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We offer several approaches to treatment:


Traditional Psychotherapy: client centered, insight oriented, cognitive behavioral.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): is a process by which one becomes more aware of themselves cognitively, affectively, and behaviorally. Using the practice of meditation, individuals learn how to "mindfully" gain better control of the body's response rather than "mindlessly" reacting to it. This has been shown to be effective with panic and anxiety disorders, addictions, and chronic pain.


Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): is a time efficient methodology using bilateral stimulation integrated with psychotherapy to clear emotional, cognitive, and behavioral blockages that underlie many pathologies such as those found in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): is based on the idea that thoughts influence feelings and behaviors. Step one is to identify faulty or negative thought patterns. Step two is to work on changing the patterns to begin the healing process.


Prolonged Exposure Therapy(PE): is a type of therapy that helps you decrease distress about trauma. It works by helping you approach trauma-related thoughts, feelings, and situations that you have been avoiding due to the distress they cause.


Schema Therapy: is a systemic approach to therapy expanding on the principles of CBT.  Schema Therapy focuses on the childhood and adolescent origins of psychological problems, emotive techniques, therapist-client relationships and maladaptive coping styles.


Our Approach is based on a growth model integrating an individual's stages of healing to further the process of personal development.


Linda L. Lyons, M.S., NCC, LPC


My primary focus and commitment is to provide therapeutic services to individuals needing help with some of life's challenges. There are perhaps some things that you have come to believe cannot be discussed with friends or family. Things that you may have tried to discuss but were unable. Family and friends can be great sources of support and comfort. They can also have opinions and judgements that may not necessarily make it easy for you to approach them with some of the deeper concerns with which you are struggling.


Forming a relationship with a qualified licensed professional therapist enables you to form a partnership with someone who offers support without judgement. This bond can be one of the most powerful experiences you will ever have.


I welcome the opportunity to meet and partner with you as you begin the journey of assist you in becoming free of self-doubt, confusion and the chain that keeps you tied to the pain of past hurts. Join with me and learn how to Breathe again - or - for the very first time.


I am a graduate of the University of Scranton's Community Counseling Master's program. I have been practicing in the Scranton area since 1996. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). In 1998, I received training in the use of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) under the direction Jon Kabatt-Zinn. In 2000 I received training from Dr. Laurel Parnell in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Both of these trainings were at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. In 2005 I learned Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) sponsored by Inner Harmony and Wellness Center here in Scranton. In 2005 I also completed advanced training in the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) offered by the ISSTD and facilitated by Dr. Richard Kluft in Philadelphia, PA. I was qualified for inclusion in the Cambridge Who's Who

Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepeneurs in the 2010-2011 edition.


Dorothy A. Dean, M.A., NCP, LPC


Entering therapy for the first time can initially feel stressful or overwhelming until the process unfolds and you realize that you made the right choice; the choice to take care of yourself. It's that moment when you come to terms with the knowledge that you no longer wish to carry the heaviness that has been weighing down your life anymore. Something doesn't feel quite right; maybe your relationships lack fulfillment, maybe you have no goals, or you dread your future, or maybe you stop looking forward to waking up and facing the day. Perhaps its just that you have been functioning quite well but the pleasure you once felt is gone. Maybe you feel that there should be so much more...


Beginning the first step toward healing is a difficult but largely rewarding one. If you have made the decision to take charge of your circumstances, and plunge deep within the formula of change...then I am here to help you. Therapy is a step by step process that requires time and hard work. Together we will explore the mystery that surrounds you as you accept the challenge that is necessary to develop a new sense of health and well-being. Let me assist you on your journey out of the dark and into the Light of Mind, Body, and Spirit.

I hold a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University in Scranton. For nearly 20 years, I have been practicing both individual and group psychotherapy working with an adult population. I am a Nationally Certified Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Throughout my training, I presented at local agencies and Universities such as Lourdesmont, Kid's Peace, and Keystone College on the topic of self-mutilation. In 2005 I learned Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) sponsored by Inner Harmony and Wellness Center located in Scranton. I work with SchemaTherapy, Cognitive Therapy, Imagery, Cognitive Restructuring, and I have had training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy. I have also recently completed a basic course for Hypnosis. Although some of the issues I treat are depression, anxiety, anger management, co-dependency, grief issues, and domestic violence issues, my primary focus has been working with adult survivors of childhood trauma.