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Dr. Cindy Herzberg MBA MSE Ed.D LPCC-S


Cindy is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor

She has been working in the mental health profession for over 20 years, providing individual, couples, family, and group counseling services. 

She earned her Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University in Nashville Tennessee, her Masters of Counseling at the University of Dayton, and her Bachelors of Social Work at Capital University. 

Cindy has experience with adults, adolescents and children in both community and residential placements.  Cindy specializes in trauma, grief and loss, communication and relationship issues, a wide variety of mental health disorders including but not limited to substance use, Dissociative Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and Anxiety as well as many other emotional and behavioral health concerns.

Cindy recognizes the need for a strong therapeutic relationship. Cindy uses humor (when appropriate) in session and has a relaxed personality.

Cindy is also the owner and CEO of After the Storm Counseling LLC.  Cindy recognizes that we often face difficult challenges and it is often not until the waters calm that we may need assistance to navigate.  The time after the storm can be an hour to more than multiple years.

Alisha Fleming MA LPCC-S

Clinical Supervisor and Therapist

Alisha is an LGBTQ+ identifying and affirming counselor and clinical supervisor with a passion for neurodivergence, who has worked in the field for 12 years in community based counseling, foster care, and group private practice, as well as crisis counseling.

Alisha's educational background include Central Christian College and Cincinnati Bible Seminary with an undergrad degree in the Bible with emphasis in Christian Counseling, and a Master's of Arts in Counseling, as she was preparing for a lifetime in ministry.

Ultimately counseling became the vehicle for her to embrace authenticity- and the mission changed to being and teaching others how to embrace their most authentic selves and build and lead wholehearted lives.

Alisha incorporates an eclectic approach to therapy, incorporating person centered, solution focused, and trauma informed methods, she is open to incorporating spirituality into sessions and paints with a variety of creative and spiritual brushes.

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Angela Hackney MSW LISW


Angela is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Angela has 4 years experience as a social worker. She loves to be creative; offering art, music, and play to help each client express themselves best!

Angela has worked in a variety of settings with both adults and children. Angela has worked in the community and hospital settings as well as working in public schools. She pushes herself every day to be as friendly and inviting as possible.

Angela graduated from the Ohio State University with a Masters in Social Work. Angela completed her Bachelor's in Broadcasting Communications from Otterbein.

She has experience working in hospitals and local schools with adults, families, couples, and children. Before this, Angela served in the United States Military and managed a restaurant prior to her social work career. 

Angela uses a variety of therapeutic techniques such as cognitive processing therapy, TF-CBT for trauma, Solution-Focused therapy and CBT/DBT for other conditions (anxiety/depression/grief).    

Danielle Mumpton MS LPCC


Danielle is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She received her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling at the State University of New York at Oswego. 

Danielle has been in the field of counseling since 2015, and has experience in community based mental health as well as private practice. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Her focus as a counselor is play therapy, the treatment of mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, relationships, body image, parenting, personality disorders and more. She is versed in the technique of client-centered therapy, as well as other counseling methods, and uses an eclectic approach to treatment.

Danielle believes that the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of counseling, and that authenticity strengthens the client-clinician dynamic. She believes that through this relationship the client can build safety and trust as well as practice utilizing their voice, setting boundaries and learning how to care for self. Danielle sees these aspects as essential to mental wellness, and the journey of healing. Danielle invites you to go on this journey, together, to process past hurts, tackle current obstacles, and build the skills to a lighter future


Michael Ball MSW LSW


Michael earned his Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work with a focus on mental health and substance use from The Ohio State University. 

Michael has worked in a variety of settings in the last four years ranging from Lighthouse Behavioral Health, a substance use rehabilitation center to the United States department of Veterans Affairs. 

Michael has experience with adults that have a range of mental and behavioral health objectives. Michael specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, communication and relationship issues as well as dissociative disorders and many other emotional and behavioral health objectives. 

Michael has internalized the importance of a strong therapeutic alliance and invests in his relationship with his clients. Michael has a laid back personality and prioritizes making his clients feel comfortable in sessions. 

Michael uses motivational interviewing, DBT, CBT, solution-focused interventions, as well as mindfulness. Michael works from a trauma-informed, person centered focus. 

In Michaels free time he likes to make music and play sports with friends. 

