Counselors and Therapists in Columbus, OH (Polaris)

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Maddie Penland
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA

Maddie Penland, MFT

"You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge." - Brene Brown

As a dedicated Marriage and Family Therapist, I am passionate about facilitating change and helping clients unlock their full potential.  My approach is rooted in compassion, challenge, and growth. I am committed to supporting clients, whether individuals, couples or families, as they navigate life's transitions and overcome obstacles.

Areas of Expertise

My clinical experience spans a wide range of ages and issues, with a focus on:

  • Children and Adolescents: Addressing behavioral concerns, aggression, and conflict.
  • Adults and Couples: Helping clients through transitional life periods and relationship challenges.

I utilize and have specialized training in evidence-based practices including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness Techniques
  • Strengths-Based and Client-Centered Approaches

Therapeutic Approach

I believe in meeting clients where they are, highlighting their strengths, and fostering resilience through cognitive restructuring, problem-solving, and psychoeducation. My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their lives, emotions, reactions, behaviors, and relationships. By balancing accountability with compassionate challenging, I help clients reduce blame, guilt, and shame, and build self-esteem.

Issues I work with clients on include:

  • Relational challenges
  • Couples’ issues
  • Parent/child relationships
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Rigid/Concrete Thinking
  • Attachment challenges
  • Transitional phases of life
  • Anxiety

 

Professional Background

I hold a license in Marriage and Family Therapy and am working towards my independent licensure. My professional journey includes significant experience at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as well as the OSU Couple and Family Therapy Clinic, where I co-led premarital groups and worked extensively with families.

Personal Touch

Originally from Minnesota, I have planted roots in Ohio over the past four years. When I'm not in the therapy room, I enjoy reading, playing games, and doing puzzles with my orange cat, Ember. My personal interests enrich my therapeutic practice, allowing me to connect with clients on a deeper level.

Let's Work Together

Whether you are a parent seeking support for your child, an individual who is navigating a difficult transition, or a couple looking to strengthen your relationship, I am here to help. Together, we can explore your strengths and work towards meaningful change and growth. Let's unlock your potential and help you feel unstuck to achieve the life you desire.

 

Matthew Varughese
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA

Mathew Varughese, Ph.D., LPC, CHES

"Therapy is not just a set of techniques, it's a collaborative relationship between therapist and patient." - Judith S. Beck

That quotation resonates with me because I believe in therapy as a collaborative effort, and that as therapist and client, you and I bring together different skill sets to work towards achieving a common goal—your goals for treatment.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), I am dedicated to helping individuals aged 12 and above navigate the complexities of mental health challenges. With a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in Health Education from the University of Toledo, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to my practice.

My passion for mental health began at a young age when I found myself being a trusted confidant for friends and acquaintances. This early experience has shaped my approach to therapy, focusing on collaboration and creating a safe space for individuals to untangle the roots of their concerns and achieve their goals. Also, my experiences making Ohio, and in fact the USA, my new home when I moved here to continue my studies, gives me a special awareness of the challenges and joys that similarly situated folks might experience.

I specialize in addressing a range of mental health issues, including:

  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Adolescent challenges with school, peers, and family
  • Depression
  • Men’s issues
  • Challenges faced by international students and immigrants.

My diverse professional background includes working with adolescents at the partial hospitalization program in Nationwide Children's Hospital and adults in intensive outpatient and outpatient settings at the Zepf Center in Toledo. These experiences have provided me with a unique perspective, enabling me to consider not only the individual but also the societal and systemic influences that may impact one's mental health.

To create a personalized treatment plan, I employ a variety of evidence-based strategies, such as:

  • Person-centered therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

I believe that the collaboration between client and clinician begins with treatment planning and thus work with you to discover and apply the strategies and techniques most helpful for you.

As a new father to a lovely baby girl, I spend much of my free time exploring the world through her lens. When not engaged in therapy or parenting, I find joy in playing the guitar, singing, and watching soccer, badminton, and tennis.

I am committed to working alongside you, combining our unique skill sets to help you achieve your mental health goals and lead a fulfilling life. Together, we can create a path toward healing and personal growth.

Jessica Klett
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA

Jessica Klett, LISW

"The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.”- Carol Dweck, Stanford psychologist and author of "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success"

As a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a Master's degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both from the Ohio State University, I am passionate about helping individuals of all ages navigate life's challenges and cultivate resilience.  We are faced with many challenges in life; I work to help all my clients discovers ways to grow through whatever those challenges might present.

