Meet Our Counselors

Michele Vinbury

Michele Vinbury

(she/her)

Michele Vinbury is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner through Somatic Experiencing International, a Yoga Alliance registered E-500 yoga teacher and a registered Yoga Therapist through IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists.) Michele completed her studies as an Ayurvedic Health Educator through the California College of Ayurveda, has advanced training in hands-on energy healing, and is also a certified iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Teacher. She studied at Salisbury University and the University of Rhode Island, graduating (summa cum laude) with a BA in Philosophy.

Michele’s approach to supporting people who have experienced trauma has evolved over 25 years of direct-contact work with survivors at domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide prevention and human trafficking agencies as well as through her time teaching trauma informed practices to inmates in medium security prisons.

The driving philosophy that underlies Michele’s style is one that considers healing from an unshakable knowing that each of us is already inherently whole and complete. In her 1:1 sessions, she holds space for clients to bring attention not only to the broken, hurt and sad places, but also to the ways that each client is, in this and every moment, complete, whole, and deserving of love. She has found that as clients explore the challenges of their lives from this framework (one wherein every part of their experience, and every aspect of who they are is received as part of their wholeness), deep integration can take place.

Foundational to all that Michele does are body-based approaches; with the primary modality offered being Somatic Experiencing. You might be asking what’s a body-based approach? Simply put, though thoughts, memories and stories are important to unpack, in sessions with Michele, emphasis will be placed on messages that are arising from a variety of places in your body instead of just those coming from your brain! By offering techniques to engage with personal challenges through your body, Michele presents gentle somatic pathways to move through stuck patterns, integrate past trauma, and to regulate and soothe their potentially frayed and frazzled nervous systems.

Michele owned a large and thriving yoga studio in Columbus Ohio for 8 years and is the creator of a trauma informed resilience training (EMBER) that is being studied at an area hospital. She has been helping clients and students to resolve issues of stress and trauma for many years, and is also deeply committed to engaging in her own personal process of healing and growth. Currently, Michele teaches workshops, trainings and retreats locally and abroad. She is happiest when outside, and also finds great joy as a life-partner, mother, stepmother, dog-mom, oldest sister, auntie and goofball!

Jessie Boone

Jessie Boone

LISW-S (she/her)

I am a social worker that has been practicing in my field for the last 8 years. I have worked primarily with veterans the last 5 years providing crisis intervention and have provided therapy to their caregivers. I have wanted to follow my passion of working with individuals with trauma so I have pursued training to work in private practice as well.

I am trained in CBT, CAMS, and Mindfulness-Based Sobriety however my primary focus is EMDR therapy. I have been through this evidence-based treatment myself and it has greatly reduced my PTSD symptoms and changed my life. It means a lot to be given the opportunity to give back that healing to others.

My primary focus in therapy is to be client focused and meet the individual needs of each person. We will plan together to create a unique treatment plan that is specific to each your goals with background in mind.

Trauma focused therapy is also a great concern of mine. I make intentional steps to make sure clients feel comfortable and are not anywhere close to being re-traumatized or feeling judged when working with me. I genuinely enjoy and have worked with all different races, backgrounds, genders, and sexualities of people. Also, specifically I am a LGBTQIA+ ally forever and always.

I love to travel to new places. I’m a thrill seeker. Like to do outdoor adventures like hiking, white water rafting, zip lining, and camping. Love spending time with friends, family, and my two cats Simba and Mufasa. Also, love to go to concerts when I can.

Shayla Krecklow

Shayla Krecklow

LPCC-S (she/her)

Shayla believes in co-creating the therapy experience and firmly believes that clients are the experts in their experiences, and her role is to offer support, acceptance, exploration, and tools that may be helpful while healing. She is a level 200 Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Being trained in yoga, she recognizes that the impacts of mental health can appear within ones’ body making important to her to have a holistic picture of her clients and she intentionally uses skills to gain more awareness of ones embodied experience in sessions.

She has experience working with a variety of age groups and presenting concerns. Shayla has spent some of her career working with undergraduate and graduate students at The Ohio State University and Ohio Wesleyan University. She has a passion for the process of identity formation and exploring ones’ life path that can occur in a person’s 20s and beyond. Shayla believes that an individual can change and grow at any point in their lifespan. She also has a passion for working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, especially those who are trans and nonbinary. She was trained as a generalist and has worked with a variety of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, and more. She uses a person-centered approach taking into account a client’s cultural background and societal pressures or oppression.

