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Meet Our Team

Our Leadership

Hillary Schultz

Hillary Schultz

M.Ed., LPCC-s

Hillary Schultz is the owner and CEO of the practice. Hillary has been a practicing clinician since 2002.  She graduated from Ohio University with an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in counselor education. Hillary is known to be supportive, yet has a direct, solution focused approach. She is considered genuine, empathetic, and has a high regard to ethical and legal standards of practice. Hillary started her career as an outpatient counselor helping adults and older adults in a community mental health setting. She has performed contract work with the juvenile court systems as well as state children’s services boards. Prior to starting her own practice, Hillary spent  several years serving as an administrator in long-term residential settings. Hillary is experienced in helping both adolescents and adults with severe mental illness, various mood disorders, substance abuse and dependency disorders, disorders related to anxiety, disorders related to compulsions, behavioral disorders, those with LBGTQ+ related issues, and those who are sexual offenders.


Throughout the years, Hillary has additionally enjoyed developing and facilitating trainings for the community and professionals. She has had extensive post-graduate training related to community and individual crisis, drug and alcohol dependency, as well as working with multi-ethnic populations and various religious cultures.  She has served on several boards and coalitions aimed at helping the undeserved populations. She also works with non-profit agencies as a consultant developing treatment programs and helping them with development work. Hillary is passionate about her work related to suicide prevention and serving those in marginalized communities. She specializes in both program and leadership development and couples counseling services. 


Hillary is a mother of 2 and when not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, fishing, hiking, bicycling and traveling to the beach.


Hillary's pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Jennifer "Jenn" Reed

Jennifer "Jenn" Reed

ATR, LPCC-s

Jennifer "Jenn" Reed is the Clinical Director at the practice. Jenn is a Registered Art Therapist and as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision endorsement. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Writing minor from Kent State University in 2008. In 2015, Jenn obtained a dual Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College. She has experience with children/adolescents and adults in both individual and group therapy settings at all levels of care, including inpatient hospitalization. Her areas of specialty include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, survivors of domestic violence, substance use, LGBTQIA+ populations, peri/post-natal women, suicidality and self-harm, women's issues, parenting skills, work/life balance, career and workplace issues, and children and adolescents.


As a clinician, Jenn is known to be down-to-earth, pragmatic, energetic, solutions-focused, genuine, empathetic, accepting, direct, and supportive. She has worked with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, and is inclusive and accepting to all both personally and professionally. Jenn uses an integrated and custom approach to each client's care, with a predominant emphasis on strengths-based skills building and empowerment. She has a strong belief that all people are capable of change and achieving their goals, but may at times need support and encouragement to make progress. As a Registered Art Therapist, Jenn can also provide art therapy services in addition to traditional talk therapy methods.


Prior to transitioning to private practice, Jenn served in an administrative role managing a multidisciplinary team providing high acuity outpatient services for adolescents. She has also presented CEUs for other clinicians, and participated in live educational seminars for local students and teachers for suicide prevention and mental health awareness.


Jenn is a mother of two, and in her free time, she enjoys art-making, crafting, reading science fiction and high fantasy, attending comic cons, tending to her houseplants, going to museums and escape rooms, and spending time with her family and friends.


Jenn's pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Megan Long

Megan Long

MSW, LISW-s

Megan Long is a Clinical Supervisor at the practice. Megan is  a Licensed Independent Social Worker and has been working in the adult mental health field since 2014. Megan graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and received a Master’s of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She has enjoyed working in a variety of settings, including inpatient, residential, crisis intervention and university counseling roles.


Megan is experienced in working with adults experiencing severe mental health concerns, mood disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She has extensive knowledge on trauma, trauma responses and the neurobiology of trauma, and has facilitated both individual and group counseling for individuals with these concerns. As a queer practitioner, Megan has experience leading both individual and group counseling for LGBTQIA+ populations who may be experiencing concerns related to identity. Megan is aligned and open to working with non-monogamous and alternative relationship styles and orientations.


