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

Director of North Way Counseling Services for the Wexford, Sewickley Valley, and Beaver Valley campuses

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.

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.

Cheryl A. Burns, MS

Cheryl specializes in women’s issues, couples counseling, and working with individuals seeking recovery from all forms of addiction, trauma, and abuse. She earned her bachelor’s degree from LaRoche College in 2000, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University in 2010, and she is currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She has close to 20 years of work experience in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings, including Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Pyramid Healthcare, Sojourner House, Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Cheryl has worked with North Way’s Counseling Center since 2010. She also works as a research specialist for UPMC, conducting neuropsychological testing.

Kathy Fullmer, MA, LPC, NCC

Kathy is a counselor at the Beaver Valley and Wexford campuses. She does individual and family counseling with both children and adults. The focus of her work is attachment and bonding, trauma, grief and loss, adoption, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and a master’s degree in Counseling from Slippery Rock University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Kathy has served as a North Way counselor since 2012, after more than a decade of work with the Three Rivers adoption agency.

Sara Zakutney, MS, NCC

Sara is a counselor at the Oakland and Wexford campuses. She specializes in working with college students and young adults, helping with various difficulties including anxiety, depression, emotional or sexual abuse, disordered eating, self-esteem, and relationship issues. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University.  She received her National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential and has completed all requirements to be credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). During her time at Chatham, she taught several undergraduate and graduate courses and worked with the Office of Career Development to help students with career preparation and personality assessments. 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 for three years.

Dr. Robert Rafalko, D.Min., MBS

Dr. Robert is a therapist at the Dormont, Oakland, and Wexford campuses. His 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.

Sarah Devine, MA, NCC

Sarah is one of our therapists and works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families at the Wexford and Sewickley campuses.  She helps with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, marital and relationship issues, self-injury, family distress, grief and loss, life transitions, and premarital counseling. She received her bachelor’s degree from La Roche College, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She then completed her master’s degree from Geneva College, specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling, during which time she worked as a graduate assistant in the Geneva College Counseling Center. Sarah is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and is working through the requirements of obtaining her credentials to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Dave Loshelder, MS

Dave is a counselor at the Wexford, Dormont and Oakland campuses. He specializes in issues related to anxiety, depression, attention deficit, oppositional defiant disorders, and relationships. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in Psychology from Duquesne University. Working in the field for over two decades, he has experience providing individual and family therapy to people across the greater Pittsburgh area. He also lectures to corporations, associations, civic groups, and universities on topics spanning personal achievement, self-development, and leadership. Dave is also the author of two books.


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.

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