I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families, and assisting them through the rough patches they encounter. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, grief, stress management, school/work issues, child and adolescent challenges, parenting and family issues, conflict resolution, and anger management to name a few.
I received my Master's degree from Villanova University in Counseling and Human Relations, and my undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College in Psychology. I am currently licensed as a Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania. I have over 20 years of counseling experience with individuals of all ages in industrial/organizational, career/vocational development, mental health and addictions settings.
Building on my 20 years of professional work as a graphic designer and artist, I now apply these skills in my counseling work which includes an emphasis on art therapy techniques. Art therapy is grounded in the knowledge base of human development, psychological theory, and counseling techniques: it is not a series of art lessons. Techniques used within art therapy work to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functioning, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, and reduce and resolve conflicts and distress.
You've been scrolling through profiles from a Google search hoping to find the perfect match. You might have even creeped on a few therapists' websites to get a closer look, but you haven't found the one that makes you want to commit. Stop that. This isn't online dating and you don't need a perfect match. You need empathy and honesty. You also don't need to commit all at once. The only way you'll really know if a therapist is for you is to meet the therapist. So go ahead. Creep my website if you want. I promise, though, that you'll get a better sense of what I can offer you by scheduling a consultation.
I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University along with a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Trauma Counseling. I received my undergraduate degree from Kutztown University in Special Education and Elementary Education. I am licensed as a Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of trauma, stress, phobias, and other stuck points.
Life presents each of us with a unique journey. As a counselor I join with you to support growth, work through difficulties and create successful outcomes. I take a systemic approach in my counseling and journey with individuals, couples, and families. Systemic therapy addresses people both at the individual level, as well as taking into account broader relationships, patterns, and generational context.
We make counseling affordable with a sliding fee scale from $2-$50, based on annual household gross income. We can help you whether you may be struggling with: 1) relational difficulties due to situational circumstances, life cycle changes, anger, miscommunication, infidelity, abuse, sexual addiction, or something else; 2) difficulties in parenting, with children or adolescents, specific circumstances, family life cycle changes, loss or grief, or something else; 3) an individual difficulty; or 4) are engaged and looking for premarital counseling. We would be happy to work with you, to help you address and overcome your difficulty, whatever it may be!
Whether you are looking to form new coping skills, enhance your self-concept, or improve relationships with loved ones, we are caring professionals ready to help you realize your goals! We help children and adolescents navigate their emotions and teaching them coping skills vital to adjusting to adult life. We educate parents on effective communication and discipline strategies, and how to build connection in their romantic relationships. We support individuals in empowering oneself and finding one's passion in life.
Accepting new clients - Contact by email preferred. The stress of demanding lifestyles and the fears and anxiety that arise when life suddenly changes course can have a negative effect on how we live life. Maybe it seems like you've tried everything, but nothing seems to work. Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, lack of motivation, a recent or upcoming life transition, feeling overwhelmed, trouble putting your thoughts together, or any of the other many barriers we can experience that interferes in a healthy life, please reach out. Together, we will work to help you reach your goals and utilize strategies that best fit your needs.
Debra Thompson-Knepper has over 20 years experience working with people who have mental illness and addictions. She believes that it is the therapist's responsibility to have as many therapeutic tools as possible to share with clients to help them achieve their goals. Whether it's development of insight to know the self better and live more successfully or targeted therapy to address a specific marital or individual issue, Debbie shares all her knowledge and tools for your success. Good therapy is built on the client's relationship with the therapist and this is the foundation of all growth.
I value the relationship within the counseling experience. I value your story. I provide a unique perspective on counseling. I am both a clinical social worker and ordained minister. Certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, I am trained to integrate your values and beliefs in your work. I am trained to both provide the clinical skills you need, and to integrate a deeper understanding of your faith and values. I have expertise in severe mental illness and am LGBT friendly. I have completed Level 3 of Gottman Theory Training, and am a leader in the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work program.
I believe in people’s ability to process and transform their pain in order to live fuller and freer lives. I believe that starts with having a safe and supportive therapeutic connection. In therapy, I strive to provide an atmosphere where you can express your thoughts and feelings free of judgement and recognize patterns that no longer serve you.
Life takes courage, doesn't it? Courage to face the hard stuff. Courage to dive deeply into relationships. Courage to try new ways of coping, thinking, or being. Your story matters to me and I am honored to work with you.
My goal is to create a friendly and inviting environment where you can be yourself and express your thoughts and feelings free from judgment. Together, we will work to help you reach your goals and utilize strategies that best fit your needs.
“Do you find yourself acting ineffectively based on your emotion? Do you experience more unhelpful than positive emotions? Do you find it difficult to control your emotions and impulses? Are you having a difficult time accepting or coping with a life problem?
Hi, I am Nikki! I have years of experience in the mental and behavioral health field working with children and adolescents, college students, and adults who experience difficulties with anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, trauma, and autism symptoms. While I have experience treating a variety of mental health conditions and symptoms, my areas of focus include anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma, and depression.
A practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist, my treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. With sensitivity and compassion, I help clients find solutions to a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues.I blend conventional and alternatives approaches, I draw on a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. I work with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve life goals. I provide a safe environment, in which people can express themself openly.
I am a Master's level marriage and family therapist working toward licensure. I have 15 years experience in mental health and have worked with a variety of individuals. I aspire to create a safe environment for my clients and families and allow you to go on a journey of discovery. Together we will explore your life's most challenging matters and heal the wounds that impact your life. I am also a Christian and can apply biblical principles to your treatment at your request; I am comfortable working with clients from all worldviews.
Thank you for considering working with me as your therapist. Whom ever you decide to choose I wish you comfort and growth in your life. I am open and curious to work with a wide variety of clients and situations. I work hard to collaborate with every person that comes to me for support. My desire is to creatively and competently explore the issues that create unbalance and difficulty in your life, and help you develop the awareness and skills to address and honor these areas of conflict and tension.
I am a fully licensed Marriage & Family Therapist providing therapy for individuals, couples, and families. It is my life's passion to see marriages and families thrive and survive the obstacles that come their way such as: relationship difficulties (i.e. marital conflicts, parenting, in-laws), stress, and anxiety. I offer classes and marriage retreats on various topics like communication, sex, and forgiveness as well as premarital counseling.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Myerstown are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Myerstown then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Myerstown, or Child Psychologists in Myerstown.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Myerstown psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Myerstown specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.