Stephanie Barbee, LISW-S, CCM (She/Her):
Stephanie is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation and a Certified Case Manager. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a master’s degree in Social Work. Before joining PALS for Healing, Ms. Barbee has provided social services and counseling for 9 years and an extensive background as a medical trauma social worker and case manager for hospitals, post-acute settings, and telehealth therapy. Stephanie works to assist persons in the development of coping skills, resilience, and the identification and development of support systems following traumatic events. She was a Trauma Social Worker and specializes in providing therapeutic supports and interventions including EMDR following gun violence, intimate partner violence, and catastrophic medical life events. Interventions and supports tailored to meet the needs of the individual. With consideration to the religious, spiritual, and personal identification needs of the client. Stephanie has an interest in working with and advocating for persons with physical and developmental disabilities and victims of crime. She serves on councils and committees in the Greater Cleveland area.
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.
Ravza Ozturk, LPC, (She/Her):
Ravza is EMDr trained and earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Cleveland State University, with a special focus on trauma and grief. She works with adults & adolescents experiencing emotional, cognitive, or behavioral troubles— to empower clients with tools to reduce the severity of their symptoms and to develop strategies for overcoming barriers they face to living a balanced life. Ravza’s therapeutic style is characterized by compassion, openness, and unconditional acceptance and she honors the importance of feeling understood and belonging as fundamental components to overall wellness. Affirming of all persons burdened by oppressive systems. She treats groups & individuals addressing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, grief, loss, anger management, sexuality, gender identity, and life transitions. She speaks and provides counseling in two languages: English, and Turkish. Overall, Ravza takes pride in being able to connect with a diverse audience.
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.
Avril C. Sargeant, LPCC (She/Her):
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 fully trained in EMDR and a True-Mart Fellow, which has given her a unique perspective on youth development and resiliency.
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.
Teri Timberlake, LSW, RYT-200, (She/Her):
is a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio and Illinois. Teri received her MSW from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida in 2011 and completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training Certification in Chicago in 2019. Currently, she is in training for EMDR Therapy with The Institute for Creative Mindfulness and is also participating in Trauma-Informed & Somatic Movements Yoga training. Teri began her work as a social worker with adolescents involved in the juvenile court system and their families where she provided therapeutic services and led anger management training individually and in group settings. Currently, Teri works with adults experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and attachment issues. She primarily uses a combination of Person-Centered Therapy with a Strengths-Based approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) while focusing on emotion regulation, self-esteem and healthy relationships. She is committed to continual education to best serve her clients in assisting them in their healing.