Categories Archives: Practitioner

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.

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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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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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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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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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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For Couples For Individuals

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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Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to identify and change negative thinking patterns and encourage the development and practice of new, positive behaviors. It was developed initially to help treat people struggling with personality disorders, especially Borderline Personality Disorder.

Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

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

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.

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

 

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