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Harrisburg PA

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Our Harrisburg therapists are solution-focused, offering individual therapy , couple therapy & marriage counseling.

Our Harrisburg therapy office has licensed therapists who help people find healthy ways to understand and resolve life issues. Whether through individual counseling, marriage counseling or couples therapy, our Harrisburg therapists can help you figure out how to move forward and make healthier choices in your life.

Individuals will find a safe environment to explore issues and develop a better understanding of their choices and current life challenges. Issues can range from depression, anxiety, relationships challenges, or any life circumstance that is painful and repeating. After developing better clarity of your life issues, your therapist can help you develop skills and strategies that can have a positive effect on your life. Finding a good therapist can really make the difference, together you can find a solution-focused approach to living a happy and fulfilling life.

Our therapists teach relationship skills to couples, whether married or unmarried, slowing things down to help both parties achieve a deeper understanding of each other. It’s important to find a balanced approach to working on a relationship; both parties need to take responsibility for the love, respect and health in their relationship. Your therapists can guide this process and help you develop a strategy that will help you find the happiness and peace you both deserve.

We are experts in solution-focused therapy, and all of our therapists are committed to furthering their expertise through ongoing education. We also offer online counseling for your convenience.

Hello. My name is Sevin Philips. I’m a licensed therapist and I’m the founder of our center in Harrisburg, PA. I’ve created this video to help you make a good decision about who is the right therapist for you. I’m going to give you some information about what to expect when you come to therapy, which can be really helpful if you’ve never done this kind of thing before. I’m going to tell you a little bit about our approach. In addition, I want to give you some information about how to pay for therapy that might be helpful for you.

So, first of all, everyone in their life from time to time needs help, we don’t have the answers. And it’s completely healthy and natural to reach out and ask for help. And I feel like in our culture this is a difficult thing for many of us, which we understand. Reaching out to a licensed professional can be a very smart decision because we have a lot experience. We work with a lot of clients on life issues, so we bring that into our session. We also have a lot of skills and tools that are necessary for clients to move forward in their life.

We are solution-focused therapists, so what that means is that eventually we’re going to help you create a roadmap so that you can move forward in your life by teaching you those skills during our session and supporting you doing those in your life. We’re probably going to ask you a lot of questions, it’s a very common thing for us to do. And I think that interactive approach really helps clients feel comfortable. It’s a casual and natural way to talk to somebody, and it’s our way to get to know you. And when we get to know you better, we’re able to help you. In addition, I find when clients have that kind of a dialogue with a therapist, they really get to know themselves perhaps at a deeper level than you ever have. And that additional understanding can be very helpful.

Now, many people have friends and family to talk to, some of us do not. What’s really unique about this relationship is this is one of the places in the world where it gets to be just about you, and that makes it a very powerful place.

You can go to our website and look at some of our videos and articles on relationship issues and life issues. You might find something that you can relate to. It’s a great way to get to know the kinds of advice that we give, which should help you make a decision. Probably the best thing you can do, though, is pick up the phone and reach out. We have receptionists that could answer basic questions. But if you want to talk to the therapist in your area and get to know them on the phone, that’s really a great first step because you can get to know their personality, tell them a little bit about why you want to come in, and see if you feel comfortable with them. And if you do, you can make an appointment with them as soon as possible.

Now, sometimes people help pay for therapy using what’s called out-of-network coverage. You may have this. You can call your own insurance provider and ask if you have it. And if you do, we can give you an invoice and you might be able to get some money back. Sometimes people have employee benefits, like flex spending, health savings accounts, things like that, and sometimes people use those monies to pay for therapy.

I hope this video was helpful, and please reach out if you want to take the next step. Thank you.

Counseling Specialties

  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Marriage Counseling & Couples Therapy
  • Relationship and Intimacy Issues
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Sexual and Emotional Disconnect
  • Infidelity
  • Parenting
  • Fighting and Defensiveness
  • LGBTQ Adults
  • Life & Career Transition
  • Life & Career Transition

Harrisburg Therapist Locations

Phone: (717) 553-0322

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8 Principles for Creating a Healthy Relationship – Full Version

By Sevin Philips, MFT 1. Respect is more important than love 2. Checking in about the Relationship 3. Not taking each other for granted 4. Protecting quality time 5. Letting go of the small stuff 6. Making amends, owning your behavior 7. Working on your sex life 8. Actively create a future together Video Transcription Hello, my name is Sevin Philips. I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist and I’ve been working with couples for many years. During this time, I have found 8 key principles that really help in creating a healthy, long-lasting relationship. If you’re dating or you’re new in a relationship, these principles are excellent for developing a foundation for the relationship you want. And if you’ve been in a relationship for a while, even if you’re having challenges in that relationship, these are the principles to practice together to make it better. The first principle is respect is more important than love. We all know that love is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. It’s the thing that drew us together in the beginning. But what happens over time is if we’re disrespectful – we’re bickering, we’re defensive, we cut each other off, we start name calling, whatever the disrespect is – we erode our love over time. […]