Shayla often works with people experiencing trauma and has intentionally focused her learning on recovery from trauma. She recognizes that trauma can appear in a variety of forms and significantly impact ones’ life, whether its origin is rooted ongoing early life experiences or one event. She is trained in evidenced-based trauma treatments including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).

She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University in 2016. . She is also certified in EMBER (embodied mindfulness based emotional resiliency) yoga.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, cycling, hiking, practicing yoga and reading a good book.

Nikki Tillman

Nikki Tillman

LPC (she/her)

Amanda (Nikki) Tillman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minor in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. She also has training in EMDR.

Nikki’s background includes providing psychotherapy to clients ages 16 or older, mostly using a trauma-informed, mindfulness-based approach. Nikki is most passionate about trauma care relating to childhood, past traumatic experiences, and attachment concerns; and aids to connect present dysfunctional behavior and cognitions to learned behaviors and cognitions. Nikki also has competencies and experience in working with clients struggling with anxiety, women’s concerns, grief, depression, dissociation, ramifications from sexual abuse, boundary issues, cultural issues, and communication and conflict.

Nikki’s foundational pillars when counseling are empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruency, and uses these to actively listen and psychoeducate about useful tools to help cope with life situations and struggles. One of her favorite therapeutic interventions is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and was trained through EMDR Chicago. She uses it to target negative cognitions and symptoms related to trauma, anxiety, phobias, and depression. Nikki strives to create a safe, non-judgemental environment for each of her clients. She aims to be an ally for all walks of life and is committed to being a life-long learner and advocate regarding anti-racism and anti-oppression. She loves to empower and advocate for her clients, and often practices identifying feelings, advocacy skills, self-compassion, and honoring skills with client to do so. She is a Christian Counselor and willing and able to incorporate any and all spirituality into the counseling practice.

Nikki believes that the client is in the ‘driver’s seat’ and the counselor is in the ‘passenger’s’. She wants her clients to feel like they have power in their session, and for the process to be collaborative. She believes each client is geared toward growth and healing, and the counseling process can be a tool to aim for their goals and live a more authentic lifestyle. Nikki looks forward to partnering with you!

In Nikki’s free time, she loves to travel, walk/hike, practice yoga, read, watch a good show/movie, and be with loved ones.

Evan Wilkerson

Evan Wilkerson

MSW, LSW, RYT 200 (he/him)

Evan Wilkerson is a Licensed Social Worker with a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communication and a Masters Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. Evan has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and an additional meditation teacher training through Yoga on High. He is also completing an eMBER (mindfulness-based emotional resilience) training to provide trauma-informed yoga, is trained in iRest Yoga Nidra, and is a Reiki Level 3 Master Practitioner.

Evan’s background includes working with clients on a broad spectrum of therapeutic goals — including substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ issues, anger management and more. His counseling philosophy is based on the understanding that no matter what we have experienced, there is an aspect of us all that is whole and complete just as it is. By continually orienting to this ground of wholeness, he believes we can fundamentally alter our relationship to our problems — shifting them from something that defines us to something that simply needs to be met, understood, and resolved. He is also passionate about pointing people inside to find their own answers, and teaching skills that help clients show up as their best selves.

Evan’s primary therapeutic modalities include EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Solution-Focused Therapy. He is also interested in somatic approaches that integrate the wisdom and knowledge of the body into the therapeutic process. Because of this, he also loves to weave in an understanding of the nervous system through the lens of polyvagal theory. Most importantly, Evan believes that each person knows what is best for themself. He aims to empower everyone to make their own decisions based on their own inner knowing.

When he’s not in the office, you can find him meandering through the woods, camping with friends, meditating, practicing yoga or spending time with his family. He looks forward to meeting you!

Kelsee Tucker PhD

Kelsee Tucker PhD

phD (she/her)

Dr. Tucker is a licensed psychologist with a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston, a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Marian University. Dr. Tucker is now accepting new clients for virtual services! She has afternoon and weekend availability to accommodate your scheduling needs.

Dr. Tucker’s passion is providing couples therapy for those seeking help with improving relationship satisfaction and communication, as well as couples facing significant relational stressors such as infidelity, sexual/intimacy issues, infertility, and parenting challenges. If you are like many couples who are struggling to communicate or feel heard, have found yourself in a “rut” where you feel lost and disconnected from your partner, Dr. Tucker can help provide a path for reconnection and healing.