In her career, Megan has worked in residential, inpatient, crisis intervention and university settings. Megan worked as an Advocate for Gender Based Violence Prevention & Response in which she assisted clients in navigating reporting processes for sexual and gender-based violence. Megan bases her work with clients in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, with an emphasis on mindfulness and compassion-based practices.


Personally, Megan loves to spend time with her dog Lilly, and cat MJ. Megan has grown her collection of houseplants to ensure her apartment feels like an urban jungle. Megan loves to explore new crafts and skills such as watercolor and ukulele. Megan loves to spend time off attending concerts and traveling to beautiful places.


Megan's pronouns are She, Her, Hers.

Courtney Avgerinos

Courtney Avgerinos

Courtney Avgerinos is the Scheduling Supervisor at our practice.  Prior to joining the practice, she had 14 years experience working in pediatric dentistry where she worked chairside with the providers as well as scheduling and coordinating in office and outpatient dental procedures.  She has a wealth of knowledge about the operation of the practice and is happy to answer any questions you may have.


Courtney is patient, kind, and welcoming to everyone around her.  In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and their six children.  They are a very sports focused family that enjoys frequent trips to the beach.


Courtney’s pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Rachel Zallar

Rachel Zallar

MA, LPCC-s, LICDC

Rachel Zallar is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. She is a Clinicial Supervisor at the practice. Rachel earned her Master’s degree in counseling from John Carroll University and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University. Rachel has experience in providing group, individual, and couples counseling in all levels of care, from outpatient services in hospital and community mental health environments as well as inpatient care.


Rachel has worked with a wide variety of populations and challenges. Her areas of focus include severe mental illness, chemical dependency/substance use, dual diagnosis concerns, relationship issues, self esteem and self image challenges, medical and chronic illness related issues, forensic/formerly incarcerated individuals, grief and loss, LGBTQIA+ specific issues, anger management, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Rachel utilizes several modalities in her work including person centered, CBT, DBT, solution focused, and motivational interviewing. Rachel believes that everyone needs at least one safe space to truly be themselves! She values flexibility in every session, building rapport with every client, being supportive, compassionate, direct, and genuine.


Outside of work, Rachel practices self-care in a variety of ways. She loves going on adventures with her two dogs, cooking new recipes, playing softball in different states, and trying new pizza places weekly. She is a firm believer that pineapple never goes on pizza. Rachel is also very passionate about Cleveland sports teams.


Rachel's pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Megan Hoon

Megan Hoon

M.Ed., LPCC-s

Megan Hoon is Clinical Supervisor at the practice. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision endorsement. Megan has been a clinician since 2010, and has experience working with both adults and adolescents in school, community, and telehealth settings. Her career has allowed her to work not just with individuals, but with families and couples as well. She specializes in anxiety disorders, adolescent issues, marital/relationship issues, and family conflicts.


Megan’s areas of focus include step parents and step-parenting concerns, blended families, co-parenting challenges, working mothers, single parents, parents/caregivers of children with mental illness, marital separation and divorce, relationship difficulties, burnout, self-care, work-life balance, career changes, adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect, life satisfaction, self-esteem and self-concept, life transitions, middle aged individuals and mid-life challenges, empty nesters, and adolescents preparing for college and adulthood. In another specific area of focus, she also explores the mind/body connection and the link between mental health, trauma, and physical wellness. This includes addressing somatic symptoms, using mind/body experiential and exposure exercises, learning grounding, mindfulness, and breathing techniques, and gaining insight into trauma’s impact on the body and brain.

As a clinician, Megan is supportive, honest, realistic, non-judgmental, understanding, direct, and energetic. Megan’s treatment methods vary depending on the person and their needs, but she is client-centered and strengths-based with her interventions. She uses CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), short term solution focused, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness techniques among her approaches.


When Megan is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her young son, her husband, and her pets. She also spends her time remodeling furniture, completing DIY crafts and projects, playing with interior design, playing volleyball, hiking, exploring aromatherapy, supporting the Cavs, enjoying a good cup of coffee, and watching movies and reality tv shows.


