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Counselors / Therapists at Restoring Hope

Steve Stuhlreyer, MA, LPCC-S, NCC, LICDC with Restoring Hope Counseling and Coaching, Inc.

Steve Stuhlreyer, MA, LPCC-S, NCC
Hello and welcome to Restoring Hope Counseling & Coaching. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor (LPCC-S) and a Nationally Certififed Counselor (NCC) with more than 20 years of experience in the mental health field.  I have worked in management in local community mental health settings and have counseled adults, children, couples and groups. My expertise is treating people who live with severe mental illnesses, people who have experienced past abuse, people who have anxiety and anger issues, and couples who want to improve their relationships. I offer a caring and supportive environment for us to work together to reach positive solutions. I, and the other therapists in our practice, believe you have the capacity to reach your goals and we want to help you get there.

Ohio Licenses:  E.0900062-SUPV  

Professional Memberships:  
American Counseling Association
Ohio Counseling Association
American Mental Health Counselor Association
American Association of Christian Counselors


Brian Valasek, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC with Restoring Hope Counseling and Coaching, Inc.

Brian Valasek, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC
Hi. I am glad you are looking into counseling. I am a counselor with 14 years of experience in the mental health field. My passion is working with people with addictions build recovery and relapse prevention skills and eradicating the stigma of addiction.

I have a professional, respectful, supportive approach with the people I work with.  I will challenge you to increase your self-awareness and grow in the way you perceive and approach life and life issues. I believe that you have the capacity to make positive and sustainable changes in your life. My goal is to support your journey toward being the best version of yourself that you can be. To be successful, you will need to be willing to get out of your comfort zone and do things differently.  I look forward to working with you.

Ohio Licenses:  E.0900188-SUPV and ICDC.111093  

Kate McVey, PhD

Are you ready to make a positive change? Are you looking to address your personal challenges in a constructive, collaborative therapeutic environment? I am a licensed clinical psychologist experienced working with individuals, their partners, and family members, to help them achieve their therapeutic goals. I may be the clinician, but I know my clients are the true experts in their own experiences. By working together, we can identify a course of treatment and therapy goals that best fit your needs.

I have specialty training in treating psychological symptoms caused by traumatic events, anxiety disorders (including obsessive-compulsive disorder), and using cognitive behavioral approaches to couples and family therapy. My approach is solution-focused and goal oriented.

Along with my clinical-focused work, I am also experienced in executive coaching, team development, and sports psychology-related counseling.

Ohio License:  P.07701


Jenn Shepard, PsyD

If you are anything like most of us, you have at one point or another found yourself stuck in patterns that aren't moving you towards becoming the person you'd like to be and living the life you'd like to live. As your therapist, I will work with you to understand these patterns and figure out how you can stop getting in your own way and start fulfilling your potential - whatever that might look like for you. I will meet you where you are and provide the safety and security you need to explore your challenges and identify solutions.

As a licensed psychologist, I work with adults around issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and stress- whether it's related to parenting, health concerns, recent life changes, relationships, work, or all of the above. When you are working with me you can expect to be seen, understood, and met with acceptance, support, and a bit of challenge every now and then. If you are reading this, you've already taken the first (and maybe hardest) step - we can figure out the rest together.

In addition to my clinical work, I have experience with executive assessment and coaching, leadership and team development, and organization development. I look forward to hearing from you!

Ohio License: P.17965


Sarah Kennedy, IMFT

We all experience challenges, stresses, and obstacles in life that can leave us feeling stuck, confused, or lost. I believe in creating a safe and accepting space for you to openly discuss the challenges that you may be facing, to assist you in gaining a greater sense of self control, authenticity and clarity within your life. You have the capacity to transform your own life, and I am here to help.

As a marriage and family therapist, I recognize the impact that relationships, environments, and contexts can have on how we interact with the world around us. Whether you come to therapy individually, as a family, or as a couple, I work to understand the unique relationships, environments, and contexts that have shaped your life.

I'm also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which is a treatment modality for children and adolescents who have been exposed to and have been impacted by trauma in their lives, such as physical, sexual, emotional abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, community violence, parental substance abuse, and/or natural disasters.

