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After almost 25 years of education (MSW & MBA) and experience, Linda has developed an approach to counseling that draws on an individual’s personal strengths. She works with adults at any age but specializes in older adults and caregivers. She has helped clients with issues of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, grief, OCD, life transitions, developing coping skills and other concerns. She utilizes a number of techniques and therapies including patient centered, strength based, CBT, validation & reminiscence therapy, and mindfulness. Linda has been certified as a PTSD therapist, an Aging Consultant and is trained in EMDR. Her approach is open, accepting, honest and affirming. Linda’s goal with each client is to find “fuel for their soul” in hopes to help them move forward. She enjoys hearing each person’s story and witnessing their personal journey towards healing.
With over a decade of experience, Welcoming Arms Counseling strives to provide a safe and secure place for individuals to address emotional and psychological problems that often result in personal suffering and struggling relationships. We place great emphasis on empathy and believe that we all encounter deep dark places that are best worked through when we have a safe and compassionate person to walk alongside us through the journey. Helping others find a way forward in order to experience fulfilling relationships and a joy-filled life is our main goal of therapy services.
Jenn specializes in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and trauma. The modalities used to assist individuals in improving insight, gaining coping skills and building empowerment and self-esteem are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy and Existential Therapy.
Jenn is experienced in working with diverse populations, having worked outside of the United States and with people of many different socioeconomic statuses, cultures, intellectual and developmental stages, age groups, sexual orientations, and genders. Jenn uses she/her/hers pronouns.
Does your relationship feel more like a friendship? Has the spark that was once there gone away? Are you in need of pre-marriage counseling as more of a preventative measure? Perhaps you have decided to get a divorce but want to figure out how to do so and co-parent amicably. As a therapist trained in the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) the Developmental Model and Discernment Counseling I can use proven techniques and provide adaptations to unique clients as needed. I am a Certified Sex Therapy-informed Professional. My goal is to help you reach your relationship goals, whatever those may be.
My Private Practice
As a private practice owner, I take great pride in doing well with every aspect of the operation. Counseling is not just a job for me but a passion and a calling. Therefore, my practice provides excellent care while looking at the big picture and the small details. From a relaxing office environment to an easy way to complete streamlined paperwork to well-thought-out collaborative treatment plans, I try to deliver excellent care for every aspect of your journey.
In my free time, I enjoy playing and watching sports, spending time with friends and family, and relaxing outdoors.
As you go about processing your life transitions, losses, anxiety, and general struggles, please know that I consider it an honor and a privilege to hear your story and help YOU find the solutions and answers.
Lesley, a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervisory designation, is the proud owner of Bridges Counseling. Lesley’s mission is to help people live intentionally and wholly, even when life presents challenges and pain.
Lesley believes that counseling is not a “quick fix” to the struggles of life, but by using an empathetic and results-oriented approach she works with her clients to ensure goals are identified and a therapeutic plan is outlined to push forward toward healing and progress. She strives to serve her clients by balancing behavioral and cognitive approaches, equipping clients with effective behavioral strategies as well as helping to process mental blocks and trauma.
Lesley’s professional experience consists of over 15 years of working with populations she is passionate about helping, including working with adults and teens, students at the collegiate level, with survivors of sexual assault, couples entering marriage as well as those facing times of struggle, working through infidelity and those dedicated not only to saving, but improving their marriage. She has been a speaker for churches, women’s groups, collegiate and business functions.
Lesley holds a B.A. in Business Management & Economics from University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio and received her M.A. in Clinical Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. She is currently enrolled in classes at Liberty University working toward obtaining her doctorate degree in Marriage & Family Counseling.
In addition to her work as a Counselor, Lesley has experience working with clients as a Certified Coach and trained Mediator. Lesley is honored to be a part of the Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals as a Family Coach.
Lesley holds counseling, coaching and mediation sessions in the Worthington office of Bridges Counseling of Ohio.
I am deeply passionate about serving others who have been impacted by loss. It was not my academic or clinical training that drove me into this work, it was the painful loss of my son. Through my own healing journey, I developed a desire to help others move beyond the pain caused by loss.
I enjoy walking alongside others as they find healing through the Grief Recovery Method®. I am grateful for the opportunity to support people as a counselor who are grieving a variety of losses including death, divorce, break-up, infidelity, miscarriage, infertility, financial and job loss, addictions, moving, loss of health, physical injury, and loss of hopes, dreams, and expectations.
I also help people with anxiety, burnout, career counseling, depression, men's issues, relationship issues, phase of life problems, spiritual & religious problems, and substance use problems.
I am here to help you to help yourself through a strengths-based, wellness approach. I am an LGBTQ+ affirmative & celebratory professional clinical counselor who engages in therapeutic relationships that empower diverse individuals and couples to meet their mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. We will identify strengths and protective factors that have served you well in challenging times, as well as areas for growth. The beauty of this approach is that I can see strength even when you’ve temporarily lost sight of it. I would be honored if you were to come alongside me to embark on your wellness journey.
I have experience working with all ages living with an array of mental health and substance use concerns in an agency, a pediatric hospital, a college counseling clinic, and in private practice. My specialization is working affirmatively with LGBTQ+ adolescents (ages 13-17) and adults to address their mental health, wellness, education, and career needs.
At Rocky River Psych. Services, we emphasize the mind-body-spirit connection within a holistic approach to counseling, which can include readiness assessment for gender-affirming/transition medical procedures in accordance with WPATH Standards of Care, adult ADHD psychological testing and evaluation, individual counseling, and/or relational counseling.
