Welcome! My name is Brenda Wise and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I also have my CAADC, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have over 26 years of experience working in various counseling settings to include: substance abuse counseling for a drug and alcohol out-patient treatment facility, faith-based counseling within a church setting, and working with clients struggling with grief, marriage problems, anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns. I have worked for many years with adolescents, most recently for the past 7 years counseling teenagers struggling with addictions.
In order to determine which treatment approach will best help my clients, I evaluate each client’s individual situation then utilize whichever therapeutic technique will be most successful in helping them overcome the obstacles they face. I integrate treatment theories to meet the needs of my clients. My primary focus is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) where I help the client challenge their negative thoughts that will often times lead to negative behaviors. I will also incorporate Psychoeducation as needed to help my client understand possible coping and problem-solving skills.
I would describe my style of counseling as supportive and encouraging. My counseling sessions are centered around the client learning to recognize how to overcome the obstacles in their life and/or relationships. Often times this will include improving communication skills and learning to rebuild trust with self and others. I encourage self-care and discuss the importance of boundaries of self and others. I believe setting goals is imperative for both the individual and the overall treatment process; I believe we all need to establish short-term and long-term goals for ourselves, our relationships, and our careers.
Stress, Anxiety, Depression
Isolation, low self-esteem
Family relationships, Marriage concerns
Coping with life changes; grief
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Codependency, Communication Problems, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Life Purpose, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
PA LPC PC007958
Brenda is a wonderful and caring therapist. She has been a great listener while thoughtfully advising when necessary. I would recommend her to anyone seeking a quality counselor!
Written on Jan 05, 2023 after therapy with Brenda for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes
Brenda is personable and professional when my first session was completed I felt empowered. I have a way to go, but I felt much better.
Written on Nov 18, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and compassion fatigue
Brenda has been great. Very accommodating and insightful.
Written on Oct 06, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, coaching, and compassion fatigue
Brenda has been awesome!!
Written on Jun 06, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
I have had a fantastic experience with Brenda and would strongly recommend her
Written on May 02, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 2 months on issues concerning eating disorders
She’s amazing and gives concrete advise and steps to help you get what you really need. Couldn’t talk more highly of her!
Written on Feb 28, 2022 after therapy with Brenda for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue