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.
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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.
Dr. Benns-Suter is a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. She earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Benns-Suter retired as an associate professor from Millersville University with the esteemed recognition of Emeritus. Dr. Benns-Suter treats children, adolescents and adults. In her free time, Dr. Benns-Suter enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and she is very involved in the musical arts in Lancaster County.
Dr. Natalie Fleischacker graduated with her Psy.D. from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She completed her predoctoral Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University, Department of Mental Hygiene. She specializes in neuropsychology, and performs neuropsychological evaluations of children and adults with a variety of conditions and concerns. She is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
Sandy is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Sandy attended Millersville University and received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and subsequently received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Kutztown University.
Since she graduated in 2017, a significant portion of her clinical career has focused on working with children and adolescents and treating a wide variety of concerns and mental health diagnoses. Sandy is currently working as a Student and Family Resource Specialist within the School District of Lancaster, where she helps find resources for families and students.
Sandy’s passion has always been helping people and she loves doing this through serving the high school class within her church service.
In her free time, Sandy enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family, enjoying time with friends and following her passion of event planning. She also loves spending time with her baby nephew Joachim. Sandy most recently was cast in a show titled “This is My Brave” in which individuals share their stories in attempts to shed a light on ending the stigma surrounding mental health. She hopes all cultures and society will be more open to speaking about mental health and be provided with the resources needed to end the stigma.
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 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. We are a PA State approved Gambling Addiction Provider in Lancaster, PA. 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.
Stephanie is a master's level clinician with almost 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field, Stephanie received her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Millersville University in 2007 Stephanie has developed into a dynamic clinician. Her career began in the treatment of children with Reactive Attachment Disorder, turning her career focus to the importance of family involvement in treatment and recovery. As an Integrative Therapist, she has worked with patients of all age groups (from 3-80)! Stephanie specializes in the treatment of patients with trauma and has taken risks in addressing family dynamics within this population. Stephanie has presented at trainings focusing on topics regarding the role of families in addictions treatment and the impact their interaction with the patient may have on recovery.
Lancaster and Wyomissing Offices (Virtual Only)
I am a Licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania. I also hold a Behavioral specialist license and am nationally certified.
I am trained in DBT, CBT, as trauma and as well as being a trained disaster therapist. I also have 6 years of experience as a supervisor.
Over the course of the last 11 years I have had a great deal of experience working with trauma victims, individuals who identify on the Autistic Spectrum, LGBTQ individuals as well as the transgender population. I have experience working with BPD, DID, anxiety, depression, trauma and emotional issues, gender identity and transgender populations, OCD, bipolar disorder, family and couple conflicts, ASD, and behavioral issues with children. I've counseled individuals from age 5 to 79.
I believe each individual deserves to be treated with respect and dignity and that the therapeutic bond between client and therapist should be based on trust and understanding. It is important to me that my clients feel safe with no fear of judgment or reprisals.
I treat each client with unconditional acceptance and I strive to provide a genuine, authentic atmosphere while providing compassion and guidance, in order for clients to feel comfortable sharing their most personal experiences.
I look forward to guiding you as you begin your journey toward becoming a happier, healthier YOU!
Dr. Janine York is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.
Dr. York is a seasoned professional who has been working in the field for over 20 years. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages with a specialty in children and families. In 2017 Dr. York completed a 2-year certificate program in Mindfulness Based Play Family Therapy through the Family & Play Therapy Center in Philadelphia via their live online classroom. She is excited to be applying the concepts in the program to her work with children and adolescents and their families. Through training and certification in play therapy, Dr. York is able to offer all age groups an alternate way to communicate, and process and work through issues they face. Facing unprecedented challenges in the last year due to the global pandemic, Dr. York has worked hard to continue to provide appropriate and effective services for all clients. She has learned innovative and creative ways to engage children in tele-play therapy so that there were no gaps in services even when being in-person in the office was not an option.
Dr. York is an active member of the Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy and currently serves on their board. For more information on play therapy visit www.a4pt.org and paapt.org
Dr. York received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY and her Masters and Doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington DC campus. She completed her internship at Astor Services for Children and Families in Rhinebeck, NY where she focused on play therapy and family therapy. Dr. York completed post-doctoral training at a private group practice in Ft. Myers, FL and at Pennsylvania Counseling Services in Carlisle, PA.
When she is not at work she enjoys traveling, hiking, going on long walks with her two dogs and spending time with her family.
Lancaster and Wyomissing Offices
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. Baker graduated with his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, residential, and partial hospitalization. He specializes in CBT for treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Specific areas of focus include treatment for PTSD/trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders, oppositional-defiant and conduct disorders, as well as the treatment of personality disorders. Dr. Baker strives to provide culturally-competent treatment within a safe and welcoming environment.
Lancaster: 717-208-6599 Wyomissing: 484-987-7116
I earned my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel University in San Diego, CA, with an emphasis on integrating psychology and faith. I’ve been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 11 years and practicing therapy for 19 years within a myriad of settings including Group Home, Day Treatment, Schools, Private Practice and a University. I’ve worked with clients across the spectrum of ages from four to clients in their 70’s. My areas of focus include anxiety, OCD, trauma, grief, physical illness, sleep issues, parenting and Codependency.
I’m passionate about providing a safe place for clients and partnering with them towards achieving their personal goals. I consider my role as a therapist to be a calling and a mission and find deep fulfillment in helping others find peace, freedom, comfort, insight, autonomy and gain effective life skills in navigating life. I consider it a great honor and privilege to sit with a client and hear their story and witness the changes they choose to make for and within themselves.