Throughout my career, I have worked in every level of care and can help my patient navigate the complicated world ahead of them, both inside and outside of the world of mental health. Having worked in crisis oriented organizations, I have seen those through their darkest times and seen their successes and ability to reach their goals, as defined by them. A firm belief I have developed is that as intimidating as whatever your particular challenge is, you can overcome it.
Having worked at various organizations, I am a firm believer that while something does not have to be perfect, it has to work. As your therapist my goal will be to join you on your journey to healing and reaching your goals. My philosophy is that if you are in therapy with me forever, I am failing and not serving you. Working at a clinic for Mood Disorders and Anxiety I have focused on various interventions to help people as opposed to being married to any single approach. I fully recognize and respect that the patient's life is their life and I am there to help with my training. We will move at your pace, whatever that is, to help get you to your goals. Having worked as a supervisor and clinician at various organizations, I have learned how to see the entire landscape of mental health and life challenges to help whoever enters my office.
Having worked in the crisis setting and high acuity settings, I have developed a firm belief that everyone has an incredible amount of resiliency and an ability to return from whatever crisis they are experiencing at that moment. It does not matter what caused a person to suffer, what matters is how we can work to get out of that challenge. Throughout my career, I have led with my heart which had led me to work to help those in my community, the LGBTQ+ Community. As a community, we have faced adversity and challenges and are rising above it. My hope is to help those who just need that extra help. It has never been in my personality not to challenge or confront whatever is coming at me and I will be the therapist beside you helping you in your fight.
Healing Without Limits Counseling and Consulting, LLC (HWLCC) is a counseling and consulting firm focused on aiding in healing the community through mental health treatment, enhancing the mental health system, and changing society's perspective on mental health. HWLCC envisions a world where no one has to suffer in silence from mental illness due to stigma or have to wait until they’re in crisis to receive attention/support.
Hi. My name is Lisa and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at Restorative Pathways. You might also call me an encourager, master reframer, and lifelong learner. I have worked with clients of all ages, but am primarily serving adults at this time. I have a real passion for joining others on their journeys to peace, joy, healing, growth and wellness. I work with clients experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, life adjustments and transitions, and those who have experienced trauma. My clinical and lived experience has taught me that all people want to be seen, heard, and valued. I strive to provide that experience to each of the clients I work with. I have also learned that each client has a goal or set of objectives they hope to reach and my job is to let them lead. I have found that developing skills in the areas of self-compassion, mindfulness, boundaries, and decision making are useful for many people and often become a part of the journey.
I have been a COCA EC member and counselor for nearly four years now. I am intrigued with the idea of helping build this membership by showing the tremendous value that membership brings. I have been running my private counseling practice at 1115 Bethel Rd. and have enjoyed building my practice by serving my client base with sound, research based therapy. I have been helping couples and individuals work on their communication skills and intimacy issues. I also have been specializing in angry men. I help those suffering from anxiety, depression and just plain STRESS. Please go to my website pharioncounseling.com and learn more about me.
C. Rosie Bauder, PhD, MPH, LPCC, NCC
Hello! I am Dr. Rosie Bauder, and I am the past president of the Central Ohio Counseling Association.
I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with the STRIVE program. I earned my Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a specialization in Counselor Education in the spring of 2021, my BA in psychology from Boston University in 2015, a MA in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University’s School of Medicine in 2017, and an MPH in 2020 from The Ohio State University.
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio and a National Certified Counselor. I also work in private practice in the greater Columbus area at Keller Counseling and Associates. I work mostly with clients around suicide, self-injury, sexual trauma, and eating disorders.
I look forward to meeting you!
I received my bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University and my master’s degree in Education and Allied Professions from the University of Dayton. I am qualified as a Certified Trauma Resiliency Practitioner with the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. I am also a Board-Certified Telehealth Professional With the Telebehavioral Health Institute. I have over a decade of experience as a LPCC-S. I have supervised students at the University of Dayton through their counseling practicum and internships. I have also supervised LPC’s working towards their independent licensure and LPCC’s working to obtain their supervisory designation. I have over 16 years of experience working in both community mental health and private practice settings. I started my own solo practice, Safe Harbor Columbus, last year. I treat children, adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. I will be presenting a training for the Central Ohio Counseling Association June 17, 2022.
Gayle Garcia is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) working at Affirmations Psychological Services. She is receiving clinical supervision from Heidi Carter, LPCC-S, LICDC. She earned her Master’s degree at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Being born and raised in Michigan she and her husband made the decision to move to Columbus, Ohio so she could pursue her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at The Ohio State University, where she is currently working on her dissertation, hoping to complete it soon.
Gayle sees the work she does with clients as collaborative process and client centered. She works to build an authentic and safe space for her clients to heal and grow. She recognizes that change is hard and honors where her clients are at in the change process. She uses various modalities to help her clients succeed in reaching their mental and emotional wellness goals. Whatever intervention she decides to use it will be from a trauma informed, identity affirming, socially just perspective that honors the client’s story. Gayle has experience working with all ages and is willing to work with most presenting concerns, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, body image issues, and relationship issues. She has a passion for children and adolescents. For the past year she has been working at a hospital outpatient program for adolescents in crisis. Before that she worked with college-aged students who were in crisis and connected them with university and community resources. She has also worked in an elementary school as a mental health counselor.
I serve adult individuals experiencing mental health challenges or navigating major life changes, from all walks of life. I am especially adept at serving high achievers and complex developmental trauma survivors. My practice is centered around developing intentions, building mind-body awareness, and healing/growing intrapersonal and interpersonal connection.