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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.


Patrice Whetsel LISW-S

A licensed independent social worker with supervision designation who holds a BA in psychology from Lourdes College and a BSW/MSW from Spring Arbor University. Patrice has completed Trauma informed care training series and served for three years on medical mission trips in Leon Nicaragua working with domestic violence and child abuse victims.

She is a member of the APS senior coalition task force and has presented at multiple national conferences to increase education and awareness of mental health issues. Patrice has worked in community mental health, hospice, private physician, school based and inpatient settings with both adults and children. She has worked with children and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, grief, as well as relationship issues. I believe in utilizing a strengths based, person centered approach that identifies each individual as a unique person with specific needs.

On the therapy journey I frequently utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to examine thoughts, feelings and behaviors to help develop strategies that modify those patterns to improve quality of life. I also incorporate solution focused, supportive, and sand tray therapy as well as mindful practices to enhance and address each need of the individual. 

 

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.
 

Sharon Schlater LISW-S

Sharon is a license independent Social Worker and graduated from The Defiance College with a dual degree in Psychology and Social Work.  In 1991, she graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Social Work. With over thirty years of clinical experience, she has specialized in working with adolescents, adults, couples, and group therapy.  She has expertise in a wide range of therapeutic techniques, enabling her to tailor counseling to everyone’s needs.  She utilizes a supportive client centered approach, Cognitive Behavior, and Dialectic Behavioral approach to assist individuals in gaining insight into their stressors. She provides a safe environment in order to elicit positive changes and healing.  She has a vast experience in addressing issues of depression, anxiety, stress, domestic violence, sexual trauma, addiction, and LGBT concerns 

She is a member of the National Association of Social Work and Counseling Board. She served on the Social Work board committee at The Defiance College. She has been instrumental at the state level in advocating for and strengthening our current domestic violence laws. She is state trained as an HIV/Aids counselor and was instrumental in developing the first HIV/Aids testing and counseling center 

 

Lida Bishara, MA, TLLP

I believe in coming to therapy, an individual or family can create meaning and balance in their lives. In my background, I have obtained my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Psychology and am currently in the process of completing my doctoral degree. I work as a Psychology Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Jacob Elliott. My therapy approach primarily utilizes techniques and interventions from Humanistic and Psychodynamic orientations of psychology. These methods allow me to implement client-focused treatment from a non-judgmental and supportive position while exploring past and present issues. I also incorporate techniques of mindfulness and meditation for individuals to gain a more positive balance between mind and body. I work with individuals, couples, and families, ranging in age from children to adults. I see people with issues concerning anxiety, depression, attention issues, obsessive-compulsive issues, stress, trauma, relationship concerns, among other emotional and cognitive concerns. I also have extensive experience working with individuals with cultural and diversity matters. Throughout sessions, people can experience a safe, positive, and comforting place to share and explore their personal concerns as well as finding hope in leading a more fulfilled life.

 

Cole France MS, LLP

Cole provides therapy with children, teens and adults. He received his B.A. from The University of Nebraska and his M.A. degree from Eastern Michigan University.  Cole approaches therapy from a cognitive behavioral and client centered paradigm to help clients develop real-world approaches and strategies, while incorporating, where appropriate, aspects of mindfulness practices, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Biofeedback and Neurotherapy. 

After finishing his degrees Cole provided psychological services for the Department of the Army conducting neuropsychological assessments for traumatic brain injury. Following this he was employed by a private firm, focusing on applied behavior analysis in a moderate to severely brain-injured population.  In this setting he also provided group and individual therapy in a non-traditional, short-term intensive in-patient program focused on traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress in veterans, first responders and former professional athletes. Cole is a Limited Licensed Psychologist in Michigan and a Psychology Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Jacob Elliott in Ohio.

 

S.C. Doran (Miss Stephanie) MSW, LISW

S.C.Doran (Miss Stephanie) MSW, LISW As an Independently Licensed Social Work therapist I am a client-centered systems professional skilled in working with children, families, and seniors from a variety of backgrounds.   Using a healing centered approach, I work with people ages 8 years old and up, who may have experienced trauma, community violence, economic distress and/or poverty related issues, marital and family dysfunction, sexual identity disorders or sexual dysfunction, anxiety related disorders, and other behavioral health concerns. My primary tools are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focus Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and laughter. I work hard to be a Social Justice Informed Practitioner, so I can partner with clients and their families and better meet their mental health goals.

 

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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.