Allison Brusk, LPC, (She/Her):
Allison received her dual master’s degree from Ursuline College in Counseling and Art Therapy. She is EMDR trained and working towards her ATR. Allison specializes in trauma and grief therapy for children, adults, adolescents, and their families. Allison values using an eclectic trauma-informed lens to best meet the needs of her clients. She has experience in curriculum building and facilitating both adolescent and adult groups focusing on grief, loss, trauma, and at-risk youth. She aims to provide a safe, creative, and accepting environment to aid clients in effective communication, healthy self-expression, self-esteem, and positive coping skills to help in addressing everyone’s unique needs to meet their therapeutic goals in their wellness journey.
Ally McCarley, ATR, LPCC-S (She/Her):
Ally is an EMDR trained, licensed professional clinical counselor and a registered art therapist who has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families, as well as adults. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Visual Communications from Ohio University, a dual Master’s degree from Ursuline College in Counseling and Art Therapy, and fully-trained in EMDR. Ally has worked in a variety of clinical settings. These include outpatient counseling with kids, adolescents, and adults, day treatment for children in an academic and therapeutic environment, and residential substance abuse treatment for adolescents. As an art therapist, Ally strives to find a creative way to connect with clients. She assists clients in developing more effective means of communication, self-expression, independent coping skills, growth, and self-esteem. She values an eclectic, trauma-informed approach, and believes a unique plan is necessary and important in helping each person meet their individualized therapeutic goals.
Ilona Ponomariova, LPC (She/Her):
Ilona started as a case manager and now is a licensed clinical counselor. She got her master’s degree in counseling from Cleveland State University and did her internship at a private practice. Ilona is interested in individual, couple, and family counseling and is trained in the Gottman Couples Method and EMDR. Ilona has experience working with children and leading groups such as anger management and parenting classes. Her specialization is in grief, trauma, substance use, adjustment to life issues, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and women’s issues. She takes a person-centered approach and speaks and provides counseling in four languages: English, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian.
Misty Ramos, ATR, LPCC-S, EMDR, ACTP, Executive Director (She/Her):
Misty has worked with grieving families as an educator, art therapist, and counselor since 2010. She continues to serve adults and children individually, run support groups, write curriculum, create and facilitate art therapy workshops, crisis response in schools and the community, and training locally and nationally. Misty obtained her master’s degree in art therapy and counseling from Ursuline college, EMDR training from the humanitarian assistance program, military behavioral health training from Star Behavioral Health, and advanced certified trauma practitioner certification from the national institute of trauma and loss in children. She specializes in using trauma-informed therapies to assist individuals and families who have been exposed directly or indirectly to trauma and/or loss. She helps families through divorce, parental incarceration, military deployment, domestic violence, sexual abuse, grief, and foster care. She also uses art therapy with children and adults with varied abilities.
Laura Serazin ATR, LPCC, ACTP (She/Her):
Laura has worked for over twenty years as an art therapist, educator, and program developer specializing in grief, loss, and trauma presenting locally and nationally. She has trained school crisis response teams serving Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties and is also a responder. She obtained her master’s degree in art therapy and counseling from Ursuline College, EMDR training from the humanitarian assistance program, and advanced certified trauma practitioner certification from the national institute of trauma and loss in children. Laura specializes in Christian counseling, grief and loss, crisis intervention, family conflict, mood disorders, and women’s issues.
Michele Slaght, CTIP, RM, CYT 200 (She/Her):
Michele is an Integrated Trauma Healing Practitioner who treats the whole person, in mind, body, and spirit. Michele has earned additional Registered Certifications including Trauma Integration Practitioner (CTIP), Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, (CYT 200) Usui Reiki Master, SEL Facilitator, Aromatherapy, and Meditation Teacher. Michele utilizes holistic mind/body therapies such as E.F.T., (Emotional Freedom Technique, a.k.a. “tapping”) Eden Energy Medicine, reflexology/acupressure, applied kinesiology, creative visualization, and Emotion Code. Since 2016, she has serviced clients using a variety of somatic modalities, with each session customized to the client’s individual needs. Michele is also a member of the Western Cuyahoga County Schools Crisis Counseling Team, which serves several schools in the event of a death. Experienced with both adults and children, she is especially experienced with clients suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression, addictions, cancer, autoimmune disorders, allergies, and migraine headaches. Michele considers it her calling and a privilege to accompany others on their paths toward healing the WHOLE self for complete wellness in all aspects of being.