Heather Moore MSE LPCC


Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor

Heather received her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Dayton in

2018, and her Bachelors degree in Marketing from Urbana University in 2010.

Heather has experience working primarily in community-based settings with children, adolescents and
their families providing individual and family counseling, and crisis prevention/intervention services as
needed. She has also spent time in private practice working with adults of various ages and is
knowledgeable with multiple different emotional and behavioral concerns that include, but are not
limited to, anger, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, family conflict, life transitions, trauma, self-esteem self-

harm and other related areas.

Heather practices from a person-centered approach and trauma-informed lens that is tailored to each
individual’s needs and goals. Heather utilizes evidenced-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy (CBT), Trauma Informed CBT, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Dialectical

Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques.

Heather believes in advocating for mental health needs and helping people tap into their own inner
strengths to reach their desired outcomes, whatever that may look like for each person. Heather is
dedicated to providing quality care to every individual she works with and recognizes that the healing
journey or path to self-discovery starts with a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship.

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Dr Dina L Miller PhD LPCC-S

Dina is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, with supervisor endorsement (LPCC-S), who has worked with
clients in community mental health or university settings for over 30 years. She received her doctorate degree in 2004
from Ohio University in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Dina completed training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, in the Gestalt Training Program, Working with Physical
Process, and many other workshop training experiences. She served on the board of the International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy for 10 years.

Dina has also been trained in EMDR, DBT, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Systemic Solutions. She draws on her rich background in working with those who experience mood variability, disordered thinking, the impact of traumatic events, interpersonal conflicts, significant and ongoing difficulty in adjusting, grief, existential angst, anger management problems, identity struggles, and difficulty with diversity issues.

Dina has experience working with adults and some youth who want to explore in a safe space, their patterns of coping and
responding to stress in their life.  Dina believes the key part of the therapeutic relationship is a respectful connection with open dialogue, where clients can
feel safe to be both challenged and supported to take risks and grow. She believes we all have value and our strengths can be used as resources for connecting with self and others.

Dina strives to live with authenticity, valuing all parts of the human experience; physically, emotionally, mentally, and

Roy McClelland Jr. MA LPC


Roy is a Licensed Professional Counselor

Roy received his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northwestern University in 2021, and his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at The Ohio State University in 2013.

Roy has a demonstrated history in the mental health care industry and over sixteen years of experience working with adults and adolescents in residential as well as community settings.

Prior to entering the counseling field, Roy served as the Director of Women’s Residency Programs at the YWCA where he worked closely with formerly homeless women.

Roy has a client-centered, therapeutic approach with a focus on trauma, coping through challenging life transitions, and building healthy relationships with significant others.

Roy is calm, soft spoken, and loves to build strong relationships that promotes self-care and personal growth. Roy specializes in crisis intervention, anxiety, and depression concerns. Roy is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy.

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Mary Beth Chambers-Woods MRC LPC-S


Mary Beth is a Licensed Professional Counselor having earned her Master of Rehabilitation and Counseling and her Bachelor of Psychology and Ethnic Studies, both from Bowling Green State University.

She has over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in private settings, community, residential, school, juvenile justice, foster and adoptive care.

Mary Beth specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, social and relationship issues, coping and problem solving skills, self care and decision making skills as well as other mental health disorders. She uses a client centered therapeutic approach with training in CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness and Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1.

Mary Beth believes that it is important to treat the whole person, focus on their needs and support their values and beliefs.  This is best accomplished through a strong therapeutic relationship where the person feels safe, heard and understood. 

Susan Musto MSW LSW


Susan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience. She graduated with her Master’s degree from the Ohio State University in Social Work, and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University.

Susan has worked in a variety of settings with children, teens, young adults and adults and families. Susan has worked in the community, residential settings, and schools, as well as our Juvenile Justice System, and private practice since 2020.

Susan has experience working with the following mental health diagnosis and concerns: anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, trauma and complex trauma and stressor related disorders, BPD, abuse and neglect, eating disorders, OCD, Disruptive, Impulse control and conduct disorders, ADHD, and other personality disorders.

Susan has extensive experience in the child welfare system. Susan uses several modalities and is trained in CBT, EMDR, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, play and art therapy techniques, and other modalities.

