Dr. Deborah Gershanok, PHD

Individual CounselingFemaleAge 58

Dr. Gershanok

Oregon Sky Therapy Services, LLC, Mt Lebanon, PA

20 Cedar Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15228

Dr. Deborah Gershanok, PHD is a Individual Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA. She is affiliated with Saint Clair Hospital. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Gershanok to book an appointment.

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Care Philosophy

"My practice is limited to Telehealth/Virtual counseling. See BETTERHELP for my name to schedule 

I offer guidance with skills in emotional sobriety, restorative adaptions to stress, assertive communicati..."

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Dr. Gershanok's conditions and procedures:

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Grief Therapy
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Mindfulness Technique Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Psychotherapy Services
  • Stress
  • Stress Management

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(412) 708-1409

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Dr. Gershanok's Reviews

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4.1

Based on 39 ratings

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Best therapist. She has been so smart and accurate in her perceptions. My anxiety is now well in check. The insights and skills I now have will last I expect a lifetime. I found her through my insurance by chance and feel so lucky. Brief treatment works. I thought it would have to be a year or more feel well and was I surprised how work and relationships became easier in a month.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Chris – Apr 28, 2021
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Through my employee assistance program I was luckily matched with Dr. Gershanok who was so very expert in keeping my mind focused on balancing my crazy demanding job with other things by addressing decision making tasks. I had been distracted by the ache of past wounds from dealing with a narcissistic parent and associated chronic self doubt. Her obvious knowledge of cognitive behavioral therapy and plain speech proved super duper useful for me as a man with too much going on! I appreciated her patiently explaining her methods and recommendations. She helped me refocus on my reality instead of reliving bad memories. The 6 session experience went smoothly despite my severe anxiety ups and downs and now I am good to go on my own with confidence.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Truvia B. – Feb 28, 2021
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Very unprofessional and rude. She didn’t call me at our scheduled time and after I called to ask if she was running late, she texted me and claimed I had canceled the session. Later on in the evening she admitted that she was in fact wrong and had accidentally canceled it. She then called me by the wrong name and notified me via text that she was only going to be speaking with short term clients. I have never felt so disrespected and disappointed by a provider before.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Oct 30, 2020
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Dr. Deb Gershanok helped me deal with a jealous partner. My self esteem was bad. In 6 sessions I was well on my way to better boundaries and confidence. I really thank her for her time, skill and caring attention to my painful pattern of people pleasing.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Tillie – Aug 06, 2020
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Thank you so much Deb!! You saved my marriage and my health. I was drinking and mean. I really was a b.... I'm good now and on a better path. I like so much about therapy with Deb that after I trip up (and who doesn't?) I will return. Also I always felt welcomed and respected and was given all the time scheduled, even seen in emergencies.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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justinep – Feb 02, 2020
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Thank you Dr. Gershanok! I struggled with bad relationships all my life, recently ended up pregnant and afraid for my future and reputation. I was so concerned about what others thought of me had no idea of the wounds I needed to heal and the narcissists I kept seeking out for nurturance they could not give. I lacked confidence in myself as a mother, woman, friend, and partner. I also estranged myself from any people who told me things I didn't want to hear or see or feel. Therapy with Dr. Gershanok was the safe place I needed for the months it took to accept my situation, move forward despite my anxiety and form healthier habits including boundaries and honest communication (scary!!). I healed some of the rifts I created, made amends and glad to be coming out of the dark, sad and lonely place I was stuck in for so long.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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SueZ – Feb 02, 2020
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Dr Deb helped straighten me myself out since I was having an affair and lying to myself, my family and everyone else about what I did in my work and off hours. I also had a porn issue. My untreated anxiety and grief was behind my self destructive behaviors. I realized I had a love, not a sex addiction. Thais was some time ago. Since learning how to handle stress and know my triggers and start trusting Dr Deb sees me once a month for staying on the right track sessions. I feel better and stronger and have more pride than when I was sneaking and lying. I often wonder where my life would have gone without Dr Deb's help.
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Working guy with wife and kids from Beechview – Feb 02, 2020
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Dr. Deb provided sanctuary for me as a nonbinary and trans male who does drag with a bi plus identity. I was asexual for some time. I've been struggling since childhood for self acceptance. She shared her support, skills, kindness, research, resources and I found community and genuine family. She saved me from self abuse and codependent relationships.
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Mar 13, 2019
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Dr Gershanok is amazing. She was able to determine the root cause of my anxiety issues in a short time. In our sessions Dr Deb developed a set of tools and strategies that help me keep my issues in check. After long life of struggling with daily tasks now I feel in control and able to open up and take on activities that I never attempted before. I recommend Dr Gershanok to anyone who is suffering and needs help in dealing with anxiety.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Tracy S in Bethel Park, PA – Feb 15, 2019
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As an Asian Latina I struggled feeling like an outsider at work. With the ton of attention and support from Dr. Gershanok I am resilient and coping well with daily microagressions we each have. I saw Dr. Gershanok as an employee first and then remained for ongoing therapy under insurance and my relationship with friends, lovers, family and myself are improved a lot. I know because I feel secure in spirit and body. She helped me set a flexible routine for self care so I stay on the right path.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Chrystal in Jefferson Hills – Feb 14, 2019
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I would not recommend. Dr. Gershanok has a habit of scheduling appointments back to back. Your appointment will not start on time and you will not get your full session. While discussion was solid, she could have been a little more nurturing, and less concerned about paperwork.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
1 person found this helpful
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Feb 12, 2019
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Strong, nurturing and protective. Deb Gershanok stays current on brain research and trauma. In my trauma case involving cults, she used laughter, yoga concepts, brainspotting, bilateral music and non stigmatizing case formulation techniques. With her I felt reconnected to myself, powerfully more relaxed and have great relief in the first session. I still feel wonderful after 8 months and believe my spectacular results are typical because she does not advertise and is often fully booked.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
10 people found this helpful
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MS in Finleyville – Jul 23, 2018
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Deb gives you the tools to cope with stress/anxiety/sadness, self improve and build upon your success. She is also extremely accommodating. I typically call her in times of need, and she will get me in within 24 hours. I cannot recommend Deb enough!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
10 people found this helpful
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Single Father in Pittsburgh, PA – Jun 24, 2018
Bless your heart. Your family's best interest is...Read More
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understands and understanding
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
10 people found this helpful
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Jun 16, 2018
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Not sure where all of these glowing reviews are coming from. I would highly discourage people from going to this provider. I've gone to other therapists who've had much better bed side manners and dispositions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
12 people found this helpful
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none – Jun 12, 2018
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Stay away. Not recommended!
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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Bridgeville – Jun 12, 2018
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I went to see her because I was feeling anxious, overwhelmed & stressed. She helped me redirect my feelings to look at the positives instead of the negatives. She was a huge help in turning things around for me. She was easy to talk with & is a good listener. I felt I was talking with her instead of at her. I would highly recommend her.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
10 people found this helpful
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Maureen – Jun 08, 2018
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I began seeing Dr. Gershanok last year regarding my anxiety and some issues I needed help working through. From the first day I met her, she was welcoming and kind, was never judgmental, and I felt that she truly listened to me. She has taught me ways to address any issues that come my way, which in turn has helped to alleviate a lot of my anxieties. I am truly grateful for for Dr. Gershanok because she has helped me to find strength and confidence, and how to love myself more.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
13 people found this helpful
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Bridgeville – Jun 05, 2018
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I have been seeing Debbie for about a yeat now...and in that time she has worked me through childhood, work, relationship, and family issues that caused major bouts of depression and anxiety! Since, I have learned strategies, breathing techniques, journaling, and just having a warm, friendly, honest and non judge mental listening ear, I have made tremendous progress, without any meds! I am blessed to have been reconnected with this therapist! Thank you truly for a new look at my future!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
13 people found this helpful
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Kim Cashman in Pittsburgh Pa – Mar 27, 2018
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I initially researched several counselors in my area when I came across Deb. She was exactly what my family needed to start our healing process from my divorce. Her kindness and sincerity has been a god send for us. Especially when it comes to my battle with anxiety while trying to raise my kids on my own. She has helped me tremendously over the past year in getting a firm grip on my life. Both of my sons love going to our family "Soul Sessions." so we will continue to see Deb for support.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
17 people found this helpful
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Erica in Pittsburgh, PA – Nov 06, 2017
You and your family are so amazing. It has been...Read More
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About Me

Care Philosophy

My practice is limited to Telehealth/Virtual counseling. See BETTERHELP for my name to schedule 

I offer guidance with skills in emotional...
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Biography

MSW Yeshiva University 1987

MPH University Of Pittsburgh 1994

PhD University Of Pittsburgh 1996

Employee Assistance Specialist Certification

Specialties

  • Individual Counseling
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Inpatient Mental Health Counseling
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Social Work

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Dr. Gershanok frequently treats Adjustment Disorder , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Family Psychotherapy. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Gershanok treats.

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Dr. Gershanok's office is located at 20 Cedar Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Oregon Sky Therapy Services, LLC, Mt Lebanon, PA

Deborah V Gershanok20 Cedar Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15228
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Saint Clair Hospital

Pittsburgh, PA

81% Patient Experience Rating, 12% higher than the national average

12 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)