Move Forward Counseling LLC was started in September 2015 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania by Alison Pidgeon, MA, LPC. Her vision was to provide excellent mental health care for the community as well as a great place to work for its staff. Over the years Move Forward Counseling has grown from a staff of 2 to almost 30 employees.
The pandemic in 2020 provided the therapists with the ability to continue serving clients through telehealth and increase accessibility to people living all over Pennsylvania. At the same time there was also an increased need in the community due to the stressors related to the pandemic so Move Forward began looking for a new office for expansion.
Hershey, Pennsylvania seemed like a natural fit due to its proximity to Harrisburg and Lebanon and the lack of mental health providers in those areas. And so Move Forward Hershey was born!
Why the Name “Move Forward Counseling?”
In the early days of the practice Alison, our founder, was the one answering the phone to schedule new clients. She noticed that clients often mentioned they “felt stuck” and had tried everything they knew to solve their problem, but it still wasn’t working and that’s why they were calling for counseling services.
Around the same time Alison came across this quote on a piece of artwork, “Life is like riding a bicycle. You have to keep your balance in order to move forward.” It was then she realized the clients who were calling because they felt “stuck” were really looking for a way to “move forward” in life. And so Move Forward Counseling became the permanent name of the practice.