My past experiences include working with children who suffer with serious emotional disturbances, adolescents and aging adults and their families through hospice.  With a special affinity for the challenges of the teen years, I enjoy working with a variety of clients and I bring a compassionate and growth-oriented approach to therapy.

My clinical expertise lies in supporting those struggling with:

  • Trauma (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stage of Life issues
  • Emotional Regulation
  • College Transitions
  • Women’s issues
  • Adolescent stressors/ family & school relationship issues
  • Grief and loss

To help clients achieve their goals and foster personal growth, I employ evidence-based strategies such as:

- Motivational Interviewing

- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

- EMDR (I am currently working towards EMDR certification)

I firmly believe in the power of the human-animal bond, finding inspiration in the unconditional love and loyalty that our furry companions provide. This passion for the healing potential of animals infuses my therapeutic work, as I strive to create a warm, non-judgmental space for self-discovery and transformation.

When I'm not engaging in my professional endeavors, I cherish spending quality time with my loved ones – family, friends, and of course, the special animals in my life.

If you're seeking a supportive ally on your path to healing and personal growth, I would be honored to work with you. Together, we can harness the power of a positive mindset to overcome challenges, build resilience, and create the life you envision.

MK Crimmel
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA

MK Crimmel, LISW

"Be Fearlessly Authentic"—Shannon Alder

This guiding principle encapsulates my approach to helping clients navigate their lives, reach their goals, and find inner peace by focusing on their unique strengths and learning to be present in the moment.

As a licensed independent social worker with a Master's degree from The Ohio State University, my career spans a rich tapestry of experiences, from ensuring the well-being of senior citizens to nurturing the growth of children and adolescents facing mental health and substance use challenges. I am deeply committed to empowering individuals across all stages of life to thrive and discover their authentic selves.

My practice is specially attuned to the needs of individuals aged 13 and older, navigating the complexities of

  • Anxiety,
  • Stress management,
  • Depression,
  • Adolescent issues, including challenges with school, parent and peer relationships,
  • Life changes,
  • Substance use disorders,
  • LGBTQ+ issues,
  • Challenges of emerging adulthood

To foster resilience and positive change in my clients, I employ a blend of

  • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT),
  • motivational interviewing,
  • mindfulness practices,
  • strength-based approaches

It's my belief that when we focus on individual strengths, everyone can discover the capacity to cultivate resilience, gain confidence, and experience meaningful transformation in their lives.

Creating a safe space for authentic self-expression is fundamental to my practice. I advocate for the power of mindfulness in developing awareness and acceptance, essential tools for managing stress, navigating emotional challenges, and pursuing personal growth. My additional education in mindfulness techniques enriches my ability to integrate these practices into therapy, tailoring coping strategies to fit each client's unique personality and interests.

When not engaged in my professional work, I find joy and balance in the company of my family and my dogs, Apollo and Ares. My personal interests, including photography, baking, cooking, watching anime and Marvel movies, and indulging in self-care through makeup, all of which reflects my holistic approach to well-being.

I look forward to the opportunity to walk alongside you on your path to well-being and authenticity. As Carl Rogers eloquently put it, "The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."

Together, let's embrace your authentic self, leveraging your innate strengths to navigate life's journey toward the goals you seek.

Jasmine Williams
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy

Jasmine Williams, MFT

"Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing: your freedom to choose how you respond to the situation." - Viktor Frankl

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am committed to guiding individuals through life's hurdles toward a path of resilience and self-empowerment. With a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and a Master's from Northcentral University, I bring a holistic and eclectic approach to therapy.

I specialize in a broad age range from children (starting at 5 years old) to adults, providing tailored support through individual, couple, and family therapy. My professional journey encompasses experience in the community mental health, school, and hospital settings. I also work with adolescents at Nationwide Children's Hospital, providing individual, group, and family services.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Self-harm and Suicidal ideation
  • Family Dynamics and Attachment related challenges
  • Challenges in Parent/Child Relationships
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Life Transitions
  • Overcoming perfectionism, worthlessness, and low self-esteem

 

Although I work with each client to tailor my approach to meet each their unique needs and goals, my therapeutic arsenal is diverse, including:

  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) Level 1 certified (coming soon)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative Somatic Parts work
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Experiential Therapy

I understand firsthand that asking for help and taking the first step toward change can be challenging, so I prioritize creating a supportive, relaxing, and welcoming environment. I aim to team up with you to tackle the presenting concern head-on and help you reach your desired destination.  I maintain an approachable, relatable demeanor to foster a strong therapeutic alliance, making it easier for clients to navigate their journey toward healing and growth.

