At AHA! we provide therapeutic healing services that work for the whole you – in Body, Mind, Heart and Soul.

Our integrated treatment approach provides you with the best support rooted in healing practices that nurture the Whole Self. We are committed to nurturing forth the best in you, the children you love, your family, and our community!

Our mission is to help you live your best life by supporting you on the Journey toward health and well being.

Meet Our Director

 

Karen DeHaven, MA, BC-DMT, LPC,
Founding Director and Principal Clinician

As a professional counselor and licensed dance/movement psychotherapist, Karen works with children, families and women who are ready to creatively work through emotional and behavioral challenges. She specializes in working with children, family, and women who are experiencing struggle related to:

  • Neurodevelopmental delays including Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s, Social Communication Disorder, and sensory integration
  • Anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, bonding and attachment, and grief
  • Low self esteem, chronic medical distress, creative blocks, social isolation, and stress management

With an advanced specialty of Counseling in Dance/Movement Therapy, Karen integrates both traditional as well as creative therapy techniques and enjoys working with both verbal and non-verbal clients made possible by the transformative nature of the creative arts in therapy as a expressive pathway to healing.

Karen received her B.A. from Trinity College (CT) and her M.A. in Creative Arts in Therapy from Hahnemann /Allegheny University (PA). Karen has extensive work experience as a therapist in mental health agencies as well as with contract agencies for early intervention services in Pennsylvania. Karen has taught “Movement Perspectives in Human Development” as an adjunct professor for Drexel’s Creative Arts in Therapy graduate program and is a PQAS Certified Instructor through the Department of Public Welfare through which she provides trainings on stress management, bullying, Autism, behavior management, and child development. Karen has presented dance/movement therapy workshops at universities and agencies nationally. She is a Board-certified member of the American Dance Therapy Association and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She is also a local community member of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition, Special Needs Network of Allied Professionals (SNNAP), and ADHD Aware.

Extended personal bio of Founder

Karen founded AHA! Studio for Integrated Therapies LLC to expand her 20 year vision of creating an arts in psychotherapy private practice where women, children, and families can find emotional support. Our growing community of holistic practitioners believe that there is Hope for everyone who is struggling on their journey to emotional health, Wholeness and well being.

Karen has always been passionate about helping those who are suffering or in need. As a child, Karen dreamed of being a veterinarian but then found the beauty of healing the human spirit through exposure to sibling play therapy. Through the use of art, movement games, and play (and little green army men!), sibling conflict transformed into play and play lead to healing – not through talking about core differences but by experiencing them in the moment and creatively working through them!

Supported by a family who believed we should all be free to “find what we love to do and create the life we want to live by doing it,” Karen found becoming a dance movement therapist and licensed counselor to be the ideal expression of her natural gifts – where intellectual curiosity and playful creativity can lead to a depth of insight that allows us each to truly “Know thyself!”

In her work with children and families, Karen embraces the three-phase healing journey. First she enters the world of the child, discovers the developmental roots of struggle, and helps the child build strengths and skills to break through the difficulty. Next she helps the parents understand and come to terms with what is happening. Finally, she helps the whole family create lasting change, accept what cannot be changed, and love the journey toward growth and wholeness!

Karen views her life’s work as both a blessing and a calling – one that merged Karen’s love of moving and playing with her passion for depth psychology and her natural compassion for the human journey to find purpose and belonging.

Meet Our Therapists

We are excited to have a team of exceptional clinicians and healing arts practitioners  joining our healing community at AHA!

Each clinician and healing arts practitioner offers something unique to our services so you and the ones you love can find the integrative support you need to grow and heal on your extraordinary journey.

Nina Britz, MS, OTR/L 

Licensed Occupational Therapist

As a pediatric OT, Nina works with families and children from their youngest years through school-age in a consultative role, one-on-one, and in group sessions. Nina’s clinical experience spans across many settings including home, community, schools, private practice and outpatient clinics. She treats children with a myriad of challenges including Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Developmental Delay, Dyspraxia, feeding issues, and ADHD.  Her clinical perspective is through a Sensory Integration lens as well as relationship-based models like DIR/Floortime.  These therapeutic frameworks bridge specific skills such as fine motor integration, handwriting, visual motor/perceptual and motor coordination and make her interventions more meaningful in the daily routines of her clients.

Nina received her B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University, and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University Steinhardt School of Education.   She taught private children’s yoga classes in Manhattan after receiving her certification from Karma Kids Yoga.  She has continuing education in reflex integration (R.I.S.E) to support education, Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), Reflex Integration, Therapeutic Listening and participated in a 30-hour Autism Navigator course to support children with Autism and their families in home and community settings.  Recently, Nina was certified to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) which is an assessment of communication, social interaction, and play (or imaginative use of materials) for children and adults suspected of having autism or other pervasive developmental disorders.

Peter Ryan, M.A. F.O.T.

Licensure track counselor

Peter earned a Bachelor’s in Education from Boston College, and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. He holds three black belts in Zen Sword, is certified as an instructor in Zen Buddhism, and is co-founder of two mindfulness-based high schools. Additionally, he is a certified trainer of Focusing Oriented Therapy. He has approximately 25,000 hours of experience teaching and applying mindfulness in clinical and classroom settings. He is presently in private practice as a psychotherapist.

Healing Arts Practitioners

Theresa Caffrey Lepore, RN, NBCR

National Board Certified Reflexologist

As a registered nurse with 35 years of experience in the surgical field and her continuing education in reflexology and other holistic modalities, Terri is able to combine her knowledge to offer her clients a complete plan to attain and maintain wellness.

She has worked with both children and adults in reducing stress and restoring balance through reflexology. Reflexology is not a medical treatment but it does facilitate your body’s ability to heal itself.

Aside from relaxation and stress reduction, reflexology can also aid with pain reduction, constipation, allergies, insomnia, boosting the immune system, anxiety, headaches and eliminating toxins, to name a few. It is done by stimulating reflex points on the face, hands, ears or feet which have a relationship with specific organs and glands. When stimulated, those reflex points prompt the body part to relax and start the process of self-healing.

Terri received her Associates Degree in Nursing from MCCC and currently works as a surgical nurse as well as owning and operating Something’s Afoot Reflexology. 

She received her Reflexology Certification from Essential Connections Reflexology Practitioner Program and is accredited as a National Board-Certified Reflexologist. Terri also holds certifications in Hand, Ear and Face Reflexology and Color Light Therapy.

In addition to her regular nursing duties, Terri teaches self-care to new graduate nurses, providing tools for healing  and preventing burnout, which in turn improves patient care.  She was a co-presenter at The Vizient Nurse Residency National Conference. Her presentation was entitled “Self-care for nurses/better care for patients.”