In-Person and Online Therapy In Bucks County

Therapy for perfectionists, creatives, and highly sensitive people.

Individual Therapy Sessions

Individual therapy sessions are tailored to your unique needs. All parts of you are welcome and included in the process. My office is located along the Delaware Canal walking path which enables me to offer ‘walk and talk’ therapy by request and weather permitting. Read about my approach below or schedule a consultation to learn more.

Therapy Intensives

Intensive sessions are tailor-made for individuals and couples interested in accelerated benefits of IFS and EMDR therapy. Intensive packages can be used as a standalone service or as an adjunct to other holistic therapies.

Career Counseling

I use a combination of traditional career assessments, discussion, and interactive activities to help connect people with their own inner wisdom to find direction toward meaningful work that is aligned with their authentic interests, skills, and values. Wouldn’t it be great to find work that is a true expression of you? Schedule a free consultation to learn more about career counseling.

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

Brené Brown

Hi, I’m Mandy.

 I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Bucks County with a passion for working with highly sensitive people who work in helping professions like education, social services, and healthcare.

I believe that our relationship with ourselves is the key to establishing healthy relationships with others.  I also believe that the world around us changes as we grow and change.

We can only accept and love others as much as we accept and love ourselves.

I specialize in helping those struggling with:

  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
  • People-pleasing
  • Self-esteem
  • Life Transitions
  • Career Decisions
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Relationship Problems

it’s never too early to seek help

 You may be known as “the strong one.”  The one others can count on, the one who always shows up.

You’ve accomplished your academic and career goals and yet something’s missing.

You may be feeling burned out, misunderstood, or not good enough.

You may find it difficult to establish and maintain healthy relationships, frequently finding yourself putting everyone’s needs before your own. Or you find that others do not respect your boundaries.

You know something’s got to  change but don’t know where to start.

No matter the difficulties you’re facing or the challenges you’d like to work through, here you’ll have a safe space to be yourself and be heard.

My Therapeutic Approach

Whatever brings you to therapy, you are a unique individual with your own story, preferences, and needs. That’s why I use an integrative and holistic approach tailored specifically for you.

Below is a quick summary of the approaches I incorporate into my practice. If you have further questions, please reach out!

Integrative Therapy

Integrative Therapy incorporates techniques from different therapeutic orientations (like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-based therapies,  and Psychodynamic Therapy) based on your unique needs.

This approach often resonates with creative people and outside-the-box, free and divergent thinkers. In addition to being empowering and tailored to individual needs, it’s a great place to start if you’ve plateaued or haven’t progressed with previous therapy attempts.

Types of Integrative Therapy

here are many different types of therapy, and the one that is most effective in any given situation often depends on your unique background, experience, and preferences.

Some specific types of therapy we might use include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) aims to change unhelpful automatic thought patterns that keep us stuck. CBT posits that automatic negative thoughts contribute to our emotional and psychological difficulties. Learning how to look at things differently and change the narrative surrounding difficult things can be liberating and provide great relief. CBT is especially helpful for symptom management.

Psychodynamic Therapy delves deeper into the intricate workings of your emotional life to promote self-awareness and healing. This approach helps to uncover emotions and unconscious conflicts that may be contributing to your distress. By bringing these aspects of our experience into conscious awareness, we are empowered with greater insight and agency over our own lives – enabling us to make more informed choices while fostering personal growth and emotional well-being.

Humanistic Therapy helps us to overcome obstacles through increased self-acceptance and personal responsibility. Ultimately, it fosters personal growth by enabling you to discover your unique strengths and values as you navigate life’s challenges with newfound clarity and purpose.

Mindfulness is a therapeutic approach that encourages you to cultivate an awareness of the present moment while embracing your thoughts and feelings without judgment or resistance. It helps clients to learn how to focus on the present moment and not regret the past or worry about the future.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) uses rhythmic left-right (bilateral) stimulation to help people recover from trauma or other distressing experiences. EMDR can be used alone or in combination with other psychotherapy techniques.

Who can this help?

Integrative Therapy is based on whole-person wellness and is tailored to each person’s individual needs. For that reason, it can be helpful for anyone who is interested in a collaborative style of therapy to pursue personal growth, clarity, and healing. It can be particularly beneficial for individuals who think outside the box. Because it is a collaborative process, it resonates with creative people and free and divergent thinkers.

What are the benefits?

An integrative approach to therapy is empowering because it gives you an opportunity to partner with your therapist to design the most appropriate treatment plan based on your needs. It’s flexible and responsive, changing with you as you heal and grow. It can be particularly helpful for those who have plateaued or find themselves not making progress with previous forms of therapy.

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) is a holistic, integrative, and experiential approach that focuses on embracing all aspects of your personality and developing a trusting and healing relationship with yourself. It is based on the fundamental belief that we all have a core SELF that is the healing essence of our system. And, in addition we all have multiple parts that form our personalities. While the natural intention of each part of our personality is something positive, sometimes they become wounded, defensive, and protective, or stuck, which can lead to inner conflict or unhealthy coping patterns that make it difficult to make progress in therapy or in life.

