Reading Counseling Services is a counseling practice consisting of well-diverse, licensed professional counselors specializing in a variety of areas to assist the people of the community. Our focus is to provide collaborative, evidence-based care for those with psychological or behavior challenges. Our Reading Therapists meet with individuals, couples and families to address a variety of needs. Reading Counseling Therapists provide culturally-sensitive care and welcome people of all ages, ethnicities, gender identities, and sexual orientations. We respect your privacy and will keep your information confidential. Counseling sessions are available in our office, conveniently located in Shillington, Berks County, Pennsylvania. https://reading-counseling-services-llc./
We also offer clinical supervision for masters level counselors seeking LPC in Pennsylvania. We offer reasonable rates for individual and group supervision.
We service all people of Pennsylvania and our office in Berks County is easily accessible from towns and cities such as Reading, West Reading, Shillington, Kenhorst, Exeter, Bernville, Birdsboro, Blandon, Douglassville, Fleetwood, Leesport, Kutztown, Morgantown, Mohnton, Oley, Robesonia, Temple, Lenhartsville, Shoemakersville, Sinking Spring, Hamburg, Wernersville, Wyomissing, and others.
The People Chronicles interview between Kirsten Haas and Colleen Calcagni, LPC from Reading Counseling Services.
If you are looking for a Wyomissing therapist, please call us at (888)76-THERAPY or (888)768-4372 to talk with a Reading Counseling Services counselor. Counseling sessions are by appointment only. We proudly serve the Reading PA community and surrounding areas. Reading Counseling Services currently offers same-week availability for new clients to be seen in our Shillington, PA office. We offer evening and weekend sessions in addition to our normal business hours. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, but please remember that email is not a secure form of communication. We accept private pay and most insurance plans. Please review the insurances that we accept on our Rates/Insurance page at https://readingcounselingservices.com/contact-us/.
Professional counseling involves a partnership or a collaborative effort between one or more clients and a professional counselor to assist the client(s) to identify solutions to certain types of problems or to reach goals. The issues addressed in counseling very often are producing significant levels of distress for the clients as well as leading to problems with their functioning. The difference between counseling and getting advice from friends or family is that a professional counselor is trained in understanding human behavior and in specific techniques to solve many different types of problems and can apply these techniques over different situations.
The types of problems that professional Wyomissing counselors are trained to address can include:
Learning skill building techniques (e.g., parental skill building, developing effective communication skills, academic skills, etc.).
Addressing relationship issues.
Increasing self-confidence and coping skills.
Assisting people to overcome mental health issues and promote optimal mental health.
While Reading counselors do assist people with different types of mental illnesses, you do not need a mental health diagnosis in order to be involved in counseling. Many clients involved in counseling are addressing strengthening their personal relationships, developing new skills, and learning more effective ways to deal with stress or other daily issues.
This is one of the many myths regarding therapy. The truth is that the research demonstrates that therapy does work. This does not mean that everyone who goes into therapy will be successful; however, over the vast majority of situations counseling is successful in obtaining its goals and very often it is more successful in the long run than the use of medications or other approaches.
No. Therapy is a collaborative relationship between the Reading counselor and client that requires both to work on specific issues. It is not a passive experience where you simply talk about how you feel or about issues that occurred in your childhood and you are suddenly “cured.”
Many people are still under the mistaken impression that therapy must last for years in order to be effective. In some cases this may be true, but the best case scenario is to continue therapy sessions until the problem that has brought you into therapy has been resolved and the issues resulting from the problem can be managed by you. However, insurance companies often put restrictions on the number of therapy sessions that one can receive coverage for and it is important to understand your insurance benefits and discuss this with the Reading therapist before receiving help.
Professional counseling can be used to address numerous issues and you can look at the types of issues that counseling can address in the services section. Basically there are two different types of counseling: individual counseling where one client meets with the counselor and works on the client’s problems and group counseling where two or more people meet with the counselor and address specific issues. There are different types of group counseling approaches that include:
Group counseling is most often depicted as a situation where several different clients meet with the counselor to discuss specific issues. The clients in the group are typically not related to one another, but share a similar problem/issue. These types of specialized groups most often deal with one particular problem area such as problems with addiction, anger management, anxiety, depression, etc. and the clients in the group all have similar issues related to the topic that the group addresses.
