Clinical Counselors and Staff

Andrea Bussinger, M.Ed., LPCC, CYT (ex.15)

Pronouns: She/Her


Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Certified Yoga Teacher. Her approach to therapy is person-centered, recognizing that each person has unique strengths and perspectives which can serve as a roadmap to their wellbeing. Andrea has expertise in mindfulness, trauma recovery, and the neurobiology of wellness, and uses approaches from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), DBT, mindfulness, and EMDR. She is passionate about working with adults with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), and is knowledgeable in the specific issues faced by this population, including burnout recovery, perfectionism, and school, work and career concerns. Andrea is a neurodivergent-affirming therapist, LGBTQ+ ally, and is committed to an anti-oppressive approach, honoring the unique experiences of all clients. In her free time, she enjoys music, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Bailey Spear, Office Administrative Assistant (ex. 10)

Pronouns: She/Her

Bailey is a junior at Kent State University. She is getting her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Once she graduates she hopes to continue her education with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Bailey's future goal is to become a licensed professional counselor. Bailey is also in a sorority at Kent, Alpha Xi Delta. In her free time Bailey likes to hang out with her sorority sisters, play volleyball, and go shopping.


Christine Foley, Office Administrator (ex. 10)

Pronouns: She/Her

Christine has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. She comes to us, having recently left her full time position at Kent State University to spend more time with her daughter. She brings with her several years of office administrative experience. In Christine’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and being outdoors.


Aileen Gockowski, M.Ed., LPCC-S (ex. 18)

Pronouns: She/Her

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 (ex. 12)

Pronouns: She/Her

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.

*Lorrin is seeing telehealth clients only at this time.*

**Not currently accepting new clients**

Brandy Deem, LPCC, MA. Ed. (ex. 24)

Pronouns: She/Her

Brandy is a licensed professional clinical counselor, with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Trine University and a Master of Art in Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Akron. Brandy has experience working with individuals of all ages with special interest and experience with adolescents and adults. She utilizes techniques from cognitive-behavior therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, motivational-interviewing and person-center therapy to incorporate an eclectic approach to each session. She works with clients struggling with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment concerns, grief, trauma, self-esteem, and communication issues. Brandy tailors each session to fit the goals of each client utilizing mindfulness, play, psychoeducation, and art to help clients reach their goals and utilize a collaborative approach. Brandy has previous experience working in a mental health agency setting in office with children, adolescents, adults, and families. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and spending time in nature. Both telehealth and office-based sessions are available.


Daniel Krause, MS. Ed., LPCC, CCTP (ex. 17)

Pronouns: He/His

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 (ex. 14)

Pronouns: She/Her

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 Master Practitioner (ex. 21)

Pronouns: She/Her

Clinical Director

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 ages 11 and older using a holistic, strength-based, and person-centered approach. Ashley values genuineness and authenticity when building strong therapeutic relationships with clients. 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, EMDR, experiential, play, art, sand tray, 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 (ex. 16)

Pronouns: She/Her

**Not currently accepting new clients**

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.

Sarah Shirk, M. Ed., LPCC (ex. )

Pronouns: She/Her

Sarah is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She has over five years of experience working in the field of mental health counseling, primarily with adults in an agency setting. Sarah obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Kent State University. She has experience working with clients with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, and trauma. Sarah has attended trainings on trauma-focused CBT, DBT, mindfulness, panic disorders and anxiety, and most recently, EMDR Therapy. Sarah has a background in dance, yoga, and meditation and enjoys walking outdoors in her spare time.

Jennifer Skaggs, M.Ed., LPCC (ex. 23)


Pronouns: She/Her

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, CIMHP (ex. 11)

Pronouns: She/Her

**Not currently accepting new clients**

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, trauma, and overall health issues. Amanda practices systemic, holistic, psychoeducation, CBT, 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 and Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional. 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.

Abby Trout, M. Ed., LPC Reiki II (ex. 19)

Pronouns: She/Her

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. Abby is a trained EMDR therapist and incorporates techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and more to create an eclectic approach. 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 and the LGBTQ+ population. When Abby is not in in the office, she loves to be outdoors with her dog or surrounded with friends and family.