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Olivia Ruffin, MS, NCC, LPC

Olivia Ruffin, MS, NCC, LPC

Olivia Ruffin, MS, NCC, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor that provides individual counseling to teens and adults.

Carrying anxiety and stress can be challenging. Olivia supports clients in discovering how to put it down and live mindfully. She specializes in supporting adolescents and adults to develop tools to navigate both the world and inner self, become unstuck, and increase confidence to face life challenges successfully.

Education and Background

Olivia earned her Master’s Degree of Science in Counseling from The University of Scranton. She began her career in a community mental health setting, where she worked with children, teens, families, and emerging adults who had experienced significant trauma and mental illness. With compassion and cultural sensitivity, she supported individuals from a variety of backgrounds to focus on their strengths, learn new strategies for facing daily challenges, and achieve their therapeutic goals. She worked collaboratively within a team to foster individual, family, and community resilience.

Specialties

  • Pre-teens and Teens
  • College Students
  • Emerging Adults (20+)
  • Highly Sensitive Persons
  • Parent-Child Relationship Struggles
  • Friendship and Romantic Relationships
  • Managing Strong Feelings
  • Coping with Anxiety and Depression
  • Grief and Loss

Navigating Adolescence to Adulthood

Sometimes it is difficult to name our feelings and talk about what hurts. Olivia creates a warm and supportive environment where young people can feel safe to share their thoughts, feelings, challenges and strengths. With humor, compassion, and concrete skill building, she supports clients in getting grounded, deflating the experience of being overwhelmed, gaining perspective and curiosity as they define their uniquely given path.

Areas of focus include identity development, problem-solving, stress management, and tools to cope with anxiety and depression.

Solution Focused Therapy

Our problems may present as ‘big’ and we can sometimes lose sight of the strengths that have helped us to persevere in the past. With sensitivity and compassion, Olivia provides practical feedback to highlight your strengths, support your problem-solving skills, and boost resilience. Solution-Focused Therapy is an evidence-based practice of talk therapy for people seeking immediate change.

Olivia enjoys helping those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and stress to lean into the present and co-create conversations that facilitate direction for your future. Sometimes we may not be afforded the time and the knowledge to know why a problem occurred; however, there is current pressure and demand to solve it. With this therapeutic approach, Olivia will support your ability to identify clear goals, enhance your ability to problem solve and incorporate new perspectives to support motivation that leads to purposeful change.

Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Olivia integrates the DBT framework to support clients who want to break negative cycles, set healthier boundaries, increase confidence in decision-making, and embrace their authentic selves. It is common to feel conflict and tension within ourselves as we navigate life’s obstacles. Freedom comes when we find a path to begin creating movement once again. The combination of emotion-focused, somatic, and cognitive practices can empower you to reclaim and embrace your innate wisdom.

Olivia will support you in obtaining mindfulness skills to turn down the noise of stress; emotion regulation skills to support self-reflection; interpersonal effectiveness to communicate your needs and get your request taken seriously, and distress tolerance skills to support new ways of coping.

Positive Psychology

Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

Olivia specializes in helping you to cultivate your joy by focusing on the present moment. Despite our biggest worries life is meant to be lived and enjoyed. Mindfulness supports getting grounded and slowing down the need to solve and radically accept the present. I utilize mindful meditation, breath focus, and grounding skills to support you to slow down and tap into your most precious asset — now.

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Drew Underwood, M.Ed.

Drew Underwood, M.Ed.

Drew Underwood, M.Ed., is a pre-licensed therapist providing trauma and grief counseling as well as support for those experiencing anxiety, depression, and other difficulties navigating school and career challenges.

He believes in the potential for radical growth and incorporates aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness-based counseling approaches to provide culturally sensitive care that centers clientsdiverse experiences. 

Education 

Drew earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University where he studied Psychology and Education and his Masters in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. As a pre-licensed professional, Drew works under the supervision of current practitioner and Licensed Professional Counselor Jen Perry whose expertise in trauma and mindfulness-based counseling approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) will support his work.  