Megan's pronouns are She/Her/Hers.

Pamela "Pam" Schneir

Pamela "Pam" Schneir

M.S.Ed., LPCC-s

Pamela “Pam” Schneir is a Clinical Supervisor at the practice. Pam is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a supervisory designation. She graduated from the University of Akron in 2008 with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling. Pam has worked in several different settings as an office-based, family preservation, adolescents, and couple’s therapist. She has been a supervisor for the last 8 years where she enjoys training new therapists the skills to help individuals make positive lasting lifelong changes.


Pam has experience working with individuals, families, and couples at all levels of care including working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system and with parents of the youth. Her areas of specialty include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, family relational issues, parenting skills, negative school behaviors, career counseling, and couples counseling. Pam has served on several committees including county crisis incident response team, agency and community leadership, and a multidisciplinary team working with at risk youth.


As a clinician, Pam is known to be genuine, sincere, supportive, strength and solution focused, and accepting. She has worked with people with different backgrounds and socioeconomic walks of life. Pam supports her clients by collaborating with each person to focus on their goals for treatment and working on a step-by-step plan that is like a roadmap to growth.


Pam enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoys traveling within the US and in Europe. Her constant companion is her dog Maddie who is a sweet hound mix. In her free time, she practices mindfulness and has taken up hydroponics and likes to taste the fruits (and vegetables) of her labor.


Pam’s pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Molli McKinley

Molli McKinley

Molli McKinley is the Billing Manager at our practice.  Prior to joining the practice, she had 22 years experience working in property management where she managed multiple departments including financial reporting and bookkeeping. She is well versed in general office practices and is available to answer any billing or insurance related questions you may have.  


Molli is patient, kind, and likes to help people. She also loves to volunteer her time and has previously been a Big Sister and a guardian at litem through CASA. When not working, Molli enjoys reading and spending time with her children. They enjoy going to the beach and animal experiences.


Molli’s pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Rachel Cobos

Rachel Cobos

MA, LPCC-s

Rachel Cobos is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Clinical Supervisor at the practice. Rachel obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at John Carroll University. She has experience working with teens and adults individually and in groups in outpatient and community based settings. Rachel is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.


Rachel has experience working with a variety of populations and concerns including severe mental illness, trauma, mood and personality disorders, anxiety disorders, dual diagnosis, relationship and interpersonal concerns, life adjustments, self-care and LGBTQIA+ populations.


Rachel’s therapeutic approach involves working collaboratively with clients to explore concerns and identify solutions using evidence-based interventions such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused methods. Rachel aims to empower clients and assist in enhancing self-awareness. As a clinician Rachel is genuine, supportive and direct and hopes to maintain a safe, inviting space for clients to explore their goals.


Rachel is a new mom and enjoys spending time with her family and dog. In her free time she loves to read, spend time outdoors, get in some exercise/movement and enjoy her guilty pleasure of reality tv.


Rachel’s pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Clinicians

Rachel Szczepinski

Rachel Szczepinski

M.Ed., LPCC

Rachel Szczepinski is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is a Senior Clinician at the practice. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community/Clinical Psychology from Walsh University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. She holds a certificate as a Clinical Trauma Professional and is certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.


Rachel has provided individual and group counseling services to adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Areas of treatment have been, but are not limited to, trauma and stressor related disorders, childhood abuse, anxiety, depression, self-harm behaviors, suicidality, relationship distress, life transitions, identity development, and severe mental health concerns. She has experience working with those on the autism spectrum and those with developmental disabilities. Rachel is also LGBTQIA affirming, sex positive, and body positive.


Rachel’s therapeutic work is grounded in trauma informed care, the connection between the mind and body, and mindfulness. She strives to work toward creating a space where one can radically accept where they are and creating the life they want to live. A collaborative approach is used to explore developed behavioral patterns, emotional reactions, and instilled beliefs. Doing so can be an intimidating yet rewarding process, one Rachel aims to walk alongside. She demonstrates a non-judgmental and supportive stance to assist individuals in identifying/strengthening their own internal resources. Incorporated modalities are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, mindfulness/meditation and Narrative approaches.


