Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Reading, Pennsylvania

Find a therapist in Reading, Pennsylvania that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Reading to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.


Mehjabeen Aubol

MS,LPC,NCC
5 years experience
Hello! My name is Mehjabeen (Mehj) Aubol. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor located in Pennsylvania. I have a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and have about 5 years of experience working as a mental health counselor. I grew up immersed in more than one culture. I consider myself to have a strong cross-cultural understanding, and can relate to individuals who come from multiple cultures and backgrounds. My approach... Read More
Hello! My name is Mehjabeen (Mehj) Aubol. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor located in Pennsylvania. I have a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and have about 5 years of experience working as a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Dr. Courtney Liggera

Psy.D.
16 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with twelve years of clinical experience gained in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities and a college counseling center. I have worked with individuals, families, children and adults coping with a variety of common concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress and relationships, and more chronic issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. In addition to my broad clinical background, I have gained... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with twelve years of clinical experience gained in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities and a college counseling center. I have worked with individuals, families, children and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Nikole Boston

LCSW,LCSW-C
7 years experience
Hello! I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Pennsylvania and Maryland. I began my passion for helping others long before my official career as a social worker began by working with children. During my education I remained with this focus in school social work but found that the real work was helping families understand the education system and how to best support their learners. I have used this throughout the years... Read More
Hello! I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Pennsylvania and Maryland. I began my passion for helping others long before my official career as a social worker began by working with children. During my education I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

LaTasha Thomas

MA,LPC,RYT-200
5 years experience
Hi! My name is LaTasha "Tasha" Thomas and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my profile and potentially sharing a piece of your story with me. I'd also like to acknowledge your courage as I understand how difficult the decision to start counseling can be. Kudos to you! During my time in the... Read More
Hi! My name is LaTasha "Tasha" Thomas and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my profile and potentially sharing a piece... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Melinda Noel

LCSW,CCTP
3 years experience
Welcome to Better Help! Whether you are here for yourself or someone you care about - because you're curious about how this works or you already know you want to sign up - welcome! You've made the click so you've already made a step. My name is Melinda Noel and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania but have enjoyed some schooling outside... Read More
Welcome to Better Help! Whether you are here for yourself or someone you care about - because you're curious about how this works or you already know you want to sign up - welcome! You've made the click so you've... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Rebecca Poladian

MS,LPC
20 years experience
Hello and welcome! I am a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania with over 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health. I have had the pleasure of working with clients ranging from children to older adults in an array of areas such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, career challenges and many others. I have also worked with both younger and older adults around the area of trauma. I approach each client as... Read More
Hello and welcome! I am a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania with over 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health. I have had the pleasure of working with clients ranging from children to older adults in an... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Ryan McMillian

LMFT
11 years experience
Welcome, and thank you for your courage as you take the first step toward improving your mental health. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and I have a private practice in PA. I also counsel students at both Villanova University and Princeton Theological Seminary. You may be an over thinker. "I should" or "what if" may be phrases that run through your mind repeatedly until you either worry about events that may... Read More
Welcome, and thank you for your courage as you take the first step toward improving your mental health. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and I have a private practice in PA. I also counsel students at... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Rodney Carson

LCSW
10 years experience
Hi, my name is Rodney W. Carson and I am a Licence Clinical Social Worker. I have work in the field of counseling and social work for the past 25 years. I am very passionate about helping individuals for I received help when I was struggling in life with drug addiction. I have been in recovery and working a recovery program for the past 25 years. For the last decade, I have worked as a... Read More
Hi, my name is Rodney W. Carson and I am a Licence Clinical Social Worker. I have work in the field of counseling and social work for the past 25 years. I am very passionate about helping individuals for I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Maureen Rebar

LCSW
27 years experience
I am a proud NEPA native that graduated Marywood University in 1992 and gathered 28 years of social work experience beginning my career in child and adolescent mental health. I followed my interest in medicine as a medical social worker at Moses Taylor Hospital for 8 years then worked in long term care and hospice until 2008. At that time, I worked with the homeless to help them find and... Read More
I am a proud NEPA native that graduated Marywood University in 1992 and gathered 28 years of social work experience beginning my career in child and adolescent mental health. I followed my interest in medicine... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:27 years

