Categories Archives: Parents

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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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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Lisa Grant-Feeley, MS, LPC

Lisa-CHF_0810A Licensed Professional Counselor, Lisa Grant-Feeley provides individual, family and couples counseling.

Her graduate program – and experience since then – focuses on children and adolescents, and she always considers the family structure as integral in her work. As the parent of three strong-willed adult children, she is aware of the joy and challenges that come with raising family.

Lisa provides compassionate support in a space free of judgment to help individuals thrive, and couples and families develop healthy, positive interactions.

Therapy for Children

Lisa understands that play is the language children and young adolescents use to best communicate their thoughts and feelings, and as a Licensed Professional Counselor, she utilizes creative and play therapy techniques in order to help her clients feel most comfortable. Lisa works to create a safe space in which her clients can relay distressing experiences openly, actively listening to the needs of each client and working with a targeted plan of action in order to reach a solution.

Explosive Behavior

For children who display explosive behaviors, Lisa works on collaborative problem solving with both the parents and the client to support the development of important skills, such a flexibility, problem solving, emotional regulation, frustration tolerance and social functioning. As children with explosive behavior are often lacking in one or more of these shills, Lisa helps guide them through these practices so when they are faced with a situation that they were once not equipped to manage; they have the skills needed for a more expected response.

ADHD

For children with ADHD or ADHD symptoms, Lisa supports the child and family in understanding these behaviors and learning strategies to manage them proactively.

Therapy for Teens

Lisa has found that with the flood of exposure in social media, many teens have developed a highly self-critical voice that reduces the ability for high self-esteem. This along with the increased level of competitiveness in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities, can often lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.

Learning Self-Compassion

Learning self-compassion can aid in creating a kinder internal voice. Lisa works with clients to help them find this voice, through identifying and exploring each individual’s strengths and empowering self-acceptance. This serves to reduce the stressful, and at times, all-encompassing feelings of self-doubt.

Therapy for Adults

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

In addition to her focus on strengths and collaborative problem solving, Lisa also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT focuses on how we think and what we believe and then helps us gain insight into the impact our thoughts and beliefs have on our feelings and behaviors.

By exploring the way in which our past has helped shape our beliefs and attitudes, new, more constructive patterns of thoughts and behaviors can be learned.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is often practiced in session and used to support the work of CBT to increase the ability to be present in the moment. This helps to create the internal space needed for all change in thoughts and behavior to occur.

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Heather Hill, MSS, LCSW

fullsizeoutput_4cfdHeather Hill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Pennsylvania.

She earned a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Bucknell University and a Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

She has been working with children, adolescents and adults for over 10 years helping them to address a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, parenting and life transitions. She incorporates mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems theories in her approach to clinical work. She is trauma informed, humanistic and holistic in orientation.

Adolescents

Adolescence is a time of great change and many teenagers feel vulnerable and confused. The developmental task of identity formation prompts them to ask themselves the big questions: Who am I? What do I want to be? How do I manage my overwhelming emotions? Heather provides an environment of warmth, acceptance, and safety for teenagers to explore these questions. Heather has extensive experience with a diverse population of teenagers, including LGBTQ and teenagers on the autistic spectrum.

Anxiety and depression

Anxiety and depression are negative mood states that rob a person’s sense of vitality, mission and engagement in life. Using cognitive and mindfulness approaches, Heather works with clients to reveal patterns of thinking and behaving that contribute to anxiety and depression. She is particularly interested in helping clients overcome social isolation and to feel connected to a broader community and sense of meaning.

Parenting

The pressures of parenting in our modern world can be overwhelming to even the most equipped parent. Heather is interested in helping parents manage the work/life balance and social media influences that challenge traditional parenting wisdom. Heather wants to especially support parents who have children with ADHD and parents of multiples.

The picturesque Fort Washington State Park is just steps from The Resiliency Center.

The picturesque Fort Washington State Park is just steps from The Resiliency Center.

