Read our updated policies and telehealth options to respond to COVID-19

We know that there’s widespread concern about the Coronavirus Disease  (COVID-19), and your health is our top priority at NPPCS.

In order to best ensure the safety of our clients, staff and the community at large, at this time telehealth is an option for all of our services.  Most of our therapists are also providing in-person sessions (indicated in bios on Counselors page).  For in-person sessions, appropriate social distancing is practiced and masks are optional.  NPCCS has a diligent cleaning and sanitizing process to additionally ensure your safety.

If you are seeking a first appointment, feel free to send a message through our contact page.  Please be sure to check with your insurance provider prior to requesting an appointment to ensure they cover telehealth intakes.  If they do not, you can discuss a self-pay rate with the clinician.

Providing Compassionate Care

About the Counselors

New Perspective Counseling & Consultation Services, LLC provides trauma-informed, compassionate, and individualized care. Get to know our highly trained counselors.

Dawn E. Gross

Dawn E. Gross

LPCC-S

,,,Dawn is the Owner and Director of NPCCS and has more than 25 years of counseling experience. She obtained her Masters in Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton. She spent 17 years working for Mount Carmel Hospital in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In 1997, she founded Mount Carmel’s Crime and Trauma Assistance Program (CTAP). Since then, she has dedicated much of her professional work to the healing of children and adults impacted by trauma.

Since moving to private practice in 2007, she has expanded her expertise to working with couples and families experiencing transition. Dawn takes a very individualized approach to treatment planning and likes to begin by focusing on strengths and resources.

She is a Certified EMDR therapist and Consultant. She has extensive training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Other approaches used include, but are not limited to, Internal Family Systems, Deep Brain Reorienting and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches. 

In addition to therapy, Dawn is also a provider of Neurofeedback.  When integrated into therapy, it can be a very powerful tool for bringing about lasting symptom relief. See the Neurofeedback page of this website to learn more.

Dawn practices out of the Powell location in-person and via telehealth. She is currently accepting only Neurofeedback referrals.

 

Vanessa Collier

Vanessa Collier

LPCC-S

Vanessa is the Clinical Director of NPCCS and she received her master’s in professional counseling from Liberty University. 

Upon entering private practice, Vanessa served the communities in and around Powell, Delaware, and Worthington. With a special interest in helping those who have experienced trauma to find wholeness, she has collaborated with various groups within her local community.

Vanessa has served as a volunteer for SARN, both as a first responder and trainer for the organization. With her experience as a local club director and counselor for the Pathfinders Youth Organization and State Director for their teen division, Vanessa has the ability to connect with all ages.

Her therapeutic goal for her clients is to help them find wholeness mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. She is uniquely qualified in this endeavor. In addition to her clinical skills, Vanessa has a strong interest and experience in Christian counseling. Vanessa has more than 25 years of experience in ministry and is an ordained elder.

Additionally, Vanessa is skilled in working across the lifespan as well as with couples and family systems. As an integrative therapist, she tailors treatment to fit each person or family system, utilizing multiple empirically supported types of therapy.

Vanessa has an extensive additional training in trauma-informed practice/crisis, EMDR, play therapy, grief and loss. She is specially trained and certified in hypnotherapy. As her role continues to expand with NPCCS, her experience as a teacher and public speaker adds to our practice goal of bringing innovative and high-quality treatment and training to our local clinicians. Vanessa practices out of the Powell location in person and via telehealth.

Kate Fox

Kate Fox

LPCC-S

Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Masters in Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton.

In 2009, Kate entered private practice in the Delaware, Ohio community. Passionate about helping those that have experienced trauma across the lifespan, Kate has done extensive additional training in trauma-informed practices and is trained in EMDR and Play Therapy techniques.

During her tenure, she has partnered with the local Helpline and SARN programs to provide presentations and facilitate groups for survivors in the community. She has also delivered training presentations for incoming program volunteers.

Kate believes that each client brings something unique to treatment. As an integrative therapist with a strong foundation in person-centered treatment, she strives to meet each client where they are and tailors treatment to facilitate healing and growth. As a trauma-informed therapist, Kate enjoys infusing creative and expressive arts into the therapeutic process.

As a children’s therapist, she has a special interest in helping kids that experience anxiety disorders. This has led to additional training in mindfulness-based treatment for children and the development of a kid’s group program that utilizes a blend of mindfulness skills training and hands-on creative arts.

Currently, Kate is pursuing her supervisor’s endorsement and is eager to be a part of counselor development. With this new role, Kate hopes to help clinicians develop personal and professional balance and bring their best to populations they serve. Kate practices out of the Northwoods location via telehealth only.

Tessa Maloney

Tessa Maloney

LPC

Tessa earned both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communications as well as a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the team at NPCCS, she worked as an inpatient clinician for an adolescent unit as well as an outpatient therapist for college students attending the main campus of OSU. 
As a therapist, Tessa believes that it is important that clients feel safe, respected, and empowered to make necessary (and sometimes difficult) changes in their lives to better themselves and their overall wellness. She enjoys building strong and supportive relationships with clients, and utilizes a direct, person-centered, trauma-informed approach to help them reach their goals in a collaborative and non-judgemental environment. 

