Meet our Providers

  

Rachael Purdy, LICDC, LSW, LPLC  

Therapist
Practicing at the Italian Village Location - Accepting New Clients
Rachael worked with children and adults in several different roles for almost 20 years. In her career as a counselor, she has specialized in adolescents, couples, adults, and the treatment of trauma, addiction and anxiety, to name a few.  She treats all conditions, and has a passion for helping others. 
Rachael's approach to therapy is strongly grounded in identifying the pathway for treatment by meeting clients where they are at and using their strengths to help them reach their goals.  Clients most commonly describe her as comfortable, fun, encouraging, and assisting quick changes in a way that helps create that momentum we all need to keep making positive improvements to our lives.
 

Susan Musto, MSW, LSW 

Therapist
Practicing at the Gahanna Location - Accepting New Clients
 
Susan has worked with children and adults in several different roles for almost 30 years. In her career as a counselor, she has a focus on youth and families. Her passion for helping children and adolescents, and her approach to therapy is strongly grounded in identifying the pathway for treatment by meeting clients where they are at and using their strengths to help them reach their goals.
Susan is here to help you in the ways that you need most. She believes in creating a safe and supportive environment for clients, because quickly building a comfortable relationship is important for the treatment process. Whether or not you have decided that counseling is right for you, she welcomes your call to discuss this important decision.  Her clients most commonly describe her as comfortable, fun, encouraging, and assisting quick changes in a way that helps create that momentum we all need to keep making positive improvements to our lives.

Cara Anderson, LPC  

Therapist
Telehealth - Accepting New Clients

 

L'Cara has been working in various roles with adolescents and adults for 20 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  

Cara specializes in treating individuals and couples with anxiety, depression, stage of life and situational adjustments, grief, PTSD, Trauma, parenting issues, marital struggles, and post-partum depression. 

She meets the client where they are at and collaborates with them to tailor a treatment plan utilizing mostly CBT and Person-Centered theories. Clients would describe Cara as easy to talk to, engaging and compassionate.

  

Kierstin Liles, MSW, LSW  

Therapist
Telehealth Accepting New Clients
 

Kierstin has her Masters in Social Work with a specialization for Children and Families. She has further specialization in trauma, with a Certification as a Trauma Practitioner-Clinical (CTP-C). Kierstin has worked with individuals in the foster care system as well as individuals who have complex trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, struggles with addiction, stress, and other variations of distress.  

Kierstin’s approach to therapy is to focus on the client’s strengths to help them meet their goals. She believes in empowering the client and providing them with the needed resources to be successful.  Her clients most commonly describe her as open-minded, compassionate, kind and non-judgmental.

 

Dr. Chris Featherstone, Ph.D., MCJ, MTS  

Therapist, under supervision of Andrea Hudson, Clinical Psychologist, Psy.D
License #P.08077
Practicing at the Gahanna Location Accepting New Clients
 

Though out his career, Dr. Christopher Featherstone has worked with both adolescents and adults.  He has specialized training in trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, first responders, faith-based counseling, and couple's therapy.  He has earned a Master's of Arts in Theological Studies and a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology.  In addition to Dr. Featherstone's academic background, he has been a Certified Life Coach since 2014. 

 

Dr. Featherstone has a passion for helping clients find their strength on their own path.  His approach with clients incorporates both psychology and coaching.  He has applied this approach to couples, families, and at-risk adolescents.  His clients most commonly describe him as insightful, comfortable, supportive, and kind.

 

Morgan Spradlin, MA, LPC 

Therapist
Practicing at the Gahanna Location Accepting New Clients
 

Morgan has a Masters in Counseling from Heidelberg University. She has previous experience working in college and community mental health settings. Morgan has experience providing counseling, case management, and crisis intervention services to children and adolescents, families, and young adults who live with symptoms of ADHD, ODD, anxiety, behavioral and
emotional disturbance, personal relationship and family conflict, depression, grief, life transitions, self-esteem, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, trauma, LGBTQIA+, and women’s issues.

Morgan uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered, and Strengths-Based Therapy with her clients. In addition, she also utilizes creative interventions such as music, painting, art, journaling/poetry, and sand tray techniques. 

Morgan believes her most important role as a counselor is to provide a positive therapeutic relationship for each client that facilitates acceptance, safety, and growth toward their goals.  Morgan’s clients would most commonly describe her as caring, calm, supportive, and open-minded. 

 

Sheryl Hunter, MSW, LSW 

Therapist
Telehealth Accepting New Clients
 

A little about Sheryl: She is originally from Kansas, but has lived in 23 states.  Sheryl is a Veteran (USN), who was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force after serving four years and she enjoys working with the military and civilian community. 

