Navigating Your Journey to Improved Mental Health


Are you considering counseling but feel uncertain about the process or where to start? These uncertainties are entirely normal when you’re embarking on the path to enhanced mental health. Today, I’m here to guide you, providing an insight into the transformative process awaiting you. Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Puglisi Counseling offers in-person and telehealth/virtual counseling and psychotherapy sessions. When someone starts therapy, there are several steps to the process that we take:


The Intake is the first connection point between you and your therapist. In this meeting, we get to understand your unique story. You share your personal history, current struggles, and what specifically has nudged you towards seeking professional mental health support. This vital conversation sets the tone for our therapeutic relationship and provides a roadmap to navigate your wellness journey.


Every journey needs a destination. Our counseling services are no different. They require a clear direction – objectives that you wish to achieve. Are you striving to manage anxiety better? Is it a past trauma you want to work through, or do you want to enhance your relationships? Together, we’ll identify these goals, crafting a tailored action plan to guide your progress.


At Puglisi Counseling, our mental health services begin with a Person-Centered Approach. We believe in your uniqueness, and your therapeutic process should reflect that. We emphasize your self-worth, value your potential for growth, and put you, the client, at the center of your journey.

Beyond the Person-Centered Approach, we use several evidence-based intervention methods:

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): DBT is a therapeutic method specially designed for individuals struggling with self-destructive behaviors, such as self-harm, substance abuse, or severe emotional dysregulation. It merges cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotional regulation and reality-testing with concepts of mindfulness and acceptance. This dual approach helps you accept your experiences while also learning to make positive changes in your life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT operates on the premise that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected. Negative thought patterns can lead to self-destructive behaviors and beliefs. This goal-oriented therapeutic approach helps you identify and challenge these thought patterns, leading to a change in your behavior and overall mood. It’s particularly useful for managing depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Used by trauma therapists, EMDR is a distinct method that has proven effective for people recovering from trauma or other distressing life experiences. This therapy involves recalling distressing events while receiving bilateral sensory input, such as side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping. Over time, the traumatic event begins to lose its emotional intensity, making it less distressing and more manageable.

The choice of method is highly individual. Together, we’ll discuss and select an approach that ensures your comfort and confidence.

Embarking on this transformative journey can present challenges, but it also opens the door to discoveries and self-awareness. It’s okay not to be okay, and seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

No matter where you’re located in Pennsylvania, it’s never too late to start your journey. At Puglisi Counseling, we walk this path with you, offering professional guidance every step of the way. Ready to begin or have more questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out.

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