When I'm not in session, you can find me pouring my creativity into writing books for young adults, reading, learning new things, playing video games, traveling, and spending quality time with loved ones.

I would be honored to work with you. Together, we can unlock your inner strength and build the life you desire.

Haley Kiser
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan

Haley Kiser, PhD, MFT

“Without change, there would be no butterflies”

I believe that each of us is the expert of their own life. As a therapist my job is not to tell you what you ought to do, but to work with you so that by working together, we can collaborate and find the most effective ways for you to achieve your goals. I also believe that often our experiences growing up  create blueprints  that shape our morals, ideas, and beliefs about all things in ways that aren’t always most helpful; however through intentional exploration and work we can change those blueprints.

 I am passionate about helping my clients navigate life and the curveballs it can throw by helping strengthen connections and relationships among friends, partners and families. I believe each person deserves to be heard and validated in their experiences and emotions and I work diligently to help them sort through and make meaning out of these circumstances.

 I completed my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling from The University of Akron and then completed my PhD from The Ohio State University. My clinical experiences include community mental health agencies and medical settings. I have previously taught undergraduate students at OSU and currently serve as an adjunct faculty member in the Marriage and Family therapy program at National University.

My work with children, adolescents and adults includes:

  • Anxiety,
  • Depression,
  • Adolescent Stressors,
  • Couple Therapy,
  • Family Therapy,
  • Life Transitions,
  • Parent/Child relational issues,
  • Medical Family Therapy/families experiencing various diagnoses,
  • Infertility

I take a systemic and intergenerational approach when working with my client(s). Even when working with individuals, I think about other systems (i.e., people, places) that play roles in the situation as well. I utilize a combination of multiple evidenced-based techniques including:

  • solution-focused therapy,
  • motivational interviewing,
  • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT),
  • dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

I strive to be empathetic, transparent and collaborative with my clients while providing a safe space to explore and work on their identified goals.

In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my husband, our daughter, and our fur babies (2 corgis, 1 cat, and 2 sugar gliders). I also enjoy baking and attending Cincinnati Reds games.

Supervised by David Bowers, PhD,IMFT Lic # F.2000127

Charlotte Buelow
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA

Charlotte Buelow, LSW

”Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.” – Brene Brown

Beginning therapy can feel like a big and scary step filled with a lot of unknowns, I want to provide my clients a safe and non-judgmental place to work through whatever they need.  I want my clients to feel comfortable and to take the time they need to build a therapeutic relationship together before feeling like they need to dive in.  Each person has different experiences, different priorities, and different reasons to seek therapy which makes therapy look different for each client.  I view therapy as a team approach between the client and the therapist and my job is to guide my clients in untangling their thoughts so we can work together and problem solve.

I am passionate about helping clients find joy in their lives and I work with all my clients to help them achieve their goals and reach their potential.  I work with adults and adolescents on a variety of life challenges including:

  • Trauma
  • Adolescent/parent relationships
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Life changes
  • Depression
  • Relational issues

I integrate a variety of therapeutic modalities and techniques in my work ranging from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to motivational interviewing, with a focus on client strengths.

I earned my bachelor’s degree at Northern Kentucky University and have master’s degrees from Capital University and Louisiana State University.  My professional experience includes crisis counseling, mental health day treatment, and community mental health agencies.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, writing, and traveling.

Supervised by Abby Brewster, LISW-S Lis #I.2102588-SUPV

Kerri Pearch
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Caresource
  • Optim
  • United Healthcare
  • Oscar
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA
  • AmericHealth Caritas
  • OSU Student, Staff and Faculty
  • Molina

Kerri Pearch, APRN-PMHNP

Kerri Pearch is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-BC) with over 25 years nursing experience, including with Cleveland Clinic. She also holds certifications as a nurse practitioner in both family and emergency medicine.  She has served as an adjunct professor at Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences and as a preceptor for Chamberlain University’s nurse practitioner program.

Kerri’s medical training has equipped her to provide excellent care and support to patients with chronic mental illnesses, cognitive impairment, and functional loss due to mental health issues. She can assess and prescribe medication to treat psychiatric disorders.

