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Counseling Services

California and Pennsylvania Tele-Heath Services


If you’re visiting my website, you’re thinking about whether things in your life need to be as hard as they are. Perhaps you aren’t sleeping well. Maybe your relationships are suffering. You might be tired of living a life filled with anxiety. Or maybe you just want someone to talk through some things with. 

You are looking for a therapist who will listen and interact with you. Someone who can be supportive and help you find solutions to your problems. Someone who will help you live a life that is different than it is today.

I am that therapist. I won’t just sit quietly and nod. I will work with you to create change. I will partner with you to work on what you want to change. We don’t have to talk about your childhood (unless you want to). We can talk about what is happening in your life right now. I love when we can laugh in session along with talking about the tough stuff.

If you are ready to make changes then contact me today to discuss how I might best help you. To best fit your needs I have moved to a tele-health only model. I am also currently focused on providing EMDR Intensives and can assist people that currently reside in both Pennsylvania and California. 

Cathy Hanville, LCSW

Cathy Hanville, LCSW They/She

I feel like I am extraordinarily lucky to do this work. I spend my days helping people move past their anxiety. I have always loved hearing people’s stories. People who work with me love that I am interactive and have a good sense of humor. I believe there should also be a lot of laughter in the therapy room. Give me a call or email today to see if we are a good match to work together.

Here I am talking about EMDR Intensives

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Anxiety is what I do the most. My goal is to help every client live a calmer life. Read more here.


I use EMDR with many of my clients. I have found that EMDR has helped many people get unstuck from patterns and thoughts that they had struggled with for years. I currently focus on EMDR Intensives. 

This allows me to help more people who need trauma therapy at this time when it is so difficult to find a therapist.


Many people I work with identify as transgender or non-binary. However, you identify I am here to help you work through the process or work through whatever other struggles you have. For more information on my work with gender identity click here.

Thoughts From a Psychotherapists-Blog Posts

May 2024

An Introduction to Dissociation and How To Work with it as a Therapist

Dissociation is a word that scares many. As a trauma therapist, I have learned to normalize dissociation. Everyone dissociates. Binging Netflix, highway hypnosis, and mindless eating are all ways people do this. There are many different ways to define dissociation. It is a protective mechanism that removes a person from a painful experience.  For therapists, there can be many signals that can indicate dissociation.  Stories that do not quite track. A lack of connection with any affect when discussing traumatic experiences or a loss of time can [...]

April 2024

Navigating Trauma: A Guide to Short-Term EMDR Therapy

In this era of telehealth, finding the right therapeutic approach that resonates with clients can be a journey in itself. As a therapist, I've navigated this and decided on a specialized path that can help many: short-term Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Transitioning to an EMDR-focused model, I've woven in techniques like Internal Family Systems work, creating a toolbox of modalities tailored for trauma processing.  Many individuals find themselves grappling with persistent feelings of being stuck, yearning to break free from the binds of their [...]

March 2024

Raising the Alarm on Gender Identity Change Efforts Disguised as Talk Therapy

Below is a petition that some concerned California clinicians wrote to both educate providers and consumers and to use to send to mental health professional organizations to urge them to speak out against these practices. I want to recognize that the American Psychological Association(APA) issued a very thorough statement February 2024 called APA Policy Statement on Affirming Evidence-Based Inclusive Care for Transgender, Gender Diverse, and Nonbinary Individuals, Addressing Misinformation, and the Role of Psychological Practice and Science. It was a great statement and occurred while [...]

February 2024

Emergent Neurodivergent: Neurodiversity-Affirming Therapeutic Education

Last summer I wrote a blog post about how to spot trainings that were not Neurodiversity affirming.  That did not feel like enough for me so I decided to take it a few steps further and joined by my colleagues Dr. Tiff Lanza LCSW, M.Ed. (They/Them/Theirs) and Christine MacInnis, MSed, MS, LMFT (She/Her/Hers) I co-authored an article published in the California Marriage and Family Therapist Organization's magazine called The Therapist. We were all super excited both that our article got published and it that it happened so quickly. [...]

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