MEET OUR CLINICAL COUNSELORS
MELISSA AYERS, MA, LPCC
Melissa Ayers is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She earned a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from The University of Akron and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Toledo. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has worked closely with schools conducting consultations, prevention groups, and individual therapy. Melissa has worked with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with a variety of diagnoses including adjustment disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, autism spectrum disorder, depression, anxiety, stress, grief, relationship distress, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She has been trained in Parent Management Training. Melissa has a special interest in working with those suffering from eating disorders and low self-esteem. Sees patients ages 5 and up for counseling.
ANGELA COYLE, MA, LPCC-S
Angela Coyle is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor who works with individuals and couples. Her areas of interest include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, stress, relationship concerns, sexual assault, abuse, trauma, mood disorders, identity development, and life transitions. Angela has worked in community mental health and at a college counseling center, where she gained extensive experience providing counseling to the college student population. Special interests include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and interpersonal approaches to counseling. Angela is passionate about assisting her clients with exploring and addressing their mental health concerns in a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment. She enjoys working with individuals of all cultural backgrounds. Sees patients ages 15 and up for counseling.
ALEXANDRA FERRARA, MA.ED., LPC
Alex is a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from The University of Akron. She has had experiences working across the lifespan, beginning with the early childhood population through adulthood. Alex has worked with individuals experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, impulse-control disorders, behavioral concerns, and trauma. She works to meet the individual needs of each client she sees. In the past, Alex has provided social-emotional lessons in pre-school classrooms, taught parenting education classes, and provided in-home and school-based counseling services. In counseling, she uses various interventions including play-based therapy, expressive art, filial therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Alex uses a strengths-based approach to help clients achieve their goals as they strive to meet their full potential. Sees patients 2 and up.
KELSEY A. JAGER, PH.D., LPCC-S
Kelsey A. Jager is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision designation. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development Services from Kent State University in 2019. She has experience at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Kent State University’s Counseling and Human Development. In addition to clinical practice, Kelsey has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at Kent State University and John Carroll University since 2011. She has been published in Teaching in Counselor Education: Engaging Students in Learning (2013) and the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (2016). She has given professional presentations at both the local and state level. Kelsey works with a wide variety of mental and emotional disorders with individuals, couples, and families. She provides services for bipolar, depressive, anxiety, obsessive compulsive, somatic, and impulse-control disorders. Her special interests include chronic disease management and disabilities. Sees individuals 12 and up for counseling.
REBECCA LESTER-BLACK, LPCC, LSW
Rebecca Lester-Black is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Social Worker. Her areas of expertise include trauma work, complicated grief/bereavement, end-of-life issues, parenting concerns, adolescent behavioral disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy for depression, anxiety, and other anxiety-related issues. Becky works with teens and adults, providing a safe and non-judgmental presence. She has been walking alongside people and helping them since 1992 when she first became licensed as a Social Worker. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Toledo in 2001 and has worked at several community mental health agencies in Northwest Ohio, as well as Hospice of Northwest Ohio for 10 years. Becky also established her own private practice in the Toledo area over two years ago. She belongs to the American Association of Christian Counselors and recognizes the importance of incorporating faith beliefs into counseling for those who desire to do so. Sees patients ages 14 and up.
CYNTHIA MARCO-SCANLON, PH.D., LPCC-S
Dr. Scanlon is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor. She holds a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, and a master’s degree in Counseling. She has been a counselor and administrator at John Carroll University, while supervising many masters and doctoral students through their clinical internships. Dr. Scanlon is an adjunct instructor at the NEOMED School in Rootstown and has also taught at YSU and JCU in the graduate counseling programs. Dr. Scanlon’s interests include working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem issues, as well as grief and loss issues. Special interests also include challenges associated with life and career transitions including balancing family and work life, adjustment disorders, relationship issues, geriatric challenges, workplace concerns, academic/major selection, and career selection and satisfaction. Through mindfulness, life design, narrative therapy and cognitive behavioral interventions, Cynthia works collaboratively with clients to reach their goals. Sees patients ages 18 and up for counseling.
JUDITH MARINICH, M.ED., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, LSW
Judith Marinich is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Clinical Supervisor and a Licensed Social Worker. She is the clinical supervisor at Catholic Charities, Matt Talbot for Women. Ms. Marinich has experience as a mental health therapist, couples and family therapist, and also in chemical dependency and art therapy. Special interests include art therapy and mindfulness practices in psychotherapy. She is currently a clinical supervisor, primary counselor and art therapist. As a therapist utilizing group and individual treatment modalities, her strengths include knowledge base and experience with a variety of populations in various settings. Sees patients ages 15 and up for counseling.
PENNY S. MORGAN, MA, LPCC-S
Penny Morgan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her areas of interests include but are not limited to ADHD, behavioral issues, depression and anxiety, stress management, trauma (abuse, domestic violence, life changes), mood disorders, and relationship and family issues. Penny has worked in community mental health and school-based counseling for 27 years and has experience and training working with children/adolescents and families. She has had extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Penny is passionate about the health and wellness of individuals and incorporates mindfulness, nutrition, and exercise as part of her approach to overall wellness. She is committed to assisting her clients with their mental health concerns in a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment. Penny enjoys working with individuals of all cultural backgrounds. Sees patients ages 5 and up for counseling.
HALLE PLAGENS, MA, LPC
Halle Plagens is a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults. She works with populations including those experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and grief. She has a gift of making each patient feel seen and heard. In addition, she proves competent in areas such as understanding life’s transitions, questioning/spirituality, self-esteem, and other stress-related issues. Having previously worked as a middle school teacher, Halle holds a unique view and understanding of a school’s system and has insight into a student’s experiences. Special interests include teaching yoga, mindfulness, movement, somatic experiencing, and cognitive behavioral modalities. Her approach creates an environment that supports self-awareness, ultimately leading to self-growth. Sees patients 9 and up for counseling.
REGAN E. SUETTA, MA, LPCC
Regan E. Suetta is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and currently has experience counseling children of all ages, as well as emerging adults, that come from all different walks of life. Regan also has experience working for the Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County, offering counseling to the children who attend their programs. She has a special interest in working with populations who express concerns of experiencing anxiety, depression, stress related to work or school, career changes or transitioning, family and relationship conflict. She also works with those experiencing self-harm, suicidal thoughts, as well as those exploring spirituality. She additionally has an interest in assisting LGBTQ individuals with the process of self-acceptance and gaining further support from friends, family, and the community. Sees patients ages 4 and up for counseling.