- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Assessment and Testing
- Attention Training
- Child and Adolescent Services
- Social Skills Groups
- ADHD Services
- Marriage, Relationships, and Sex Therapy
- Career Counseling
- Biofeedback, Headache & Stress Management
- Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome
Counseling, or psychotherapy, is a collaborative process where clients participate in regularly scheduled sessions, during which they engage in identifying challenges and needs, increasing insight and self-awareness, and developing strategies to reach the goals they desire.
Counseling does not have to be a long-term venture. We often employ short-term psychotherapy approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that have been shown to be very effective with many emotional and relationship difficulties.
At Paoli Psychological Associates, we tailor the counseling approach to best address clients’ needs and goals. In addition to short-term approaches, we sometimes use longer-term, insight oriented approaches. Through these approaches, clients achieve success in making important changes, accelerating personal growth, attaining greater contentment, and enhancing personal effectiveness.
Additionally, we often collaborate with other professionals with whom our clients are working, such as psychiatrists, doctors, teachers, or guidance counselors. Such collaborations frequently aid the client's success.
We provide counseling and assessment services for children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, students, and individuals in career transition.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
PPA is pleased to offer CBT to help individuals overcome emotional and relationship problems. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that has been scientifically researched and found to be effective. In hundreds of research studies, CBT was validated as effective for many different disorders including various anxiety disorders and depression. CBT is also an effective approach to relationship and interpersonal problems. It is one of the few therapies to have such substantial scientific research behind it.
In contrast to many other types of therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is short-term, focused on the present, and problem-solving oriented. Clients learn specific skills that last a lifetime. CBT, as indicated in the name, involves cognitive and behavioral techniques that help clients change unhelpful distorted thinking and behaviors.
Some of our counselors and therapists at PPA have advanced training in CBT. Click here for more information about CBT.
At Paoli Psychological Associates, our services include quality psychological evaluations and testing for a number of needs and purposes. Testing takes place in a pleasant, comfortable, and private atmosphere. We pride ourselves on comprehensive psychological testing and evaluation and on producing reports that are detailed and comprehendible. These psychological evaluation services can be vital to understanding the nature of difficulties and formulating effective intervention strategies.
Testing procedures are customized to the nature of the situation and to the information desired. Some of the many tests and assessment procedures available include: IQ testing as well as extensive educational batteries for assessing learning problems fully, academic achievement, personality, mental health, attention/concentration, ADHD, behavior, career, and other tests.
For more information about our assessment and testing services, click here.
Paoli Psychological Associates provide consulting services for a variety of situations.
Attention Deficit Disorder/ADHD
Child and Adolescent Problems
Learning Problems and Disabilities
Health and Wellness Issues
Psychoeducational (more information about this service)
Cogmed Working Memory Training™ for Better Attention and Focus
Child and Adolescent Services
A child’s struggles with emotions, unhealthy relationships, social awkwardness, or problem behaviors can impact the rest of her or his life. But addressing these issues can set the stage for a happier, healthier, more successful future. At PPA, we provide professional therapy, counseling, and assessment services for children and adolescents facing many kinds of challenges and problems.
Some of our counselors at PPA specialize in helping children and teens to overcome their challenges, grow, and thrive even amidst challenging circumstances. Our therapists create a friendly, non-threatening environment where children and teens can express themselves openly and receive therapeutic support. Parent support and education is also an important part of our work.
Click here for more information about our services for children and teens.
Social Skills Groups for Children / Teens / Young Adults
PPA offers 1-on-1 counseling and groups for children/ teens/ young adults who would like to improve social skills.
Groups meet for several consecutive weeks, one hour per session.
To register for the group, or to inquire about 1-on-1 counseling for social skills enhancement, call 610-644-8182.
Trauma / PTSD / EMDR
Traumas are powerful experiences that may have long-lasting effects for many individuals. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects many people and causes emotional distress and disrupts relationships. PPA provides effective treatments for PTSD and similar problems, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Our counselors and therapists have advanced training in CBT and EMDR.
EMDR and CBT are evidenced-based treatments for PTSD. CBT helps clients reduce anxiety and fear by employing a number of effective strategies to overcome these troubling emotions. Distressing memories are one of the hallmarks of PTSD. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories, reducing their effects, and allowing clients to develop better coping mechanisms.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — with or without hyperactivity — is recognized as one of the most common disorders of childhood and for many individuals continues to present challenges though adulthood. It affects many areas of life, such as academic and vocational success, personal and family relationships, emotions, and self-esteem. PPA offers a wide range of therapeutic services designed to help individuals and families better cope and even succeed with the challenges of ADHD. Some counselors at PPA have advanced expertise in ADHD.
