Erica Allen specializes in clinical treatment for adolescent mental health issues, particularly those of adolescent females, and parenting issues. At her previous position with a community mental health center, she created and led a social skills and self-esteem group for adolescent girls ages 11 to 14, also launching a Parent Stress Management Program. She also has extensive experience working with young children and providing family therapy. Additional specialty areas include Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), adjustment disorders, anxiety and depression. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Miami University and a master's degree in marriage and family counseling from the University of Akron, where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA. A licensed professional clinical counselor, she is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Lisa Bandsuch is a licensed professional clinical counselor who graduated from Cleveland State University with a master’s degree in community agency counseling. She specializes in adolescent counseling and also works with individuals who are experiencing difficulties that show up as relationship troubles (personal or work), depression, anxiety, impulsive behaviors and low self-esteem as well as in areas of educational counseling, anger management and shoplifting issues. Her experience includes working with adolescents and adults for individual, family and group counseling in community mental health, school and private practice settings.
Dr. Eilbeck serves as Division Associate Medical Director for LifeStance Health. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also was Chief Fellow. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Eilbeck served as Chief Resident during his adult psychiatry training at the University of Toledo Medical Center. Dr. Eilbeck is a member of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association and the Ohio Psychiatric Physician’s Association. He remains active in medical education, teaching psychiatric residents and fellows. Dr. Eilbeck’s specialty areas of interest include pediatric mood and anxiety disorders, attention-deficit disorders, disruptive behavior disorders and autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Friedman earned his bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. His experience includes clinic work at a community mental health center serving individuals of all ages, conducting psychological assessments at a therapeutic day school, working with families and young children utilizing play therapy at a pediatric outpatient clinic and working with children with autism at Bellefaire JCB Monarch Academy. In addition, he has clinical experience in education about and treatment of eating disorders, including leading a support group and presenting workshops on body image awareness at a college counseling center. His specialty areas of interest include working with children and adolescents, eating disorders and body image issues, pervasive developmental disorders, play therapy, men's issues, and working with athletes and sports-related issues.
Kimberley Hardy earned her Master’s Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and Bachelor’s Degree from Ursuline College. She has served in community mental health where she has served on the Perinatal Depression Task Force for Northeast Ohio, and both outpatient and residential, for more than 5 years. Her specialty areas are the treatment of anxiety, depression, and intensive outpatient services. She has done extensive research in religious studies, gerontology, and trauma.
Nicholette Leanza possesses several years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of treatment settings. Her specializations encompass mood and anxiety disorders as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and LGBTQ services. Her therapeutic perspectives include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and neuro-counseling. She is faculty at John Carroll University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and an award-winning university instructor with several online and print publications regarding psychological health and well-being. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical counseling from the University of Akron.
Judy Levendula has more than 30 years of experience providing psychotherapy in both medical and psychiatric settings. She previously served as a staff social worker at the Centers for Dialysis Care and the Taussig Cancer Center at the Cleveland Clinic. She earned her bachelor's degree from Boston University and her master's degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University. She served on the executive board of Hope Lodge, a program of the American Cancer Society, and continues to serve on the executive board of the Northern Ohio Clinical Social Work Society. Her areas of interest and expertise include the treatment of anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, grief, chronic and terminal illness, LGBTQI issues, relationship issues and job-related stress.
Amy May is a graduate of John Carroll University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, and Ursuline College, where she earned her master’s degree in art therapy counseling. She has been in private practice for more than five years, providing mental health and substance use disorder services to adolescents and adults. She also teaches at-risk youth at programs throughout the region. Previously she served as an art therapist and group therapy facilitator for the Lorain County Domestic Relations Court and provided crisis intervention services for adolescents and families. Her specialty areas of interest include substance use disorders in adolescents and adults, anger management, adolescent anxiety and depression, and family issues.
Nicole McCrackin is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing and her master’s degree in nursing from The Ohio State University. She has previously worked for government and community-based organizations providing psychiatric services and supportive therapy to the adult population. She currently provides medication management to adults ages 18 to 65+. Her treatment areas of specialty include anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.
