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Catherine Misciagna

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): MA, LPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
30 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hi, My name is Cathy and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania with over 30 years experience in the mental health field. I've worked with individuals, couples, children, and families of diverse backgrounds in many different settings, with many different issues. Specialties include work with depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, and family issues. I've also worked with addictions, sex offenders, kids of all ages, employee assistance, and just about anything else you can imagine, or so it seems. After all these years I 'm tempted to say I've "heard it all"... until something new proves me wrong! What I can say is I will try to offer a realistic perspective to almost any problem, whether it's a parenting, relationship, or family issue, or if you need help overcoming your fear, anxiety, anger, hurt, or just plain crazy-off-the-wall-stressful lifestyle. I draw upon many schools of thought, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, reality therapy, structural family therapy, and various trauma-informed approaches. For those who request Christian Counseling, I have a seminary education and can provide Biblical insights into all of the above, but also acknowledge that the church is made up of imperfect people and sometimes brings wounds of its own. So whatever your background, I believe it's important to be real, to meet you where you are, and work together to find the best solutions. If you need someone to discuss the complex bio-psycho-social dynamics and treatment protocols for particular diagnosis, I can do that. If you need someone to break down the psychobabble into plain language, I can do that. If you need it explained by chapter and verse, or want nothing to do with religion, that's fine too. Most of all, I believe that everyone deserves to be heard with compassion and respect before I can earn the right offer advice, challenge your thinking, or confront you with an uncomfortable truth. One of things I love about Betterhelp is that I have the opportunity to work with people from all over the world, and am reminded daily that the things we have in common are far greater than anything that may separate us. So no matter what your background, I am honored to have the privilege of getting to know you, and will do everything I can to help. Hope to meet you soon! Cathy ------------------------------------------ For more details on my professional experience and education, please see my Linked In page at https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinemisciagna, or my private practice website at www.CounselorCathy.com

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Lori Fitch

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
19 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania with over 19 years of diverse experience in outpatient therapy with people ranging from age 3 to 86. After graduating from Chestnut Hill College in April of 2001, I quickly became experienced in trauma counseling by working with survivors and the victims' families of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Over the course of the last nineteen years I have pursued further training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I am a trained member of the Lehigh County "Flight Team" which is a team that travels to county school districts to work with students and staff that have experienced a crisis. In addition, to outpatient therapy, I am a high school school counselor. This position has provided me with opportunities to create programs that support students' mental health concerns, as well as, programs to support parents. Approaches include cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, psychodynamic and rational-emotive strategies that will be tailor made to your needs. In addition to trauma, I have worked with clients on the following: Generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, life changes, parenting issues, body image, divorce, bipolar disorder, depression, work place bullying, self-esteem, empty nest syndrome, phobias, and sexual identity issues. I am a warm, open-minded, non-judgemental, and interactive therapist that believes that a sense of humor is vital in counseling. You can expect active listening, understanding, support, and direction in your counseling journey. It is a privilege to be a counselor and I look forward to working with you!

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Kati Ault

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LPC,CAADC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as certified advanced addiction counselor. I am also trained in perinatal mood disorders. I worked in a drug and alcohol rehab for about 7 years prior to working in a private practice setting for over the last two years. I have experience working will all types of people as well as couples and family who are dealing with issues from general life stress, to addiction, to anxiety and depression, to mood disorders, to communication struggles, to sexual identity struggles, to personality disorders and more. I would love to welcome you in to the counseling world with a non judgmental attitude. I understand sometimes talking to someone about what is going on can be scary, but I am here to help you in whatever ways you may need. I use and eclectic approach that is adapted for your needs. I would love to work with you to identify what you are feeling and help you with whatever you are going through! I look forward to meeting you and working with you soon!

