Vision

To empower others to “set themselves free”from the tethers of addiction, shame, isolation, betrayal, relational conflict, trauma, and mental illness. 

MISSION

To help free individuals from the tether of behavioral addictions, betrayal, and trauma with the best clinical services; to provide quality training and mentorship to new clinicians; to give back to our community.

ORIGINS

Many people suffer with a variety of struggles that bind them down and prevent them from living the life they truly desire. “Untethered Therapy” evolved from the belief that healing is a choice and the only person who has the power to truly heal you is you. We also believe all people have infinite worth and are capable and worthy of true healing; while acknowledging that many suffer from ailments or injuries that are the result of others’ choices or unfortunate circumstances.  Even though these challenges may seem insurmountable at times, we believe it is possible to turn victims into victors and find true empowerment and freedom in your life once again.

Jean Paul Satre said “Freedom is what you do with what has been done to you.” At Untethered Therapy, we strive to provide a caring, compassionate space in which we connect you with the necessary tools and supports you will need to cut through the tethers of addiction, mental health issues, grief, loss, betrayal, physical limitation etc. in order to “Set yourself free.”

Untethered Therapy was first founded by Dr. Heather Putney in 2014 with a small office and a couple of therapists working in a private practice setting. As the practice grew and the demands for treatment increased, Heather restructured the practice in 2018 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a greater vision and mission to extend the reach and ability of Untethered Therapy to meet the demands for our specialized services. By recruiting a team of intelligent, passionate clinicians with a similar perspective, we provide competent, coordinated care for the whole family system impacted by behavioral addictions, infidelity, and trauma.

Our focus on clinician training and continuing education and professional development ensure you receive the highest quality in clinical treatments and therapeutic services. The clinicians in our office are grounded in empirically-based treatment models that provide the most effective and efficient road to healing. We value our place in our community and recognize the needs of many living here. In doing so we acknowledge that we cannot personally provide services for everyone. We strive to bring greater access to quality mental health services by providing supervision and training to other therapists to increase the number of qualified counselors to meet the demands of today.

OUR VALUES

CHOICE  |  We believe in the client’s right to determine their own destiny. This is the fundamental value that drives our vision in which we help clients “set themselves free” from the challenges that drag them down and prevent them from reaching their goals.

COMPETENCE  |  In order to achieve clinical excellence, we provide constant clinical development in the most empirically proven therapeutic modalities. We adopt a holistic, systemic approach to help individuals, couples and families achieve healing as effectively as possible.

CURIOSITY  |  Curiosity is a superpower we don’t use enough. It is an essence of humility. It gives us permission to not know everything. It allows us to be open to new experiences, information, and growth. It is the antithesis of judgement. At Untethered Therapy, we are committed to approaching each person with curiosity, creativity, and respect.  We do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to therapy.

COLLABORATION  |  We believe the client is the expert in themselves. Each of us possesses an inner wisdom that can guide us to healing. One of the greatest causes of mental and physical health challenges are when people get disconnected from their bodies and inner-wisdom (intuition/spirituality). We work collaboratively with our clients while providing a judgement-free environment that supports clients in identifying and leveraging all of their strengths.

CONNECTION  |  Our goal is to help our clients develop healthy connections with themselves, loved ones, and community in order to improve mental health and overall well-being.

“Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment.” – Brene Brown

COURAGE  |  We recognize that growth is incredibly challenging. Much like the butterfly’s agonizing struggle to escape the cocoon which strengthens the wings to give it the gift of flight; our life’s challenges can likewise strengthen us to reach our innate potential we never imagined for ourselves. Our mission is to help you see the butterfly within and connect with your inner courage to set yourself free from life’s challenges and enable you to soar!

OUR TEAM

Heather Putney

Heather Putney

PhD, LMFT, CSAT, EFT, EMDR-CIT

Executive Director, Founder 
Clinical Therapist for Individuals, Couples, & Groups
(she/her/hers)

Specialties: Couples, Addictions, & Trauma Specialist

Amanda Anderson

Amanda Anderson

LPC, CSAT Candidate

Clinical Therapist for Individuals, Couples, & Groups
(she/her/hers)

Specialties: Couples, Addictions & Trauma

Amanda Chamberlain

Amanda Chamberlain

MSCP, LPC, EMDR-CIT, CPTT Candidate

Clinical Therapist for Individuals, & Groups
(she/her/hers)

Specialties: Partners, Addictions, & Trauma

Gabriella Locke

Gabriella Locke

PhD, LPC, CATP, CDHWP, CSAT Candidate

Clinical Therapist for Individuals, & Groups
(she/her/hers)

Specialties: Child/Adolescent, Addictions, & Trauma

Brandi Gurcak

Brandi Gurcak

M.S., LPC, CSAT Candidate

Clinical Therapist for Individuals & Groups
(she/her/hers)

Specialties: Addictions & Trauma

Monica Kaule

Monica Kaule

PhD Candidate, LPC, EMDR

Internship Program Supervisor
Clinical Telehealth Therapist for Individuals, Couples, & Group (she/her/hers)

Specialties: Couples, Addictions, & Trauma

 

Amy R. Stoddard

Amy R. Stoddard

MS, LPC, NCC, CCTP

Clinical Telehealth Therapist for Individuals, & Groups
(she/her/hers)

Specialties: Partners, Addictions, & Trauma

Brandon Long

Brandon Long

Master’s Level Counseling Intern
(he/him/his)

Specialties: Mindfulness, Couples, Adolescents, Addictions, & Trauma

Taylor Naylor

Taylor Naylor

Master’s Level Counseling Intern
(she/her/hers)

Specialties: Couples, Adolescents, Addictions, & Trauma

employment opportunities

Untethered Therapy has a vision of increasing our reach by adding additional programming to better serve the Pittsburgh Area. We are always interested in connecting with passionate clinicians or coaches who have specialties, or skills that are compatible with our holistic approach and who resonate with the vision, mission, and values outlined by Untethered Therapy. If you are interested in learning more about the potential opportunities at Untethered Therapy, please contact Dr. Heather Putney at heather.putney@untetheredtherapy.org.

Diversity STATEMENT 

We are committed to do our part in standing against racism and discrimination and providing education, training, support and healing from these wounds. Untethered’s vision is to create a space, not of sameness or exclusivity, but of inclusivity in the broadest sense. As such we are committed to/hiring and training diverse clinicians who are able to accept and work with clients from a variety of backgrounds. We yearn to create an environment where we can be examples of diversity working harmoniously together. We want to be a place where people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, races, spiritual, religious, or non-religious leanings can feel safe and receive healing connections; a place where people will be seen as humans first and feel respected, honored, supported, and cared for.