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 Ryan Taylor CRC, LPCC-S, EMDR Certified 

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Ryan offers individual counseling services for clients who are looking to break through and make progress navigating their stress, anxiety, depression, recovering from relationships with narcissistic people, or trauma and could benefit from an honest, discreet and supportive relationship with a counselor. She is EMDR certified through EMDRIA and offers Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, KAP.

Ryan received her graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with additional coursework in Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and an Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has worked in the counseling field for more than fifteen years and with persons who have chronic illness and disabilities for the past twenty years. Ryan has counseled civilians and military members, academics, college students, taught at a local university, prepared adults for employment transition, and offered national and international seminars on teacher education, sexual assault, teens, resiliency, grief, relation, and community engagement.  She is active in the Dayton community.

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Shonda Jones CRC, LPC

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Shonda serves a widely diverse populations including children 5+, adolescents, and adults.  She specializes in person-centered support focusing in areas of personal advocacy, transitioning into college, social skill development/interpersonal relationship difficulties, vocational counseling, promoting independence, and resilience. Shonda is multiculturally trained and practices an Integrative approach to counseling that allows her to tailor treatment plans to the needs of each individual. She is EMDR trained. She offers Autism and ADHD evaluations. 

Shonda is a dual credentialed Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her B.S. in Rehabilitation Services with a Psychology Minor and her Master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at Wright State University. She has over 17 years of professional experience working with people who have disabilities in a variety of environments, with extensive experience working with individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as ADHD. She taught at a local university and is experienced in working with college-aged individuals and families. 

Member of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA)

Ann Edwards LPC

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Ann enjoys working with adolescents and adults and believes in building a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients, providing them with genuineness and empathetic care. She utilizes a holistic and person-centered approach based on unconditional positive regard and collaborative conversation helping her clients to achieve personal growth, inner strength, and achievement of goals as they travel through their life journey. Ann is EMDR trained. 

Ann grew up in a military family and had moved many times within the United States exposing her to various cultures throughout her life and enabling her to develop adaptability. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling but found her passion in mental wellness and has a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University. Ann has over eleven years of experience working with severe & persistent mental illness in adults, including those living in group homes, and also has experience working with adults with personality disorders.

Some of the best days of your life haven’t happened yet. Keep going”

Kara Schaefer LPC

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Kara enjoys building a strong, therapeutic alliance that will assist with meeting goals and adjusting to difficult life circumstances. She feels passionate in creating a safe space to provide a person-centered, direct approach to assisting others in setting and meeting goals that will allow for them to be the best versions of themselves that they want to be. Kara is EMDR trained. 

Kara is a trauma-informed, licensed professional counselor. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health counseling, both from Wright State University. Kara enjoys enjoy working with adults and young adults who have addictions and chronic mental health issues. She focuses on collaboration with families and doctors to provide the best possible care. When working with Kara, you’ll experience a safe environment where you can explore your choices.

Rebecca Kolssak LPC

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Rebecca is a passionate and dedicated Ohio Licensed Professional Counselor, who is committed to helping children, adolescents, couples, and families overcome developmental barriers and complex trauma histories. With a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, she has a wealth of educational and clinical experience that she brings to her practice. Rebecca offers EMDR Intensives at our Acorn & Owl location. 

Rebecca has a particular expertise in working with courts and in child welfare, where she focuses on stabilizing families and home environments. She grounds her clinical work in person-centered and attachment-based approaches, partnering with clients to identify clear and reachable goals that stimulate meaningful growth. Drawing from a variety of evidence-based techniques, including CBT, DBT, EMDR, motivational interviewing, co-parenting techniques, and mindfulness, she customizes treatment to best meet the unique needs of each individual.

All the tools you need to heal and grow are already within you; Rebecca seeks to cultivate a safe and supportive space for you to access them. Whether you’re facing incremental challenges or world altering grief, she is honored to be invited into your experience to support you in filling both crevices and deep wounds with joy and beauty.

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“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin

 

Amanda Winfield CT

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Amanda has a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wright State. She enjoys working with adults who find themselves at a crossroads, yearning to reconnect with their authentic selves. She believes deeply in the mind-body connection, guiding her clients to explore how their thoughts and emotions manifest physically. Drawing from her background in yoga, she intertwines mindfulness practices with evidence-based therapies including EMDR to create a holistic approach to healing. 

Amanda works with clients to increase security and connection in relationships in the here and now. Whether clients are grappling with the weight of past traumas or feel immobilized by anxiety and depression, she provides a safe space for exploration and growth. By fostering self-compassion and encouraging curiosity, Amanda empowers her clients to cultivate resilience and embrace their inherent value.

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Tom Rathbun

Tom Rathbun LPC

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Tom is a licensed professional counselor who received his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University. He has experience working with college-aged individuals navigating their university experience and is passionate about helping people find ways to promote their mental and emotional wellbeing. Valuing a trauma-informed approach, Tom enjoys working with adult individuals navigating stress, personal, romantic, and familial relationships, sexual and gender identity development, spiritual identity, and deep inner exploration.

Tom brings a combination of humanistic and relational approaches to his practice. He fosters an open and nonjudgmental space to explore all aspects of our inner and outer worlds and helps to create an environment conducive to lasting change. As an LGBT+ individual, Tom brings lived experience to his practice and works to empower those navigating similar experiences.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
– Carl Rogers