Paula Soto, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and trained EMDR therapist, specializes in the treatment of trauma/abuse, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, and adolescents. Her approach is humanistic, based on the belief that each of us has an inherent drive toward health and wholeness; and each person is worthy of compassion and acceptance.   Ms. Soto offers counseling and psychotherapy in a private office, conveniently located in downtown Beaver, Pennsylvania.


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You are a human being: not a disorder, a diagnosis, or a list of symptoms.

Life is  a gift! Life is also stressful and often painful. The reality is that all of us encounter suffering, injustice and tragedy on a daily basis. We each, in our own ways, adapt to life. Often, our problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are normal adaptations to ongoing and complex life stressors. But when these adaptations keep us from a sense of contentment, security and growth, it is wise to seek help. Anyone who has had trouble with anxiety, depression, or with letting go of unhealthy habits knows that change is not simply mind over matter. Logically, we understand how we ought to be thinking, feeling and behaving; but something in us takes over, keeping us stuck in old ways of thinking, experiencing and relating. Our nervous systems get triggered into a threatened state, and can remain stuck there. Effective treatment teaches us to recalibrate the nervous system, to honor our emotions, and to act from our wisdom. For many clients, learning to notice, tolerate, and manage sensations in the body is foundational to healing. From there, we can benefit from Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other effective treatment modalities (such as medication when needed), as well as complementary lifestyle choices such as creative outlets and social support.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Map out a Treatment Plan that is personalized to your goals and needs  – a plan that addresses each aspect of your life where you would like to find increased satisfaction.

  • Receive professional, compassionate, and confidential support as you navigate each challenge.

  • Learn skills to effectively regulate your emotions and communicate your ideas and needs, so that you increase your sense of well-being, inner-strength and contentment.

  • Learn to identify and free yourself from unhelpful thought, behavior, and emotional patterns that are hindering your progress.

  • Receive treatment to alleviate symptoms and core issues.

Evening appointments are available (but due to demand, may require a wait).  UPMC and Highmark commercial and marketplace insurance is accepted; receipts are provided for out of network benefits; a sliding scale is available for self-pay clients.  Clients with Beaver County Medical Assistance who meet referral criteria may be referred by their primary psychotherapist for adjunct EMDR therapy and/or therapeutic yoga.