A genuine listener, her passion is helping people improve their quality of life through unpacking the past and working towards a better future through medication and therapy. “I enjoy working with all patients struggling with mental health and work to create a bond between myself and all my patients,” she says.

Kerri’s personal philosophy of care is:  Improving mental health improves all other facets of our lives and should be a major focus in healthcare. Kerri says,” I aim to provide a listening ear and a caring spirit to those in need. Using this compassion, along with quality, evidence- based mental healthcare, my goal is to help patients along their personal journey.   In her spare time, Kerri enjoys visiting her grown children and traveling with her husband and Cooper, their cavalier spaniel.

Areas of Expertise include but are not limited to:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anxiety Disorder(s)
  • Bipolar/ Mood Disorder(s)
  • Depression Disorder(s)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Insomnia
  • Personality Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorders including Delusional Disorder, Schizophrenia Disorder, and Schizoaffective Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Stress Management
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Trauma Responsive Treatment

Populations Served:

  • Adolescents 13-17
  • Adults 18-64
  • Geriatric 65+
Alyna Lewis
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA

Alyna Lewis, LPC

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change”—Carl Rogers

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus on Positive Psychology from The Ohio State University and my Master’s degree from Heidelberg University. My work in community mental health afforded me the opportunity to work with a wide variety of ages, populations, diagnosis and client needs. I believe that my responsibility as a clinician is to truly meet a client where they are and sit with that client; our job is not to shed light on the client but to walk beside the client on their own personal journey toward light and healing.

I am passionate about helping clients find and make meaning in their lives.  I enjoy working with adolescents and adults, from age 13 and up. The challenges I work with clients on include:

  • Trauma recovery
  • Anxiety
  • Domestic abuse survivors
  • Sexual assault survivors
  • Depression
  • Adolescent stressors/ family & school relationship issues

I typically use a Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) approach in working with clients, informed by an awareness of each person’s existential individuality and the value of looking inside ourselves to find our unique value and meaning.  

I know that sometimes making that first appointment and walking into a session can be extremely difficult and I am honored that clients choose to sure part of their journey with me as their therapist.  

As a single parent, most of my “off” time is devoted to my young son, but I also enjoy the out of doors, thought out the year, whether kayaking and hiking or snowboarding and cross-country skiing. While I tend to be an “all sorts” animal lover, dogs have a special place in my heart.

Supervised by Alex Banta, LISW-S Lis# I.1901417-SUPV

Davina Adams-Jackson
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA

Davina Adams-Jackson, IMFT

**In person and telehealth appointments available**

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." - Carl Jung

From a young age, I was drawn to the intricate world of psychology. As a high school student, my passion for this field was recognized by the Columbus Dispatch, where I was featured as an inspirational teen. This early interest in understanding and connecting with people has only deepened over the years.

I am an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist (IMFT) who utilizes a blend of psychoeducation, CBT, ERP, DBT-informed techniques, ACT, and positive psychology. I place special emphasis on understanding and managing executive function challenges for my neurodivergent ADHD clients, adopting a strength-based, non-judgmental approach.

I hold a Bachelor's degree from Ohio Christian University and a Master's degree from Liberty University. My journey in mental health began with roles in psychiatric support for children and families. Encouraged by my peers, I pursued further education to become a licensed therapist. So far in my career I have worked with  clients representing a diverse range of ages and challenges. I have worked in both private practice as well as hospital based settings, most recently at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where I  provided individual and family therapy.

My personal journey as a neurodivergent individual deeply informs my work with the neurodiverse community, allowing me to appreciate the unique challenges and gifts of this population.

In my practice, I work with folks  aged 12 and above, focusing on a variety of challenges:

  • Anxiety disorders,
  • Panic attacks,
  • OCD
  • Relational and Attachment issues
  • Life Transitions, Grief Management, Adjustment Challenges
  • Parent/Child Relationships and Family Conflict
  • Pre-marital and Marriage Counseling
  • Stress Management
  • ADHD Education and Management
  • Mild Depression
  • Racial Trauma
  • Self-Esteem and Confidence Issues
  • Christian Counseling

My philosophy aligns with the thought that therapists are perpetual learners, both about themselves and others. Our own life experiences shape our capacity to empathize and guide our clients. As Dr. Adriane Kruer says, “As a therapist my whole job is to help people understand what’s been hidden,” and I wholeheartedly embrace this mission.

Outside of therapy, I cherish interior decorating, gardening, and embracing the simple joys of life. A self-proclaimed foodie, I also have a newfound interest in health and fitness. My family, including my husband of 16 years, our three daughters, and our assortment of pets, keeps my life full and fascinating.

