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.

She also has many continuing education credits in Internal Family Systems and is a certified clinical trauma professional.


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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Rachel Bonser, MS, NCC, LBS, LPC

Rachel BonserRachel is a licensed professional counselor who has been in the human services field since 2007. She began her career working in group homes with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She graduated in 2008 from York College with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in criminology. She then began her work as a therapeutic support staff for children diagnosed with autism and child behavioral disorders. She also worked with adults on the spectrum as a community inclusion staff. After attaining her graduate degree in 2015 from Walden University, she began her work as an outpatient therapist and mobile therapist. She has also worked as a behavior specialist working with both children and adults diagnosed with autism. She enjoys seeing diverse populations to include children, adolescents, young adults, women, men, and working with families. She holds the following credentials:

  • Obtained Bachelor of Science in psychology from York College in 2008
  • Obtained Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling from Walden University in 2015
  • Have held a licensure as an NCC (National Certified Counselor) since 2016
  • Have held a licensure as an LBS (Licensed Behavior Specialist) since 2016
  • Have held a license as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) since 2018, which allows her to work within the state of Pennsylvania
  • She is a member of the American Counseling Association
  • She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota (International Honor Society for Counseling)

In addition to her education, she has participated in various extensive trainings on a variety of subjects to include grief and grieving, anxiety, trauma, autism, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness, play therapy, art therapy techniques, and 1-2-3 Magic. She will continue to participate in trainings and seminars to help further her education and knowledge, as well as, uphold her licensure requirements.

She is a certified clinical trauma professional.


Holly Sheaffer, MSW, LSW

Renee RicheyHolly is a licensed social worker who is been in the social services field since 2003. She began her career by volunteering in a retirement community assisting with meals and companionship with the residents until she was able to be employed at that retirement community as an activity aide. Following that she spent several years employed as a support staff in groups for individuals with developmental disabilities. Once she completed her bachelor’s degree, Holly worked as a youth behavioral specialist in residential treatment facility for juveniles with problematic sexual behaviors and other various problematic criminal behaviors. She completed multiple master level’s internships at domestic violence shelters, longer term housing units, and at a drug and alcohol hospital. In 2013 she began providing psychotherapy in Delaware prison system for adults who committed sexual offenses. Holly facilitated group therapy, individual therapy, completed sexual risk assessments, and worked collaboratively with probation and parole services. Following that she provided the same services in an outpatient community based providers. In 2018 she transitioned to providing psychotherapy at a medical clinic before transitioning to Avers & Biddle in 2019. Also in 2018 Holly began supervising visits and providing reunification therapy for non-custodial parents and their children. She enjoys seeing a diverse population but particularly enjoys utilizing her specialized trauma training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) protocol. She holds the following credentials:

  • Obtained bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Millersville University in 2010
  • Obtained masters of Social Work (MSW) from Millersville University in 2013
  • Became trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing in 2016

In addition to her education and specialized trauma training she has completed trainings that have focused on diversity training, trauma informed care, mindfulness-based relapse, effects of domestic violence on children, effective communication in legal proceedings, domestic violence, trauma, & mental health, and collaborative law. Lastly, Holly is in pursuit of her clinical licensure (LCSW) and is projected to complete that in 2021.


Brandais Gary, M.Ed., NCC

Brandais GaryBrandais Gary is a nationally certified counselor and a certified kindergarten through twelfth grade school counselor that began her career in 2015 in the school counseling field. In her role as a school counselor, Brandais has gained experience working with diverse groups of children, providing individual and group counseling, bibliotherapy, solution-focused therapy and play therapy. She also has experience working as a liaison between community mental health agencies and families to facilitate appropriate mental health supports.

During graduate school Brandais gained experience working with young children through older adolescents. She also has worked as a therapeutic staff support providing clinical interventions to children with behavioral needs and clients on the autism spectrum. Her specialties include, but are not limited to; working with children, multicultural clients, women, families, trauma, adjusting to life changes and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Brandais believes in a person-centered and cognitive behavioral approach to therapy. She has completed continuing education focusing on trauma, anxiety and counseling techniques for diverse populations. She will continue to pursue additional certifications and education to strengthen her practice.

Brandais is currently working on her certified clinical trauma professional certificate and is pursuing counseling licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) that will be completed in 2022. Brandais has obtained the following:

  • Graduated from Albright College in 2010 with Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Graduated from Shippensburg University with Master of Education degree in 2015
  • Pennsylvania School Counseling Certification, K through 12 since 2015
  • NCC (National Counselor Certification) since 2019