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Libby McHugh, LISW-S, LICDC

Therapist, Co-Founder
Certified EMDR Therapist
EMDR Consultant in Training

Libby McHugh, LISW-S, LICDC is an Independently Licensed Social Worker with supervisory designation (LISW-S), a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) and a certified EMDR therapist in the state of Ohio and Michigan specializing in perinatal mental health, trauma and addiction. Libby enjoys working with developmental and/or complex trauma, birth trauma and the entire perinatal experience, including struggles with conception and infertility. Libby earned her Master’s from Case Western Reserve University and attended Ohio University for her undergraduate degree. Prior to her life as a therapist, Libby was an art teacher and fuses creative techniques into clinical work.  

Libby has worked with a multitude of populations in the emergency room, residential and outpatient settings before co-establishing The Counseling and Wellness Group in 2017. Her aim is to provide accessible, evidenced-based care in an outpatient environment to clients struggling with distress in their lives. Since its inception, CWG has become a trauma-focused practice with an all female staff of clinical providers. 

Libby is also an EMDRIA approved certified EMDR therapist and completed her EMDR training through the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. She is an EMDR Consultant in Training (CIT) under Amber Stiles-Bodnar, LPCC-S  and enjoys working with other clinicians to further develop their EMDR clinical skills. Libby offers Intensive Retreats with an emphasis on birth trauma and complex trauma, to allow working and/or busy individuals to do a deeper dive into stuck points in therapy or past traumas and to ultimately arrive at a reduction in distress.
Libby also has post-Master's training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy), addictions and eating disorders, and continues to receive clinical training in postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (Postpartum Support International), as she believes learning does not end.

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Stephanie MacDonald, LISW-S

Therapist, Co-Founder

Stephanie MacDonald, LISW-S is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with supervisory designation (LISW-S) and a trained behaviorist.  Stephanie aims to join with her clients in session and pair evidenced based treatment with empathy and compassion for the most successful outcomes. She works with adolescents and adults specializing in feeding and eating disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and parent coaching. Stephanie has been trained in Maudsley Family Based Therapy (FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Behavioral Activation as well as basic behavior modification.  Stephanie is an EMDR Trained therapist by the Institute of Creative Mindfulness and utilizes this modality with clients struggling with feeding and eating disorders. 

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

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Victoria Riola, LISW-S

Therapist, Co-Founder

Vicki Riola, LISW- S is an Independently Licensed Social Worker with supervisory designation (LISW-S) and an EMDR trained therapist by the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. Vicki works with adults and specializes in treating individuals who have complex/developmental trauma, birth trauma, and the perinatal population. Vicki received her Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and Bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster. 

Vicki offers Intensive Retreats with an emphasis on birth trauma and complex trauma, to allow working and/or busy individuals to do a deeper dive into stuck points in therapy or past traumas and to ultimately arrive at a reduction in distress.

Vicki has worked in various treatment settings, including residential, PHP/IOP and outpatient individual therapy. Vicki co-founded CWG in 2017 after realizing that she was passionate about providing individualized care to her clients. Since 2017, Vicki has recognized that she values treating the whole person and tries to incorporate overall health and wellness in her treatment plans by recommending ancillary providers to further help clients achieve their wellness goals.

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Jamie Page, LISW-S

Certified EMDR Therapist

Jamie Page, LISW-S is an licensed independent social worker with supervisory designation (LISW-S) and is a certified EMDR therapist. Jamie works with adults and couples specializing in complex trauma, sexual trauma, anger and relationship difficulties. 

Jamie earned her Bachelor of Social Work from California State University, Long Beach, CA and her Master’s of Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester NY. She comes to CWG with twenty-five 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 and Gottman trained . A holistic, strength-based approach guides her practice by exploring with and educating clients about how mind-body-spirit are interconnected.

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Holly Zager, LISW-S

Therapist

Holly Zager, LISW-S is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with supervisory designation (LISW-S). She 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 Master’s of Social Work from Loyola University. 

Holly is pursuing EMDR certification through the Institute of Creative Mindfulness, while also drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. She often incorporates mindfulness techniques and a strengths based approach to treatment.  Holly has significant experience working with people struggling with grief, whether traditional or loss that is harder to identify and/or grieve.  Prior to joining CWG, 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.

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Whitney Ward, LPCC-S

Therapist

Whitney Ward, LPCC-S is an Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory designation (LPCC-S) and 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 over 15 years of clinical experience working in acute 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 (ages 12 and up),  teens and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship, identity and adjustment issues, parenting, stress management, diversity, family issues and behavioral/ oppositional disorders. Whitney sees clients virtually in the evenings at The Counseling and Wellness Group

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Ellen Patton, LPCC

Therapist

Ellen Patton, LPCC, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and 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. Ellen is pursuing EMDR certification through the Institute of Creative Mindfulness, while also drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. 

Ellen joined the Counseling and Wellness Group team after working with individuals struggling with addiction in Louisiana. Prior to entering the field of mental health, Ellen worked in school settings with individuals diagnosed with neurodivergent diagnoses, including ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. The collective experience of supporting families and children has given Ellen a deep appreciation for the challenges a family experiences while raising a child with special needs, as well as an interest in working with young adults and adult clients with neurodivergent diagnoses. Ellen is also trained in perinatal mental health and enjoys working with mothers of all backgrounds.  

Ellen honors the inherent difficulty within the change process and is able to hold space for clients who are courageous enough to explore their lives and work on developing 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 therapies.

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Keshonna Hall, MSSA, LSW

Therapist

Keshonna Hall, MSSA, LSW received her Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and has practiced in hospital, school, community and outpatient settings. She works with adolescents and adults promoting a client-centered approach. Keshonna is pursuing EMDR certification through the Institute of Creative Mindfulness, while also drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. 

Keshonna has experience working with a variety of clients, however, she specializes in mood and anxiety disorders within child and adolescent populations, daily life stressors (work, school, family) and relationships. In addition, Keshonna has training in trauma-informed care and promotes the collaborative approach to support clients in reaching their treatment goals. 

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Megan Smith, LPCC

Therapist

Megan Smith, LPCC, ATR, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Art Therapist, and EMDR therapist trained by The Institute of Creative Mindfulness. Megan received her Bachelor’s degree in Art from Ohio University and her dual Master’s degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College. Prior to joining The Counseling and Wellness Group, Megan facilitated group therapy in an IOP and PHP setting, as well as worked at inpatient and outpatient settings. 

 

Dedicated to supporting creative, motivated adults, Megan's area of clinical expertise is the treatment of single incident and/or complex trauma, along with anxiety and depression. Her therapeutic approach combines a client-centered focus with EMDR, enriched by creative arts and mindfulness techniques. Megan is deeply committed to assisting her clients on their journeys toward healing, empowerment, and greater mental well-being.

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