"To me, the good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination." - Carl Rogers

Darby Ivan
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • HUMANA

Darby Ivan, LSW

“The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you.” – Viktor Frankl

My preferred pronouns are she/her.

Welcome! I am a passionate therapist dedicated to building strong bonds with my clients based on trust, communication, and collaboration. My goal is to help clients embrace their authentic selves by confronting negative self-talk and channeling their inherent strengths. I find joy in helping clients find practical solutions for life's challenges, witnessing their personal growth, and supporting their journey of self-discovery.

Motivated by a desire to help others, I earned both my bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from The Ohio State University. Throughout my years of clinical training, I gained invaluable experience in various settings, including a long-term residential treatment center where I worked with adults struggling with substance abuse. Additionally, I had the opportunity to contribute to a non-profit organization dedicated to combating food insecurity in low-income neighborhoods. 

In my practice, I utilize a combination of Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Mindfulness Practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to work with adults and adolescents on a wide range of life’s challenges, including:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Postpartum Depression and Anxiety (PPD/PPA)
  • Women’s issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Life transitions
  • Loss/Grief
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Family dynamics
  • Relationship Issues 
  • Stress Management

I firmly believe that mental, emotional, and physical health are interconnected, and genuine healing involves nurturing the whole person. I strive to empower clients to make positive changes that foster balance and guide individuals towards a state of wellness that encompasses their mind, body, and spirit.

As a wife and mother of two, I've learned many important lessons about embracing imperfections, prioritizing self-care, and discovering the power of resilience. In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, relaxing on my hammock, and gardening.

Supervised by David Bowers, IMFT PhD Lis #F.2000127

Kayce McCurdy
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan

Kayce McCurdy, LSW

Kayce McCurdy,MSW (he/him) is a licensed social worker with a master’s in social work from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Ohio University.

Kayce enjoys working with clients (age 16 and up) from a myriad of backgrounds and perspectives.

As someone with an ADHD diagnosis, Kayce knows what it’s like to be neurodivergent in today’s world. He has found that his diagnosis is not a problem that needs solving, just a different set of strengths. Kayce is passionate about helping others discover their own unexpected strengths.

Kayce believes in meeting people where they are and aims to help clients find creative solutions to life’s challenges that feel authentic to them. Kayce works to create a strong therapeutic bond with each client and believes in transparency throughout the therapy process. Kayce understands that circumstances can’t always be changed, but the ways we react to them can. He enjoys working with clients on a number of issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Gender Transitions
  • Self-esteem
  • Communication

Kayce employs an integrative and client-centered approach, mainly drawing from emotion-focused therapy, strengths-based therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, depending on what is most suited to the client. Kayce believes mindfulness can be a powerful tool against a world of anxiety and stress and finds it can be a good fit for many clients.

Kayce believes every person deserves the space and safety to be exactly who they are. He practices cultural humility and continues to learn more about our world every day.

Kayce loves woodworking and collecting vintage hand tools. He also is a big nerd for Sci-fi and fantasy (think Stargate, X-files, Lord of the Rings, etc.) Kayce also enjoys hiking and camping with his wife and dog.

Supervised by Alex Banta,MSW Lic#I.1901417-SUPV

Amanda Miller
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA

Amanda Miller, MS, MFT

“Being human is a beautiful messy business and we are beautiful, messy beings.”-- Karen Young

I believe that being human is a beautifully imperfect experience.  Each of us live lives that are filled with excitement, joy, love,  sadness, anger, fear and loss. Sometimes it feels like you have it all together, and other times everything feels out of control and painful – perhaps even too much to bear.

Your inner world, your relationships with those you love, your work and school lives, even all of society can feel so heavy. The pain can sometimes be manageable and other times feel overwhelming and isolating.  The many roles all of us play as a partner, a family member, and a friend can present challenges.

Reaching out to someone to talk to is not easy. And it is scary – especially where it hurts the most and in places you have not felt safe in.  Because of that, I work to create a safe, accepting, and nonjudgmental space for you to be seen and heard.  Meeting you exactly where you are and walking alongside you on your journey is an honor.  I value and respect all cultures, beliefs, races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, and abilities.

My academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz as well as a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

I work with teens, adults, couples, and families on a wide variety of life challenges including:

  • Relational challenges
  • Couples’ issues
  • Parent/child relationships
  • Attachment issues
  • Trauma, complex PTSD
  • Women issues
  • Identity issues
  • Transitional phases of life
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety

Each person is uniquely beautiful, so I don’t use a “one size fits all” style in counseling. I invite you to show up as you are. I believe that my expertise is in working with my clients to create an authentic, warm, and compassionate space for healing and hope. In that space, as we work you will become more able to discover the wisdom you already have within. I am here to listen, guide, and empower you to share your story and find your way.

Supervised by David Bowers, IMFT PhD Lis #F.2000127

Cheryl Harstine
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA

Cheryl Harstine, LPCC- ATR (she, her, hers)

Offering Online Appointments Only

"Our job is not to deny the story, but defy the ending- rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a point where we think, Yes,This is what happened. This is my truth. And I will choose how the story ends. - Brene Brown

I am passionate about working to  connect with clients from all walks of life. I know how difficult finding a balance in work and home life can be, as I  navigate being a wife and a mother to an energetic child. With my clients I focus on providing a safe space for each individual to express and honor their voice to help establish and reconnect with each client’s own voice to honor your story and regain a better understanding of self with compassion.

I work with folks from 13-99 and encountering clients from a variety of cultures and identities.

I work with clients on a wide variety of life challenges including:

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Substance use
  • Parenting
  • LGBTQ+ and challenges arising from minority stress
  • Grief
  • Navigating upsetting life circumstances

 I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist. Typically I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing.  When appropriate and with clients who are open to it, I find Art therapy can often help at times when words fail. I also value and often bring into sessions work on Mindfulness.

I received my Master's degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. In my nearly 15 years working in our communities, including inpatient care within Cleveland Clinic hospitals, I have been inspired by my clients’ resilience  even in very dark times.

Life can overwhelm each of us with illness within the family, financial strain and feelings of disconnect in ourselves. I know that it takes courage to reach out and ask for help.

I love spending time with my husband and daughter either cozying up at home , but also being active outdoors. I find swimming a huge stress reducer for me. I love witnessing my child grow and foster creativity with her. Reminding myself it's the small things in life that matter most, like a good cup of coffee and a smile.

Lori Jarosz
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA

Lori Jarosz, LSW

Offering Online Appointments Only

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”—Carl Rogers

I knew from a very young age that helping people was part of who I am. I love walking with people as they explore themselves and gain insight, discover their strengths, and work toward healing. Many of my own life experiences—both happy and painful ones-- have shaped me and given me opportunities to grow and become who I am. I try to build on those experiences as I walk with my clients in their life journeys.

I completed my Masters in Social work at Cleveland State University and have since gained valuable experience in working with those who face substance use problems and addictions as well as survivors of trauma.

I work with clients aged 18 and older on issues including:

  • Substance Use Disorders,
  • Addictions,
  • Trauma,
  • Grief,
  • Depression,
  • Anxiety,
  • Spirituality,
  • PTSD,
  • Women’s issues,
  • Relationships

I tend to use a variety of approaches, depending on each client’s needs and interests.  Those include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • EMDR

I believe that people are geared toward happiness, peace, and fulfillment. I find my work fulfilling because I love to be present with my clients as they travel the journey of becoming who they have searched for all their lives. Walking with them inspires my growth as a counselor.

In my “off time”, I enjoy music, dance, and raising my family with my husband.

Mariya Al-Ghawi
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare

Mariya Al-Ghawi, MFT

I am passionate about holding space for each person I work with to experience an opportunity to share their story and be heard. In hand with that, acknowledging and spending time considering the emotions we have as we go through different experiences can help us to understand them. I am also passionate about acknowledging individuality and diversity. I strive to give voice to diverse and minority populations in order to help understand  lives in the contexts of our various environments. I value considering the ways in which the impacts of minority status may have on the development of one’s life and relationships.

I earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at The Ohio State University where I completed my clinical placement at the Ohio State University Couple and Family Therapy Clinic.  I also worked with adolescents and their families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Behavioral Health in the Mood and Anxiety Program. 

I enjoy working with a wide variety of individuals, couples and families, with a special interest in working with interracial/ethnic minority couples.

Some issues I enjoy helping clients address include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship challenges for couples
  • Conflict among and between family members
  • Cross-cultural challenges
  • Identity
  • Grief

In my work I pull from both Emotion Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy, highlighting client strengths to identify key tools to utilize in recovering and moving forward.  I also find mindfulness to be helpful for many clients with whom I work. 

