Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley
“Stronger Communities Through Stronger Families”
Professional Counseling

The Professional Counseling Service provides confidential counseling for families, couples and individuals addressing the personal and relationship challenges of life. A staff of Licensed Clinical Social Workers, whose combined counseling experience totals nearly seventy years, is here to assist you in dealing with life's challenges. Professional Counseling consists of a variety of areas.

These areas include:

  • Counseling for individuals, couples, families and children.
  • Issues around substance/chemical dependence.
  • Critical incident/crisis response/trauma support services.
  • The parent-child relationship.
  • FSA NEPA's collaborative relationship with Luzerne County.

The Professional Counseling Service is in full compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which ensures the privacy and confidentiality of client protected health information (PHI). To view how FSA NEPA uses and discloses your PHI in accordance with applicable law and the NASW (National Association of Social Workers)Code of Ethics, Click Here. The Professional Counseling Service provides professional internship and residency opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. FSA NEPA is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families, which has pre-approval from the PA State Board of Social Work Examiners to offer continuing education credits to PA Licensed Social Workers. Our counseling service is a provider for many local companies that offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefit to their employees. We are one of the largest EAP providers in Northeastern Pennsylvania and also a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. FSA NEPA accepts most major health plans. Please contact us to see if we accept your insurance. Our office hours are Mondays 8:30 am to 8:00 pm; Tuesdays through Fridays 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. A component of the Professional Counseling Service is Making Changes: An Anger Management Program. This program will help participants learn to control their anger before it controls them. It is a skills building program for adults seeking to better understand how their feelings, thoughts and actions associated with anger help and hinder their personal relations. Participants will learn to: identify personal attitudes about anger; understand anger as a complex feeling; express anger in a healthier and more productive manner; resolve conflict responsibly; deal with criticism or another's anger more appropriately; manage stress more effectively and communicate effectively.

Another component of the Professional Counseling Service is our Trauma Focused Social Work Program

What it is: The Trauma Focused Social Work program expands on FSA's outpatient clinical counseling program. The program will use the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) practice model. TF-CBT is a structured, weekly conjoint child and parent psychosocial therapy for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with violence exposure and trauma. Treatment will be delivered by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker awarded a certificate of completion from the Medical University of South Carolina's TF-CBT web-based course. The program focuses on providing a safe, trusting environment where children and parents can build skills in coping, stress reduction, and managing overwhelming emotions of traumatic stress and/or grief. The core components of TF-CBT include psycho-education about childhood trauma and PTSD, parent guidance, relaxation skills for both parent and child; affect regulation, and enhancing personal safety through the provision of safety and social skills training. The development of cognitive coping skills like connecting thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to the trauma is also a key component to this model and critical to positive program outcomes.

TF-CBT is typically delivered in 12-18 sessions, weekly 60-90 minute sessions (30-45 minute with the child and 30-45 minutes with the parent(s). FSA & the TF-CBT model recognize the importance of parental support in the child's recovery process by including a treatment component for parents (or caregivers) who were not abusive. Children and parents first participate separately in therapy and then attend several joint child-parent sessions.

Program Criteria: The Program is open to Luzerne County youth aged 3-18, that have experienced trauma, PTSD, and/or depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems.

For more information on FSA NEPA's Professional Counseling Service, including the Trauma Program, the Anger Management Program or to schedule a first time appointment, please call us at 570-823-5144. We accept most major insurances for our outpatient counseling and trauma program. Please call us to find out if we accept your insurance.