About us? Well… we’d rather talk about you, but for now, let us share with you a bit about who we are. 

Sara Makin , Founder and Licensed Professional Counselor

Sara Makin Makin Wellness

Sara Makin, M.S.Ed. LPC ,NCC

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 7 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, forensic, family issues, stress, couples issues and much more. She also provides life coaching on topics such as wellness, spirituality and positivity. Sara is a two time best selling author and is frequently featured in countless news articles, magazines and interviews for the unique work shes done at Makin Wellness.

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 us today to schedule your complimentary consultation if you want to grow and live a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life!

Scott Cunningham, Professional Counselor

Scott Cunningham, MEd, NCC, LPC at Makin Wellness

Scott Cunningham, MEd, NCC, LPC

Scott Cunningham, MEd, NCC, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who approaches his work with energy and commitment to excellence. His broad experience includes counseling adults, couples, families, adolescents and children in a variety of settings.

Blessed with many talents, Scott has also applied his clinical skills as an administrator and public relations professional for Pittsburgh human services organizations. He served as Program Coordinator for Resolve Crisis Network where he oversaw the clinical and daily operations of the mobile crisis department and the Child and Adolescent Crisis Team Intervention Services. Additionally, he served as the Director of Social Services for foster care, Compliance/Quality Analyst at Wesley Spectrum Services and Director of Clinical Care at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital. Among other specialties, Scott is certified in: Chemical Dependency Counseling, ASIST Suicide Intervention, Crisis Intervention Stress Management and Comprehensive Crisis Management. Moreover, Scott served as the Director of Youth Ministry at Beverly Heights Presbyterian Church.

Scott earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from the University of Pittsburgh and his Bachelor’s of Science in Christian Counseling from Fort Wayne Bible College. Scott is currently accepting new clients on Monday evenings.

Samone Ralston, Professional Counselor

Samone Ralston Makin Wellness

Samone Lynn Ralston , M.S, LPC

Most people are living in public yet struggling in private. Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma, etc., can keep us stuck in our own heads and make it difficult to reach our full potential. Change is necessary, but can be intimidating and overwhelming. So we often continue doing what we’ve always done. Unfortunately this does not promote growth.

I can help you. My goal for our time in counseling is to help you become your own catalyst for change. I utilize evidence based counseling practices that are based on your individual circumstance.

Office location and hours are currently downtown Pittsburgh each Thursday

Laura Stewart, Holistic Nutritionist & Wellness Consultant

Laura Stewart, BA, CHN


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 alternative health options through natural 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 with an integrative approach, encompassing mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Through a holistic approach, she is able to assess individual needs and goals. Healthy eating habits, exercise, time in nature, and practicing mindfulness are just a few of the ways Laura encourages others to find balance between the mind and body. Essential oils are one of her favorite tools to support wellness. She enjoys creating custom oil blends for the specific needs of clients, while providing education on their array of therapeutic benefits. 

Laura is committed to supporting others with resources to achieve their wellness goals through implementing 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 free consultation today to begin your wellness journey!





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