Our Skilled Therapists Are Here to Guide You

Meet Our Team

 
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Dr. Angela Dover

Founder , PhD, LPCC-S

Dr. Angela Dover has worked in mental health services for over a decade with clinical experience working with young children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and group settings.

While specializing in early childhood and adolescence, she has a broad range of interests and experience. Having worked to understand the origins of youth violence and subsequently publishing material in peer-reviewed journals, she is currently developing tools for anti-bullying and peer inclusion for implementation in schools.

In addition to child psychology, Angela is well versed in adult issues ranging from substance abuse to couples counseling and utilizes a variety of techniques in her practice.
 

While she is passionate about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy she also has experience in the Solution Focused model and is always growing her skill set to adopt new techniques. Currently dedicating time to developing psychological triage services with Employee Assistance programs, Dr. Dover strives to be a positive presence in the community.

Formal Education

Doctorate is in Counseling Studies
Masters Degree in Child and Family Studies
Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling

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Alison Brammer

Counselor, LPC

Alison Brammer is a licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Art Therapist with several years of experience in the mental health field. While her clinical training includes working with adults, families, teenagers and children, Alison strives to create a safe and healing environment. She believes individuals have the ability to move through difficult life experiences if provided the right tools. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, a traumatic event, or life transition, she will help guide you through your journey of self-awareness and positive change. 

When working with Alison, clients will be met with warmth, empathy, humor, and a dose of reality when needed. Clients will be encouraged to explore their creativity and the power of art therapy. Therapy is not a one size fits all, however her therapeutic approaches consists of Person-Centered Counseling, Art Therapy, CBT, and DBT. 

 

Alison encourages you to take the first steps in your healing journey. She is happy to answer any of your questions and ease any of your fears about the therapeutic process.

 
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Elizabeth Nekoloff

Counselor, M.ED, LPC

Elizabeth Nekoloff is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a passion for working with young children, adolescents and adults that are unable to reach their full potential due to challenges they are facing.
 

I have worked with children, adolescents and adults who have struggled coping with the stress of everyday life , anxiety/depression, trauma and difficult life transitions such as relationship issues for over 20 years in an agency setting and in a counseling setting.

Experience a safe and relaxed environment to empower you to meet your personal goals!

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Melissa Jones

Counselor, LPC

Melissa Jones earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Cleveland State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Ohio. She has experience in intensive outpatient hospitalization, residential and college counseling settings with children, adolescents and adults.

Some of her focus areas include; trauma, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD, anger management, social skills, self-esteem, communication skills and stress management. Melissa uses a variety of therapeutic theories and techniques including creative and hands on interventions tailored to meet each client’s individual needs. As a compassionate and empathetic licensed professional counselor, Melissa feels fortunate to be able to work in a field she is highly passionate in and is dedicated to provide the best possible care available.

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Mary Jo Mazolini

Counselor, MA, LSW

Mary Jo Mazolini has worked as a counselor for 24 years, with a specialty in anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, phobias and PTSD. Having many years of experience in hypnotherapy and mood disorders, Mary Jo has a keen interest and training in holistic and alternative modalities, such as polarity, meditation, spiritual issues, energy work, Gestalt and Jungian Psychology.

Most of her career has focused on counseling individuals, couples, and families, as people are increasingly becoming more open to alternative and more holistic types of healing modalities.

Research shows that alternative therapies help people feel less depressed, less anxious and experience an increased sense of well being. Mary Jo has been a student of meditation since 1972 and has been able to teach clients how to gently clear their mind to increase awareness and peacefulness.

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Katie Emahiser

LISW-S

Katie Emahiser is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with several years experience working with individuals on issues such as anxiety and depression, self-esteem/self-discovery, adverse childhood/life experiences, academic concerns, managing stress, social and relationship struggles.

Therapy groups for social and emotional health are also an area of expertise she enjoys facilitating.
 

Having a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and a bachelors degree in Social Work from Lourdes University, Katie is comfortable using several different techniques in sessions that are tailored to your specific needs and goals. 
 

Work together to discover a collective goal for your sessions and adapt an action plan aimed at achieving forward progress and growth. Her ultimate goal is to provide support and guidance in helping you find strength to move forward in a healthy and hopeful manner!

