Libby McHugh, LISW-S, LICDC
Working in the field of perinatal mood & anxiety disorders, addiction and eating disorders has taught Libby that recovery is possible and it's different for everyone. Her "happy place" as a therapist is when she has the opportunity to work alongside motivated, adult clients who are looking to reduce & relieve distress in their lives caused by substances, eating disorders and/or postpartum difficulties. I am no stranger to mood & anxiety disorders; often coming from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and DBT informed framework. Whew! That feels like a lot...humor, although underrated is often woven into the process.
Libby has worked with a multitude of populations in the emergency room, residential and outpatient settings. Libby also has post-Master's training in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, addictions and eating disorders, as well as continue to receive clinical training in postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, as I believe learning does not end.
Stephanie MacDonald, LISW-S
Stephanie MacDonald, LISW-S is a behaviorist at heart andthat does not mean that her compassion, irreverent style, or humor are lost in sessions. Her goal is to join with clients and pair an evidence based treatment with empathy and compassion for the most successful outcomes. She works with adolescents and adults specializing in feeding and food issues, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and parent coaching. Stephanie have specific training in Maudsley Family Based Therapy(FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Behavioral Activation as well as basic behavior modification.
Stephanie has worked in mental health for over 15 years, beginning in community mental health and in a specialty clinic for eating disorder treatment at all levels of care with both adolescents and adults. She has most recently written a curriculum for Parent Coaching for kids with picky eating.
Victoria Riola, LISW-S
Vicki Riola, LISW- S works with adults specializing perinatal mental health, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of Wooster and master's degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University. Vicki has specific training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and EMDR as well. Prior to joining the Counseling and Wellness Group, she gained clinical experience at the residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient levels of care.
Vicki is passionate about helping moms navigate the various changes that can occur during pregnancy, as well as after birth. She believes in utilizing validation of emotions and will incorporate DBT skills into therapy. Vicki accepts her clients where they are in their treatment while also encouraging them to change.
Jamie Page, LISW-S
Jamie Page, LISW-S works with adults and couples specializing in complex trauma, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, anger, sexual trauma, and relationship issues. Jamie earned her Bachelor of Social
Work from California State University, Long Beach CA and her Master of Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester NY. She comes with twenty-one years of experience working with
individuals, couples, and groups. Jamie is a trauma informed therapist who uses an eclectic approach utilizing various therapeutic modalities to best meet the individuals needs including but not limited to
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindfulness-based practices. She has specialized training in various evidence-based practices including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She also has experience working with couples using the Practical Applications of Intimate Relationships Skills (PAIRS) curriculum. A holistic, strength-based approach guides her practice by exploring with and educating clients about how mind-body-spirit are interconnected.
Holly Zager, LISW-S
Holly Zager, LISW-S, finds much reward in her work with motivated individuals struggling with anxiety or mood disorders as well as people who are simply languishing and wanting to better understand what is standing in their way to feel more ease in their life. Holly earned her BA in Psychology and Sociology from Indiana University and her Masters of Social Work from Loyola University. Holly draws from experience in Solution Focused Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but will often incorporate mindfulness techniques and a strengths based approach to treatment. Holly has significant experience working with people struggling with loss, whether traditional or loss that is harder to identify and/or grieve. Most recently, Holly worked as a medical social worker, supporting patients and their families in hospice care. She also has worked as a school social worker while living in Chicago. In addition, Holly became a Certified Yoga Teacher in 2010.
Whitney Ward, LPCC-S
Whitney Ward, LPCC-S is an independently licensed clinical counselor. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Hampton University and her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Kent State University. Whitney has 13 years of clinical experience working in intensive residential treatment facilities, including interning at an adolescent inpatient substance abuse treatment facility. Additionally, she has experience working as a multi-systemic family therapist in the community with juvenile offenders. Her specialties include working with children, teens and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship, identity and adjustment issues, parenting, stress management, diversity, family issues and behavioral/ oppositional disorders.
Ellen Patton, LPC
Ellen Patton, MA, LPC, received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University and her Bachelor’s in Individual and Family Studies from Kent State University. The Counseling and Wellness Group is thrilled to welcome Ellen back to Northeast Ohio after working with addiction in rural Louisiana and special education in Chicago. Prior to beginning her counseling career, Ellen spent many years supporting women and children at the community level, as well as in a professional capacity as a special-education paraprofessional. This experience has given her a deep appreciation for the challenges a family experiences while raising a special-needs child, as well as an interest in working with neurodivergent clients. Ellen has worked within the field of addiction and has seen the truth behind the statement “change your thinking, change your life!” She understands the difficulty in transforming ingrained patterns and rejoices with clients who are courageous enough to explore their lives and work on healthy emotions, cognitions, and boundaries. Ellen is comfortable with matters of the heart, mind, and soul, and encourages her clients to consider mindful practices alongside traditional cognitive behavioral therapy.
Patient Care Coordinator
Samantha has been working in childcare for the last 9 years and decided to make a career change. Using the skills and experience as an Assist Director, she has chosen the path of Patient Care Coordinator at CWG. During her tenure in childcare, Sam was able to see the up close and personal struggles of motherhood. Not only that but the lack of support mothers receive compared to the babies. She is currently getting certified to be an infant/toddler sleep specialist in her journey of learning how to best support mothers in their fourth trimester.