Susan recognizes the need for a
strong therapeutic relationship, and in fact, most of her clients report that they
feel very comfortable with her after experiencing a negative experience in
counseling. Susan is a faith-based counselor, however, also focuses on traditional counseling. Susan focuses on the care of her clients, and assuring their safety and needs come first.


Kaleigh Mallek MSW LSW


Kaleigh earned her Master's in Social Work with a focus in direct clinical practice, as well as her Bachelor's in psychology, at West Virginia University in 2019. 

Kaleigh has worked with children, families, adolescents/young adults, and adults who have survived complex trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, grief, LGTBQIA+ specific issues, and most other variations of distress or adversity. She has worked in hospitals on inpatient units, ran groups in a school setting, non-profit organizations, foster care, and private practice. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy), TF-CBT (Trauma- Focussed- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and other modalities. 

Kaleigh believes the best therapeutic relationships are strongly grounded in identifying a pathway forward by meeting clients where they are at and using clients' strengths to help them reach their goals. Her approach to therapy is compassionate, direct, and strength-based. As your therapist, she understands sharing your story with a stranger can be intimidating. Kaleigh will meet you exactly where you are on your journey in order to help you find peace and promote healing.

Her clients most commonly describe her as compassionate, accepting, and insightful to how life experiences have affected their perspective. Kaleigh will work with you to assess your strengths, and integrate those into accomplishing your goals. She will provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to feel empowered and heard.

Nate Keller MSW LISW


Nate is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

He has been working in the mental health field for going on five years, providing individual counseling to client’s and their families.

Nate earned his Bachelors in social work from Asbury University and went on to complete his Master’s program at Asbury.

Nate has experience working with adults and adolescents in an outpatient capacity.  

Nate has experience working with a variety of issues such as complex trauma, anxiety, depression as well as many other behavioral and emotional challenges.

Nate uses a variety of therapeutic techniques such as IFS, CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, and solution focused skills.  

Nate believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship and enjoys developing a safe and reflective environment for the client to process difficult issues and figure out how to take their next steps.

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Caitlin Gault MS LPC


Caitlin is a licensed professional counselor.

Caitlin received a B.A in Psychology from “The” Ohio State University and a M.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. A quote that she lives by is, “How you think is how you feel and how you feel is how you think.” Our minds and bodies not only affect one another but also affects our health.

Caitlin provides an atmosphere that is not only safe, but also one that supports growth. Life is filled with obstacles, challenges, and hardships. Caitlins approach as a counselor is Client-Centered, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Caitlin wants to offer you the support to realize your own potential and discover new ways of approaching obstacles, challenges, and hardships. Caitlin offers an empathetic, nonjudgmental, and focused approach to explore how your thoughts and behaviors affect outcomes.

Caitlin has experience working with children and adults for individual counseling. Caitlin has experience working with the following mental health diagnosis and concerns: depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, relationship issues, bipolar disorder , grief and Oppositional defiant disorder. Caitlin looks forward to meeting and assisting you in your mental health journey.



Kierstin works with all general mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma in adults. She meets the client where the client is,

assisting in navigating the challenges in their lives and finding strengths to build upon.  She has worked in foster care and individual counseling services to individuals.

Kiersten helps her clients learn their strengths, overcome barriers and provide a non judgmental stance on their experiences to allow them to process their pain in a way that is not forced but comfortable and safe.

Kiersten received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Wright State University.  Kiersten completed a dual program Master's at Wright State and Miami in Social Work.

Kiersten has worked with children, teens and adults supporting them through self esteem issues, anger management, parenting, emotional regulation, trauma and many other concerns and life experiences. 

Kiersten believes the goal in therapy is to provide unconditional positive regard in hopes that the client feels safe with her, explore their life history and learn how to manage stressors, trauma and mental health on a daily basis. Kiersten provides her clients with emotional regulation tools, education on their mental health, active listening, and resources to better facilitate their needs in all areas, just not in mental health.  Kiersten utilizes techniques from several theories that allow her to bring an eclectic approach instead of a “one size fits all” approach.  

To have the courage to reach out to talk to someone is an enormous emotional stressor and the fact that you are looking at her profile says you have taken the next step in finding peace within yourself and willing to be an active participant in changing your life for the better.

achieve your goals. 

