Chester County Counseling Services

Chester County Counseling Services

1 years in business

About this pro

I have been licensed in the state of PA as an LPC since 2003. I love the work I do and have been grateful to have served in a number of capacities in my work (leadership teams, non-profits, consulting at the national level). I'm now in private practice and am excited to be my own boss, working with poeple I want to and who want to do the work of therapy. I specialize in trauma and if anything else, this year of 2020 has been filled with it. I know how to establish trust and rapport fairly easily, and I am a strong advocate for those who are marginalized. I am passionate about telehealth therapy and am good at it. I work from a strengths based approach, and follow wherever clients lead me. I believe that our thoughts and emotions have a direct impact on our behaviors, and I work with clients who want to delve deeper and make life lasting and positive changes. 

It's always humbling when someone chooses me to walk alongside them, as they navigate life and all that comes with it - pain, disappointment, joys. I like one on one and couples contact, and look foward to meeting you!

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West Chester, PA 19380
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

While I am licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania only at this time, I do have an online platform where clients complete paperwork that gives me a general idea of presenting issues. Again, my specialty is trauma, so it is from that lens that I counsel. I also like to speak briefly (15 minutes) with potential clients over the phone, to again, gain a bit more information. It's also a time for clients to get to know me as well.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Master's degree in counseling and I am licensed as an LPC (licensed professional counselor) in the state of Pennsylvania. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and have taken and led numerous trainings in the field of counseling, trauma, and social justice. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Potential clients should know that I am completely online (telehealth) and out of insurance networks, and there's a reason for that. Call me and we can talk more. I charge a flat fee of $120 for individual counseling and $140 for couples therapy.

How did you get started in this business?

I have been a therapist since 2003. I was able to get my first job in a non profit right after graduate school, and have used my training in a number of areas. I'm currently launching my first private practice, and I am also a consultant, currently working on a four year grant with the Department of Labor. 

What types of customers have you worked with?

I have worked with a variety of clients, but I really enjoy working with adolescents and adults. Sexual trauma has been a focus area for me, and I served many clients who were affected by that crime. I am espeically drawn to black and brown clients, who have been particularly affected by the racial tensions in this year, as well as white clients who are confused and want to know more about their own privilege. For couples, same sex couples have found me and I am grateful. I also have experience working with cis gender and heterosexual couples. 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

When it comes to fees and insurance, I would kindly ask that potential cleints remember that counseling is a specialty area, like many other professions. Hourly fees are what practitioners know they are worth, and sometimes it's a good fit for what clients are looking for. Don't be afraid to ask questions to clinicians, because the relationship you have with them needs to be professional and respectful. If neither is present, continue to look until you find a professional who is right for you. 

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

I think clients should be ready to know what goals they want to work on, and what their present issues are. I also think clients should show up to do the work, because counseling is hard. The first step shows so much bravery - thank you for doing that!