Clinical Counselors and Staff

Suzy Benson, Ed.S., LSC, LPC

Suzy is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Akron and an Ed.S. in Community Counseling and School Counseling from Kent State University. She enjoys working with all ages, including couples and families, combining a person-centered and cognitive behavioral approach, believing at the core that if we change our thoughts, we change our circumstances.

Suzy is interested in helping people work through both major and minor life events; including grief, remarriage, stepfamily situations and career change. In her leisure time, Suzy enjoys reading, running, and spending time with family and friends.

Jane Vair Bissler, Ph.D., LPCC-S, FT

Jane has a Master of Education degree in community counseling and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation and is recognized as a fellow in thanatology (the study of death and dying) by the Association of Death Education and Counseling. She publishes a weekly newspaper column addressing issues regarding grief and loss for adults and children. Jane's current specialty is facilitating Spiritual Response Therapy. For more information on this, go to Jane's website at www.clearingyoursoul.com. Jane has co-authored four books which are available on Amazon. Jane enjoys traveling, reading and being with her family.

Amanda K. Brace, Ed.S, LSC, LPCC-S

Amanda has experience working with people of all ages. She has received specialized training in helping children and adolescents work with learning disabilities, adjustment issues, and bullying (including cyberbullying). Amanda enjoys working with children, adults, families, and couples using a creative, holistic, and systemic approach to counseling enabling clients to explore the issues that have interrupted their lives. She also specializes in working with children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Amanda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, Master of Education degree in School Counseling and an Educational Specialist Degree in Community Mental Health from Kent State University. Amanda is a licensed school counselor and a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation. Amanda has also been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Amanda has presented at the local, state and national levels regarding bullying/cyberbullying, grief, and wellness. In Amanda's free time she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting local restaurants, and traveling.

Lauren Dibo, M.A., LPCC

Lauren is a licensed professional counselor who received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of South Carolina. Lauren works with individuals, couples and families of all ages using a holistic, person-centered, approach. Lauren enjoys integrating other treatment modalities to assist clients in reaching their goals such as mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and has received specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Lauren has experience working with clients on a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to, grief, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, life adjustments, depression, relationship and general personal growth. Lauren works collaboratively with her clients to facilitate growth as they continue through life’s journey. Outside of the office, Lauren enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, watching sports and practicing yoga.

Aileen Gockowski, M.Ed., LPCC-S

Aileen holds a Master of Education in Community Couseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology both from Kent State University. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor. Aileen works with all ages, specializing in adolescents and young adults experiencing issues with anxiety and adjustment. Along with the above areas, Aileen enjoys working with the issues of depression and grief stemming from loss and life changes. Aileen uses a person centered approach to her counseling and focuses on meeting clients "where they are.

Daniel Krause, MS. Ed., LPC

Dan is a licensed professional counselor, trained adventure therapist, and a military veteran. He received his Master of Science in Education with a concentration in marriage and family therapy from the University of Akron. He has experience working with children, adolescents, and families dealing with family transitions, grief, anxiety, depression, autism, communication, parenting education, trauma, school issues and more. He enjoys working with couples, as well. Dan uses a person centered and eclectic approach to therapy and enjoys using play, experiential activities, and nature when possible in the therapeutic process. Outside the office, Dan enjoys hiking with his dog and playing and watching sports.

Wendy Seed, M.Ed., LPC

Wendy has a Master of Education degree in Community Counseling from Kent State University and is a licensed professional counselor. She has a background in nursing and in teaching health and social care. She is able to apply what she has learned in her previous roles as a nurse and educator to provide a holistic and unique approach to client care. Wendy works with a wide range of clients and specializes in adults experiencing issues related to grief and loss. Other areas of interest include those of anxiety and depression. Wendy considers a large part of her role to be that of assisting people who, for many diverse reasons, have reached a point in their lives where they are struggling for a new direction. Outside of the office environment Wendy enjoys singing and spending time with her friends and family.

Amanda Thompson, MS. Ed., LPCC-S

Amanda works with clients struggling with a range of adjustment concerns, anxiety, depression, life changes, and overall health issues. Amanda practices systemic, holistic, psychoeducation, and person centered approaches for an all-encompassing therapeutic experience; incorporating mindfulness, yoga, nutrition, neuroscience, EMDR, and community resources. Amanda has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wittenberg University and a Master of Science in Education specializing in individual, marriage, and family counseling. Amanda enjoys a more active lifestyle with friends and family.

Lynne Fisher, Office Administrator

Lynne is the professional that every counseling office needs. She is kind, genuine and will help you find the right answers regarding coverage for your counseling. Lynne runs the office for the practice and will provide you with the assistance that you need. Outside the office she enjoys travel, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.


Sophia Rose Bissler

Sophia (Sophie) was born April 4th, 2016 and has been with CFW since. Sophie is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Miniature Poodle. She enjoys playing and snuggling with individuals of all ages. Research shows that the presence of dogs can lower blood pressure, promote relaxation and helps with self-soothing. She has a sweet and calm disposition which makes her ideal for a therapy dog. You can find Sophie greeting clients and accepting belly rubs in the waiting room or snuggled up on a couch chewing her bones. When she’s not working, she enjoys playing fetch, running outside and eating treats.