 I grew up  here in Columbus and am the 4th generation of Ohio State graduates.—We have a long history of Buckeye pride!

I love animals and have grown up with pets throughout my lifetime. As someone who identifies of ethnic minority status, I am drawn to working with and meeting others of diverse backgrounds and one of the things I appreciate about living in Columbus! In spare time, I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, and exercising.

Supervised by David Bowers,PhD,IMFT lic#F.2000127

John Coaxum
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare

John Coaxum, M. Div., LPC

** In-Person AND ONLINE appointment Available**

In addition to his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands, John earned a Bachelor of Arts in from Oakwood University and a Masters of Divinity from Andrews Theological Seminary. As an ordained pastor he began providing pastoral counseling  to parishioners over a decade ago. Since gaining training and licensure as a Clinical Counselor, he has expanded his work to provide care to a wide variety of clients.

“While many of my clients have preferred working with me because of their desire to have Biblical principles included; I also enjoy working with clients who prefer a secular approach to therapy” he says.  “I have been with many individuals and families in their best and worst moments. Years of helping others through crisis has helped me to professionally and empathetically engage with clients facing a wide variety of challenges and from diverse backgrounds.”

In sessions John works to create a safe space where clients can be themselves and process concerns as they move towards growth and healing.

John works with clients aged 21 and older on issues including:

  • Men’s issues
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Life challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Marriage counseling
  • Pre-marital counseling

His preferred techniques and approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing. John is also a Certified Prepare-Enrich pre-marital and marital facilitator.

In his free time John enjoys spending time with wife and daughter, being out in nature, wood working, cutting hair, sports, movies, video games, reading, and writing.

Abby Brewster
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare

Abby Brewster, LISW-S

“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”- Brené Brown

Passion and Philosophy

I believe that everyone’s story matters, and I want to give individuals a safe and non-judgmental space to share and explore their stories. Everyone deserves to be heard, be loved, and be safe. I also believe that everyone has a future to look forward to and I am passionate about helping people reach the goals they have for their lives.

I am passionate about creating a safe space for people to find healing and to get to know themselves on a deeper level, so they can become the healthiest version of themselves. I also value social justice and strive to promote justice in my personal and professional life.

Experience and Strategies

I’m an Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker. I earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work. I received my Bachelor’s from Taylor University and then went on to pursue my Master’s from Ohio State University.

I have provided clinical counseling, advocacy, and case management services, with a specialization in trauma. I also have experience working with individuals and families, providing parenting strategies and support, as well as exploring healthy relationship skills.

I utilize Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (for children and adolescents), and EMDR. I focus on the existing strengths of my clients and encourage the use of those strengths to work toward identified goals. Empathy, compassion, integrity, and service drive my interactions with clients.

I work with children, adolescents and adults on a variety of issues and life challenges including:

  • PTSD and other trauma related difficulties
  • Anxiety,
  • Adjustment Disorders,
  • Depression,
  • Grief and Loss.

I enjoy working with individuals to promote healthy relationships with themselves and those around them.

In my free time I enjoy cooking, being outside, and spending time with my loved ones and sweet puppy.

Terri Blake
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare

Terri Blake, Ed.S., LPC

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

Education

My educational journey started with studying Psychology for a Bachelor of Science degree at Stillman College located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I earned an Education Specialist Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Chicago in 2019. I am currently a 3rd year doctoral student in the School Psychology program at The Ohio State University. My professional and clinical training experiences have included behavioral hospitals, community mental health agencies, private practice, and schools. 

Passions and Philosophy

As a little girl, my mother referred to me as her “sunflower child” who loved to smile and help others. At a young age, she shared that one day I would help individuals who needed nurturing the most. It is amazing how others (my mother) can identify our gifts before we are aware of them. 

It is true. I have a passion for helping individuals navigate their healing journey by providing a safe space filled with compassion, non-judgment, and authenticity. I believe in saying “YES” to therapy and “YES to yourself.” I believe that all individuals have the necessary tools in their toolbox to heal, but simply need help navigating the journey.

Strategies and Approach 

I am honored when clients choose me to help them navigate their healing journey. My approach is a holistic, strength-based, and trauma-informed approach. Additionally, I believe that clients are the experts of their lives, and my role is to provide guidance. My goal is to use therapy as a tool to empower, problem-solve, and reclaim self-love to begin thriving in life. 

