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At Advanced Counseling and Testing Solutions (ACTS) we offer individual counseling, family and group therapy. Our seasoned clinicians specializing in treating children are here to help, as our strong desire to help others shines through in how we treat our clients. We provide services that have been proven to be effective. We make it our mission to help you in every way possible; especially through our sound therapeutic techniques and developing relationships with those we serve within the Lancaster, PA and Reading, PA communities.
Our clinicians utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the "Gold Standard" treatment that is research-proven to be effective in treating numerous disorders including but not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, , Asperger's Syndrome, and Trauma.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is directive and collaborative and aims to immediately improve functioning and over the course of treatment eliminate suffering. Ultimately, the goal is for the client/patient to effectively learn the principles and strategies of CBT while working with our clinicians, so that they may employ newly learned strategies throughout their lives. The focus of CBT is changing underlying thinking that drives our emotional state and ultimately our behavior. Combined with behavior modification techniques, CBT culminates into positive changes and improvements for clients/patients.
We treat a variety of disorders, as our clinicians each gave unique areas of practice and specialization. If you have a problem or challenge our doctors and therapists can create solutions for your children's problems. We can help!
Alpha-Stim is an electrotherapy device prescribed around the world by physicians and other healthcare professionals to effectively treat chronic, acute, and post-traumatic pain, and anxiety, insomnia, and depression. ACTS is one of the very few Alpha-Stim premiere providers in both Lancaster, PA and Reading, PA as well as surrounding communities.
Alpha-Stim is an effective treatment with broad applications for a variety of syndromes involving pain, and for the management of anxiety, insomnia, and depression, or for the short-term relief of symptoms associated with these indications. In many cases, it is the sole therapeutic method required. Effective results in pain management have been achieved during and/or subsequent to stimulation over affected body parts, adjacent areas, and areas distant from those in pain. As with any therapeutic intervention, not all people will respond to the Alpha-Stim. The degree of efficacy will vary with the nature of the problem being treated, the overall health of the person, and with the method of treatment. As much as a one-month initial trial may be required to see significant reductions in symptoms.
Neurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback or neurotherapy, makes use of the brain’s capacity for change to reshape brain networks. It is a way to directly train the brain to function better. Neurofeedback is a research-supported treatment to sharpen attention, relieve anxiety, enhance mood, and improve learning, and behavior…without medication. ACTS has one of the only state-of-the-art wireless Neurofeedback headsets in both Lancaster, PA and Reading, PA.
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We show that information back to the person. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual learning process. It applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function. Self-regulation training allows the system (the central nervous system) to function better.
Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain dysregulation. These happen to be numerous. They include the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy.
Although the technology is complex, the process is simple, painless, and non-invasive. It is just learning. You learn to alter your brain activity in the same way you learn every other skill. You learn through feedback and practice. What is new in neurofeedback is that you are guided by a form of feedback that was previously not available to you. With neurofeedback, you get instantaneous information or feedback about changes in your brain’s electrical activity. Every half second, your brain activity is compared to your target or goal for change. You get a signal and “reward” when you meet the goal. No signal or reward when you do not.
At Advanced Counseling and Testing Solutions, we conduct Psychological Testing and Evaluations for a multitude of reasons, ranging from an individual needing an exact diagnosis, or a court-ordered evaluation to ADHD evaluations and Autism Spectrum evaluations. There are many reasons why an evaluation and/or direct psychological testing is necessary or requested. As you know "Testing Solutions" is in our name and we aim to do just that. We are here to provide you an expert evaluation that will provide you with a precise diagnosis and elucidate your strengths and weaknesses. We will provide you or your referral source with recommendations that are precise and effective. We have skilled clinicians that are experienced and capable of any and all questions you may have. Our services are delivered in a timely manner; meeting specified time frames.
If you need an evaluation, we are your best choice in Lancaster, PA and Reading, PA; we also have clients that drive great distances to be tested by our Evaluators. Come to see why we one of the fastest growing practices in Lancaster, PA, and Reading, PA!
If you or a family member is interested in or referred for psychological testing, you probably have some questions about what to expect. Or you may have heard about psychological testing and wonder if you or a family member should be tested. Psychological testing may sound intimidating, but it's designed to help you.
In many ways, psychological testing and assessments are similar to medical tests. If a patient has physical symptoms, a primary care provider may order X-rays or blood tests to understand what's causing those symptoms. The results of the tests will help inform and to develop a treatment plan.
Psychological evaluations serve the same purpose. Psychologists use tests and other assessment tools to measure and observe a client's behavior to arrive at a diagnosis and guide treatment.
Psychologists administer tests and assessments for a wide variety of reasons. Children who are experiencing difficulty in school, for example, may undergo aptitude testing or tests for learning disabilities. Tests for skills such as dexterity, reaction time and memory can help a neuropsychologist diagnose conditions such as brain injuries or dementia.
If a child is having problems at school, or in personal relationships, tests can help a psychologist understand whether he or she might have issues with anger management or interpersonal skills or certain personality traits that contribute to the problem. Other tests evaluate whether clients are experiencing emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression.
The underlying cause of a person's problems isn't always clear. For example, if a child is having trouble in school, does he or she have a reading problem such as dyslexia? An attention problem such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Difficulty with impulse control? Psychological tests and assessments allow a psychologist to understand the nature of the problem, and to figure out the best way to go about addressing it.
Therapeutic play, (including play therapy) , is a well established discipline based upon a number of psychological theories. Research, both qualitative and quantitative shows that it is highly effective in many cases. A safe, confidential and caring environment is created which allows the child to play with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for physical and emotional safety). This allows healing to occur on many levels following our natural inner trend towards health. Play and creativity operate on impulses from outside our awareness - the unconscious. No medication is used.
The therapist may reflect back to the child observations of what has happened during the session if this is felt to be appropriate. Above all the child is given “Special Time". So often in modern life we never seem to have enough time to spend with our children - just playing, just being there for them. The child is given strategies to cope with difficulties they face in life and which they themselves cannot change. It provides a more positive view of their future life.
Sessions may last from typically 30 to 60 minutes.