Bright Path Therapy & Associates,LLC., a group of women psychologists & counselors on Philadelphia's Main Line, was originally founded as Nancy McCarel, PhD. and Associates, LLC, under the direction of the exceptional clinician, Dr. Nancy McCarel. It is our goal to follow in the footsteps of our great mentor & friend with the wisdom, compassion, and grace that Dr. Nancy McCarel brought to all relationships.
Katie Bhogal, PsyD, BCB is the director of Bright Path Therapy & Associates, LLC. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, board-certified to provide biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University in Ohio and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Bhogal earned a Masters Degree and a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, where she was awarded an academic achievement scholarship.
Dr. Bhogal joined Dr. Nancy McCarel in private practice in 2011 after working at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducting neuropsychological and developmental assessments. Her previous experience includes counseling children, adolescents, adults and families dealing with grief and trauma at Supporting Kidds, Inc. She has also provided treatment and evaluation in inpatient psychiatric and nursing home settings, led a variety of psychoeducational groups, and provided psychotherapy to college, business and law students at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bhogal completed her doctoral internship at the Widener University Biofeedback Clinic, where she provided psychotherapy and treated clients using biofeedback and neurofeedback interventions, when appropriate. Dr. Bhogal trains and mentors other professionals interested in adding biofeedback to their practice.
Dr. Bhogal is experienced in treating children, adolescents and adults, and is skilled in the practice of talk therapy, biofeedback and neurofeedback. In the context of a collaborative relationship, she helps clients achieve increased flexibility and balance through the integration of the body and mind, the past and present, and the self and relationships with others.
Natalie Sheridan, PsyD graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College, and earned a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from West Chester University, and a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from Immaculata University. Dr. Sheridan is a licensed psychologist, and has completed a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at Tuttleman Counseling Services at Temple University. In addition to working in our practice, she is also employed as a staff psychologist in a local university counseling center.
Dr. Sheridan’s approach to treatment can be described as a relational psychodynamic approach, with roots in cognitive and behavioral principles. Dr. Sheridan emphasizes providing a safe atmosphere in which she can support and help clients, with the underlying belief that people heal in relationship. In her work, she enables clients to dislodge themselves from maladaptive patterns, and adopt alternate perspectives.
Dr. Sheridan has a background of expertise in working with an adolescent and young-adult population, which has helped her better appreciate and work with the unique issues that emerge in life transitions across all age groups. Her clinical skills address problems with depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, struggles related to self-esteem and self-acceptance, grief and loss, and general relationship issues.
Tara Wheeler, PsyD, BCN is a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Pennsylvania, and is board certified to provide neurofeedback. Dr. Wheeler obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Binghamton University in New York. She earned both her Master’s degree and her Doctorate of Psychology in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C., where she graduated with high honors.
Dr. Wheeler is experienced in conducting individual, family, and group therapy. She has conducted psycho-educational groups aimed at enhancing a variety of coping skills, social/communication skills, and parent behavioral management skills. Her professional background includes treating children and adolescents struggling with life transitions, anxiety, learning disorders, and disturbances in attention, mood, and behavior. She is also skilled at providing individual therapy to adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, and issues related to work and relationships. Dr. Wheeler has a strong background in the treatment of adults with PTSD and unresolved trauma symptoms related to childhood abuse. Her expertise in trauma treatment interventions, in combination with biofeedback approaches, enhances her ability to help patients work within the mind-body connection to foster self-regulation of emotion and behavior.
Dr. Wheeler integrates cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and family systems interventions that are empirically supported to provide symptom relief. Her approach to psychotherapy emphasizes respect for each individual’s unique needs and qualities, a willingness to be flexible, and authenticity. It is her belief that the therapeutic relationship can nurture personal growth and promote individuals to acknowledge their inner strength and full potential.
Cara J. Dixon, LPC, NCC is a clinical licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania, and nationally board certified (NCC). She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern University, where she also earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. During her training, Cara participated in research for child development studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. Her post graduate experience includes working as a Behavior Specialist in many local schools, and providing counseling and assessment for young adults in a University Counseling Center. Cara began in private practice in 2011, providing therapy for individuals, couples, and families.Cara is a certified facilitator and Seminar Director for Prepare and Enrich, an assessment for couples. She has worked as a consultant for several companies and schools to implement mental health systems and design programming. Cara recently served as the Director of Counseling Services at The Stony Brook School in Long Island, NY. In 2013 she started writing as a contributor for Huffington Post and in 2015 published a Children's book on coping with change, The Tales of Big Tree: Little Leaf Lets Go (Xlibris Publishers) .
Currently, Cara is also Director of Program Development and Clinical Supervisor at Main Line Day, LLC, an organization that provides Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization services to individuals. Cara trains and supervises interns from the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and Eastern University, and supervises Masters and Social Work level clinicians working towards licensure.
Cara’s approach to treatment accesses the safety and support of the therapeutic relationship to heal and develop adaptive strategies for optimal functioning. She integrates cognitive-behavioral principles, dialectical behavioral (DBT) techniques, and mindfulness practices that are empirically supported to provide symptom relief. Cara is currently finishing her Advanced Certification through the International Schema Training Institute. Schema therapy is a comprehensive, evidence based psychotherapy that promotes more adaptive thoughts, emotions and relationships. Through a variety of techniques, Cara educates and empowers individuals, couples and families to flourish as they move towards their goals for growth.