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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.

 

Rachel Daley, MSW, LISW

A Licensed Independent Social Worker who obtained her Masters of Social Work at the University of Connecticut, Rachel has clinical experience in intensive foster care, residential, and outpatient therapy settings. She does individual, marriage and family therapy. Rachel has also worked as a behaviorist for individuals with diagnoses of Autism, Intellectual Disability, and other mental health conditions. Additionally, Rachel has worked in both individual and group settings providing Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) services, in which she used her own licensed therapy dog in treatment.   In practice, Rachel most frequently utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to help those she works with examine patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and develop strategies for modifying those patterns for improvement in overall well-being.  Rachel also uses Supportive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy strategies, often incorporating mindfulness practices, while always taking a solution-focused and person-centered approach. Rachel understands that each person’s story and experience is unique and encourages those she works with to utilize their strengths to become the best version of themselves they can be. 

 

Dr. Laura Shortridge

For the past several years I have been a Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Kathy Quintus. I provide psychological therapies for teens, young adults and adults. I do psychological evaluations and therapy for individuals and families as well as relationship counseling.

The most challenging step in seeking help is making the first appointment, and I understand it might be anxiety provoking. Helping you to feel at ease and getting to know each other is calming and an effective way to begin counseling. The next part of the therapy process is for me to adequate understand your needs and to design a treatment program to assist you in dealing with the presenting issues.

Psychotherapy helps people to understand themselves, learn how to solve their problems, and take control of their lives. You will find that I listen carefully and take the time to provide help that is unique to your situation. Being skilled in a variety of therapy styles allows me to use the best approaches for each person. Within the first few sessions, you should begin to feel better.

I enjoy helping people both with their problems and with their efforts to grow into the most loving, autonomous, and effective people that they can be.


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.