Meet our Providers
Kayla Stanford, MSW, LSW
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
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.”
Kennedie Burston, MA, LPC
Practicing at the Gahanna Location - Accepting New Clients
Her approach toward clients is client centered using eclectic treatment modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, exposure therapy and other evidence-based practices. Kennedie clients describe her as insightful, caring, easy to talk with, a good listener and problem solution professional.
Kailynn VanHoesen MSW, LSW
Paige Velez, MSW
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.
Megan Shaffer, MSW, LSW
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.
Paula Krivchenia, MSW
Paula has been a Clinical Social Worker since 1983 with an undergrad degree in psychology from The Ohio University and a master's degree from the The University of Cincinnati in social work. She has also completed the Post Graduate program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.
Her education and consequent training and experience has afforded her the opportunity to work with a diverse client population. Living and studying in Mexico as an undergrad and living on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana was a time for her to further demonstrate skills learned; and overall sensitivity to different cultures and cultural circumstances.
Paula has worked in community mental health and private practice. She has enjoyed assisting clients in their growth and development as they make positive changes in their lives leading to increased satisfaction. She feels privileged to be a part of their coping with struggles and successes during your work together. Paula's clients would most commonly describe her as gentle, genuine, with a grandma approach to each client.
Alicia Jones, MA, LPC
Alicia has her undergraduate Psychology and Fine Arts degree from Ashland University and her Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University. Her involvement in the mental health field has been community mental health. During this time, she gained experience with several groups that focused on substance use, severe mental illness, and a LGBTQ+ support group. She also worked individually with clients related to depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma, suicidality, and bipolar.
Paul Lichtinger, MSW, LSW
Paul has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, a Master's Degree in Psychology from Jacksonville State University, and received his Master of Social Work from the University of Cincinnati. He began his therapeutic career as a Behavioral Science Specialist while serving on active duty in the US Army, receiving an Honorable Discharge. His experience continued as a public mental health therapist as well as an Employee Assistance Program therapist. Additionally he has experience in the inpatient care hospital setting.
Joanette Pulskamp-Jackson, LISW-S
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.