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Katherine Bement

LPC

Katherine Bement is a Licensed Professional Counselor who enjoys working with children (7+) to adults, with a specialty in teenagers and young adults. Providing  services to individuals, couples, and family therapy. Katherine has worked with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, suicidal ideation, and self-harm. Her experience comes from both an inpatient and outpatient hospital setting working with individuals in intensive outpatient therapy. Having extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy she believes in an eclectic approach incorporating other counseling theories. Katherine also has extensive training in creative counseling modalities and enjoys using a variety of art therapy techniques.

 

My goal as a therapist is to eliminate any fears or worries about therapy and make this experience as positive and beneficial to each person I work with. I believe in a holistic approach with an emphasis on nurturing an individual's heart, mind, body and spirit. I strive to build a complete picture of each person's emotional, mental, and physical health and behaviors to better gain more understanding. My goal is to work together in creating more self-awareness as well as personal growth to facilitate positive changes in your life and overcome the obstacles you may be facing.

 

I strive to provide the knowledge, skills, and support to help you be your best self and live your best life. I am passionate about being genuine, supportive, and informative in developing a unique and collaborative treatment plan to help you accomplish your goals.

 

Kristine Dense

LPCC

Kristine Dence is a licensed professional clinical counselor. She earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University and a Bachelor of Psychology from Cleveland State University. While obtaining her Master’s, Kristine worked as a child and adolescent case manager, which consisted of home, school, and community-based services individualized to each child and family’s needs. She also has experience running prevention groups focused on the social emotional needs of school aged children and adolescents.

Areas of focus include working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of diagnoses including adjustment disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, autism spectrum disorder, depression, anxiety, stress, grief, relationship distress, and trauma.

Kristine utilizes multiple approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, person- centered and solution focused as her foundation in providing treatment while intertwining techniques from play therapy, motivational interviewing and gestalt therapy.

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Joyous D. Williams

LPC, ATR-BC, CCTP

Joy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Board Certified Art Therapist. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is a warm, non-judgemental therapist who empathetically supports adults, couples, parents, children and families through life transitions, stress, trauma, grief or loss, or relationship and communication issues. With decades of experience working with children, teachers, and families in various settings, plus over 8 years in mental health care - working with people of all ages to overcome behavioral challenges, emotional concerns, traumatic events and serious mental illness symptoms - she's poised to help you - whatever the step, stage or area of need. Her person-centered, cognitive behavioral, existential and expressive approaches can be modified to meet you where you are on your own journey towards healing and growth.

 

She is especially skilled at using neurodevelopmental brain-based approaches to recovery, plus Art Therapy, and somatic mind-body & mindfulness therapies to safely resolve symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic pain or health concerns. She will guide you with humor, a little dose of reality plus a whole lot of creativity. She is passionate about personal development and helping others realize the ability they already have within themselves to make it through difficult times, survive and then to thrive!

 
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Hannah Bacon

LPCC

Hannah Bacon is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s degree at Cleveland State University. While obtaining her degree, Hannah practiced as a Licensed Social Worker providing group therapy to children who struggle with a variety of behavioral and emotional issues. Hannah has experience working in case management, providing outpatient services, as well as providing mental health therapy to young children. She is passionate about helping clients work through life experiences and providing unconditional support.

 

Hannah utilizes multiple treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered, and gestalt therapy. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, adjustment/life transitions, and mood disorders.

 

Hannah Bacon strives to provide a space where others feel connected, and able to freely express who they truly are.

 
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Caitlin Ewing

Counselor, LPC

Caitlin Ewing is a licensed professional counselor and certified art therapist experienced in  working with clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma, and chemical dependency.  Caitlin has received education and training in working with groups, individuals, families, and couples.  Caitlin believes all people have inherent value and are deserving of love, support, encouragement, and acceptance.  She aims to provide a healing and supportive environment for clients to discover and develop self-worth and practical skills, which assist in coping with everyday life.  Caitlin strives to emphasize the healing power of creativity, and wishes to encourage clients to explore their creative passions in whatever form they enjoy. 

