Grief & Loss
Allentown & Online
Licensed Professional Counselor
Dr. Cope has worked in the mental health field for over 28 years. She received her license in professional counseling in 2007. Her experience is wide ranging from working with children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Cope has experience in working with a forensic population as well.
Dr. Cope began her career at Widener University where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She worked as a resident assistant handling crises on a college campus. Dr. Cope played varsity field hockey and lacrosse while at Widener. She was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority. Dr. Cope was the community service chairperson within the sorority.
After graduating from Widener University, Dr. Cope worked in a residential treatment facility with male clients ages four through eight. She worked in the Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) program in the homes of children and adolescents identified as having behavioral and mental health issues.
She continued to work BHRS while going to LaSalle University for her master’s degree. She began working with autistic children and adolescents doing applied behavioral analysis. Dr. Cope was a graduate assistant in the resident life department while at LaSalle. She supervised five undergraduate resident assistants and collaborated closely with supervising staff. Within this role, Dr. Cope provided mental health intervention to undergraduate students having various mental health issues. She earned her master’s degree in clinical counseling with a specialty in psychological counseling.
Dr. Cope graduated from LaSalle University and started her doctoral degree in clinical counseling with a concentration in psychological assessment at Chestnut Hill College. She began working in the crisis department in the emergency department at Grandview Hospital. Dr. Cope continued to work in BHRS programs with primarily autistic children. She trained with the Pennsylvania State University in discrete trial intervention.
After graduating from Chestnut Hill College she began working at a residential treatment facility with a group of ten adolescent males identified as needing behavioral health intervention. She conducted individual, group, and family therapy. After leaving the residential treatment center, Dr. Cope worked as the Crisis Coordinator at St. Luke’s University Hospital Network. She conducted crisis evaluations in the emergency department, placed patients who needed mental health hospitalization and worked closely with a multidisciplinary treatment team.
Dr. Cope began working at Norristown State Hospital-Regional Forensic Psychiatric Center for the next 13 years. Her primary responsibilities were individual, group, and family therapy with males identified as mentally ill and incompetent to stand trial on criminal charges. She conducted psychological assessments and responded to crises within the facility.
Dr. Cope works with an eclectic approach to meet the client where they are in their life. Her theoretical approach is cognitive behavioral and object relations therapy. Dr. Cope wants her clients to use therapy as a journey to live their best life. Dr. Cope wants her clients to look forward to therapy for personal growth and not look at therapy as a chore.
When not working, Dr. Cope enjoys crocheting, reading, working out, hiking, the beach, winter, playing with her dog Sammy, and watching her favorite football team in action.