IFS therapy increases our capacity to experience authentic SELF-energy, heal wounded parts, and restore balance. The comprehensive and collaborative nature of IFS therapy allows for deep healing work, resulting in lasting positive change. It is one of the most compassionate, and effective techniques I have discovered.

Who can this help?

IFS helps people heal from trauma and attachment-based injuries and can be helpful in providing relief variety of challenges including:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Creative Blocks
  • Pain Management
  • General functioning and well-being
IFS can help you...
  • Deepen connections and strengthen relationships
  • Let go of painful thought patterns
  • Increase understanding of yourself and others
  • Improve impulse control
  • Increase the 8 Cs of Self:  clarity, confidence, calm, creativity, connection,  courage, curiosity and compassion

IFS also…

  • Promotes greater intimacy
  • Helps in setting and achieving goals
  • Improves emotional regulation
What are the benefits?

 Internal Family Systems therapy offers numerous benefits for individuals seeking healing and personal transformation. It can help you move from self-judgment and inner conflict to self-compassion and self-acceptance. It helps us learn to embrace our internal system and view our difficult parts not as enemies but as valuable resources with wounds and unmet needs.

Clients develop a sense of empowerment and become active participants in their healing journey, gaining tools to address challenges and make conscious choices aligned with their authentic Self. Using IFS therapy, my clients report that they feel more expansive, open, engaged with life, and have enhanced feelings of hope.

How does IFS Work? What can I expect in a session?

IFS is a unique approach that takes into account all aspects of your experience, such as thoughts, images, emotions, impulses, and sensations. We start by slowing things down to help you become more aware of what’s happening in the moment – similar to guided meditation. This creates a safe space to examine anything that could be hindering causing you distress. All aspects of you are welcomed without judgment. Difficult emotions like anger or sadness and feelings like panic and fear are invited into the room with kindness and curiosity. We let them guide us to the parts that need attention and healing. Each session is different based on what is needed at the moment. By taking this fresh attitude towards our inner world, we can resolve inner conflict and heal old wounds, which results in increased harmony and overall well-being. It’s much like an interactive guided meditation practice. It might seem odd at first, but as soon as you experience it first-hand, it will make sense.

How It Works

01. Feel It Out

Prior to starting therapy, let's connect on a consultation call to see if we're a good fit to work together. You can ask any questions you may have, share what you're hoping to get out of therapy, and discuss scheduling preferences. I can also share more about my process and approach.

02. Get Started

If we decide to move forward, I’ll send you some additional intake forms and information to help you prepare, and we'll schedule your first session.

03. Begin Your Journey

During your first session, we’ll take some time to get to know you. It’s my job to provide a safe and supportive space for you to be seen, heard, and understood. All you need to do is to show up and be open to the process.

 

“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.”

Tracee Ellis Ross

FAQs

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How do I get started?

After completing the contact form, I will reach out to you about setting up a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation. The consultation call is a time for you to ask questions and get a sense of what it would be like to work with me. From there, we can schedule your first session.

Do you accept insurance?

I am an out-of-network provider. This means you are responsible for the full payment after each session. However, your insurance company may reimburse you for your sessions. I will provide you with a superbill (receipt) in order for you to submit a claim for reimbursement. Before your first appointment, please contact your insurance provider directly to ask about your out-of-network mental health benefits.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept credit cards and Paypal. No matter how you wish to pay, a valid credit card on file is required. Payments are made after each session.

How long are sessions?
Individual sessions are 50 minutes.
Intensive IFS/EMDR sessions are 90 minutes.
Contact Me about half day Intensives!
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Do you offer Telehealth?

Yes. I offer teletherapy (online counseling) for people residing anywhere in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York. I use a HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platform to conduct sessions. You must be able to take sessions in a confidential setting. Please contact your insurance company to ensure telehealth sessions are covered.

Do you offer in-person sessions?
Yes, My office is located in Upper Black Eddy, PA and is a convenient drive from Frenchtown, Milford, Alexandria and surrounding Hunterdon County locations as well as Ottsville, Tinicum and surrounding Upper Bucks County locations. Clients local to Bucks County, Montgomery County, the Lehigh Valley, Hunterdon, or northern New Jersey will find in-person sessions or intensives.
What is your Cancellation Policy?

Life can be unpredictable, I know. Though, once you have booked a session it means that I’ve reserved time in my schedule exclusively for you.

To avoid a cancellation fee, please provide a cancellation notice at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. Clients are charged the full session fee for any session missed or cancelled with less than 24  hours notice. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance  will be subject to a charge of 50 % of your usual fee.

 If you are able to reschedule within the same week at a convenient time for both of us, your fee may be waived.

 

Please note this cancellation policy is intended to be used on the rare occasion that you cannot meet at your regularly scheduled time. It is not intended to change the continuity or frequency of your regularly scheduled sessions. If you need to change your regular schedule, please discuss it with me in order to make a plan for your continued care.