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Bill Elwood is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Ursuline college, and Masters Degree in counseling from John Carroll University and is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. He has extensive experience with adolescent behavior problems as well as marriage and family related issues. He is Certified Master Addictions Counselor and is a Substance Abuse Professional. He also has specialized training in co-dependency treatment approaches. Mr. Elwood has an interest in the function of faith and spirituality in the healing process. He is an Ordained Permanent Deacon for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese and Adjunct Faculty member at St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology.
Linda Elwood is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Ursuline College and her Masters Degree in Counseling at John Carroll University. Linda takes a family systems approach to treating relationship problems; family and parenting issues, depression, LGBTQ and women's issues. She also has had extensive experience with Sensory Processing Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, adolescent behavior problems and adolescent community out-reach and intervention programs. She is also a former youth minister for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese and a recipient of the 1992 James P. O'Donnell Award for outstanding youth work.
Laura Moyer is an adult psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist and a graduate of the University of Toledo, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degrees in education and nursing. Previously in private practice near Toledo and in Willoughby, she also taught mental health nursing in both classroom and clinical settings at the UT College of Nursing. She also served in two board positions on the Faculty Affairs Committee. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Her specialty areas include anxiety, depression, grief counseling and bipolar, eating and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD).
Dr. Peter Golden is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine. He has practiced psychiatry in many different settings over the past 12 years including, Ohio Guidestone, Beech brook, Portage Path and Private practice. He is dedicated to the community and working with individuals who are dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and grief. Through excellent professional training Dr. Golden has developed skills to help people manage and master their afflictions, as well as how to use medication to aide in therapy.
Dr. Peter Kontos is a graduate of John Carroll University and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. he has practiced psychiatry in many different settings over the past 25 years including the Cleveland Clinic, Ravenwood Center of Geauga County, and Coleman Professional Services of Summit County. Dr. Kontos brings a wealth of experience to our practice as well as the benefit of a warm and caring professional dedicated to the practice of quality psychiatry
Kathleen Toohig earned her Masters Degree at John Carroll University, her Bachelors of Arts Degree in psychology from Ursuline College, and a diploma of Nursing from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing. She has vast experience as a health care professional with over twenty-five years as a Registered Nurse. She is also a certified grief counselor, specializing in prenatal grief (infant/child loss, miscarriage, etopic). Ms. Toohig also specializes in working with family problems, post-partum depression, and promoting parent education.
Misty Kluk has a Master's Degree in Counseling and Human Services from John Carroll University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervisor designation. Misty has over 13 years of counseling experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Misty enjoys doing individual, group, and family counseling. She specializes in working with individuals and families that have experience traumas, particularly sexual abuse. She has worked with victims of human trafficking as well. Misty has extensive experience working with individuals who deal with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, personality disorders, and relationship difficulties. She has a great deal of experience working with adolescents who demonstrate emotional and behavioral issues in the home, school, and/or community
Allison is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from John Carroll University. Allison has experience in working with children, adolescents and adults. She also enjoys working with families on issues related to the family system. She has also worked extensively with children on the Autism Spectrum who have significant behavioral issues in the home, school and community. She has worked with individuals and families in a variety of settings including outpatient and residential treatment. Allison has worked with individuals who are dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationships issues, personality disorders and self-esteem. She utilizes Cognitive Based methods, Solution Focused and Behavioral approaches when working with individuals.
Stephanie Marder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters of Arts in Psychology from Boston University. She is currently working on her PHD at Kent State University. Stephanie worked at Bellefaire JCB assisting adolescents and their families in-home and in the community. She has been working with at-risk youth, adolescents, young adults and families dealing with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, and interpersonal conflicts. Stephanie takes a integrative approach to her counseling practice, ensuring treatment is tailored to the individual or family.
