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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.

Her areas of expertise include career counseling, ADD/ADHD, adjustment, depression, anxiety, mindfulness, self-esteem, motivational interviewing and trauma.  Jen has demonstrated an ability to work with younger clients who have trouble connecting and relating to adults.  Some of her abilities include being able to help both teens and parents with behavioral concerns, oppositional defiant disorder, substance use, identity and peer issues.  Jen has additional training in in marriage and family therapy and enjoys helping couples who desire to improve their communication with each other as well as couples who are seeking premarital and marital enrichment.

Jen teaches at Youngstown State University as an adjunct professor in the Counseling, School Psychology & Educational Leadership program.  She applies much of the information she teaches, particularly in her Introduction to Mental Health & Wellness course, into practice with clients.  Additionally, Jen runs groups and workshops at Akron Artworks as she enjoys practicing art and mental health.  In her free time, Jen enjoys spending time with her family, dogs, and going on adventures with friends and family.

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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.

Allison has her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and her Educational Specialist Degree from Kent State University. She is an independently licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with her Supervisory status in the State of Ohio. She has worked in a clinical role in higher education for the past eighteen years. Allison has experience providing individual and group counseling, consultation and diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.  She has worked in a variety of different settings where she has gained insight into serving diverse populations and works collaboratively with clients to meet their goals.

Her specializations include treating psychological and developmental issues in adolescents and psychological issues in adults. Her expertise is in providing counseling to clients with disabilities including: autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, psychological  disorders (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder) and chronic health conditions. Allison also provides consultation services, training and workshops for high school students with disabilities transitioning to college.

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.

Sharon Sterling-Elhage, LPCC-S

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.

Sharon began her counseling career at a community mental health center in Dover, Ohio. Because of this she was fortunate enough to be able to work with a diverse group of people who were dealing with a broad range of mental health issues. She has worked with brave individuals and families who face schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sexual and physical abuse, and she had the privilege too, of working closely with a group home for troubled boys, most of which were court ordered. During her time in Dover it became clear that kids were very comfortable with her. Children of all ages and difficulties became her focus despite the fact that she continued and continues to work and loves working with adults.

In the last several years, Sharon has been working in private practice. She has experience and education in areas such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder and fears, working with LGBT individuals, ADD and ADHD, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, low self esteem, Depression, Complicated Grief, and life changes in general.

Sharon works with a partner who she claims is a better counselor than she will ever be. This partner is Willow, a two year old Golden Retriever. Sharon claims that there is a goodness, compassion, and strength in all people. Willow is good at pulling out the best in people. Willow is not only a calming and happy force in Sharon’s life but also in the lives of everyone she meets. Sharon has witnessed the restorative effects Willow has had on all of her clients. Even on a young boy who was very scared of dogs.

Finally, Sharon believes that counseling is one of the most humbling of professions. She states, “It is an honor that people allow me to be involved in their journey while they pursue happiness, inner peace, and overall mental well being. I get to witness courage, strength, healing, and hope with every individual.”

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.