Laura Palisin received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Dayton and her master’s degree in community counseling from Kent State University. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in outpatient, inpatient and school settings. She has advanced training in trauma focused therapy including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). Her areas of special interest include treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), domestic violence and abuse victims, anxiety and panic disorder, depression, low self esteem, interpersonal and relationship issues using EMDR, CBT, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) techniques.
Stephanie Phillips holds independent clinical social work licenses in both Ohio and Kentucky and earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. She has training in a variety of treatment modalities, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Stephanie has extensive training and experience in the treatment of trauma-related disorders and is fully trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). She has completed specialized training with the Seleni Institute in the treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). Her interest and specialization extend to treatment of trauma related to pregnancy, labor and delivery, fertility difficulties and stress associated with pregnancy loss due to termination, miscarriage or stillbirth. She also enjoys working with anxiety, panic concerns, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and personality disorders.
Ellen Pietz earned her master's degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University, her bachelor’s degree from Hope College, and her RN from the Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing. She also completed post-graduate training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and continuing education courses on a variety of subjects including concerns related to aging, abuse, anxiety, coping with grief and loss, and mood and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In private practice since 1984, she also has developed and presented mental health inservice programs and workshops for consumers and educators, and serves as a consultant to area clergy, teachers, counselors, therapists and graduate students. Her primary practice focus is treatment for marital issues, mood and anxiety disorders, survivors of abuse, job-related stress, chronic illness, LGBTQI issues, and issues concerning emancipating adults, women, families and the aging process.
Nicole Robbins is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner whose primary focus is resilience in children and adolescents. She received her diploma in nursing from Summa St. Thomas School of Nursing and her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from The University of Akron. She has extensive experience in community mental health and public health. A member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, she also was inducted into the honor society Sigma Theta Tau International. She specializes in medication management for children and adolescents and has special interests in treating Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety and trauma.
Holly Schweitzer is a magna cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University, where she received her undergraduate degree in psychology and her master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in psychiatry/mental health. Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she has been practicing as a certified nurse practitioner for more than 10 years. Most recently in private practice in Columbus, she also worked in Philadelphia in various behavioral health care settings including inpatient, outpatient and academic, as well as research and neuropsychological testing at Duke University Medical Center. She has extensive experience in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychotic disorders. She has published in The Journal of Pediatric Psychology and Neuro-Oncology. She sees adults and adolescents ages 16 and older in general psychiatry, looking at the individual as a whole and focusing on overall wellness and individual strengths to achieve recovery.
Annie Simkin specializes in the treatment of behavioral and mental health issues of children, teens, families and women. She has a special interest in trauma, grief and loss, adjustment issues and individuals who are struggling with infertility. Her experience includes service at several residential, day treatment and outpatient settings, where she has worked with children, adolescents, college students and adults. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in women's and gender studies from Kenyon College and earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Taller worked in a variety of mental health and crisis intervention settings prior to moving into private practice in 1997. He earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Kent State University, his master's degree in psychology from Duquesne University, and his bachelor's in psychology from Kent State University. Dr. Taller’s areas of specialization include assessment and treatment of anxiety and depression in children and adults, substance use disorders, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and childhood behavioral problems. He provides individual, family and group therapy to individuals ages 8 and older.
Stephanie Timmons is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 10 years experience in outpatient, inpatient and in-home nursing care. Her specialty areas are medication management and treatment of anxiety disorders including panic and post-traumatic stress, depression, adjustment disorders, anger and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Cincinnati with advanced certification in family and psychiatric nursing.
With over 25 years of experience providing counseling and psychotherapy services, Mr. Warneka sees men and women, specializing in working with leaders, medical professionals, and mental health professionals. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton and his graduate degree from Cleveland State University. He has also completed several extensive post-graduate training programs. In addition to treating general issues of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders, his clinical interests include working with trauma, spiritual issues, narcissistic personality disorder, sex / porn addictions, workplace bullying, sexual abuse, and body/mind connection through a holistic combination of trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, & body-oriented psychotherapies.
Joy Wood has nearly 15 years experience in mental health care for children, adolescents and adults. She earned her master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kent State University. She served as clinical services director for an adolescent residential treatment center in Cleveland for nearly 10 years, previously serving as a clinical supervisor. She specializes in child and adolescent services, particularly in the treatment of anger management, stress management, depression, and oppositional behaviors, as well as parenting and family therapy.