Caitlin approaches therapy in a diverse way utilizing techniques such as person centered therapy, art therapy, EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and psychoeducation.  All people at some point in their lives will need help with stressors, transitions, and relationships.  Caitlin believes in the transformative power of a healing relationship, and aims to provide that support and assistance for her clients.  It takes incredible courage to begin the healing journey of therapy and Caitlin congratulates you on your bravery in considering making this profound first step toward peace of mind and vitality. 

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Ariana Nehls

Counselor, LPC

Ariana Nehls is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's degree from Walsh University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, who is also certified as a Chemical Dependency
Counselor Assistant. She has experience working with children, adolescents, teenagers, young
adults, and older adults with various mental health diagnoses. Areas of focus include: depression, anxiety, grief, gender dysphoria, stress, trauma, substance use, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and ADHD.

 

Ariana also affirms LGBTQ and has experience working with LGBTQ clients. She uses a compassionate, respectful, and non-judgmental approach; which is determined by the presenting problem and client preference.

 

Ariana believes mental health counseling can benefit people struggling with emotional
difficulties, life challenges, and mental health concerns. People do come to therapy to understand themselves better, work through areas that are more difficult, and to improve their ability to thrive and cope with adversity. It’s a wonderful, caring, and compassionate thing to do for yourself. Think of it as being a good parent to yourself, and getting yourself the professional support you need and deserve. Your mental health matters.

 

Alex Moga

Counselor, LPC

Alex Moga is a Licensed Professional Counselor with an educational background in both school
counseling and clinical mental health counseling.  He is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Akron, he is currently working to obtain his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. In addition to clinical experience, Alex also has experience teaching master’s level course work at Cleveland State University in their Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. 
 
Alex has experience working with clients in school settings as well as working in community mental
health and private practice.  He specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults suffering from anxiety, depression, phase of life adjustment, and other difficulties.  In treatment, Alex utilizes a wide variety of treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness techniques, solution focused brief therapy, as well as a variety of other holistic treatment modalities for his clients to best meet them where they are to successfully reach their therapeutic goals.  
 
Alex believes that individuals attend counseling for assistance with reaching their full potential, and
increase the meaning and fullness they feel in life while overcoming the barriers that can otherwise
hinder such outcomes. The journey may be difficult, but in the end the results are worth it!

 
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Amanda McKinney

Social Worker, LSW

Amanda McKinney is a Licensed Social Worker who obtained her Masters of Science in Social
Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2015.

 

Throughout her career, Amanda has always had a true passion for working with individuals from
all walks of life to ensure they meet their self-identified goals for treatment. She believes in
utilizing an individualized strengths-based holistic approach for each client and is a strong
advocate for her clients right to self-determination.

 

Amanda is devoted to being a lifelong learner to ensure she is utilizing evidence-based
practices to provide high quality therapeutic services. Studying and practicing multiple
modalities has allowed her to work with clients with varying experiences and stressors. She
primarily uses a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy approach; This modality assists with identifying
triggers to clients’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and to coach clients in more effective ways
to manage their responses to those triggers.

 

When Amanda is out of the office she enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, reading True Crime,
playing card and board games, and spending time with her cat and dog.

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Cody Flood

Counselor, CT

Cody Flood is a counselor trainee earning a Master of Education in Clinical Mental
Health Counseling. He takes a non-judgmental and open approach to counseling,
focusing on working with teens and clients in life transitions. Cody’s undergraduate
degree in neuroscience informs his current, eclectic approach to counseling, where he
focuses on empirically supported Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, and Solution
Focused therapies. Cody strives to work collaboratively with his clients to foster an
environment of empowerment and self-actualization.”

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Deanna Morphy

Counselor, LPCC-S

Deanna Morphy is a licensed professional clinical counselor. Deanna completed her
master's degree at Geneva College, and there she began work as a clinical intern
in an addiction treatment center. Deanna has 10 years of experience working with adults
who struggle with alcoholism or addiction, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Deanna has provided both individual and group therapy to those clients. She also has
experience working with physicians and their clients who are taking a maintenance
medication such as Suboxone, Naltrexone, Methadone and Vivitrol.