Ohio License:  F.1800062 


Christy Wood, LISW-S​​​​​​​

Wanting change can be difficult and you are taking your first steps to make changes. I want to be able to help you define and connect or reconnect to your values to improve the overall quality of your life. We will work to understand what your struggle is, take an inventory of your values, and begin to look at the barriers that are interfering with your goals. The pain you may be going through currently or have experienced may have led to a deeper level of suffering. I want you to know that you do not have to suffer.

I want to help you build your self-efficacy and work towards value-based solutions to life's struggles. I am compassionate, optimistic, and believe in meeting people where they are. We will use techniques that I believe in and know can work based on my personal experiences. I have put limits on my life based on a fear of the unknown, negative self-talk and lack of confidence. I learned to use willingness and acceptance to move forward in life and want to do the same with you. Additionally, I will value you as a person and I will value working with you..

I provide all services via Tele-Health to allow for minimal interruption of your daily life and allow you to get the counseling services you are looking for. Contact me today to get started.

Ohio License:  F.1800062 


Paula Powers, LPCC-S, CAMSII

I am a passionate and energetic therapist who believes everyone should be able to live their best lives and achieve their dreams. What you want out of therapy is important to me. I want to assist you with this by teaching you how to implement positive change into your thinking patterns and healthy coping skills into your everyday life. My mission is to provide you with the best treatment possible to help you achieve your goals.

I serve a wide range of people and can help you have a more positive outlook on life. I work with issues such as Anxiety, Trauma, Personality Disorders and Suicidal Ideation. I also provide Supervision for LPC's and LPCC's. I am registered with the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) and work with court-ordered Anger Management.

I offer counseling where you are most comfortable, at home. I am an online therapist and have been working successfully with people in this way for almost two years on a secure HIPAA-compliant user-friendly website.

Ohio License:I.1200890-SUPV


Ashley Dooley, LPCC-S

I believe that having the space and tools to examine your thoughts, beliefs, relationships, and patterns of behavior can create incredible opportunities for growth and healing. I believe that this can start with just one relationship of hope, trust, and complete non-judgment. I would love to provide that opportunity for you.
I will deeply respect your personal goals, values, and perspectives. My goals is for you to feel understood and accepted exactly where you are today, and together, figure out how to get to where you'd ultimately like to be. We will use a variety of approaches and methods to help you reach the change, growth, and healing you want for your life.


My specialties include working with youth & adults experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship problems, stress, and concerns related to life adjustments and transitions. I have been providing mental health care for over 12 years and have worked with people through a variety of mental health disorders and difficulties. I look forward to meeting with you.

Ohio License:  E.1300026-SUPV


Greg Schaber, LPCC-S

Feeling stuck. Feeling left behind. Feeling anxious. Feeling hopeless. These are some of the most common feelings of our time. The overpowering noise, relentless demands, raw speed, and seemingly endless cross-messaging can make it hard to find a safe, quiet place where you can slow down, reflect, take control, and explore important questions. "What's going on with me?" "Why do I feel what I feel?" "Is it wrong to feel this way?" "What do I really want out of life? and how do I get there?" However your personal questions speak to you, identifying and addressing them are key steps in moving toward a greater sense of contentedness.

I'm here to help with those things. My role is to listen, to be a sounding board for new ideas that might feel awkward, to help you test these ideas, to be a partner in problem-solving, and to work with you to devise solid strategies for moving toward a more fulfilling life. We'll do serious work, but as part of that, we'll likely find time to laugh as well.

The good news is, you're in control. You already have all the solutions you need, right there inside you. (I bet you even have a sense of what some of them are.) You also have the natural resilience of the human spirit on your side. And the fact that you're reading this suggests a desire to make some changes. Those are good things. The next step is yours.

Ohio License:  E.1000270-SUPV


Jeremy Jordan, LPCC-S

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dallas Baptist University, and obtained my Master of Arts in Counseling from Cincinnati Christian University.  I find excitement in having the opportunity to walk alongside clients and assist them in accomplishing goals and overcoming challenges.  I feel especially passionate about couples counseling, including both pre-marital and marriage therapy.  I have served in a number of professional positions in my life, including dean of students and residential director in higher education, music educator and arranger, addictions counselor, community mental health supervisor and also a sales consultant.  I have spoken on a variety of subjects to organizations and teams regarding personality development, collaboration, suicidal ideation and crisis de-escalation, implementing and maintaining boundaries and also conflict resolution.  I also have significant experience working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, trauma and other forms of abuse.  I currently reside in Amelia, OH, with my wife, three children, and two dogs.

