Meet Our Psychologists

Dr. Perilstein Rittenhouse Square Location

drp copyJoanne Perilstein, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who worked for fifteen years helping individuals with various physical and emotional disabilities choose educational programs and careers. Dr. Perilstein made a major career transition in her own life after she became totally blind in 2000. Having attended a rehabilitation program that taught her to use the white cane, clean, cook and operate an adaptive computer, she then began working entirely as a psychotherapist since she could no longer administer the psychological tests to evaluate clients needing vocational change.

Following a period of working in a group practice, she again opened a solo psychology practice and is a provider for several major insurance groups. She has developed a thriving practice that provides her with much meaningful activity. Since she has maintained her interest in helping people find satisfaction in their work and careers she decided to offer groups to inspire others to find similar satisfaction during difficult times.

Dr. Liggera Rittenhouse Square location

drl copyCourtney Liggera, Psy. D. is a licensed psychologist with nearly ten years of clinical experience. She helps patients coping with a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues as well as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorders.

She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Colgate University, and her Psy.D. (Doctorate of Psychology) from The George Washington University. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at The Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY, and at Madison County Mental Health Center in Wampsville, NY.

Dr. Liggera believes in the power of psychodynamic/insight acclimated therapy, holding that the key to a successful therapeutic experience is being able to connect oneself with an unwavering guide in a secure and serene environment so that the path to overcoming life’s trials can become more clear. She is married, with a daughter, Alexandra. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading suspense novels, and baking.

Dr. Mikols Main Line Location


drmPatricia Mikols, Ph. D. is a licensed counseling psychologist with over thirty years of experience. She helps patients with many issues they may face throughout their lives such as: behavorial issues,
anxiety, depression or relationship issues in a brief, solution-focused format.

Dr. Mikols earned her B.A. in Psychology from Hollins College in Virginia, and her M.A. from Temple University. Dr. Mikols then went on to pursue her Ph.D from The University of Pennsylvania. She has also completed many workshops that includes a variety topics such as: psychodrama, hypnosis, adult development and EMDR training Levels I and II.

Dr. Mikols believes in cultivating women's emotional health and resilience in mind and body. She looks forward to bringing her years of expertise to help the patients at the Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center Main Line.

Dr. Kaplan, Main Line Location

kaplanwebbioJoan Kaplan, Ph. D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with nearly twenty years of clinical experience. She helps patients coping with a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues as well as managing medical illness diagnoses & chronic illnesses and adjusting to other significant life and family transitions. 

Dr. Kaplan earned her B.A. in Psychology & Social Relations from Harvard University, and her MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of California at Berkeley. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Judge Baker Children’s Center and The Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA.  She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in schools and suburban clinic settings. Dr. Kaplan typically incorporates psychodynamic, developmental and systems models in her work. 

She believes that times of transition are ideal times for therapeutic intervention and hopes to provide excellent opportunities for psychological growth and change while working at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center.  When not doing clinical work, Dr. Kaplan teaches and supervises in the Psychology Department at West Chester University. 

Marquita Bolden, LCSW Main Line Location

marquitawebbioMarquita Bolden, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 5 years of experience in her field. She provides therapy for patients using cognitive behavioral modalities.

Mrs. Bolden earned her B.A. in Psychology and English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She then went on to pursue her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Bolden has experience providing outpatient therapy to children, adolescents and adults from diverse populations. She has worked at community mental health agencies providing patients with therapy in many areas including: anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, sexual trauma as well mental illnesses.

Mrs. Bolden believes that the therapeutic relationship is a supportive partnership of mutual respect and honesty, with both the therapist and client supporting the connection with differing yet equally important strengths. Her goal is to create a healing space for her patients at the Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center™ and create an environment where there is emotional safety to explore and grow.

Cara Miller, LPC Main Line Location 

CMbiowebCara Miller, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over five years of experience. Ms. Miller treats patients with a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, and personality disorders. She also specializes in treating addictions and relational issues. Having a comprehensive background in cognitive-behavioral therapy, Ms. Miller provides a mindful, strength-based interactive approach to treatment.
 
Ms. Miller earned her B.A. in Psychology from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, her Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University and her Master of Philosophy of Education in Professional Counseling and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Starting out in community mental health, Ms. Miller went on to supervise other clinicians, and ran an intensive outpatient program for mental health and substance abuse issues. She provides a warm and safe environment in which patients often say they feel comfortable to engage in self-exploration and work to achieve personal growth. At the Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center, Ms. Miller will be seeing patients from the age of 16 and older. She is very excited to join the Rittenhouse Group and help women feel comfortable in their skin.

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