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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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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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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.

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.

Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.

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Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

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

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.

» For more information and to schedule a session with Dr. Bridges, contact him directly at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra has participated ongoing training in Emotion Focused Therapy for over 10 years. EFT has shown to be highly effective in helping couples develop an understanding of their partner’s feelings and behaviors, in order to bring about desired changes in the relationship.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

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

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