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As a writer and counselor, and a person who has undergone a variety of struggles in multiple and diverse areas, helping others to find guidance, throu... As a writer and counselor, and a person who has undergone a variety of struggles in multiple and diverse areas, helping others to find guidance, through their encounters and interactions, embracing the uniqueness of the narrative, and emphasizing the meanings that people construct through experience, I support insight and understanding through personal stories. Stories can often heal and replenish emotional and mental wellness, as well as being empowering, inspiring, and restorative. 'The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.' - Marcel Proust. Read more

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As an individual who struggled with mental health issues myself, I understand that you can't just "snap out of it" —like some people think.

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Raphael Alfaro

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What is your go-to approach for addiction counseling?

I would say that my go to approach for addiction counseling is a combination of person centered, motivational interviewing, and CBT. I find that clients are able to benefit from this approach as it is self-guided and it allows for someone to look at what may have caused the concerns and what they can do to address them.

What tools do you teach in addiction counseling?

The skills that I teach in addiction counseling are look at pros and cons list, cost benefit analyst, the importance of sober supports, and the different types of groups that are available to them. I feel that a lot of stress is placed on those who struggle with addictions and that they have been told that there is only one way to solve the problem. I feel this creates feelings of hopelessness and I find that by offering other solutions, it can help create a sense of hope.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in addiction counseling?

One of the things that I find that a client can get out of addiction therapy is that they start to live a life of recovery, rather than just being sober. This looks at being able to enjoy life, being able to handle stressors with out resorting to substances, and also being able to be grateful for what they have and establish a sense of peace within themselves.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement addiction counseling?

I find that in reading books such as The Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate or other books along those lines can help clients be able to be able to understand addiction and see how they are not alone. If I can I will also look up stories of other authors who have struggled with addiction and how they are able to get out of it. I find that hearing another's story about being able to get out of the addiction cycle can be very helpful.

What should someone do to prepare for starting addiction counseling?

I would say that to prepare for this type of counseling to come in with questions, come ready to learn about the way addiction plays a part in our brain chemistry, and if they attended meetings such as (NA, AA, Dharma Recovery, etc). I ask for this because I want to be able to help the client be able to know what has worked, if they are ready for that next step, and also what they are hoping to accomplish from treatment as well.

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What is Addiction counseling?

Addiction counseling therapists at Thriveworks in Allentown, PA can help people manage their urges to use the substance or engage in the activity they're addicted to. In addition, it can help people manage the challenges that stem from their addiction from relationship issues to problems at work as well as those that their addiction may stem from like trauma.

How does Addiction counseling work?

Addiction counseling at Thriveworks in Allentown, PA works by helping one understand the underlying causes of their addiction, teaching them coping strategies, and recognizing their specific triggers. Long-term or ongoing addiction counseling can also help to prevent relapse.

Is Addiction counseling conducted in person or online?

Addiction counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Addiction counseling last?

The length of addiction counseling depends on the individual's needs as well as the extent and severity of their addiction as well as the problems that might stem from it. That said, people can make meaningful progress in addiction counseling in the first weeks to months.

Need more help deciding?

Addictions can happen to anyone. Addictions can include many things such as alcohol, drugs, medications, tobacco, caffeine, gambling, sex, food, exercise, shopping, or even the internet and as a result can lead to real problems. Addiction often destroys families and relationships. It has the potential to ruin or significantly hinder your future and your life.

What Is an Addiction?

No one starts out thinking they will be addicted to something. Many things can become addictive, although not all addictions are considered a mental health disorder. Addiction most often starts out innocently and then develops into a bad habit that is reinforced, which ultimately becomes destructive. Dependency is the key word when it comes to addiction. When you feel that you have lost control or no longer have control over the urges, then this is the sign that it may have an addiction. Addictions have a way of consuming you until you have lost a part of your freedom as the disease steals and controls a part of your brain, almost as if like a bad virus in a computer. Addictions produce intense activation of the reward system in your brain pathways and produces pleasure, often referred to as the “high.” Addictions lead to changes in your thinking, behavior, and in your body physiologically. It literally changes your brain circuits.

Do I Have an Addiction, How Can I tell?