 
Deanna works with adults with a variety of concerns including addiction, adjustment
disorders, marital issues, sexuality, sexual health, depression, anxiety, relationship issues,
stress management and trauma. Deanna is a client-centered therapist who utilizes a
cognitive-behavioral approach with her clients, as well as motivational interviewing
techniques.

  
Deanna is a sex positive therapist who has completed extensive coursework in sexual
health. Deanna is excited to work with couples and individuals who identify any issues
regarding sexuality, sexual health, and/or sexual functioning. She is LGBTQ+ and open to
alternative lifestyles.


When working with Deanna, clients are afforded a healthy space to approach some of life’s
most upsetting and difficult issues. Clients are encouraged to be authentic to themselves
during this healing process and utilize sessions to express and share in ways they otherwise
cannot. Deanna is a firm believer in permission giving and not allowing the “shoulds” to run
our lives. Deanna strives to create a calming and warm environment for clients to feel safe
enough to share and allow themselves to truly feel.

 

Moriah Cleveland

Counselor, LPC

Moriah Cleveland is a licensed professional counselor who seeks to provide a therapeutic setting that is accepting, warm, and restorative. When working with Moriah, clients enter a judgement- free partnership with an emphasis on mental and emotional well-being. She believes that finding balance is key to healing. No one is perfect, and through unconditional positive regard she is committed to provide guidance in becoming your best self.

 

Moriah specializes in working with adolescent and adult clients seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, relationship issues, and other mental health concerns. Moriah received her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Since, she has worked in the behavioral health hospital setting as an inpatient and outpatient therapist. Moriah utilizes evidence-based techniques found in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, as well other forms of treatment to meet clients’ individual needs.

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Barbara Jones

Counselor, LPC

Barbara Jones has her Master’s degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College
and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Ohio.  She has had training in
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy (CBT), and elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). While Barbara’s
concentration has largely focused on working with children and adolescents using individual and
family therapy, she also has experience working with adults as well as providing group
counseling services. She has been able to provide services in inpatient, outpatient, schools, and
community settings. 
 
Barbara recognizes that everyone is different and tailors her delivery methods to meet each client
where they are at. As such, she uses an eclectic and strength-based approach depending on each
individual’s needs. Barbara frequently incorporates art therapy methods into her counseling
sessions, recognizing that the brain is often able to process trauma and emotions through art in a
way that may be difficult to verbalize. Art therapy can also be used to help clients improve self-
expression and learn to process and cope with different challenges.  
 
Barbara strives to work collaboratively with children and their families to provide the best
possible care.

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Karen Wolfe

Counselor, LPCC

Karen Wolfe is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of
Ohio, with several years of experience working with Children, Adolescents,
and Families.  Karen earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health
Counseling from Adler University in Chicago Illinois where she was working
directly with culturally diverse youth and their families. Karen then moved back
to Ohio, and began working in an outpatient setting where she gained
experience in providing both individual and group counseling services. 
Karen approaches therapy as a collaborative relationship between the
therapist and the client and/or family. Karen works to create a warm and
trusting environment where clients feel comfortable to express themselves,
and helps support the client in accomplishing their individualized goals. 
Karen utilizes multiple approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy,
dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and client centered
therapy. Karen also  incorporates techniques from play therapy and art
therapy. Treatment is guided by specific needs of each client.

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Sarah Hamski

Counselor, LPC

Sarah is a licensed professional counselor and art therapist, who holds a master’s degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College. Sarah has experience with addressing acute needs through her continued inpatient work in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit (CAPU) at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, as well as in walking with individuals for the longer-term journey of outpatient work. Sarah has several years of experience working with children, adults, and, particularly, adolescents, in both individual, group, and community settings.
Sarah strongly believes in approaching symptoms and situations from a creative, humanistic, and trauma informed perspective. Additionally, she utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Art Therapy (which is not just for children!) Some particular areas of focus include: Trauma and stressor related disorders, anxiety, depression, struggles with non-suicidal self-injury, struggles that come with certain phases of life, self-esteem, and addressing spiritual issues. Accompanying persons on their journey toward wellness, wherever they are at in life, is one of Sarah’s favorite parts about working in therapy. She is grateful to be able to hold the space for others and assist in the walk toward healing and wholeness.