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Ashley Tatum MSW LSW


Ashley is a Licensed Social Worker.

Ashley graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s in Social Work after completing both her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Bachelor’s in Sociology at Arkansas Tech University. 

Ashley has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked with a variety of individuals including those who have experienced trauma, domestic violence, parenting difficulties, relationship difficulties, anxiety, grief/loss, self-esteem, and depression.

Ashley offers a holistic, creative, and principled approach. She values deep and authentic relationships and communicates in a warm and sensitive manner opening the path to emotional honesty and insight. She is open-minded and wants those who seek therapy to feel valued, connected, and fulfilled in a way that promotes personal growth and empowerment.

Melissa Jackson MSW LSW


Melissa is a Licensed Social Worker.

Melissa earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Akron and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.

Melissa has over 20 years of experience in case management and social work. During this time, she has worked as a family Advocate for Head Start, child welfare, an adoptions assessor, and as an assessor for Family Relations Court.

Melissa has experience engaging, mentoring, and counseling children, adolescents, adults, and families during various stages of their life. Including times of crisis, stress, loss/grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, mental health, relationship issues, and life transitions. She provided training for foster/adoptive parents and adolescents transitioning to independent living. For the past three years, she has worked with adults with a dual diagnosis of mental health and developmental disabilities.

Melissa utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy to work with the client to meet their therapeutic goals. Melissa remains calm and understanding, even during the most stressful, difficult circumstances.

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Katherine (Katie) Gunter MSE, LPC


Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Katie has 9 years of experience. She graduated from Liberty University with her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development and from Walden University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with specializations in trauma and forensic counseling.

Her past experience includes providing counseling to elementary school students in the school setting, in home family therapy for adolescents, and group and individual counseling for adults with substance use disorders and mental health disorders. She has clinical experience providing treatment to clients with psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance use disorders, PTSD, and crisis intervention. She has treated client concerns such as grief and loss, life transitions, career changes, and those previously incarcerated.

Katie uses a variety of treatment modalities, including CBT, DBT, IFS, mindfulness, reality therapy, and EMDR. Katie works from a person centered and trauma informed lens.

Katie’s goal is to develop a strong therapeutic relationship in order to create an environment that is non-judgmental, safe and culturally competent for clients to grow and achieve wellness.

Alora Bharmota LPC NBCC


Alora is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Board-Certified Counselor.

Alora graduated from Walden University with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in August of 2021 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from The Ohio State University.

Alora has experience working with both young adults and adults. She has worked with a variety of clients including those who have experienced trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety,
depression, grief/loss, life transitions, LGTBQIA+ concerns, self-esteem, managing anger and those who
have experienced a variety of adversity.

Alora provides a client-centered, holistic, and creative approach while supporting your healing journey.  She is inclusive and wants those who seek therapy to feel respected, heard, and valued while they attain their personal goals.

Alora applies Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Evidence-based practices, mindfulness, art therapy techniques, along with other treatment modalities that fit with unique needs of her clients. She offers culturally competent care and works with a trauma informed lens to meet her clients where they are.

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Karen Schmerge MA LPC


Karen Schmerge (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor


Karen received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from
Ashland Theological Seminary, and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from
The Ohio State University.

Karen has experience working with adults who have a wide range of
concerns including: anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief and loss.
As each person is unique, she maintains a person-centered approach and uses techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance
and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness.

It is Karen's goal to provide you with a safe and encouraging space where you
can process your thoughts, emotions, and feelings on your journey to becoming the best version of yourself.

In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends, going
on adventures, being in nature, and practicing yoga.

Sarah Arnold MA LPC NBCC


Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Board Certified Counselor.

Sarah received her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Theory in Couples and Family Systems Theory from Capella University.  Sarah received her Bachelor's of Applied Psychology from Franklin University.  Sarah also received an Associate's in Paralegal from The Bradford School. 

Sarah has years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in private settings - such as Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and church groups.

Sarah feels that it's important to treat the whole person.  Sarah hopes to make her clients feel comfortable during their sessions so that they can have a great counseling experience and feel comfortable working with her. 

Sarah knows that there is no single approach that is right for every individual, but she utilizes therapeutic interventions that include mindfulness, gestalt, Adlerian, reality, existential, family, and solution focused. 

