Dr. April Perrymore, Licensed Psychologist
Co-Founder of PeaceTree
Philadelphia and King of Prussia office
I am a licensed psychologist and have been counseling and teaching in the tri-state area for over ten years. I have a general practice and work with individuals, couples and families on a variety of problems ranging from coping with life's stressors to more serious mental illnesses.
My theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on how our thoughts affect the way we feel and how we act.
While I work with individuals and couples who are facing a variety of life challenges, I specialize in the following areas:
Anxiety disorders are very common and include symptoms such as restlessness, difficulty relaxing, problems sleeping, trouble concentrating, excessive worry and tension, and/or feelings of self-doubt.
Understanding ourselves and or relationships with others:
We learn about ourselves through our interactions with others. Often we are have our most serious conflicts with our closest family members and friends.
Mood disorders, such as depression, can be characterized by the some of the following symptoms: feeling sad, diminished interest in everyday activities, social withdraw, sleeping too much or sleeping too little, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, eating too much or eating too little, loss of energy, difficulty concentrating, and sometimes frequent thoughts of death or dying.
Bipolar disorders include: experiencing the depressive symptoms stated above, as well as experiencing an elevated or euphoric mood, such as a manic episode or hypomanic episode
Stress can often be the result of exposure to difficult life events (i.e. relationships ending, divorce, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, serious accidents, victim of a violent attack or natural disaster). These events make some feel that getting back to "normal life" is "impossible."
Focus on well-being and happiness:
The path of self-discovery does not have to be unpleasant. In fact the more we understand our strengths, weaknesses and how we affect others, the closer we come to living a happier life with a deeper meaning.
Small business owners and entrepenurs:
Perhaps you are an entrepreneur working on your lastest idea. Or maybe your business is becoming more successful and a little overwhelming? Maybe you are struggling with your next business steps...
Traditional cognitive behavioral therapy techniques are utilized with couples to help them better understand their unique world views, expectations and thought processes as well as the Gottman Method (a practical, research based approach to help couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, connection and intimacy in their relationships).
While I work with couples on a variety of issues, specific areas of expertise include:
- improving communication
- working through repeated disagreements
- strengthing intimacy and connection
- addressing difficult topics (i.e. money, sex, work, etc.)
- recovering from affairs and infidelities
- life transitions (i.e. newly married or engaged,
moving in together, addition of children to your
family, retirement, etc.)
Coping with medical issues:
Physicians often refer their patients to psychologists with the following issues: adjustment to medical conditions, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, chronic illnesses that affect the family, coping with infertility, etc.
Illness often results in emotions such as anger, depression and fear. Taking care of our physical health includes understanding how illnesses are affecting our emotional experiences and if necessary making behavioral changes to ensure well being.
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
M.S., Clinical Health Psychology
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
M.A., Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, State of Pennsylvania
Psychologist, State of New York
Certification in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Certification in Psychoanalytic Studies, Greenwich Village Psychoanalytic Institute, New York, NY
American Psychological Association (APA), Member
National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists
Pennsylvania Psychological Association
Dr. Darlene Link, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Co-founder of PeaceTree
King of Prussia Office
* Psychological and Behavioral Assessment
* Individual Psychotherapy
* Couples and Marital Therapy
I follow a Cognitive-Behavioral orientation to therapy, which focuses on how thoughts affect the way people feel and act. It involves recognizing negative patterns of thinking and reacting, then modifying or replacing these with more realistic or helpful ones. I approach therapy in an active, collaborative manner.
With your collaboration, I will tailor the therapy process to meet the goals and needs of each individual. I believe that the ultimate goal for the therapy process is to become healthier and experience a more satisfying, fulfilling lifestyle.
Life is a process of growth and change that may lead to challeges and difficulties. Individuals seek therapy for a variety of reasons, ranging from trying to cope with everyday life stressors to chronic mental illness.
I have a broad range of experience and concentrate on the following areas:
Depression can present in many different ways including depressed mood, tearfulness, sleep problems, appetite problems, poor concentration and suicidal ideation. It often produces a general negative view towards life and all that is associated with it. Depression can be very overwhelming and scary. Therapy can reduce your symptoms, change your thought process and help you develop more effective coping skills.
Some people say they have butterflies in their stomach, lay awake at night worrying, are afraid to go outside, are doing something a certain way everytime to avoid anxiety or have an overwhelming feeling of panic. Therapy can identify and treat symptoms to reduce and control anxiety.
Many life events may produce stress. Some of these events include marriage, divorce, pregnancy, job change/loss, death and dying, disabilty and trauma. Therapy can help you cope with thse changes, preserve your quality of life, and enhance problem solving skills.
I believe in a strong mind-body connection. In many cases, stress and depression can worsen physical illness.
Stress management and treatment of psychological symptoms have been shown to reduce hypertension, chronic pain blood sugar difficulties, respiratory problems and cardiac symptoms.
Relationship stress can seriously threaten the well-being of the relationships and the individuals in it. Couples therapy can be helpful to mend differences or to assist in an amicable separation process. In therapy, your needs will be assessed and goals collaboratively identified. Most relationships can be enhanced through learning effective communication skills.
Women tend to take on many responsibilities that come with a great deal of stress. Some issues that are difficult on women and couples are pregnancy, motherhood, parenting issues and infertility. Therapy can develop you coping skills, enhance problem solving skills and provide suport for these events.
Depression, self-esteem, ADHD, behavior problems, divorce, identity, relationships and fitting in and school problems are all some of the common issues for this age group. These problems can seriously jeopardize the child and the family unit. In therapy, I can effectively evaluate and treat these concerns.
Eating disorders affect so many people in so many ways. In therapy, your motivation to change, eating issues and underlying issues will be assessed and treated.
Dr. Link is available to meet clients in King of Prussia and Dr. Perrymore is available to meet with clients in both Philadelphia and King of Prussia. To see additional members of our team who are available to meet with you before contacting us, click on our link to see our PeaceTree therapy team