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Trudy Gregson, MS, LPC

Trudy Gregson, MS, LPC

Trudy Gregson, MS, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.

Trudy works with adults experiencing depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, life transitions, grief and loss. Trudy has experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), internal family systems therapy (IFS), solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy, customizing her approach according to each client’s needs.

Trudy believes her clients are more than their symptoms, more than the problems they face or the struggles they encounter. She recognizes that everyone needs support sometimes, and provides her clients with a safe place for hope and healing. She is always respectful of her client’s pace, and her empathic, person-centered approach empowers her clients to trust their innate wisdom as they work towards solutions that they discover through their work together.

Life Transitions

Transitions are a normal part of life. Whether you’re experiencing a midlife change, a change in your family life, contemplating a job or career change, transitioning into retirement or taking on some other new role, transitions require adjustment. These changes can bring about feelings of fear and anxiety that can be disorienting and even paralyzing.

Trudy supports people in recognizing that these feelings are normal and helps them understand them as an opportunity for growth. She collaborates with people to help them navigate and adapt to life transitions with curiosity and a shared sense of possibility, using a strength-based perspective based on each person’s innate resilience.

Through your work with Trudy, you’ll make new meanings, discover new beliefs about yourself and adopt new behaviors, providing you with the inner resources you’ll need for your next new challenge.

Grief and Loss

While most people think of grieving as a response to death, there are many kinds of losses that people grieve — the loss of a job, a relationship, the loss of one’s health or physical ability. There is no right or wrong way to grieve and there are no right or wrong emotions — feelings of anger, guilt, confusion, loneliness, and anxiety are all normal. Grief does not travel in a straight line and there is no timetable for the grief journey.

Trudy recognizes that sometimes the intensity of emotions can feel overwhelming, and in our culture, feelings of loss and grief are not always given the space and support that they deserve. Trudy helps people with the aspects of grief they’re experiencing, exploring past losses that may have resurfaced, and supports people as they develop new coping and self-care skills.

Working with Trudy, the goal is not to “get over” the loss, but to work through it, to make meaning from the loss, and adopt new ways of being in the world.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy

People come to therapy to feel better. To some, this means, “make the pain or difficulties go away”. Paradoxically, the path to feeling better is to approach pain or difficulties mindfully.

Mindfulness is simply awareness in the present moment, without judgment. Using mindfulness, Trudy helps people step out of a pattern of thought and become less reactive to what is happening in the moment. By bringing attention to breathing and noticing body sensations with curiosity and open-heartedness, Trudy helps people to create the space for change.

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Mom’s Club

Date: Monthly on Mondays

Group Facilitator: Carolyn Abele, LPC. Contact Carolyn at CarolynAbeleTherapy@gmail.com or (215) 354-7941.

Mom’s Club is a group for moms parenting children of all ages and stages. Mom’s Club is a great self-care tool to discuss parenting challenges with other parents, learn tools and techniques to apply at home, as well as tools and techniques to help Mom keep the family going.

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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.

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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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Art Therapy and EMDR

Artwork provides a concrete, visual image that is utilized when reprocessing experiences with the bilateral stimulation of EMDR Therapy. Children, in particular, respond positively to the combination of the two.

EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.” This counseling modality integrates elements of many effective therapy approaches—including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies—into structured protocols designed to maximize treatment success (see www.emdr.com for more information).

Practitioners

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra Danin, LMFT, Clinical Art Therapist

Barbra is a Certified EMDR Therapist, and incorporates Art Therapy with EMDR when appropriate.

Barbra trained as an art therapist at Loyola Marymount University, and has been treating children, individuals and families with Art therapy for over 30 years. She has taught Art Therapy courses to graduate students, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the practice of Art Therapy.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

» Contact Barbra at bdanin@barbradanin.com or (314) 477-8585.

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Clinical Art Therapy

Clinical Art Therapy incorporates painting, drawing, sculpture, and other types of art creation into the session, as a tool for communication and treatment. Because it reaches beyond words, it is often effective in helping to convey underlying emotions and difficulties.

