Evans Counseling Services respectfully welcomes people of all beliefs. We believe the challenges of life can best be met by considering the emotional, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of our lives. Counseling sessions are approached from a Christian viewpoint, based on academic study, clinical experience, and personal committed worldview and will offer a holistic approach to your personal difficulties. For individuals who specifically desire that the Bible be a guide and authority for the principles and direction of the counseling process, they can be assured that this will be the foundation of their therapeutic work.
Counseling varies in length depending on past history and present symptoms. This makes predicting length of treatment very difficult. Under ideal circumstances, both you and your therapist will agree when treatment has been completed. At the initial appointment, you will establish goals of how you would like to use your time. These goals will serve as a guide to make your sessions productive and time-limited.
In working with children or adolescents, guardians or family will be incorporated as appropriate. Our approach finds it essential to include parents in the process to facilitate communication and understanding between them and their children. Children and adolescents will be seen one-on-one to encourage their individual thought and emotion/expression. Individual sessions are offered to parents for their own support, understanding, and guidance. The goal is to encourage and facilitate joint appointments as it seems fitting for each family.
Evans Counseling Services provides more than just a place to vent thoughts or feelings. The goal is not solely to hear a professional share advice. By meeting with a counseling professional, you may benefit from sharing inner struggles, to gain a new perspective or reframe distorted thoughts or beliefs. The counseling process also offers a venue for improving personal insight to self, life, emotions, and behaviors. Finally, it can be educational and assist an individual in identifying practical tools to improve his/her quality of life. The established goals between the client and therapist will guide this process to encourage productive sessions. The goal of counseling is for the client and/or the family to come to a greater awareness through the process itself rather than the counseling professional.
Life is demanding. The struggles you may be experiencing could range from feelings of worthlessness, fatigue, depression, or anxiety to dissatisfaction with family, relationships, work, or self. The therapists at Evans Counseling Services are trained and experienced in a wide variety of issues. Beginning with a thorough assessment of your present problem, family background, social functioning and spiritual resources, counseling can help you pinpoint the reasons, set goals for attacking the problem and help you achieve your goals. We are sensitive to the difficulty in seeking outside help. Consider setting an appointment to see if this could help you with your current situation.
No. We work with the client’s family physician or a local psychiatrist to prescribe and oversee the use of medications when they are needed. Our office provides support and intervention through therapeutic services.
Counseling sessions are 50 minutes in length and are by appointment only. If you should arrive late for an appointment, your session will end at its regularly scheduled time. However if, for any reason, your appointment does not begin on time due to our lateness, be assured that you will receive the full session. If you must cancel an appointment, please give at least 24 hours advance notice by leaving a message for your therapist. Forgotten appointments or last minute cancellations (unless an emergency or illness) will be issued the session fee. Please note that insurance does not cover canceled appointments and you will be responsible for the full session fee. The fee for each session, or the co-pay required by your insurance, is due at the time of the session and may be paid by personal check, credit, cash, paypal or venmo
Evans Counseling Services accepts most insurance plans under Aetna Behavioral Health, Medicare, Highmark Blue Shield, Independence Blue Cross, Independence Personal Choice, Magellan, Geisinger and Keystone Health Plan East.
Any arrangement you have for medical insurance is a contract between you and the insurance company. In order for you to know what your coverage is, you will need to call your insurance carrier and find out exactly what outpatient mental health services your policy covers with your therapist and what the conditions of coverage are, including specific coverage if you are receiving telehealth services.
If our services are In-Network:
Some insurance plans will provide out-of-network reimbursement for counseling fees. Filing out-of-network claims is the responsibility of the client.
If our services are Out-of Network:
If your insurance carrier does not cover or ceases to cover, for any reason, you are financially responsible for all charges. It is always your right to pay for services yourself and avoid all of the intricacies of insurance.
The relationship between a therapist and client is a confidential one. Information will only be released to others with your written permission, with these exceptions: If the client is assessed as a danger to self or others or where child abuse is suspected. Pertinent information may be shared with the appropriate people without written consent of the client regarding these two exceptions. Further privacy and confidentiality information will be provided at the first appointment.
Dr. Heather Evans is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Director of Evans Counselling Services, a private group counseling practice in Coopers burg, Pennsylvania. She has over 19 years of clinical experience, with a specialization in women’s issues, particularly sexual trauma, sex trafficking, and aftercare of its victims. Heather received a Doctor of Clinical Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her dissertation highlighted complex trauma and post-traumatic growth in victims of domestic sex trafficking.
Jillian Sirianni is a Licensed Social Worker. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Eastern University, and her Master of Social Work degree from Boise State University. She has experience working in residential settings with youth, women in crisis pregnancy situations, and those having experienced commercial sexual exploitation.
Laura Rush is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a wide range of experiences working with adults, children, and adolescents in individual, group, and family settings. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Eastern Mennonite University and her Master of Social Work from Marywood University. She is an adjunct professor at Marywood University and serves on a Community Justice Panel for juvenile first offenders in her town.
Paul Bauer is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both North Carolina and Pennsylvania. His areas of emphasis include adults, families, couples, marriages, relationships, anger management, grief/loss, trauma, uniformed services groups and employee assistance programs across a variety of treatment disorders with diverse populations.
Kaitlyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She also holds her National Certified Counselor credential as well as a Clinical Trauma Professional certification (level 2). She received her undergraduate degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology at Kutztown University and her MA in Counseling at Missio Seminary. Her experience includes working with people who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, adoption, and general life difficulties – where she uses a trauma-informed, strengths-based approach to wholeness and healing.
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