Makin Wellness



Our mission at Makin Wellness is to help people heal and become happy again by providing excellent client care. We pride ourselves on having Pennsylvania’s best and highest rated therapists and coaches on our team. Here are our staff that will help you on your healing journey :

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Sara Makin, MSEd, LPC, NCC  – Founder 

Sara has had countless successful experiences working with teenagers and adults, all of whom left  with a vastly improved state. The outcome based approach she uses is backed up by science….it’s her purpose.

Sara Makin is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Duquesne University & Bachelors degree in Psychology from La Roche College.  Sara  has over 8 years of experience in the helping field, which consist of work in university, hospitalization, outpatient , inpatient,  school ,research, home and rehab settings.

Ms. Makin specializes in holistic & clinical mental health and addiction counseling . Her experience includes depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, medical marijuana , forensic, family issues,  & stress.  She also provides life coaching on topics such as wellness, spirituality and positivity. Sara is a nationally and internationally best selling author and is frequently featured in countless news articles, magazines and interviews for the unique work shes done at Makin Wellness. Her client base consist of high profile and high stress executives, business owners, lawyers , politicians , young professionals and more.

Sara’s treatment approach includes evidence based and holistic approaches that are individualized to your unique needs. Sara and you will work collaboratively together so you can move forward. Counseling with her will allow you to improve your positive qualities and release unhealthy thinking & behaviors. Contact her today to schedule your initial session if you want to grow and live a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life!


Laura Stewart Makin Wellness Nutrition Pittsburgh

Laura Stewart, B.A., CHN – Certified Holistic Nutritionist & Wellness Consultant

Laura is passionate about helping others see and reach their full potential, looking through a holistic lens. With a background in health and wellness, Laura is experienced in providing holistic health options through natural and alternative remedies.

Laura earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Carlow University. In working with clients and seeing the vital role of nutrition in overall wellness, she moved on to obtain credentials in Holistic Nutrition with American Fitness Professionals and Associates. She is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist offering a comprehensive nutritional counseling program.

Laura gives consideration to the whole person, recognizing the interrelation of body systems. She provides an integrative approach, encompassing mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Laura addresses the root cause of dis-ease, with a thorough assessment of individual needs and goals. Healthy eating habits, exercise, time in nature, and practicing mindfulness are just a few of the tools Laura utilizes to encourage the body’s innate healing ability. She especially enjoys creating custom therapeutic grade essential oil blends for the specific needs and goals of clients to support overall wellness.

Laura is committed to supporting others with resources to achieve their individual wellness goals. She implements individualized lifestyle and diet changes through a customized plan and commitment, with techniques to encourage stress reduction, improve mood and energy, and minimize the risk of other health concerns. She specializes in family wellness, including natural treatment options for mood disorders, anxiety, depression, addiction recovery, and pre and postnatal care.

Schedule your initial session today to begin your wellness journey!


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Barbara Torango – Licensed Professional Counselor

*not currently accepting new clients

I have the utmost respect for the clients I see as active members of the therapeutic team. I believe that clients deserve trust, comfort, and support to fulfill their needs and personal goals. Clients should be able to bring up pressing issues and events and have their sessions prioritized accordingly. Because I am both an Art Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor, I offer options as to how clients can express themselves based on their comfort level, through talk therapy or through the art process.

I make myself accessible through my schedule for critical situations. I offer evening appointments for your convenience.
I have over twenty five years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups. Treatment focus includes art therapy, grief therapy, AD/HD, anger management for children, children of separated/divorced parents, chemical dependency, victims of sexual abuse/trauma, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
Children respond extremely well to art therapy and therapeutic play. My experience has been that children love to attend sessions and look forward to them. This is a welcome relief to parents whom have had difficulty getting their resistant children to come to therapy.

Rahmah Albugani Makin Wellness

Rahmah Albugani – Doctorate Level Therapist Intern

Rahmah will be conducting evaluations and ongoing counseling for a sliding scale fee from August 2019- December 2019. Rahmah is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Duquesne University since 2018 and is expected to graduate in 2022. She is a nationally certified counselor with experience in setting goals for clients that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time manageable. Ms. Albugami is an empathetic professional who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adult populations in an individual as well as group setting. Ms. Albugami tailors individualistic interventions and treatment modalities based on client needs.


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Alexandria Billy – Masters Level Therapist Intern

Alexandria Billy is a graduate student at Duquesne University pursuing her Master’s degree in School Counseling with Licensure and is anticipating graduating in the Spring of 2020. She is excited to be on the team at Makin Wellness as she completes her required practicum hours and gets closer to achieving her goal of becoming a therapist. Ms. Billy is a 2014 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with her Bachelor’s in Secondary English Education with 6 years of experience in education, marketing, and counseling. She began her love of helping people better themselves while teaching at McKeesport Area School District and further developed her skills when she moved into the marketing department at a local school focusing on the treatment and rehabilitation of court adjudicated youth. Combined with an appetency to help people, Ms. Billy possesses an inherent desire to reach people on a level that inspires them and opens up their heart and thoughts to a world of possibilities, all while sharing respect, love, and compassion.


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Jasey Husar – Research Psychology Intern

I am currently an undergraduate student at Penn State Greater Allegheny seeking a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I am also a psychiatric assistant at Western Psychiatric Hospital on the General Adult unit. My experience consists of working with clients that have struggled with mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and psychosis. I have a strong interest in mental health and I believe it is essential to educate people with information and techniques on how to cope when they feel symptoms of anxiety and depression. Every individual is unique and it is important for us to understand that people can have different coping mechanisms for treating emotional stressors.











Isabella Demo – Research Psychology Intern

I am a junior double majoring in psychology and sociology. My future goals include attending a graduate school for psychology with a research focus. I am interested in how people learn and negotiate their environments and the degree to which these experiences impact their mental health.