Staff

Counseling

Laurie Anderson – LPCC, LICDC

Laurie Anderson is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Ohio.  She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Youngstown State University.  Laurie provides individual and family counseling to children, adolescents, and adults, treating a wide range of mental health issues including, mood, thought, and substance use disorders, anxiety, ADHD, anger, trauma, grief, and relational issues using a combination of evidence-based practices.  Her previous work experience includes a children’s residential treatment center and a residential drug and alcohol treatment center for adults with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.  Laurie strives to help her clients reach their goals and full potential by teaching them to learn and use emotional regulation, communication, and problem-solving skills; expanding, utilizing, and appreciating their strengths, abilities, supports, and resources; overcoming barriers to progress; and moving through the stages of change.

Gina Haren – LISW-S

Gina Haren is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory status in the State of Ohio.  She earned a Bachelor Degree from Youngstown State University and a Master of Social Science Degree from Case Western Reserve University.  Gina has over 30 years of experience working with individuals who struggle with a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, and bipolar disorder.  She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients deal with issues such as grief, trauma, boundary setting, communication, and anger.  Her goal is to help clients create healthy changes in their thoughts, behaviors, and lives.

Rob Carter – LISW

Rob Carter, Licensed Independent Social Worker, received both his undergraduate and Masters of Social Work from Youngstown State University.  His experience includes 18 years as a foster parent which initiated his interest in social work.  Rob worked as a case manager for Homes for Kids, Inc. as part of the Sexual Recovery Program, working with juvenile sex offenders.  Rob is a Certified Juvenile Sex Offender Counselor.  After receiving his master’s degree, Rob started counseling and facilitating groups.  He facilitated the sex offender group and groups working with children with OCC, CD, ADHD.  He also did individual counseling with the juvenile sex offenders, victims of sexual abuse, ODD, CD, and ADHD.  He worked both with the children and their parents/foster parents.  Rob also worked as a renal social worker, giving him experience in working with multiple age groups dealing with depression, loss, end of life issues, major life changes, and relationships.

Toni Raseta MS,Ed – LPCC, Counselor

Toni Raseta, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, earned her Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Youngstown State University, where she also became licensed in school counseling.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with specialization in Child Development, from Penn State University.  Toni’s career in mental health began during her undergraduate studies when she began working for a domestic violence shelter.  While working on her Master’s degree, she became employed as a therapeutic staff support, assisting licensed staff with children with mental health needs.  Since becoming a licensed counselor, Toni has worked in community and school settings, mostly counseling children and adolescents.  She has had extensive training in trauma treatment and family therapy.  Her scope of practice includes working with children, adolescents, and adults dealing with issues of trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, eating disorders, body image/self-esteem issues, relationship issues within couples-families-and peer groups, social skills, parenting skills, and autism spectrum disorder.

Katelyn Fortunato – MA, LPC

Counselor Katie Fortunato is a Licensed Professional Counselor by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapy Board.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Kent State University and her Master’s Degree at Walsh University.  Katie provides individual, couples, and family counseling.  She has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and young adults.  She specializes in treating depressive disorders, anxiety-related disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder.  Katie utilizes a combination of evidence-based practices and therapeutic modalities to find the right fit for the individual.  Katie aspires to help individuals reach their personal goals, helping them to obtain a positive self image and learning new tools to overcome their barriers. She aims to build hope in the individual and help them see that happiness is possible.

Chad Conard – LPCC-S

Chad Conard NCC, LPCC-S completed a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary and served eight years in the United States Navy.  He has acquired exceptional skills as a therapist working with children, adolescents, and adults with emotional and behavioral issues.  He also provides premarital and couples counseling to adults.  Chad primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but also uses an eclectic approach in helping people cope with depression, anxiety, stress, grief, substance abuse, behavioral issues, PTSD, adjustment to new situations, along with a wide array of other mental health concerns.

Gladys McIntosh-Thomas – LISW-S

Gladys McIntosh-Thomas is a Licensed Independent Social Worker – Supervisor. She received her Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Youngstown State University with a focus on mental health, and later received her Master of Social Science Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University with a dual focus in Health and Mental Health. Gladys’ career began in community mental health as a crisis intake worker.  She also worked in the hospital setting on the psychiatric unit providing counseling and case management services to adults with mental illness.  While in the hospital setting, she expanded her experience to include counseling to individuals with chronic illnesses in both inpatient and outpatient areas. Gladys has served as a field supervisor for YSU, Case Western Reserve University, and Akron University for Social Work students. Most recent experience has been with the Geriatric Assessment Program involving individuals with memory loss.  Her areas of specialization include counseling adults with depression and anxiety related to chronic illness, aging, end of life issues, caregiver stress, domestic violence and grief counseling.  Focus is on patient-centered care with the use of various modalities to help the individual achieve wellness and good quality of life.