Susan Marder is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in sociology at Brooklyn College and her Master’s Degree at John Carroll University. Susan’s diverse experience includes parent education, child behavior management, effective discipline techniques, and family issues. As Coordinator of the Early Intervention Program through the Lake County General Health District she worked with parents of children who were medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed. Susan has worked as a family therapist with Bellefaire JCB where she provided in-home intensive counseling services to young children, adolescents and families. Susan specializes in phase of life problems counseling in the areas of empty-nest stressors, retirement issues, and loss of a job. Assisting individuals dealing with frustration and anxiety related to providing caretaking to aging or dependent parents. She works with parents, step parents, and new parents with the daily demands and struggles that they face with raising a family. She has extensive experience with grief, anxiety, self-esteem and depression for all age groups.
Devorah “Dev” Shiffman is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Ohio University and her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State University. Dev has an interest in working with adolescents and young adults as well as children working to manage transitions, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, Dev has training and experience working with the LGBTQ+ community. Dev enjoys both individual and group counseling and utilizes a variety of evidence-based counseling techniques to best meet her client’s needs.
Ron Colonna is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Social Worker. He received his undergraduate degree from Geneva College and his Masters degree from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is nationally board certified as a Counselor and as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. His counseling experiences are in mood, personality, adjustment disorders, marriage and family issues, and the relevance of faith within individuals' lives. His extensive undergraduate and graduate university teaching experiences have augmented his clinical mental health practice and research. Ron has done local and state workshops on mood disorders, marriage and other relationships, suicide and family survivors of suicide. He has co-authored The Counselor Intern's Handbook.
David earned his Master of Art degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University. He has worked for over 41 years helping individuals, couples and families to improve the quality of their lives. While he has specialized training and experience in the addiction and Employee Assistance (EAP) fields, he has many years of experience with helping clients with a variety of life problems. David has had past work experience at Glenbeigh and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He is a well-versed and highly experienced counselor who practices with a holistic and mindfulness approach to treatment.
Emily is a Counselor in Trainee at Cleveland State University completing her practicum and internship at Family Behavioral Health Services. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Cleveland State University in 2019 and is currently working on her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a certified chemical dependency counselor assistant and is passionate about working with elderly clients, and helping clients through the grief process, along with working with all clients of different backgrounds. Emily works as a substitute teacher and has worked in assisted living facilities
Sara is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Training and will receive her degree from John Carroll University in December 2022. Her approach is to meet the client where they are and ensure the healing process leads to an improved quality of life while drawing from person-centered and psychodynamic counseling theorists. Sara has interest working with young children and adolescent populations as well as young adults working to heal and manage life's challenges. Additionally Sara enjoys employing mindfulness techniques and alternative counseling approaches including art and play intervention. Sara's main goal in counseling is to create an empathetic and warm environment that helps to solidify trust in the professional relationship with clients through openness and commitment.
Samantha is a Counselor in Trainee at Cleveland State University completing her practicum and internship at Family Behavioral Health Services. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Human development and Family Studies at Kent State University in 2019 and is currently working on her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has worked as a child advocate and a substance abuse prevention intern. Working within the social services field has allowed me to work with people from diverse backgrounds and has provided me with a deep understanding and awareness of the hardship’s individuals face. Additionally, it has enlightened me on how environmental, situational, social, physical, mental, and financial factors can translate into an individual's holistic health
Dr. Doreen Di Fiore is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals and couples. She has a master’s degree in counseling from John Carroll University and a PhD in clinical psychology from Union Institute & University. Knowing that people come to therapy in emotional pain and looking for answers, Doreen’s emphasis is on providing a safe space where clients will feel supported, understood, and accepted as they work to relieve their pain and uncover the answers. Doreen tries to be the therapist that she would want to see. She uses a straightforward approach and takes an active role in therapy sessions. With every client she sees her focus is on creating a trusting therapeutic relationship, which she believes is essential to successful therapy. Doreen has experience working with a wide range of problems, especially relationship issues, anxiety and stress, depression, and grief and loss.
Therapy Dogs have been known to make it easier for clients to open-up and become more relaxed. Their unconditional love can help clients through the therapy process by adding additional support. Mutual interaction and affection such as petting or cuddling with our therapy dog enhances the counseling experience here at Family Behavioral Health Services, LLC. Maggie is a 11 year old Cavachon. Our dogs help give the practice more of the comfort of home.