Outside of work Rachel enjoys exploring national parks, bonfires, stargazing, reminiscing on her camp counselor days, and loves a themed get together. A bucket list item of Rachel’s is to one day be the parent to a pet Brussels Griffon. She looks forward to getting to know areas that fill your cup as well!


Rachel’s pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Jamila Provitt

Jamila Provitt

MSW, LISW

Jamila Provitt is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Senior Clinician at the practice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and earned her Master of Social Work from Youngstown State. She has experience working with teens, young adults, and adults at outpatient and community levels of care settings.


Jamila’s areas of focus include depression and mood, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, codependency, self-esteem and confidence difficulties, racial identity issues and racial trauma, historical and intergenerational trauma, work/life balance challenges, burnout, and substance use. She also focuses on working with single parents, adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect, family caregivers, adults with aging/ailing parents, women’s issues, adult children of parents with mental illness, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and BIPOC populations and the challenges they face.


Jamila’s evidence-based approaches to care include CBT, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, and person-centered modalities. She can also provide a Christian faith-based approach to care as an option if desired.


As a clinician, Jamila is empathetic, encouraging, optimistic, warm, understanding, fun/funny, sensitive, inviting, and affirming. Her hope for her clients is that they increase insight and confidence as they progress through healing. She is passionate about listening to each client’s story, and partnering with them to explore solutions based on individualized goals for growth and change.


Outside of work, Jamila’s hobbies include traveling the western USA, listening to neo-soul and R&B, watching 90’s romantic comedies, maintaining a healthy lifestyle including exercise and clean eating/cooking, being in the outdoors, trying new restaurants, exploring style and fashion, shopping, going to Disneyworld, and time with her friends and family.


Jamila's pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Sara Del Monti-Perko

Sara Del Monti-Perko

M.Ed., MSW, LSW

Sara Del Monti-Perko is a Licensed Social Worker. Sara obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Ursuline College, her Master of Education in Foundations in Behavioral Analysis from the University of Cincinnati and her Master of Social Work Degree from Cleveland State University. Sara has experience working in individual and group counseling settings in community mental health and school-based environments. She also has prior professional experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.


Sara has worked with a variety of client populations including children, adolescents and adults. Areas of treatment have been, but are not limited to, trauma and stressor related disorders, anxiety, depression, work/life balance, interpersonal relationship issues, self-esteem, grief/loss, self-harm and suicidality.


Sara’s therapeutic work is grounded in trauma informed care, where the intersection with client, environment and sensory experience is pivotal in understanding the human condition. She uses connections between mind and body to help the client gain a better understanding of their behaviors, emotional reactions and long-held beliefs in a holistic manner. Sara uses unconditional positive regard and a non-judgmental stance to support her clients on their change journey. Specific therapeutic modalities include: cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered theory, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing and EMDR. She is also eclectic in reality-based and psychodynamic approaches.


Outside of work, Sara enjoys summiting mountains with her husband, hiking, baking, spending time with family and friends, attending craft shows, crafting, party planning, decorating for the holidays and watching her daughter explore the world around her.


Sara's pronouns are She/Her/Hers


Rebecca "Becka" Joanis

Rebecca "Becka" Joanis

MA, LPC

Rebecca "Becka" Joanis is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Psychology and a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health from Western Michigan University. She has experience working with at risk youth and adolescents in a nonprofit providing respite for families. Her most recent role provided her experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults individually and in groups in a community mental health setting.


Becka has experience working with various mental health concerns including but not limited to anxiety, depression, sexual abuse trauma, low self esteem, self harm, relationship concerns, transitional stressors, grief, infertility, and postpartum struggles. Her approach is considered eclectic as she uses various therapeutic approaches such as person centered, solution focused, DBT, CBT, and mindfulness. She hopes to provide clients with a calm, inviting, and non-judgemental space where clients feel safe and supported.