Ohio License:  E.1800866


Sherrie Kleinholz, LPCC-S
Board Certified Telehealth Professional Level II

Personal vulnerability leads to unbreakable strength. We often build barriers to protect ourselves from being vulnerable because letting down our guard can be terrifying. Our responses to abuse, trauma, and grief can sometimes build walls that result in depression, anxiety, and difficulty in our most intimate relationships. However, human resiliency can be more powerful than we give credit to. Together we can work to utilize your inner strengths while processing and learning new skills to gently knock down barriers and rebuild a life you love to live.


While working together, I will provide a safe, confidential environment using evidence-based practices to help guide you and/or your partner to support you through the process of healing in a solution-focused manner that best serves you and your needs.

Ohio License:  E.1200175-SUPV
IMMA Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher / 17855972 (2020)


Stephanie Kemme, LPCC-S

I have a passion for wellness and helping others achieve their ideal level of wellness through counseling, coaching and developing skills to overcome barriers. You can expect to feel empowered in each therapy session to achieve and exceed your personal, professional, or relationship goals.

If you are looking to enhance your performance and understand how your mental attitude is impacting your life, OR if you simply want to learn how exercise impacts your mental health, I can assist!

My passion for wellness crosses into team-based performance as well. As a former collegiate athlete, I know how important it is to work as a team. Whether your "team" is a relationship, your business, a sports team, or a specific group of people, I can help you learn how to work together to achieve your common goal!

Ohio License: E.1700033-SUPV


Stacy Smith, MA, LPC with Restoring Hope Counseling and Coaching, Inc.

Stacey Smith, MA, LPC
You have dreams and goals for your life, and I am ready to come alongside you to make them happen. You do not have to face your demons alone. The answers you're looking for are hidden deep within you. My role is to help you unlock them so that you can flourish and reach your fullest potential.

I have had the honor of working with individuals (children, adolescents, adults, and elders) through storms of life, marital stress, career changes, behavioral struggles, grief, anxiety, depression, and a variety of mental health disorders. It would be my pleasure to partner with you to help you reach your personal, professional, and relational goals.

Ohio License:  C.1700561


Jacob Glaser, LPC

I see counseling as the process of uncovering and strengthening skills that can be used to help one overcome various barriers. Rough patches hit us all in different ways and I want to be there to help you identify and sharpen the tools you have the get through your challenges. I believe counseling should be a relationship that is judgment free, goal driven, creative, and honest. I enjoy seeing the best in people while also remaining aware that the greatest change comes when obstacles are met by strong efforts to adapt and overcome. I am here to help you meet those obstacles life throws your way.

My goal is to truly understand your background and personality in order to establish a trusting bond. In forming this connection, I aim to assess your needs and determine an appropriate and personalized counseling approach. I will guide and work with you to outline tangible and attainable steps so that you feel empowered to progress towards your goals.

Throughout this process, I observe your personal strengths. Identifying and Focusing on these strengths helps build motivation for growth. Our work together is ultimately about shaping the tools needed to overcome hardship and form lasting coping skills. Healing is a journey that can end with a better you. I would be honored to be a part of your journey.

Ohio License:  C.1901666

Member of the American Counseling Association 


Miesha Carey, LPC

A sincere thank you for taking the time to review my profile! My name is Miesha Carey. My hope is to walk alongside you on a journey of exploration, empowerment and improvement. I believe in creating an environment that is both encouraging and challenging in order for you to become a better version of yourself. Working as a team with the goal of developing a plan that allows for the change that you would like to see in your life is a driving force of my counseling style. I will meet you where you are; I'll be a supportive resource as we work together to develop healthy skills and improve insight. At times our work together may be difficult or uncomfortable and other times it can be freeing and rewarding. A balance of these two states and all those in between makes great soil for personal growth!