Dr. Tucker also enjoys helping individuals navigate personal challenges by providing a nonjudgmental space for healing, growth, and self-discovery. She treats anxiety, depression, stress, and grief. She also has specialized training in treating obsessive compulsive disorder. It is her belief that every person has the capacity to grow, learn, and become their highest and best self. Her goal as your therapist is to provide you with the skills and challenges necessary to facilitate that growth and healing. She is trained in several evidence-based modalities including Integrated Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) and uses a person-centered approach that accounts for your unique experiences and attributes.

In her free time, Dr. Tucker enjoys spending time with her family, drinking strong coffee, going to the local farmers market, listening to an audio book or podcast, and chasing her little one around the house. She finds great joy as a partner, mother, dog-mom, sister, auntie, and Peloton enthusiast.

Joanne L. Morrissey

Joanne L. Morrissey

MSW, LISW-S, RYT500 (she/her)

Joanne Morrissey is a Supervising Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Columbia College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. Joanne is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) with 500+ hours of classroom study and has been teaching in studios, schools, corporate businesses, gyms, prison, hospitals and private homes for over 20 years. Joanne has a Level II Certificate in Integrative Restoration Meditation, an adjunct evidenced-based approach in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, addiction and insomnia. Her therapeutic training and experience in trauma include Trauma Informed Care and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Joanne is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorder.

Joanne’s background includes providing psychotherapy to adults over 18 with a trauma-informed and mindfulness-based approach. Processes used in therapy but not limited to are solution-focused, motivational interviewing, dialectical and cognitive behavioral. Joanne is retired from 20 years of active duty in the Air Force. She has had the honor of working with Veterans, particularly combat Veterans, and introducing adjunct evidence-based approaches in healing post-traumatic stress depression, addiction and insomnia.

Joanne is looking forward to working with you in opening the doors to empowerment, self-compassion, mindfulness and resilience.

In Joanne’s free time, she loves to walk, hike, run, practice and teach yoga, garden, dance, listen to music, visit museums, travel and be with my loved ones.

Kristen Kelly

Kristen Kelly

LPCC-S, LICDC, CTTS, RYT 200 (she/her)

Kristen Gidel Kelly is a Supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton. Kristen holds a license in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Chemical Dependency Counseling, and a certificate in smoking cessation therapy. She is now taking new clients for in person and virtual services!

Kristen has over 17 years experience and has worked in a variety of settings in community mental health and substance use treatment. Her passion is trauma work and helping clients recover from trauma related to Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues. She specializes in serving populations to include: Adults over the age of 18 (although I work with kid parts!) looking to cope with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Personality Disorders, and Dissociative Disorders; formerly incarcerated populations and court ordered clients, and Veteran and Military Service Members. Kristen is passionate about helping individuals, loved ones, and families who struggle or live with addiction. She has experience working with the court system and is able to provide court ordered alcohol and drug assessments. Kristen also really enjoys helping to empower current helping professionals care for their own mental health needs so that they can be healthier therapists. She strives to be an ally to unserved populations and is an avid on-going student of anti-racism. Kristen has basic cultural competencies with the LGBTQIA+ population; these clients are always welcome and she strives to provide a non-judgmental and culturally sensitive environment.

Kristen’s primary therapeutic approach is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and she is Certified with EMDRIA. Kristen uses EMDR to target symptoms related to trauma, depression, anxiety and phobias, substance use, and behavioral addictions. Her other therapeutic processes include Internal Family Systems to treat Dissociative Disorders, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for personality disorders and trauma, and Collaborative Assessment for Managing Suicide. Kristen specializes in CBT for substance use disorders. She is also trained in smoking cessation therapy. I am an EMDR and DBT nerd y’all 🙂

Kristen is an EMDR Consultant and Facilitator and is able to provide EMDR Consultation for Foundational Training and Certification. She also is a huge advocate for the Counseling discipline and is able to provide Supervision for LPCs and CTs.

Kristen believes that change starts with the therapeutic relationship and this is her top priority. Kristen encourages the client to feel empowered to use their voice and express preferences in their treatment. Her mission can best be described with this quote from Maya Angelou: “People won’t remember what you said, people won’t remember what you did, but people will remember how you made them feel.” She looks forward to working with you!

In Kristen’s free time, she loves to run, garden, bird watch, spend time at the lake or ocean, paint, go to concerts, and practice yoga, meditation, and REIKI.

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