Experience 

Drew brings experience working with children, teens, and adults in both outpatient and school settings. He completed his practicum experience at Community Partnership School in North Philadelphia providing counseling services for Pre-K-5th grade students and implementing a social-emotional learning curriculum. For his internship, Drew provided counseling services for Temple University School of Pharmacy students as they navigated their program amidst the pandemic. Prior to Temple, he worked in student advancement and admissions for Duke University and Queens University of Charlotte respectively. Most recently, he was a dorm parent for Hill Top Preparatory School and an adjunct instructor for Temple Universitys College of Education and Human Development. 

Services

Trauma and Grief Counseling 

Drew understands that unresolved trauma and grief lay beneath many of the struggles and symptoms people face on a daily basis. When people have the opportunity to share their stories in a safe, supportive environment, healing and change are possible. Drew draws upon teachings from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and will also be getting trained in EMDR Therapy. Drew brings a rich understanding of the complexities of human diversity and is respectful of the ways our experiences of grief and trauma are shaped and influenced by our unique identity. As a pre-licensed professional, Drew works under the supervision of current practitioner and Licensed Professional Counselor Jen Perry whose expertise in trauma and mindfulness-based counseling approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) will support his work. 

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy 

Drew integrates teachings from mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients observe the impact of their thoughts, develop a deeper understanding of the ways thinking impacts their mood and behavior, and learn ways they can create a new path forward. 

Dialectical-Behavior Therapy 

Drew believes that DBT modules are effective in helping us combat, cope, and overcome concerns that inevitably arise, be they personal or professional. Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance skills have been proven to help those living with Borderline Personality Disorder and all those experiencing anxiety, depression, and overwhelming emotions. This approach teaches skills to create a life you want, to navigate stressors with greater calm, clarity, and perspective, and to create healthy relationships with self and others.  

School and Career Challenges 

Drew provides support to children, teens, and young adults facing academic, social, and behavioral difficulties. Left unaddressed, stress in one area can easily spill over into another, interfering with our ability to connect easily, concentrate, perform well, or manage tasks. From his work with pharmacy students and high achieving high school students, he knows the importance of understanding any current struggles in the context of ones whole life. Drew offers a safe space to share concerns and invites clients to discover new tools for managing stress so they can get back on their path to success.   

Client Focus 

As a social justice oriented counselor, Drew works to create a safe space for all clients to share their experiences. In order to build a strong therapeutic relationship, he prioritizes culturally specific therapy that caters to your current strengths. 

  • Children 
  • Adolescents 
  • Emerging Adults 
  • Black Identified Individuals
  • LGBTQIA Individuals 

Research Interests 

Drews research interests include exploring racial disparities in mental health diagnosis and treatment. Most recently he co-authored a manuscript pending publication titled, An Analysis: Transformative and Restorative Justice that provides a comprehensive literature review of the topic. 

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Lindsay Roznowski, MA, LPC

Lindsay Roznowski, LPCLindsay Roznowski is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults.

She specializes in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy and other trauma-focused treatments; therapeutic work with children and adolescents; family therapy; and yoga and mindfulness. Lindsay uses a client-centered, strengths-based, holistic approach that takes into account how things like family history, significant life experiences, and relationships contribute to who we are today.

She believes that building a positive, authentic connection between therapist and client is essential for the trust it takes to do life-changing therapeutic work together. Because of this, Lindsay works hard from the very first session to get to know each client, meet them where they are, and explore the full context of any issues or presenting problems. She believes that therapy should always be a collaborative process and views the treatment plan between client and therapist as a living document, informed and updated each session through the dynamic interplay of the therapeutic relationship.

Family Therapy

Lindsay began her career as a Family Based Therapist providing therapy for families based on her training in Structural Family Systems Therapy. She truly enjoys working to understand the full context of the family system, relational dynamics, and how best to support each family member in reaching their personal and family goals. Sessions may include a combination of full family sessions, parent/caregiver sessions, and individual sessions based on needs.

Therapeutic Work with Children and Adolescents

Lindsay spent eight years of her career working as a therapist at a high school; working with adolescents is one of her passions. She specializes in client-centered, creative therapy with children and adolescents. Lindsay loves getting to know each child/adolescent’s strengths and interests and developing creative therapeutic interventions based on that knowledge. Lindsay focuses on the client’s developmental stage, family history, strengths and interests, and her collaboration with caregivers supports her in tailoring the therapeutic experience to provide the best support possible.

