We help people find balance in their lives everyday...


Gary Key, LISW-S, has been a licensed therapist for over forty 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.   Russell has time set aside on Tuesdays and Fridays for video/phone sessions.  These are helpful for the busy professional or those unable to easily come in for an appointment. 

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.

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 25 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.


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. 


Brooke Zuzow is a licensed independent clinical social worker who has been working with children, adolescents, and adults for 6 years on overcoming a variety of obstacles. Brooke was born and raised in Cincinnati. She obtained her bachelors in psychology and masters in social worker both from the University of Cincinnati. Brooke utilizes an array of different approaches (CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, etc) as well as personal experiences to meet clients where they are at and help them to work through their issues. Brooke has extensive experience working with an array of difficulties including but not limited to: mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, adjustment problems, anger management, ADHD, stress management, and autism. She has experience in Trauma Focused CBT, play therapy, motivational interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and has begun training with exposure response prevention.

about OUR THERAPISTS