At the Center for Growth, we understand the importance of a good connection with your therapist. Once you have decided to take the initial step and seek treatment with us, we want you to know that we will go the extra mile to make sure that you have a good experience. We want you to feel good about the therapist that you have chosen. Therapy is a combination of technical skills and fit. In other words, your experience of meeting with a therapist should feel like you have just met with someone that intuitively gets you, can see through the fog, and can help guide you where you want to be going. If after your first session you are not sold that you are working with the right therapist, do not hesitate to call our intake line at 215 922 5683 x 100 or Alex at 267-324-9564 and ask to be scheduled for one session, free of charge, with a different therapist. Please note that if the new therapist is more expensive, then you will be required to pay the fee difference between the therapists. If you aren’t thrilled with the next therapist, we are happy to repeat the process. No one therapist is a great fit for all clients. Chemistry and fit matter.
Of course, some clinician's might point out, that the problem isn't always the therapist, sometimes it's you. Either way, we stand behind our guarantee. We want you to feel good about the choice that you are making. The choice of how you want to proceed is yours. Our only goal is to support you in becoming the best you possible.
For your convenience, we have brick and mortar offices and work with clients virtually
The Center for Growth Therapy Offices in PA, NJ, VA, RI, NM
- Ocean City Therapy Office
360 West Ave, Floor 1, Ocean City, NJ 08226
- Mechanicsville Therapy Office
9044 Mann Drive, Mechanicsville Virginia, 23116
- Providence Therapy Office
173 Waterman St. Providence, RI 02906
- Society Hill Therapy Office
233 S. 6th Street, C-33, Philadelphia PA 19106
- Art Museum / Fairmount Therapy Office
2401 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 1a2, Philadelphia PA 19130
- Santa Fe Therapy Office, 2204 B Brothers Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505
- Telemedicine: We have therapists who are licensed to work in Connecticut, Delaware Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
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Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Founder & Executive Director
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Mexico
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Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, MS, LPC, PHD
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Florida, Virginia
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How mental health counseling can help you . . .
Mental health counseling, also known as psychotherapy or talk therapy, can be highly beneficial for individuals dealing with a wide range of emotional, psychological, and behavioral challenges. Here are some ways mental health counseling can help:
- Emotional support: Counseling provides a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to express their feelings, thoughts, and concerns. This emotional support can be invaluable, especially during difficult times or when facing significant life changes.
- Improved self-awareness: Counseling can help individuals gain a deeper understanding of themselves, including their emotions, beliefs, values, and patterns of behavior. This self-awareness can lead to personal growth and positive changes in life.
- Developing coping strategies: Counselors can teach practical coping strategies and techniques to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Learning effective coping mechanisms empowers individuals to handle difficulties more effectively.
- Behavioral change: Counseling can help individuals identify unhealthy behavioral patterns and work towards adopting healthier ones. This could include breaking habits, improving communication skills, or setting and achieving goals.
- Managing mental health disorders: For those with mental health disorders, counseling can be an essential component of treatment. It can complement medication and help individuals manage their symptoms more effectively.
- Relationship improvement: Couples or family counseling can enhance communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen bonds among family members or romantic partners.
- Reducing isolation: Counseling provides a connection with a trained professional who listens attentively and empathically. This can alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially for those with limited support systems.
- Building resilience: Through counseling, individuals can develop resilience, which enables them to bounce back from challenges and setbacks more effectively.
- Identifying underlying issues: Counselors can help individuals explore and understand underlying issues that may be contributing to their difficulties. This deeper exploration can lead to meaningful insights and lasting change.
- Improved decision-making: Counseling can help individuals clarify their values, goals, and priorities, leading to more informed and confident decision-making.
- Stress reduction: By addressing sources of stress and learning stress management techniques, counseling can help individuals feel more balanced and in control of their lives.
- Support for personal growth and life transitions: Counseling can be valuable during times of personal growth or significant life transitions, such as starting a new job, ending a relationship, or becoming a parent.
Remember that each person's experience with counseling is unique, and the benefits may vary depending on individual needs and circumstances. It's essential to find a counselor or therapist who aligns with your preferences and goals to make the most of the therapeutic process
How to get the most out of counseling
Getting the most out of therapy requires active participation, commitment, and openness to the therapeutic process. Here are some tips to help you maximize the benefits of therapy:
- Be open and honest: Honesty is crucial in therapy. Share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences openly with your therapist, even if they feel uncomfortable. A therapist can only help you if they have a clear understanding of what you're going through.
- Set clear goals: Before starting therapy, think about what you hope to achieve through the process. Discuss these goals with your therapist, and work together to create a treatment plan that aligns with your objectives.
- Attend sessions regularly: Consistency is essential for progress in therapy. Attend your therapy sessions as scheduled and try not to miss appointments unless absolutely necessary.
- Engage in self-reflection: Take time between sessions to reflect on what was discussed and any insights you gained. Journaling or jotting down your thoughts can be helpful.
- Be patient and realistic: Therapy is not a quick fix, and change takes time. Be patient with yourself and the process. Set realistic expectations and understand that progress may come in small steps.
- Follow through on homework: Your therapist may assign you homework or suggest exercises to practice between sessions. Engaging in these activities can reinforce what you're learning in therapy and accelerate progress.
- Give feedback: If something isn't working for you in therapy or you feel stuck, don't hesitate to provide feedback to your therapist. A good therapist will be receptive to your input and adjust the approach if needed.
- Be open to new perspectives: Therapy often involves exploring different viewpoints and challenging old beliefs. Be open to considering new perspectives that may help you see things differently.
- Be kind to yourself: Therapy can bring up challenging emotions, and it's essential to be compassionate with yourself during the process. Don't judge yourself harshly for the thoughts or feelings that arise.
- Be consistent with medication (if applicable): If you are taking medication for mental health conditions, be consistent with your treatment plan and discuss any concerns or side effects with your prescribing healthcare provider.
- Don't give up: There may be times when therapy feels difficult or uncomfortable. Stick with it, even during the tough moments. Sometimes the most significant breakthroughs come after working through challenging issues.
- Consider support outside of sessions: Depending on your needs, you might consider support groups, self-help books, or online resources that complement your therapy experience.
Remember that the success of therapy can also depend on the therapeutic alliance—the relationship and rapport between you and your therapist. If you feel that your current therapist isn't the right fit for you, don't hesitate to seek a second opinion or explore other options. Finding the right therapist can make a significant difference in the effectiveness of your therapy experience.