Our Skilled Therapists Are Here to Guide You

Meet Our Team

 

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

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.

 
 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

Samantha Willi

Counselor, LPCC

Samantha Willi is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor having experience with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked in both outpatient and school settings, helped individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment/life transitions, trauma, grief, relationship distress, and alcohol and drug issues.

Samantha has training in TF-CBT (trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy) as well as PMT (parent management training) and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).

With the goal to assist individuals in managing challenges that they are facing, Samantha works collaboratively to help each individual meet their personal goals and overall wellness.

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Phyliss Wagner

Counselor, LPC

Phyliss Wagner is a licensed professional counselor who provides a safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental environment when working with clients. Creating a place where healing can begin, inspiring confidence and the innate resiliency to overcome difficult situations are essential goals. As a therapist, I am committed to helping those who are ready to make positive changes in their lives. I utilize traditional and progressive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as other evidence-based psychotherapies to help individuals with a variety of issues. These include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, sleep disorders, chemical dependency/substance abuse, couples counseling, trauma counseling, as well as other interpersonal issues.

My experience as a treatment clinician includes Lorain County Recovery Court and Lorain County Veterans’ Court, also working with the Quick Response Teams of Avon and Avon Lake as their on-site mental health clinician. 

My educational background includes a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and I am certified as a Chemical Dependency Counselors Assistant.

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Kristine Dense

LPC

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

LPC

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.

 

Heather Sniezek

Counselor, LPC

Heather Sniezek is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio, who earned her Master of Arts from Ashland University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Psychology from Cleveland State University. 

 

Heather has several years of experience working in the mental health field with individuals of all ages.  Heather’s experience includes working in an inpatient psychiatric unit, grief counseling center, outpatient care, and in school counseling settings.  Heather is also trained in spiritual counseling and guidance, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Theraoy (CBT), and Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). 

 

Heather specializes in trauma treatment, loss and bereavement, mood disorders, family systems therapy, relationship and social struggles, and treatment of anxiety and depression.  Heather takes a mind-body approach to wellness, and believes that wholeness and healing of the heart, mind, soul, body, and spirit can truly be achieved safely through appropriate treatment. 

 

I look forward to helping you reach your goals, and will do so through empowerment, encouragement, treatment, guidance, and support.  I genuinely believe that every person is capable of complete healing, regardless of past or present life circumstances.  I am honored to work alongside of you collaboratively to assist you in achieving your goals.   

 

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. 

Melody Toerek

Counselor, LPC

Melody is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio. She earned her Master's in Applied Social Science from Case Western Reserve University, and her Bachelor's of Social Work from Cleveland State University. 

 

Melody has experience working with children and adults in extreme crisis situations.  Her experience includes working with homeless women and families, providing Intensive Dual Diagnosis In-Home Therapy, and running treatment groups in a residential setting for children. 

 

In addition to assessing and treating individuals in crisis and trauma, Melody also provides education and support to parents. While utilizing approaches from cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, and solution focused therapy, she also provides education regarding symptoms and skills that can help improve daily functioning. 

 

Melody relies on her background in social work while providing therapy, by taking a person centered approach. This is made possible by fostering a supportive and empowering environment during the course of treatment.