Therapists

Take some time to read about the different specialties and certifications our therapists  have to offer. Please note our office is currently on a waitlist for new clients. To inquire about availability and scheduling by calling 614-972-7928 or by clicking on the contact page and sending an email.

Kristen Santel, MSW, LISW-S

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I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor (LISW-S) through the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board and my work is truly my passion. I specialize in working with adults, children and teens managing complex and developmental trauma, PTSD, traumatic grief, attachment challenges, relationship issues and dissociative disorders. I also have much experience working with military, first responders and recent traumatic events. As an adoptee myself, I have a specialization in working with the adoption and foster care community, child and adult adoptees, and reparative/developmental attachment in both childhood and into adulthood.

I am a Level II EMDR Psychotherapist with Advanced and Master Class Training in Attachment and Somatic Psychotherapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), certified hypnotherapist with American Society of Clinical Hypnotherapy, and a Certified Trauma Practitioner with the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, as well as being trained in TF-CBT, CISM, and extensive training in IPNB (Interpersonal Neurobiology) and several other therapeutic modalities focusing on somatic psychotherapy and attachment. I use a collaborative, integrative approach informed by Ego State and Internal Family Systems Therapy, with a strong emphasis on Interpersonal Neurobiology to assist clients in helping them feel well supported and educated.

I present psychoeducation at many conferences and symposiums in the state of Ohio and other areas of the country, as well as support school districts in education on trauma and traumatic grief. My practice truly is my passion, and partnering with my clients to find healing in their lives is my goal. I love my work.

I am the Clinical Director of Camp Lionheart, a free, week-long overnight summer camp for grieving children, here in Central Ohio in the Hocking Hills. Camp Lionheart is in it’s 14th year of existence providing grief support, compassion, trauma-focused counseling, and lots of fun to children suffering the death of parent or sibling. For more information on Camp Lionheart, please visit http://www.camplionheart.org. 

I very much enjoy the city of Columbus, where you will find me spending time taking walks around the city, listening to all the podcasts, hanging with my portly cat, seeing live music, and watching obscure foreign films any chance I can 🙂

 License Number: I.0700086-SUPV

Professional Disclosure Statement

Cheri Kerr, LPCC-S

 

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I have had an interest in treating trauma from the beginning of my mental health career in 1998 when I worked at a Partial Hospitalization program for children while studying Art Therapy in an Undergraduate program. Noticing the most troubled children consistently had a trauma history, I began training in evidence-based modalities to treat the underlying trauma instead of the behavior. Since then I have become a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDR Consultant, trained in Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Attachment Therapy, Play and Expressive Arts Therapies, and have developed an expertise in the treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders providing regular Continuing Education to other therapists in the area. I also provide Supervision to new clinicians and Consultation for licensed clinicians. I treat all ages with an Interpersonal and eclectic approach, depending on the individual needs of each client, and am passionate about helping others heal from trauma and traumatic loss.

Professional Disclosure Statement

Mary Beth Gannon, LPCC-S

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As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor through the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board, I have been working with clients since 2009 providing trauma informed care to individuals and groups. I graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and completed my Master’s in Clinical Counseling at John Carroll University.

While working with clients I utilize my intensive training in trauma to support and guide treatment. I am a Level II EMDR Psychotherapist with Advanced and Master Class Training (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), as well as being trained in TF-CBT, CISM, and CBT. Other interests include working with children, men, and first responders.

I truly love working on an individual level with my clients while also having a passion to increase education of others.  I have presented at conferences on trauma informed care and within the community to increase the understanding and impact of traumatic events.

Outside of my office, I enjoy making time to visit friends and family. I enjoy bike riding, listening to music, art, and making new connections in this great city of Columbus, OH.

License Number: E.0900421-SUPV

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become” – C. Jung

PROFESSIONAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

Michelle Jordan Frias, MSW, LISW

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Hello! I am a licensed independent social worker through the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board. I hold a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus on gender and sexuality studies, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from The Ohio State University. I see clients for a range of concerns including anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and LGBTQ+ issues. I work with both individuals and families, and have a special interest in working with adolescents and young adults. It is my passion and privilege to provide affirming and holistic mental healthcare to each client I see.

In my private practice, I work to create a warm and nonjudgmental environment for each client. I understand that some individuals thrive with creativity and humor and others need a quiet and calm space of refuge. In my work, I utilize a variety of trauma-informed therapeutic approaches depending on each client’s unique needs and personal goals. I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MB-CBT), and art/experiential therapies. I am also currently training in Jungian Sandplay Therapy, for those clients who are interested.

In addition to my counseling practice, I also enjoy contributing the field through presenting at local and national conferences and provider trainings. I have presented on topics including best practices for working with LGBTQ+ individuals and communities, supporting transgender young people and their families, human trafficking, and homelessness in youth and young adults.

My greatest reward as a therapist is supporting clients in finding their unique process, recognizing their strengths, and looking forward to the future with confidence and hope.