I believe in utilizing what works best for you versus trying to fit you into a specific approach. I want to hold a safe space where you can feel open to express and explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviors. I work with people experiencing anxiety, depression and the impacts of trauma and grief. I enjoy helping people make a commitment to themselves, it drives my passion for mental health and wellness. If you are reading this, you are well on your way to making a similar commitment which is a giant first step! Most of all, I look forward to the chance to be a reliable travel companion as you venture down the road to a better you!

Ohio License:  C.1902094


Molly Measner, LPC

Choosing to stay in a place of comfort can often lead to feeling stuck between who you are and your ideal self. I understand breaking out of this cycle can often feel overwhelming and uncomfortable. I will strive to create a safe place where together we will explore what this season of change will look like. My therapeutic approach serves as a resource of support and encouragement, as you will gain a better understanding of who you are and the capabilities you obtain. My hope is you will walk away from this experience feeling more confident towards your abilities to create personal change during future seasons of life. I would be honored to walk alongside you in this season of growth.

I have had the honorable opportunity of working with children experiencing grief through the use of Equine Therapy (also referred as Horse Therapy). This experience involved creating a safe place to process grief and learning life tasks with the absence of their loved one. I enjoy working with adults experiencing anxiety, grief, depression, and addiction.

Ohio License:  C.1902242


Eric Stone, LPC

I see therapy as a great opportunity for growth and to add new skills for coping with stressors. Having gone through therapy myself, I know that counseling is something that can be beneficial and deeply personal. I believe that counseling provides the unique experience of having an outside and secure avenue to explore personal areas of life. I believe you are the expert on yourself. I will provide my expertise in guiding you through the stages of change and engaging you in the process of therapy in an individualized way. I will partner with you on the goals you are bringing to therapy and cultivate them into measurable next steps.

I seek to connect with my clients and build a good working relationship as I believe this is at the root of every successful therapeutic relationship. I work from a CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Multicultural approach. I have been trained in EMDR and enjoy working with trauma as I believe there is hope in that work. I believe that trauma work is difficult, and I am here to help with that process. My goal for my clients is that I instill coping skills in your toolbox and help you work through obstacles for your continued success.

Ohio License:  C.1902187


Julie Koloc, LPC

Each person holds a view of the world that has been shaped by unique experiences, interactions, and cultural influences. With a strengths-based, person-centered approach to counseling, I am guided by respect for and understanding of this principle. I believe that my role as a counselor is to support others in recognizing their strengths and building the resilience necessary to manage with greater ease the challenges unique to their life. I offer a hopeful, respectful and safe space to explore the concerns you have about your life and collaborate with you to discover new ways to move forward. It is my belief that these solutions ultimately come from the richness of our own inner wisdom, and with genuine curiosity and encouragement, I reflect this wisdom back to you and offer tools to help you access it in your daily life. I have specialized training in Trauma Responsive Care and have experience working with adults with developmental disabilities as well as older adults. I've worked with individuals challenged by grief, divorce, anxiety, depression, and challenging life transitions. I am honored to be a counselor and am here to offer a presence of non-judgment and acceptance.

Ohio License:  C.2002428


Carrie Conlon Hawkins, LPC

I know what it is like to sit in a counseling session and feel as if it was a waste of time. I understand and value that therapy requires your time, money and commitment, so we are going to work together to accomplish your goals. It is my mission to work with you in an effective, solution-focused manner to empower you to manage life's challenges on your own with the tools and resources we have developed together. My goal for you is to feel like you no longer need therapy.

My passion is in divorce prevention and recovery for adults and children. This includes marital enrichment, managing marital discord, contemplating and adjusting to marital separation, recovery and rebuilding from a divorce, the challenges of single parenting, co-parenting, and blended families. This also includes assisting children of divorce adjust to their new normal.

Additionally, I have years of experience working with people in crisis and with anxiety, depression and bipolar disorders. It is my goal to meet you where you are in a supportive manner, and to challenge you to grow to make your life the best it can be!

