Avers and Biddle Counseling

1681 Crown Avenue

Suite 10

Lancaster, PA 17601

About Us

Hannah Avers, LCSW

Hannah Avers, LCSWHannah is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in the human services field since 1998. She began her career working in group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities and then became a director, overseeing the day-to-day operations of six residential homes. She has also worked as a therapeutic support staff for children diagnosed with autism and as a recreational therapist on both an Alzheimer's unit and an inpatient mental health unit. Her masters level internship from 2004-2006 was with the South Central Juvenile Firesetters Program. She conducted mental health assessments for children who had started fires, assisted in teaching education sessions, and led monthly meetings with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to review cases. She began providing therapy in 2006, working with families and their children who were at risk for out-of-home placement due to emotional or behavioral issues. In 2008 she began working as an outpatient psychotherapist, working primarily with victims of physical and sexual abuse as well as with teenagers struggling with depression and anxiety. She enjoys seeing diverse populations including working with women, young adults, teenagers, children, and survivors of trauma and domestic violence. She holds the following credentials:

  • Obtained bachelor of science from York College in 2002
  • Obtained masters in social work from Temple University in 2006
  • Have a license to practice clinical social work in the state of Pennsylvania
  • She is a member of National Association of Social Workers
  • She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

In addition to her education, she has participated in numerous trainings that have focused on various treatment orientations, mindfulness, CBT, treating trauma, and working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Mindy Biddle, MA, LPC

Mindy Biddle, LPCMindy is a licensed professional counselor who has been in the human services field since 1998. She began her career working in an inpatient setting with juveniles. She then worked in a co-op setting for individuals with developmental disabilities. Her masters level internship from 2006-2008 was with the Women’s shelter in Reading and then the Caron foundation where she worked with clients who had both mental health concerns as well as drug and alcohol addictions. During that time Mindy also worked as a therapeutic support staff with children and teenagers in the home and community setting. In 2007 (as she finished up her internship requirements) she found her passion as an outpatient psychotherapist. She enjoys seeing diverse populations and for the past ten years has worked extensively with adults, young adults, teenagers and children in individual sessions as well as family and couple’s sessions. She holds the following credentials:

  • Obtained bachelor of arts in human services from Alvernia University in 2004
  • Obtained masters in community counseling from Alvernia University in 2008
  • Have held a LPC licensure (Licensed Professional Counselor) since 2010 which enables her to provide treatment in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • She is a member of the American Counseling Association.

In addition to her education, she has participated in various trainings and that will continue to be ongoing to uphold her licensure requirements.

Avers and Biddle Counseling

Thomas Graves, Ph.D., LPC

Thomas Graves, Ph.D., LPCDr. Graves has been counseling since he earned his first master’s degree in 1996. His experience covers a wide range of settings and clientele. Originally working with children and adolescents in their homes and in the office, he developed specialties in working with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those with sexuality problems.

His work with individuals with sexual problems led him to earn a second master’s degree and PhD in human sexuality from Widener University, where he was also trained as a sex therapist. He currently runs programs at Wernersville State Hospital, and is part of a workgroup developing policy for PA Office of Developmental Programs. He has taught graduate courses for Widener University, has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and provides consultation and training across the country.

Dr. Graves brings his professional knowledge and experience, along with genuine compassion and concern, into each counseling session in an effort to help understand the issues creating problems in a person’s life and how to build on strengths each person has toward workable, lasting solutions.

Separate from helping clients with intellectual disabilities, mental health problems, and sexuality issues at Avers and Biddle, Dr. Graves provides evaluations, consultation, training, and teletherapy related to problematic sexuality, sexual offending, fire setting, and violence. He holds the following credentials:

  • Bachelor’s of Science degree from Eastern College (now Eastern University)
  • Master’s of Science degree in clinical psychology from Millersville University
  • Master’s of Education degree from Widener University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) degree in human sexuality from Widener University
  • License as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania

He is a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers, and the National Adolescent Perpetration Network.

Dr. Graves considers himself a lifelong learner, and is always broadening his perspective through conferences and trainings, reading books and professional journals, and taking online college and graduate courses.