Hadil Penalvert, LCSW

License #104154
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, EMDR
Anxiety, Children, Depression, Domestic Violence, Trauma/PTSD
Structured, Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic), Trauma Focused
Around Noon, Afternoons, Evenings, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Taking new clients
Telehealth, In-person
Arabic, English, French
Ethera Irvine
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Meet Hadil Penalvert


What would your clients and colleagues say is your therapist superpower?

I think all of them would agree that my therapist superpower is compassion and non-judgement. I live by these values, in my practice as a therapist and everyday in my personal life.


What is one thing that you have learned through your own therapy?

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that the process of healing is not linear, it takes time, and it takes effort – we have to want to do the work needed in order to heal.

What does a typical session with you look like?

It varies from one client to another, but I would say usually session starts with a check in about client’s updates on their week and progress toward their goals; and session ends with a calming exercise or some type of closure like reflective questions or goal for the week. The middle part of the session really depends on the work that is being done with the client.


If you hadn’t become a therapist, what profession would you have chosen and why?

Maybe something related to fashion or to comedy? I love fashion and I love making people laugh, but for a career, I can’t think of anything I would want to do. I feel that my life purpose and career are aligned. I’m honored to be able to hold space for each one of my clients so they can reach their full potential.


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Therapy Styles

Short Term (Solution-focused, etc.) 
Ideal for those who are coming in with a specific problem they’d like to address and gain clarity on. Typically, short term therapies are present focused and do not dive deep into your past.

Structured therapies are goal and progress oriented. Therapists may incorporate psychoeducation and a specific “curriculum.” In order to stay on track, therapists may provide worksheets and homework.

Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic, Existential, etc.) 
Exploring the past and making connections to present issues can help clients gain insight. Getting to the root of the issue and finding deeper self-awareness can help with long-term change.

Non-directive (Humanistic, Person-centered, etc.)
Going with the flow and seeing where it leads.

Behavioral (CBT, DBT, etc.)
Focuses on changing potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors by addressing problematic thought patterns and specific providing coping skills.

Trauma Focused (EMDR, TF-CBT, etc.)
Recognizing the connection between trauma experiences and your emotional and behavioral responses, trauma focused therapy seeks to help you heal from traumas.