She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children ages 13 and up and has pursued additional training in dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She is skilled in working with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and OCD, and works hard to individualize a client’s care by thoughtfully tailoring her therapeutic approach to meet each client’s needs. Tessa also loves using art, writing, and other creative mediums to help destigmatize the therapy space and help clients express themselves a little easier.

Tessa uses she/her pronouns and practices from the Northwoods location for both in-person and telehealth appointments.” 

Cori-Ann Brown

Cori-Ann Brown

LPCC-S

Cori-Ann holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Heidelberg University and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton.

Cori-Ann comes to NPCCS with diverse experiences in community mental health. With a wide range of expertise, she has worked in community mental health and nonprofit grief counseling. Cori-Ann has additional experience with special populations, most notably a partial hospitalization program for preschool-aged children.

As a clinician, Cori-Ann works with all age ranges. She is skilled in working with individuals and family systems, including crisis intervention with children and families. Cori-Ann’s therapeutic approach is client-centered, integrating evidence-based modalities to best meet each client’s unique goals and needs throughout treatment.

She has additional expertise and training in the modalities of solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, and trauma-based therapies including EMDR. As Cori-Ann moves from community mental health to private practice, she takes a special interest in working with children and adolescents. Cori-Ann practices out of the Northwoods location in-person and via telehealh.

Melissa Gross

Melissa Gross

MSW, LISW-S

Melissa holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Ohio University.  During her time in Southeastern Ohio, she worked at a domestic violence shelter for women, a survivor advocacy program and a community mental health center.  At the mental health center, she provided school-based, home-based and individual counseling services.

Melissa offers a wide range of trauma-informed, evidence based approaches including EMDR.  She treats young children, teens and adults . In her work with children, she incorporates play and expressive arts within the therapeutic environment to address behavioral and mental health concerns..    She is skilled in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD and other behavioral issues.

Melissa strives to provide a source of hope and support for individuals and families.  She is passionate about her work and enjoys witnessing the growth process of her clients.  Melissa practices out of the Powell location in person and via telehealth.

Beth Mullet

Beth Mullet

LPC

Beth is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from University of Dayton. Beth has four years of experience providing therapeutic services to those suffering from chronic pain, trauma, anxiety, depression and many other disorders. Beth has worked with a wide range of clients including children, teenagers, adults, individuals, couples and families from a diverse collection of backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles.

As a therapist, Beth is intuitive and relaxed. She believes in empowering her clients to define and move toward their goals in a positive, validating and collaborative atmosphere in which the client decides what feels safe and comfortable. She believes that counseling is most effective when it is the product of a safe therapeutic relationship based on trust and support.

Beth has experience with EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness strategies. Beth utilizes an integrative approach, pulling her experience and training together to create a uniquely personalized intervention for each individual client. Beth practices out of the Northwoods location via telehealth only.

Heather Gutierrez

Heather Gutierrez

LPCC-S

Heather holds a Masters in Counseling from Seton Hall University and is a USN veteran. She works well with both youth and adult clients as well as couples and families.  She has experience with a wide range of issues including, anxiety, depression, grief, anger management, alcohol and drug addiction and PTSD.  In addition, Heather has extensive experience working with families in all stages of the adoption process.

Heather is passionate about helping individuals and families have a holistic healing process geared toward developing a healthy approach to life and relationships. She believes in an individualized treatment planning process. She is trained in EMDR as well as other trauma-focused approaches.

Heather practices via telehealth only.

Samantha Melnik

Samantha Melnik

LPCC

Samantha earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University. She uses she/her pronouns.

Before coming to NPCCS, Samantha spent several years serving a spectrum of populations in the central Ohio community across multiple settings including home, community, and hospital locations. She has expertise helping children, adolescents, and their families manage the unique challenges which arise when anxiety, depression, trauma, grief or other mental health concerns intersect with the school environment. Each summer, Samantha volunteers her time and skills at Camp Lionheart providing group grief and trauma psychotherapy to children who have experienced the death of a parent, caregiver, or sibling.

 As a therapist, Samantha believes that all people are in control of their unique story and she strives to partner with you to identify and prioritize your needs at your pace. She utilizes a trauma-informed, client-centered approach integrating evidence-based modalities to assist her clients in achieving their unique goals in therapy. Samantha enjoys working with folks of all ages and stages of life.

Samantha is trained in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills including mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy. Outside of work she enjoys trying new recipes, attending concerts, and attempting to keep her 16 (and counting) houseplants alive.

Samantha practices out of the Northwoods location in person and via telehealth.

 

April Gadberry

April Gadberry

LPCC

April holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.  She has expertise working with adults, adolescents and children ages 11 and up. April utilizes an integrative relational approach to counseling where the client is an equal partner in the therapeutic process.  Through providing a safe, genuine and empathetic atmosphere, April collaborates with clients to utilize their strengths and problem-solving abilities to help them experience greater self-awareness, efficacy and healing.  She believes that positive changes can be achieved when clients fully process losses, trauma, and major life transitions.

