about OUR THERAPISTS

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.​

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.  

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 bachelor degree 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.  Brooke is now available after your initial session to do sessions via video or phone, if needed.  


Brittany Peck is a licensed professional clinical counselor. She received her Masters of education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Kent State University. She has been counseling since 2014. She enjoys working with individuals who struggle with addictions, co-occurring disorders, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and trauma and stress related disorders. Brittany utilizes person centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused, motivational interviewing and some aspects of DBT within her counseling sessions. She is laid back and is passionate about helping individuals find their internal and external happiness. 


Jessica Zoeller, CT, is a counselor in training and completing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She was an educator for seven years, and she previously worked as a caseworker in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jessica works with children and adolescent clients, but she also believes in integrating parents into the counseling process so that there is a continuity of treatment. Additionally, she works with parents who are dealing with crises of their own, including: marital issues, family discord, post-partum depression, etc. Jessica uses a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach to treatment and intervention, with an emphasis on trauma intercession.