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PHH at the Heart Counseling and Wellness is located in The Heart building in downtown Phoenixville. We specialize in CBT-CAM (cognitive behavioral therapy integrated with complementary and alternative medicine) for trauma, anxiety, and depression. Offering a unique therapeutic experience that is customized to meet each client where they are and evolve with each client on their healing journey. Healing is not a linear process, and we are here to provide the skills and coping tools to aid in the navigation of each person’s experience.

About us

Working with trauma, anxiety, and depression are specialized areas of psychological and somatic practice. Luke and Kristen, have extensive training and knowledge working with these very sensitive areas of mental health using applied knowledge with ACE’s (adverse childhood experiences), the development of acute stress and post-traumatic stress. Identifying how post-trauma responses form and develop over time, Luke and Kristen help guide clients back into regaining safety in one’s body. 

This is an incredibly important aspect of knowing how to heal and ensure long-term recovery from mental health challenges. We understand the impact mental health challenges, trauma, and ACE’s has on one’s life and body. PHH at the Heart Counseling and Wellness offers evidenced-based complementary therapies (CAM) that are integrated into your treatment plan. These therapies have been shown to assist with mind/body healing and improve cognition while taking a holistic approach to mental health treatment.

we specialize in working with adults that have/are experiencing:

  • Domestic violence

  • Generational trauma

  • Adults that have experienced childhood sexual abuse

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Drug and alcohol abuse/recovery support

  • Eating disorder support

 

 

Complementary therapies (CAM) that will be integrated into your treatment plan:

  • Nutritional Assessment

  • Peer Counseling

  • Individual/Group Yoga & Meditation Therapy

  • Bodywork (craniosacral therapy)

  • Reiki/Biofield Therapy

  • Beehive Immersion Therapy

 

We are available for in-person or telehealth appointments. Book a free 30min phone consultation. We accept most major insurances and provide reasonable self-pay rates.

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Your care team

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Luke Carsto, LPC,NCC,CCTP
 

 

Kristen Morris, CPSC, ERYT

FAQs

Q: I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

A: Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, we’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

 

Q: What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

A: The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person, so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

Q: Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

A: Medication can be effective, but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

 

Q: How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

A: Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. We tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

 

Q: How long will it take?

A: Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them, and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.

Q: I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

A: Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. We offer a range of evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) that can be integrated with your counseling sessions. These holistic modalities include art therapy, private yoga and meditation, massage, craniosacral, and energy work. These modalities have been shown to improve mood, brain function and cognition, and increase long-term recovery results from mental health challenges.

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