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Hanna Foster, MA, Ed.S

Therapist & Community Educator

Hanna has been with the Collins Center since 2000 and plays an integral role as the agency's longest-serving staff member. Her extensive work with the organization has included court advocacy, chairing the Sexual Assault Response Team, providing crisis intervention counseling, overseeing grant writing, and delivering community outreach presentations. In 2012, she graduated from James Madison University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and transitioned to her current role as a Collins Center therapist. Hanna is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and forensic interview techniques, and she has experience treating adults and children with a wide variety of traumatic experiences. Hanna's Master's thesis focused on the primary prevention of child sexual abuse, and her extensive understanding of the underlying principles of sexual violence has helped to enrich the quality and effectiveness of the agency's prevention programming and client services. Hanna grew up in Virginia and still enjoys all the natural beauty the state has to offer. When she's not at the Collins Center, you can find her in the woods, by a river, or on a mountain. She also enjoys adventure traveling with her family.

I have witnessed the profound power of being truly heard. This power, along with the resilience of survivors, is what makes my job so amazing. My main role at the Collins Center is that of a therapist, but I also enjoy engaging with the community in prevention and education efforts.

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