License Number: I.1800891

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – Audre Lorde

Professional Disclosure Statement

Danielle Weatherholtz, LPCC-S

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I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor (LPCC-S) through the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board. I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development from University of Central Oklahoma. I work with children, teens, and adults with a range of concerns, including: grief, trauma, relationship challenges, parenting challenges, and anxiety and mood disorders.

I am truly passionate about supporting individuals and their families in healing and coping with life’s challenges.  To meet the unique needs of each individual client, I use an integrative approach that is attachment-focused and trauma-informed.  I am trained in EMDR Level II, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MB-CBT), play-based/expressive arts therapies, and somatic modalities.  I strive to create a warm and compassionate space for each client, where they feel safe and supported in working towards their personal goals.

In addition to the work in my private practice, I enjoy providing community education through conferences, trainings, and workshops.  I have presented on topics including creative/expressive arts interventions, anxiety in children and adolescents, the impact of mental health on learning, trauma, and self-care/avoiding burnout.   It is my great privilege to continue to work at Camp Lionheart, as I have for the past ten years, as a grief and trauma counselor while also supporting program development (www.camplionheart.org).

I also love practicing yoga, drinking coffee, and spending time outdoors with my family and friends.  I truly love the Metro Parks system in Columbus.  If I am not hiking or at a local park, you can probably find me at one of the many great coffee shops Columbus has to offer!

Professional Disclosure Statement

Molly Ottaviano, LPC

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Family Therapist Board. I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University. I work with clients of all ages, however I have a special interest in working with children and adolescents who may be experiencing adoption/foster care related issues. It is important for me to be able to provide my clients with an accepting, respectful, non-judgmental environment in which they feel safe and supported.

I am EMDR trained and utilize an integrative approach that is based on the individual’s personal goals. I implement a variety of trauma-informed therapeutic techniques, including: attachment work, somatic experiences, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and Internal Family Systems. In addition to working with individuals, I volunteer as a Traumatic Grief Counselor at Camp Lionheart (www.camplionheart.org) for one week every summer. I have also presented on managing mood disorders and suicide prevention methods while working for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

When I am not at work you can usually find me discovering new restaurants with my family and friends, seeing live music, or attending sporting events. I also enjoy exploring all of the parks that Columbus has to offer, practicing yoga, and nose-diving into a good book on my days off.

Professional Disclosure Statement

Kelly Chambers, LPC

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. I graduated from Wittenberg University with my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Business Management and the University of Dayton with my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

I have found my passion in working with children, teenagers and adults with a focus in trauma informed care. I am EMDR trained and have experience in co-leading a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group. My approach to counseling is eclectic and combines many variations of theories depending on the client’s needs in theories such as, CBT, DBT, attachment, somatic, and internal family systems. I am excited to continue my education and attend trainings in the future that focus on the treatment of complex trauma. I truly value the importance of building a secure therapeutic relationship with my clients and creating a collaborative and supportive environment.

Outside of my work, I love spending time with my friends, family and my dog, Pedey. I really enjoy running all around Columbus to train for half marathons and sitting down with a good book or my favorite tv show on Netflix. My favorite weekend activities are going to baseball games, taking my pup to dog parks and finding the best taco and pizza restaurants that central Ohio has to offer.

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Megan Snyder, MSW, LISW-S

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I am a licensed independent social worker (LISW-S) through the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board.  I graduated from State University of New York at Albany with my undergraduate degree and New York University with my master’s degree.  I have been practicing in the State of Ohio since 2001.  I am truly passionate about supporting individuals and their families in healing and coping with life’s challenges.  I work with teens and adults with a variety of concerns, including: grief, trauma, relationship challenges, parenting challenges, anxiety and other mood disorders.

I feel one of my greatest strengths is meeting the client where they are, I utilize an integrative approach that is attachment focused and trauma informed.  I am Level II EMDR trained and am always working to grow and improve in my clinical practice.  In addition to continuing learn and grow clinically, I also enjoy presenting locally and around the state on various topics including anxiety, suicide assessment and compassion fatigue.

Outside of my office I enjoy traveling, fitnessing and running around with my two boys, loved ones and friends.

Professional Disclosure Statement

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Amanda Keller, LPCC:

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) through the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board. I received my Bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University in Psychology and Family and Human Development and I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and adults on a comprehensive breath of needs including; grief, trauma, and anxiety and mood disorders. My work is truly my passion and I enjoy supporting individuals and families in healing and coping with life’s challenges.

I know that each client is unique and I utilize a variety of treatment modalities based on the individual needs of my clients. My approach is strengths based and integrates approaches including DBT, CBT, attachment, somatic and internal family systems. I am truly passionate about working with clients and their families. I strive to create an open and warm environment in my practice where clients feel supported and validated as they work towards their individual goals.

In addition to my work in private practice, I also enjoy providing community education on topics such as emotional regulation in children & adolescents, the impact of mental health on learning, anxiety in children and adolescents, and trauma. I also LOVE that I get to continue to work at Camp Lionheart, as I have for the past 7 years as a grief and trauma counselor (www.camplionheart.org).

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