When Becka is not working she enjoys spending time with her two kids, husband, and four pets. She is an avid home DIY'er and enjoys spending time outside during the warmer months. You will likely find her listening to a crime podcast, trying out a new recipe, or exploring a nature reservation.


Becka's pronouns are She/Her/Hers.

Bethany Ghattas

Bethany Ghattas

M.Ed., LPC

Bethany Ghattas is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University, and is also certified in Addictions Counseling. Bethany has experience providing individual and group counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health and inpatient/outpatient settings, primarily focusing on working with adults, emerging adults, and adolescents.


Bethany’s areas of focus include anxiety, depression, social anxiety, OCD, mood disorders, trauma and stressor-related disorders, life transitions, relational stressors, substance use, and more. Bethany is trained in providing gender-affirming care, has experience working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, and is committed to supporting clients by working from a multicultural lens and providing affirmation for all identities and populations.


As a clinician, Bethany is nonjudgmental, down-to-earth, realistic, and encouraging. Bethany utilizes several approaches in her work depending on each client's individual needs. Her approach includes but is not limited to, person-centered modalities, CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, existential, and narrative therapy lenses. Bethany understands the importance of collaboration with clients in working toward their mental health goals and believes the client to be the expert in their journey.


In her free time, Bethany loves to travel, spend time outdoors and in nature, play video games, attend concerts, and spend time with her family and her dog, Stella.


Bethany's pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Dani Dorsey

Dani Dorsey

M.Ed., LPCC

Dani is a independently Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Ohio. She received her Master of Arts of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Akron.


Dani recognizes the impacts of societal norms and how this may influence one’s view of oneself and others, as well as one’s day to day experience and functioning. She uses a number of modalities in her approach with clients, namely feminist and narrative therapies, as well as cognitive-behavioral and Internal Family Systems techniques, all through the lenses of person-centered and humanistic theoretical orientations. Their approach to counseling is one of providing space for clients to empower themselves in their lives and to guide them to become active participants in their thoughts, growth, and lives. She believes a relationship with a counselor is a caring space where one can be themselves without worries of judgment. Dani strives to embody trust, transparency, and authenticity in all realms of my life and work. 


Dani’s speciality areas are LGBTQ+ identity discovery/development, gender exploration, familial/relationship dynamics, depression, anxiety, ADHD, adolescents, and women’s issues.


Dani’s favorite things to do is be in nature with their three dogs, and spending time with their loved ones. Dani loves watching movies and series and listening to music and eating Indian food.


Dani's pronouns are She/They

Annika Jernigan

Annika Jernigan

M.Ed., LPC

Annika Jernigan is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Nonprofit Studies, as well as her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. Annika has years of experience supporting children, adolescents, adults, and families—first in her previous role as an educator and now as a clinician. She has provided clinical services to individuals, groups, and families in both outpatient and school-based settings.


Annika has experience counseling those navigating a multitude of challenges, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, discrimination, economic instability, developmental concerns, behavioral difficulties, grief, identity concerns/concerns related to the LGBTQIA experience, self-harm, and suicidality.


As a clinician, Annika strives to provide a warm and nonjudgmental space for exploration, often utilizing humor and spontaneity in her collaborations with clients. Other therapeutic approaches she uses include DBT, CBT, Mindfulness/Meditative practices, Narrative, and Solution-Focused interventions. By helping clients to flesh out and explore their goals for therapy, Annika can tailor treatment to each person’s individual needs. She believes in each person’s inherent ability to identify and explore changes they may wish to make in their life. Annika seeks to provide encouragement, acceptance, and support to each individual on their journey to a better self.


In her free time Annika enjoys reading, tending to her many houseplants, and listening to music.


Annika’s pronouns are She/Her/Hers.

Kelsey Passov

Kelsey Passov

MA, LPC

Kelsey Passov is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration of Mental Health Services from John Carroll University in 2020, and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University in 2023. Among her work with adolescents and adults struggling with mental health challenges, Kelsey also has historical experience working with individuals with various developmental disabilities in community and higher acuity settings.


