Meet The Staff
Welcome! Katie Wirth, LISW
Adolescent, teen, adult and family counselor.
Carla is a licensed Independent Social Worker. She earned her degree from the Ohio State Social Work Program. Being a native to the area Carla has a strong passion to help those who are struggling with emotional difficulties. She is active in community organization and volunteers her time as patient advocate at The James, organizing local Pelotonia activities and Pro Bono Counseling. Carla is a member of www.giveanhour.org, a national network of volunteers providing free mental health services to military personnel and their families who are being affected by the current military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Carla practices counseling in all areas of emotional issues that occur with individuals or families with a special focus in grief and loss issues.
Dr. Sears is a nationally-certified school psychologist (NCSP). She earned her PhD in School Psychology from The Ohio State University. She is dually licensed as a school psychologist through the Ohio Board of Psychology and the Ohio Department of Education. Services offered by Dr. Sears focus on facilitating hope in children by exposing, reducing, and/or eliminating barriers to learning. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: National Association of School Psychologists, Trauma and Loss Institute, American Psychological Association, and the International Dyslexia Association. SERVICES: Psycho-educational evaluations, Learning Disability evaluations, College accommodation evaluations, Educational consultation related to special education services and support/prevention of learning barriers, School observations and/or Face-to-face meetings with school personnel, Counseling services: trauma-based, short-term therapeutic services for the prevention or alleviation of educationally related learning obstacles. AGES SERVED: Pre-K through College
Carla Stewart, LISW
Kelli Sears, Ph.D
Dr. Gorga has been a practicing marriage and family therapist in central Ohio since 1977. He received a B.A. in psychology from Wittenberg University, an M.S. in clinical psychology from the University of Idaho, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with training in clinical and lifespan developmental psychology. Dr. Gorga was clinical director and the Director of Programs and Services at Crittenon Family Services in Columbus, Ohio from 1990 through 1995, and worked in private practice during that period. He was an adjunct faculty member of the Ohio State University from 1982 through 1995. Dr. Gorga is a certified family mediator and has been an active member of the Family Service Council. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association. He has presented numerous professional workshops, inservices, and patient education programs throughout his career. AGES SERVED: Children, adolescents, and adults. AREAS OF INTEREST: Marital and family concerns, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, parent-child concerns, lifetime developmental/transitional issues, substance abuse, depression, grief and loss, chronic illness, pain, anxiety disorders, career counseling, and executive coaching. PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING AND ASSESSMENT OF: Personality, AD/HD, intelligence, career, and readiness for medical procedures.
Dr. McLean is a native New Yorker who worked in marketing and advertising on Madison Avenue before earning her Doctorate in clinical psychology from Hofstra University. Her clinical experience includes inpatient and outpatient clinical services at a New York Hospital, private practice, college residential life counseling, television commentary, and conducting climate studies at various companies and organizations to address employee morale and productivity. She taught psychology at a New York college, as well as Denison University and The Ohio State University, at which she currently teaches. Dr. McLean is the co-author of Phobics and Other Panic Victims: A Guide for Those Who Help Them (Continuum, 1989), and a contributor to The Successful Medical Student (Upjohn/ILOC, 1994), and The Counseling Sourcebook (Crossroad, 1994). Her work has been cited in Family Circle and The Bottom Line. Dr. McLean is a past board president of Licking County’s Mental Health America. Professional memberships include the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, and the Mental Health America of Licking County. AGES SERVED: Adults.
Dr. Miller is a native of this area with a variety of experiences and specialized training. He has earned a Masters degree from Western Kentucky University and a Doctorate from The Ohio State University with training in developmental and clinical psychology. Post-doctoral training at the Fairfield Family Counseling Center was completed as well as other educational and work experiences. Dr. Miller is a member of the American Psychological Association and Ohio Psychological Association as well as other professional affiliations. AGES SERVED: Children, adolescents, and adults. AREAS OF INTEREST: Childhood and adolescent behavioral and academic concerns, consultations to schools and other agencies, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders, learning disabilities, family conflicts, conduct disorders, play therapy, depression, anxiety disorders, and recovery from trauma. PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING AND ASSESSMENT OF: Personality, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders, intelligence, learning disabilities, and developmental disabilities.
William Gorga, Ph.D
Janice McLean, Ph.D.
Cecil Miller, Ph.D.
Ms. Hardy offers over ten years post-master’s experience providing diagnostic and crisis assessment and counseling for children, youth and adults in community mental health and private practice settings. Prior to her work as a therapist, she spent eight years teaching and tutoring elementary and middle school children who had learning disabilities and behavior disorders. Ms. Hardy received her dual Bachelors degrees in Elementary Education & Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders in 1977 from Miami University, her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work with Children and Families from The Ohio State University in 1994 and is independently licensed by the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Work Board. She is a member of the Ohio and National Associations of Social Work and prefers a cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment. Ages Served: Children, adolescents and adults. Areas of Interest: Child and adolescent emotional and behavioral concerns (including adjustment issues, anger management, depression, self-esteem, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder). Adult adjustment issues, parenting support, depression, codependency, assertiveness, stress management, grief and loss.
Mr. Welch is a Professional Clinical Counselor and a National Certified Counselor who is independently licensed in the State of Ohio to provide individual, group, and family therapy. He received his Masters degree in counseling from Walsh University in Canton, Ohio and his Bachelors degree at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. Tim has received specialty training in the substance abuse and addictions field and is certified as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Mr. Welch has worked in emergency services in Licking County. He is trained through the American Red Cross in disaster mental health services. AGES SERVED: CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, AND ADULTS. AREAS OF INTEREST: Stress management, depression and anxiety disorders, child and adolescent behavioral and emotional issues, crisis intervention, substance abuse and dependency issues, anger management, motivational and life transition issues, work/life balance, wellness, and spirituality.
Nancy Hardy, LISW
William McFarren, Ed.D
Dr. McFarren has been a practicing psychologist since 1980. He received his M.S. in clinical psychology from Eastern Michigan University and Doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in counseling psychology. Internships at Ypsilanti State Hospital and Weld County Mental Health Center were completed as well as other post doctoral study. Dr. McFarren is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Ohio Psychological Association, as well as other professional organizations. Dr. McFarren is the author of Glasses for the Brain. AGES SERVED: Children, adolescents, and adults. AREAS OF INTEREST: Anxiety disorders, (phobias, panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders) depression, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders, recovery from trauma, rehabilitation issues, substance abuse, marital and family concerns, parent-child concerns, and dissociative disorders. PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING AND ASSESSMENT OF: Personality, intelligence, neuropsychological, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders and career.
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