Family counseling is a type of group counseling where all the members of the group are family members. Family counseling is a useful approach to dealing with many different types of situations including developing stronger communication skills within the family, resolving family conflicts, working with issues with addiction, with eating disorders, and many other issues.
Couples counseling or marital counseling occurs when the clients in the group are romantic partners. Couples counseling can address many different issues within the relationship including issues with addiction, trust issues, communication issues, dealing with resentment, and many other issues.
Engaging in individual counseling sessions offers several advantages:
You are the sole focus of the counselor’s attention and your problems can be directly addressed. The counseling sessions are focused on your particular problems. You get feedback from the counselor that is directly designed for you.
Individual sessions can be designed for your specific situation and entire session is devoted to your specific needs.
Only you and your Wyomissing counselor know about the specifics of your issues and the goings-on in the counseling sessions; no one else can have access to them unless you allow the counselor to disclose information to someone.
For the most part, you can move at your own pace and the counseling sessions are adjusted for you specifically.
You can attend counseling sessions to suit your own schedule.
Group counseling offers some specific advantages that may be attractive to some clients:
Obviously family counseling and couples counseling may more effectively address relationship issues within the family (couple) and can better allow the family (couple) to work together on their specific issues compared to individual counseling.
In general in groups where many different individuals are working on one specific issue one of the major advantages is the notion of universality: that you are not alone in your struggles and their other individuals like you that have similar problems.
People in group counseling can learn from one another in addition to learning from the counselor.
People in group sessions get a much broader perspective of the issues as they hear other people discuss issues or when they hear their partners or family members discuss their perspectives on these issues. This creates a better understanding of the entire situation.
Clients in group sessions often develop a broader perspective regarding their own issue as a result of listening to others discuss similar problems/solutions.
There is no one answer to the question of whether individual therapy or group therapy sessions are better. Instead, Reading counseling sessions should be designed to fit the needs of the clients in therapy. For people that are experiencing significant relationship problems, family or couples counseling may be more appropriate, but only if other members of the family (couple) are willing to attend therapy sessions.
Parents that wish to learn more effective parenting skills may find that they need both parents and even the children involved in the sessions in order to get the maximum effectiveness from the sessions, but parents seeking to develop more effective parenting skills can also benefit from individual therapy.
For other types of problems, where clients wish to remain relatively anonymous and work intensely on their own issues, individual therapy may be more suitable. The research that compares group counseling methods to individual counseling methods typically finds that both are effective, but that some types of problems may be easier to address with group therapy and others may be more effectively addressed with individual therapy.
You can discuss your needs and goals with your Reading counselor before deciding which type of approach would best suit your needs.
There are several other important reasons for you to consider counseling with a Wyomissing counselor:
The effects of counseling often continue over the long-term. For instance, while you might find that taking medication relieves issues with anxiety, when you stop using the medication you may find that your anxiety returns. If you are in counseling to address issues with anxiety you will learn strategies and techniques to reduce anxiety that will stick with you over time.
Although counseling is often considered to address emotional or psychological issues, it can also result in the alleviation of physical problems such as problems related to stress, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and so forth. The effects of counseling are not just “psychological.”
Counseling helps to identify the deeper issues associated with many of the difficulties that people experience and prepares them to better address similar issues. Being in counseling will help you to understand yourself as well as to better understand other people.
Counseling may also assist you to give back to others. People in group counseling often motivate other members of the group to improve their situation. Clients and family counseling can assist family members to address specific problems. In addition, when you learn about yourself and how to handle your own issues it better prepares you to assist others.
Research studies have demonstrated that counseling also helps to rewire the brain. By reconceptualizing issues through working with your counselor and restructuring your approach to situations you can bring about brain changes that are also conducive to having other positive experiences.