Directors & Therapists
Ruthie Lasecki, Executive Director
Ruthie Lasecki has more than 20 years of experience specializing in healthcare management, quality assurance and compliance and healthcare consultation in behavioral and ancillary healthcare services.
In her most recent role Ms. Lasecki provided services to clients nationwide with various healthcare needs ranging from organizational management, accreditation and service delivery diversification as she served as the president of a healthcare specialty firm she founded in 2002.
Prior to her consulting business, Ms. Lasecki served as the Vice President of Total Quality Management and Continuous Quality Improvement for The Nord Center and was a member of the Executive Team.
Ms. Lasecki holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio Northern University.
Doreen George-Thomas, LPCC & Clinical Director
I have a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State University, a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace University, and an Associates Degree from Cuyahoga Community College. I enjoy working with college students, and during my masters program I interned at Baldwin-Wallace’s Student College Counseling Center. My competencies include personal, social and mental health counseling, parenting skills, adolescent/children behavioral issues, chemical dependency, LG family and partner relationships, assessment and testing, anxiety disorders with an emphasis on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and reintegration into the community after incarceration.
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Danielle Ries, LPCC
Danielle graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2007 and later obtained a Master of Education in Counseling from Cleveland State University. Danielle has a history of assisting in research projects from children's aggressiveness in the school system to the discrimination of minority groups, specifically fat prejudices. Prior to her employment with Pathways, she was a treatment specialist at Berea Children's Home and Family Services, now known as OhioGuidestone. Being in a residential treatment facility for over six years has allowed her to gain valuable experience in the treatment of children and teens who endured physical, emotional, and/or sexual trauma. Presently, she continues her work with at-risk youth at Southwest General Health Center. She is a co-facilitator of the adolescent mental health intensive out-patient programming where she holds groups for teens and their family members. Her clients have issues that range from depression, anxiety, and mood disorders to suicidal ideations and self-harm. Danielle primarily uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and finds the teachings of this skill based model helpful in regulating intense emotions. Although the majority of her work has been with the adolescent population, she enjoys adults who too want relief and ways to cope with their journey in life.
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Jessica Holland, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Jessica Holland received her Master of Education in Clinical Counseling from Malone University in 2012. Her past counseling experiences include providing counseling to clients of all ages in a community mental health setting and to foster, adoptive, and biological families in the home and school setting through her work as an Intensive In-Home Behavioral Health Therapist. Prior to her counseling career, Jessica spent seven years as a Campus Minister to college students and is equipped to provide Christian based counseling. Jessica sees children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of metal and emotional issues. Jessica’s clinical experiences and interests are in anxiety and mood disorders, trauma (including physical, emotional, and sexual trauma), adolescent/child behavioral issues, adjustment difficulties, and couples counseling. Jessica is a certified PREP-trained facilitator in the PREP approach in couple therapy. Jessica uses an integrated approach to counseling by utilizing a variety of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and trauma focused treatments, to best fit the needs of the client. Jessica strives to help her clients utilize their strengths and resources to find hope and healing in order to lead more balanced lives.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA. LISW
Cleveland State University Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work
Case Western Reserve University Masters Degree in Social Work
I work with children, teenagers and adults. People can feel unhappy for no understood reason or be going through a difficult situation in an important area in their life. Therapy can be helpful to identify the problem, find ways to deal with the challenging situation, and feel happier. Everyone has their individual personality, life experiences, and comfortable ways they deal with difficulties. I connect with each person as a unique individual and provide a personal treatment approach. This helps clients feel motivated to achieve their goals since there personal needs are what is important. I help Children, Adolescents and Adults with problems such as, Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Self Esteem, Stress, Grief, Trauma, Family, and other Relationship problems. With Children and Adolescents. I also help with school related issues ADHD, and Behavior problems. Over the last 20 years I have worked with clients at home, school, and office based settings. I look forward to working with people to help you achieve their goals.
Accepts Insurance: Yes
Types of Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
- Play Therapy
Laura Skerbec, MA, LPC
Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and holds a Masters of Arts degree in both Counseling and Art Therapy. She has experience working in community mental health with children, adolescents, and adults who need additional support due to life circumstances, mental illness, trauma, and/or addiction. She utilizes an eclectic approach considering the uniqueness of each client. Laura is knowledgeable in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy to assist clients in better managing their mental health so that they can fully live. Art therapy is about the process of creating art not the final product. It is considered a nonverbal, sensory-based form of communication allowing the image itself to begin to describe their experience.
Types of Therapy
- Strength-based approach
- Art Therapy
- Systems Perspective
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Acceptance Commitment Therapy
- Play Therapy