Kelsey works with clients aged 12 and older. She enjoys working with adolescents, adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect, parents of young children, adult survivors of intimate partner violence and domestic violence, stay at home parents, cancer survivors, single parents, family members of individuals struggling with addiction, new and post-partum parents, adults with terminally-ill family members, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. Some topics of focus include depression and mood disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD and trauma, living with chronic illness, social phobia, separation anxiety, grief and bereavement, PANDAS and PANS, family conflict, divorce, remarriage and blended families, self-esteem and self-image, ARFID, various phobias, and generational trauma.


Among the approaches she uses, Kelsey uses an acceptance and commitment therapy lens integrated with cognitive behavioral therapy to look holistically at a client’s concerns. She believes that many of the relationships we create in life impact how we feel about ourselves and interact with others. In session, she is warm, supportive, gently direct, contemplative, observant, attentive, energetic, accepting, and emotionally-focused. Kelsey hopes to empower clients to recognize their strength, while holding them accountable, in order to achieve the goals and changes they wish to see in their lives. Kelsey is a sex-positive LGBTQIA+ ally and looks to always create a safe space for her clients. She brings compassion, thoughtfulness, and warmth to each session to create an environment where clients feel welcome.


Kelsey spends her time playing with her two cats Lainey and Beau, making sourdough bread, drawing still lifes, knitting, going thrifting, expanding her tea cup and mug collection, reading historical fiction and romance novels, listening to classic and indie rock and 90’s rap music, watching sit-coms and procedural crime shows, spending quality time with friends and family, going on walks, and taking Pilates classes. Kelsey also hopes to one day become a Reiki Master, which she is currently working on!


Kelsey’s Pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller

MSW, LISW, LICDC

Melissa Miller is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. She earned her Master's degree in social work from The Ohio State University and her Bachelor's degree in social work from Cleveland State University. Her experience primarily lies in providing individual, group, and couples therapy in both community mental health and forensic social work as well as private practice.   


Melissa has served a wide variety of client populations, including adults who have experienced incarceration, substance use, and religious trauma. Her areas of specialty include mood disorders, trauma/PTSD, substance use disorders, life transitions, and relationship issues. She utilizes trauma-informed care with each of her clients and prioritizes individualized treatment, drawing from evidence-based practices such as CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR.  


Melissa is sex-positive, body positive, LGBTQIA+ affirming, and has experience with clients who practice ethical non-monogomy. She practices secular therapy and prioritizes providing a safe and comfortable environment where her clients can feel fully seen and heard without fear of judgment.


In her free time, Melissa loves to scour flea markets and thrift shops for vintage finds, host parties for her friends, travel with her family and play video games.   


Melissa's pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

MA, LPC

Kathleen Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Art Therapy from Capital University and a dual Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College. Kathleen has experience providing individual and group counseling to children, adolescents and adults in community mental health and outpatient settings.


Kathleen’s areas of focus include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, self-harm, suicidality, self-esteem, life transitions, and trauma. Kathleen is a queer counselor with experience working with various LGBTQIA+ clients including ethically non-monogamous and gender non-conforming clients. Kathleen provides compassionate, non-judgmental, trauma informed care with the goal of creating a safe, supportive space for client’s to be themselves. Kathleen utilizes several modalities in her practice including CBT, DBT, person-centered, and solution-focused. Kathleen also draws upon her degrees in Art Therapy by utilizing art interventions alongside these therapeutic modalities.


Outside of work, Kathleen spends most of her time with her dog Wally, by going on hikes, going to the dog park, or snuggling on the couch. When she is not entertaining her dog, Kathleen likes to spend time reading, making art, playing board and video games, and spending time with her loved ones.


Kathleen pronouns are She/Her/Hers and They/Them/Theirs

Rachael Rose

Rachael Rose

MSW, LISW

Rachael Rose is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She received a Master’s degree in social work from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to working in private practice, Rachael provided individual and group counseling in a community mental health setting. She has primarily worked with individuals who are seeking counseling services to address their mental health, substance use, trauma history, and navigating the highs and lows of everyday life.


