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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Caitin Vogler, LISW
Caitlin received her Masters of Social Work from Cleveland State University in 2016. She has experience in working in residential and community mental health settings. Caitlin believes in a person-centered approach when working with clients and utilizes a mixture of modalities including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and mindfulness. She has familiarity in working with clients with a variety of concerns including anxiety, trauma, anger, grief, and mood disorders.
Hamilton Robinson LPC, CDCA
Hamilton Robinson received a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from The University of Akron. At The University of Akron he worked as a Research Assistant for The University of Akron Psychology Department and helped with research in the Emotions and Aging Lab. He has experience in working in residential and community mental health settings. Hamilton uses a person-centered approach when working with clients and utilizes an mixture of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Existential Therapy and mindfulness. Hamilton has experience working with a variety of concerns including Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Self Esteem, Stress, Grief, Chemical Dependency, Trauma, and reintegration into the community after incarceration.
Alex Cooper, LMFT
Alex holds a Master’s degree in Couples and Family Counseling from the University of Maryland, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her approach to therapy is systems-based, aiming to address the whole person, including their surrounding circumstances.
She enjoys utilizing a strengths-based perspective and finding the best in her clients. She strives to help them bring those assets to all areas of their lives. Alex primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in addition to other techniques to best support the client. She works closely with each client to create a personalized approach to treatment. Her goal is always to address the client’s concern, and help each person find their path to hope and a better future.
She has experience providing counseling to adults of all ages for a variety of concerns, including anxiety, stress management, depression, family issues, inter-generational concerns, parenting, child behavioral problems, marital stress, and other relational concerns. She also has experience working with blended families, children, and couples
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.
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
Erin Payne MFT
Erin is a licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist in Ohio (IMFT) who has been working in the counseling field since 2012. She has experience working with a wide variety of clients, from young children and their parents, to teens, young adults, individuals, and couples. She has worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues, self-esteem, motivation, and a wide range of challenges including trauma as well as personal growth and adjustment issues. Her approach is a blend of person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, holistic, and emotionally-focused theories to meet you where you are in your journey. She is committed to working creatively with clients to find what works well for their family’s desired lifestyle.