Services are provided by the following professionals:

  • Director of Treatment
  • Child and adolescent psychiatrist
  • Mental health professional
  • Mental health worker
  • Pennsylvania state certified special education teacher


Lourea-Waddell, Brittany

Dr. Brittany Lourea-Waddell, Director of Treatment

Dr. Brittany Lourea-Waddell is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist. She earned a Bachelor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in April, 1998. She earned a Masters of Education in School Psychology from Temple University in August, 2002 and a Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology from Temple University in May, 2006.

Dr. Lourea-Waddell has been employed by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit since August 15, 2006 and has worked with ExplorationsPHP since October 25, 2011.

Lipkowitz, Ronald

Dr. Ronald Lipkowitz, ExplorationsPHP Psychiatrist

Dr. Ronald Lipkowitz, M.D. is a Physician & Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in treatment of adolescents and adults.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May 1978 and his Doctorate degree from Albany Medical College in May 1978. Dr Lipkowitz completed an internship at Bryn Mawr Hospital in June 1979 and completed his psychiatric residency training at the University of Pennsylvania in June 1982. He primarily works in a solo private practice in Devon.

Dr. Lipkowitz has been a consultant to the MCIU from 1986-2003 & more recently from 2013 to the present.

Sutterby, Nicole

Nicole Sutterby, ExplorationPHP Mental Health Professional

Nicole Sutterby is lead Group Therapist at Explorations PHP. She earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery County Community College in 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a focus in Social Studies from West Chester University in 2002. After working as a teacher and group therapist for seven years at an alternative school she studied Restorative Practices at the International Institute of Restorative Practices in Bethlehem PA. In 2009 she earned her Master’s degree in Restorative Practices in Education.

Nicole has been working at Explorations since April of 2014.

Matthews, Joanna

 Joanna Matthews, ExplorationPHP Lead Clinician

Joanna Matthews began as an individual and family therapist at Explorations PHP in 2015, and is currently the lead clinician. She earned a Master’s of Education in School Counseling from West Chester University, is a certified school counselor and previously worked as a counselor in public school, and as a lead counselor in autistic therapy. Joanna is dedicated to supporting young people in building the emotional and social skills to achieve their goals.

Joanna works from a person centered, positive psychology orientation, using Cognitive Behavioral techniques as well as multiple empirically proven interventions to help clients feel empowered to set goals and make change.

Barbakoff, Joseph

Joseph Barbakoff, ExplorationPHP Mental Health Professional

Joseph Barbakoff is a Group Therapist at Explorations PHP. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Bloomsburg University in 2014. Joseph then worked in Behavior and Development with children on the autism spectrum while he worked towards earning his Master’s Degree. He earned a Master’s of Education in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in 2017. Joseph completed his internship at Explorations PHP and returned the following Fall to work as a Group Therapist.

Joseph employs a variety of therapeutic interventions, including CBT and solution focused practices.


Kane, Denise

Denise Kane, ExplorationPHP Mental Health Professional

Denise Kane is an Individual and Family Therapist at ExplorationsPHP. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Albright College in May, 2003. After working for a number of years at a family intensive Residential Treatment Facility as well as Family Based Services, she studied Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University and earned her MFT in 2015.  Denise has always been passionate about systemic work; specializing in trauma and attachment with training in Trauma Art Narrative Therapy and DBT.

Denise has worked for ExplorationsPHP since March, 2017.


Nelson, Laura

Laura Nelson, ExplorationPHP Mental Health Professional

Laura Nelson is an individual and family therapist at Explorations PHP. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from West Chester University in 2010. After working for three years in Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services,  Laura went back to school to complete her Master’s Degree. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016 from Immaculata University. While completing her clinical internship Laura was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy under a nationally certified CBT therapist. Following the completion of her degree, Laura went on to work in family based services until November of 2017 when she then joined the clinical team at Explorations PHP.


Katherine Somer

Katherine Somer, ExplorationPHP Mental Health Professional

Katy Somer is an Individual and Family Therapist at Explorations PHP. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Temple University in 2012 and a Master’s Degree of Education in School Counseling in 2015 and is a certified Elementary and Secondary School Counselor. Katy has always been passionate about working with adolescents and empowering change through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.

Katy has worked at Explorations PHP since May 2017.