Counseling Services2023-10-21T15:31:52+00:00

Counseling Services

California and Pennsylvania Tele-Heath Services

I AM GLAD YOU ARE HERE!

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

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

EMDR

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.

Gender

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

June 2023

Measuring Dissociation Level with Clients

I have been taking Dolores Mosquera's excellent training on Treating Dissociative Disorders with EMDR: The Progressive Approach at EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning. This training offers two additional bundled days Day 2- EMDR Therapy for Suicidal clients and Self-harming behaviors and Day 3- Working with hostile voices and parts of the personality in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. I will be taking the Day three training next. I have learned a lot in this first day and hope to post more videos. This video today [...]

Assessing For Dissociation Is Essential

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an amazing treatment for trauma. However, it is crucial to assess for dissociation before using EMDR. Dissociation is defined as a psychological defense mechanism that involves a detachment from one's thoughts, emotions, or sense of identity. Understanding and evaluating the presence of dissociation is vital for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of EMDR therapy. Below I have some tools on how to assess for dissociation. For a first-level screening, the DES II is recommended. If the score is [...]

May 2023

Why Gender Exploratory Therapy is a BAD thing

Recently the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists printed a letter to the Editor promoting Gender Exploratory Therapy. For those of us in the community we saw the language and knew this was a bad thing. But if you go to their website they state things in a gentle way that does not show their true agenda. Their agenda is clearly to not allow children to transition at all. That is conversion therapy which is illegal in CA. Many of us let CAMFT know what [...]

April 2023

Why you cannot get a therapist that takes your insurance

I often hear potential clients tell me how hard it is to get a therapist that accepts their insurance plan. I get it. I accepted insurance for over 20 years and when I moved to PA I was not allowed to stay on CA insurance plans so I decided I did not want to make the huge effort to get on PA panels. The trade-off was no longer worth it. I suspect the general public does not understand this concept. Or they blame therapists for [...]

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