Attentive Therapist

MEET OUR TEAM

Get to Know Us

 
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DR. CINDY HERZBERG MBA MSE ED.D LPCC-S

Owner/CEO/Therapist

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.

ANGELA HACKNEY MSW LISW

Therapist

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).    


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KELLY DAINTON MA LPC

Therapist

Kelly received her Masters degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University in 2018, and her Bachelors degree in music from Capital University in 2011.


She has been counseling since 2018, and has experience working with adolescents and their families in schools as a school counselor/prevention counselor, and with adults, adolescents and their families since 2020 as an outpatient clinician at a non-profit community agency. 

Kelly has experience with a wide variety of topics/concerns including grief and loss, body image, negative food relationship, depression and anxiety, emotional regulation and trauma as many other experiences. 

Kelly works through a person-centered, trauma-informed, emotionally focused lens, where the client is the master of themselves and she is simply there to walk with them along their journey.  Kelly believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship,.

Kelly is passionate about self-care, mindfulness, nature and creative outlets, and incorporates these practices into session. She believes that harnessing an autonomous mind, body and spirit connection comes with routine self-care practices, expression and validation of personal experiences, creative outlets and positive social connections. She also enjoys humor, and believes that laughter and fun are essential for overall wellness. 

JORDIN B. JOHNSON MSW LSW

Therapist

As a therapist and social worker I am committed to working with individuals on a personal and environmental level (finding resources in the community to support the individual).


“I believe the job of a therapist is the ability to not only listen to an individual but to hear what is not being said”


Jordin B. Johnson has worked as a therapist since 2012.  Jordin's credentials and experiences include her completing a

Bachelor’s degree of social work (BSW) with a minor in psychology from Capital University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Walden University.

Jordin served as Interim Director of Social services at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry and Columbus Springs East.  Jordin is a  Former Lead therapist at Columbus Springs East. Jordin's work history includes working with youth ages 6 to 18 and adults to senior citizens.


Jordin is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Jordin provides behavioral intervention and conflict resolution to clients and their families.

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MICHAEL BALL MSW LSW

Therapist

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. 

ESPERANZA RIOS MSW LSW

Therapist

Esperanza is a Licensed Social Worker.

Esperanza obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Investigations from Bowling Green State University and her Masters of Social Work from Bowling Green State University.

Esperanza has years of experience in different settings of social work. These settings include juvenile probation and children protective services. Esperanza has worked with children, teenagers/young adults, adults, and families.

Esperanza served as a support group leader for Lucas County Juvenile Center ‘Girl’s Circle’ and a facilitator for Hancock County’s Independent Living Program. The Girl’s Circle is an evidenced based structured support group for girls that helps reduce risk taking behaviors while building self-efficacy skills. The Independent Living Program allowed Esperanza to work with youth of all ages with different backgrounds to help them prepare them for future self-sufficiency.

Esperanza knows that no single approach is the right one for every individual, but she has utilized therapeutic interventions that included mindfulness, person-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution focused.  

Esperanza is warm, open, encouraging, and direct. With her combined experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down to earth realistic approach to counseling, this enables Esperanza to be an extremely effective social worker who is comfortable counseling diverse groups of people.

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KIM WALL MSW LSW

Therapist

Kim has been a Licensed Social Worker since 1993 and has worked in a variety of social work and counseling settings. She has facilitated groups in nursing homes, worked as a medical social worker, worked as a case manager with older adults, and provided counseling to adults, adolescents and children. 

Kim received her Bachelors in Social Welfare from Ohio Dominican University and her Masters of Social Work from Boise State University. She has a Certificate in Gerontology and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She has considerable experience working with caregivers and helping clients navigate life transitions. She also has an interest in working with children and adolescents and in helping them navigate this complex world. 

Kim's goal is to provide a place where. 

clients feel safe, respected, and heard. She uses Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and other therapeutic techniques to help clients achieve their goals.   

HEATHER MOORE MSE LPC

Therapist

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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ANDREA MORENO MSW LSW

Therapist

Andrea is a licensed social worker with collectively 7 years of experience. She graduated from Ohio University with her Bachelor’s in Social Work and Boston University with her Master’s in Social Work. 


She has experience working with incarcerated youth and adults, community outreach/engagement, crisis intervention, mental health and substance use in a variety of settings. 


Andrea’s goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment that is inclusive and culturally competent. She is passionate about self-empowerment, self-determination within clients - as she believes everyone has the strength to make informed, healthy decisions and changes. Andrea sees herself as someone who wants to sit in on the conference meeting but will always view the client as the executive. 

Andrea primarily utilizes approaches from DBT, CBT, solutions-focused, and mindfulness. She also works from a trauma-informed, person centered focus. 