Trauma-Focused Care

Lindsay works with individuals to process traumatic events in their lives and heal from that trauma. She uses her training to assess how a client’s trauma is affecting their current patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Lindsay is trained in a number of trauma-focused modalities including the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT), and Trauma Art Narrative Therapy.

Yoga and Mindfulness

Out of a need to provide more holistic offerings to her clients and because of her personal passion for yoga and mindfulness, Lindsay completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2014. She used the knowledge she gained through this experience to better support her clients in learning about the mind-body connection and how yoga and mindfulness-based skills can calm the nervous system and support meaningful healing.

Therapeutic Groups and Workshops

Lindsay offers therapeutic groups and workshops in several areas, including experiential support groups for adolescents and programs on yoga and mindfulness for wellbeing.

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Andrea McGady, M.Ed.

Andrea McGady

Andrea McGady, M.Ed., is a pre-licensed therapist providing mindfulness-based counseling services.

She works with teens and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and other difficulties navigating school, career, and life challenges. She earned her Masters Degree of Education in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. 

As a pre-licensed professional, Andrea works under the supervision of current practitioner and Licensed Professional Counselor Jen Perry whose expertise in trauma and mindfulness-based counseling approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) will support his work.

Experience  

Andrea brings experience working with children and adolescents in high school and grade school settings. Her experience includes Reach Charter School and Philadelphia High School for Girls (Girl’s High) providing counseling services for students working through grief and transitions. Andrea facilitated group sessions with topics of stress management, communication skills and other topics. In her work with teens and adults, she integrates teachings from mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients observe the impact of their thoughts, develop a deeper understanding of the ways thinking impacts their mood and behavior, and learn ways they can change their thinking to welcome greater self-compassion and happiness.  

Additionally, Andrea has been leading weekly meditation classes at The Resiliency Center since 2020, developing mindfulness exercises and guided visualizations that supported participants through the pandemic. Her ongoing group meditation class provides meaningful opportunities for reflection and connection with self and others.  

Services

Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)   

Andrea integrates the principles of DBT into her work to support clients in learning effective stress management, distress tolerance, and communication skills. When we are able to mindfully observe our thoughts and feelings, rather than become swept up in them, react, or escape into avoidance, we can experience a sense of empowerment. This approach teaches skills to navigate stressors with greater calm, clarity, and perspective, and to create healthy relationships with self and others.  

Counseling for Mind-Body-Spirit 

Andrea brings a rich understanding of the interplay between mind, body, and spirit – and how mindfulness practices can be used successfully to address anxiety and depression. Mindfulness practices have also been found effective in supporting those with chronic illnesses and pain. While mindfulness won’t change a chronic condition, it can help improve the quality of one’s relationship to the pain and create greater ease and acceptance. Andrea has been practicing meditation for the past seven years and began leading a weekly meditation class at The Resiliency Center in 2020. Sessions can integrate formal mindfulness practices when desired.  

Client Focus 

As a mindfulness-based counselor, Andrea focuses on working with adolescents and and adults. She loves supporting those who feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, lost, or disconnected to tap into their inner resources and find sure footing again. In the context of a strong therapeutic partnership, the path forward becomes clear. She believes that every person has within them the capacity for meaningful change and aspires to create a safe, supportive environment in which this growth can occur. She is particularly passionate about her work with young adults and adults in life transitions, focusing on those experiencing:  

  • Anxiety and overwhelm 
  • Depression 
  • School and Career Uncertainty  
  • High Sensitivity 
  • Chronic Illness 
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Vanessa Mortillo, MA, LPC

Vanessa Mortillo, LPC

Vanessa Mortillo is Licensed Professional Counselor that provides individual counseling and group therapy to youth and young adults.

Vanessa believes that therapy should be as fun, collaborative, and easily accessible as possible. Utilizing mindfulness, talk therapy, expressive arts, and play therapy modalities, she harnesses creativity and imagination in the service of growth and healing. She has worked with families and individuals from a variety of backgrounds and is committed to advancing equity and social justice in the therapeutic relationship and beyond. Vanessa has a Master’s Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University.

