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At Women’s Solutions, we are here to listen, understand and help you meet those challenges positively and confidently. With a special focus on women of all ages and those important to them, we offer professional services in a caring and compassionate environment. We focus on the issues that concern you including:


• Sexuality / Sexual Orientation

• Relationships / Non-Traditional Relationships

• Life Changes and Transitions

• Recovery from Trauma

• Abuse Recovery

• GLBT / Transgender / Gender Identity

• Grief and Loss

• Early Childhood and Adolescents

• Depression and Anxiety

In addition to traditional Talk Therapy, we offer clients:

• Mindfulness Counseling

• Guided Imagery

• Cognitive Re-framing

• Trauma Re-enactment

• Play Therapy

If you are experiencing a CRISIS:
* please call 911
* go to your closest Emergency Room
* contact Crisis Intervention (NC: 610.252.9060 / LC: 610.782.3127)

Forms




Below are links to our FORMS. Please Print, Complete, and Bring with you to your initial appointment.


Client Information

Office Policies

HIPAA

Cancellation Policy

Insurance Consent

Professional Consent

Services


We offer a variety of services, including:

• Individual Counseling / Couples Counseling

• Education / Resources

• Life coaching / Life transitions

• LPC Supervision

• Counseling for Children and Adolescents

• Psychotherapy

For payment convenience, we except:

• Cash

• Checks / Money Orders

• MasterCard

• Visa

• Discover

• American Express

Unfortunately, we are NOT able to accept Health Savings Accounts for payment. Sorry for any inconvience.

About Us


Barbara B. Burkhardt, M.Ed., LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides individual and couples counseling, as well as psychotherapy. Barb is also a member of several psychological associations, including the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association. Her area of interest is women’s psychology. She provides counseling to individuals with a wide range of concerns including:

• anxiety
• depression
• life transitions
• relationship difficulties
• stress management
• issues relating to sexual orientation
• alternative families

Barb approaches her work with respect, warmth, and humor. Barb and her husband live in Bethlehem and have four grown children.


Jacqueline L. Gower, M.Ed., LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides counseling for children, adolescents and adults; couples counseling; psychotherapy; and consultation services. Jackie is a member of nationally affiliated counseling organizations (American Counseling Association, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children), as well as organizations focused on humanity (Human Rights Campaign, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Pennsylvania Diversity Network). Jackie’s areas of interest encompass the needs of women, adolescents and children including:

• Sexual / physical abuse recovery
• Sexual Orientation / GLBT / Gender Identity
• Alternative Life Styles / Alternative Families
• Borderline Personality Disorder {BPD}
• Post-Traumatic Stress {PTSD}
• Anxiety / Depression / Phobias
• The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents

Jackie utilizes her natural sense of humor and an eclectic approach to help her clients become the people they want to be! Jackie and her wife live in Bethlehem.

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Insurance


Many of our clients choose to pay directly for their counseling sessions, in lieu of utilizing their medical benefits. This keeps the control, information disclosed, and progress of the therapy within your hands, not in the hands of a third party. However, if you chose to utilize your medical benefits, please be aware of the following:

• Some insurance plans have a maximum number of sessions they will reimburse, any subsequent sessions are your responsibility to pay. In addition to any deductibles and/or co-pays.
• ALL insurance companies require a Mental Health Diagnosis for reimbursement purposes. This means that regardless of why you are seeking counseling, you will be given a diagnosis that will remain in your permanent medical record.
• Some insurance companies require written treatment plans and goal objectives every 4-8 sessions. This report may include any information disclosed during the counseling sessions.

At Women’s Solutions, we believe that through the process of counseling, our clients learn to be the experts on themselves. The goals, directions and pace of therapy are developed in a collaborative process by the therapist and client. We find this therapeutic approach to be the most empowering for our clients. We have chosen to participate with some local insurance companies because their philosophies of client care are closely related to our own.

Clients who carry the following insurance plans may be eligible for reimbursment:

Capital Blue Cross (does NOT include Keystone Health Plans)
Highmark Blue Shield
Valley Preferred
ChoicePlus / Populytics
Provider Express (United Behavioral Health)

At this time, we DO NOT accept any Government Funded Insurance Plans (AmeriHealth Caritas, Gateway, Medicare, MediCaid)

Remember: many insurance plans will reimburse Out-of-Network. Please check with your insurance representative to obtain the details of your particular plan.

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Contact Us


If you would like to schedule an appointment or obtain more information, please call:

610.866.6855

Option 1: Barb Burkhardt
Option 2: General Mailbox
Option 3: Jackie Gower


Send Jackie an email at:
jackie@womenssolutions.com

Send Barb an email at:
barb@womenssolutions.com


Fax us at: 610.866.6715

Snail Mail option:
Women's Solutions, LLP
65 East Elizabeth Avenue, Suite 412
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Bibliotherapy


Below is a list of books we have found helpful and we offer some from our "Lending Library." They all have a link to view / purchase through Amazon's website. To make your search easier, we created basic categories. Please let us know if a particular book was helpful for you, and if you have a book to add to the list. Thanks!