Ohio License:  C2002542


Brittany Marino, LPC

Each day is a new day for a new beginning. Many people feel like if they have one bad day or one bad moment then they have to continue down that path. People may find it difficult to turn things around which could lead to feeling confused, unsure and like you lost a piece of yourself. I want to provide an individualized therapy that is tailored to you, to help you restore hope in yourself. Hope that you can have a happier and healthier life, hope that you can accomplish your goals and hope that you can be the best version of yourself.

My passion is in divorce prevention and recovery for adults and children. This includes marital I have my Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I am very passionate and excited to work with you and help you rebuild your system, whatever that may look like for you. I want to help you as an individual, a couple or a family to improve your communication, strengthen your relationships and rebuild your confidence. I have over seven years experience working with individuals, couples and families of all ages with all different types of mental health diagnoses and/or concerns.

I know sometimes people may find it difficult to come to therapy and express himself or herself to a professional. By providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to express yourself freely, I want to help build your trust in the therapeutic process. No one said it would be easy, but I can promise you it will be worth it! So let's come together so we can work to accomplish your goals.

Ohio License:C.2002576


Amanda Chen, B.A., CT

We all experience obstacles in life that can be difficult to maneuver. Sometimes, this can leave us feeling stuck. Other times, the skills that we use to keep us safe and help us cope become the very things that create challenges in our lives. As someone who has struggled through many of life's transitions myself, I know that the work of change isn't always easy. My vision for therapy is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment that allows each person to feel seen, heard, understood, and accepted.

I am passionate about a creating a space where you can safely explore your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, and the impact they have on your life. I also aim to help you identify your own strengths and build on them as we work collaboratively toward change and personal growth.

During therapy, my goal is to support you through the process of reflection and exploration, and encourage you as you continue developing the strengths and skills that will empower you to reinvest in your best self. I would be honored to partner with you on the path of self-discovery and growth.

Ohio License:  C.1901641-TRNE


Megan Kopack, B.S., CT

As humans, we are faced with hardships. It is often difficult to handle these challenges straight on. Through open and supportive dialogue, we can work together to effectively adjust to challenges and changes in your life. We will uncover and build upon existing strengths and skills. Using a collaborative and supportive approach to therapy, we will set manageable goals; achieve them and begin to build a foundation based on successes. This will enable you to handle much larger and more complex situations as they arise.

I will assist you in restoring peace and improving your quality of life by engaging in interactive conversation, providing insight, offering guidance about effective coping strategies, and encouraging you to become the best version of yourself. You can expect me to incorporate humor when appropriate. I can help you begin to build your coping strategy toolbox for you to regain control of your life. Together, we can restore your well-being.

Ohio License:  C.1901834-TRNE


Brenda Puckett, B.A., CT

Sometimes in life we may find ourselves in a "stuck" place, repeating the same unproductive patterns and losing our joy and hope. It is not easy to navigate some transitions and relationship difficulties. At these times, one of the best ways to handle life's problems is to reach out for help. As a counseling intern working under the supervision of a licensed counselor, I would love to join you in your growth process to address the difficulties you or a loved one may be experiencing and to help you find the ways you want to move forward. I offer you the respect you deserve, sharing my warmth and life experience, without judgment.

I am passionate about working with women and issues they face in all seasons of life. I work from a strengths-based approach, centered on your goals. I can provide you with tools and support as you work through common issues we all may face in life: depression, anxiety, transitions, relationship challenges, grief/loss, childhood trauma, aging, etc.

I believe we all have strengths from which to draw to overcome challenges and move forward to achieve our goals and share our gifts. If you sense it is time for you to make some changes, or to get unstuck, to receive support and encouragement on your life path, please give me a call. I look forward to accompanying you on your journey of growth and healing.

Ohio License: C.1902126-TRNE


Maggie Bierman, B.A., CT

As individuals, I believe we are experts on ourselves and how to navigate our lives. However, there are times in life when this does not feel so and we can find ourselves feeling stuck, frustrated, or lost. One of the best things you can do during these times is to reach out for help to uncover and enhance the strengths and skills you already possess.

My goal for our time together is to not simply return you to your normal functioning but to increase self-esteem, positive mindset, and ability to cope with stressors. Through a safe, supportive environment and open communication, you can reach your goals and your best quality life.

OH License: C.2002227-TRNE


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