Taylor graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Psychology. Following graduation, she worked as a clinical research assistant teaching stress and coping skills to adolescents. Taylor is our psychological technician here at ACTS, you will see her smiling face as she conducts all Neurofeedback sessions, and computerized psychological evaluations. She loves working with children and hopes to one day work as a school guidance counselor. When Taylor is not at ACTS helping clients, she loves spending time with her friends and family and cheering on her Nittany Lions!
Dr. Gary Lord is an experienced licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in facilitating learning, good health and optimal effectiveness in individuals, couples/families, and organizational teams. The focus of his practice through the years has been on relationships, problems with intimacy and sexuality, and anything that prevents individuals (of all developmental ages),
couples/families, and work teams from achieving healthy, effective, fulfilling lives. Dr. Lord’s most effective work has been with couples in helping them to get past their conflicts and obstacles hindering the fulfillment of a deep, rich, satisfying intimate love relationship. Dr. Lord has also worked with the elderly facilitating their “successful aging”, doing retirement planning seminars and consulting with assisted living and nursing homes. He has worked as a school psychologist for many years with much satisfaction identifying the spectrum of difficulties that prevent children and adolescents from learning and achieving rich, fulfilling lives and relationships, as well as helping parents, teachers and school staff develop effective ways to improve these students’ learning and development. In addition to his clinical work, Gary has done executive coaching and consulting with businesses and organizations (e. g., person-position matching personnel assessments, security assessments, team building). Dr. Lord has also taught and conducted research at several Universities and colleges.
Dr. Lord has always been fascinated with the functioning of the brain! More recent research in neuroplasticity has demonstrated how our brains can adjust itself to compensate for problems in one area by rerouting neuropathways, “neurons that fire together, wire together.” (a quote from Change Your Brain Change Your Life) By helping individuals develop different habits of thinking and behaving using neurofeedback and Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques. We at Advanced Counseling and Testing Solutions, have demonstrated the ability to change neuropathways, facilitating better learning and more rich satisfying lives. I am also – continuously – excited about the integrated, interactive nature of our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical being – how we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” I get great satisfaction helping individuals realize their integrative capacity. For example;
Dr. Lord worked with individuals and done workshops on stress management using the Derogatis Integrative Model and Test of stress that involves the interaction of life events, personality mediators and emotional reactions. Research demonstrates a strong connection between stress and health/disease processes, so by identifying key sources of stress and providing effective ways to manage/minimize these clearly helps individuals led better quality lives.
Another example of this interacting, integrative nature of our beings is the rich value of regular exercise. I have convinced many of my clients through the years that regular exercise (and meaningful satisfying activities and relationships) is the best anti-depressant on the market!
The quality of our relationships also is closely related to our health and the quality of our lives. Perhaps the most satisfying experiences of my lengthy clinical practice has been helping couples and families remove the tensions and conflicts in their relationships and faith walks (i.e., relationship with our Lord). There are some very sound and
powerful principles of healthy relationships in the Bible which I have regularly used with clients. I have seen couples and families communicate
better, problem solve together, grow closer and more intimate with each other,and stronger in their faith walks.
Dr. Joseph H. Lucas is the Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer, and Clinician at ACTS. He is a seasoned professional that has utilized “Advanced Counseling” and therapeutic techniques and provided clinically proven treatments to those who are suffering. He is known for his “down to earth” personality and placing the utmost importance on developing strong relationships with those he serves. Dr. Lucas utilizes “Advanced Testing” and interpretation techniques in providing Independent Educational and School Neuropsychological Evaluations, which culminates into “Solutions” for clients, based on a deep understanding of their cognitive processing. Dr. Lucas believes that the relationships with those we service are critical to their progress. "I am a big proponent of evidenced-based practice and that is why I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat my clients." Dr. Lucas completed his Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and School Neuropsychology. Dr. Lucas completed his Post Doctoral Fellowship and remains the resident in clinical psychology at ACTS.
I firmly believe that those of us in the psychological/counseling field need to place the utmost importance on helping others. I firmly believe that helping others is my calling or my "mission." I have found great joy and pride in treating others and helping them achieve success and reduce suffering in their lives. I have been very fortunate to have received a phenomenal educational and training base from Duquesne University and The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). I specialized and completed the certification program in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from PCOM, which including a training with Drs. Aaron Beck (the founder of CBT) and Judith Beck, Art Freeman and Rosemary Menutti and School Neuropsychology from Dr. George McCloskey and Dr. James B. Hale. I took great pride in being a part of that same program as a Professor. I completed the Diplomate from the American Board of School Neuropsychology under direction of Dr. Steven Feifer and Dr. Daniel Miller in 2006.