Julie M. Plesich – MS.Ed., LPC

Julie Plesich is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Youngstown State University. Before working in private practice, she began her professional career at Turning Point Counseling Services, which allowed her to work with clients on both an outpatient and inpatient basis, on the Crisis Stabilization Unit, and as a facilitator of group counseling. Julie also worked in Turning Point’s Emergency Department, enabling her to work closely with area hospitals as an emergency pre-screener. She has experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, and couples with a variety of issues including mood disorders, substance abuse, and psychosis. Julie utilizes a solution-focused approach with her clients and incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychoeducation, and mindfulness-based practices in order to optimize client progress.

Paulette S. Brown – MSW, LISW-S, LICDC

Paulette is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with supervision designation and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor.  Additionally, she obtained specialized training and certification as a family development specialist and financial social worker, which has provided her with awareness and intervention strategies for dealing with challenging family issues.  She earned her Bachelor and Master Depress in Social Work at Youngstown State University, graduated summa cum laude, and was inducted into several honorary organizations.  She interned at Meridian Community Services and the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center, wherein she practiced the skillful application of core coping skills for individuals and families within the systematic understanding of families.  More recently, she was acknowledged for her continued volunteer experiences with Youngstown State University as a field educator.  She has also provided solution-focused clinical services as an effective counselor, psychotherapist, and educator to clients through the Mahoning Valley.

Shannon Fahy – MSW, LISW-S

Shannon Fahy is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision designation, earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Ohio State University.  She also studied social and political conditions in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has worked as a therapist for over 10 years with children, adolescents, and adults, most of whom have experienced significant trauma.  Her specialties include depression, anxiety, trauma (including domestic violence and sexual assault), self-injury, body image and self-esteem, relationship issues, and women’s issues.  Shannon is trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) a highly specialized therapy that has impressive results in helping people overcome trauma.  She also conducts trainings in cultural competence, domestic violence, self-injury, trauma informed care, and other areas related to mental health.  Using a non-judgmental approach in her work, and considering how history, life experiences, and societal messages impact one’s capacity for growth, Shannon looks for the strengths that all people have and helps them to empower themselves.

Tina Bigowsky – LPCC

Tina Bigowsky is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 14 years of experience in counseling children and adults of all ages.  She has treated those who have depression, anxiety, mood changes, grief, trauma, difficulty in relationships, poor school performance, low self esteem, and issues unique to women.  Feeling happier, improving communication skills, becoming a better parent, setting healthy boundaries and finding ways to deal better with the stressors of everyday life are goals that Tina has helped others to achieve.  Tina has a Master’s Degree in Education/Community Counseling.  She volunteers her time as a liaison to prospective transplant recipients, supports Relay for Life, and is an advocate for no-kill animal shelters and the ASPCA.

Susan Wardle-Burke – LPCC

Susan Wardle-Burke earned her Bachelors of Arts degree and Master’s in Counseling from Youngstown State University. A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Susan has been working in private practice since 1997 and has been with Churchill Counseling for 13 years. She has also been an intake (level of care) and diagnostic counselor for both Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic and Turning Point Counseling. Susan currently works in various area hospitals as a contractor for Turning Point doing emergency prescreens. Her scope of practice is with adolescents and adults. Issues include depression, anxiety, OCD, divorce, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Susan specializes in working with both the families of, and individuals with, borderline personality disorder.

Karen Paradise – LISW

Karen Paradise, Licensed Independent Social Worker, received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Akron. She earned her undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University where she received her Bachelor’s in Social Work. Karen works closely with children and adolescents as she is employed at a local school district. She also has extensive crisis intervention experience in rape, trauma and mental health illness. Her scope of practice at Churchill Counseling is with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and family counseling. Issues include depression, anxiety, chronic mental illness, self-esteem, behavioral issues, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Jennifer Palumbo – LPCC-S

Jennifer Palumbo is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – Sueprvisor, having received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling, with an emphasis on children and adolescents, from Youngstown State University. Jennifer has been practicing counseling for 10 years and has experience working with adolescents in crisis, families, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Kenneth Moore – Psychologist Asst.

Kenneth Moore received his Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Youngstown State University, currently working as a Psychology Associate. His specialty is working with minority children in the Youngstown area. He has also worked with the Youngstown Board of Education, Boy Scouts of America, Ohio State University, and the City of Youngstown.

Kim Lydic – LPC

Kim Lydic is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 22 years of experience in counseling children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in treating individuals with depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, grief, low self esteem, Autism Spectrum Disorder, divorce and custody issues. Kim has worked with numerous attorneys and the court system in dealing with child welfare issues. Kim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Youngstown State University. She has been employed at Churchill Counseling for 21 years.

