2017 News


We say goodbye to colleague Lori Hogg

We say goodbye to colleague Lori Hogg, MS who has retired from Franco Psychological Associates. An experienced  clinician, Lori joined with founder Edward Franco, PhD in 1988. She then became a partner in 2004 when FPA incorporated and filled the role of Business Manager until her transition to part-time employment  2 years ago. All of us at FPA appreciate Lori's contributions, and we’re certain that the many clients she treated also benefitted from her capable attention to their needs!


Franco Psychological Associates Welcomes Carol Chambers Mill

We are pleased to welcome Carol C. Mills, PsyD to our clinical staff. After completing her graduate work in Clinical Pschology at Indiana University, Dr. Mills worked as a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist in a number of settings, and has been in private practice for the past 15 years. She brings with her an ongoing commitment to providing excellent, ethical, and sustainable treatment to adults, couples and seniors at FPA.

 

2016 News


We congratulate FPA therapist Jessie Harpel-Fickes, LPC

We congratulate FPA therapist Jessie Harpel-Fickes, LPC who recently completed the certification process for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She is now a Certified PCIT Therapist and Level 1 Trainer. PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for children age 2.5 to 7 with emotional and behavioral disturbances. It focuses on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and establishes a clear and consistent behavior management system. PCIT is unique in that caregivers and children are seen together, and most sessions involve live, direct coaching to help parents implement skills effectively. PCIT has been shown to reduce noncompliance and disruptive behaviors in home and school environments, reduce caregiver distress, and increase prosocial behaviors. for more information, view our Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) page.


FRANCO PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES, P.C. INVITES CARON ZELL TO JOIN OUR CLINICAL STAFF

We are pleased to welcome Caron Zell, MA, LPC to FPA. Upon completion of her Master’s in Applied Clinical Psychology from Penn State University, Caron completed Certification as a Family Based Mental Health Professional and worked for many years with children and their families on a range of issues including attachment difficulties. She then completed certification as a psychologist and thereafter, licensure as a practicing counselor. Caron brings to her individual treatment of both children and adults, a deep appreciation for the value of collaboration with local resources as she assists clients in accessing their strengths toward desired behavioral changes. 


Best Wishes to HEIDI ROEDER

We appreciate Heidi Roeder, MS, LPC, LMFT’s wonderful care of clients over her years at Franco Psychological Associates. In addition to our thanks, we send her our best in all future pursuits.


We Say Goodbye To Sarah Taby

We say goodbye to Sarah Taby, LPC who has provided excellent care to many clients during her time at Franco Psychological Associates. Along with our appreciation for all the fine work that Sarah has done at our office, we send her best wishes for the future.


FRANCO PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES, P.C. WELCOMES
DANA BERG-GRALA

FPA is pleased to welcome Dana Berg-Grala, LPC, NCC, CADC to our clinical staff. After earning her graduate degree from Shippensburg University’s Master of Science in Counseling program, Dana completed certification as an alcohol and drug counselor. In addition to her training and experience in addictions, Dana brings to her counseling with individuals across the lifespan a deep appreciation for their natural abilities "to work towards growth, to find meaning in life, and to develop genuine relationships and connectivity with others.”

 

2015 NEWS


Franco Psychological Associates, P.C. Welcomes Jessie Harpel-Fickes

FPA is pleased to welcome Jessie Harpel-Fickes, MS, LPC, NCC. A graduate of Dickinson College, she completed her professional training locally as well earning her MS at Shippensburg University. While experienced in providing treatment for individuals of all ages, Jessie particularly enjoys working with children and adolescents. She integrates a strengths-based perspective into assisting people to achieve personal success, understanding, and growth.


9 WAYS TO COPE WITH SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

As we approach the darker days and colder temperatures of winter months, here are useful guidelines for those of us challenged by symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

 

2014 News


Goodbye Karen Jaskot

We say goodbye to Karen Jaskot, LCSW, CAADC who will be providing bio-psychosocial evaluations for Children and Youth.  While working at FPA, Karen had offered these clinical recommendations to assist in stabilizing families already in the system; however, by expanding this work, she hopes to further successful reunification of children with their families, and adoption if reunification cannot occur. We wish Karen well in this venture and offer our appreciation for over 13 years of excellent care to our clients and their families! 


