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about OUR THERAPISTS


Gary Key, LISW-S, has been a licensed therapist for over thirty years.  He specializes in working with adults, couples, and adolescents who have been wounded by drugs or alcohol, sexual issues, divorce depression, anxiety, and other difficulties.  He enjoys giving respectful guidance to people and loves to see the hope treatment produces in their lives.  He feels his faith has afforded him the humble opportunities to see God’s work in a therapeutic setting. 

Russell Cruse, LPCC-S has been serving individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents in some capacity since 1988. Russell is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio.  As a faith-based Counselor Russell can use faith-based principles in addressing issues that have become a challenge in the lives of individuals, couples and families.  Area of competency include: personal issues, male related issues, family struggles, parenting, pre-marital, and marital issues, loss and grief, foster care/adoption.  

Sara Blakeslee Salkil, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Texas Tech University and her master’s in MFT from Abilene Christian University. She is an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist in Ohio specializing in couples therapy and systemic therapy for individuals and families. She offers treatment from a strengths-based perspective, viewing couples as suffering from distress rather than dysfunction. Her primary model is Emotionally Focused Therapy, with an emphasis on attachment and responsiveness in family relationships. She has experience working with gay and lesbian couples, straight couples, couples where one partner is transgender, and a variety of other presenting problems including depression, anxiety, life cycle adjustment issues, grief, and loss.


Marilyn Brandon is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor.  A self-reported “late bloomer”, she has dedicated her adult life and career to helping others. Active in the substance abuse recovery movement for 30 years, she has worked extensively with groups, families, and individuals caught in the web of addiction. She also specializes in family of origin issues, relationships, life transitions, depression and other mood disorders. She strongly believes in empowering individuals to access their inner wisdom and the innate ability to heal and grow from life's adversity.

Emily Bart, LISW-S believes in the profound process of integrating ones inherent capacity for creative expression and healing and how it can transform an individual’s experience in the world.   Emily helps families and individuals with adjustment to loss, couples counseling, family issues, parenting difficulties, job issues, and emotional distress.  Emily has been a mental health therapist for over 25 years and has the training, experience, and sensitivity to help you.  Adults, couples, and families realize their goals through therapy tailored to their needs.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family/Couples therapy, and psychodynamic approach may be utilized.  While her style is relaxed and supportive, She is active in challenging the status quo, assisting clients in thinking in new ways to create change.  

Nicole L. Hall, LPCC has over 12 years of experience in the mental health field working with adolescents and adults in overcoming obstacles in their personal and relational life. Nicole earned her BA in 2000 from Cedarville University and her MA in 2007 from Xavier University. She has worked in community, university and para-church settings generally utilizing cognitive-behavioral and reality therapy techniques. You can expect Nicole to be a warm and honest counselor working from a strengths-based approach. Nicole specializes in sexual assault, domestic violence, abuse/trauma, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and relationship issues.

Debbie Fitzpatrick is a graduate from Xavier University in clinical mental health with a master's in school counseling.  She is a LPC, licensed professional counselor and is licensed by the Family and Marriage Counseling Board. She has experience working with troubled youth that have committed crimes. She enjoys group work including Anger management, self esteem, divorce support and parent support. Her competencies include mental health evaluation and diagnosis, divorce issues, trichotillomania, anger management, sexual abuse and self esteem.

Paul Kirgis, LISW-S is a licensed independent social worker.  He has extensive experience using a variety of therapy methods focused on helping individuals, couples, and families work through their issues and problems.  Areas of competency include: mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, grief and loss, adjustment problems, stress, anger management and attention difficulties. 

David B. Brown, LISW, CPSAS received his B.A. from Oral Roberts University, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Masters in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago.  Over the past 22+ years, Dave has counseled people with varying issues including depression, anxiety, personality and communication problems, attachment and boundary issues as well as sexual abuse and addiction.  Dave is a certified pastoral Sexual Addictions Specialist and a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist.  He counts it an honor to help people grow and heal emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.

Lisa Sackett is a board certified Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about helping spouses, children and families lead healthy emotional and spiritual lives. Lisa earned her BA in Education and started her career as an Elementary School Teacher where she had a particular passion for teaching children and helping them reach their full potential.  After having three children of her own, she felt led to attain her MS in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling in 2008. Lisa feels blessed to have a career in the field which she feels to be her calling because it draws on her passions of family, faith and mental well-being.  She has a wide array of experience in faith-based counseling, counseling for drug/alcohol addiction, family relationship issues, individual, couples and child therapy.    She provides a unique perspective to the counseling field as a wife for over twenty four years, a mother for over 20 years.


Erin Thomas, MA, MFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed through the state of Ohio. Erin received her BS in Human Services from Purdue University and her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University. Erin identifies with a system's perspective that recognizes the impact a person's context has on his or her mental health and therefore finds much value in couple and family work. She also has experience working with individuals from childhood age through adulthood. She has provided counseling for those experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, grief and loss, and trauma. Erin is also certified to provide premarital counseling through Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott’s Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS) premarital program.  In order to build her clientele, she is currently accepting clients at a reduced rate.


Lydia Hartzler, LPC completed her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Capella University. She places a high priority on the relationship between counselor and client and works to provide a place where clients feel supported and can discover potential solutions. Lydia has a holistic mindset and strives to help clients build factors into their lives that promote wellness. She enjoys working with adults and teens on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, substance use, anger management, stress, trauma, and relationship issues. In order to build her clientele, Lydia is seeing clients a reduced rate.