Lotus Hope Counseling, LLC is a team of professional counselors with a clear vision to support and aid our clients in their healing journey and transformation into the best version of themselves. Life challenges can occur gradually over time or onset abruptly. Either way, there is hope.
At Lotus Hope Counseling, we believe that we can rise above adverse conditions no matter how murky or slimy the waters are. This is done with a therapeutic alliance between the client and the counselor, which an individualized treatment is developed to address each client's unique needs and desires. The counselor will support, aid and guide the client through processing the past, identifying present patterns and taking steps toward long lasting changes while addressing the client’s fears, challenges and worries along the way.
Sandra Pattinato, M.Ed., LPC
Sandra is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a
co-founder of Lotus Hope Counseling, LLC. She has been working in the field for close to 15 years. In this time, she has worked in a number of different settings including outpatient services, family-based services, crisis intervention, school counseling, and more recently drug and alcohol recovery services.
Sandra draws from CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing techniques to help her clients develop healthy coping strategies to make positive changes in their lives.
Sandra has worked with a number of different issues including depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, relationship issues, substance abuse and anger control.
Sandra has also led an anger management group for adults and adolescents, as well as an early recovery drug and alcohol recovery group for adults.
Sandra has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, in Portugal, and a Master’s of Education, minor Mental Health Counseling from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.
Sandra is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
License and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Crystal M Schmidt MA, NCC, LPC
Crystal is the co-founder and counselor of Lotus Hope Counseling, LLC. She graduated from Waynesburg University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and again in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health. Although, Crystal has worked in the field for 11 years, She became a Nationally Certified Counselor in 2014 and a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2016.
Crystal has extensive background working with diverse client populations with both mental health and substance abuse needs in a variety of community and agency settings. Crystal specializes in group therapy sessions and provides individual counseling in a professional manner. Although her approach is stemmed out of reality therapy, she believes in tailoring her approach to the individual clients’ need. She has experience in incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused and Motivational Interviewing Therapy.
License and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
National Certified Counselor
S.M.A.R.T Recovery Facilitator Certificate