Misty Ramos Saviano, ATR, LPCC-S, EMDR, ACTP, Executive Director:
Misty has worked with grieving families as an educator, art therapist and counselor for six years. 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.
Rita Kanareff, LPCC-S, ATR-BC, EMDR:
Rita has served individuals and groups as an art therapist and counselor for over 15 years, treating mental health disorders across the life span. She is a board-certified art therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervision designation, Reiki master and certified in EMDR and DBT. She specializes in trauma, grief, mood disorders, eating disorders, anxiety/panic disorders and mental health therapy with special population of individuals newly diagnosed and living with HIV.
Ally McCarley, ATR, LPCC:
Ally is a 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 and dual Master’s degrees from Ursuline College in Counseling and Art Therapy. 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.
Kristen Peterca, LPCC, EMDR:
Kristen has served individuals and groups as a clinical mental health therapist for over 13 years. She became interested in trauma-informed therapies early in her career after discovering trauma often lay at the root of issues clients were coming to therapy for. She found that treating the root issue lead to more profound healing and improvement than simply treating symptoms alone. Kristen is EMDR Certified and specializes in other trauma-informed approaches, such as DBT, CBT, Ego-State, Attachment-focused and Mindfulness-based interventions. She works collaboratively with clients to create a safe and growth-oriented process in therapy. She feels honored to be a part of her client’s healing and looks forward to working with you.
Amanda Petric, LISW:
Amanda Petric is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who establishes a compassionate, patient, and safe environment where individuals and families can gain new information, strengthen coping strategies, and heal at their own pace. Amanda has an eclectic therapeutic style, pulling from her educational background at the Ohio State University and training in strength-based and solution-focused
therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), and creative and expressive interventions such as art and play. Amanda specializes in the following areas: trauma, sexual violence, grief, stress management, self-esteem, self-acceptance, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and LBGTQIA issues. Amanda works with adolescents, adults, and the geriatric community.
Ilona Ponomariova, LPC:
Ilona Ponomariova, LPC has worked in mental health counseling over 2 years and is trained in EMDR. Ilona started as a case manager, and now is licensed clinical counselor. She got her master from Cleveland State University and did her internship at private practice. Ilona is interested in individual, couple and family counseling. However, 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. Ilona speaks and provides counseling in four languages: English, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian.
Avril C. Sargeant, MA, LPC, EMDR:
Avril has worked in the mental health field for over seventeen years. She originates from South Carolina, where she attended undergraduate school at Morris College. Upon graduating from Morris College she began her career as a case manager and social worker. She then moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland University. Avril specializes in trauma, grief, women’s issues, youth, young adults, and Christian counseling. Overall, Sargeant takes pride in integrating her faith within her career and being able to connect with a diverse audience. She is True-Mart Fellow, which has given her a unique perspective on youth development and resiliency.
Laura Serazin ATR, LPC, ACTP:
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 four 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, C.T.I.P., R.M.:
Michele practices holistic wellness, treating the whole person, including mind, body, spirit and emotions. Addressing the root of an ailment, which is often trauma-based. She has earned the Holy Fire II Reiki Master Certification at Ursuline College, and is a Certified Trauma Integration Practitioner. Michele also utilizes E.F.T., Eden Energy Medicine, Acupressure, Creative Visualization, Emotion Code and Mindfulness Meditation. Since 2016, she has serviced clients with a mind/body approach using a variety of techniques, with each session geared toward the client’s current needs. Experienced with both adults and children, she has worked with clients suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression, cancer, autoimmune disorders, allergies, migraine headaches, and rheumatoid arthritis. Michele considers it her calling to practice the holistic modalities that worked for her, and is excited to be part of an integrated team approach at P.A.L.S. for Healing.
Rachel Tomasewski, LPCC, LICDC, AT, CCTP:
Rachel has been working as a counselor with clients, in a group and individual format, in a dual diagnosis setting for over five years. Rachel obtained her Masters of Arts degree from Ursuline College in Counseling and Art Therapy. Additionality, in 2017, she obtained a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor license, and a certification as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional from the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). Rachel specializes in: trauma, addiction, incarceration, sexual abuse, women’s issues, and domestic violence. Rachel utilizes a trauma-informed approach to help the client increase their understanding of themselves, improve their communication skills, and develop healthy coping skills through various modalities, including art therapy. Rachel has worked with various populations and cultures, and believes in empowering the client to help build their self-esteem and further increase their ongoing personal growth.
Nicole Winter, LPCC, EMDR:
Nicole has over 10 years of experience in mental health. She became interested in better understanding the mind-body connection and sought out a graduate degree from Boston University School of Medicine where she received a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine. She spent several years in Raleigh, NC where she discovered her passion for working with individuals who experienced trauma. Upon returning to Cleveland she has continued trauma training to include Certification in Traumatic Studies through The Trauma Center in Boston. Nicole has experience in a variety of settings ranging from inpatient/residential to outpatient and enjoys clients of all ages, especially children and teens. She utilizes modalities including DBT, Mindfulness, TF-CBT, and EMDR and enjoys working in collaboration with her clients to ensure it is meaningful for each individual.