Katie Hamrick, MA, LPCC-S –   I have a passion for helping those who are hurting and restoring hope to those who feel hopeless.  I enjoy working with people age 12 and up, but especially teenagers and adults.  I counsel with a person-centered approach while also incorporating a mix of cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy to help my clients make positive changes and meet their goals.   I have experience working with survivors of domestic violence, trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, as well as a variety of other mental health concerns.   I believe that anyone can thrive if they are given the right tools and a supportive and accepting environment to grow. I love my job because I am afforded the privilege to watch my clients heal and become a healthier version of themselves.


Education: Indiana University- Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Management, Grace College- Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Licensure: LPCC-S, State of Ohio

Trainings: EMDR

Stephie 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

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

Josh Hamrick, MA, LPCC-S –  Josh (he, him, his) is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisor designation (LPCC-S) with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Grace College.

Josh has experience working with children and teenagers, college students, men, women, and couples including those suffering from trauma and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, anxiety, trouble regulating emotions, adjustment disorders, relationship concerns, spirituality, and cultural/ racial identity.

Josh’s approach to counseling is rooted in the belief and research that indicates the relationship between the therapist and client as one of the most important benchmarks of success in counseling. Therefore, Josh works hard to create an environment where clients feel safe and heard in all that brings them to counseling in an empathetic and non-judgmental space. In addition, Josh has a passion for integrating this person-centered approach with research and evidence-based practices when pertinent. This may include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Exposure and response prevention (ERP), and other interventions/techniques rooted in research as best practice. Moreover, Josh is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, Exposure and Response Prevention for work with intrusive thoughts and/or OCD and has training in the Gottman method for couples/ relationships. Furthermore, Josh loves to study research on several topics such as intrusive thoughts, scrupulosity and other subtypes of OCD, trauma and EMDR, and generally keeping up to date with evidence-based practices and assessments.

Outside of his work as counselor, Josh enjoys spending time with his family and church, cooking, trying new foods, and playing chess.

Education: Grace College- Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministry; Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Licensure: LPCC-S, State of Ohio

Debra Schifer, MSW/ LSW, LICDC-CS:  Debra has twenty years of experience in the mental health and addictions field.  She works with addictions, chemical dependency, and woman’s issues.

Education: Bowling Green State University- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Ohio State University- Master’s Degree in Social Work

Licensure– LSW, State of Ohio / Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor with Supervision Credential

Sara Cicchinelli, LPCC– 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: LPCC, 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



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: LPC, State of Ohio

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

 Andrew Devlin, CT – Bio Coming Soon