Ecotherapy

Ecotherapy is an emerging field that has shown to be helpful in relieving symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress and ADHD. Heather completed a certificate in Ecotherapy from the Earthbody Institute and is working on incorporating Ecotherapy techniques into her practice. Ecotherapy envelops a wide variety of activities that help clients to awaken and/or deepen a connection to nature for the purposes of healing and growth. Heather is as likely to work outdoors as well as indoors with clients around these practices.

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Recreational Therapy Workshops and Trainings

Recreational Therapy workshops and trainings are creative programs that get everyone engaged. These trainings work with various populations within various settings including women/men, adolescents, teen parents, adoptive adolescents, adjudicated/at risk youth, participants affected by violence & trauma, and participants with recovery challenges.

Practitioners

TraceySmith3Tracey Smith, M.Ed., CTRS

Wellness W.R.K.S LLC (Wellbeing, Recreation, Knowledge & Spirituality)

Tracey enjoys designing an atmosphere where participants can feel safe to explore their own personal challenges, issues of self-care and lifestyle management, while learning alternative ways of healing. Previous workshops have included Professional Development Train-the-Trainer workshop, Recreation is My Therapy, Women and WellnessThe Resilient Spirit, Teen Resiliency &  LeadershipResilient Energy – Workplace Wellness, and Wellness for Women of Color.

Tracey has provided consultation and professional staff development for hospitals, nursing homes, community-based, state, and non-profit agencies.

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Play Therapy and EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) uses bilateral stimulation techniques to help “unlock stuck material,” allowing the mind and body to process the traumatic event. Play Therapy techniques combined with EMDR can be effective in working with children with trauma, anxiety and phobias.

Practitioners

Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., LPC

Elizabeth Venart

Elizabeth Venart has used EMDR successfully with hundreds of clients with diverse issues over the past fifteen years, and continues to attend advanced trainings regularly.

» Learn more at www.elizabethvenart.com/emdr

» Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@theresiliencycenter.com or (215) 233-2002

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol

Kathleen has received Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Advanced Training in EMDR with Children and Adolescents. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years post graduate training in Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy, Contextual Family Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy.

» Learn more at www.kathleenkrol.com

» Contact Kathleen at 215-289-3101 prompt #1, or kasiakrol17@verizon.net

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Filial Family Therapy

Filial family therapy trains and coaches parents in how to better engage with their children through child-centered play sessions. Children experiencing attachment difficulties from adoption, foster care or trauma may be good candidates for this approach.

Practitioners

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol

My family focused approach to treatment looks at both the immediate problem and the underlying causes.

» Learn more at www.kathleenkrol.com

» Contact Kathleen at 215-289-3101 prompt #1, or kasiakrol17@verizon.net

Elizabeth Campbell

Filial Training helps parents to strengthen their attachment with their children while increasing self-esteem, emotional regulation, healthy development, and playfulness in your relationship.

» Learn more at elizabethcampbellcounseling.com

» Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@elizabethcampbellcounseling.com or 610-757-8163

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Transitioning through Divorce

Exploration into ways the family can restructure during a divorce. The therapist guides and provides suggestions in building a framework for living. Topics of discussion include separation, custody, finances, living situation, co-parenting, legal and ethical issues and an attempt to create fairness for all parties.

Practitioners

Jeff Katowitz, LMFT

Jeff Katowitz, LMFT

Jeff Katowitz, LMFT

Jeff Katowitz, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Pennsylvania with twenty years of experience providing individual, couple, and family therapy in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburban areas.

» Contact Jeff at jeffkatowitzlmft@gmail.com or (215) 307-0055.

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Divorce impacts each family member in various ways. Parents embroiled in conflict benefit from therapeutic assistance in navigating the divorce process for themselves and their children. Barbra assists parents in how to talk to their children about divorce and effectively meet their needs throughout the stages of divorce. In addition, Barbra works with children of divorcing families, providing an outlet for them to share their concerns and feelings.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

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

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