Matthews Counseling & Coaching Welcomes New Practitioners

After five years of solo private practice in Chester Springs I have formed a group. I love practicing in my home community, and I hope to be able to reach more people, while providing a broader range of services. Please check out our new website to find information about the practice or our new providers.Continue reading “Matthews Counseling & Coaching Welcomes New Practitioners”

Why some therapists don’t take insurance

This is a hot topic among therapists, and certainly among potential clients who may be frustrated by this. In an ideal world you could see whichever therapist you wanted, he or she would be taking new clients, and that therapist would take your insurance. And, you would owe not more than a small copay perContinue reading “Why some therapists don’t take insurance”

11 reasons why a friend is not a therapist

Most of us have heard things like, “I don’t need a therapist- that’s what friends are for”, or “Why would I pay someone so I can talk about my problems? I have friends”. You may have said these things yourself. Yes, friends (or family) can be good sources of support, and it’s great we don’tContinue reading “11 reasons why a friend is not a therapist”

How to know if you need therapy

“I don’t know (or I’m not sure) if I need therapy”…  I hear this a lot- and understandably, when I speak with someone for the first time, it could be the first time they have talked to a therapist.  In fact, many people think about it for quite some time before they take the leap.Continue reading “How to know if you need therapy”

What are the different types of mental health professionals?

“What are the different types of mental health professionals?”  I get this question a lot, or more often, “What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?”  There are a number of links online about this, but I thought I would share some information, which could be useful particularly if you were searching forContinue reading “What are the different types of mental health professionals?”

Money-Saving Strategies for the Psychology Intern

In 2011-2012 I was on my predoctoral internship, the capstone year of a 5+ year doctoral program in psychology. This is full-time, so I had to leave my job of 6 years, taking a 50% pay cut in the process. FYI, a “good-paying” psychology internship pays about $20,000 per year, which at 40-50 hours a weekContinue reading “Money-Saving Strategies for the Psychology Intern”

Philadelphia’s Franklin’s Paine (Skate)Park: A Lesson in Resilience and Changing Stereotypes

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 was the grand opening of the Franklin’s Paine Park in Philadelphia, PA. I would call it a skatepark, but it was built as a multi-purpose city park, developed on the idea that, contrary to stereotypes and previously-held beliefs, skateboarders and pedestrians really can co-exist. I find this idea somewhat ironic, since JFKContinue reading “Philadelphia’s Franklin’s Paine (Skate)Park: A Lesson in Resilience and Changing Stereotypes”

Psychological News You Can Use

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) distributes a monthly E-newsletter designed for members of the public on common and current psychological issues.  I think it’s very good, and in my work I have forwarded it to parents and clients, encouraging them to sign up if they found it to be useful.  It’s generally a short read butContinue reading “Psychological News You Can Use”