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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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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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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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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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