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

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.

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Megan Sparks, LPC

Megan Sparks, LPCIt has always been Megan’s passion to work in the human services field. In 2008, she began her journey working in a group home from individuals who suffered from significant mental illnesses by helping them focus on their recovery. She then worked as a Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS) for children who struggles with behavioral and mental health concerns and helped support parents in managing these struggles. During this time, Megan also began working with a Psychologist as his assistant to help conduct vocational and psychological assessments for a Ministry Assessment Program. During her schooling for her Master’s degree, she completed an internship at an acute day hospital for children between the ages of 5-12 to help stabilize them and transition them to a lower level of care. After obtaining her Master’s degree, she became a Behavioral Specialist Consultant/Mobile Therapist (BSC/MT) in which she was the lead in cases for coming up with interventions and treatment plans to help support the parents, the child, and the TSS working with the family. In 2012, she transitioned into her desired career as an outpatient therapist working for a non-profit agency and in 2016 moved into private practice. She has worked extensively with children and teenagers along with their parents. She enjoys working with a diverse population and also has experience working with adults who suffer from depression and anxiety while utilizing various treatment orientations to best meet the needs of her clients. She has attended numerous trainings that have focused on treating trauma for children and adults. She holds the following credentials:

  • Bachelors of Art in Psychology; Minor in Sociology from Millersville University- 2008
  • Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University- 2011
  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania- 2015

Julie Bakley, LCSW

Megan Sparks, LPCJulie's interest in counseling began in 1980 when she worked nights for a Crisis Hotline in Southern New Jersey and as a “traveling hairdresser” at an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center and two local nursing homes during the day. It was several years and four children later before she enrolled in college and began to pursue a career as a Mental Health and Addictions Therapist. Her internships included working in the Social Services department at a nursing home and as a counselor and education specialist in a Domestic Violence Center. She has worked with physically, emotionally and sexually abused children, including teenage girls rescued from human trafficking. Her first six years of outpatient counseling was working with adults challenged with a variety of concerns including, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, trauma, grief/loss, schizophrenia and abuse. She began including clients in her practice who were struggling with all forms of addiction. Julie has specialized training in anger management, spiritual counseling and Christian counseling and has experience in “deprogramming” people who have suffered spiritual abuse from religious oppression or involvement in harmful spiritual practices. She uses a combination of treatment theories to help clients which include cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, mindfulness, client-centered and reality. I believe working with various therapy modules helps eliminate a “cookie cutter” approach to treatment, as every client is a unique individual, traveling through life on a pathway created exclusively for them

  • Bsw from Bloomsburg University 2003
  • MSW from Marywood university 2004
  • License to practice clinical social work in the state of Pennsylvania