Stephie Hughes, MA, LPCStephie Hughes, MA, LPC –  Life can sometimes feel overwhelming, like a roller coaster that never stops to allow you to get your bearings and catch your breath. The good news is that with that sometimes-overwhelming stress, comes opportunities to heal, grow, become more self-aware, and resilient! You have taken the first step in getting off that roller coaster to gain some much-needed perspective and self-care through choosing to get counseling! My job as a counselor is to actively listen to you, provide you with a safe environment to talk through the issues that are troubling you, to get that perspective. I am looking forward to working with you, on building upon your current strengths, and teaching you some new coping skills to add to your repertoire. I enjoy traveling and meeting people from other cultures. My family opened their home to foreign exchange students when I was growing up and I also studied abroad for a quarter during my undergraduate training. I have personal experience with Autism and ABA therapy. I also have personal experience with being married to a spouse in the military. Stephie has a lot of experience working in community mental health with adult individuals who were homeless and had a mental health issue. She has worked in home-based services with families of developmentally disabled children and with adults who had Dementia or other serious health conditions. Stephie is comfortable working with kids and adults and has worked with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, trauma, PTSD, and developmental issues.

Education: Ohio University- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Capella University- Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Licensure: LPC, State of Ohio / LSW, State of Ohio

Stephie works under the supervision of Beth Bell, LPCC-S.

Karen Lehman, MS, LPCC –  As a licensed professional clinical counselor and a registered nurse, Karen offers an awareness of the mind-body connection. She believes better health can be achieved through a balance of mind, body, and spirit and seeks to help her clients attain that balance. Karen works with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents in the treatment of emotional and mental disorders. She focuses on many issues including life transition, wellness, women’s issues, personal growth, relationship issues, as well as grief, depression, and anxiety. A dynamic and active therapist, Karen works to help her clients recognize their own strengths that will lead to problem solving. Karen is a graduate of University of Dayton with more than 25 years in the profession of counseling. She has taught Human Development at Southern State Community College and Counseling Techniques at the University of Dayton.

Education: Nova Southeastern University- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Dayton- Master’s Degree in Counseling

Licensure: LPCC, State of Ohio / RN, State of Ohio

Sara Cicchinelli, LPCC-S– Sara has worked in numerous settings including: community mental health agencies both in the schools and in outpatient settings, two different private practice locations, and now Darby Creek. Sara’s passion for working with children stems from children’s inability to control their environment or things which happen to them and providing them with support which is needed to help them meet their needs and express their feelings in a safe environment. Sara wants kids to have someone they can talk to about what is upsetting them in a place that is safe and free from judgements or expectations. Together, Sara enjoys working with the child and family to develop ideas or strategies which could decrease negative/upsetting emotions and reduce frequency of challenging behaviors which are present. Sara helps to educate both clients and families on how they are able to increase coping and communication skills in different environments building relationships, along with positive interactions. Sara enjoys working with children as young as 15 months through the age of 12; using and engaging in therapeutic play, games, books, art, music/movement, and sensory related activities throughout appointments to help clients explore, process, and create skills which are needed to improve their behavioral, social, and emotional interactions throughout their daily lives.  By using these and other treatment modalities Sara is able to help kids work through and overcome mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues including: Trauma/PTSD, ADHD, attachment, anxiety, depression, school/family/life stressors and adjustments, family counseling, parenting support/education, and self-esteem related issues. Sara is currently pursuing a play therapy certification and is interested in learning more about how our different sensory systems affect daily interactions.

Education: University of Toledo- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Akron- Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Licensure: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Supervisory Designation), State of Ohio

Trainings: Incredible Years- Parent Facilitator

Abby Smith, LSW– Life’s journey can be beautiful but complicated. Let me join you where you’re at and let’s navigate these ups and downs together. As a therapist, I am passionate about providing a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment in which clients feel heard and their feelings validated. Our life experiences are unique, so I use an eclectic, person-centered approach to therapy which allows us to adapt the process to best fit your needs.

I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with clients, ages 5-85, who have struggled with anxiety, depression, severe mental illness, and substance abuse.

                                                                                                                                                  Education: Austin Peay State University- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Tennessee- Master’s Degree in Social Work

Licensure:  LSW, State of Ohio

Abby works under the supervision of Cora Mayfield, LPCC-S.


Rebekah Cotner, LPCC- I am a licensed clinical counselor who works with children, adolescents, and adults. I approach clients from a strengths-based perspective and customize therapy to the needs of the individual or family. I utilize client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solutions-focused therapy. I also use art and play therapy with children during sessions when appropriate. I specialize in working with issues surrounding anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, depression, grief, family relationship issues, foster care & adoption, parenting & co-parenting, spiritual & faith issues, and life transitions. I have 10 years of experience and have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, community mental health, and in schools.

I do my best to provide a comfortable and confidential space for you to feel heard and supported in your goals for therapy. I would love the opportunity to work with you!

Education: State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling. Lincoln Christian University, MA in Counseling. Lincoln Christian University, BA in Intercultural Studies.

Licensure: LPCC, State of Ohio / LMHC, State of New York

Training: CCATP, Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional


Michelle Madden, LPC– My experience as a counselor has been built from working in various settings including a partial hospitalization program, community mental health agencies, and private practice. I have worked with individuals from the age of 5 to 79 from all walks of life who have struggled with issues including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, life stressors, and adjustments. I apply a person-centered approach towards counseling; providing a space for clients to feel heard and listened to without judgement. I focus on coping skill development, symptom management, and increasing one’s understanding of mental health and wellness. I’m passionate about providing trauma-informed care and utilizing evidenced based methods including CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and motivational interviewing.

