Family Counseling in Harrisburg

Succeed together

Families seek counseling for many different reasons.  Whatever your reasons for seeking counseling, I'm glad you're taking the time to put your family first.  My job is to give you the tools and techniques to achieve a balanced and fulfilling life as a family. After several sessions, you will become well-versed at handling issues as they arise, and you'll have begun laying a strong foundation for the future of your family.

Learning to succeed together

Every family is unique. Each family has its own quirks and personality, its own traditions, daily challenges and expectations. In some cases, a rigid family culture can develop with well-defined roles expressed either implicitly or explicitly for each member.

Increasingly, families come in unexpected shapes and sizes, from young couples learning to raise their first child and still find time for each other, to mixed families where both Mom and Dad bring children from a previous relationship. It can be difficult for family members to find their place in the family.

Sometimes family members can go unnoticed, with needs for affirmation, acceptance, or even just to be heard, going unmet. 

Often-times, addictions, pre-occupations, and feelings of anger and resentment can build up when certain family members, (including parents!) go for long periods of time playing unbalanced and unsatisfying roles.

Other times, as a family grows, mental illness or behavioral disorders can grow with it. These are never easy topics to address and will often require professional counseling to ensure the individual achieves their fullest potential in life.


  • Bachelor of Social Work, 1982, Gannon University

  • Bachelor of Philosophy, 1983, Gannon University

  • Master of Social Work, 1993, Temple University

  • Post-Master, Marriage and Family Therapy, 1996, Temple University

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  • Nationally Certified, Duluth Model for treating men who batter women

Family man

I was married in 1981, and have lived in Harrisburg, PA, with my wife Molly and our five children since 1984. Merle enjoys the cultural and arts events available in Harrisburg, Washington D.C., and New York.


I also like playing racquetball, and watching sporting events with friends, especially when the Pennsylvania teams are doing well.

Work life

I have worked as a marriage, family, and addiction counselor for over 30 years, including 15 in close collaboration with churches in the Harrisburg, Hershey, and York areas. After all this time, I am more enthusiastic than ever about helping people overcome life's challenges.

Fax: (717) 963-7142

3605 Vartan Way #204A, Harrisburg, PA 17110, USA

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