Licensed Professional Counselor
Nationally Certified Counselor
Collaborative Child Specialist and Coach
Wexford & Robinson Township Offices
Phone: 724-759-7500 ext. 124
Vicki Buck is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Slippery Rock University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Licensed Nationally Certified Counselor and was on staff with the United States Army Reserve as a Trainer and Subject Matter Expert in the areas of child, youth and schools, as well as suicide prevention.
Vicki has been working in the behavioral health field for over 20 years, taking an eclectic approach in providing therapy. She has worked in a variety of programs, including inpatient and outpatient mental health, wraparound services (mobile therapist), family-based therapy, residential treatment, and the military.
Areas of interest include: Asperger’s, gastric bypass, military and deployment issues, mood disorders, stress management, crisis intervention, social skills, behavior issues attention disorders, life coaching/goal setting, communication skills, and family issues (including divorce, blended families, and areas of dysfunction). Vicki enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults.
Vicki is also a Child Specialist who works with children and families and is trained in the Collaborative Process and serves on the Collaborative team as a neutral representative of the child/children’s needs and interests in the separation/divorce process of the parents. The Child Specialist will work with the child(ren) and the parents to:
1) Provide the child(ren) with an opportunity to voice his/her concerns regarding the divorce.
2) Provide parents with information and guidance to help their child(ren) through this process.
3) Give information to the parties and the collaborative team that will help the parties in developing an effective co-parenting plan for their child(ren).
The Child Specialist provides insight into how the child(ren) is coping with the divorce and offers options for the time-share and other logistics in their best interest. The Child Specialist can act as a spokesperson for younger children or help older children articulate their feelings/wishes directly to their parents, coaches, and/or attorneys.
Additionally, Vicki works as a Collaborative Divorce Coach as part of the Collaborative Divorce process to facilitate effective communication and interactions during the divorce process. The collaborative coach is knowledgeable about the specific dynamics and issues related to divorce. In this role, coaches are not acting as therapists, but are using their training and skills to help the clients work through their emotions about the ending of the marriage and focus on identifying long-term needs and interests for themselves, for each other, for their children and for other family members. Coaches help the clients prepare to participate meaningfully in the collaborative process.