David Arena Psy.D., J.D., M.A., MBA, M.Ed., LPC, NBFCCH, in Reading, Pennsylvania, 19611

David Arena

Psy.D., J.D., M.A., MBA, M.Ed., LPC, NBFCCH

David Arena

Psy.D., J.D., M.A., MBA, M.Ed., LPC, NBFCCH

Professions: Hypnotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - PC005641
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: My hourly rate is $175--I offer a $25 cash discount. Often when utilizing hypnotherapy, follow-up sessions are 30 minutes and my charge for these sessions is $100 with a $10 cash discount. I also offer group sessions for many issues and have corporate rates fro trainings and larger venues.


697 Reading Avenue
Reading, Pennsylvania 19611
Berks North Professional Building, 10 Zions Church Road
Suite 102
Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania 19555

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My Approach to Helping

I would describe myself as a "regular guy" kind of counselor or therapist. I don't hide behind psycho-babble or psychiatric diagnoses. I prefer to work from a strengths-based approach to helping people live the most fulfilled and satisfying life that that can have. I think that most people are their own "expert" with regard to their problem and that they can help me understand their perspective so that I can assist them at overcoming the problem or issue that ails them. I believe that counseling and psychotherapy is most successful when there is a good "match" between the counselor and client. This safe and professional relationship provides the foundation for therapeutic change. Sometimes you have to "shop around" to find that right match.

I enjoy working with people who are motivated to change and just need the right guidance to make that change become a reality. I tend not to see things from a medical perspective and, as such, I don't see medication as the primary or initial "cure" to mental and emotional issues. I don't discount the importance of medication in some cases and will be glad to work with your psychiatrist of primary care physician in a collegial manner.

I tend to work from a short-term perspective. As such I see counseling or therapy often as an intermittent process where the client comes and goes as they need to rather than scheduling regular weekly sessions forever. I am open to using technology in counseling and am willing to do web-based, email, or telephone based sessions to supplement in-person meetings.

More Info About My Practice

I have been providing counseling and psychotherapy services for more than 25 years in my own private practice as well as in many other settings. I am also a college and graduate school professor and have taught at more than 10 college and universities. I identify as a doctoral licensed professional counselor but also as a clinical hypnotherapist. I have practiced hypnosis and hypnotherapy for 25 years and was mentored by a psychologist who studied under Milton H. Erickson himself.

My practice has three locations currently (West Reading, Shoemakersville, and Delaware Water Gap). I also have other talented counselors available at each locations whom I have chosen to be associates to my practice based on their own skills and specialty areas. Many of these professionals were my former students and supervisees.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I work with a wide-range of issues and problems through traditional counseling as well as with hypnotherapy. I have had a great deal of success treating chronic pain, eating disorders, anxiety/panic disorders/OCD, sexual problems, addictions, smoking cessation, and performance issues.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy provides an objective, trusting relationship from which you can better understand your problems and find suitable solutions.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Survivors, chronic pain, couples

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Anger Management
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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