GLBT

The Lesbian Couple's Guide

Permanent Partners

She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders

Outing Yourself

The Dance of Intimacy

Transgender 101

Conscious Lesbian Dating and Love

God and The Gay Christian

Relationships / Non-Traditional Relationships / Boundaries

Better Boundaries

Boundaries & Relationships

The 7 Best Things (happy) Couples Do

Keeping The Love You Find

Affairs: A Guide to Working Through Infidelity

Married Women Who Love Women

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Getting the Love You Want Workbook

The Art of Marriage Maintenence

Love is a Choice

Boundaries in Dating

Surviving the Break-Up

If the Buddha Dated

It's Called a Break-Up Because it's Broken

If Only I Had Known

Counseling and Therapy for Couples

Recovery from Abuse / Trauma Recovery

The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Bears the Burden

I Can't Get Over It

Beginning to Heal

The Courage to Heal

The Courage to Heal Workbook

The Emotionally Abusive Relationship

The PTSD Workbook

Trauma Practice

It Wasn't Your Fault

The Survivor's Guide to Sex

Inside Scars

Get Me Out Of Here → Borderline Personality Disorder

Please Tell!

Cut

Grief and Loss

I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye

Processing Through Grief

Caregiving and Loss

Life after Loss

The Healing Choice

Helping People Through Grief

The Healing Journey Through Grief

Abortion

Childhood / Adolescence / Parenting

Relationship Skills 101 for Teens

If Your Adolescent has an Anxiety Disorder

The 7 Worst Things Parents Do

Helping the Depressed Child

Why Can't I Be the Parent I Want to Be?

Putting on the Brakes

What to do with a child like this?

Breaking the Code

Helping Your Angry Child

Children Who See Too Much

Personality Disorders

Out of the Darkened Room

Loving the Self Absorbed

The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook

Mending the Broken Bough

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified

Trapped in the Mirror

Skills Training Manual for BPD

The Wizard of Oz and other Narcissists

Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

Understanding the Borderline Mother

Depression

The Mindful Way through Depression

The Gifts of Imperfection

The Upward Spiral

Addicted to Unhappiness

The Dance of Anger

Co-Dependent No More Workbook

An Adult Child's Guide to What's Normal

Anxiety / Panic

Dare: The new way to end anxiety and stop panic attacks

The Worry Trick

The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution

Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

Thriving with Social Anxiety

Transforming Anxiety, Transcending Shame

Transforming Stress

10 Simple Solutions to Panic

Anxious 9 to 5

Painfully Shy

Happiness / Mood

Authentic Happiness

Radical Acceptance

Five Good Minutes

Five Good Minutes in the Evening

Five Good Minutes at Work

Imagine a Woman in Love with Herself

Mind Over Mood

Succulent Wild Women

The Power of Empathy

Being ... Belonging ... Doing ...

Don't Let Your Mind Stunt Your Growth

The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide

The Highly Sensitive Person's Companion

The Velveteen Principles for Women

Workbooks

The Complex PTSD Workbook

How to be Happy (or at least less sad)

The Grief Recovery Workbook

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety

The Shyness & Anxiety Workbook

The Depression Workbook

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook

The OCD Workbook

Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia & CFS

Professionals


Below are the TOP TEN PSYCHOLOGY WEBSITES:

Excerpt from *The Clinical Psychologist* (APA Div. 12, vol. 60, #2, p. 7)

Coming in first place is Kenneth S. Pope a site offering free access to the latest articles and resources for therapists.

Placing second was the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Home Page. This site provides information from the Federal agency that conducts and supports research on mental illnesses.

Finishing third was the official website of the American Psychological Association.

In fourth was a site managed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. The site claims to be the Internet's largest and oldest mental health social network created and run by mental health professionals to guarantee reliable, trusted information and support communities to consumers, for over 12 years.

In fifth place was WebMD, "the leading source for trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information." The site provides credible health information, supportive community, and educational services by blending award-winning expertise in content, community services, expert commentary, and medical review.

Coming in sixth place was the Anxiety and Depression Disorders Association of America website. This site offers complete information on anxiety, as well as a special section on teen anxiety.

Seventh place went to the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a site that offers information about cognitive therapy, how to become certified as a cognitive therapist, training in cognitive therapy.

In eighth place was the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies(ABCT) website, which provides CEU, CME, and other educational opportunities; journals for research and clinical practice in behavioral therapy and cognitivebehavioral therapy; and referrals for those seeking psychological therapy.

In ninth place was the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation(OCF) website. The OCF is an international not-for-profit organization composed of people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders, their families, friends, professionals and other concerned individuals.

Finally, sneaking in at number ten was Wikipedia, "the biggest multilingual free-content encyclopedia on the Internet. Over two million articles and still growing."


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