Counseling Services

In-clinic sessions

Come in for a safe, comfortable, quiet space to facilitate therapy. Our office includes a private entrance for confidentiality.  

remote sessions

Attend therapy virtually through our easy-to-use Zoom platform. All sessions are HIPAA compliant and confidential.

Therapy Approaches Available

CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a short-term, goal-oriented therapy that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to psychological distress. It is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, and that by changing our thoughts and behaviors, we can change how we feel. CBT is often used to treat anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, as well as addiction and other behavioral problems. 

MI

Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered approach that focuses on helping individuals resolve ambivalence and increase motivation to change. It is based on the idea that people are more likely to change when they feel empowered and have a sense of autonomy over their own decisions. MI is often used to treat addiction and other behavioral problems, as well as to help individuals make positive changes in their lives such as improving their physical health or achieving their career goals. 

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a form of therapy that uses eye movements or other forms of rhythmic stimulation to help individuals process traumatic memories and reduce the emotional distress associated with them. It is based on the idea that traumatic experiences can become “stuck” in the brain, and that by processing them in a specific way, the brain can reprocess the traumatic memories and reduce their emotional impact. EMDR is often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it can also be used to treat other conditions such as anxiety, phobias, and addiction. 

Treatment Specialties

Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety can have a great impact on an individual's life, affecting them both mentally and physically. Emotionally, anxiety often manifests as constant worry, fear, and apprehension, leading to a heightened sense of vulnerability. This persistent state of unease can disrupt one's ability to concentrate, make decisions, and enjoy everyday activities, causing a sense of helplessness and frustration. Physically, anxiety can lead to symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, trembling, muscle tension, and even gastrointestinal issues. Over time, the cumulative effects of anxiety can erode an individual's overall well-being, making it essential to seek support and coping strategies to manage this condition effectively.  In a world where anxiety is increasingly prevalent, professionals specializing in anxiety disorders work diligently to provide individuals with the support and tools necessary to manage and overcome their debilitating anxiety symptoms. These professionals employ a variety of evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and medication management, tailored to each individual’s unique needs. 

Depression

Depression can profoundly affect someone's life, permeating their thoughts, emotions, and physical well-being. Emotionally, it often leads to a persistent sense of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed. Individuals who experience depression may struggle with feelings of guilt, low self-esteem, and a pervasive sense of worthlessness. This emotional burden can lead to social withdrawal, strained relationships, and difficulty functioning in daily life. Physically, depression can manifest as fatigue, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and even physical aches and pains. Overall, depression can be a debilitating condition, necessitating support, therapy, and treatment to help individuals regain their mental and emotional balance.  Professionals working with depression employ a range of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychotherapy, medication management, and lifestyle interventions, tailored to the individual needs of each client. Professionals treating depression offer a beacon of support to those navigating the complex terrain of depression, fostering resilience and fostering the journey toward emotional well-being and recovery.

Trauma

Psychological trauma can have acute and lasting effects on an individual's mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Psychologically, it can lead to symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts, causing severe emotional distress. Trauma survivors often experience heightened anxiety, depression, and a sense of numbness or emotional detachment. Additionally, trauma can erode one's sense of safety and trust in others and society, making it challenging to form healthy relationships and engage in daily life activities. Physically, the body's stress response can be permanently altered, potentially leading to chronic health issues. Coping with trauma often requires professional help and support to heal and regain a sense of stability and resilience.  Professionals in this field employ evidence-based therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and somatic experiencing to guide individuals through reprocessing and reintegrating their memories. Professionals working with trauma create a safe and supportive environment where survivors can explore their trauma narratives, learn coping strategies, and ultimately find a path toward healing.

Codependency

Codependency can have a detrimental impact on an individual's life and well-being. It often involves an unhealthy reliance on another person's emotional or psychological needs, leading to a loss of one's own identity and self-esteem. Codependent individuals may prioritize the needs and desires of others above their own, leading to feelings of resentment, frustration, and low self-worth. This pattern of behavior can hinder personal growth and make it challenging to establish healthy boundaries in relationships, ultimately contributing to ongoing cycles of unhappiness and dependence.  Treating codependency is a gradual process that requires dedication and self-awareness. The goal is to help individuals build healthier, more balanced relationships while fostering their own independence and emotional well-being.

Grief and Loss

Grief and loss, similar to trauma, can have a deep impact on an individual's emotional and psychological well-being. When someone experiences the death of a loved one or another significant loss, they often go through a complex and deeply personal grieving process. Emotionally, grief can manifest as intense sadness, anger, guilt, and even numbness. It can disrupt sleep patterns, appetite, and the ability to concentrate. Furthermore, grief can trigger a range of physical symptoms, such as fatigue and a weakened immune system. The process of grieving is unique to each person, and it can take time to navigate through the stages of grief and find ways to cope and heal. Seeking support from friends, family, or a mental health professional can be crucial in this difficult journey.  Therapy for grief is a personalized journey that respects the unique experiences and needs of each individual, offering them the tools and guidance to heal and gradually find meaning and acceptance in their loss.

common questions

Therapy is an interactive process where together we set specific, measurable, and achievable goals surrounding the things that you want to work on and accomplish. My job is to guide you in setting and meeting those goals in an appropriate time frame.

Each therapy session is 50 minutes in length.  The remaining 10 minutes is typically used for closure of the current session and scheduling of the next session. We will also spend a few minutes discussing goals and skills to work on in between sessions. 

Frequency of therapy is usually based upon severity of the presenting problem – what brings you to therapy.  I prefer to start with weekly sessions at first to get a clear understanding of the problem, get to know you, and build out a treatment plan.  After some time and progress made, we may switch to bi-weekly therapy.  Research shows that an increase in duration and/or frequency of therapeutic services has a direct positive correlation with mental and emotional wellness therefore I do offer extended sessions at an additional cost.   

I do not offer monthly sessions for the same reason stated above. 

Yes, everything discussed in session would be completely confidential outside of what is outlined in the Informed Consent and Notice of Privacy Practices signed before beginning therapy.  It is highly recommended and advised that you read these documents before starting therapy as they are short, simple, and very informative.   

First we would set up a 15 minute consultation call. During this call we will discuss presenting issues, what I can offer to you as a therapist, and decide if we would be a good fit. If we decide to proceed, we would schedule an intake appointment. During the intake we would get to know each other more and begin the process of identifying goals for treatment.

My rate is $150 per session. Click Here to see more about rates and insurance options.

Yes! I am network a select few providers and can also accept payments through Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts. Click Here to see more about rates and insurance. 

Knowing if a therapist is right for you involves considering factors such as their qualifications, therapeutic approach, and your personal comfort. It’s important ask about their experience with your specific concerns. Trust your instincts during an initial consultation – if you feel understood and comfortable, that’s a positive sign. Also, inquire about their availability, fees, and any cultural considerations. Remember, finding the right fit might take a few sessions, so give it some time. Prioritize a therapist who respects your goals, involves you in the process, and provides a collaborative and supportive environment. 

The number of sessions needed varies from person to person and depends on your unique circumstances and goals. Some individuals find relief and progress after just a few sessions, while others may benefit from longer-term therapy. During our initial discussions, we can collaboratively assess your needs and develop a plan that works best for you.  

I’m right along the main street of Ephrata, about four miles off of the route 222 exit.