Specialties

Play Therapy and Expressive Arts

Vanessa will meet with your child, on their level, by utilizing their natural language: play. Through play-based and art-based interventions, she supports children working with anxiety/depression, divorce/separation issues, trauma, and a range of issues, to process, heal, and gain new skills.

Learn more about creative and integrative therapies.

Autism

Vanessa is experienced in supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum at all ages including preschool-aged youth to help them build skills necessary for thriving. For youth, she utilizes a Floortime-influenced play-based approach using your child’s natural interests to build connections, gain social skills, and reach developmental milestones.

Mindfulness Psychotherapy and Teen Mindfulness Groups

With extensive training in mindfulness-based contemplative psychotherapy through Naropa University, Vanessa utilizes mindfulness with adults and adolescents to help them become aware of the present moment, including their feelings, thoughts, and reactions. Mindfulness has been shown to promote feelings of calm and well-being as well as greater connection and insight into oneself. Vanessa facilitates Teen Mindfulness Groups to help build coping skills.

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Therese M. Daniels, MA, LPC

Therese Daniels, MA, LPC

Therese Daniels is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual, couples, family, and group counseling.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University with a Major in Human Services and Minor in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University. She began her experience in human services as a college intern and has been in the field ever since. Her early experience was mostly with children, adolescents, and families; later in her career, she added adults and couples to her practice.

She uses a variety of techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Nature Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy to help people of all ages through issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Coping Skills Development, and Self-Esteem/Identity Growth. She believes in working collaboratively with clients to identify areas of concern and then working together to figure out how best to meet their needs.

Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety and Depression are two emotional states that can occur often, sometimes together and sometimes separately. Anxiety can lead to depression and vice versa. They can come about due to a life circumstance or just because of our natural brain make up.

No matter how these feelings arrive, Anxiety and Depression can make life very difficult and confusing for people of all ages. Motivation can be a struggle and isolation becomes inviting.

Therese uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients through these negative emotional states. She can help identify negative self-talk, mistaken beliefs, and altered thinking patterns and work to replace them with new positive thoughts, beliefs, patterns, and behaviors. Using DBT, she can also help introduce distress tolerance techniques and new coping skills.

Mindfulness

Being aware of the present moment, the here and now, can be a struggle.

The world around us is so busy. It is easy to get distracted and overwhelmed and this can create anxiety. Technology is great in many ways, but has also contributed to our minds being flooded with new information all of the time and to the idea that we are available for others nonstop and immediately. This makes it difficult for people to just be. To sit with themselves and their thoughts and feelings.

Therese can use Mindfulness techniques to help you figure out how to be in the present moment. Using the senses such as smell, touch, taste, sounds, and vision, she will help you discover the beauty that lives in the here and now.

Nature Therapy

It is so nice to get outside and take a breath of fresh air for anyone at any time. Nature is always growing and so are humans.

Therese believes that getting outside and connecting with nature can facilitate a link with a person’s ability to grow and connect with themselves internally. Nature can also be very helpful in alleviating the physical and emotional sensations that come along with anxiety and depression.

Using Mindfulness and Nature Therapy, Therese can help you see and appreciate the beauty that is all around and bring out the beauty and strength that is in you. She will offer the option to have Walk and Talk sessions for individuals in Fort Washington State Park which borders The Resiliency Center. She will also offer group walks on occasion.

Coping Skills Groups

Sometimes coming together with other people who are experiencing something similar to you can be comforting. When we are struggling, we feel alone, but it is very likely that there are a lot of other people feeling the same distress.

Coping Skills are important, but when we are in the middle of something stressful or are anxious in general, it can be difficult to come up with coping strategies on our own. Therese will work with you to create coping skills that will be helpful in both everyday life and in anxiety-provoking situations. She will offer groups and workshops for children, teens, and adults. Coping skills can be helpful at any stage of life!

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Carolyn Abele, MS, LPC

Carolyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Carolyn received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has been in practice over 12 years. She has been the Executive Director of a therapeutic school in Philadelphia for 8 years, working with schools, students and their families. Carolyn has also worked at a group practice in Springfield prior to moving to Montgomery County.