Art expression requires no artistic ability, and can be effective with anyone.

Practitioners

Barbra Danin, LMFT, Clinical Art Therapist

Barbra trained as an art therapist at Loyola Marymount University, and has been treating children, individuals and families with Art therapy for over 30 years. She has taught Art Therapy courses to graduate students, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the practice of Art Therapy.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

» Contact Barbra at bdanin@barbradanin.com or (314) 477-8585.

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Parent Child Interactive Therapy

PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy) engages parents and children in a therapeutic activity together, as guided by a therapist. Research has demonstrated this to be highly effective in helping parents address their children’s emotional needs and outcomes show reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety, and behavioral acting out in children.

With these positive outcomes, parents experience decreased levels of stress, and families enjoy more positive relationships.

Practitioners

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra incorporates Parent Child Interactive Therapy into her work with children and families, both through play and art activities. Parents are further provided with tools for working with their children outside of the therapy sessions.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

» Contact Barbra at bdanin@barbradanin.com or (314) 477-8585.

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Adoption

Adopted children face unique issues that often remain unaddressed. These issues sometimes become manifest in seemingly unrelated ways, including through depression, anxiety, or behavioral issues.

Practitioners

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra Danin, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Art Therapist, and Certified EMDR Therapist. Barbra works with both individuals who have been adopted, and their families.

Barbra finds that therapy with adopted children provides the opportunity for families to gain a deeper understanding of how adoption impacts a child and the family. She offers guidance on how to effectively address and overcome matters related to adoption.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

» Contact Barbra at bdanin@barbradanin.com or (314) 477-8585.

Carolyn Abele, MS, LPC

Carolyn Abele, MS, LPC

Carolyn Abele is a Licensed Professional Counselor in practice over 12 years. She provides individual and family counseling, behavior and parenting support, and clinical supervision.

Carolyn’s adoption support focuses on the child and the whole family to address and support issues that arise in various stages of the adopted child’s development. Supportive counseling provides family tools to be able to identify the struggles, have open communication and support the whole family.

» Contact Carolyn at CarolynAbeleTherapy@gmail.com or (215) 354-7941.

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Family Art Therapy

Family Art Therapy incorporates an art making task into the family sessions, which adds an additional dimension to treatment through the novel experience of creating art together. This empowers each member with the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings.

Families benefit from the process of working together, and learn about each other from the artwork they create. Both the experience and the outcome serve as a vehicle for change within the family system.

Practitioners

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra has conducted Family Art Therapy sessions for over 30 years. The experience of creating a project together offers each family member a voice to communicate their thoughts and feelings in a safe way. Once the task is completed, family members discuss their responses to the experience and to the artwork, and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their family.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

» Contact Barbra at bdanin@barbradanin.com or (314) 477-8585.

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Continuing Education for Professional Psychotherapists

The Resiliency Center offers continuing education for professional psychologists.

Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

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

Dr. Bridges has presented at national and international professional organizations since the early 1990s on topics as diverse the personality assessment of psychopaths and serial killers to the cardiovascular changes that distinguish clients who experience positive change in psychotherapy from those who don’t.

When his schedule permits, he is a guest lecturer to graduate psychology classes on resolving trauma and attachment injuries and provides experiential workshops to psychotherapists based on his research summarized in his article, “Activating the Corrective Emotional Experience,” in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Bridges was an assistant professor in clinical psychology at the University of NC at Chapel Hill, an associate professor of clinical psychology and director of the training clinic at Temple University, and an adjunct associate professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at Jefferson University.

» For more information, contact Dr. Bridges at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.

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Clinical Supervision for Psychologists

The Resiliency Center offers clinical supervision for psychologists.

Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

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

Dr. Bridges has hundreds of hours of experience in supervising graduate students and mental health professionals in the practice of psychotherapy. He is often sought out by licensed therapists whose training has been more cognitive or traditionally psychodynamic and who want to incorporate emotion focused and experiential approaches into their practice.

» For more information, contact Dr. Bridges at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.

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