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about us

The vision for Anathallo began more than a decade ago as population growth in the Lehigh Valley and the need for counseling outpaced the services available. Before the pandemic, people found themselves waiting six months or longer to see a therapist for the care they were seeking. Over the past few years, the need for counseling has only increased.


As the Faith Church community imagined what contribution could be made in this field, we kept coming back to the idea, the hope, for every human to flourish. As a result, Anathallo Counseling, an independent non-profit community counseling center was developed. We believe that access to good mental health care can make a significant difference in our lives – the opportunity to renew, grow, and flourish. This is the heart of Anathallo.

our purpose

Anathallo exists to give people access to mental health counseling that leads to human flourishing.

Specialized counseling

counseling services

We offer a full spectrum of psychotherapeutic services for individuals, couples, families, and children.

COUNSELING TEAM

meet our team

Our mental health care providers have a heart to serve the Lehigh Valley community with compassion, care, and expertise.

frequently asked questions

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We accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards. We also accept Health Savings Account (HSA) as payment. Please check your insurance policy to see if it allows your HSA to be used for counseling services.

We do not accept insurance, but are considered an out-of-network provider licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania.

We encourage you to reach out to your insurance provider before beginning therapy to clarify your out-of-network benefits.

For out-of-network claims, we can provide a superbill and a receipt for services that can be submitted to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Included in the superbill is your mental health diagnosis, which will become part of your medical record.

We offer a sliding fee scale which will be explained during your initial intake consultation.

If you need to cancel or reschedule, please contact your therapist directly no less than 48 hours prior to your appointment. Full session payment is due for no-shows and sessions cancelled less than 48 hours in advance. Cancellations due to illness or “emergencies” will be discussed on an individual basis with your therapist.

This really depends on you and your needs. Your therapist can help guide you in determining the length and frequency of sessions. Generally, a session is 50 minutes long, but depending on your need, a session and a half (75 minutes) or a double session (100 minutes) may be recommended. Initially, you may come once a week or multiple times a week. As therapy progresses, bi-weekly or once-a-month sessions may be scheduled.

Yes, we have evening appointments. Each therapist keeps his or her own schedule. If you need an evening appointment, please discuss this with the intake coordinator during the initial consultation to be sure you are matched with a therapist whose availability complements your need.

The terms counseling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably, but there can be a subtle and distinctive difference intended when some professionals use these terms.

Counseling typically focuses on specific issues and is designed to help a person address a particular problem, such as addiction or stress management. Counseling is a relatively brief treatment focused mostly on behaviors by fostering awareness and discernment for dealing with the issue in question. The focus may be on problem solving or on learning specific techniques for coping with or avoiding problem areas. It may be wellness-based and provide increased insight and learning in order to overcome problems and challenges.

Psychotherapy is typically more long-term than counseling and focuses on a broader range of issues. Psychotherapy is often treatment-based to address mental health issues such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, etc. Psychotherapy focuses on gaining insight into chronic physical and emotional problems. Its focus is often on the client’s thought processes and way of being in the world, rather than on a limited list of specific problems. Depending on the specific type of psychotherapy that is being used, the goal is to help people feel better equipped to manage stresses, understand patterns in their behavior that may interfere with reaching personal goals, have more satisfying relationships, and better regulate their thinking and emotional responses to stressful situations. If someone has a form of mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or an anxiety disorder, psychotherapy also addresses ways in which the illnesses affect his/her daily life, focuses on how to best understand the illness, manage its symptoms, and follow medical recommendations.

Even though there can be differences, the professional who is facilitating the counseling or psychotherapy is frequently the same person. The approach employed is determined by the presenting needs of the client. Obviously, counseling and psychotherapy can overlap. A therapist can provide counseling in certain situations and a counselor can use psychotherapy in his/her approach. Both psychotherapy and counseling can use the same therapeutic theories and frameworks. However, generally, psychotherapy is conducted by professionals trained to practice psychotherapy such as registered psychologists, social workers, or psychotherapists. While a psychotherapist is qualified to provide counseling services, a counselor may or may not have the training and skills to provide psychotherapy.