Bessel van der Kolk
There is currently a waitlist for our mental health clinicians.
Please contact us at 570-280-6321 to determine what steps need to be taken in order to get on our waitlist and obtain an appointment as a new client.
Holistic services (art therapy, yoga, music therapy, meditation, dry-salt therapy, reiki, etc.) are available and able to be scheduled through our website or by phone.
*You will need to follow these steps each time you want to log into the client portal*
As the owner and founder of Northern Light Counseling, I've made it my mission to change the image of mental health services, and create an atmosphere of love, empathy, and understanding. We specialize in creating a family-friendly environment with data-driven treatment. Clients can anticipate an approachable and familiar face, an abundance of psychoeducation, and a counseling relationship that facilitates empowerment and progression towards reaching goals. Families won’t feel like a number and their voices will be heard and validated throughout treatment.
As a certified Child & Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP), trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), I aim to create a safe space providing services to strengthen and empower the most vulnerable populations.
I can support families navigating any school-related concerns (academic, social, emotional, behavioral), as I am a certified School Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I have experience as a school-based therapist, working with families and schools as partners. This provides continuity of care and allows for clients to make therapeutic progress and reach their goals faster.
Treatment is tailored to your family’s specific needs, therefore a wide variety of modalities may be utilized. Throughout therapy, your child will build self-esteem, emotional awareness and regulation skills that can be incorporated into their daily lives.
Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Child & Adolescent Trauma
Sandtray & Play Therapy
Working towards Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Certification
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With over a decade of comprehensive experience in the social work field, I provide complete care for clients across their spectrum of needs. From school-related concerns to self-harm and suicidal ideation, I apply my wide-ranging experience to help clients and families navigate the road to wellness. I have extensive experience working in tandem with school districts, and other service providers, to meet the unique needs of each client and/or family. Two professional passions of mine are working with those involved with the foster care system and providing care in rural communities. I provide perspective to these unique circumstances both professionally and personally, as I am a foster parent myself and a strong advocate for this population.
Amy is a Master’s-Level Registered, Board-Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Art Therapy, Play Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for children, adolescents and families. She has also been an Art Therapy educator at Marywood University, as well as a practicum supervisor for students at Cedar Crest College and Marywood University. Amy’s primary focus is adapting the appropriate clinical modalities to each individual she works with and meeting each individual where they are.
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David Goddard, M.A., C-IAYT, RYT 500 is a Master-Level clinician & Nationally Board-Certified Counselor. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree to further develop his integration of mind/body approaches to wellness and healing.
David has been a student of yoga and meditation for over 20 years and has been teaching yoga techniques for stress reduction for over ten years. David brings his passion for cognitive science into the realm of integrative wellness and offers a new clinical approach combining mindfulness, meditation, breathing techniques, yoga, and clinical mental health.
Science continues to show the efficacy of body-based & breath-based interventions for improving mental health, and David’s background and specialization in mental and emotional resilience provides the perfect combination of healing modalities. When working with David, you will receive individualized breathing techniques, guided meditations, yoga, and clinical counseling services.
Good news! David also provides these services via telehealth! If you don’t live in the area or aren’t able to get into our facility for a face-to-face session, no worries! David has extensive experience working remotely and is happy to provide services via telehealth as well.
David is offering a discounted out-of-pocket rate of $55.00 per hour while we work on getting him credentialed with commercial insurance.
** David's clients (and any of our therapist’s counseling clients) will receive 25% off yoga classes! **
Salt therapy activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System and allows the body to switch from “flight or fight” to “rest and digest”. The grounding effects of the cave also help balance the Central Nervous System and restore the body's ability to regulate itself in every way.
These amazing benefits are ideal to help remain calm and safe while processing through uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and/or behaviors with a therapist.
Counseling in the cave would be a great option if you're feeling anxious due to past clinical experiences, it's your first time working with a counselor, or you just need a little extra self-care!
Please give us a call at 570-280-6321 to book clinical counseling in our Himalayan Salt Cave.
We have known sandtray therapy is powerful for years (since the 30s) but have only recently realized WHY it’s so powerful. We now can peek inside the brain with fMRI’s and understand how our brain processes information. Information is processed with pictures first and THEN words and linguistics are attached to it. This makes sense if you think about it – we can process images WAY before we can process words developmentally.
I bet if you think about it, this still happens. Have you ever seen a picture that affected you a certain way in your body and mind, but struggled to put it into words? That’s because information is processed first with pictures and images in the right part of our brain, and this information may never get moved to the left part of the brain (where words happen).
The right side of the brain is where all our early trauma lies, as well as our feelings and emotions. Seems like the right side of the brain is where the big meat of the therapy stuff lies, doesn’t it? AND – you get one other HUGE benefit – when you show me your world in the sand, I understand more about you, and will then be able to help you get better faster!
These are photos of sandtrays completed during sessions at Northern Light Counseling. My clients are given the opportunity to take a photo of their world with a digital camera. That way it can be captured exactly how intended.
**CONSENT WAS OBTAINED FOR ALL SANDTRAY PHOTOS SHOWN**
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