Angie DeNicholas – LISW
Angie DeNicholas is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, having received her Master of Social Work from Youngstown State University in 2018. Angie has been the regional coordinator of the Ohio Reading Corps/AmeriCorps, Northeast Ohio Region since 2016. Angie has experience conducting diagnostic assessments and providing individual and group counseling to socio-culturally diverse individuals and families. She is trained in working with clients who have experienced trauma.
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.
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.
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.
Derek Doss – LSW
Derek Doss earned his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Social Work from Youngstown State University. He began his journey as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant and is now practicing as a Licensed Social Worker in pursuit of his independent license. He has specialized in the treatment of adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction for the past four years through both group therapy and individual counseling. Derek has experience in utilizing a range of evidence-based practices including EMDR Therapy.
Reyna Thomae-Starzyk – LISW-S
Reyna is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation. She earned both her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Social Work at Youngstown State University. Reyna began her journey in medical social work working in hospice care and long-term care settings and is now practicing within clinical social work, serving those with addiction and mental health diagnoses. Reyna provides individual and family counseling to adults, treating a range of mental health issues including grief, depression, anxiety, relational, and trauma response, as well as issues related to adjustment, medical and end-of-life issues. She utilizes an empowerment and strength-based approach with her clients as well as additional counseling strategies including person-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, task-centered practice, and narrative therapy. Reyna believes in all dimensions of wellness -
mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical elements - and supports clients in promoting and maintaining balance within these dimensions.
Cody McMillan – LPCC-S
Cody is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor, having received his Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - College Counseling from Youngstown State University in 2016. Prior to joining Churchill Counseling Services, Cody held clinical positions at Salisbury University, The Ohio State University, and Kent State University where he gained experience in providing psychoeducational workshops, individual therapy, and group therapy. Cody also has multiple years of experience working as a teacher and coach. He specializes in treating adjustment concerns, anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, family of origin concerns, relationship difficulties, and substance use disorders. He uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy as well as other proven therapeutic approaches to collaborate with clients and create goals that facilitate healing and growth.
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 – DNP, AG-ACNP-BC, ACNS-BC, CCRN, TNCC
Wanda Cassavettes is a Board Certified Advanced Practice Nurse, having received her Doctor of Nurse Practice from Walden University in Minneapolis MN. Her experience includes working in critical care, cardiac and vascular nursing, adult gerontology acute care, and maintains Trauma Nurse Core Certification. Wanda has over 20 years of nursing experience and speaks Spanish. At Churchill Counseling, she provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management services.
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.