercer County, PA with her husband and three sons.

Jen sees clients at the Mercer, PA and Creative Learning Christian School locations

Kelli Redfoot, M.S., L.P.C.


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Kelli Redfoot is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2013. Kelli earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Grove City College in 2009. She has over 10 years of experience serving and treating individuals and families as a family preservation caseworker, behavioral therapist in the community and school settings, and an outpatient therapist in residential treatment and outpatient settings. Kelli is passionate in helping children, teenagers, individuals, and families learn, grow, and become the best version of themselves. Kelli's counseling approach utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Animal Therapy, and a Family Systems approach. She believes that healing is a life style change that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. Kelli lives with her husband, children, and fur babies in Grove City

Kelli is available to see clients at our Mercer, PA location.

Gillian Martin, MS, LPC


Gillian is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2016. She graduated from Juniata College in 2010 with an undergraduate degree in Communication & Literature with a concentration in education. During her time in college, Gillian actively created group programming for children and adolescents at the local community center. Following graduation, she became an AmeriCorps member and completed a year of service that focused primarily on expanding programming for children and adolescents, as well as providing services and resources to empower women.

She has over 10 years of experience working with children, teenagers, and young adults in a variety of clinical and adventure settings. Gillian has spent the last 10 years as an Adventure-Based Counselor in residential care utilizing experiential activities to target interpersonal growth, trauma, family dynamics, goal setting, and transitional life skills. Gillian has learned that an active, experiential, holistic approach where the client’s needs come first often results in a positive therapeutic experience. Gillian’s counseling approach utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Adventure Based Counseling.

Gillian resides in Venango county with her husband, cat, and two dogs. She enjoys the outdoors, crafting, and winning at board games. 

Gill is available to see clients at our Mercer, PA location and Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, Slippery Rock, PA

Kaylee VanGent, MA


Director of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Working under the supervision of Jennifer Thumm LPC NCC

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Kaylee has a Bachelors degree in Recreational Therapy from Slippery Rock University and a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Slippery Rock. She has experience providing recreational therapy for all ages. Kaylee also has experience providing equine assisted interventions for children and adults with disabilities. She is passionate about trauma, abuse, and marginalized populations. She has had training in Narrative therapy and Allender Theory as well as more traditional therapeutic interventions. Kaylee has also received and provided training in racial trauma and adventure interventions. Kaylee believes that healing is possible for everyone, and that the path is different for each person.

Kaylee enjoys gardening, horseback riding, learning, and being outside. She and her husband live on a small-scale farm with their dog, Mowgli. They enjoy playing, hiking, and being together. 

Kaylee is available to see clients at our Mercer, PA and Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, Slippery Rock PA locations

Jodi Abbey-Hines, M.Ed., L.P.C


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Jodi is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience with children, adolescents, and families who are dealing with mental health, behavioral, and life situation issues.  Throughout her years of experience, Jodi has worked in a variety of settings including residential treatment, outpatient community mental health, in-home treatment, school based interventions, and crisis / emergency services.  Jodi specializes in working with trauma and attachment issues utilizing CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) approaches. 

Jodi graduated from Youngstown State University where she earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Education. She resides in Grove City with her husband and two sons. 

Jodi sees clients at our Mercer, PA and Creative Learning Christian School location

Brittany Makin, MSW, LSW, CSAYC


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Brittany obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in children, youth and families from Indiana University Indianapolis and her undergrad degrees in Social Work and Addictions Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. Brittany joins our team from Indiana, where she has gained experience working in addiction counseling settings, anti-human trafficking, and teenage mental health, specifically related to sexual abuse. Brittany worked at a residential treatment facility as a “live in” parent for teen girls struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and poor behavioral management. After her time at the residential facility, she worked for a non-profit to educate communities about human trafficking and to work with the survivors. Once her graduate degree was complete, Brittany returned to the residential facility, this time, to work with teenage boys who had sexual offenses.

She attended the Dr. John Townsend Leadership Program, where she trained in his Character Based Growth Paradigm. She utilizes this model in addition to CBT and TF-CBT throughout her therapeutic work. Brittany is especially passionate about working with teens, empowering women, and helping those who have experienced sexual trauma. It is her belief that everyone should be allowed to live in the fullness and freedom that healing can bring.

She partners with her husband in his field of working with college students; they enjoy sports and board games together, and she enjoys exercising, crafting, and baking. 

Brittany is available to see clients at our Mercer, PA location

Brian Murray, BA

Business Manager at Haven Professional Counseling, LLC

Working under the supervision of Jennifer Thumm LPC NCC

Brian has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He has experience working with juveniles in a variety of settings, to include clinical, outdoor and adventure based counseling. He has held positions as a counselor, therapeutic intervention specialist, and has also facilitated group sessions. As a Christian, Brian is devoted to his faith and has a passion for helping people, especially those who suffer from addictions and substance abuse.

Brian resides in Mercer county, PA with his wife, and enjoys spending time with his family and outdoors.

Brian is not accepting new clients at this time. 

Vision Statement

Our mission is to provide our clients with a haven for healing and restoration and equip them with the skills and resources needed to navigate the challenges they face in their daily lives.

"​For the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. 

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,

to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, 

to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion --

to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, 

the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise

instead of a spirit of despair. 

They will be called oaks of righteousness, 

a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. 

They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated;

they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations." 

the Bible

Isaiah 61: 1-4

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