Karen Kiriazis – LISW-S

Karen Kiriazis is a Licensed Independent Social Worker – Supervisor. After graduating from YSU in 1977, she worked as a caseworker in child welfare before returning to school for her Master’s Degree. She attended Ohio State University and completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1987. Karen has worked with dialysis patients and as a social worker in an adult psychiatric unit in a hospital setting. Since 1996, she has been a mental health therapist with Churchill Counseling working with clients of all ages and specializing in mood/anxiety disorders, childhood abuse, and women’s issues. Karen has also provided supervison for social work students completing their internships from YSU and Case Western Reserve University. She has provided professional advisement to a local Depression/Bipolar Support Group and has been on the Alzheimer’s Association Board.

David Jones – LISW-S

David Jones has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Ohio State University. He is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a supervisory designation. Practicing in the Youngstown area since 2006, David’s areas of specialization are related to adolescents with behavioral difficulties, adults with anger issues, relationship issues, depression and anxiety. He is also an adjunct professor at Youngstown State University.

Toni DiMargio – LPCC-S

Toni DiMargio is a Licensed Professional Clinicial Counselor – Supervisor. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Youngstown State University in 1988, and graduated from YSU’s Master’s Program in Community Counseling in 1992. Working with clients of all ages for over 20 years, she currently specializes in counseling couples. In 1995, she became the owner and CEO of Churchill Counseling Services. In 2004, Toni received YSU’s Outstanding Alumnus/Counseling award. She has served as a member of YSU’s Beeghly College of Education Professional Education Council, YSU’s College of Education/Counseling Department Advisory Board, and Boardman Rotary. She currently is a volunteer with the Ebony Lifeline Support Group. As a consultant, Toni has worked with businesses and conducts professional education workshops.  She is also an adjunct professor at Youngstown State University.

Susan Coonrod – LPCC-S, LICDC-S

Susan Coonrod is an Ohio Supervisor Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Ohio Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. Treatment interests are cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Susan accepts child, teen, and adult clients for individual or family mental health therapy. A former teacher, she received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Youngstown State University.

Psychiatric

Danielle Morrone – FNP-C

Danielle Morrone has been a Registered Nurse since graduating Summa Cum Laude from Youngstown State University in 2001.  There, she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing.  She has worked within the community at area hospitals in the acute care setting, floating between Pediatrics, Newborn Nursery, Medical-Surgical, Orthopedic, Skilled Nursing, Cardiac, and Adult/Geriatric Psychiatry departments.  Danielle earned her Master’s in Nursing Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is board certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  She completed 250+ hours of advanced practice nursing at Churchill Counseling Services, analyzing simple to complex mental health diagnoses, providing psychopharmacological medication management and counseling, and assisting clients with effective coping skills based on their illness.  For her Master’s thesis, Danielle completed her research on the effectiveness of Complementary Alternative Medicine treatments to alleviate chronic non-specific low back pain.

Philip Maiden – MD

Philip Maiden MD provides psychiatric evaluation and medication services. He works part-time at Churchill Counseling while working full-time as the Medical Director at Belmont Pines Hospital. Phil has provided many workshops for the community, sharing his expertise about medications prescribed for children and adolescents. He received his Medical Degree from James Quillen College of Medicine in Tennessee and completed his residency at Cornell University College of Medicine. He is a Diplomate in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Linda Caimano – NP-C

Linda Caimano received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Penn State University and her Adult Nurse Practitioner Degree from Kent State University.  She specializes in pain management and psychiatry.  She has worked for several local hospitals as well as consulting at the Cleveland Clinic.

Wanda Cassavettes

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Francine McDaniel

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Psychological

Michael Stern – PsyD

Michael Stern earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Princeton University, and his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Baylor University in Texas. Licensed as a psychologist in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, he has worked at various behavioral health agencies in Western PA and Eastern Ohio. He has been a consultant to WKBN Channel 27 News and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Northeastern Ohio University’s College of Medicine. Mike treats clients from 18 months to 18 years of age, but will complete psychological testing on children and adults of all ages. He specializes in the diagnosis, testing, and treatment of ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, Learning Disabilities, and a wide variety of other behavioral health disorders. He also offers second opinions and diagnostic evaluations.

Dennis McArthur – M.S. Psychologist

Dennis McArthur received his Master’s Degree in clinical psychology from Ohio University. He is an Ohio Licensed Psychologist and conducts psychological testing on children and adolescents. He provides various speaking, teaching, and consulting seminars to area organizations and academic institutions. He also owns Town and Country Psychological Services in Salem, Ohio.