Clinical Counselors and Staff

Sophia Rose Bissler, Emotional Support Animal

(Currently taking a leave to stay healthy)

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 an emotional support dog. You can find Sophie greeting clients and accepting belly rubs in the waiting room or snuggled up on a couch chewing her bones. Sophie is available most Tuesdays and Thursdays. When she’s not working, she enjoys playing fetch, running outside and eating treats.

Andrea Bussinger, M.Ed., LPCC, RYT

Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University and is a Trained EMDR Therapist. Andrea works with adults who are experiencing or recovering from anxiety, depression, PTSD and OCD, navigating life transitions, and building resilient, happy lives. Also a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Andrea has pursued extensive training in mindfulness, yoga, EMDR, women’s, and LGBTQ+ issues. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

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.

Aileen Gockowski, M.Ed., LPCC-S

Clinical Director

Aileen holds a Master of Education in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology both from Kent State University. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervision designation. 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."

Lorrin Calderon Ingersoll, MA, LPCC, LMFT

Lorrin is a licensed professional clinical counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist, with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts degree in Education (with a focus on marriage and family therapy) from the University of Akron. She enjoys working with couples, families, and individuals from a systemic point of view on a variety of issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, adjustment concerns, and communication issues. Lorrin takes an eclectic approach to therapy, using techniques from several treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral, experiential, play, and structural family therapies to help her clients discover skills to help cope with a variety of struggles. She specializes in helping couples and families with boundary and communication issues learn to function more cohesively.

Daniel Krause, MS. Ed., LPCC, CCTP

Dan Krause is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, trained adventure therapist, certified clinical trauma professional, and a military veteran. He received his Master of Science in Education with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron. Dan teaches at the University of Akron during the fall and spring semesters for the Child and Family Development Program and also provides school-based services for an elementary school during the academic year in addition to seeing clients at Counseling for Wellness.

Dan currently works with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, autism, ADHD, anger and life transitions. Dan uses a person centered and an eclectic approach including using techniques ranging from psychoeducation on neuroscience and self-regulation, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused, play, experiential, and structural therapy and enjoys using nature in the therapeutic process when possible. Dan’s previous experiences include working with children and adolescents for a community mental health agency in office and school-based settings.

*** Dan’s schedule and availability changes during the summer months and becomes more limited in the fall/spring months due to teaching and working in school settings.

Elizabeth Manzetti, M. Ed., LPC

Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor and she holds a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. She enjoys helping clients transform challenges into growth. Elizabeth works with adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, and adjustment with life changes. Elizabeth operates under the style of Motivational Interviewing, of which she has received extensive training and feedback on her skills. She utilizes an eclectic approach, drawing on reality therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and existential therapy, and she makes sure to fit her theoretical orientation to each individual.

Ashley McGuinness, M.A., LPCC, Reiki Level II

Ashley is a licensed professional clinical counselor who received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University and Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walsh University. She enjoys working with individuals and families of all ages using a holistic, strength-based, and person-centered approach. She collaborates with clients to identify appropriate and creative interventions to reach their goals so they can navigate life with acceptance, compassion, and resilience. Ashley incorporates a variety of treatment modalities tailored to each individual, including mindfulness, experiential, play, art, psychoeducation, and trauma-informed care. She works with clients struggling with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, past and present trauma/loss, gender identity, depression, relationships, adjusting to changes, and self-acceptance. Ashley has specialized training to work with the LGBTQ+ population, including gender-affirming care through assessment and/or referral to local medical providers for gender-diverse individuals. Additionally, she offers Reiki sessions, chakra (energy) balancing, crystal healing, and aromatherapy services separately or in conjunction with therapy.

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.

Jennifer Skaggs, M.Ed., LPCC

Jennifer is a licensed professional clinical counselor. She has over 10 years of experience providing individual, family and group therapy in a variety of settings. Jennifer has experience working in residential treatment, school based/alternative education, outpatient and other community based services including training and recruitment of treatment foster parents. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Master’s of Education in Community Agency Counseling from Cleveland State University.

Jennifer’s previous experience as a therapist has enabled her to work with clients with diverse backgrounds and diagnosis. She has adapted and learned a wide range of interventions to meet clients where they are at, including using Telehealth. She primarily utilizes principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a solutions-focused and systems-based approach. She is knowledgeable in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. She has extensive experience with ADHD, anxiety, depression, anger management, trauma reaction, behavioral disorders, and adjustment. In her personal time, Jennifer enjoys traveling with her husband and spending quality time with her children, grandchildren and her dog Fancy.

Amanda Thompson, MS. Ed., LPCC-S

Amanda is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervision designation. She works with clients struggling with a range of adjustment concerns, anxiety, depression, life changes, pregnancy and post-partum struggles, and overall health issues. Amanda practices systemic, holistic, psychoeducation, and person centered approaches for an all-encompassing therapeutic experience; incorporating mindfulness, yoga, nutrition, neuroscience, essential oils and community resources. Amanda is a trained EMDR therapist. Amanda has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wittenberg University and a Master of Science in Education for Clinical Mental Health and specializing in individual, marriage, and family counseling. Amanda is a part-time faculty at Kent State working with master and doctoral level students in the clinical mental health program. Amanda enjoys a more active lifestyle with friends and family outside of the office.

Abigail Trout, CT and Office Assistant

Abby is a licensed professional counselor who holds a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology from Kent State. Abby works with clients ranging from young adults to older, presenting with a variety of concerns such as depression, anxiety, trouble adjusting to life changes, relationship problems, trauma/loss, and more. She has experience utilizing Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness. She approaches counseling through a person-centered and holistic lens. With the use of empathic listening, validation, and a non-judgmental environment, she will facilitate your progress through self-growth and acceptance. She plans to further her education in sex therapy, the LGBTQ+ population, and eventually EMDR. When Abby is not in in the office, she loves to be outdoors with her dog or surrounded with friends and family.

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

**Amanda is not currently accepting new clients.**

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 been an active member of the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association, since 2010 and is one of the authors of the ALGBTIC Competencies for Counseling with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Ally Individuals. 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.