Solutions Counseling and Consultation Services has received the Lambert Award from PacifiCare Behavioral Health. We are the only multi-disciplinary group practice in Pennsylvania who has demonstrated superior clinical outcomes in their treatment of patients. PacifiCare continually measures improvement in treatment scores over the course of the treatment sessions.

David Behar, MD

Dr. Behar received psychiatric training at SUNY Stony Brook, University of Iowa, the NIMH, and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Behar has Board Certifications in Adult and in Child Psychiatry. The focus of his care is on psychiatric medication management. His medical degree comes from Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA. He has numerous publications.

Melanie Heist, MS, LPC, BSL

Melanie attended the University of Massachusetts and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She continued her education at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, receiving a Master of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Adolescent and Child Psychology. She completed an internship with Pinebrook Services working as a counselor with children, adolescents, and families.

Melanie is a dual licensed therapist who is nationally certified (NCC). She currently provides counseling services for children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group, couples, and family therapy sessions. In addition, she continues to work with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other behavior disorders (ADHD, OCD, ODD). She maintains a positive environment working collaboratively with clients focusing on strengths, needs, and solutions.

Melanie provides services for individuals with symptoms related to depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, relationship concerns, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, PTSD, grief and loss, personality disorders, sleep disorders, developmental disorders, alcohol abuse/dependence issues, and co-morbid disorders.

Melanie is dynamic in her therapeutic style using an eclectic mix of theories and strategies designed specifically for the individual’s needs and strengths. She uses a solution-focused, strength-based model using strategies related to Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Behavior Therapy/Behavior Modification, as well as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Joanna Stahl, MEd, CAADC, LPC

Joanna is a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. She has been working in the field of mental health for over 10 years providing an array of behavioral health services including counseling, psychoeducation, coaching, and advocacy. She specializes in helping clients create a healthy balance between all components of one’s environment including work, home, and social settings and has experience treating diverse issues including mood disorders, trauma, parenting, communication, and addictions.

Joanna provides individual therapy using a strengths-based, solution focused approach to help empower clients to eliminate barriers to their wellness. She works collaboratively with individuals to support lasting improvement in reported impairment areas. Joanna is passionate about mental health and development of personal resilience and looks forward to working in partnership to help foster personal and/or relational growth.