Rachael’s therapeutic style blends warm and empathetic support, with curiosity and direct communication, to help clients grow and address the needs they bring to counseling. She practices from the idea that each client is the expert in their own lives, while also emphasizing the importance of receiving an additional, professional perspective. Rachael utilizes several modalities in her practice, including narrative therapy, strength-based therapy, positive psychology techniques, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).


Rachael is a culturally aware, LGBTIA+ affirming, sex-positive, body-positive, and flexible clinician who believes that a “one-size fits all” approach to counseling does not exist! She emphasizes trauma-informed care in her work with clients and is dedicated to spending as much time as possible establishing a positive, comfortable, and supportive relationship with all of her clients.


In her free time, Rachael enjoys snuggling with her cat, Mystic, knitting, daily yoga, spending time with friends and family, and reading cheesy romance novels. She also has an interest in astrology and tarot readings, and will pull astrological birth charts for friends!


Rachael's pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Amanda Sabo

Amanda Sabo

MSW, LSW

Amanda Sabo is a Licensed Social Worker. She earned her Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor of Sociology degree from Cleveland State University. Amanda has served a diverse range of clients, including those with mood disorders, substance use issues and those struggling with various hardships in life. She has experience working with ages 14 and up, with a primary focus of working with adults. Her areas of specialty include mood disorders, life transitions, relationship issues, faith/spiritual issues, trauma/PTSD, criminal/legal issues, those experiencing post-abortive issues, parenting and maternal issues. Amanda utilizes several modalities in her work depending on the unique needs of each client. This often includes a mix of narrative therapy, CBT and solution-focused work in order to move toward the desired change in her client’s lives. 


As a clinician, Amanda brings a strength-based lens and a warm, non-judgmental presence to every session.  She understands how important it is to collaborate with her clients on how to help them reach their goals, as they are the expert of their own journey. Through building a strong therapeutic relationship with all, Amanda is able to guide clients on a path towards healing by gently challenging her clients to take small, agreed upon, action-oriented steps. 


In her free time, Amanda spends time with loved ones and enjoys watching her daughter explore the world around her. She loves stories, especially through movies and television and quoting random lines from her favorites. Amanda also loves traveling to beautiful places and dancing at silent discos.


Amanda's pronouns are She/Her/Hers


Michaela Moneypenny

Michaela Moneypenny

MA, LPC

Michaela Moneypenny is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Fine Arts at Heidelberg University, and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at John Carroll University. She has historical experience working with children and adolescents with Autism and learning disabilities, children within the foster care system, young adults in the college setting, and adults in intensive high acuity outpatient settings. Her current areas of focus include anxiety, depression, social anxiety and social skills, test and performance anxiety, self-esteem and self-concept, trauma, grief, work and career stress, relocations and moves, job changes, self-acceptance, relationship problems and divorce, work/life balance, and chronic illness and chronic pain. She enjoys working with adolescents, adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect, adult survivors of narcissistic abuse, those grieving the death of a parent or spouse, autistic/neurodivergent adults, men aged 18-30 who have survived abuse and intimate partner violence, young adults preparing for college and adulthood, survivors of domestic violence, college students, young adults adjusting to living independently, LGBTQIA+ individuals, empty-nesters, cancer survivors, and those living with chronic illness. Michaela also works with those in caregiving and people centered professions such as teachers, counselors, nurses, and first responders.


Michaela’s therapeutic style is encouraging, compassionate, bubbly, supportive, optimistic, interactive, collaborative, patient, and gently direct. Her approach to care is solutions focused and person-centered, often using creative and innovative strategies and humor in collaboration with the client to promote autonomy and change. She values each client as an individual, and utilizes several modalities in her practice including CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Expressive therapy, Solution-Focused, and other trauma-informed approaches to care.


Michaela discovered her interest in helping others through traveling and learning about different cultures. She enjoys being outside and taking her dog, Bruce Wayne (AKA Batman), for long walks, reading romance/fantasy novels, swimming, hiking across the USA, kayaking, boating, camping, traveling internationally and trying local cuisine, baking, crafting, knitting and crocheting, listening to folk and indie music, enjoying good coffee, and gardening. She enjoys all seasons, however, fall and summer are her favorites; she sips on pumpkins spice in the fall and tends to her vegetable garden in the summer. Michaela is kind-hearted, witty, and enjoys puns.


