OCA Member Directory
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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), I can use proven techniques and provide adaptations to unique clients as needed. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Center for Autism, Assertiveness & Social Skills
Specializing in Autism/Aspergers in Adults, Catholic counseling, Logo Therapy, & people who are overly intelligent.
Hi, I am a counselor in training at CCU. I look forward to starting clinical work this fall.
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 specialize in the treatment of young adults, and adults who have experienced a range of struggles in life. I am Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is specifically used to target symptoms related to trauma, phobias, depression and anxiety.
I've worked in multiple settings which has given me experience and the ability to look through different lenses. I am LGBQ+/TGNC affirming and informed. I work to offer a safe space for you to speak openly about issues. The hardest part is making the initial contact. I am available quickest through email, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Melissa Watson, LPCC-S is a clinician and Associate Clinical Director at Keller Counseling & Associates. Melissa earned her Masters Degree at The Ohio State University in the Counselor Education program and completed her Bachelor’s degree also at The Ohio State University in Human Development and Family Studies. Melissa is currently serving as Past President on the executive board for Central Ohio Counseling Association. Melissa is experienced working with adults, adolescents and children to treat depression, anxiety, trauma, stress management, life transitions, relationship/family concerns and parenting stress. Her approach is goal oriented, client centered with a focus on client’s strengths and wellness. Melissa uses techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to help develop a framework for positive and maintainable change. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading, playing sand volleyball, going to sporting events and spending time with family, friends and her dog, Darby.
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.
C. Rosie Bauder, PhD, MPH, LPC, NCC
Hello! I am Dr. Rosie Bauder, and I am the current 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 Counselor in the state of Ohio and a National Certified Counselor. I also work in private practice, under supervision, 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 am on the Board of Directors for United Suicide Survivors International and a consortium member of the Clinical Readiness Project. I've consulted with the American Association of Suicidology, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the OSU College of Public Health.
I look forward to meeting you!
I have run my own private practice, Safe Haven Counseling, in Hilliard Ohio since 2010. I have been a part of COCA for several years, I began my involvement to network with other counselors and to contribute to our counseling community. I am certified in EMDR, trained thru level 3 of the Gottman relationship trainings and I have my LPCC-S. I enjoy attending new trainings to keep me fresh and current in the field. I am currently learning more about Internal Family Systems. My practice currently is composed of couples and individuals.
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.
Central Ohio Wellness Counseling
Specializing in behavioral lifestyle change for youth, emerging adults, parents... and just about everyone else.
My clinical focus uses evidenced based prevention and treatment approaches to identify client values and goals to achieve sustainable lifestyle change in the area(s) of behavioral, cognitive, emotional, nutritional, physiological, occupational, and/or environmental wellness.
I offer different types of treatment, depending on your needs including: individual counseling, coaching, telehealth, or walk and talk.
I am licensed as a professional counselor by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (C.1902348). In addition, I am certified as a Health and Wellness Coach by Wellcoaches® School of Coaching.
I received a masters degree in Counselor Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University (OSU) and completed my clinical internship at OSU's office of Counseling and Consultation Service and my post-masters fellowship in career counseling at OSU's office of Career Counseling and Support Services.
I hold additional degrees from OSU in Sport and Exercise Management, M.A., and Education, B.S.Ed. With over 20 years of professional wellness service in higher education at OSU, I have supported students through academic, athletic, behavioral, career, cognitive, emotional, physical, and social wellness.
I'm a partner, co-parent of two kiddos, a wellness advocate, and endurance athlete who has completed more than a dozen marathons, ascended two of the top four tallest mountain summits in the contiguous United States, and a two-time finisher of the Ironman ultra distance triathlon.
I'm a co-author of “Student Resiliency: The Subtle Art of Wellness,” a workbook focusing on wellness and resiliency tips and practices designed for Generation Z.
You can expect a welcoming, non-judgmental, empathetic, and personalized therapeutic relationship to provide relief and accountability in achieving your goals.
I offer an initial no charge consultation to briefly discuss your concerns and the possibility of working together. Reach out to request an appointment and let's talk!