About The Practice
Gallo & Associates Psychological Services is a private clinical psychology practice that offers services tailored to the individual needs of clients. Therapeutically we emphasize helping people to reclaim their psychological and emotional health by teaching and instilling the principles at the basis of healthy psychological functioning. Successful therapy results in the client becoming self-empowered. The focus of treatment is not on pathology or mental illness, but rather on the ingredients that constitute mental health. Services include the following:
Individual Therapy: Therapeutic services are available to individuals (children, adolescents, and adults). Treatment is tailored to the client on the basis of detailed information obtained during intake and throughout therapy. In many instances treatment is quite brief, since our approach precisely focuses on eliminating the fundamental causes of emotional distress and assisting the client in directly changing behaviors. Our approach is highly effective for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), agoraphobia, panic disorder, adjustment disorders, grief, depression, addictions, tobacco dependence, eating disorders, weight reduction, some physical pain problems, and many other conditions.
Couples Therapy: Services are also available to couples who are experiencing distress in their relationship and would prefer to improve their interactions rather than terminate their relationship. Our approach involves assisting couples in directly changing their behavior toward each other and overcoming resentments, ineffective interaction patterns, and improve the overall quality of their emotional and physical experience with each other. Couples are also assisted in applying highly effective relationship principles so they will be able to continue to enhance their relationship throughout their lives. The therapeutic interaction is based on effective communication and conflict is kept at a minimum throughout the therapeutic process.
Family Intervention: A variety of services are available to families. In addition to family therapy, we also offer behavior specialist consultation, community-based intervention, and in-home intervention in cooperation with family-based mental health programs. This is GAPS-WP, a wraparound program that specializes in individual, family, and community-based support and treatment for children and adolescents suffering from the effects of trauma: posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related anxiety, adjustment, behavioral and learning problems. We apply modern therapeutic modalities to resolve problems and to assist consumers in reclaiming health. GAPS-WP is also rooted in the practical understanding that lasting results require commitment and participation of the family with a primary focus on solutions rather than problems.
Telephone and Videotelephony Consultation Services: While the demand for Advanced Energy Psychology and EDxTM treatment and consultation services is strong and continues to grow, the supply of practitioners is limited in terms of geographical coverage. Presently AEP/EDxTM practitioners are concentrated into a few geographical areas (see the EDxTM Certified Practitioners section of this website). This service will make AEP/EDxTM available in presently neglected areas. Services are available and are customized according to the client’s needs. We have successfully treated many problems over the telephone and via telephony. Frequency and length of sessions is flexible. In many cases sessions might be scheduled weekly. It should be noted, however, that some problems are better treated in person and in such instances telephone/telephony consultations will not be recommended or offered as an adjunct to contact with a therapist in your area.
Professional Coaching and Success Management: Coaching provides an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaching helps people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives. This approach involves customizing to individual client needs by eliciting solutions and strategies from the client and assisting the client in accessing creativity and resources. Coaching is not a therapeutic approach and is not suited to the treatment of clinical problems. It is highly beneficial in assisting individuals and companies in achieving peak performance, success, and in finding their most lucrative niches.
Psychological Evaluations: Formal psychological evaluations involve the use of clinical interview and sophisticated testing procedures. They are employed to determine a variety of psychological, neuropsychological, and cognitive functioning issues or problems. These tests are employed at the request of parents to assist in the educational and mental health guidance for their children or adolescents, physicians, managers, police departments, attorneys, and judges. Evaluations are conducted for the following: neuropsychological functioning, chronic pain management, disability determination, educational and vocational planning, custody determination, and bariatric surgery.
Dr. Fred P. Gallo, Ph.D. has been providing clinical psychological services since 1973, and is the founder of Gallo & Associates Psychological Services. He has published numerous articles and 8 books on brief therapy, research, and trauma/PTSD. Among his publications are Energy Psychology and Energy Tapping for Trauma. He trains therapists worldwide in his methods. Dr. Gallo received his training at Duquesne University, University of Dayton, Kent State University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. He specializes in consultation and efficient treatment for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, phobias, panic, depression, addiction, smoking cessation, weight management, and chronic pain.
Dr. Danelle Carrillo Bennett Ph.D. specializes in Neuropsychology, conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessments for ages 6 to 89. She has extensive clinical experience with children, adolescents, adults, and families, and has taught clinical treatment modalities to professionals. She received her clinical psychology doctoral training at Fielding Graduate University and is a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. Her specialties include assessments of cognitive changes after traumatic brain injury, stroke, and dementia. Other services include evaluations for psychiatric diagnostic clarification, developmental and intellectual delays, adjustment and conduct-related disorders, implantable therapy, bariatric surgery, and custody. Additionally she has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating attention deficit disorders, sexual disturbances, and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Bennett joined Gallo and Associates in 2016 and provides services through our Hermitage facility.
Melissa A. Barnes, MA, LP, is a Licensed Psychologist, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1979 with a major in psychology, and in 1981 with an MA in Clinical Psychology. She has been a licensed Pennsylvania Psychologist since 1995 and specializes in the treatment of women, children and adolescents. Melissa also conducts psychological assessments and is a Treatment Prescriber for Family Based Mental Health (FBRS) and Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS). From 1981-1987 she was employed by the Lawrence County Human Services Center, and from 1987-2018 as psychologist and administrator at Cray Youth and Family Services. Melissa joined Gallo and Associates in 2017 and provides clinical services through both our Hermitage and New Castle locations.
Kelly Diley, LCSW, has obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Thiel College in 1997, majoring in psychology and receiving an Aging Specialist Certificate for a minor in gerontology. While gaining valuable experience working in community mental health with the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission, she attended graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her Master of Social Work in Community Organization and Social Administration in 2002 and became licensed later that year. She spent the next several years working in both outpatient and educational settings, providing office-based therapies and EAP services to individuals and families, as well as counseling services for special education students in public schools as a School Social Worker. She obtained her clinical license in 2005 and has worked in Meadville at the Mind Body Wellness Center and with Hospice of Crawford County until recently becoming an independent practitioner. Kelly has a specific interest in working with adults who are facing unique challenges such as coping with changes in health status, transitioning into retirement, grief & loss, and making health care decisions for self, spouse, or an aging parent. Together, strategies for managing these challenges are developed in a supportive environment without judgment. She is also happy to assist individuals of all ages and families who feel that this type of approach would work well for them in addressing issues related to anxiety, depression, conflict management, and resiliency. She also facilitates support groups and provides educational presentations to the community in the Crawford County area. Kelly joined Gallo and Associates in 2017 and currently provides clinical services through our Meadville location.