OCA Member Directory
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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!
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.
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.
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!
Quanishia Gibson is a Graduate Student at Geneva College in the Marriage and Family Therapy Track and co-founder of Family Counseling & Mental Health nonprofit The Daughters Den. Gibson is committed to beginning internship in January 2024 at Victory Mental Health Services under the training of Velecia Luckette, LPCC-S.
Priscilla is a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed by the Counselor, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapist Board of Ohio. Priscilla earned her Master’s in Education and Health Sciences from the University of Dayton, with a focus on Clinical Mental Health 2014. Her education was complemented by hands-on experience through internship with a private practice where she went on to become an Outpatient Therapist. In this capacity Priscilla worked with children, individuals, families, and couples with a variety of clinical and mental health needs.
Priscilla knows personally how the demands of life can be overwhelming - mentally, physically, and spiritually. Despite her own emotionally-devasting life experiences, she is a overcomer using those experiences to connect with, engage, and counsel others to overcome. Through it all she has a passion for “helping hurting people heal.” She has experience with couples counseling, depression and anxiety, panic attacks and panic disorder, anger management, trauma and PTSD. She is professionally trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
As a licensed professional counselor, and ordained minister, Priscilla focuses on the wellness of the whole person. If you are looking to be your best self, begin by investing in yourself today. Let There Is Hope Counseling help you through our caring and transformative services. We look forward to connecting with you.
My name is Nicolas Smith, and I currently am employed with Ohio Guidestone as a Behavioral Health Specialist and Counseling Intern. I work with children from ages 5 years old to 18 years old both in school and outside of school as needed. I also work with adult clients who are diagnosed with mental health and/or substance use disorders.
I graduated with my Bachelors in Psychology and Criminology from Capital University in 2020. Currently, I am enrolled at Heidelberg University pursuing my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and projected to finish in December 2023.
I currently have my Counselor in Training license, with plans to take my LPC exam at the end of 2023. I also have my Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Preliminary license and will apply for my Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant 2 license this summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi, I am a counselor in training at CCU. I look forward to starting clinical work this fall.
The Center for Autism, Assertiveness & Social Skills
Specializing in Autism/Aspergers in Adults, Catholic counseling, Logo Therapy, & people who are overly intelligent.