“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” Paul Coelho
You are warmly welcomed to overview the services offered by Janelle A. LaFore, LCSW at Associates in Counseling and Personal Development (ACPD). ACPD is committed to providing individualized care, with the goal of alleviating pain and enhancing personal potential. The intent of counseling is to help you feel at ease with yourself and your life.
I offer individual counseling services for children, adolescents/teenagers, young adults, and their families via a HIPPA-approved telehealth platform. Services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each of my clients.
My background is rooted largely in a mindfulness, present-focused, cognitive-behavioral approach that provides the ability to adapt treatment to the variety of concerns that bring people into my care. Great consideration is also given to explaining and understanding how the developing brain plays a role in difficulties our children may experience at different stages of development. I match the type of therapy to the presenting concern and the personality of the client themselves, understanding that therapy needs to make sense to the person receiving it.
Children and young adolescents are such a wonderful group with whom to work. Children soak up new information and new ways of approaching situations which helps to quicken their potential growth and lessen troublesome symptoms. Connecting with children through their natural outlets, such as during play, is shown to be an effective way to help them express and resolve bothersome feelings and to promote change.
Teenagers, seen by many to be a difficult population, are one of my favorites. I love their questioning nature and budding independence. Being a teenager is also a difficult time in a person's life, with all the life pressures and brain changes that happen at this stage of development. I believe that with guidance, teenagers can take charge of and conduct their lives in a positive way.
Having two children myself, I have a particular interest in working with parents. My approach to parenting is one of an attachment parenting approach based on attachment theory. Attachment Parenting International states: “The long-range vision of Attachment Parenting is to raise children who will become adults with a highly developed capacity for empathy and connection.” Research supports that parenting practices are most effective when done with positive discipline - empathetic, loving, and respectful discipline that helps a child develop a conscience guided by his or her own internal discipline and compassion for others. It is rooted in a secure, trusting, connected relationship between parent and child.
It seems the societal expectation is that once we reach a certain age, we're to have it all figured out. Unfortunately, that's an unrealistic expectation. Young adulthood is often a stressful time in life as we are trying to establish ourselves in this world. It is not uncommon to need a bit of guidance and assistance in managing the stress and anxiety that comes with this phase of life.
Individual and Family Counseling Services provided through a telehealth platform.
Payment of your deductible, copay, or full fee if no insurance is used, is expected at time of service. I am an in-network provider for some insurance plans, including: Geisinger, Highmark, Capital Blue Cross, UBH, UPMC, and Aetna. I encourage you to call your insurance company to verify that I am in-network with your specific plan.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bloomsburg University in 2004 and obtained my Master’s in Social Work degree from Temple University in 2007. After satisfying the necessary requirements, including passing written exams and completing 3,500 hours of supervised work, I received my Clinical License in Social Work in 2009.
I have worked in various settings as a helping professional since 2004. I began working with teenagers in career and college development before working as a Multisystemic Therapist with at-risk youth. I have been a therapist in a generalist practice since 2007, which gave me experience with a large variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, anger, stress, and relationship conflict. Since beginning my private practice in early 2012, I have focused primarily on working with children and teenagers.
I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and am proud to call it home. I love to be outdoors and travel as much as possible. Most of my free time is spent with my husband, our two children, our cats, chickens, bees, and our goofy dog, Millie.
If you are looking at this website, then you've already come to the decision that you need some help with what’s going on in your life. Whether this was an easy decision, or one that took time to come to, you have already made the toughest step. Please reach out and let me help you from here.