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.   

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, LPCC 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. 


Mark Freshley, LISW-S has worked in many different settings and has experience with individual and family therapy, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities, community mental health programs, school based counseling, and has also facilitated in a court ordered program for domestic violence offenders. He has had training in family therapy, play therapy, helping children deal with divorce or parental drug/alcohol addiction, brief therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy, and the teaching family model to name a few.  Mark has experience helping children deal with hypervigilance behaviors, ADHD, depression, anxiety, peer relationships, grief & loss, recovery from sexual abuse and other traumas. He has worked with parents to help them use their strengths to guide and nurture their children, so they can be successful in life. He has worked with adults regarding relationship and family issues, anger management, domestic violence, trauma recovery, anxiety and depression.


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, LPC completed 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, postpartum depression, etc. Jessica uses a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach to treatment and intervention, with an emphasis on trauma intercession.  


Marilyn Brandon, LISW is also a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. She has dedicated her adult life and career to helping others. Active in the substance abuse recovery movement for over 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.


Christine Sweeney, LISW received a Psychology/Child and Family Studies Degree at Syracuse University in New York and her Master of Social Work with a specialty in Gerontology at Boston College.  Christine has vast experience working with the elderly population and is an expert at meeting the biopsychosocial needs of older adults.  She has also worked with caregivers in individual therapy and in group settings.  Additionally, Christine has experience with individuals dealing with anger issues, domestic violence,  anxiety, chronic illness, Co-occurring Disorders, substance abuse, depression, hoarding tendencies as well as loss and grief