Meet our Counselors

Amiee Burtoft, LPC

You feel out of sorts. You can’t quite get it right. You’re lost. The answers aren’t coming. Something is missing.

My approach to therapy is humanistic…I believe we all have internal resources that allow us to create meaningful and fulfilling lives. I trust that you have the answers to the questions of your life and you are the expert on yourself.

So, how can I help you? I am an objective guide who is curious about you. I listen carefully, ask questions, recognize patterns, connect dots, and illuminate areas within you that are often too difficult to figure out alone. We will examine your present situation as well as the roots of patterns in your life. I offer concrete skills and insight that can help you make positive changes, regulate emotions, improve self-awareness, and relieve stress.

Both my personal and professional experience has inspired my interest in helping folks healthily manage life transitions. Sometimes big or unexpected change throws us off balance, or even into a tailspin. We may experience frustration, anger, overwhelm, racing thoughts, poor concentration, sadness, feel alone, defeated or just stuck. How we handle change and manage stressful situations has a huge impact on our quality of life, not only for our present well-being but also how we healthily grow beyond our current circumstances.

The heart of my work with clients is sorting through complex issues, gaining insight, discovering new paths, making sense, and restoring movement. I’m a thoughtful observer as well as an active participant in our work together. My fundamental belief is that change is an opportunity to develop a better sense of who we are and where we can go from here.

Amiee’s areas of specialization include but are not limited to:

  • Adults 18+
  • Couples
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders/bipolar
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Psychodynamic
  • Academic/Career/Work
  • LGBTQIA
  • Existential
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Life Transitions
  • Transgender Concerns

Kelly Cummings-Karkenny, LPC

"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong.” -Mandy Hale

As a Licensed Professional Counselor I consider it my goal to help you through times of pain, growth, and change. Taking the first step of attending counseling is a brave and challenging decision, but I am here to offer support and to teach you the tools necessary to reach your goals.

I specialize in working with children ages 3 and up, teens, and adults. I take a person-centered approach with my clients, and actively listen while prompting personal growth. I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and brief solution-focused therapy to facilitate the recognition of how thoughts and feelings influence behaviors, and to encourage clients to make the changes they desire. I use a variety of therapy tools; including play, art, journaling, and talk therapy.

I look forward to meeting and working with you!

My areas of specialization include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Health and Medical Issues
  • Anger Management
  • ADHD
  • ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
  • LGBTQ+
  • Mindfulness
  • Academic and Work Concerns
  • Peak Performance
Sam Cowart

Sam Cowart, LPC

For the past ten years, my primary counseling experience has been working with children, teenagers, and their families. I would typically work with children/teenagers individually, their parents/guardians individually, and the whole family together as a unit. Having that experience allowed me to jump into a unique environment each time while asking: what would you like to see differently about the way you interact with each other?

Counseling is inevitably a very vulnerable experience. It’s one that gently asks you to let your guard down a bit, and it’s a way to get to know yourself better, regardless of what you’d like to work on. Maybe you’re going through a particularly hard time, or maybe you find yourself feeling like there’s something in your life you’d like to change. Whatever the reason may be, my number one goal as your counselor is to provide you a safe, nonjudgmental environment so that you can feel comfortable navigating these things. From there, I’d love to help you figure out coping strategies that work best for you!

My areas of specialty include, but are not limited to:

  •  Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Trauma
  • OCD
  • Anger Issues
  • Relational issues
  • LGBTQ+
  • School aged children and adolescents
  • Parenting strategies
  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling

Alicia Jantzi, LPC, ATR-BC

The environments we find ourselves in on a daily basis are not always the most supportive of mental well-being or growth. The daily demands and stressors of life can weigh heavily on the soul, leaving little time for self-care. This is true for all ages, as we cope with the pressures of work/school, all while learning to navigate the world, relationships, and the big and small transitions that shape who we become. All of this can be overwhelming for one person to navigate alone. My goal as a counselor is to help you develop strategies to explore the waters of life with confidence, based on your already present strengths and unique qualities.

