Kahl Counseling and Consultation Online
Meeting You Wherever You Are
Kahl Counseling is located out of Berks County PA and provides services through teletherapy online. Counseling can help you if you have specific issues to work on such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and other concerns. Counseling can also help you if you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed by current life stressors, or have been struggling with long-term life challenges. Learn more about our video conferencing tool and how teletherapy works below:
At Kahl Counseling we work with individuals aged six and up, couples, families, and groups. We work with you to help you learn more about yourself, develop more effective skills in handling various problems, and learn to make healthier and more productive choices, allowing for positive changes in your life. Your therapy will be individualized depending on your goals and your therapist will employ a variety of therapeutic techniques depending on your individual wants and needs. We value how difficult it can be to open up to someone you’ve just met about your personal problems and we want you to know your safety and trust are important to us. All of our services are confidential by law and we cannot discuss what you share with us with anyone without your written permission.
Our dedicated therapists at Kahl Counseling are licensed professionals with a wide variety of specializations, allowing you to experience support, healing, or change around many issues including:
- Depression & Anxiety
- Addiction and Substance Abuse
- Divorce and Parenting
- Anger Managment
- Personality Disorders
- Behavioral Issues
- Mood Disorders
- Grief & Loss
- Problem Gambling
- Stress Managment
- Relationship Issues
- Self-Esteem & Confidence
- PTSD & Trauma
- Personal Growth
We have recently moved all of our services online. All of our therapists are experienced in providing teletherapy. All sessions are 53 to 60 minutes long. We use a HIPAA-compliant teleconferencing service which allows us to provide dependable, confidential online therapy at no extra cost to you. Please be prepared for your online session by having a computer, laptop, or other device that has a camera and a microphone, and have a meeting place where you have privacy and can speak freely without being overheard. Unless your session is paid for by your insurance, credit card payments for teletherapy are taken by your therapist at the end of each session. We are happy to provide you with a free online ten-minute consultation if you would like to see what meeting online would be like. For your convenience, telephone sessions are also available. Please see our team profiles below to learn more about what each of us has to offer you.
Polly Kahl, MA, LPC, is the Director of Kahl Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor specializing in PTSD, hoarding, substance abuse, and problem gambling. She is also experienced in treating depression, anxiety, LGBTQ and other general mental health concerns. Polly works with clients age 18 and over and provides therapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. Polly is certified in REBT/RET (rational emotive therapy), a cognitive behavioral problem-solving therapeutic approach. She is an experienced counselor who is known for being honest, kind, and action-oriented. She is available for therapy during day hours. Polly is also an educator who has presented at conferences and in classes across the country and has been a guest on over twenty television shows as well as on National Public Radio. She founded Berks County, PA's first support groups for incest and sexual abuse survivors in 1984, was the Editor of the VOICES In Action national newsletter for incest survivors for two years, and has provided safety trainings on how to identify pedophiles in adults applying to be "Bigs" for the Eastern Regional Big Brothers. Polly has also been the keynote speaker at several regional and national conferences. She's the author of a child advocacy book on the psychological effects of being in reality TV which was used as a college textbook in social work and pop culture classes across the country.
I’m an experienced therapist working at Kahl Counseling in West Lawn, PA, providing in-office and online psychotherapy for a variety of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem and grief, as well as areas of specialty such as PTSD, autism, hoarding & LGBTQ issues. I offer dynamic, client-centered and strength-based services to individuals age six and up, couples, families and groups. My clients tell me what they like best about me is my compassion. I strive to offer a personalized approach to problem-solving, and I’m dedicated to helping my clients resolve their unique issues in my work at Kahl Counseling. I’m trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and am a certified BSL (behavior specialist.) I’m experienced in working with clients with PTSD/trauma, autism, and BPD (borderline personality disorder) as well as general mental health issues. I accept most insurances and offer afternoon, evening and weekend hours at Kahl Counseling for your convenience. Whether your issues stem from difficult past events or challenges you're currently dealing with, call today for a free consultation and to see how we can help. Kahl Counseling accepts most insurances and provides free confidential ten minute in-office or telephone consultations to help you determine how we can best meet your counseling goals.
Our Other Services
Letters for Transgender Clients
Kahl Counseling provides letters for transgender clients who are ready to go on hormones or will be undergoing associated surgeries. We care about the safety and comfort of our transgender clients and we strive to meet the WPATH Standards of Care. Under most circumstances, we require twelve sessions before providing letters for hormones and six months of therapy before providing letters for surgeries. Most insurances will cover the cost of therapy for transgender clients but, when the time comes, the actual letter requires a one-time out-of-pocket expense of $100, which may be paid with cash, check, or credit card. This out-of-pocket expense includes the writing of the letter, faxing it to the medical facility which will be providing your hormones prescription or surgery, and providing you with a copy if you would like one for your records.
Keynote and other Speaking Engagments
Polly Kahl is a veteran public speaker as well as an experienced guest on radio and television shows and at conferences, including providing keynote addresses. Topics she is experienced in speaking on include trauma, overcoming childhood abuse, hoarding, and working with transgender clients. She would be happy to create an individualized keynote or other presentation to meet your group’s needs.
Supervision for Prospective LPCs
Our therapist Paula Bellavance is experienced in providing individual and group supervision for prospective LPCs who are accumulating hours toward licensure. Fees are negotiable. Group supervision may also be available.
Fees and Insurance
We accept most major insurances as well as private pay, also known as “out of pocket” payments. If you choose to use your insurance, we’ll verify your coverage prior to your first visit and will inform you of any deductibles or copays. Some clients choose to pay out of pocket rather than utilizing their insurance. There are several advantages to not using your insurance. When you pay out of pocket you can see any therapist you’d like to see rather than being limited to therapists in network with your insurance company. When you pay out of pocket your therapist is not required to give you a clinical diagnosis which may become part of your permanent record with your insurance company. And with private pay, your insurance company will also not have legal access to your counseling records, including your therapeutic session notes. Kahl Counseling offers two out-of-pocket fees. Our full fee is $135 and we have a reduced hardship rate of $110 per session. Rather than asking for your pay stubs or for personal information about your finances, we go by the honor system, allowing you to choose which fee is affordable to you.