Victoria Prisco

ATR,CAADC,LPC
13 years experience
My name is Victoria Prisco, I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, a certified Advanced Addictions Counselor (CAADC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been working in the behavioral health field since 2007, helping adults and children find inner peace through creative expression and talk therapy. My passion lies in helping clients become at peace with their past and their present. Weaving creative expression and mindfulness directives into psychotherapy I... Read More
My name is Victoria Prisco, I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, a certified Advanced Addictions Counselor (CAADC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been working in the behavioral health field since 2007, helping adults and children... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Reading, Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania is located in the state’s southwestern region. Situated about an hour’s drive from metropolitan Philadelphia, the city’s population of 88,423 ranks fifth largest in the Keystone State. Historically, the area achieved city status in 1847 and was known for its coal and textile industries. Currently, residents have access to the rich history of the region preserved in local museums. The town is also home to the Pagoda, a historical landmark and tourist attraction atop of Mt. Penn.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 18.3 percent of adults in the United States suffer from some form of mental illness. However, only 43 percent of those people seek treatment. Unfortunately, Reading residents are not immune from economic, social and other factors that can threaten emotional well-being.

Condition of Mental Health in Pennsylvania

The non-profit agency Mental Health America looks at data on prevalence of disorders and availability of psychological services across the nation. Overall, Pennsylvania falls 14 out of 51 in the rankings. Specifically, in terms of prevalence the state is ranked 15 out of 51 with a similar rating of 13 out of 51 based on access to care.

Since 2005 the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Administration, part of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, has been committed to a recovery-oriented system for emotional health. This initiative is supported by the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant.

Family Structure in Reading, Pennsylvania

A close group of family and friends can buffer the impacts of stress and promote positive well-being. However, the opposite is true as well. Overall, Reading has a relatively young population with the median age of 29 years compared to the age of 40.6 years in Pennsylvania and the national average of 37.7 years. Considering age, it makes sense that only 35 percent are married compared to both the state and the nation (56 and 55 percent respectively).

The concerning statistic is the 13 percent divorce rate in Reading, which is shocking considering the state of Pennsylvania has one of the lowest rates in the nation at 6.59 percent. In Reading, an additional 5.1 percent are separated and 4.3 percent are widowed. Death of a spouse, divorce and marital separation are the top three most stressful life events for adults according to the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory. The more stressful events that occur, the likelier a person is to have failing health. Marriage counseling and therapeutic intervention for grief and loss are crucial to maintain both physical and mental well-being.

Economic Factors in Reading

The people of Reading benefit from a low cost of living. With the national index set at 100, residents enjoy an index of 86, which is 14 percent lower than the nation and 13 percent lower than the average in Pennsylvania. The biggest impact related to prices is the housing market. The median house cost in Reading is $68,400, 63 percent cheaper than the average US home expense of $184,700.

However, there is an economic downside. Reading has a higher than average unemployment rate of 11.6 percent compared to the national average of 4.7 percent. The median household income of $27,247 is also significantly lower than Pennsylvania ($52,895) and the nation ($55,322). Consequently, 39 percent of the population live at the poverty level, which is 160 percent higher than the US average of 15.1 percent. Struggles with basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter can cause a significant amount of anxiety and stress.

Reading Crime Statistics

The overall crime rate in Reading is 14 percent higher than the national average and 59 percent higher than the state. The most concerning aspect is the level of violent crime, which includes murder, rape, robbery and assault. In Reading there are 713 violent crimes per 100,000 people, significantly higher than both the state (313) and the nation (383). Victims of violent crimes often suffer emotional distress that responds to therapeutic care.

Challenges of Finding a Therapist in Reading, Pennsylvania

Residents of Reading have access to local therapists, however, barriers may exist to accessing quality mental health care. Some people may be embarrassed to seek help, perceive counseling as unaffordable or don’t know where to begin finding the help they need.