As a Board-Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, I am trained in the benefits of utilizing art-making and viewing as a tool in therapy, in conjunction with therapy practices such as CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), Person-Centered approaches, and Mindfulness. I have worked for the past four years in the school setting counseling and teaching behavioral, social, and emotional management skills to children as young as 5. My experience also includes working extensively with youth and adolescents, as well as adults.

I believe that no one should have to go through the challenges of life alone. Let me walk with you, your child, or your teen, on this journey you have been brave enough to start.

My areas of specialization include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Trauma disorders
  • Stress management
  • School-age children
  • Adolescents/teens
  • Art Therapy
  • Anger management
  • Bullying

Brandi O’Quinn, LPC

For over ten years, I have been dedicated to working with individuals who struggle with the many challenges that life has to bring.  While we all face challenges, sometimes there are hardships or circumstances that leave us feeling like things are out of our control. If you're going through some difficult times, or if you just want to become the best version of you, I'd love to meet you!  I am passionate about providing the support and tools to help overcome these things and help you get to a place in your life where you can thrive.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I take a very person-centered approach to the counseling relationship and experience. I incorporate various therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused, and existential therapy. I have worked extensively with teens and adults who have faced severe challenges in their lives. This has given me with a significant and unique insight which I believe is beneficial to my clients. I promote and provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can freely express your thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

Making the decision to see a therapist can be difficult and scary, but I can provide you with support throughout your journey and personal growth.

  • My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Grief
  • Abuse/Trauma

Courtney Sutphin-Hebdon, LCSW

In my years as a licensed clinical social worker, I have come to understand that the relationship of therapy can and should look very different from person to person. My experience has enabled me to tailor my approach to fit individual needs, from adolescents and emerging adults to parenting to seniors, at some point we all have a need for support as we tackle life's obstacles.

I believe strongly that mental wellness is critical to overall health and well-being, and that we can not separate physical and mental health. Becoming mired in life's problems is exhausting and can be debilitating, and as a therapist my job is to help you move through whatever you are facing. I take a holistic approach to mental health, incorporating cognitive therapy, mindfulness skills, and motivational interviewing skills into this process.

With experience in multiple settings including adolescent residential treatment, higher education, community mental health, and inpatient psychiatry, I am well-qualified to work with most populations.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Abusive relationships
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Addiction
  • Physical and emotional trauma
  • Parenting
  • Chronic health concerns
  • Women's issues
  • Integrative Medicine for Mental Health

I look forward to working with you, supporting your choices, and assisting in your growth. I believe that everything is figure-out-able and that together, we can do hard things!

Ian Esmay

I have been working in the field of counseling for over ten years in a variety of settings. I have come to learn that counseling can benefit anyone and help everyone find their true self. It isn’t about being perfect, just the best version of yourself.

My role as your therapist is to provide non-judgmental support in a safe space where you can explore your genuine feelings and individuality. I am willing to work with anyone, but my primary focus is adults struggling with emotional issues. I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, seeking safety, and many others. The main focus being to assist people in living a healthy life in their own way.

Although I have a wide variety of experiences, I believe each person is unique and the benefit from counseling comes from a solid relationship. I am always willing to be a positive and empathetic voice in your life if you are ready for it. I look forward to meeting you!

My areas of specialties include:

  • Addiction concerns
  • Adolescents
  • Adults of all ages
  • Anxiety, including Social Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar
  • Co-Dependency
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ and Gender Identity
  • Mood Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • Men's Issues
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Phobias
  • Relationships

Johanna Jones, LPC

Life can begin to feel out of control. You can run out of energy, out of good ideas – or maybe someone else is trying to make decisions for you. But it really can get better, and perhaps I can help. In my work with substance-abuse recovery, severe mental illness and getting through tough times, I’ve had two decades of experience counseling people with challenging issues.

My own bumpy road to learning who I was and what I wanted made me eager to help others who were struggling, too. My solid educational background in evidence-based therapy has given me tools I can share. These come from many sources, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Reality Therapy, to name a few - proven interventions for beating addiction, increasing motivation, and living life on your own terms.