 

Lori King

Counselor, LPC

Lori is a licensed professional counselor in clinical counseling psychology. She has worked in the mental health field for 27 years and has experience with children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in trauma recovery, grief/bereavement, personality disorders, anxiety related disorders, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Lori is a life-long learner and holds several master’s degrees, to include clinical psychology, applied behavior analysis and clinical counseling psychology. Lori is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology, where she is researching the effects of trauma. She supports a holistic approach to mental health wellness, and believes that we are all much more than just the sum of our parts. Lori is extensively trained in the psychodynamic, humanistic/existential, gestalt and cognitive behavioral schools of psychological thought. In treatment, Lori provides existential depth psychotherapy, a therapy based heavily in psychodynamic theory and existential psychology. Her objective is to help her clients celebrate their unique “self”, find meaning in their existence, acknowledge and practice their sense of personal agency and accept responsibility for who they are, and who they have the responsibility of becoming.

 

Catherine Potesta

Counselor, LPCC, CDCA

Catherine Potesta is a Licensed Professional Counselor who holds a Master of Arts in Clinical
Mental Health Counseling, along with a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Akron.
Catherine specializes in developmental trauma, dual diagnosis, and depression. She has a passion for working with adolescents and young adults, recognizing it as a critical time period of challenge and development. Catherine values highly the therapeutic relationship and importance of building rapport with her clients. From here, she believes that a collaborative approach can be taken to work alongside her clients through the various challenges they face. Catherine will bring a warm, non-judgmental presence to each session, ensuring that clients feel safe and welcome. Catherine often utilizes a strength based approach to counseling, while also incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and an eclectic approach, varying by each client’s needs.

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Cyrene Kafer

LPC, LSW

Cyrene Kafer is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed social worker. She
received a Master of Education in community agency counseling from Cleveland State
University. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from The
Ohio State University with a minor in criminology.


Ms. Kafer possesses a wide vantage on the needs of clients who seek counseling.
Throughout her thirty-year professional career, her involvement has included work with
adult clients suffering from severe mental illness and drug/alcohol addictions, as well as
experience with adolescents having problems related to behavioral and emotional
issues. Her experience includes case management, residential treatment and diagnostic
assessment. Additionally, she has program management experience where she had
oversight and staff development responsibilities for a mental health case management
team.

 

The diversity of Ms. Kafer’s experience has informed her practice in Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, as
well as Reality Therapy. With her, you will find a safe environment to achieve
awareness, personal growth, and self-determination.

Nicole Donofrio

Social Worker, LSW

Nicole received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University, and currently practices as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). Following her graduation, Nicole continued to provide mental health services to children of Cleveland, OH. Nicole is originally from New York (may have an accent with some words!) but fell in love with the children and population she serviced. Nicole has been trained in Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.  Nicole has successfully worked in residential settings, schools, various communities, and beyond.

 

Although Nicole has primarily worked with adolescents, she has experience working with adults as well through family therapy services. Nicole is extremely passionate about her career, and the impact she has on others becoming the best versions of themselves. She believes in meeting the client's where they are at to improve their mental health.

 

Michelle Mate

Counselor, LPCC

Michelle is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who earned her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State University, and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The College of Wooster. She is also an EMDRIA-certified EMDR therapist. 
 
Before completing her master's degree, Michelle spent five years working at Applewood Centers, where she worked with children and adolescents with histories of trauma. Michelle has since gained experience working with diverse populations with severe mental illness and addiction, and specializes in treating PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and helping clients through transitional phases of life. During her years as a clinician, Michelle has sought advanced training in trauma-focused therapy, mindfulness-based practices, expressive arts techniques, and working with couples.
 
Michelle utilizes a client-focused and humanistic framework in her clinical practice, drawing from Gestalt, Jungian, and existential schools of thought. As a trained yoga teacher with advanced training in meditation, Michelle brings a strong background of mindfulness, breathwork, and somatic awareness to her clinical practice. She takes a collaborative and holistic approach with her clients, to help them discover the fullest expression of their most authentic selves, taking into account mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects. Treatment modalities used include EMDR, CBT, mindfulness, expressive arts, and solution- focused therapy.