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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.


Monday- Friday 8:00 am- 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am- 8:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am- 8:00 pm

Located at 122 W Lancaster Avenue, Shillington, PA 19607

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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.

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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 [email protected], 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/.

What is Counseling?

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.

What Types of Problems Can I Address with my Reading Counseling Therapist?

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.

Don’t Only People with Mental Illnesses Get Into Counseling at Reading Counseling Services?

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.

I Heard that Research Proves that Therapy Doesn’t Work

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.

Isn’t Therapy Just Laying on the Couch, Talking about How You Feel, and Talking about Your Childhood?

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.”

How Long Does Therapy Last with a Reading Counseling Therapist?

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.

Are There Different Types of Counseling at Reading Counseling Services?

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.

What Are some of the Advantages of Individual Counseling?

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.

What Are Some Advantages to Group Counseling at Shillington Counseling Services?

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.

Which Is Better Individual or Group Therapy with a Reading Counseling Therapist?

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.

Other Reasons to Consider Counseling with a Wyomissing Counselor

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.

Reading Counseling Services is currently hiring a part-time LCSW, LPC, or LMFT for telehealth counseling services. Please email your resume and cover letter if interested to [email protected].

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Discuss what brought you to seek therapy. Perhaps you have concerns with a relationship or you're a caregiver. Maybe you are adjusting to college, or you have an empty house now. We lose careers and loved ones. Aging and what's next?




Together, we will:

Discuss what brought you to seek therapy. Perhaps you have concerns with a relationship or you're a caregiver. Maybe you are adjusting to college, or you have an empty house now. We lose careers and loved ones. Aging and what's next?

Something to know about my approach is:

that I strive to provide a caring an environment. I bring humor to the room; I believe we have to laugh. My style is natural, and I am myself during a session.

Learn more about my style

  • College Students
  • Depression
  • Health Anxiety
  • High-functioning anxiety
  • Hoarding
  • medical anxiety
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Social Anxiety

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Get to the root of your problems by uncovering patterns that keep you stuck, get in touch with your feelings, needs, and boundaries, increase your self-acceptance, deepen your relationships, and identify and go after what you want most out of life.




Together, we will:

Get to the root of your problems by uncovering patterns that keep you stuck, get in touch with your feelings, needs, and boundaries, increase your self-acceptance, deepen your relationships, and identify and go after what you want most out of life.

Something to know about my approach is:

I take an active, research-driven approach to identify why you are hurting, lost, or overwhelmed, bring you the relief you need and deserve, and create lasting changes that make you more satisfied with yourself, your relationships, and your life.

Learn more about my style

  • Anxiety
  • College Students
  • Dating and Romance
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Postpartum
  • Relationship issues
  • Starting College
  • transition to motherhood
  • Young Adults

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My approach is trauma informed and through a multicultural lens. My eclectic style is influenced by psychodynamic theory, somatic therapy, CBT/DBT, and holistic philosophies. I prioritize the therapeutic relationship— one full of honesty and trust




Together, we will:

My approach is trauma informed and through a multicultural lens. My eclectic style is influenced by psychodynamic theory, somatic therapy, CBT/DBT, and holistic philosophies. I prioritize the therapeutic relationship— one full of honesty and trust

Something to know about my approach is:

I hope to empower you on your healing journey, and I recognize the importance of compassionately and mindfully addressing the spiritual, psychological, emotional, and physical components of your experience in order to treat the "whole" person.

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  • Anxiety
  • Depression
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  • Immigrants
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  • Spirituality
  • Trauma
  • Young Adults

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Collaborate on therapeutic goals to ensure that clients' needs are being met. Whether you are struggling with past trauma, depression, anxiety or chronic stress, we will develop a plan to address your needs throughout the counseling processes.




Together, we will:

Collaborate on therapeutic goals to ensure that clients' needs are being met. Whether you are struggling with past trauma, depression, anxiety or chronic stress, we will develop a plan to address your needs throughout the counseling processes.

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I believe that a person-centered approach to counseling is the best way to build a strong therapeutic relationship that fosters trust.

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Identify and understand your personal strengths and use those skills to help you feel ready to make changes and take action. In a supportive space, we will get to know who you are, what your values are, and how your brain works.




Together, we will:

Identify and understand your personal strengths and use those skills to help you feel ready to make changes and take action. In a supportive space, we will get to know who you are, what your values are, and how your brain works.

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I am committed to helping people find their path and take action to move forward in their lives. Therapy is a place where we can learn how to get “unstuck” and counter the worries that create doubt and uncertainty in ourselves.

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What is bibliotherapy - how can books help improve emotional state?

