“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”
ABOUT LEGG COUNSELING & CONSULTING SERVICES
MY BELIEFS ABOUT SEEKING TREATMENT
As Freud observed, trying to bury our past is not the best way to recover from unpleasant events that have negatively impacted our lives. This is particularly true of traumatic situations that many people have experienced- experiences that they just can't seem to move past. The mantra of "forget about it" does little to improve our lives, and misery and suffering result from our ill-fated attempts to "bury" our past. Whether it manifests in strained family relations, challenges at work, the inability to feel "at home" in your own body, the inability to form close relationships, or as a substance use disorder, confronting your issues is the only way to successfully move on.
The decision to seek help for issues impacting your mental health is not an easy one to make. However, when you finally do make that decision, you need a therapist who is able to connect with you as a person. I keep my client base very small so that everyone gets the individual attention that they deserve because no one likes to feel like a "number."
I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Through our work together I hope to enhance feelings of worth and dignity. I feel that this is important because when our self-esteem is at its zenith, our ability to cope with the problems of life is enhanced. My approach is one that puts the individual at ease and makes the experience of therapy as normal as possible.
I have extensive experience providing care for individuals with a wide range of life challenges. My experience encompasses both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as NY State CPEP (comprehensive psychiatry emergency program) care, inpatient detox and rehabilitation, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programming (IOP) and medication-assisted therapy for addictive disorders.
I am also experienced in the areas of corrections and forensics, having worked with individuals both during and after incarceration, addressing the unique mental health challenges associated with incarceration. I also work with individuals who have been impacted by crime/violence.
I provide care for individuals with a variety of needs and challenges. I have the most experience treating persons who seek my help for the following challenges:
Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Complex Trauma
Stress/Significant Life Transitions
Psychological Issues in Older Adulthood
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING FOR ADULTS
Individuals may be referred by their primary care provider or psychiatric provider for psychological testing for a variety of issues, including:
Acquired brain injury (concussion and traumatic brain injury)
ADHD in Adults
Cerebrovascular disease and stroke
Neurocognitive disorders (also referred to as dementia or cognitive impairments)
Systemic diseases affecting the brain or central nervous system (e.g., systemic lupus erythematosus, demyelinating disease such as multiple sclerosis)
Genetic diseases affecting the central nervous system
Mood disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder)
Space-occupying brain lesions (e.g., brain tumors)
What is the purpose of psychological testing?
Assessment of impaired cognition-Testing can help to determine the presence, nature, and extent of cognitive dysfunction. Additionally, baseline testing can be used to monitor changes in cognitive abilities, mood, and personality.
Diagnostic clarification- May be useful to detect cerebral dysfunction without clear anatomical evidence of alterations obtained from neuroimaging studies.
Treatment planning- Treatment recommendations are made for cognitive disorders, including identifying strengths and weaknesses which can be essential to rehabilitation, educational, vocational, or other services.
Mid Valley Executive Office Suites
1418 Main Street
Suite # 101E
Peckville, PA 18452
Phone: (570) 489-HELP (4357)
Please note: I am not accepting new clients at this time.
IMPORTANT: If you are having a mental health emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Please note that I provide services "in person" and am not an "exclusively online" provider:
My office is clean, comfortable, and located in a beautiful area of Peckville, which is both safe and easily accessible by bus routes (see below for a link to Colt's bus schedules). I do not see clients "exclusively online." While there may be a reason for an occasional online session, this is a rare exception- not the "norm."
Calls Regarding Non-Patient-Related Inquiries: If you are attempting to contact me about a Healthline, Greatest, Medical News Today, or a PsychCentral article, you should direct your inquiry to the publication you are interested in. As I am no longer affiliated with Healthline or its subsidiaries, I cannot make commentary, answer questions, discuss, opine, grant interviews, etc., about the content of any of their proprietary materials. Calls placed to this office about these matters will not be returned. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
-Please note that I am a psychotherapist, and as such, I devote 100% of my time to my clients. I am not available for any of the following endeavors:
Interviews for news stories
Public speaking engagements
Service as an “expert witness”
Providing commentary on news/sociopolitical/world events
Any event that approximates any of the above endeavors
Calls to this office for any of the above reasons will not be returned. Thank you in advance for your understanding!
Appointments Available on Evenings & Weekends!
Safe, Convenient Location! Handicapable Accessible!
-Plenty of parking!