7 Ways Kids Can Give Back

FPA therapist, Sarah Taby, MS, LPC, NCC was interviewed for this article that offers practical suggestions to assist children in learning the value of volunteerism.


Thank you to Brian Andrews, Ph.D. 

We appreciate Brian’s part-time work at Franco Psychological Associates over the past couple of years.  Our entire staff wish him the best as he shifts professional focus to the needs of geriatric patients and are certain this population will benefit from his care.


Are you T’wired?—Simultaneously Tired and Wired

According to sleep and dream specialist, Rubin Naiman, Ph.D. being “twired” is the new normal for millions of us who are stretched in too many directions.  Being deluged with information, overwhelmed by options, pressed to be active and productive, we lose perspective and forget how to rest.  This article raises questions, but also offers options for returning to more sustainable and natural rhythms. 


Regrets and Congratulations to Melanie Jones, MS, LPC, NCC.

We regret that Melanie's time with Franco Psychological Associates was so brief, but congratulations on her recent marriage that precipitated a move to Baltimore.  Melanie will be practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor under the name Melanie Jones Haynes, and we send her our best during this time of personal and professional transition.


16 Things I've Learned From 16 Years of Dealing With Depression

Franco Psychological Associates would like to share this link, "16 Things I've Learned From 16 Years of Dealing With Depression" because whether you or someone you know struggles with depression, this article contains a wealth of information for taking a more active role in your recovery. As mental health practitioners we know that complementary and integrative practices such as exercise, increase of social supports, cutting down on alcohol consumption when paired with best practices for treatment of depression produce the best outcomes. We invite you to take charge of your own mental health and wellbeing by becoming advocates for happiness in your own lives. Enjoy!


Goodbye Jeremy Hicks

We say goodbye to Jeremy Hicks, LCSW, CCDPD, CAADC who has accepted a full-time position with the Veterans Administration in the State College area.  We wish him and his family all the best as they transition to their new location and appreciate the fine treatment that he provided to adults and teenagers at FPA.


Franco Psychological Associates, P.C. Welcomes Melanie Jones

FPA is pleased to welcome Melanie Jones, MS, LPC, NCC. Though originally from Maryland, Melanie has spent many years in Central Pennsylvania.  She brings  to her work with school-age children, families, and individuals an appreciation of the whole person as she works with clients to create balanced and healthy lives.


What does it take to "fix" a marriage?

What does it take to "fix" a marriage?  In this article, marriage counselors Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD and Harville Hendrix, PhD identify their own struggles and offer practical strategies for moving toward relational health.


"6 Lessons on Living Longer and Staying Sharp From a Nonagenarian Track Star"

"6 Lessons on Living Longer and Staying Sharp From a Nonagenarian Track Star" is more than an article advocating the benefits of running. It is a look at ways a remarkable woman has created a healthy and happy life. Or, as detailed by author Bruce Grierson in the book title, What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives.

 

2013 News


Invitation to a Dialogue: Benefits of Talk Therapy (NY Times)

Have you every wondered if talking about problems with a professional can really make a positive difference? In his recent New York Times letter, psychiatrist Larry S. Sandberg takes on this question, and offers some reasons why to pursue therapy as a viable option for meaningful change.

Invitation to a Dialogue: Benefits of Talk Therapy (NY Times)


We say goodbye to Joanne Chambers

We say goodbye to Joanne Chambers, ACSW who has provided excellent care to many clients during her years at Franco Psychological Associates. Along with our appreciation for all the fine work that Joanne has done at our office, we send her best wishes for the future.


Franco Psychological Associates welcomes Jeremy Hicks.

Franco Psychological Associates welcomes Jeremy Hicks, LCSW, CCDPD, CAADC to our office. Jeremy currently works full-time at the Army Substance Abuse Program at the Carlisle Barracks, so he will be joining us two evenings per week. He looks forward to working with adults and teenagers on a range of issues.


Fee Schedule Change

As of April 1, 2013, the fee for a Psychotherapy Session will increase to $125.00. The Group Psychotherapy fee will increase to $65.00.

Rates for the Initial Evaluation ($150.00) and for No Show/Late Cancellation ($55.00) will remain the same.