Get to Know Our Clinicians
Benjamin (pronounced Ben-ya-meen) Lasner, M.S., is a Pre-Licensed Counselor at West Shore Wellness.
I am compassionate, open, and committed to creating a therapeutic relationship where everyone feels safe and respected. I understand and value the perspectives of both sides of the therapeutic relationship and firmly believe that two individuals sitting in a room, having a conversation, is one of the most powerful, healing events that can occur.
I strive to make the therapeutic environment welcoming, giving you my full focus and attention. I believe it is important to meet each client where they are in order to help them in the most efficient manner. In order to achieve this, I personalize my approach with each individual to make you feel comfortable and heard while navigating your unique challenges and striving to increase happiness and satisfaction.
I utilize various theoretical models to assist clients in the ways that work best for each individual. I graduated from Neumann University, where my studies and training taught me how to help clients from bio-psycho-social and spiritual perspectives. My therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Adlerian Theory, Positive Psychology, and Motivational Interviewing. I often incorporates grounding and mindfulness techniques to promote tolerance and holistic healing. My primary areas of expertise include anxiety and depression, anger management, stress, work issues, couples/family counseling, intergenerational trauma, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
One of my favorite quotes is one from the hit television series, Avatar the Last Air Bender:
“You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving you will come to a better place”- Uncle Iroh.
I look forward to being part of your mental health journey!
Debra Belack, MA, LPC, NCC
I believe that maintaining and focusing on our mental health should be as normal as attending to our physical health, and just as important. Therapy is a way to work through the challenges of life, understand ourselves more fully, and work towards a place of wellness unique to each person. Therefore, I use multiple evidence-based modalities, coupled with a therapeutic style that is impartial, non-judgmental, and encouraging, specific to each person’s needs.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a certification in the treatment of trauma. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, with a concentration in Family, Children, and Youth, and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a therapist, I’ve supported individuals with addictions, life stressors/transitions, and multiple diagnoses such as depression and anxiety disorders in outpatient, inpatient, residential, school, and community settings. More specifically, I specialize in working with women, children, and people who have experienced trauma. In the past 15 years I have worked with over 2,000 children (infancy through adolescents) and their caregivers, as well individuals who have experienced trauma (i.e. sexual abuse, domestic violence, car accident, etc). I look forward to beginning a journey of healing with you!
Nick Ortiz, BS, Master's Intern
Nick is our Master's Level Intern from Northwestern University's Counseling Program. Nick was selected to work in a capacity where he provides counseling services, both group and individual sessions, in a joint program with West Shore Wellness and Camp Hill United Methodist Church.
In this capacity, he is able to offer a Therapeutic Caregiver Connect Group for individuals who are providing caregiving services to loved ones. In this 6 week group therapy, individuals spend time gaining a clearer understanding of all of the aspects of caregiving and how to utilize your supports to allow you to be the best caregiver for your loved one.
Nick also offers a Grief Therapy Group for members of the community who are struggling with all types of losses in life. This is a 6 week group therapy where individuals will learn about the stages of grief and be supported as they journey through this together.
Individual sessions are available with Nick for adolescents, adults and older adults. All Group Therapy and Individual Sessions with Nick are offered free of charge as a means of meeting the overwhelming needs in our community for counseling services at this time. Nick is working under the supervision of Sara Bupp, MA, LPC in order to meet his requirements for graduation and licensure. To learn more about a group or individual session with Nick, please call the office at 717-918-4900 and specify your interest in working with Nick.
Sara E. Bupp, MA, LPC, NCC, CAADC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have been working in the Counseling Field for the past six years. I have trained as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, having completed my Clinical Master's work at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA . I have extensive knowledge and experience in working with most mental health diagnosis as well as addictions. In 2014, I completed post-graduate training with the ScreamFree Institute in their ScreamFree approach to Marriage. In 2016, I obtained my Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor credentialing.
My work over the past several years has taken me to inpatient mental health settings, outpatient mental health settings, residential & outpatient drug & alcohol treatment programs as well as medicated assisted treatment programs. Each of these environments has helped to educate me and inform my practice to make me a better counselor for you.
My preferred client is anywhere between 13 years old all the way up through older adults. I enjoy working with people as they journey through the many transitions of life.
My undergraduate degree is in Christian Ministries which allows me to be able to integrate faith and spirituality issues into sessions if the client desires this.
Outside of the office, I enjoy reading & watching movies. When the weather allows, I enjoying spending time in nature, whether gardening, camping, hiking, kayaking or sitting on my deck.
Nathan Hempel, MA, LPC, NCC
Everyone has a story. I believe our stories are incredibly valuable. The stories we tell ourselves, the stories that we connect our stories to, and the way we make sense of those help to define who we are. Sometimes those help us rise above, sometimes they can bring us down. I believe that you are the expert of your own story. As a counselor, it is my privilege and honor to be able to enter into your story and walk alongside you in your journey to help reshape and redefine some of those difficult stories to help overcome problems you may face.
I also believe that those we journey with have a large impact on our stories. Highlighting and using important relationships in the counseling process is an important part of the journey. Problems do not exist in isolation, but our environment and relationships also can contribute to the difficulties we experience within our story. Bringing those relationships to bear on the counseling process can help bring growth and healing as well.
I am a professional licensed counselor who has been practicing for 4 years. I have experience working with individuals and families around many different issues related to anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and relational issues. I enjoy working with many different age groups from children starting at age 6 through adults.
Benjamin Lasner, MS
Pre-Licensed Counselor, (Unable to accept any insurances)