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As a woman committed to living a values-based life, I understand the internal battle of often putting life on hold, believing that our pain needs to s... As a woman committed to living a values-based life, I understand the internal battle of often putting life on hold, believing that our pain needs to stop or lessen before we can begin to live and bring our dreams to life in the present moment. Read more

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David Harman

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What is your go-to approach for Christian counseling?

My go-to approach for helping people in Christian counseling is to help them to understand the spiritual meaning of the challenges that they are facing --- that is, why Christ would have given them their current challenges. Of course, sometimes God's will is completely beyond our understanding, but in many cases, I have found it possible to discern how an individual may be able to derive spiritual benefit from the hardships that they are facing. I find that this perspective can be advantageous because it gives hope and a positive perspective to situations that had previously been experienced as unmitigated disappointments or tragedies.

What tools do you teach in Christian counseling?

I teach the following tools in Christian counseling:

  • The value of prayer
  • The value of listening for God's voice
  • The value of hope and optimism

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress in Christian counseling when they are able to report that they are feeling more hopeful and open to their faith.

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

Clients can supplement their time in Christian counseling with having a private conversation with Christ and also by developing a deeper connection to their faith community.

What should someone do to prepare for starting Christian counseling?

To prepare for their first Christian counseling session, a client can pray to God for help and guidance.

Starting Christian counseling

What is Christian counseling?

Christian counseling in Wyomissing is a form of faith-based counseling that utilizes psychological and spiritual techniques to guide and support. Often, Christian counselors often incorporate prayer and scripture-reading into treatment to help practicing Christians work through their challenges.

How does Christian counseling work?

Christian counseling works by focusing on themes of hope and healing through one’s faith. At Thriveworks, your Christian counselor will discuss Christian values and relate them to your unique struggles. You can expect to discuss the following with them:

  • Your Christian identity
  • Your relationship with God
  • What the bible says about your current challenges
  • How you can overcome your struggles in a way that aligns with your faith
  • How to channel your religion in a way that helps you heal

Is Christian counseling conducted in person or online?

Christian counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Christian counseling last?

Christian counseling can last for a few weeks, months, or longer. It depends on what challenges the client might be working through, the severity of those challenges, as well as other needs or preferences.

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Christian Counseling – Counselors and Therapists in Reading, PA

Faith is a very important component of life and an overwhelming majority of people identify with a particular faith. We understand that you may want or need to talk about spiritual and religious issues in your life. We are here to listen. We understand that your beliefs could create both great joy, and even great turmoil. We are here to help you make sense of it all.

We also understand that you may want someone who shares your same beliefs. It’s also essential to trust your counselor. Sometimes that means connecting with them in terms of their belief system. Many times, it means you share the same worldview and values and this can be important when working with a counselor whom you want to trust. It can also help in treatment.

What is Christian Counseling?

Christian counseling is about addressing your life issues in relation to your faith. Christian counseling is also when a counselor integrates biblical truths and insights into clinical practice to help minister to hurting people. This is in addition to using the traditional psychological theories of intervention of this world. Christian counselors believe that the word of God was inspired by the Holy Spirit and is a trustworthy source of guidance and direction. They believe that the bible can be a resource used for teaching and correcting and can be invaluable source of inspiration and instruction that brings powerful healing. It can be an anchor in an ever ending ocean of change.

However, it is important to understand that Christian counseling is different from pastoral counseling often provided by a clergy. It requires a different kind of training. It is not our job to evangelize or push our interpretation of the bible on you. In some cases, we may encourage you and can help you to get connected to a spiritual leader, whether that be a pastor, priest or other type of clergy. In fact, this may be the most effective person for the particular needs that you may have.

How Can Christian Counseling Help?

Spirituality and religion are often, unfortunately, a taboo topic that people are afraid to talk about. However, this is unfortunate because this subject is often an “untapped resource” for healing. Research has shown spirituality and religion to have numerous health benefits such as giving hope, increasing coping skills, as well increasing emotional and physical health, and boosting family relationships. It is also a protective factor for adolescence in decreasing delinquency, substance use, and sexual activity. It can help with increasing self-regulations skills and moral reasoning. It can even impact educational and behavioral success at school.
There is power in believing in something greater than yourself and time and time again, research has shown that spirituality and religion have sociological, psychological, and biological benefits. The field of neuroscience is even finding that spirituality and religion can change your brain.

However, unfortunately, religion can also be a negative factor as well. It can be a source of guilt, shame, and doubt as well as source of oppression, hate, and terror. All of which may be a reason to talk with a trusted counselor.