Sheryl received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology at Grand Canyon University and her Master's degree in Mental Health counseling at Grand Canyon University in 2018.  She has experience in many different areas of mental health including; trauma, substance use, community mental health, LGBTQia+ community, inpatient, outpatient, domestic violence, PTSD and grief.
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Sheryl is particularly concerned with the impact of loss and trauma and improving intervention to support trauma recovery for better emotional, physical and relationship health.  She is Trauma Certified as of 2019.  Sheryl primarily uses Adlerian theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her practice.  She is focused on how thoughts and feelings impact behavior and how we view the world. She is flexible in her schedule and looks forward to working with you!
Sheryl's clients would most commonly describe her as compassionate, insightful, caring and a strong supportive during and after challenging life events.

 

Jennifer Poklar, LSW, MSW  

Therapist
Practicing at the Gahanna Location Accepting New Clients
 

Jennifer brings experience with a broad range of issues including childhood trauma, sexual trauma, attachment injuries, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  She is passionate about keeping abreast of current research and advancements, particularly in trauma and neuroscience.

 Jennifer works collaboratively with clients to address such issues as depression, anxiety, sexual/physical abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger, self-esteem, effective communication, and grief and loss.

 In addition to other approaches, she commonly uses Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Strengths-Based Therapy with clients. Using Motivational Interviewing, she partners with clients to help them identify and define goals, and pathways to attaining them.  In addition, she is training toward full certification in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

 Jennifer’s approach to therapy is to focus on the client’s strengths, listen actively and without judgment, and communicate openly to fully understand, meeting clients where they are with therapy that is compassionate and skillful.  Jennifer’s clients would most commonly describe her as an excellent listener, insightful, and open-minded.

Samantha Mechling, MSW, LSW 

Therapist
Telehealth Accepting New Clients
 

Samantha is a Licensed Social Worker and earned her Master in social Work degree specializing in direct clinical practice from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.  She has worked in the outpatient counseling filed for over 10 years and has previous experience working at inpatient facilities, psychiatric hospitals and group homes.  Currently, she is also training to earn certification in Clinical Hypnotherapy through the Distance Learning Program at the Hypnosis Motivational Institute. 

While she has experience in various areas, Samantha is most passionate about helping teens and adults dealing with depressive moods, postpartum depression, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, low-self esteem and self-confidence, eating disorders, and self-harm; as well as couples and families experiencing difficulties with communications, parenting, blended families and changes in life.

 

Samantha takes a whole person approach meeting the client where they are at and utilizing their strengths to create an individualized plan as everyone is unique.  Samantha's clients would most commonly describe her as a very good listener, personable, and compassionate, and creates an atmosphere for the client to feel comfortable and understood. Her style helps clients identify and achieve personal and therapeutic goals to improve their quality of life.

 

Pamela Miller, LSW, MSW 

Therapist
Telehealth Accepting New Clients
 

Pam has worked more than 20 years with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of case management and individual counseling, as well as with couples in couples/marriage counseling. Additionally, she has led domestic violence awareness groups for women.

She works with clients on depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger, self-esteem, boundary issues, effective communication, emotional/physical abuse and grief/loss.

She uses (CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (DBT) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Strengths-Based Therapy with her clients. In addition, she uses The Gottman Method for Couples/Marriage Counseling.

Pam’s approach to therapy is to focus on the client’s strengths, meeting them where they currently are and providing a warm, compassionate and non-judgmental setting.  Pam’s clients would most commonly describe her as warm, open-minded and down to earth. 

 

Amy Smitke, LISW-S, LICDC

Clinician Supervisor

Amy is an experienced and passionate Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory Designation (LISW-S) and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Tiffin University, a Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University and is currently working towards her Ed.D Community Care and Counseling specializing in Trauma at Liberty University.

Amy has been supervising individuals formally since 2015.  In this role, she has supervised students for The Ohio State University as well as therapists working in private practices.  Amy has been in the field for over a decade and has spent most of it supporting not only the individual served by the agencies she has worked for, but colleagues and students as well.  Amy has worked for outpatient, inpatient, and residential programs.  Today, she works in private practice along with other contract work relative to the field.

During supervision, time is spent on case consultation, understanding and utilizing resources, utilizing and growing in your treatment modalities as needed, self-care and expanding your social work toolbox.

 

Dr. Andrea Hudson, Psy.D 

Clinical Psychologist
 

Andrea is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Penn State’s Counseling and Psychological Services.

Dr. Hudson has worked in community mental health, college counseling, and the VA setting. Specializations include working with eating disorders, trauma, depression, and anxiety. 

Andrea has been supervising aspiring psychologists since 2015. She has primarily worked with students in the college counseling setting during their doctoral training. As a supervisor, Andrea strives to help her supervisees enhance their clinical skill set, conceptualization skills, and professional identity. Dr. Hudson enjoys providing mentorship and guidance to those who are seeking licensure and a career as a professional psychologist.