Welcome to Essential Foundations, PLLC
Mental Health Service in Morgantown, WV
Meet the Therapists
Charles Swager MSW, LICSW, ACSW
Charlie Swager, MSW, LICSW, ACSW, is a Morgantown native. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Master of Social Work. He studied Birth Through Kindergarten Education at North Carolina Central in Durham, NC, and worked as a cognitive skills trainer at Learning Rx in Raleigh, NC. He completed internships in Child and Adolescent Therapy at the WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry and the Assertive Community Treatment program at the Chestnut Ridge Center. His interests are in treating children, adolescents, and adults with mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum and developmental disorders, behavioral disorders, family therapy, and addictions. He is a certified tobacco treatment specialist (CTTS) through the Mayo Clinic.
Sarah Pattison MSW, LICSW
Sarah Pattison, MSW, LICSW, is originally from Bridgeport WV. She has called Morgantown home for over 15 years. She is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Master of Social Work. She has completed internships in Child, Family and Adolescent Therapy and has worked with families in Morgantown for over a decade. Her special interests include working with children and adolescents. She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD and Autism.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Substance/ Addiction Use Disorders
School and learning difficulties
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Traumatic Disorders/ PTSD
We do not provide medication evaluations, but will help assist in referring you to a provider who can provide psychotropic medications if indicated.
We do not offer marriage or couples counseling.
Making an Appointment
To make a NEW patient appointment, please call to speak directly to a provider. Return appointments will be arranged directly with your therapist through your preferred method of communication. For your first appointment, bring with you some ideas or goals with which we can be helpful. Bring your insurance card and other demographic information. Children should be accompanied by their parent(s) or guardian. If available, please bring any records from previous mental health treatment, school records, or past psychological testing.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Mental Health Treatment
What is a therapist?
A therapist utilizes talking and behavioral strategies to help people with emotional and psychological distress. We provide guidance, directive cognitive interventions and behavioral change strategies to improve functional behaviors and emotions in people and provide support. Therapists may be trained in psychotherapy through several degree paths such as Masters in Social Work, Counseling Degrees or Psychology Degrees.
What is a therapy session like?
Most therapy sessions are around 45-60 minutes. Clients and their therapists establish trust, mutual goals and discuss techniques to bring about change and improve their mood and functioning. The frequency of therapy sessions depends on each individual's needs.
How can therapy help me?
Therapy has been shown to help people with a variety of diagnoses and symptoms. It can improve mood, relieve anxiety, help families function better as a unit, improve work and school performance.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes. Therapy is confidential. We adhere to the HIPAA guideline for management and treatment. Collaboration of care with other mental health providers, primary care providers, work and school are options to improve care and support but we will obtain your written consent and discussion if this is indicated from you.
Can you give me medicine?
We do not provide medication evaluations, but will help assist in referring you to a provider who can provide psychotropic medications if indicated such as a child psychiatrist, adult psychiatrist, or your primary care provider. We will continue to collaborate and communicate with your prescribing physician through all stages of treatment if you so desire.
We work with the following insurance companies:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
How does payment work?
Copays are due at the time of visit. We accept cash, check, and major credit cards. Self pay options are also available.
What do I do if I am having an emergency?
If you are having a psychiatric emergency in which you or a loved one are at risk of imminent harm to self or others (including suicidal ideation) it is always recommended to call 911 and/or go to your local emergency room.
1287 Suncrest Towne Centre Morgantown, WV 26505
We are conveniently located in the Suncrest Towne Centre. For fastest access to the office, enter through the West Entrance, located between Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe and the #1 Super China Buffet. Take the elevator to the second floor and our office is located around the corner from the second floor lobby. Parking is available behind the building.
Get in Touch with us
Still have Questions? Contact Us by phone, fax, or using the Form below.
Our Location1287 Suncrest Towne Centre Morgantown, WV
Speak to Us(304) 290-3286
Fax: (304) 322-2597
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