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Counseling Services

PPWP offers a wide range of counseling services to individuals seeking additional support in their lives.  PPWP's affordable professional counseling services are available to women, men and couples.

PPWP has a long history of compassionate, confidential, quality client care.  Our counseling center provides a safe non-judgmental space for you to discuss your thoughts and feelings with a trained professional.

Our goal is to provide you with the support you need while empowering you to make confident, informed decisions about your life. For more information on our counseling services, follow the appropriate link for you:

PPWP's professionally trained, master-level therapists and interns are available to you regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual beliefs or cultural background.

Have a question?  Email the Counseling Department. To make an appointment, e-mail counseling@ppwp.org or call 412.434.8971.

Pregnancy Options Counseling

We understand that having an unplanned pregnancy can be one of the most difficult times in a woman’s life.  You may be feeling numb, afraid, confused or alone.  If you are overwhelmed by these feelings, an options counselor is available to help you form a plan. She is professionally trained and knowledgeable about parenthood, adoption and abortion.

Counseling sessions are also available to significant others, family members and friends of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania.

Fee Scale:

  • $40 per session
  • $20 for college students & those with medical assistance
  • FREE to those 17 & under

Post Abortion Counseling

Even if you are certain abortion is the best option for you at this time in your life, you may feel anxious and have concerns about terminating your pregnancy. One common concern is what to expect emotionally after an abortion. Neither the American Psychological Association nor the American Medical Association recognize “post-abortion syndrome.” For the majority of women, emotional responses after an abortion are positive and women are able to move forward with their lives.

Coping

In our experience, if a woman makes her own decision and feels confident she is able to cope, she may experience sadness, disappointment, and loss as well as relief and resolution. These feelings may vary in intensity; however, most women report that they are manageable and are not constant.

Other factors that contribute to a sense of well being following your abortion are accepting one’s reasons for terminating and a willingness to deal with both positive and negative feelings surrounding your decision.

There are some women who do experience extreme negative reactions such as depression, shame, guilt or regret. There are some predisposing factors that are linked to such reactions. They include the following:

  • extreme ambivalence regarding the decision to terminate
  • feeling coerced into having an abortion
  • expecting to cope poorly or feeling unable to cope due to other life stressors

Grief

You may experience feelings of loss after an abortion regardless if you feel you made the best decision. The reasons for feelings of loss may vary. It is important to both identify and grieve these losses. Grieving is a process and everyone has a unique style of grieving.  The process may involve setbacks; the goal is to gain acceptance. Denying painful feelings can lead to unhealthy and self-defeating behaviors.

Empowerment

We also recognize that an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy is a crisis situation; a crisis can be stressful and you may feel overwhelmed by your feelings. However, facing a crisis successfully can be a motivating experience. The ability to cope and face a crisis situation can be empowering. Also, the abortion may be a catalyst for positive changes in your life. You may be motivated to address other areas in your life that may need tending to such as relationship issues, future career/educational goals or other personal goals.

Our Services

If you would like additional support in coping with your grief, a professional counseling session may be right for you. Professionally trained counselors are available to you after your abortion, and your first session is free if you were a patient at PPWHS.

Post abortion counseling is offered in a one-on-one setting.

Fee Scale:
First session is free to patients serviced at PPWP

 

  • $40 per session
  • $20 for college students & those with medical assistance
  • FREE to those 17 and under

Professional Counseling Services

Everyone experiences difficult times in our lives, and sometimes we need additional support. Dealing with a problem on your own can be overwhelming. You may feel sad, angry, nervous, frustrated or alone. You don’t have to cope alone, there is someone to help.

The following are examples of just some of the issues we address:

  • Relationship and Intimacy Issues
  • Trauma or Abuse
  • Mild Depression/Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Family Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Self Esteem
  • Personal or Spiritual Growth
  • Self Injury
  • GLBTQ Issues

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