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Dr. Jen Yensel has a PhD. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University and is independently licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory status in the State of Ohio. In addition to her PhD, Jen has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Kent State University.  Jen has experience working in inpatient, outpatient, and school settings.  She has had the opportunity to work with a myriad of clients who dealt with a wide range of mental health issues.  Jen has also worked at a local hospital where she developed a substance abuse intensive outpatient program for adolescents, utilizing evidence based treatment and motivational interviewing.


Beth Franczak received her Masters of Science in Education from the University of Akron. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a supervisory designation (LPCC-S). Beth has been practicing in the community and private practice setting for over 10 years.

Beth uses an eclectic approach to counseling. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of counseling. She strives to help clients feel as though they are hanging out and chatting in a living room or coffee shop, not in a stuffy clinical setting. She incorporates aspects of CBT, DBT, Sand Tray Therapy, and client centered therapy into her work. Her therapy is trauma informed and she has training in trauma focused behavioral therapy and sand tray therapy.


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Torrie graduated from Kent State with a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. She is an independently Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio and is endorsed by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Torrie has provided therapy for a wide variety of mental health issues in both outpatient and community settings. Her specialties include early childhood, trauma, sexual behavior problems, adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, and behavioral concerns. Torrie utilizes an array of therapeutic techniques and interventions to individually tailor to each clients’ needs. She enjoys working with people of all ages, and strives to make sure her clients understand the therapy process through psychoeducation and a collaborative treatment approach.

Rachael has her Masters Degree in Community Counseling and is a Doctoral Candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program at Kent State University. In addition to her educational background, she is a Licensed Independent Clinical Counselor Supervisor in the state of Ohio. Rachael has experience assessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health concerns. Her specialization areas include depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, grief/loss, adjustment, crisis intervention, gender/sexuality, and education-related emotional and behavioral concerns. Rachael utilizes a collaborative, strength-based approach to client care.

Marcie Nithang is a licensed professional clinical counselor. She graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, stress management, grief and loss, family conflict and spiritual issues. She has provided individual, group and family therapy in a variety of settings, including residential treatment, a hospital eating disorders unit, an employee assistance program and at a university. Marcie has completed Level 1 Training in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. She also has specialized training in evaluation and treatment of perinatal and postpartum mood disorders.


Sharon Sterling-Elhage is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor/Supervisor. She attended The College of Wooster as an undergrad where she graduated with honors both in her field of study and in her sport, swimming. She then went on to continue her educational pursuits at Walsh College. She received her Masters in Counseling and Psychotherapy and obtained a teaching certificate for grades 7-12. Sharon has worked in the counseling profession for over 20 years and she was a High School English teacher for 10 years.

Shirley has a PhD. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University.  In addition to her PhD., she has a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and has worked as an elementary school counselor for 9 years.  Working as a school counselor, Shirley has become comfortable supporting children and families through a wide range of experiences. While obtaining her Professional Counselor license, she appreciated the change of pace as she worked with clients of all ages.  Shirley has experience providing individual, couples, family, and group counseling, as well animal-assisted therapy. Shirley especially enjoys tailoring therapy to support her clients’ specific interests and goals. In her free time, Shirley loves to spend time with her family, friends, and dog, particularly while participating in outdoor activities and traveling with them.  

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