My focus is adults, and I have a special place in my heart for LGBTQ populations, the mentally ill and those who identify with Asperger’s Syndrome. Things can get pretty bad, and support can make a difference; sometimes it’s hard to think outside the box alone.

Give me a chance to walk beside you for a while, and help transform the life you have into the life you want.

My areas of specialty include but are not limited to:

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Borderline Disorder
  • Co-dependency
  • Chronic illness/disability/pain
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • LGBTQ
  • Mood Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD Schizophrenia
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma

Mia Mickenberg, LPC

"I believe that "one life is a world." I hope you'll let me into the world you live in, and to help you thrive and grow in both your world and the world at large. I believe that counseling is not a one size fits all process - everyone is different and their counseling process will differ as well. I provide a safe space to explore life experiences and help you to identify and learn new solutions and coping skills to life’s challenges. Through the ebbs and flows of life we can hit hard times. My goal is to help you through these times. It can get better, and counseling can help.

I use a holistic and integrative approach to counseling, because as people we are not just our minds or physical selves but a combination of the two. I draw from various theories and techniques, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Reality, Solution-Focused, mindfulness and motivational interviewing, as well as incorporating the creative arts. My time working in various settings, including schools, homes, a college counseling center and a substance abuse prevention center has equipped me to work with diverse populations and many different issues. I enjoy working with and have a great deal of experience in counseling youth, adolescents and adults. Whether you're struggling, or want to work towards thriving and being the best version of YOU, I'd love to join you on your path.

My areas of specialty include, but are not limited to:

  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA
  • LGBTQIA - adolescents
  • Substance Abuse
  • ADHD Counseling

Sarah Hill, LCSW

My objective in working with clients is to explore and encourage regular practices of self improvement exercises in order for clients to become the most effective version of themselves. I firmly believe we must objectively look at ourselves and ask if we are the person we want to be and if not, learn how to be. I have been successful in emotional and mental rehabilitation with a variety of populations and ages over the past 5 years of post-graduate experience.

With a wealth of personal and professional experiences, I strive to assess my clients to create appropriate individual treatment plans with achievable and measurable goals. I utilize my range of knowlegde on the human experience to provide education, guidance, and reflection to aid clients in better understanding themselves and working towards positive changes.

My specialities include:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • trauma
  • self harming behavior
  • eating disorders
  • domestic violence
  • personality disorders
  • general life coaching

I utilize several modalities, including but not limited to CBT, solution focused therapy, gestalt therapy, and mindfulness. I am flexible with my practice in order to best meet the needs of each individual client. I look forward to meeting you and helping you "Thrive!"

Thomas Bufano, LPC

Many of my clients have told me that I am the first counselor that they felt both comfortable with and were helped by. I am warm, intuitive and effective in my approach with my clients and their concerns.

In our sessions, we'll identify triggers that are causing you distress, then we'll work together to help you develop skills and learn techniques to manage your anxieties, fears, etc. I will strive to develop your ability to cope with whatever is causing you distress; Then we'll find ways for you to manage this with positive behavioral methods. We'll also work towards gaining insight into any underlying causes of problematic behaviors.

You'll find that my approach is one of empathy, reflective listening, communication, critical thinking, and often mindfulness instruction. I'll employ active and reflective listening, teach you strategies for dealing with problems, and assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, making changes, and more.

I look forward to helping you on your journey towards a life where you are able to thrive.

  • abandonment,
  • adjustment disorder,
  • affective disorder
  • anger management
  • anxiety
  • behavioral therapy
  • bipolar, borderline
  • co-dependency
  • couples therapy
  • depression
  • dialectic behavioral therapy
  • divorce
  • dual diagnosis
  • EMDR
  • family therapy
  • generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • grief/loss/bereavement
  • individual therapy
  • mood disorders
  • parenting issues
  • panic disorders
  • PTSD
  • stress management
  • trauma

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