In Sarah's free time she likes to spend time with her family, play with her dogs, organize, work on DIY projects, reading, listening to music, and binge watching TV. 

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Katelyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working in private practice, community mental health, and an acute psychiatric hospital setting. Katelyn graduated from Bellevue University with a master’s in clinical mental health counseling in 2020. 

Katelyn has training and experience working with a variety of populations (children, adolescents, and adults) and issues such as anxiety, depression, ASD, personality disorders, and substance use disorders.

Before working as a therapist, Katelyn was a special education teacher where each child received an individualized education unique to their needs and skills. She approaches therapy similarly by understanding the importance of creating rapport with each person and believes that there is no single approach that is right for everyone.  Therefore, she utilizes a handful of modalities including mindfulness techniques, creative interventions, CBT, DBT, person-centered, and feminist psychology to create a free-flowing and collaborative therapeutic environment.

A quote she believes in is “therapy only works when we have a desire to know ourselves as we are, not as we would like to be.” Though you may not know what is going to work for you, you know what has not worked and that is a good place to start!

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Grace Armstrong MSW LSW


Grace Armstrong is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from West Virginia University. 

Grace has experience working with clients of all ages and backgrounds in community mental health settings. She has worked with clients experiencing a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, and more. 

Grace is nationally certified as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT) and is also trained in Motivational Interviewing and other modalities. Grace maintains a person-centered, strengths-based approach and strives to build a meaningful therapeutic relationship with each client. She loves hearing client’s stories and working with them to recognize their strengths and achieve their goals. 

Grace enjoys traveling and specifically to national parks.  Grace also enjoys visiting libraries and indulging in a good mystery!

Mahsa Frison MSW LSW


Mahsa is a Licensed Social Worker.

Mahsa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University, and graduated with her Masters of Social Work from The Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!)

With three years of experience, Mahsa has provided outpatient mental health and substance abuse counseling to adolescents and adults, and provided intensive therapy to at-risk youth in Franklin county in a community-based setting. Her current focus is on adults with wide ranges of  concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, and emotion regulation.

I am a strong advocate for person-centered and strength-based approaches. Areas of evidenced-based and evidence-informed practices I use include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Acceptance  and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness.

Mahsa is unique, uplifting, and firm in establishing the well-being of the self through empowerment and advocacy. With the achievement of creating a strong therapeutic relationship, Mahsa helps clients feel safe and acknowledged.

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Chelsea Earnheart MSW LSW


Chelsea is a Licensed Social Worker who received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Brescia University and her Master’s of Science in Social Work degree from The University of Louisville.

Chelsea has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Chelsea has spent the previous 8 years counseling and advocating for those in the child welfare system, residential settings, inpatient units and within the community. Chelsea has worked with individuals with a wide range of concerns including: trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use and life transitions.

Chelsea is familiar with various community resources and how these resources can assist those in need.

Chelsea believes it is extremely important to work from a client-centered and trauma informed lens.

Chelsea has experience providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy. Chelsea believes therapy is not a “one size fits all” model and works alongside each individual to determine which therapy model fits best for each client and their situation.

Chelsea prioritizes ensuring that her client’s feel safe, heard and validated. Chelsea is ready to work with individuals who feel ready to take their first step of their journey to self-discovery and wellness. Chelsea believes our voyage through life can be very messy…..and incredibly beautiful.

Sara Lear MSW LSW


Sara has been a Licensed Social Worker since 2016.  Sara received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Wright State University in 2016 and Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2020.

Since becoming a Licensed Social Worker, Sara has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. Sara started her social work career with North Central Mental Health as an outpatient therapist primarily working with adults. She also has worked at I Am Boundless Inc. as a community based therapist working with children, adolescents and adults. Most recently, Sara has been working as an inpatient therapist at River Vista Behavioral Health working with both adult and geriatric patients.

Sara has experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance use, and grief/loss, etc.

Sara utilizes a client centered and strength based approach. Sara utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. When working with individuals,

Sara values a strong therapeutic relationship and creating a non-judgmental and empathetic environment.  

When not working, Sara enjoys spending time with her two dogs and watching cooking shows on TV. 