Her experience includes working with children, tweens, teens, new moms and families, addressing depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, building frustration tolerance, behavior management, navigating school challenges and parenting. She is trained in both Cognitive-Behavioral and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral therapies.

Contact Carolyn

Contact Carolyn to learn more at CarolynAbeleTherapy@gmail.com or (215) 354-7941.

Individual and Family Counseling

Children, Tweens and Teens encounter stressors and challenges daily. Carolyn loves to work with these age groups to teach strategies and skills to manage anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, poor self-esteem, and peer conflicts, in the school setting or at home. Therapy sessions can be individual to address the challenges and skills, and/or include parents/guardians to reinforce skills to work on at home, between sessions. Therapy is most successful when clients know their goals, and have support to achieve them.

Behavior Support

Behavior challenges can impact the whole family.  When treating children with behavior challenges, Carolyn works with parents and siblings, offering support and techniques.   Behavior support plans for home and/or school can be key in improving a child’s functioning, relationships, self-esteem, confidence and overall success. Topics to tackle include opening lines of communication, creating healthy boundaries, and setting limits and consequences consistently. Carolyn and also support parents in accessing Special Education support if academic, emotional or behavior concerns qualifies student for supports in school.

New Parent Support

Adjusting to parenthood is a major transition in life, and can bring highs and lows. Pregnancy and becoming a new parent can bring up a lot of feelings that most women (men, too!) experience, but aren’t comfortable addressing openly. It is so important that new parents take time to take care of themselves, so they can be the best parent they can. Carolyn has experience working with women and couples to navigate this exciting, and sometimes difficult, transition.

Adoption Support

Carolyn has a certificate in Adoption from Rutgers University. Adoption can present unique challenges at key points in development for adopted children, their siblings and families. Carolyn can offer support around emotional and/or behavior issues that can affect a child’s typical development.

LPC Clinical Supervision

Carolyn offers clinical supervision for counselors earning hours towards their Licensed Professional Counselor PA state credential, as well as ongoing support for professional counselors.

Moms Club

Mom’s club is a supportive, stress free zone for moms to gather, learn tips tricks and information on topics such as development milestones, managing behaviors, how to promote healthy communication within the family, and to promote wellness for mom. Group meets monthly on Mondays during the day.

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Barbra Danin, MA, LMFT

Barbra Danin is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Art Therapist and Certified EMDR Therapist.

Degree and Experience

Barbra Danin received her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and has been in practice for over 30 years.

Her experience includes working with young children, preteens and adolescents, adults, groups, couples and families.  Barbra has lived throughout the United States and overseas, and has practiced in schools, hospitals, clinics, residential treatment facilities, Family Court and private practice. She has taught courses in Psychology and Art Therapy, and has lectured on issues of mental health both in the US and internationally.

Barbra incorporates the use of art expression and EMDR into treatment when appropriate, providing a novel approach to understanding and processing feelings and issues.

Specialties

Art Therapy

Through painting, drawing, sculpture and other modes of creative process, art making is highly effective in helping to recognize and express underlying emotions and patterns of thought, offering a non-verbal outlet for uncovering underlying issues.

It is the process of art making, rather than the product, that is the focus of the treatment, and is, at times, healing in and of itself.

Art Therapy does not require artistic ability, and is appropriate for all ages.

» Learn more about Art Therapy.

EMDR Therapy

EMDR taps into the natural healing ability of the body, through bilateral stimulation of the brain. This can be done in various ways, including through rapid eye movement, tapping or other physical movements.

EMDR has been found to be effective in treating:

  • Anxiety & panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Grief
  • Pain and addictions
  • Self-esteem and performance anxiety
  • PTSD

EMDR has been established by extensive research, and has successfully helped treat millions of individuals. The World Health Organization recognizes EMDR Therapy as having the most successful outcomes in treating trauma.

» Learn more about EMDR.

The combination of EMDR with Art Therapy is often highly effective, particularly in working with children and adolescents

Counseling for Individuals, Couples, and Families

Individual Counseling

Individual Therapy is offered to children, adolescents and adults. When treating children, Barbra works closely with parents and caretakers, offering support and guidance on parenting issues.

