— Katie T., Talk Sunday Church Coordinator

Dawn LaCosta

Pastoral Counselor / Therapist, DMin

214 Lake Road
Nicholson
PA
 
18446
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Introduction

I have been told repeatedly I have "half a man's brain, half a woman's brain," which has given me the ability to meet people right where they are in their thinking by validating first how they feel before proceeding with the foundation of their beliefs. The counseling sessions that are the most rewarding for me are the ones that help people get out of their own way and embrace the wellness they can achieve. My specialties include Marriage & Premarital, Family, Grief & Loss, Trauma, Life Coaching.

Faith-Based Counseling Approach

Christian counseling, also known as biblical counseling and Christian psychology, combines your faith with the principles of psychology to improve your mental health and relationships. More specifically, this therapy approach uses scripture and biblical teachings to help you deal with life's challenges. I also counsel those without a faith/religion connection as well. I am client focused using CBT, Psychodynamic Counseling which involves the interpretation of mental and emotional processes rather than focusing on behavior by attempting to help clients find patterns in their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in order to gain insight into their current self. Rational Emotive Therapy (REBT) is a type of therapy introduced by Albert Ellis in the 1950s. It's an approach that helps you identify irrational beliefs and negative thought patterns that may lead to emotional or behavioral issues.

When applicable, I use scripture, I refer books based on biblical principles, prayer, journaling and building up their trust and faith in God through Christ as their Savior.

Personal Faith Statement

Ministry to persons acknowledges the complexity of humans as physical, social, psychological, and spiritual beings. The ultimate goal of Christian counseling is to help others move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity. (1) GOD is Sovereign, Creator, Sustainer, Personal, Self-existent, Tri-unity, Holy, Loving, Good, Infinite, Unchanging (Immutable), All-Knowing (Omnipresent), All- Powerful (Omnipotent), and Everywhere-Present (Omnipresent). (Genesis 1:1 / 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20; John 4:24 / 10:30; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

JESUS CHRIST is God incarnate; born of a virgin; our Substitute; bodily Resurrected; sole Mediator between us and God; Returning again (John 1:1-14; Romans 3:23-25; Acts 2:24-27; 1 Timothy 2:5; Titus 2:13)

The HOLY SPIRIT is the third person of the Godhead who convicts the world of their sin and need for God’s righteousness; He regenerates, indwells, and seals all believers at the time of conversion, and fills and gives Spiritual Gifts to all believers who are yielded to God for the maturing and work of the body of Christ, that is, the Church. (Matthew 28:19; John 2:3-7; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:12 / 6:19 / 12:7-13; Ephesians 4:30) the BIBLE is God’s Word to us. Thus, it is inspired of God, complete, unified and without error (inerrant and infallible), the final standard of faith and practice for all believers. (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

HUMANKIND is created in the Image of God and designed to be like Him in character and conduct; sinned in Adam and is now a sinner by nature and choice; remains the bearer of God’s Image even in mankind’s fallen state, and will face Judgment one day. (Genesis 1:26-27 / 3:16; Romans 3:10-18 / 5:12-14; James 3:9; Luke 2:52)

SALVATION is solely by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ; it is apart from merit, ceremonies or works. The sharing of the Gospel, that is, EVANGELISM is at the very heart of God, and central to the purpose and growth for all followers of Christ. (Acts 4:12 / 16:31, Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 8:35-39) (2)

Qualifications

Licenses & Certifications

License Number LA74183 – Tax ID #20-1824135, Certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Certified Premarital Counselor with Prepare & Enrich and SYMBIS, Certified Life Coach, member in good standing with NCCA and AACC


Insurance Accepted

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Aetna

Licensed In

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New Jersey
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Florida

Services

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Individual
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Adolescent/Teen
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Child
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Couples
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Family
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Group

Session Types

Telehealth only

Specialties

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Specialties

My specialties include Marriage & Premarital, Family, Grief & Loss, Trauma, Life Coaching.

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