Meet Our Counselors

Nikki Stacey

Nikki Stacey

LPC (she/her)

Amanda (Nikki) Stacey 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!

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.

Kristen 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 recently became an EMDR Consultant-in-Training and hopes to provide consultation time soon! She also is a huge advocate for the Counseling discipline and hopes to provide affordable supervision options for Counselors soon!

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! Kristen is on a permanent waitlist for private pay only until June of 2022. My other therapists are wonderful and are deeply aligned with my beliefs. Please consider them as alternative options.

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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