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Donna Hanson   M.S.

Donna Hanson graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and later earned a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. Her diverse experience exceeds 26 years of clinical experience thatranges from case management, Individual, group and family counseling in a variety of settings that include residential treatment programs, inpatient treatment programs, outpatient and mobile therapy within the schools, home, community and clinical settings.

 

Donna continues to demonstrate a strong sense of advocacy, connection and awareness of community resources with regard to her commitment to provide excellent services to her consumers through her evidence based trauma specific knowledge and experience with the VSI© Victim, Survivor, Integration Model, specifically.  

Donna has been one of the original providers of the original initial Cornerstone Counseling and Consulting Specialists trauma specific group practice since 2009.

 

A lover and advocate of animals, Donna “rescues” furbabies in need and “fosters” dogs and cats in conjunction with a local recognized non-profit no-kill rescue called “One Life to Live.” Her empathy and compassion, sense of humor and authenticity in practice and as a human being as well as strengthens her clinical and humanistic skills within the context of practice.

 

 

Scott  Preisel   Psychotherapist

Scott Preisel holds a BFA in Applied Media Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate student in the process of studying towards a Master of Social Work degree.  After graduation, he worked as a teacher’s aide, teacher, and therapeutic support staff for students with special needs in school settings. He provided social integration and job coaching in a community-based instruction program, did person-centered planning at individualized education programs, provided therapeutic observation and support, assisted at equine therapy, and was a trainer in Non-violent Crisis Intervention.  Scott worked with students in programs to address intellectual disability, provide behavioral intervention for emotional disturbances, cope with learning disability/ADHD, and provide Autism/Aspergers Spectum Disorder support.

 

In western PA, Scott also worked in an adult residential behavioral health center where he received trainings in confidentiality, conflict management, crisis intervention, stabilization, behavioral support, medication administration, and documentation.

 

After a move to the NEPA area, Scott became an intervention coordinator in the HIV prevention field.  As a certified instructor trainer, he provided statewide educational programs for hospitals, behavioral facilities addressing addiction, businesses and community based organizations, as well as universities and high schools.  Scott did behavioral intervention through harm-reduction-based outreach to groups of women at risk, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, and the homeless. 

Scott was also certified in the Office or Performance Review Protocol as a federal grant consultant for HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration), an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Scott continued his prevention work in the HIV field at Caring Communities.  As Agency Program Manager, he also provided counseling/testing and oversight of case management services, assisting to address stigma and disclosure.  Scott was certified through the PA Department of Heath, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in the following: Prevention Counseling, Mental Health and Chemical Dependency, Sexual Identity, Orientation, and Expression, Patient Care, Prevention for HIV Positives, Risk Reduction Strategies, Stigma, Building Facilitation Skills, and Culture, Diversity, and Immigration Challenges.

Scott received intensive training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in three of their Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions: RESPECT Effective Individual Client-focused Counseling, Healthy Relationships Group Intervention, and Popular Opinion Leader Community Level Intervention.

Scott has been a presenter at the PA  Annual Conference for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Geisinger Bloomsburg Strategies for Helping Professionals Conference, the R. Benjamin Wiley Harrisburg Partnership Program, Pike County AIDS Awareness Conference, the PA Department of Health Community Health Nurse Annual Conference, the Marywood University School of Social Work Conference, Recognizing Therapeutic Treatments for Mental Illness Program, and the Child Advocacy Committee Annual Seminar.

Scott moved to working at Geisinger Bloomsburg Psychiatric Behavioral Unit as a Mental Health Tech to increase his counseling exposure and experience.  He was trained in Psychiatric Emergency Assistance Training.  Under supervision, he provided supportive counseling to patients working towards their goals, followed treatment plans, mediated family sessions, and led coping-skill educational groups.  Scott assisted those with addiction issues to alcohol, opioids, and other drugs, and with disorders including: anxiety, depression, Bipolar, eating, trauma and PTSD, dissociative, somatic, conduct, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive, personality, and ADHD. Scott was regularly assigned patients who were male survivors of sexual abuse because of his compassionate support and guidance through their trauma.

Scott was president of Pride of NEPA for many years, providing social support and positive visibility to the LGBTQI community. He has also served on the Bloomsburg University Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Commission, the Michael Pierson Project, and the Rainbow Alliance.  Scott remains passionate about supporting each person in finding their individual path to self-expression.  

Scott currently works part-time at Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, which provides free healthcare to the uninsured. 

Scott gratefully credits a therapist in his past with guiding him as he worked to develop the ability to be more resilient.  This skill set has served him well to overcome life's challenges, to keep hope in tough situations, and to engage in continuous personal growth. She set him on this path, and he follows the Arabian proverb: “Because I have been athirst in the desert, I will dig a well so that others may drink.” 

Scott utilizes a lifelong connection to the outdoors to help him maintain balance.  He believes the natural world provides proof that we are all related.

 

 

Jean Birmer-May RN,  Psychotherapist

Biography coming soon

 

 

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