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About Our Clinical Therapists

Dr. Jacob Elliott

A Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist and co-founder of the well established and highly respected group private practice of Elliott & Associates, Inc. He specializes in individual, couples, family therapy, group therapy, psychological testing, biofeedback and EEG neurotherapy and is the Clinical Administrator of the practice which is located at 5600 Monroe Street, Sylvania, Ohio. Dr. Elliott treats adults for a wide variety of emotional and relationship problems. He uses a unique approach to relationship issues helping individuals to focus on unconscious "scripts" that are usually played out in intimate relationships. By bringing these scripts into consciousness they can be understood and modified to enhance the relationships.

Dr. Elliott is a member of the American Psychological Association, Ohio Psychological Association, American Group Therapy Association, Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback, and The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research. He is Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) with the American Group Psychotherapy Association, Certified by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) as an EEG biofeedback provider, and has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Neurotherapy for the past 10 years. Dr. Elliott uses these methods to treat persons of all ages for stress, anxiety, fear, panic, depression, obsessiveness, sleep disorders, ADD, ADHD, learning problems, stroke, and closed head injury.


Sandra Elliott, M. A., L.P.C.C.

 a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and co-founder of Elliott & Associates, Inc. She has extensive education and experience in individual, couple and family therapy.
Sandra is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.

She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual, couples and families to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.


 

Dr. Kathleen Quintus 

A Ph.D. license Clinical Psychologist with more than 30 years of experence working with children, adolescents and their families. She has extensive training and experience in individual, group and family therapy. She is also trained as a school psychologist and is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists and the Ohio Psychological Association. Her special interests include assessment of learining disabilities and attention disorders in both children and adults. She consults with the schools on behalf of her clients who may be having school adjustment or special programing needs. Both her professional and personal experiences have led to a deep understanding of the emotional and social impact of learning problems. She had years of excellent training and experience at Berea Childrens Home in working with developmental truma issues.

Kathy also does individual therapy with adults and is particularly strong in using cognitive behavioral therapy and combining it with biofeedback and neurotherapy as an effective way of allevating anxiety and depression. Each client whether adult of child is treated as a unique individual with both strengths and developmental challenges. Her caring and supportive therapy methods vary to fit the needs of the client.


Erin Bannon, M.A. 

Erin Bannon is a clinical psychology doctoral student at Bowling Green State University working under the supervision of Dr. Jacob Elliott. She completed her clinical internship training at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Some of her specialty areas include working with veterans, survivors of childhood, combat or sexual trauma & PTSD, stress/anxiety, addiction, depression, relationship issues, and health psychology (stroke, seizures, chronic pain, migraines, traumatic brain injury, sleep disorders, cancer). Erin is experienced in a variety of treatment modalities including individual, family, and couples therapy, biofeedback and neurofeedback therapy as well as psychological testing. She personalizes her treatment approach for every individual utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, Biofeedback and Neurotherapy to help individuals find meaning and purpose in their lives and live the best quality of life possible for them.
 

Angie Swonger, (MA, LPC) Licensed Professional Counselor

Before obtaining a Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling from Winebrenner Theological Seminary at University of Findlay, Angie spent twenty years as an educator of students from early childhood Pre-K to adults preparing for GED exams. Through transitioning those who have been homeless toward stable living conditions, she is equipped in social-, assertiveness- and life-skills counseling. In all ages, she counsels those experiencing concerns such as anger, anxiety, depression, compulsions, and trauma. She provides relationship and marriage consoling. She has led women, individually and in groups, through matters pertaining to forgiveness, relationships, the impact of self-talk and purposeful leadership. During an internship focused on sexual behaviors and addictions, she counseled juveniles and adults, individually and in group settings. She is trained in career counseling, grief counseling, and counseling children and adolescents, including issues with conduct and developmental delays.

With a background in education and human development, in-depth training in schemas, triggers, and behavior management, and an insightful awareness of women's issues, Angie counsels from a whole-person, strength-based approach with a foundation of compassion and hope.

 

Sara Wegrzyn, M.A,, L.P.C.C.

A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio.  She treats children, adolescents, and adults with all mental health issues.  Sara's  background includes extensive work with children within early intervention group therapy, partial hospitalization programs, parenting skills, home based therapy, and individual therapy. Her experience has also included individual, conjoint, and group therapy for adolescents and adults with severely and persistently mental issness diagnoses.  Sara uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to help understand areas of concern and increase quality of life.  She works with individuals to help cope with concerns including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, oppositional defiance, self-esteem, parenting, grief, couples counseling, and family dynamics. 
 

 

 


Five Important Qualities of a

Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy can be an extremely life changing process for someone, however, it is also one of the most personal endeavors that exists. When selecting a psychotherapist, it is crucial that you connect with someone you feel comfortable with and can trust. This article will review five important qualities of apsychotherapist: credibility, integrity, warmth, appropriate boundaries, and level of comfort between psychotherapist and client.

  1. Credibility

It is important that your psychotherapist has a legitimate degree and license to practice psychotherapy. There are many different types of psychotherapists that exist. The type of psychotherapist that one chooses to work with is less important than the fact that the psychotherapist is credentialed. It is often possible to verify someone's credentials on their state's board's website.

  1. Integrity

As with any profession, integrity is key. When someone is expected to share personal information as in psychotherapy, integrity is even more critical. It is important that a psychotherapist follows ethical and legal principles, including but not limited to maintaining his or her clients' confidentiality. Honesty and reliability are qualities that are related to integrity that are also crucial for a good psychotherapist to uphold.

  1. Warmth

The more comfortable you feel with your psychotherapist, the better.

The quality of "warmth" is especially helpful in a psychotherapist, as the process of disclosing your personal secrets to the stranger known as your psychotherapist can be especially daunting. The more warm your psychotherapist is, the easier it will likely be to bare your soul.

  1. Appropriate boundaries

Psychotherapy is a unique process. Even though you might talk to your therapist as if he or she is your friend, your therapist is not your friend. The relationship is not reciprocal in the way that many relationships are.

A good psychotherapist, therefore, will uphold appropriate boundaries. She or he will not let your professional relationship slip into a friendship or anything other than a professional relationship.

It is not entirely uncommon for clients to think they have fallen in love with their psychotherapists. A psychotherapist should never reciprocate such feelings and should offer a safe environment in which they can be explored, not judged, and used to learn more about the client. This is one of the many examples of a psychotherapist upholding appropriate boundaries.

  1. Someone with whom you feel comfortable

Your comfort level with a psychotherapist is completely subjective, but it is actually one of the most important factors of the psychotherapy process that accounts for the psychotherapy outcome.

Research has found that up to forty percent of positive change in therapy is accounted for by variables extrinsic to therapy, such as whether a person falls in love or suffers a loss. Of the factors related to psychotherapy itself, the most significant variable related to positive change was the perceived quality of the relationship that a client had with the psychotherapist.

More than years of training or the therapeutic approach of your psychotherapist, what is most important is that you feel comfortable with him or her. When selecting a therapist to work with, make sure you feel comfortable.

Source

Lambert, M. (1992). Psychotherapy outcome research: Implications for integrative and eclectic therapists. In J.C.Norcross & M. R. Goldfried (Eds.), Handbook of psychotherapy integration (pp. 94-129). NY: Basic Books.