April is trained in EMDR and other trauma-focused approaches.  She practices at 285 S. Liberty  St. in Powell both in person and via telehealth.

 

Olivia Peterson

Olivia Peterson

LPC

Olivia earned both a BA in Psychology and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University.  Before coming to NPCCS she worked in community mental health as a school-based clinician in both Columbus and Worthington City Schools.

As a clinician Olivia works well with all age ranges.  She is skilled in working with individuals and family systems, including crisis intervention with children and families.  Olivia uses a person-centered, multicultural and trauma-informed approach.  She also integrates evidenced-based modalities, including EMDR,  to best meet each client’s unique needs.  Olivia was Ohio State’s chapter president of Counselors for Social Justice and is passionate about advocating for her clients, especially those who are part of a minority group.  She believes in providing an empathetic and nonjudgemental speace to help clients explore the ways in which they can improve their overall wellness.

Olivia uses she/her pronouns.  She practices out of the Northwoods location in person and via telehealth.

Chelsea Spencer

Chelsea Spencer

LISW-S

Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Psychology from Miami University and a Master of Social
Work from Washington University in St. Louis. With 10+ years in the field, Chelsea has experience
working with individuals from all walks of life in various treatment settings from outpatient therapy to
partial hospitalization and residential care. Throughout her career, she has contributed to the
development of evidence-supported curricula and programming for hospitals and mental health
agencies in Columbus.
Chelsea is passionate about working with adolescents and families as well as adults. She is skilled in
working with anxiety, obsessive/compulsive behaviors, depression, family conflict, and has additional
expertise in eating disorders. Chelsea believes in treating each client with dignity. She works with
individuals and families to harness their strengths and develop skills to overcome obstacles in life and
move toward their own valued goals. She draws from evidence-based practices to tailor her approach to
each client’s needs.
Chelsea has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT),
Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT). She has
additional training in evidence-based therapies for treating eating disorders. Chelsea practices out of the
Northwoods location in person and via telehealth.

Alex Lenc

Alex Lenc

Counselor Intern

Alex is a second-year master’s student (Counselor Trainee) on Internship from The Ohio State University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2016 and worked for a community mental health center in Columbus for two years as a case manager before returning to school.

He believes that the therapeutic relationship is very important and pays attention to building a strong and trusting relationship with his clients. In practice, he aims to support his clients while empowering them to manage life difficulties outside of the therapy room. All of which being done through a non-judgmental and multicultural lens.

During his undergraduate studies Alex worked in several mental health settings. These include an internship with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), employment as a residential specialist for an inpatient alcohol and drug treatment facility, and a summer job as a camp inclusion specialist for OSU’s “Camp Recky” serving campers that required special accommodations.

Since beginning his journey as a counselor, he has taken great interest in many different types of evidence-based therapies and considers himself an integrative therapist by pulling from different theories and techniques where they best suit the specific client and situation. Some of these interests include (but are not limited to) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), existentialist/humanistic approaches, sports-based counseling, meditation and mindfulness practices, treatment of anxiety disorders, coping with grief and loss, and men’s issues.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports (mainly soccer or football), spending time outside in nature, listening to music, and playing video games.

Alex practices out of the Powell office at 161 South Liberty Street and is currently accepting new clients. He is available for both in-person and telehealth appointments.

 

Garrett Forlow

Garrett Forlow

Counselor Intern

Garrett is a second-year master’s student (Counselor Trainee) on Internship from The Ohio State University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. He received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Bowling Green State University in 2022. As a dedicated counselor in training, Garrett brings with him an educational background that has cultivated a deep understanding of human behavior and societal influences, allowing him to approach therapeutic interventions with sensitivity and depth.

Garrett’s primary focus areas are trauma, depression, and anxiety — complex issues that touch many of our lives in varying degrees. He is passionate about working with a diverse range of individuals, including adolescents, adults, and couples, tailoring his approach to meet the unique needs of each client. 

Central to Garrett’s counseling philosophy is the belief that people do well if they can. He sees the inherent potential in every individual and emphasizes the power of human resilience. He believes that by recognizing and embracing our struggles, we can navigate the path to manifesting our most joyful and fulfilled selves. Garrett aims to foster a safe and nurturing space where clients can unearth their inner strengths, learn, and grow.

Garrett practices out of the Powell office at 285 S. Liberty St.  He is accepting new clients  for both in person and telehealth appointments.

Kirstin Glemi

Kirstin Glemi

LSW

Kirstin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.
Kirstin has worked as a behavioral therapist both in the United States and in Australia. Upon relocating back to the United States Kirstin worked for the Early Intervention system as a service coordinator where she worked closely with families connecting them to services for children age 0-3 with development delays. 
Kirstin typically works with children and adolescents and uses an evidence-based client-centered approach. Treatment modalities include CBT and Kirstin is training in EMDR. Kirstin enjoys using art and play-based approaches to help meet therapeutic goals and needs.
Kirstin is skilled at working with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD and other behavioral issues.
Kirstin enjoys creating a safe and fun therapeutic environment for her clients. She loves  building rapport with her clients and helping them gain self-confidence and feel comfortable in their emotions.
Kirstin is acceepting new clients and works out of the 96 Northwoods location.