Our Philosophy

At Compass Counseling & Wellness we believe that all individuals have the potential to live happy and fulfilling lives. We believe that the therapeutic process should create a partnership between the client, the therapist and the environment–exploring all aspects of life and wellness to establish a path to meet your goals and live the life you deserve.

WHO we are

Compass Counseling & Wellness was founded by Heather Abbruzzese and Amy Schafer.

We met over ten years ago while working as mental health therapists at a school based partial hospital program. It wasn’t long until our passion for helping children and families, along with our unique style of client engagement led to dreams of opening a counseling practice that stood out from conventional therapy.

Through life transitions, growing families and a changing environment, one thing has remained the same- we continue to be dedicated to bringing compassionate and meaningful therapeutic experiences to clients of all backgrounds in all seasons of life. We are proud to bring our vision to life through Compass Counseling & Wellness and invite you to share your journey with us.


Amy Schafer

Amy Schafer


Amy Schafer is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She completed her undergraduate studies at Susquehanna University where she received a B.S. in Psychology. Amy received her Master’s of Science in Education with a specialization in Community Counseling from Duquesne University.

Amy has over 15 years of clinical experience providing mental health treatment to children, families and adults. Her professional career has included extensive work in identifying how individuals communicate through behavior and has presented at both the local and regional level. Whether working with children, adults, families or couples, Amy believes that the client is at the center of the decision making and uses an integrative approach to find the right treatment for each individual.

Heather Abbruzzese (Hoeke)

Heather Abbruzzese (Hoeke)

Heather Abbruzzese is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She received her B.S. in Health Promotion and Education from American University in Washington D.C. and earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Heather has worked in various clinical settings over the years, and her experiences have always led her to one thing- the desire to help individuals, couples, and families to realize the strength and resilience they possess to overcome life’s most challenging moments. Throughout her career, Heather has developed a holistic and client-centered approach to empower clients to become their most confident, strong, and healthy selves. Heather’s approach involves a blend of various models of change to tailor treatment to fit each client’s goals and strengths with specific expertise in treating trauma, postpartum mood disorders, and anxiety. Through life’s transitions, we often experience intense emotions (both highs and lows), and significant stress on our personal journey as well as in our relationships. Heather would be honored to work with you to find courage, strength, and peace to manage life’s challenges.

Heather has specific training in treating Perinatal Mood Disorders trough Postpartum Support International. She also has training in EMDR, Trauma Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and the management of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and grief.  In addition to private practice, she has served in clinical, supervisory, and leadership roles in schools, residential facilities, partial hospitalization programs, outpatient, physician offices, and agency settings.