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About

Everyone experiences stress, challenges, and disappointment in life. We believe therapy can be a beneficial tool to assist those who are hurting, dissatisfied, or unsure about how to move forward in their life.

We are passionate about working with those who need support, help finding direction, or those who desire to cope in new or different ways.

We have experienced success working with people from a wellness perspective; attending to the emotional, physical, mental, environmental, & spiritual continuum of life that directly impact overall health. Our goal is to help you increase wellness in your identified areas of need so you can be your best self. 

Vision

Never Give Up is our guiding message of hope.  We envision a world where all people can experience healing and transformation.  Our practice strives to inspire long-term holistic wellness for both our staff and the clients we serve because we all help each other on our journey of wellness.   

Mission

Serving our community by embracing and supporting individuals and families - identifying their needs and working collaboratively and creatively to address challenges, learn new skills and achieve enhanced health and wellness.  

Values

Serve – Our work is guided by an attitude of service.  This includes a desire to give back, make a difference in our community and model caring for others.  

 

Community – Connection and being part of something greater than ourselves contributes to resiliency, achievement, and adds meaning to our lives.   

 

Embrace – We believe in welcoming all people.  We realize we can be different from other people and still appreciate and respect them, learn from them and work together.  

 

Support – We demonstrate support through acceptance, belief in a person's ability to change and by providing encouragement.   

 

Collaboration -  Working together and sharing ideas increases the chance of reaching identified goals.   

 

Creativity – Creativity provides stress relief and enhances our ability to solve problems, change perspectives and express our thoughts/feelings.  

 

Skill Building – Learning and implementing new skills is essential to change.  We can learn new skills to cope with stress, to manage mental health symptoms, to repair our relationships and to take care of ourselves.     

 

Wellness – We believe making daily, healthy choices in all areas of our life allows us to thrive and live our best life.   

therapists

Therapists

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Nicole

Nicole Walton is the owner of NGU Wellness.  She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Supervisor (LISW-S).  She has a Master’s degree from The Ohio State University as well as a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University.

 

Nicole has worked in the mental health field for 20 years doing clinical work, teaching, supervising, and conducting research.  Her clinical background includes community mental health crisis work, pediatric medical social work, and out-patient counseling with individuals, couples, and families. Areas of expertise include; depression, mood disorders, anxiety, relationship concerns, parenting, grief, and addiction.  Her work is guided by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic, Narrative, Motivational Interviewing, and Family Systems theoretical approaches.   

 

“I provide a nonjudgmental, warm, and collaborative environment to hear and address client needs. I want to inspire individuals to live their best life – this often includes identifying and replacing problematic thinking.  Recognizing faulty patterns of interaction, repairing hurts/rebuilding trust, and learning healthy ways to resolve conflict are example objectives when working on relationship issues.”

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Charlotte

Charlotte Wells is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). She received a Master of Arts degree in Social Work through the Greater Miami Valley Joint MASW program with Miami of Ohio and Wright State University. Her areas of competency include mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and relationship issues - including boundaries and codependency. She has worked in a variety of settings, providing case-management services and school-based counseling. She now primarily works with adult women.

"I provide a safe and compassionate space and would be honored to sit with you and hear your story. Collaboration is key in the therapeutic process. We will work together to identify the goals and objectives appropriate for your individual needs. My approach is holistic, addressing mental, physical and spiritual health."

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Danielle

Danielle M. Washington is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Supervisor (LISW-S).  She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wright State University.  

 

Danielle has worked as a helping professional for more than 25 years engaging in clinical work, case management, and supervising. Her clinical background includes skill development for persons with intellectual disabilities, community health care for under-served populations, hospital discharge planning, resource finding for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and individuals experiencing homelessness as well as a therapist. As a therapist she specializes in assisting those experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, and family/relationship issues to learn positive coping skills to promote emotional health and growth. Her work is influenced by Narrative, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, and strengths-based approaches. Her areas of competency are traditional talk therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Brief Solution Focused, and group facilitation.

“I provide a safe, supportive, and open setting to listen and to help you get on the path where you want to be. I strive to assist my clients with achieving their goals through attentive listening, providing support, and empowerment. We’re partners in the development and success of your well-being.” 

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Pam

Pam Gibson is a Licensed Social Worker.  She received her degree from Capital University in 2006 and has been working as a therapist ever since.  She has extensive experience in working with individuals dealing with stress and anxiety, depression, grief and loss, death, divorce, loss of a loved one to suicide, women's issues, relationships (couples and families), life transitions, and domestic violence, among other issues. 

 

Pam’s approach to therapy is client-centered, meaning she focuses on the individual needs and concerns of each client. She uses evidence-based interventions to help her clients reduce their symptoms and promote recovery while striving for optimal health and well-being. Pam prioritizes creating a warm, non-judgmental, and comfortable environment for her clients. Her goal is to establish a trusting relationship with them so they feel heard and respected. She has a genuine warmth and gentle sense of humor, which allows clients to feel at ease and encourages open communication.