Michaela’s pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Thailia Morton

Thailia Morton

M.Ed., LPC

Thailia Morton is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor’s of Art degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Bowling Green State University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. She is also certified in Addiction Counseling. Thailia has experience providing individual, group, family and couples counseling in community mental health settings. Populations that she has worked with include adolescents, teens, young adults, adults and elders with various backgrounds.


Thailia’s areas of focus include trauma focused care, anxiety disorders, mood disorders including depression, life transitions, BIPOC individuals , LGBTQIA+ individuals, self esteem concerns, ADHD, boundary setting, self-care , and many more. Thailia meets her clients where they are in their journey and utilizes evidenced-based approaches that best fits the needs of the client including but not limited to, person centered modalities, CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing and solution focused.


As a clinician, Thailia is open, nonjudgmental, empathetic, honest and understanding. Thailia is also supportive and direct with her clients. She is compassionate when challenging client’s to look within themselves to gain new perspectives of their given situations or concerns. She values each individual as their own person and views herself as a co-facilitator in their journey.


In her free time, Thailia loves to create, learn new things and spend time with loved ones. Thailia enjoys cuddling with her pitbull, Cocoa, while watching movies or reading books. She also enjoys spending time traveling and being out in nature, when the weather allows it.


Thailia’s pronouns are She/Her/Hers.

Cara Schossow

Cara Schossow

M.A., LPCC

Cara Schossow is an Independently Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is one of the child/adolescent specialists at the practice. Cara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ursuline College and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University. She has experience working with children and adolescents individually and within the group setting, focusing on behavioral issues, trauma, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Conduct Disorders, and Adjustment Disorders. Cara has also provided Family Therapy services within the community. She enjoys working with individuals who have experienced PTSD, childhood abuse and trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders.


Cara’s therapeutic style is honest, encouraging, optimistic, collaborative, and trauma informed. Her chosen therapeutic approach is strength based, trauma based, and person-centered. She uses unconditional positive regard and humor to help build rapport and allow clients to feel comfortable and free to be themselves. Cara utilizes creative modalities in sessions including CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused, Person-Centered, and Trauma Informed approaches. She understands the immediate and life-long impact trauma can have on an individual, therefore, she strives to provide a safe, supportive, and transparent environment to help others on their healing journey.


Outside of work, Cara enjoys spending quality time with her family, gardening, listening to podcasts, taking walks, and watching movies.


Cara’s pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Support Staff

Bailee Schultz

Bailee Schultz

Bailee Schultz is a Billing Specialist at the practice. Bailee's primary roles are claim submissions and confirming insurance eligibility for new and existing clients. Bailee is currently taking college classes pursuing a career in psychiatry as she hopes to one day be a prescriber for clients at Progression Counseling Group.


Bailee is detail focused, internally driven, and comitted to helping individuals and serving as an advocate for those in need. In her spare time, Bailee enjoys playing volleyball, spending time with her friends and family, singing, hiking our Metroparks and being out in nature. She additionally enjoys cuddling her goldendoodle, Willow.


Bailee's pronouns are She/Her/Hers

Jody D'Astolfo

Jody D'Astolfo

Jody D'Astolfo is the Scheduler at our practice.  She is a people person who enjoys helping others.  Prior to joining the practice, she had 8 years of experience working within both private and public elementary schools as a paraprofessional. Jody attended John Carroll University and graduated with a degree in Sociology. Jody does amazing at working to find a good fit between clinicians and clients and responds to clients inquiries quickly. She hopes to make the scheduling process easy and efficient and wants you to feel welcomed and safe.


When not working, Jody spends all her time with her husband and 2 children.  They enjoy traveling, spending time with friends, and going to sporting events.


Jody's pronouns are She/Her/Hers.

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