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Individual, Family and Group Therapy

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How individual therapy works

Individual therapy, also known as psychotherapy or counseling, is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist in a safe, caring and confidential environment to explore their feelings, beliefs or behaviors, work through challenging or prominent memories, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals and work toward desired change.

From coping with major life struggles or childhood trauma, to dealing with psychological and emotional disorders, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge, Healing Bridges got your back. We will work with you to identify your unique needs and personal goals for therapy.

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How family therapy works

Family therapy is a process where all members of a family are invited to participate in therapy to identify problematic behaviors between children, parents and loved ones.

Healing Bridges will help your family come together as a team and encourage open communication without judgement. We are prepared to improve your family dynamic through our evidence-based techniques.

Group Counseling

How group therapy works

Group therapy is a process that involves one or more therapists working with several people at the same time. Healing Bridges encourages clients to receive support and encouragement from other members in the community. We strive to instill hope to those who could be struggling by allowing people to practice behaviors and actions within the security of a group. Group therapy also acts as a reminder to members that they are not alone in their recovery journey. Each member will be able to foster feelings of success and accomplishment with one another.

Please call our main office at 724-225-6940 to see if we are offering any group therapy sessions at this time.

Why choose therapy services with us?

Few behavioral health providers in Washington County serve the wide array of consumers that Healing Bridges connects with. We provide counseling services that not only helps clients adapt to the challenges they currently face, but which help them thrive and maintain stable mental health long-term. With our high-quality and cost effective treatment options, Healing Bridges is structured to help you realize your emotional and physiological needs.

As a leader in the behavioral healthcare field in Washington County, Healing Bridges uniquely provides outstanding continuity of care through the ability to seamlessly integrate client needs with trained psychological and medical expertise to create the best possible treatment route for those seeking to improve their lives.

Applied techniques

At Healing Bridges, our licensed therapists are trained in a number of therapy techniques, many in which are practiced when processing a given situation or set of symptoms. The most common applied techniques include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – teaches clients how thoughts, feelings and behaviors influence each other and encourages feelings to work in a positive manner. CBT helps people practice skills and strategies to make the appropriate changes needed in one’s life and handle problems in the future.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – teaches clients to cope and regulate severely unstable emotions and harmful behaviors. DBT helps clients learn acceptance and mindfulness while managing emotions and building relationships with others.
  • Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) – teaches children, adolescents and adult survivors who are struggling to overcome the damaging effects of early trauma. TF-CBT is especially sensitive to the unique problems of severe hardships, post-traumatic stress and mood disorders resulting from abuse, violence or grief.
  • Person-Centered Therapy – encourages clients to take the lead in the therapeutic process to discover their own solutions. The therapist will act as the facilitator in discussions by listening without judgment and supporting the self-discovery process.

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Amber Margarcelli, Outpatient Mental Health Therapist
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Delvon Artis, Outpatient Mental Health Therapist
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Johnna Fitzhugh, Outpatient Mental Health Therapist
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Heidi Durmis, Outpatient Mental Health Therapist

How to get started

Please call 724-225-6940 or find us on for an initial screening process to schedule an intake appointment. Intakes can be seen as soon as the same day of first contact. A member of our assessment team will schedule an interactive face-to-face clinical assessment to evaluate the nature of your problems, understand your clinical history and work with you to figure out the best possible next steps.

For more information or questions, contact:

James M. Ponce, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, C-CTP, C-DBT

Outpatient Clinical Director
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