ROY MCCLELLAND JR. MA LPC

Therapist

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

Therapist

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. 

KALEIGH MALLEK MSW LSW

Therapist

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.

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NATE KELLER MSW LISW

Therapist

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.

MADISON GETZ, MA LPC CDCA

Therapist

Madison Getz (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio University, and her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling at Ohio State University. 

Madison enjoys working with individuals aged 18 and up. Madison has experience working with the following clinical populations: eating disorders, substance abuse, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, trauma, and many other presenting concerns. 

Madison utilizes a range of therapeutic approaches depending on the needs of the client. She draws from client-focused, strengths-based approaches, and is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy.


Madison believes that each of her clients already have the answers within them and that they need someone to walk alongside them to help guide toward solutions and positive wellbeing. She enjoys incorporating humor into her approach and always strives to make her clients feel comfortable.


Madison believes that an authentic and deep connection is fundamental to the therapeutic relationship and ultimately reaching the client’s goals.  Madison is passionate about the field of counseling and strives to guide clients in improving their life satisfaction. Madison desires to help her clients *thrive* rather than simply survive. 

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NICOLE ADAMS MSE, LPC

Therapist

Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Nicole holds a Masters degree in Education (M.Ed) from Ohio University as well as a Specialized Bachelor’s degree in Social services, with a minor in Communications. Nicole also holds a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification, which enables her to assist clients with overcoming barriers to employment due to mental or physical challenges.


Nicole has held a professional licensure since 2014, and has experience working with at-risk youth/families, inpatient hospitalizations, PHP /IOP, forensic assertive community treatment teams and has served clients across the lifespan.


Nicole lists her specialties as follows: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Borderline
Personality disorder and Schizophrenia Spectrum disorder. Nicole has experience working with families of special needs children , assisting with linkage to community resources , attending IEP
meetings and assisting caregivers with managing anxiety and depressive symptoms.


Nicole takes an eclectic approach to counseling as she believes there is no “one size fits all”. Nicole often
utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused therapy . Nicole’s approach to counseling is holistic.

ASHLEY TATUM MSW LSW

Therapist


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.

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MELISSA JACKSON MSW LSW

Therapist

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.

KATHERINE (KATIE) GUNTER MSE, LPC

Therapist

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.

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ALORA BHARMOTA LPC NBCC

Therapist

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.

KAREN SCHMERGE MA LPC

Therapist

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

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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.

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SARAH ARNOLD MA LPC NBCC

Therapist

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. 

LOREN RAGLAND MSW LSW

Therapist

Loren is a  Licensed Social Worker. 


Loren believes that self knowledge is the beginning of self improvement.  As a therapist, Loren will help to create a space for you to truly discover who you are, so that you can work to become a better version of yourself.


Loren has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University. Soon, thereafter, she earned a Master’s Degree from The University of Maryland,  Baltimore, while interning at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She has been a licensed clinician since 2009.

In addition to working as a Clinical Therapist, Loren also served as Clinical Program Manager at Columbus Springs Dublin Changes.  She has experience working with adults and adolescents. 

Loren specializes in working with symptoms associated with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, PTSD, Personality Disorders, and much more.  


Loren believes that each  person has their own set of unique needs, and therefore, she is experienced in using interventions such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. 

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CHRISTINE BELANGA MSW LSW

Therapist

Christine is a Licensed Social Worker who earned her Master’s in Social Work from New York University Silver School of Social Work. 


She has experience in community-based and private settings working with clients with a broad range of cultural backgrounds.  Christine aims first and foremost to create a safe space and a trustful alliance with her clients - in order to make progress, any person must be seen and understood without judgement.


With a professional background in fitness, she believes in a mind-body connection and practices therapy using a mindfulness approach. She uses techniques from both the psychodynamic and behavioral in session, including exploring attachment styles and perspectives, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy  (ACT). 


You will find Christine's therapeutic style warm, conversational, and validating, while still appropriately challenging. 

TOKEN CARTER MA LPC

Therapist

Token Carter received her Masters degree in Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Token believes in a mindful holistic approach to counseling.

Token has great success and has worked in a school based settings with children and SUD groups with Ohioguidestone. Token also has had experience with family and individual counseling. Token has provided supportive services with the reentry population, Medicaid Assisted Treatment, and discharge planning with Jackson Pike Jail.


Token's preferred clinical model is CBT, Trauma Informed, and Solution Focused therapies. Token applies a strength based approach to her practice. Token can assist with stress management, anxiety, and depression.

Token is incredibly caring, has a great sense of humor and provides services in a nonjudgmental, supportive environment, but is able to challenge an individual to help them grow.

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TIERNEY PERSICO

Administrative Assistant

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.