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Earl Driscoll

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
AddictionsLGBTSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
14 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a White cis-gendered gay/queer male Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in the State of Pennsylvania who has been working in the mental health field for over 15 years. I have worked extensively with individual struggling with addictions, mood disorders, trauma, LGBT issues, and chronic medical conditions. My therapeutic style is one of collaboration and empathy mixed with encouragement and motivation. I am particularly versed in motivational interviewing, which is a technique to assist individuals in discovering their own internal motivations for change. Sometimes interacting with another person who is a skilled listener can be in and of itself helpful to someone looking for help. I am a skilled listener and additionally I have experience helping individuals to identify and create tangible plans of action to create change in their lives. I look forward to working with anyone who desires and is motivated to make change in their lives.

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Sonja Allardyce

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & bipolar disorder. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Kimeesha Reed-Walker

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): Kimeesha K. Reed-Walker
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
13 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed mental health counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with over 13 years of experience providing supports to individuals dealing with behavioral and mental health diagnoses, substance use, depression, anxiety, trauma, co-occurring, suicide, and life stressors. My therapeutic styles are person-centered, nurturing, warm, supportive, compassionate and interactive. I believe that unconditional positive regard, empathy, and being authentic are key elements to building rapport and a therapeutic alliance. I understand that it can be a difficult to ask for help so it's' important for me to provide a safe space for individuals to ensure they are being heard and understood. I use evidenced based therapies including cognitive and behavior therapies, talk therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, trauma-informed, skills training, and an integration of therapeutic techniques and interventions. With trust and collaboration, clients will learn how to make meaningful change towards wellness.

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Shakirah Ewell

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I'm a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with 7 years of experience. I specialize in helping women cope with life transitions, depression, and generalized anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and behavior activation are modalities I use with a holistic approach believing that the mind, body and soul are connected. Feel free to schedule with me if you want to work towards increasing your optimism, challenge unhelpful thoughts and improve overall well-being.

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Cynthia Smith

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
LGBTRelationship issuesGriefCareer difficultiesDepression
13 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Welcome to BetterHelp! I am Cindy Smith, MA, LPC, NCC. I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 13 years of professional work experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I also hold a National Certified Counselor License. Prior to this, I worked in private practice, community mental health and case management for about 20+ years. Utilization of resources can often help folks to get through mental health struggles. Additionally, I have experience in helping clients with LGBTQ+ issues, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, end of life issues/hospice, aging, caregiving issues, life transitions & career difficulties. I have special interest in working with adult children who are struggling with their parents aging and decline. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Christina Garry

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementBipolar disorderDepression
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed therapist in Pennsylvania with over 20 years of professional experience. I believe that you are the expert on your own life. With my help, we can work on what is getting in the way of having the life, career, and relationships you want. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress and relationship issues. I believe every person should be treated with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach to working together is collaborative and combines cognitive behavioral and person-centered interventions. I will follow your lead and tailor our sessions to meet your unique and specific needs. You have already taken the courageous first steps toward change. If you are ready to take the next step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Brittany Bargiel

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Ligonier

Finding the best therapist close by in Ligonier can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services in Ligonier that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Ligonier. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Ligonier, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy in the Ligonier region and in the state of Pennsylvania. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Ligonier or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Ligonier area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Ligonier therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Ligonier, elsewhere in Westmoreland, or in the greater state of Pennsylvania.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Ligonier area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Ligonier therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Ligonier due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Ligonier may not take health insurance, some in the state of Pennsylvania may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With a BetterHelp therapist throughout the state of Pennsylvania you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

How is a licensed therapist on this Ligonier online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Ligonier, Pennsylvania working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from Ligonier psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Ligonier above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Ligonier helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Ligonier therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Ligonier therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family in Ligonier?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Ligonier therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

Ligonier therapists in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of Ligonier therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Ligonier therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words with a psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in PA, therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 15658 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Ligonier counselor?

Before seeing your Ligonier therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Ligonier.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice from a therapist. A Ligonier licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy with a Ligonier counselor can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health therapist has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Ligonier, Pennsylvania can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Ligonier has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions during telehealth appointments?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out to customer service through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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