Couples Counseling

Work with couples focuses on helping improve relationships by improving communication patterns and facilitating an understanding and acceptance of each other’s feelings.

» Learn more about Individual and Couples Counseling.

Family Therapy

Meeting with family members together helps each one develop an understanding of the roles they play within the system and how they impact one another, in efforts to realign relationships and affect change. This includes families struggling with conflicts, those undergoing or adjusting to divorce, and blended families who are redefining their relationships.

» Learn more about Family Therapy.

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Michael R. Bridges, M.S., Ph.D.

MichaelBridges-ProfilePhoto-RCClinical Psychologist

Michael R. Bridges, Ph.D. is a former Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Temple University and a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Pennsylvania.

25 Years of Experience in Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges has 25 years of experience in providing psychotherapy, assessment, psychotherapy research, teaching, supervision, and continuing education. For six years, he worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist for the U.S. Department of justice and contributed to the scientific literature on the assessment and treatment of various types of offenders.

Academic Research

He then became an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the Director of the in-patient Dialectical Behavior Therapy Unit at John Umstead State Hospital. He moved to Philadelphia in 2001 to become an Associate Professor and Director of the Psychological Services Center at Temple University. He received international attention for his research on the physiological and emotional processes involved in healing attachment injuries. Because of the importance of this research he was asked to contribute an article, “Activating the Corrective Emotional Experience” for a special issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychology on emotion regulation in psychotherapy.

In 2006 he joined the Council for Relationships and Jefferson University to help develop their graduate program in Couples and Family Therapy.

Full-time Practice of Clinical Psychology Since 2012

Since 2012, Dr. Bridges has been involved in the full-time practice of clinical psychology with an emphasis on individual therapy and couples therapy for issues related to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, infidelity, and attachment injuries related to abuse or family of origin issues. Recently, he was also a consultant, supervisor and therapist on a multisite research project that examined the impact of cognitive-behavioral and emotion focused psychotherapies on depression with woman suffering from Ovarian Cancer and men who were recovering from Prostate Cancer.

Dr. Bridges is sought out as a guest lecturer in graduate programs and to provide continuing education to professional organizations of therapists.

Psychotherapy Specialties

Individual, Couples, and Group Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges’ psychotherapy specialties include depression, trauma and anxiety, job stress and career transition. He has experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds but currently works with many physicians, health-care professionals, attorneys, business professionals, academics and other therapists who function in demanding work environments.

He is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) which is one of the most empirically informed treatments for couples who are struggling with negative cycles related to infidelity, or early attachment injuries and trauma related to their family of origin. Dr. Bridges also has an interest and experience in working with college students and those involved in the creative-arts.

Many clients who had been in psychotherapy before but found themselves talking about the same issues over and over with no real change, have found Dr. Bridges’ skill at helping them access the core emotions in sessions that their problems stem from very helpful.

An Attachment and Emotion-Focused Approach to Therapy

The foundation of Dr. Bridges’ work with individuals, couples, and groups is relational and empathetic and based on the importance of early and later attachments in our life and the basic human emotions that form the basis of these relationships. Dr. Bridges’ warmth, sensitivity, humor and intelligence help most clients experience a sense of respect and safety in just a few sessions so that deeper issues can start to be addressed.

Strategies and Solutions Used in Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges recognizes that people come to therapy looking for new information and resources to help them, especially when struggling to create new patterns in their relationships or working to overcome experiences of depression, anxiety and trauma. As a former professor in top graduate programs in clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy, and as a psychotherapy researcher and practioner, Dr. Bridges has extensive knowledge and training in cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, somatic and emotional focused approaches.

The following are the approaches that have most influenced his practice.

Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dr. Bridges was one of the first psychologists to use DBT with incarcerated, personality-disordered offenders in the early 1990s. When he became an assistant professor of clinical psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, he was appointed director of the inpatient DBT unit at John Umstead Hospital.

While Dr. Bridges’ approach is more experimental than cognitive, he uses principles from DBT, particularly mindfulness to help clients learn to identify how their thoughts can contribute to or help lessen their experiences of emotional pain—and to learn various methods for slowing down their mind so that they can more fully experience the present moment.

Accelerated experiential-dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP)

Accelerated experiential-dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on healing-oriented techniques and aims to achieve a transformation in client behavior by exploring the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences. This innovative method was developed by Dr. Diana Fosha and has roots in and resonances with many disciplines, amongst them attachment theory, affective neuroscience, and body-focused approaches.

Dr. Bridges was among the first psychologists that realized the important contributions of AEDP and sought out training and supervision with Dr. Fosha. Dr. Fosha was also impressed with Dr. Bridges’ ability to use somatic approaches in accessing core affects and has invited him to present to her graduate classes and at AEDP trainings.

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Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapy approach developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, that recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world. Inner conflict between parts (often recognized as having competing beliefs and desires) is often at the root of anxiety, depression, indecisiveness, and dissatisfaction. By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity. When we begin to understand our inner conflicts through the lens of IFS and parts, we develop an ability to see our struggles more clearly and with greater compassion. In couples therapy, this lens leads to deeper understanding about habitual reactions and patterns and, ultimately, greater intimacy and connection.

Dr. Bridges has spent the last two years in intensive study and training in IFS, including workshops and trainings with Dr. Richard Schwartz. In 2017, he began a year-long Level 1 IFS training in Philadelphia.

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Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is a structured approach to couples counseling formulated in the 1980’s by Dr. Susan Johnson and Dr. Leslie Greenberg that integrated the emerging science on adult attachment and the importance of different types of emotional expression that bring couples closer or tear them apart.

A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.

The founders of this type of therapy, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Greenberg, eventually went their separate ways, with Dr. Johnson continuing to refine the EFT approach to couples counseling and Dr. Greenberg focusing more on EFT approaches in individual therapy.

Dr. Bridges considers himself fortunate to have experienced advanced training in EFT couples therapy from Dr. Johnson and her colleagues as well as advanced training and supervision from Dr. Greenberg in individual EFT. Dr. Greenberg also agreed to serve as a consultant and mentor for Dr. Bridges’ psychotherapy research at Temple University and Dr., Greenberg and Dr. Bridges have presented together at national and international conferences.

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Elizabeth Campbell, MS, LPC

Elizabeth Campbell is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual and family counseling for children and adults.

She uses an empowerment and strength-based approach as well as facilitating workshops combining yoga and counseling. Her specialties include child and family therapy, mindfulness, EMDR Therapy, and play therapy.

Play Therapy

The ability to express oneself is directly correlated with one’s developmental level. Therefore, children express themselves in much different ways than adults and require different therapeutic interventions than traditional talk therapy. Elizabeth provides a variety of mediums for children to express themselves through their language: play. She is trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy and in Eliana Gil’s Integrative Model of Play Therapy for children that experienced trauma. She also partners with parents in Filial Therapy, which builds strong relationships with children and supports parents in creating consistent structure at home.

Elizabeth Campbell's office

Elizabeth Campbell’s office

Creative Counseling for Adolescents

The developmental task of adolescents is to create a sense of identity. Elizabeth’s humanistic, client-centered, empowerment approach, founded in the individual’s strengths supports teenage clients in doing just this. Elizabeth also utilizes creative, mindful, and expressive strategies to engage teens and promote change inside and outside of sessions.

Trauma-Informed Care

In this approach to treatment, the clinician asks “what happened to you” rather than “what’s wrong with you.” Trauma impacts the whole individual. Elizabeth’s holistic, humanistic approach addresses the whole person and provides support in moving forward with one’s life.

Elizabeth is a certified sexual assault counselor and is trained in a variety of trauma-specific treatment modalities including EMDR Therapy, the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy, and Eliana Gil’s Integrative Model of Play Therapy.

Elizabeth Campbell's office

Elizabeth Campbell’s office

Workshops and Mind-Body Treatment

Elizabeth has had the joy of combining a personal passion, yoga, with her professional path through workshops and groups to bring yogic principles into treatment and subsequently, into one’s life. Elizabeth runs ongoing groups and workshops that address emotional healing through a combination of yoga and therapy as well as bringing these and mindfulness principles into individual sessions.

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