Education: Hawaii Pacific University – Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Licensure: Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Ohio

Michelle works under the supervision of Cora Mayfield, LPCC-S.

Eric Ballein, MS, LPC – Eric Ballein (he/him/his) is a licensed professional counselor who has experience working with a wide range of individuals from youth aged 13 to adults. He has experience working with life issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, impulse control, life transitions, and communication issues. Eric works primarily from a person-centered perspective, which emphasizes the importance of the client, and includes actively listening and offering a non-judgmental space for the client to express themselves in. Eric also utilizes tools and techniques from other perspectives, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Licensure: Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Ohio

Eric works under the supervision of Cora Mayfield, LPCC-S.                                                     

Julie Boyd, CT- It is sometimes hard to admit that we need help, but we all do. I am a warm-hearted, fun, and genuine counselor who loves to hear my client’s story and help make meaning of it all. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, person-centered approach, and trauma-informed approach, I love to work with clients to reach their relationship, work, and personal life goals. I specialize in helping foster/adopt families, trauma, single-parenting, church/spiritual abuse, work abuse, depression, anxiety, LGBTQTIA+ population, and adjustments of life. I see children 10 years old and up, teens, adults, and couples.

Education: MA Global Education, The Ohio State University, MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Ashland Theological Seminary (in progress)

Licensure: Counselor Trainee, State of Ohio

Julie works under the supervision of Beth Bell, LPCC-S.


Emma Earhart, CT – My ultimate goal in counseling is to establish a strong relationship with my clients and provide a safe, inclusive, collaborative, and non-judgmental environment. I utilize person-centered and holistic approaches and highlight my clients’ personal strengths and abilities to promote better functioning in all areas of life. I strive to support my clients in achieving their goals and desires throughout the counseling process. I believe that active listening and empathy are central to a successful counseling relationship. My main priority is to make my clients feel accepted, validated, and heard, no matter what they are going through. Life is tough, but we don’t have to go through it alone.

Education: John Carroll University- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Wright State University-Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (in progress)

Licensure: Counselor Trainee, State of Ohio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Emma works under the supervision of Daniel Maust, LPCC-S.

                                                                                                                                                       Lindsay Bowman, CT – I am a counselor in training studying to get my master’s degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation from the University of South Carolina. My style of counseling is establishing a strong, supportive, trusting relationship with my clients and providing a safe, comfortable space for them to be able to grow. I use a person-centered approach mixed with some gestalt therapy/CBT techniques to help work through issues with an activity in addition to talking. I strongly believe in acceptance, validation, empathy, trust, listening, caring, and being non-judgmental and understanding. I want everyone to know that they never have to handle their problems alone and reaching out for support is a huge accomplishment.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, The Ohio State University; Master of Arts in Counseling and Rehabilitation, University of South Carolina (in progress)

Licensure: Counselor Trainee, State of Ohio

Lindsay works under the supervision of  Daniel Maust, LPCC-S.


Ashley Kight, CT- Life can be a beautiful yet difficult and challenging journey to handle on your own. My goal is to provide a friendly, safe, and non-judgmental environment, while working to build a strong, trusting, and supportive relationship with my clients. I value a person-centered approach and tend to incorporate other evidence-based treatment modalities which include cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy, along with a variety of other techniques and interventions to best meet the client’s needs. I also believe that the balance of the mind, body, and spirit can lead to better health, and will seek to provide awareness of the mind-body connection. I strive to provide empowerment and acceptance toward my clients, and strongly believe that active listening, empathy, trust, and understanding are crucial to a successful counseling relationship. Each individual’s life experiences are unique, and I look forward to meeting and accepting you right where you are in order to work toward your goals together.

Education: Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Ohio University; Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (in progress), University of Dayton.

Licensure: Counselor Trainee, State of Ohio

Ashley works under the supervision of  Sara Cicchinelli, LPCC-S.

Silvina Smith, CT-  I enjoy spending time with family and friends, the natural beauty of the outdoors, being adventurous as a lifelong learner, and expressing myself through the creative arts. My cat Louis and my dog Jewels keep me active and on walks. I came from Argentina to join my family in Ohio many years ago, so I value culture and diversity. I have worked to support the lives of children, adolescents, youth, and mature adults in both community and school settings, providing services for children with disabilities through the Franklin County Board on Developmental Disabilities and Help Me Grow, assisting parents with life transitions, and interpreting at individual education planning meetings at DCS for many years. I strive when connecting with individuals and families facing challenges on their journey as I would like to walk alongside them to collaborate in exploring ideas for finding balance in life, and experiencing harmony while establishing a deeper and healthier connection with friends and loved ones, using solution-focused, mindfulness, and strength-based modalities to address any variety of obstacles. My goal is to be able to learn from each other, support and inspire you to untangle any issues holding you back in your current situation and help you develop skills, knowledge and action plans so that you continue to move in the direction of your highest intentions. Obstacles are opportunities for us to grow! If you allow me to join you on your journey, I hope to inspire you to grow towards your highest self!

Education: Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Ashland University, ATS (in progress), Ohio Registered Licensed SWA (since March 2006) Associate of Applied Science, MH/CD/MR, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Masters and Bachelor of Teaching, Physical Education, Córdoba, Argentina

Licensure: Counselor Trainee, State of Ohio

Silvina is under the supervision Sara Cicchinelli, LPCC-S.