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Our Team

Karla Jones, LISW-S, LICDC

I am a graduate of The Ohio State University with my Master’s in Social Work. Go Buckeyes! I am both a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. My therapeutic philosophy is becoming grounded and balanced in one’s personal and professional life to achieve a higher level of growth. I understand that we are faced with challenging life events and need help steering back into the right direction. Let me join you on this road to a healthy and balanced life. I use mindfulness and eclectic approaches to help you overcome a variety of challenges such as childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, family discord, blended family concerns, self-esteem, work/life balance, personal identity and development, stress, and life transitions.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Availability: Saturday

Shavonda Johnson, MSW, LISW-S

I am Shavonda, a proud two-time graduate of The Ohio State University. I have a Master’s degree in Social Work and have been a practicing clinician since 2017. My experience encompasses both adults and juveniles with a focus on understanding the experiences that trigger mental illnesses. I serve as a passionate advocate for those affected and use both my education and my Christian faith to support the wellness of my clients. Learning recognition and coping techniques are not limited to a clinical diagnosis. I believe everyone can benefit from guided support. My training includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) for depression, anxiety, women’s issues, substance abuse, and co-occurring mental illnesses. I am also trained in EMDR trauma therapy.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Availability: Monday and Thursday

Tiffany Pressley, MSW, LISW-S

I am a graduate of The Ohio State University and have a Master’s Degree in Social Work. I am a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. I have been afforded the opportunity of over 14 years working with individuals, groups, and families in various mental health settings. My clinical experience has helped me develop a trauma-informed approach to support you in building coping skills, and resilience and to promote overall well-being. My passion is to invest in the lives of others through education, advocacy, and service. I consider it a privilege and a pleasure to guide and assist others in their journey of mental and emotional healing.

Pronoun: She / Her / Hers

Availability: Tuesday and Thursday

Mallorie Davis, MSW, LSW

I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and received my Master’s in Social Work from The Ohio State University. My clinical experience includes providing supportive care to families and/or individuals who need help managing their emotional and mental distress due to a medical illness, young adults who have a history of trauma and/or behavior disorder, and assisting individuals with a mental health and/or substance use disorder. I am committed to helping individuals overcome depression, anxiety, trauma, and other stressors. I’m a firm believer that healing is a collaborative effort that requires compassion and support to help individuals overcome obstacles and thrive.

Because every individual is unique, I utilize a variety of therapeutic methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and their situation. My therapeutic approaches include Solution-Focused, Trauma-Informed, Cognitive- Behavioral, Constructive Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I also have experience in crisis intervention and de-escalation, stress management, and grief and loss.

Life challenges don’t define who you are - they are something you experience. My goal is to help you navigate through the past, present, and future. I am dedicated to providing a safe and judgment-free atmosphere where you can comfortably reflect and express your feelings. Let me help you to understand and redefine your experiences.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Availability: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday

Nina Banks, MSW, LSW

I am a Licensed Social Worker and graduate from The Ohio State University. I have several years experience working with individuals of all ages. I am passionate about working with youth, young adults, and their families. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, past traumatic events, self-esteem, behavioral concerns and parenting challenges. I'm devoted to partnering with you to build healthy parent/child relationships, improve family dynamics, overcome mental health irregularities and manage life circumstances.

"Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances."

- Maya Angelou

Whether you're seeking individual services for you, your child or family, I take a collaborative, strength-based wellness approach to customizing treatment to help you achieve your goals.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Availability: In-person and online

Gwendolyn “Gwen” Wright, MA, LPC, NCC

I completed my graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC). I also have a MA in Psychology from American Public University Systems and a BS in Social Psychology and Human Resources Management from Park University. I am a military veteran and seek to be of service to those navigating through the challenges they face in life. I am passionate about working with couples, families, adolescents, women, and veterans dealing with depression, anxiety, traumatic stressors, and relationship conflict. I collaboratively work with individuals from an integrative framework while utilizing a variety of therapies such as motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, humanistic, Gestalt, interpersonal, Gottman, and EMDR.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Availability: Monday through Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Steven S. Sharp, MSW, LISW

I am a Cleveland, Ohio native, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and have a Master’s Degree in Social Work. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker and have been in the field for more than 10 years, working with children, individuals suffering from severe mental illness, the incarcerated population, and as an inpatient and outpatient group therapist. My therapeutic approaches include Solution-Focused, Trauma-Informed, Cognitive- Behavioral, Constructive Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I also have experience in crisis intervention and de-escalation, stress management, and anger management. I believe in the power of the person, and that each of us has the answers that we seek inside of us already, we simply need to flesh them out in order to utilize them. I look forward to assisting you on your personal journey to wellness.

Pronouns: He / Him

Availability: Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Nataly Gutierrez, MSW, LSW

I am excited to work collaboratively with you to explore what your goals are to address your needs. I am a licensed social worker with experience in mental health and have worked with clients as young as 8 years of age. I received my Master's degree in Social Work and 2 bachelor’s degrees (Psychology and Sexuality Studies) from The Ohio State University. I provide an eclectic style by using techniques from trauma-informed care, CBT, DBT, solution-focused, client-centered, and play therapy theories. I have worked with those who have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar, and more. I enjoy learning about my clients, watching them grow, and empowering them to use the skills and concepts they learn in therapy in their daily lives.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Availability: In-person and Online

Diarra Richardson, MSW, LSW

I am a graduate of the Ohio State University working to get my Masters in Social Work. I have an interest in working with clients struggling through anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, grief and loss and trauma. I want to create an environment that feels safe and encouraging and I want clients to feel heard, respected, and not judged. As your counselor, I will do what it takes to best serve you. I use modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, solution-based therapy.

Pronouns: He / Him

Availability: In-Person and Online

Tonisha “Tee” Elder, MA, LPC

I am a Columbus native (Buckeye Born!) and a graduate of Walden University where I received my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I truly believe in total wellness as I received my Associate of Science in Exercise Science and Kinesiology in 2014, Associate of Arts in Christian Ministries and Counseling in 2015 from Liberty University, as well as my Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2018 again from Liberty University. I am passionate about social justice, advocacy, and serving my community to promote the wellbeing of my clients. I like to integrate various theories such as solutions focused, motivational interviewing, play therapy, and others; however, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and trauma informed CBT is my favorite modality. I am also EMDR certified.  I have experience working with clients as young as four years old with an amalgamation of diagnoses such as PTSD, depression, Bipolar disorders, Borderline Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, Conduct disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and more. I truly believe that people are the captain of their own ship in life, and I am here to collaborate with, support and empower as you navigate through it.

Pronouns: She / Hers

Availability: In-Person and Online

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