We can help you tap into this untapped resource. We can help by giving you an opportunity to talk about and understand your beliefs and how your beliefs shape who you are and impact your thoughts, feelings, actions, and decisions that you make in life. We can help you get connected with your spiritual or religious community for support, use rituals such as prayer, scripture reading, and/or mindfulness to increase your faith and unlock power in your life, as well as help you to use the power of forgiveness.

What If I am Not a Christian?

Wherever you are in your spiritual journey you are welcome at Thriveworks Reading-Wyomissing. It’s ok if you are not a Christian. We still believe that spirituality and religion are powerful entities in your life and you can still utilize many of the benefits. Our counselors are nonjudgmental and will never force their beliefs upon you. Anyone is welcome at Thriveworks-Reading!

We want to hear from you and want you to feel comfortable to share any beliefs that you may have. In fact whatever faith you may be (Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic, Christian, or just plain spiritual, we will still be well equipped to talk to you about your life in relation to your faith from a place of mutual respect; even if the clinician does not share your world view. Our counselors are also of different faiths, so we may be able to help you find the particular one for you that shares your same belief system and values if you should so desire. Call us and find out.

How Can Thriveworks-Reading/Wyomissing Help?

At Thriveworks Reading-Wyomissing, we understand that faith plays a vital role in the healing of emotional, physical, and behavioral problems and pain. We want to empower you to overcome trials and tribulations in your life. Sometimes integrating your faith into treatment is the best course of action. Counselors understand that there are biological, psychological, and social factors that are at play in your life. We also understand that there are spiritual ones as well and this is a more holistic approach to care. Call a Thriveworks-Reading-Wyomissing counselor and we will find the right counselor for you! We believe that anyone can benefit from counseling and coaching no matter what religion, age, gender, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic class you may be! Let’s start thriving!

Sincerely,
Your Team at Thriveworks Reading Counseling

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Wyomissing therapists and counselors accept 43 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage

  • AmeriHealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at Wyomissing
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

Hear from our clients

4.7 Learn about verified reviews
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I really like my therapist and she is helping me deal with a stressfull situation
Mary Feb 2024
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mary Feb 2024
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I am pleased to have someone I can tell how I am feeling that I would not express to family or friends. The medication helps me to get a better night sleep and helps me feel better the following days and to cope throughout the days that follow.
Read more I am pleased to have someone I can tell how I am feeling that I would not express to family or friends. The medication helps me to get a better night sleep and helps me feel better the following days and to cope throughout the days that follow.
Margaret Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Thriveworks is so easy to use and has been so helpful connecting me to a therapist on a regular basis. The ease of use makes it easy for me to come back, find my therapist, and schedule the next appointment.
Read more Thriveworks is so easy to use and has been so helpful connecting me to a therapist on a regular basis. The ease of use makes it easy for me to come back, find my therapist, and schedule the next appointment.
Pauline Jan 2024
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★★★★★
I'm very fortunate to have gotten such a great Therapist Lauren Lowe. She is a very good listener and helps me with my anxiety. Lauren gives me ideas how to manage the anxiety. I see her every Wednesday afternoon and go over what has happened for the week to help me cope with things I have problems with. I look forward to see her and all the help she has given me. I rate her very highly as a Therapist.
Read more I'm very fortunate to have gotten such a great Therapist Lauren Lowe. She is a very good listener and helps me with my anxiety. Lauren gives me ideas how to manage the anxiety. I see her every Wednesday afternoon and go over what has happened for the week to help me cope with things I have problems with. I look forward to see her and all the help she has given me. I rate her very highly as a Therapist.
Judy Dec 2023
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★★★★★
I took my preteen child there, who did not want to go at all and after 1 session my child was willing to go back, reporting the counselor was so nice! I instantly saw a change in my child, we will continue to attend throughout the summer to continue to make progress. When we arrived, I instantly felt comfortable in this calm environment. I recommend this office to anyone.
Read more I took my preteen child there, who did not want to go at all and after 1 session my child was willing to go back, reporting the counselor was so nice! I instantly saw a change in my child, we will continue to attend throughout the summer to continue to make progress. When we arrived, I instantly felt comfortable in this calm environment. I recommend this office to anyone.
Reading Jun 2017
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Wyomissing is located next to Berkshire Heights Playground on 4 Park Plaza, off of N 6th St. We’re near Park Plaza Office Center, and we share a building with John Keiser, Weikel Realty Group, and Spherion.

Phone number

(610) 890-6746

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
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  • French
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