Bibliotherapy (that is, influencing the psyche through reading) is an ancient practice that dates back to Ancient Greece. At that time, libraries were considered sacred places with healing properties. The historian Diodorus in his work Bibliotheca Historica spoke about the royal library of the king of Egypt, Ramses II, the inscription above the entrance to which read: "Pharmacy for the soul. " They asked an expert to tell how reading affects the psyche and how to choose a book on your own in order to survive difficult moments. nine0003

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The term "bibliotherapy" was first used by researcher Samuel Crothers in 1916 year. In his article, the author noted: “A book can be a stimulant, an irritant, or a sleeping pill. It may be of the nature of a soothing syrup or mustard. Emerson's essays form an emulsion. Chesterton's essays contain a lot of solid common sense, but always in the form of an effervescent mixture. Tolstoy stimulates the will to self-sacrifice, while Nietzsche stimulates the will to power. ” Later, the definition of "bibliotherapy" was added to Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary and recognized as an official method of treatment.

Why is bibliotherapy effective?

Librarianship benefits people of all ages. It helps to reduce stress levels, helps to cope with depression, apathy, anxiety, guilt. It is also used as additional measures for the treatment of alcohol and drug addictions. There are several reasons for the effectiveness of bibliotherapy, we will consider them in more detail.

  • The reader identifies with the hero

When we dive into the stories of others, we realize: I am not alone, there are people with the same problems as me. We see that the hero managed to cope with a difficult period: to survive a bereavement, to recover from unhappy love, to find his place in life. As a result, we are not so scared, not so hurt. We stop feeling lonely, unhappy, unlucky and start believing that we too will succeed. Moreover, the more similar the main character is to us, the higher the therapeutic effect. nine0003

  • The reader sees the full picture of events

The proverb says: “I will sort out someone else's misfortune with my hands”. In other words, we do not see the whole picture of our life. That is why it can be so difficult for us to find an effective solution to our problem. And vice versa, we look at the difficulties of others from the outside, which means we see their problems with all the details and easily give advice.

When we immerse ourselves in reading, we also become spectators. We look from the outside at a situation identical to ours, we notice all the nuances. As a result, what, for example, seemed like true love, turns into a trivial addiction before our eyes. We are aware that we are witnessing an unhealthy relationship that needs to be ended. And we think to do the same in real life. nine0003

  • A different way of thinking and behaving becomes apparent to the reader

Reading other people's stories helps to see many solutions to the same problem. For example, plunging into the work, we observe how one heroine forgives betrayal, the other does not, the third changes her mind after a while. Before us, a palette of choices is revealed instead of a single scenario. As a result, it turns out to realize that the relationship has become obsolete and it is better to leave. And sometimes a partner sincerely wants to continue to be together, begins to work on himself. Such relationships can reach the next level, which means they can be given a second chance. And that's okay too. nine0003

  • The reader allows himself to empathize and experience other emotions

On the pages of books, we do not meet acquaintances who devalue our experiences with toxic positivity and the words: “Come on, I found something to suffer because of, everything is fine.” In addition, in real life, many themselves are ashamed of their feelings, suppressing them and believing that one should be strong, not complain, endure. But this approach does not allow to cope with grief. Negative emotions must be removed by living. Otherwise, they will get stuck inside and continue to hurt. And after a while they will become more intense, and the person will be even more hurt. nine0003

While reading, we join the hero, allowing ourselves to empathize. And even if we are still ashamed to talk about our own emotions, then we are not about the feelings of the hero. Thus, it turns out to come to an emotional discharge.

Bibliotherapy allows the helping professional to more gently bypass the protests that the patient often has. The person who was sure that his difficulties were unique realizes that the therapist sees the same words, reads the same lines, gets acquainted with the same feelings as I do. So, he really understands my problem. Therefore, you can listen to a specialist, trust his recommendations. nine0003

How is the therapy going?

The therapist prescribes books to the patient in a certain sequence and accompanies him in the process of reading: he analyzes the content, discusses what he read, observes the dynamics. The choice of books is determined by the individual characteristics, problem and goals of the patient.

In the process of discussion, the therapist gradually leads the patient to a healthy reaction of the protagonist to the situation. Questions help to do this: “What do you think, what is the most correct reaction? Which of the characters has healthy self-esteem?” nine0003

The task of a specialist at the end of therapy is to bring a person to an adequate self-esteem, a normal mental state. Therefore, characters and plots are often chosen differently. This is what makes it possible to make the reader's picture of the world flexible, to show a palette of emotions and behavior patterns. The reader, passing with the hero through his life, gradually appropriates healthy patterns of behavior and, as a result, realizes: here it is - the path to recovery.

