Michael Avender


Michael Avender


Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counselor
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Jill Harle, LPC #PC006961
Primary Credential: Social Worker
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • American Behavioral
  • AmeriHealth
  • Anthem
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
Fees: I offer an affordable sliding scale for individuals who are not in network with the insurances listed above starting at $80 per session for individuals and $90 per session for couples or families. I offer free 10-15 minute consultations to see if my approach to therapy is a good fit for prospective clients.
Evening Availability


127 S. 5th St.
St. 140
Quakertown, Pennsylvania 18951

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My Approach to Helping

Engaging in therapy can be a nerve-wracking process, especially if it’s your first time reaching out for professional guidance. Seeking out professional support, however, is one of the bravest things anyone can do. As Brené Brown says, “Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it's having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it's our greatest measure of courage.” I believe in the inherent resilience of each person and encourage folks to embrace their vulnerability in order to heal and create a more meaningful life.

I am a clinician committed to developing and strengthening the therapeutic relationship between myself and my clients. I believe that authenticity, transparency, and mutual empathy are imperative for the growth of both the client and the therapist. My goal is to foster a safe, inclusive space where individuals feel comfortable expressing who they are without fear of judgment. I specialize in talk therapy, incorporating multiple therapeutic modalities to cater to the specific needs of each client. Some therapeutic modalities I utilize are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Psychodynamic, narrative, trauma-informed therapies; Internal Family Systems (IFS); and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), among others. Regardless of the therapeutic theory being utilized, I approach each session from a strengths-based, Humanistic, person-centered approach. Additionally, I incorporate mindfulness practices into all of my sessions, as I believe that grounding oneself in the current moment is where healing begins.

More Info About My Practice

I provide therapy from 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and on some days I am able to accommodate an 8am session for individuals with strict start times for work. I offer sessions from 9am-2pm on Fridays. I want to make therapy as accessible as possible, and I am happy to work with folks to find a time where they can dedicate 50 minutes to an hour just for themselves.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I received my Master of Social Work degree with a clinical concentration from The University of Pennsylvania. I am licensed through the Association of Social Work Boards. I am a Level 1 Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I have worked with clients on a wide range of presenting issues, including trauma, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, thought disorders, relationship issues, grief and loss, and LGBTQ+ topics, among others. I have experience providing individual, couples and group therapy to individuals of all ages, and maintain an approach of unconditional positive regard with each person I work with.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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