 

“I’ve always had a strong desire to be my best self, build healthy relationships, overcome personal and interpersonal issues, and help others do the same. Helping others become their best selves drives my passion for this work. I believe that everyone has the capacity for growth and positive change and I strive to empower my clients to reach their full potential.”

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Natalie

Natalie Woodson is a Licensed Social Worker.  She received her Bachelor degree in Social Work from Defiance College with a minor in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work from Wright State University.   

 

Natalie dreamed of becoming a therapist when she was young and her passion for helping others has only grown stronger with time.  Mental health has great meaning in her own life and she is now living her life’s dream of helping others with their own mental health.  She has specific experience in working with individuals dealing with stress and anxiety, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, depression, anger management, homelessness, poverty, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, substance and alcohol use disorders, and human trafficking, among other issues.  

 

Natalie uses a variety of methods to help her clients dissect and understand each aspect of their mental health so they aren’t defined by a diagnosis or a label.  She uses cognitive restructuring with her clients to identify and challenge negative thought patterns or beliefs and replace them with more balanced, realistic and positive ones.  Her approach focuses on the many domains of health and encompasses the mind, body and soul so her clients have multiple routes to achieve their goals.  She draws on her personal life experiences and challenges to help her clients eliminate self-judgment and overcome the judgment of others so they’re able to fully express themselves as their true selves.

 

“I’ll provide a safe and affirming environment that will allow you to make your own decisions.  I will actively listen to your needs and concerns and provide guidance to address the root cause of your issue through healthy problem solving.” 

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Kelly

Kelly Salada is a Licensed Social Worker.  She received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1995 and her Masters degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve.  She also has a Masters degree in Education from The University of New Mexico.  

 

Kelly decided to become a therapist after having overcome her own history of adversity and trauma.  She confronted the impact of it primarily on her own during childhood and as a young adult sought out therapy where she was empowered with the tools that she needed to positively evolve as a person.  She has since dedicated her life to assisting others in their struggle with trauma by empowering the individuals she’s served with similar tools to confront the impact of their own trauma and to positively grow.  

 

Kelly has worked with numerous, diverse populations within the field of social work across several different states.  She’s worked as an outreach counselor with child welfare in the state of Hawaii, as a school-based therapist in Ohio and also as a therapist. Kelly specializes in working with people that have experienced significant trauma, abuse or neglect. But she also works with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship issues, adjustment issues and gender identity or sexual identity concerns.  Kelly utilizes a variety of approaches within her work, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems. 

 

“I will work to create a nurturing, psychologically safe space with which to engage you - actively listening and witnessing your story. I will meet you where you are at, with compassion, while honoring you as the expert of your own experiences, so that we can work together to confront those challenges that are creating barriers to your growth. I believe that the ultimate goal of therapy is to empower you with the tools that you need in order to assist you in becoming the best version of yourself.”

Kelly
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Katie

Katie Grier is a Licensed Social Worker.  She received both her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Science and her Master’s degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.

 

Katie became a therapist because she subscribes to the belief of the Dalai Lama that life is short and that we should use our time meaningfully by helping others.  She believes her unique calling and best means of helping others is to work as a therapist with children, teens and young adults. 

 

Katie has worked in a residential and outpatient care center, as a private practice individual and family therapist, and as a patient care coordinator in several area hospitals.  Katie now specializes in working with children and teens, but also works with young adults.  She works with and addresses many different issues including: various forms and expressions of anxiety, depression, grief, family relationships, issues at school, life transitions, self-harm and those exploring or struggling to accept their sexuality.  Katie uses a number of approaches in her work as a therapist such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, Family Systems Therapy and therapy with art.   

 

“When you or your child works with me, I'll be an attentive listener and work hard to understand what you or your child needs the most and how I can best meet those needs. You will feel safe and supported and will feel confident that we are a team and that I have your best interest at heart.”

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Anna

Anna Espy, LISW-S, specializes in supporting young adults on their journey of self-discovery and personal growth. With a Master's degree from The Ohio State University and over 15 years of experience in the mental health field, Anna has developed a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by individuals aged 18 to 30.

 

Anna recognizes that the transition to adulthood can be overwhelming, filled with new uncertainties and stress. Her approach balances professionalism with a touch of humor, creating a safe and supportive environment where young adults can explore their identities, navigate relationships, and find their purpose. Anna's expertise extends beyond mental health, as she understands the intricate connection between physical and emotional well-being.

 

Drawing from a diverse range of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Strengths-Based Therapy, Anna tailors her approach to each individual's needs. She empowers her clients with skills to enhance self-awareness, self-reflection, and resilience, while addressing common concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress, career uncertainty, and relationship challenges.

 

"I became a therapist to help others realize their inherent worth, value, and potential through connection and guidance. Together, we'll explore who you are and who you want to become, building resilience and fostering self-awareness and self-reflection along the way."

Anna
"Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation."   
                                                                -Bernie Siegel
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