Can I choose a book myself? nine0020

Bibliotherapy is a branch of psychotherapy, which means that it is more effective to use this method of treatment together with a specialist. At the same time, books often become a source of spiritual strength even without the appointment of a helping practitioner. To select a work, you can use the Book as Medicine guide, which was developed by bibliotherapists Ella Berthou and Susan Elderkin. For example, if you are consumed by anger, the guide recommends spending the evening with The Old Man and the Sea; if obsessed with a sense of revenge, Wuthering Heights is shown to you; the anxiety will be dispelled by the chapters of the novel by Henry James "Portrait of a Woman". And if you are tormented by guilt, then Crime and Punishment is recommended for you. nine0003

But remember that we are vulnerable. The word can help, or it can cripple. Therefore, the choice of a book should be taken carefully so as not to get the opposite effect. The hero not only has to be like the reader - it is necessary that he comes out to the light. But if his path to the light is long, painful, with a description of the full range of negative emotions, then the problem will get worse.

The assisting specialist in such cases is able to respond in time and correct the process, not allowing the patient to get stuck in the negative. When reading on your own, as soon as you feel that the condition is getting worse, you should put the book aside and pick up another work. nine0003

Reading for healing

When making a choice, one more rule must be remembered: not a patient for a book, but a book for a patient. The book is a tool. Therefore, choose the one that is understandable, and then it will be useful. In other words, the hero should be on the shoulder, and the plot should not be too complicated. For example, if a person of average wealth and intelligence starts reading about the torments of a rich, highly spiritual hero, then most likely the comparison will not be in their favor, and the condition will worsen even more. nine0003

With a responsible approach, bibliotherapy becomes a support in difficult moments. Especially for those who love books and prefer reading to watching movies or videos on social networks. For those who are slowly opening up, who have strong protests. For those who cannot admit their feelings even to themselves, do not understand their emotions and are not aware of the goal.

Therapist - what kind of specialist is this and in what cases should one contact him?

A therapist is a generalist in the medical field who knows about all the diseases of an adult. The therapist is the doctor to whom they go for advice before turning to a narrow specialist. nine0003

What tasks does the therapist perform?

To understand why a therapist is needed, it should be mentioned that therapy is the basis of all medicine, as it considers the human body as a whole, without dividing it into separate fragments. Of course, narrow-profile specialists understand better in their profile. But in order to understand that the patient needs to see a surgeon, you must first get advice and referral from a therapist.

Medicine assigns the most important role to the therapist. Therefore, the therapist must have knowledge in all areas. He must be able to think logically and make intuitive, obviously correct decisions. nine0003

What diseases does

therapist treat?

The list of illnesses that the therapist helps to cure includes:

1. Acute respiratory diseases (colds).

2. Diseases caused by viruses and bacteria.

3. Diseases of the heart and blood vessels (vegetovascular dystonia, hypertension of varying degrees, ischemic disease, arterial hypertension). The therapist has many tasks. For example, according to medical requirements, this specialist is engaged in the treatment of hypertension during the first 3 months. If classical methods of treatment do not lead to positive dynamics, then the patient is referred to a cardiologist. nine0003

4. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and other ailments that have just been identified and require urgent prescription of a specific treatment by a doctor.

5. Diseases of the respiratory tract that have just been identified.

6. Diseases affecting the thyroid gland, genitourinary system and ENT organs. In this case, the doctor performs primary examination of the patient, prescribes tests and studies, after which he can independently carry out treatment.

It is up to the therapist to be able to distinguish acute appendicitis from another acute emergency. A specialist in this profile should also be able to distinguish fracture from dislocation and accurately diagnose renal colic. This doctor must be able to carry out first aid. It is also he who is obliged to issue a referral for inpatient treatment.

An important place in medicine is occupied by therapists who treat patients with non-traditional methods of treatment. Therefore, we will briefly discuss osteopathic therapists, reflexologists and chiropractors. nine0003

What is the specificity of their knowledge and what is the treatment approach of these doctors?

All three professions have common features:

1. Doctors treat patients with their hands. In this case, the main effect occurs not through massage, but through point pressure on certain zones.

2. Doctors of these profiles were trained in higher medical institutions. This factor is mandatory, since the doctor must know the structure of the human body well so that the physical impact does not cause negative consequences. nine0003

3. Before treatment, a doctor in each of the above areas conducts a diagnosis. To do this, the doctor may need the results of blood tests, urine, stool, x-rays, ultrasound or MRI.


therapist osteopath - who is this?

This specialist can painlessly influence different parts of the body in order to eliminate the signs of the disease. These specialists consider the state of the body holistically, without highlighting organs and systems. For this reason, the osteopathic therapist conducts a comprehensive diagnosis before treatment. nine0003

Chiropractor – who is this specialist?

This professional has a different treatment plan.

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