Meet our Providers

Kayla Stanford, MSW, LSW  

Telehealth - Accepting New Clients


Kayla has her Masters in Social Work from The University of Hawaii. She has gained insight throughout her career by providing services within acute, community, and nonprofit environments.

She incorporates a person-first approach ensuring that clients are able to advocate for self using evidence-based practice and person-centered treatment modalities. She has experience working alongside individuals navigating depression, grief, anxiety, substance use, trauma, relational strain, and other life experiences. Through her work, Kayla strives to foster a safe space where clients can tell their story, gain insight into how that has impacted them, and create a new reality that is more fulfilling. She utilizes various therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy. Her clients often describe her as intentional, compassionate, and caring.

Shanaye Carr, MA, LPC


Practicing at the Gahanna Location Accepting New Clients


Shanaye received her Master of Education from The Ohio University, specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling. She gained experience working at a community mental health center, focusing on behavior modification, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, OCD, borderline personality disorder, trauma-related disorders, and dual diagnosis. 

In addition to helping others overcome their mental health challenges, Shanaye is equally passionate about self-discovery, spiritual exploration, and working with marginalized groups. She emphasizes the importance of multicultural competency in her professional and personal life. Her approach toward clients is eclectic, utilizing different combinations of evidence-based practices and holistic techniques to help facilitate her client’s journey. She uses play therapy, floor time therapy techniques, and projective testing with children and adolescents.

“One of my greatest joys in life is helping others recognize that no matter what, at any moment, you can change your life for the better…..and I am here to help.” 

Dr. Marilyn Morgan Ph.D. / EDU.D


Practicing at the Gahanna Location Accepting New Clients

Marilyn has been in the Mental Health field for over 25 yrs and has fulfilled many roles upward of Counselor and Case Manager. Marilyn holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education, a Master of Science in Psychology, and a Bachelor in Social Work.
Marilyn specializes in Individual, Family, and Groups working with Adults, Teens, and Childrens, assisting them in making necessary developmental changes and taking steps to become the healthy person they want to be. 
Challenging problems of Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Trauma, ADHD, and others, Marilyn's approach to Therapy is Person-Centered, Self-Actualization, Positive Reinforcement, and Needed Resources.  Marilyn clients describe her as insightful, caring, easy to talk with, a good listener and problem solution professional.

Kailynn VanHoesen MSW, LSW  

Telehealth - Accepting New Clients
Kailynn has an undergraduate degree from Liberty University, where she majored in Social Work and minored in Psychology. She graduated from The Baylor University Social Work program, where she focused on Clinical Social Work. Kailynn has spent several years working at Kettering Medical Center doing case management and Person-Centered Therapy. 
She specialize in treating individuals, couples, and families suffering with anxiety, depression, trauma, marital struggles, family dynamics, and grief. She loves getting to know her clients and giving them practical ways to integrate healing into their everyday lives. 
Kailynn finds that CBT and Person-Centered Therapy are the modalities she draws from the most; however, she is familiar with many other modalities to customize the therapy for her client's needs. 
She believes that each of us has greatness inside, and is passionate about helping her clients reach their greatness!  Most people who meet Kailynn describe her as personable, kind, trustworthy, and non-judgmental. 

Paige Velez, MSW

Telehealth Accepting New Clients


Paige has an undergraduate degree from Charleston Southern University in Sociology and a Masters in Social Work from Wesleyan University. She has 18 years of experience in the mental health field working with adults, adolescents, children, and families.

She has provided case management and therapy to client’s dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, self-esteem, navigating conflict, boundary issues, and effective communication. The models she utilizes most are (CBT) Cognitive Behavior Therapy, person- centered therapy, and strength based therapy.

She has a passion to see individuals thrive regardless of their circumstances. Helping the client identify their strengths while displaying empathy, compassion, and understanding is what makes the process more comfortable.  Paige’s clients would most commonly describe her as gentle, genuine and easy- going.

Christy Ellis, LPC, LICDC

Telehealth Accepting New Clients


Christy Ellis is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She graduated from Walden University and did some of my graduate studies at Xavier University.  

Christy comes from a background of addictions counseling.  She worked with a multitude of co-occurring mental health issues in the world of addictions as well; She is well versed in how addiction and mental health impact client and family functioning. Christy is board approved independently licensed addictions counselor (LICDC).  She is a member and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and have taken many workshops on issues such as coming out, impacts of coming out on the family, and transgender issues. 

Surviving trauma and overcoming grief are also areas she has competency in and enjoys helping people through their difficult times.  I am well versed in trauma informed care and understanding how trauma impacts daily living and exacerbates some mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. 

Christy is rooted in Rogerian person-centered talk therapy as well as integrative with other therapy modalities like CBT, DBT, and affirming therapy practices.  In her space, you will find safety, empathy, genuine positive regard, and a space to explore feelings and emotions without judgement.  Struggling with mental health issues can be an exhausting journey.  You are not alone; together she can help you learn to manage triggers and provide a space to explore the roots/causes and learn tools to help manage and overcome the things that keep you in that space.  She will do this by having a conversation and utilizing any needing modalities such as cognitive reframing, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance among others. Lasting and impactful healing and change are possible.  The key component of any therapeutic relationship is trust and rapport.  Christy clients would describe her as personable, kind, trustworthy, gentle and non-judgmental.  

Megan Shaffer, MSW, LSW

Telehealth Accepting New Clients

Megan is a licensed social worker with over 10 years of experience. She received her bachelor’s in social work and masters of education as an intervention specialist from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  She also obtained a master’s of social work from Case Western Reserve University.

She has worked in hospice to provide therapeutic intervention to families, individuals, and couples as they work through major life events. She spent many years in mental health and SUD (Substance Abuse Disorder). Additionally, she has worked within the hospital systems for oncology, obstetrics, hospice, crisis, and as a case manager providing therapy to a range of complex needs.

Megan believes in building relationships with clients and allowing a holistic therapeutic relationship to naturally occur. I am focused on combinations of modalities, including, mindfulness, strength-based, motivational interviewing, and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), that are individualized and tailored to each case. 

She will create different ways to communicate that allows the individual to develop through their most effective communication style. Megan specialize in depression, post-partum mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, crisis, life changes, grief and loss, SUD, behavioral, and adjustment disorders. I work with individuals, families, youth, and couples.

Joanette Pulskamp-Jackson, LISW-S

Clinician Supervisor

Jo is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Ohio with over 20 years of experience working in community and hospital settings. She has worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, parenting special needs children, and managing the struggles of being a caregiver to the geriatric and chronically ill population.

The therapy style is casual, warm and interactive. She believes in treating every client with respect, sensitivity, and kindness. Her approach combines solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral theories to best help the client. Jo has helped clients who have had emotional and physical trauma in the past. She will adapt her sessions and create a treatment plan that focuses on your identified needs.

It takes courage to reach out and take the first step to make your life more fulfilling. If you are prepared to take the first step, I am ready to provide support and empowerment to you.