You may find yourself using substances or engaging in addictive behaviors more frequently, using larger amounts, and despite wanting to quit; you find yourself unsuccessful in being able to do so on your own. You may spend more time and energy in activities trying to get the substances or engaging in the behavior. You may spend more time recovering from its effects. You may also experience withdrawal symptoms from certain substances which leads you to use more just to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. You may start to lie to conceal your addiction from others or steal to finance your addiction. You may also start to feel distressed, anxious, depressed, and more irritable. You may feel like you are losing control. Occasionally, you may even feel that you still have control, but others may notice and feel that you don’t. You may also feel embarrassed, angry, or even deny the presence of a problem.

How Can Thriveworks Allentown Help?

At Thriveworks Allentown, our counselors and coaches are only a phone call away. We can help you determine if you have an addiction and make appropriate recommendations for you to get you the help that you need. We understand how serious addictions can be and we will try our best to get you seen within 24 hours. Call now. Do not struggle alone any longer. We acknowledge and understand that it may be difficult to take the first step and call. Our caring and compassionate counselors and coaches can help you get your life back and to help get you through the journey to health. Let’s get you back on the right track and on the road to restoration and be free of addiction!

“Don’t wither, survive and thrive!”

Sincerely,
Your Team at Thriveworks Allentown Counseling

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Allentown therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

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Self-pay costs at Allentown
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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I looked around for a therapist for a month or so I found this place and I read and reread the reviews and Lauren’s bio a few times When I finally called a few months ago the woman who took my information and answered my questions, I specifically asked if I needed a new letter for my emotional support dog would they be able to help. She assured me absolutely yes. We do it all the time Now a few months into my sessions I asked Lauren for a letter to give my landlord. Lauren informed me over 3 weeks ago she would ask her boss. 2 weeks later she told me no, her boss said no. I had to go online. A year ago my landlord did not like the online one and wanted it from a local Therapist This past week when I had my appointment with Lauren, she said she couldn’t, i asked what kind of therapist she was. Because I was told when I decided to come to your practice that I could get one, I was told I had to have a few sessions with the therapist Now on Tuesday 2/13 I asked, she told me she was meeting with her boss the next day and would tell him what I was told She said she would email me the next day, now it’s Saturday and nothing. I now am so upset that I put all this time into a therapist that isn’t qualified to write a letter, not because of her, but from some rule that I was lied to about on the onset Now I really think I need to go find a true therapist The fact I’m told to go online to get one from a stranger, while I am in therapy Makes me question your practice In sales we call it bait and switch
Read more I looked around for a therapist for a month or so I found this place and I read and reread the reviews and Lauren’s bio a few times When I finally called a few months ago the woman who took my information and answered my questions, I specifically asked if I needed a new letter for my emotional support dog would they be able to help. She assured me absolutely yes. We do it all the time Now a few months into my sessions I asked Lauren for a letter to give my landlord. Lauren informed me over 3 weeks ago she would ask her boss. 2 weeks later she told me no, her boss said no. I had to go online. A year ago my landlord did not like the online one and wanted it from a local Therapist This past week when I had my appointment with Lauren, she said she couldn’t, i asked what kind of therapist she was. Because I was told when I decided to come to your practice that I could get one, I was told I had to have a few sessions with the therapist Now on Tuesday 2/13 I asked, she told me she was meeting with her boss the next day and would tell him what I was told She said she would email me the next day, now it’s Saturday and nothing. I now am so upset that I put all this time into a therapist that isn’t qualified to write a letter, not because of her, but from some rule that I was lied to about on the onset Now I really think I need to go find a true therapist The fact I’m told to go online to get one from a stranger, while I am in therapy Makes me question your practice In sales we call it bait and switch
Donna Feb 2024
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Top notch service! Excellent 1-on-1 counseling. Very pleased with her help so far!
Paul Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Mikayla is by far the most responsive and compassionate therapist I ever had. She listens, and gives advice and truly cares. I am very grateful for her and the convenience of my weekly sessions.
Read more Mikayla is by far the most responsive and compassionate therapist I ever had. She listens, and gives advice and truly cares. I am very grateful for her and the convenience of my weekly sessions.
Kristen Jan 2024
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Allentown is located off of Hausman Rd., in a building with several other businesses. These include Integrity Personnel, Inova Technologies, and GPI/Greenman-Pederson, Inc. There is a small lake behind our building.

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(484) 246-8451

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