12121 Perry Highway | Wexford, PA 15090



North Way Counseling Services

Caring for all those whom God sends

North Way Counseling Services

Caring for all those whom God sends


Provide professional Christian counseling services as a ministry of North Way Christian Community.


North Way Counseling Services, established in 2002, is a professional counseling center offering expert, confidential, Christ-centered care for individuals and families experiencing difficult or challenging circumstances. We are trained in various forms of therapy styles, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Our qualified Masters-level counselors offer a wide range of personal and family-oriented services, including:

  • Child and adolescent issues; addressing autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, self injury, depression, peer pressure, mentoring, drug and alcohol addiction, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, sexual identity issues, and family issues, such as divorce and step parenting.

  • Adult issues; addressing marriage, premarital, divorce, single-parenting, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, and sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.


Marc C. Hutchison, MSW

North Way Counseling Services

Marc specializes in adoption, autism, attention deficit, opposition defiance, depression, and marriage counseling. He earned a bachelor’s degree from La Roche College and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a counselor and Sociology professor at La Roche College for more than ten years and has worked in the field of Human Services since 1989.

Cheryl A. Burns, MS

Cheryl specializes in recovery from addiction and trauma, promoting mental wellness, and helping couples resolve difficulties that add stress to their relationship.  She is well trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and has advanced doctoral training in psychodynamic therapy.  Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from La Roche University (2000), a master of science degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University (2010), and she is currently completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University (2022), with an emphasis in Neuropsychology.  She has over 20 years’ experience with inpatient, outpatient, and residential programs including Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Pyramid Healthcare, Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  Cheryl has worked at North Way Counseling Services, offering a Christ-centered approach, since 2010.  She works primality at the Wexford location, but also offers virtual appointments for those with logistical concerns.

Sarah Devine,

Sarah is one of our therapists who work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.  She helps with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, marital and relationship issues, self-injury, family distress, grief and loss, life transitions and primatial counseling.  She received her bachelor’s degree from La Roche University, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology and completed her master’s degree from Geneva College, specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling. Sarah is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. 

Laurie Johnson, MA

Laurie is a counselor at the Wexford campus, where she works with individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in grief and loss, women’s issues, marriage and family, anxiety and stress, depression, and eating disorders. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Psychology and Communication Disorders. She has been a counselor at North Way since 2006 and previously provided services to individuals and families at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and TRANSACT Health Systems. In her counseling, Laurie focuses on keeping God‘s truth and grace central to the healing and recovery process.

Dave Loshelder,

Dave is a counselor at the Wexford, Dormont and Oakland campuses.  He specializes in issues related to anxiety, depression, attention deficit, oppositional defiant disorders, interpersonal conflict, and communication issues, as well as marital and family-based relationship problems.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Pennsylvania State University and master’s degree from Duquesne University and holds several nationally recognized certifications including DISC behavioral styles profile assessments and is a certified SYMBIS (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts) facilitator.  Working in the mental health field for over three decades, Dave has helped thousands of children, individuals and families find a higher quality of life by employing his unique and effective style of therapy to people across the country.  He is sought out as a guest speaker and lectures to corporations, associations, civic groups, and universities on topics spanning from personal achievement, self-development, and leadership.  Dave is also the author of three best-selling books.

Robert Rafalko, D.Min., MBS

Robert’s primary charge is to help clients with substance abuse and addiction issues. He also specializes in depression, death, and all the other issues related to substance abuse that face clients and their families. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Communications from Robert Morris University and a master’s degree in Biblical Studies (specializing in Biblical strategies in substance abuse) from the Colorado Theological Seminary. He went on to earn a Doctor of Ministry with honors, and he continues to pursue a Ph.D. in Pastoral Christian Counseling with a focus on substance abuse. Robert has worked in substance abuse therapy, relapse prevention, and outpatient client services since 2010.  He is an honorably discharged naval veteran and an ordained Christian minister with the American Missions Teams Evangelistic Organization.

Sara Zakutney,

Sara is a counselor at the Oakland and Wexford campuses.  She specializes in working with college students, adults, and couples, helping with various difficulties including anxiety, depression, emotional/sexual/spiritual abuse, trauma, grief, disordered eating, self-esteem, and relationship issues.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology form the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University.  During her time at Chatham, she worked with the Office of Career Development to help students with career preparation, including exploring goals and understanding personality strengths.  Her other past experiences include conducting individual and group therapy with formerly incarcerated individuals, working in various educational and child development settings, and ministering to college students while on staff with Cru.  She received her National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania.  She is also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and is a certified SYMBIS (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts) Facilitator, providing premarital counseling.  Sara has been a counselor at North Way for six years and loves combining her passion for growth and healing with her faith in Christ.


The best way to begin is with a free, brief consultation over the phone (724.935.0680). We’ll help you find the counselor that best fits your goals and desires for counseling. The consultation is completely confidential.

If you prefer, you can contact us via email: counseling@northway.org or complete the form below.

All emails and voice mails will be returned on the following business day. For medical emergencies, please contact your physician or go to your nearest emergency room.


Our goal is to make counseling more accessible by providing affordable counseling. Therefore, we have options available that can make receiving counseling a reliable option for those who are in need, regardless of their financial resources.

Our regular fee for counseling is shown below:

  • Individual, Marital, and Family Counseling (North Way members/regular attendees) – $55/session
  • Individual, Marital and Family Counseling (public) – $65/session
  • Sliding scale fees for counseling


North Way Counseling Services has helped to heal more than 20,000 individuals to become better parents, friends, and members of society. We witness changed lives on a daily basis — amazing transformations of marriages saved from divorce; shy, scared children learning to become confident individuals; people struggling with addiction who acknowledge their issues and work toward conquering them. Thanks to your support, we are able to bless those in need with counseling services for reduced or no cost through the Counseling Center Fund.

The Counseling Center Fund was established to provide for people who do not have the financial means to receive counseling. These funds are provided through our annual fundraising event.

The fundraising event is held annually at the Wexford Campus. The evening consists of a buffet dinner and various fundraising activities. We welcome the opportunity to highlight your donation as part of these activities. If you are unable to donate merchandise for this event, please consider a monetary contribution. North Way Counseling Services, Inc. is a tax exempt organization under section 501C(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your donation is tax deductible.

If you would like to make a contribution, select the button below. Questions? Contact Marc Hutchison (724.935.0680 or march@northway.org). Help us to continue to serve those in need.

  • Login or register an account on my.northway.org.
  • Select Online Giving from the menu on the left.
  • Under Campus, select Giving.
  • Under Designation, select Counseling Center.
  • Indicate amount and frequency, then select Next.
  • Review the transaction and click on Complete.

Non-Denominational Christian Church in Pittsburgh PA

Copyright 2022 © North Way Christian Community. All rights reserved.