Nayhouse, Luisa V.

M.A., M.S., LPC

Luisa is a licensed Professional Counselor with over twenty years of experience as an outpatient therapist. She has worked mainly as an outpatient therapist doing individual as well as group therapy mental health and drug and alcohol counseling. She has worked at WPIC as a psychiatric counselor, at MBH as an individual and group mental health and drug and alcohol clinician, in corrections and worked for many years counseling children, teens and adults with abuse and trauma backgrounds or have been victims of crime. Her areas of interest are depression, anxiety, addictions, parenting concerns, blended family issues, disabilities, and women’s issues.

Luisa’s background is in counseling individuals, teens and adults and families who have experienced physical and emotional abuse, sexual abuse and trauma. She has been an Employee Assistance Program therapist specializing in work-related concerns. She has experience doing parenting workshops and group therapy as well as groups concerning women’s issues, spirituality groups and relationship conflict resolution skill building. She also has worked at youth center and has counseled those on county work release.

Luisa studied at Duquense University where she completed her first master’s degree in psychology with a clinical emphasis on the value of research based humanistic clinical psychology. She is a member of the Adlerian psychology group whose emphasis is both humanistic and goal oriented. She enjoys working with individuals, teens and families as they strive for success and connectedness in daily life.

Her second masters degree is from the University of Pittsburgh in Applied Developmental Psychology. This background has helped her to assist clients in change of life concerns and during a crisis. She also has a postmasters certification in family systems change also from the University of Pittsburgh. Her therapeutic focus is based on a strength-based and empowerment model. She likes working with individuals of all ages, children, teens and adults.

Her training and study in eastern meditative practices helps provide the scaffolding to strive to remain hopeful in the face of a crisis and help individuals find meaning through their personal struggles. She enjoys helping others on their individual journeys towards happiness and creating value in both their work and family environments.

Luisa is also a licensed group fitness instructor and health professional who enjoys working at the local gym and community center as well as in senior centers. She has training in Eastern meditative practices and is a women's leader in promoting the values of peace, culture and education. She enjoys applying the concepts of mindfulness towards exploring solutions to the mind/body concerns and their connection to overall well-being and good health. She has served as a ballroom dance teaching artist helping youth develop social and emotional skills through movement and dance.


  • Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (Shadyside)


  • Clinical Staff


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depression
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Strength Based Approach
  • Eastern Meditative Practices

Issues Tackled:

  • Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Adolescent Counseling
  • Anxiety

Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute

6324 Marchand Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15206

Phone: 412-661-1239
Fax: 412-661-1304