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    Deas Sandy President Elect

    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. 

    Hilliard 43026
    Engel Aaron Communications Chairperson, Social Media Coordinator

    Couple Counseling

    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.

    Helpful Links

    Please visit my website or business Facebook page for more information, and don't hesitate to contact me with questions.

    Miscellaneous

    In my free time, I enjoy playing and watching sports, spending time with friends and family, and relaxing outdoors.

    Dublin 43017
    Smith Kenneth Treasurer

    The Center for Autism, Assertiveness & Social Skills

    Founder

    Specializing in Autism/Aspergers in Adults, Catholic counseling, Logo Therapy, & people who are overly intelligent.

    Columbus 43214
    Bauder Rosie President

    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!

    Columbus 43221
    Watson Melissa Past President

    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.

    Columbus 43221
    Garcia Gayle Member Liaison

    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.

    Columbus 43215
    Pharion Jeffrey Outreach Committee

    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.

    Columbus 43220

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