- ADHD Assessment
- Psycho-educational Evaluations
- Child and adolescent counseling
- Parent counseling and consulting
- Adult ADHD counseling and coaching
- Academic coaching for students
- Marriage counseling
- Cogmed Working Memory Training
- Social skills enhancement
- Career counseling
For more information about our ADHD services, click here.
Marriage, Relationships, and Sex Therapy
Individuals and couples often seek counseling to improve and enhance relationships, reduce conflicts, enjoy greater intimacy, and resolve relationship problems. At PPA, we provide counseling services for individuals and couples focused on creating better relationships. Benefits include better communication, reduced distress and arguing, feeling closer to spouse or partner, and learning as an individual to relate to others more successfully. We also offer co-parenting counseling for divorced or divorcing couples to develop more collaborative post-divorce relationships.
Sometimes sexual difficulties interfere in intimate relationships. We offer sex therapy services to help individuals and couples achieve a more satisfactory sex life. Treatment is provided for erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, low sexual desire, female sexual pain, the interference of medical conditions, sexual addiction/compulsivity, and healing from sexual trauma as well as other issues.
Career Counseling and Coaching
Is it time to make a career change? Not sure what career is best for you? Or, want to advance in your career more rapidly and see greater success? PPA provides career assessment, counseling, and coaching for individuals seeking the ideal career fit or accelerated career development. Ideal for professionals wanting a better career fit, moms re-entering the work world, and also high school or college students desiring a clear direction. Click here for more information about our career counseling and coaching services.
Biofeedback, Headache & Stress Management
PPA is pleased to offer Biofeedback as a treatment for a variety of issues including migraine headache management and prevention and stress management.
Headaches, especially migraine headaches, can be debilitating and interfere with one’s life and ability to function. WMDA offers non-medication approaches to treating headaches including Biofeedback and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Our therapists help educate clients about headaches, effective treatments for headaches, and provide up-to-date research-based techniques to manage and prevent headaches.
Because stress is the most common headache trigger, learning to manage one’s stress response is a key intervention for preventing headaches. Therapists at PPA employ Biofeedback and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to aid clients in changing their response to stress, including changing stress-inducing thought patterns and relaxation techniques.
Click here for more information about Biofeedback, headache treatment, and stress management.
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Aspergerís Syndrome
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition which usually becomes evident in childhood and affects individuals in their communication, social interaction, and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. Asperger’s Syndrome was a term formerly used for individuals with what is thought to be the mildest form of autism. The term Autism Spectrum Disorder reflects that ASD is very diverse, and can look much different in different individuals.
Autism spectrum disorders affect three main areas of a child's life:
- Social interaction
- Communication — verbal and nonverbal
- Restricted behaviors and interests
Each child with an ASD may have a different pattern of autism.
PPA offers a range of services for individuals with ASD or Asperger’s Syndrome including:
- Psychological evaluations for ASD and possible co-existing issues.
- Individual counseling and therapy
- Family counseling
- Social skills development services
- Parent training
Click here for more information about our ASD services.
Serving Paoli, PA; Media, PA; Wayne, PA; King of Prussia, PA; Exton, PA; West Chester, PA; Downingtown, PA; Malvern, PA; Newtown Square, PA; Broomall, PA; Phoenixville, PA and the surrounding area in Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County Pennsylvania.
To inquire about our counseling services, contact Dr. Bill Morgan at 610.644.8182
Paoli Psychological Associates
63 Chestnut Road
Paoli, PA 19301
Overview of Services
- Academic Achievement
- ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment
- Anxiety and Panic
- Attention Training
- Autism Spectrum Disorders and Aspergerís Syndrome
- Career Counseling
- Child and Adolescent
- Christian Counseling
- Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Divorce Recovery
- Eating Disorders
- Educational Evaluation
- Family Issues
- Forensic Evaluation
- Health and Wellness
- Learning Disabilities
- Life Coaching
- Marriage and Family
- Men’s Issues
- Personal Growth
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Psychological Testing and Evaluation
- School-Related Issues
- Sex Therapy
- Stress Management
- Women’s Issues
- Workplace Issues