Insights Into What I Do and Why I do it
There has been no greater accomplishment and at the same time, humbling experience in developing and working in a tremendous practice like Advanced Counseling and Testing Solutions (ACTS). ACTS is a unique practice offering counseling, testing and adjunctive treatments like Neurofeedback and Alpha Stim (CES), but we buck the normal trend of having a large group practice. We strive to provide a private and comfortable experience in an environment that is inviting and accepting; that is what an exclusive practice provides; all of the many benefits but limited "comfortability." Your counseling or testing and all forms of treatment will be done respectfully, comfortably and conducted by clinicians that care about you and the progress and investment you make in therapy. ACTS, also has team members with a broad spectrum of specialties in treatment and age range domains. So, if you are considering any of my/our services, please give us a call and you will understand the message we are sending.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania with over 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. Prior to joining Advanced Counseling and Testing Solutions, LLC, I worked in a variety of treatment settings with a wide range of clients, including children, adolescents, families and adults. I have extensive experience treating mental health issues, as well as a substance use issues. I have recently completed the Level One Gambling Addiction training and am working to acquire my certification as a Gambling Addiction Specialist. I am truly passionate about helping people in need, having decided to become a counselor at the age of 13. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and double minors in Criminal Justice Corrections and German. I also received a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. My work as a counselor is not just a job, but a true vocation. I am committed to helping each and every one of my clients to live their healthiest life. I know that my clients do not need to change who they are, but simply how they have been in their lives. I look forward to continuing to work to help people to find the peace, joy, and contentment in their lives that they deserve.
Dr. Natalie Fleischacker is an ivy-league trained, licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania. She specializes in assessment psychology as well as the treatment of children, adolescents, and women’s mental health issues. Dr. Fleischacker brings over ten years of experience providing psychotherapy and comprehensive assessment services (both psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological) with individuals across the age range. Dr. Fleischacker received her doctorate from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, and completed two years of training at the Mayo Clinic. Her first year of training was in neuropsychology, where she conducted neurocognitive assessments of individuals with traumatic brain injuries as well as dementia. The second year was spent training under Dr. William Friedrich, who is world-renowned for his research and clinical contributions to the field of child psychology. Dr. Fleischacker continued her training at Yale University School of Medicine, where she completed her pre-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology and clinical psychology. During this fellowship, she was trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, which she utilized in both group and individual settings. Dr. Fleischacker also received extensive training in psychological and neurocognitive assessment, evaluating an array of neuropathology including head trauma, vascular disorders, dementias, and autism. Dr. Fleischacker remained at Yale University for her post-doctoral fellowship, where she conducted evaluations and psychotherapy with university students.
As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Fleischacker has enjoyed an eclectic practice, incorporating her training in both evaluation and therapy. For many years, she performed court-ordered evaluations of families and children and testified as an expert witness. She also provided diagnostic assessment and treatment for a variety of difficulties including mood, anxiety, and behavioral issues. Dr. Fleischacker adopts a collaborative approach in providing treatment, taking an integrated stance that draws on psychodynamic principles and incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy. She provides a non-judgemental environment where patients can safely explore the challenges that have arisen in their lives, with the goal of creating greater understanding and meaning, decrease suffering, and identifying /changing maladaptive patterns.
Dr. Fleischacker has a particular interest in treating the unique psychological needs of women, including postpartum depression and anxiety, reproductive-related mood disorders, work-family balance issues, and relationship struggles. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Fleischacker has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from treatment with traumatic brain injured patients to performing psychological and bonding evaluations with children and families. In her free time, Dr. Fleischacker enjoys hanging out with her husband, two children, two dogs (Pooch and Kai), and cat (Molly).
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LaTasha is a Berks county native who is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania. She received a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Alvernia University. While at Alvernia, LaTasha’s commitment to her studies was recognized by her receiving an Academic Excellence award from the Adult/Continuing Education Program. She also attended Albright College, where she graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. In addition, LaTasha holds an Associate degree from Reading Area Community College in Elementary Education.
Working at drug and alcohol inpatient facilities in Berks and Lancaster County with a client base largely diagnosed with co-occurring disorders, LaTasha has become multifaceted in her approach to patient care. Part of LaTasha’s work at these facilities focused on the care of professional clientele, as well as mindfulness education and practice implementation. Prior to working in drug and alcohol facilities, she worked with an at-risk teen population, as well as younger children on the Autism Spectrum.
LaTasha’s professional passions lie in being a healer and a teacher. She believes in helping her clients find their authenticity and personal power via transparency and vulnerability. At the cornerstone of her work is mindfulness, which she believes is a free and readily available source for all to tap into their power within. Because of her knowledge in the drug and alcohol field, LaTasha was asked to be a guest lecturer at Alvernia University, which lead to an adjunct professor position.
In her free time, LaTasha loves to read and thoroughly enjoys traveling and making new memories.