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Meredith Thorn MSW LSW


Meredith is a licensed social worker and has been working with Adults, children, youth and families for over 10 years.  Meredith graduated with her Bachelors in social work from Malone University in 2013 and with her Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve
University in 2021. 

Meredith believes that each human being possesses both the inner wisdom, strength  and capacity to heal. She also believes that healing can be hard work and life can be challenging and that it is important to have support during these times. It is her belief that the therapeutic
relationship itself can both be reparative and healing. 

Meredith utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness and also draws from other modalities as she believes that therapy is not a one size fits all approach. She is Theraplay level 1 informed and is certified
in Embodied, Mindfulness Based Emotional Resilience (EMBER). EMBER is a gentle movement practice that emphasizes a sense of somatic safety and capacity for self-care. 

Meredith enjoys incorporating creativity, play and movement into therapy and believes that play is a valuable resource for adults as well as children. 

Meredith has experience working both in private practice and community mental health and has experience treating a wide range of mental health challenges such as Mood and anxiety disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, Schizophrenia, trauma and dissociative disorders. 

Meredith especially enjoys working with individuals who have been impacted by adoption. Meredith is adopted herself, involved in the adoption community and has experience working with all parts of the adoption triad.  Meredith also enjoys working with individuals who have been impacted by trauma and understands how trauma can impact all parts of life. Meredith enjoys working with a diverse population and provides gender affirming therapy services.

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Alivia received her B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Ohio University. She is currently completing her internship at After the Storm Counseling under the direct supervision of Dr. Cindy Herzberg (LPCC-S).

Alivia believes in client-centered, trauma-informed, and strong therapeutic rapport with every client she sees. She believes that the client is the professional when it comes to their experiences and that she serves as a supportive guide that can help you achieve your therapeutic goals.

She is exploring an eclectic approach to therapy, incorporating modalities such as CBT, DBT, Motivation Interviewing, mindfulness, and more as she navigates her academic and professional career. Alivia is very flexible and adapts to the needs of each client if one method does or is not working. She believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy.

Alivia has been working with children, adolescents, and adults and takes special interest in anxiety, mood, neurodevelopmental, and trauma-related disorders. She enjoys incorporating laughter, a comfortable atmosphere, and alternative methods (such as board games or art) to a “typical” talk-therapy session when appropriate.

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Courtney is currently in her second and final year of grad school at Capital University as she finishes her masters in Counselor Education, Clinical Counseling. She received her bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 2017. 

Courtney spent part of her first year of grad school as a counseling trainee at Ohio Dominican University, working with college students. Courtney has spent four years working in customer facing roles in software and understands the struggle it takes to maintain a healthy work-life balance. She strives to create a safe and open space to work on whatever your heart brings to session that day. She will walk alongside you as you work to achieve your goals. 

Courtney believes that healing begins with a strong therapeutic relationship. She utilizes humanistic theories including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy but loves to adapt to meet her clients where they need her. She incorporates mindfulness, Eco-therapy, and wellness. 

Courtney likes to spend her free time with her two dogs, taking long walks while listening to audio books, hanging out with her niece and nephew, and exploring the world with her partner. 

Tierney Persico

Administrative Supervisor

Tierney is excited to be a part of the team as the Administrative Assistant.  Tierney has been trained in mental health and has experience in the field.

Tierney understands that even calling to schedule an appointment can be terrifying, and she wants to help ease some of that anxiety when you are ready to seek out services. She is ready to answer any questions that you may have about the counseling process as well.

With her history in the mental health field, Tierney is excited to help you get connected with one of the various therapists at After the Storm Counseling.

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Shannon Gaines

Administrative Assistant

Shannon is delighted to be an Administrative Assistant for such an amazing team of individuals at After the Storm Counseling. Shannon has a degree in Criminal Justice but her passion is in the mental health field and helping others. She has worked with mental & behavioral health, reentry and homeless populations over the years.

Shannon knows things can be challenging and scary at times but with the right support, motivation and experience she is eager to assist you in connecting with the right therapist to grow and thrive on your journey to becoming the best you, you can be! 

When the time is right for you to make that first call to begin services, Shannon will be on the other end of the line to help ease your mind and connect you with one of our benevolent therapists.  Whenever YOU are comfortable and ready, Shannon is just a phone call away!

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