7 Unhealthy Relationship Patterns to Avoid

East Bay, Berkeley Relationship Counseling Center (Couples Counseling Therapy) Do you keep ending up with people who are not good for you? Yes, it’s true the person you are picking is behaving poorly.  Since we cannot change someone else’s behavior, we must examine our own patterns in picking the wrong person. In doing this, we can begin to conceptualize healthy relationships and hold that as our new standard. Unhealthy Relationships: We mistake love for physical attraction, neediness and the need to rescue or be rescued. (Examine how your desperation effects your perception) We choose emotionally and physically unavailable people in relationships. (Examine your fear of intimacy) We pick people who treat us poorly by being punishing, critical, controlling or demeaning. (Examine your low self-esteem.) We lose interest in our own personal interests and activities and become enmeshed with the one person and their interests.  (Examine your boundaries.) We stay in and return to unhealthy relationships. (Examine your fear of loneliness.) We begin sexual relationships or become emotionally attached without really knowing someone.  (Examine your boundaries.) We fantasize about who we think someone is and then are crushed when they fall short of that fantasy.  (Examine what is reality vs. fantasy) Healthy Relationships: When something is wrong we can talk about it. We encourage each other to be better people. Having separate interests and friends isn’t a threat. We can be vulnerable about feelings with some degree of safety. We can handle difficult situations as a team. We both are dedicated to spending quality time with each other. Trust builds through our growing capacity to be honest with one another. Remember unhealthy patterns are necessary to learn and grow! […]

Communication Skills in a Relationship – New Approach

Sevin Philips MFT offers communication tools that will give you a new approach to sharing and listening in a relationship. Tools- 1. Check your assumptions 2. Be curious about experience 3. Ask before giving advice 4. Sharing formula: Describe behavior then feelings 5. Ask before you launch into sharing something important Communication Skills in a Relationship – New Approach (video transcript) Hello, my name is Sevin Philips, licensed marriage family therapist. I have some communication skills that are absolutely going to help your relationship. These are tried and true. The first topic is that many of us get in trouble when we make assumptions about other people’s experience. We have strong feelings. And it’s okay to have strong feelings about what’s going on or some assumptions or intuition. You might even be right, but to make the assumption that you’re right will get you in more trouble than it’s worth. […]

Communication Skills in a Relationship – Vulnerablility

Advice for Couples Who Are Stuck in Reactionary Fighting Sevin Philips, MFT, offers tools to create emotional safety, the first step toward being able to have meaningful conversations that lead to true healing. The ability to communicate difficult feelings is an art. Hard feelings lead people to blame others and to defend or explain their intentions, leaving the one hurt not feeling understood. Sevin Philips, MFT, walks you through communication skills to help you better understand and ultimately work out your issues. Communication Tool: Listening Exercise Communication Skills in a Relationship – Vulnerability (transcript) Hello, this is Sevin Philips, licensed marriage and family therapist. I’m here to talk about another communication skill that will help you become vulnerable with your partner at the root level of healing, especially the big topics in our lives. We need to be able to talk about the hard subjects in a way that is really effective. One thing that happens is at the root level of almost all fighting – even some of the mundane, small fights that we have – are often linked to deeper issues. Somehow our needs are not being met – whether it’s our need to be loved, our need to be respected, our need to feel connected. Something’s not happening. If we are able to identify it and talk about it with our partners, we’re not going to be able to work it out. What people usually do is act it out. They act it out by being mean or ornery. Perhaps you shut down and you don’t do anything at all. We all learned a lot of skills when we were growing up that don’t always help us. But this skill today I’m going to teach you is really going to help you as a first step to be able to talk. […]

Communication Skills in a Relationship – Emotional Safety

Advice for couples who are stuck in reactionary fighting. Sevin Philips, MFT offers skills to help create emotional safety, which is the first steps to being able to have meaningful conversations that lead to true healing. Communication Tool: Time Outs Communication Skills in a Relationship – Emotional Safety (video transcript) Hello, my name is Sevin Philips. I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist and I’m here to talk about emotional safety in a relationship. Many relationships get stuck in fighting. It’s not uncommon. But what happens for some is that no matter how hard they try to express themselves, it comes out in a fight. The smallest things can turn into bigger things. You can have this reactionary pattern where defensiveness, blaming, condescending, all these kind of characteristics come alive and you’re no longer having a conversation but you’re really fighting, and you’re hurting each other. […]

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