Steven Hand, MA, CAC

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I have always wanted to be a Psychologist.  I obtained my B.A. from Lafayette College in Psychology, then I earned my M.A. from Radford University in 1979.  My first full-time job was at a Community Mental Health Center in Ohio.  After gaining some valuable experience there, I moved to Altoona where I worked at the Mental Health Center.  I was lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such a wide variety of clients, and to have had such excellent supervisory experiences.  I then worked at Cove Forge - an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab in Williamsburg, PA.  I was then able to be certified as an addictions counselor, in addition to being a Licensed Psychologist.  I began my private practice in 1987 at 304 Frankstown Rd. in Altoona.  I do individual, couples, group, and family therapy.  I also do psychological testing for evaluating intelligence, personality, and vocational skills.  I have done consulting in prisons and rehabilitation facilities.

   I consider myself to be a cognitive/behavioral therapist although I am very client-centered.  I believe in working with a client to define what changes they would like to make in their thinking, feeling, and behavior and help them to make these changes.  I am a big fan of Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).  For addictions, I tend to use Smart Recovery and Rational Recovery principles.

Steven Hand Reaches

Altoona PA