I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and adults (aged 3 and up) in the following areas:

  • Spirituality
  • Self-Esteem
  • College Transitions
  • Racial Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Communication and Family Conflict
  • Women's Issues

I am a jovial, encouraging, and openminded person who loves to laugh. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship; therefore, I take pride in being my authentic self. In my free time, I love to run outdoors, swim, watch re-runs of 90’s classic Black sitcoms, listen to music, and spend quality time with friends and my partner.

Supervised by David Bowers, IMFT PhD Lis #F.2000127

Alex Banta
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare

Alex Banta, LISW-S, Clinical Manager

** ONLINE Appointments available **

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."

​-Carl Rodgers

Passion

I am passionate about working alongside people on their journeys to becoming versions of themselves they want and choose to be.

I work with clients to identify strengths they already possess, but might not even notice, and then apply those strengths and abilities to work towards their goals and desired changes. I believe a supportive, nonjudgmental space is key to unlocking potential. I use evidence-based interventions from a strengths-based perspective to ensure best outcomes for clients. I believe everyone deserves the space, energy and time to become the person they want to be.

Experience and Approach to Therapy

I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Clinical Manager received both my Bachelors and Masters degrees from Indiana University.

I have experience working with adolescents and adults, as individual, families and couples tackling a number of issues. I also have several years’ experience working on an acute in-patient unit at a pediatric facility working with families through crisis, grief, anxiety and depression.  I use an eclectic theoretical approach, including: Motivational Interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, mindfulness techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and family systems therapy.

I specialize in working with adolescents and adults (aged 12 and up) in the following areas:

  • Depression,
  • Anxiety,
  • Parent/child conflict
  • Co-Parenting
  • Teen identity challenges,
  • Trauma,
  • Self-harm,
  • Grief and loss,
  • Anger issues,
  • Mindfulness,

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my fluffy, adorable, mischievous Puppy!

David Bowers
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Optum
  • OSU--Faculty and Staff
  • OSU--Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • OhioHealthy
  • Oscar
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • CareSource
  • UHC Community Plan
  • HUMANA

David Bowers, Ph.D, IMFT-S

** ONLINE Appointments available **

As Practice Owner of Columbus, OH (Polaris) Thriveworks, I am excited to work with this team of clinicians and hope that you’ll reach out to me with any questions or concerns you might have. As a Marriage and Family therapist, I am attuned to clients’ interconnected webs of relationships even when working one-on-one. My experience and training with families and couples enables me to walk with clients through (re)discovering their connectedness with those they love.

I’m most passionate about exploring clients’ stories, and listening for places where personal narratives might differ from others’. This often provides spaces for clients to explore new or neglected understandings of themselves and their relationships leading to preferred, more fulfilling future stories.

My academic affiliations include having taught courses in family stress, parenting and developmental psychology at OSU and Ohio Dominican University, in addition to research work with both OSU and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

I enjoy working with clients across cultural, sexual and gender identity spectrums, including, but not limited to, folks who identify as heterosexual, bisexual, gay, lesbian or queer as well as clients who hold trans- or cis-gender among their identities. I work with clients in monogamous, polyamorous and various forms of negotiated open romantic relationships.​

I work with clients who face a variety of challenges including recovery from substance use disorders, anxiety and depression, as well as relational challenges facing parents and adolescents.

My 20 years of work experience before becoming a therapist equips me with lived understanding of today’s hectic business and corporate life challenges, whether those involve meeting budgets and timelines or working through the sacrifices that happen when dealing with work/life demands.

I realize that sometimes just making a first appointment is a bold step and all of us at Thriveworks Columbus Polaris office are dedicated to holding a space that honors each step clients take in their journeys with us.

Location details

Getting here

Thriveworks Columbus is located in the same building as Central Ohio Primary Care, Advantage Diagnostics, Brackin Porter Family Medicine, Digestive Associates of Ohio, and many other businesses, as well as some doctors’ offices. Nearby is Mahalo Spray Tanning, Sola Salon Studios, Pearle Vision, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Men’s Wearhouse, and Wicked Wax Studio. We are near the intersection of Polaris Parkway and Capella Drive. Across the street on Capella Drive is ReVision Lasik and Cataract Surgery and Polaris Eye Care.

Phone number (614) 356-8565
Ratings
★★★★★ 5.00 (1 reviews)
Address 1120 Polaris Pkwy #204
Columbus, OH 43240
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Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Thursday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 9:30pm
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