Canton Location:

Elyse Nicole Etapa MA, LPCC-S

Elyse Nicole Etapa MA, LPCC-S

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-SUPERVISOR
Owner of Thrive Counseling Services
Elyse@Thrivecounselingohio.com
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Elyse is an Independent Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, with a Supervision Designation in the state of Ohio. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and her Masters of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. She specializes in working with teens, young adults and adults in areas of OCD, self-harm, and depressive disorders. She has been counseling for the past 10 years in a variety of different settings.

She has worked in Community Mental Health Services as the Intake Coordinator, worked in a Residential Treatment Center for children and teens with developmental delays, has worked in Elementary, Middle school, and High schools as a counselor; as well as a variety of private practices with other skilled and qualified Therapists, Clinical Supervisors, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists. She currently owns and operates her own small business helping kids, teens and families succeed.

Renee Barker MA, LPCC-S

Renee Barker MA, LPCC-S

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Renee@Thrivecounselingohio.com
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Renee is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Grand Canyon University and her Masters of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Walsh University. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, she specializes in working with children, teens, young adults and families. She has experience in school and private practice settings. Renee believes that when we focus on our strengths, we can then become who we are meant to be.

Kary Prince, MA Ed , LPC , LICDC

Kary Prince, MA Ed , LPC , LICDC

Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor

Kary@Thrivecounselingohio.com
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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) in the state of Ohio. I specialize in co-occurring disorders and how mental health and substance use concerns impact the individual and family unit. I am passionate about helping others gain clarity of goals and walking alongside them while experiencing life struggles. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, attention difficulties, and unregulated mood concerns. I have worked in the school, outpatient community mental health, and correctional facility setting.

Katelyn Mason, MA, LPC

Katelyn Mason, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Katelyn@Thrivecounselingohio.com
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Katelyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Kent State University and her Masters degree from the University of Akron. Katelyn has had experience working in a residential facility with young teens and adolescents by assisting them in areas of depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, and improving relationships with people closest to them. Katelyn believes in empowering individuals to overcome their fear and anxiety by embracing what is unique about them and helping them to believe in the person they can become regardless of current circumstances, past or background.

Aleesa Schlup MA, LPC

Aleesa Schlup MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Aleesaschlup@Thrivecounselingohio.com
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Aleesa Schlup (MA, LPC) is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from Hope International University and a Master of Arts in Clinician Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. Aleesa lived in Mexico for seven years prior to studying to become a counselor and enjoys working with individuals from different cultures. Some of her areas of interest are premarital and couples counseling, treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, and faith-based counseling. Aleesa believes that no one is too far gone and feels honored to walk with clients to spark improvements in mental health. ¡Se habla español!

Rebecca Hug, MDiv, MA, LPC

Rebecca Hug, MDiv, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Rebecca@Thrivecounselingohio.com
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Rebecca is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio. She received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Ministries and Masters of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Rebecca is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families toward healing. Rebecca has experience in residential, school and college, and outpatient settings; and is trained in EMDR, a trauma therapy. Rebecca believes that every person possesses within them the capacity for healing and wholeness. She is here to help you identify your goals and unleash the power and beauty you already possess.

Both Locations:

Charlene Polasky, RN

Charlene Polasky, RN

Licensed Registered Nurse & Nurse Practitioner Intern
charlenep@thrivecounselingohio.com

Charlene is a Licensed Registered Nurse, in the state of Ohio. She received both her Bachelor's in Nursing and Psychology from the University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio. She is currently at Kent State University, in Kent Ohio, where she is completing her last year in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Charlene believes it's an honor to assist with the individual's discovery for the best version of themselves, by helping them reveal their strengths and abilities.

Cuyahoga Falls Location:

Kimberlee Barrella, M.Ed., LPC

Kimberlee Barrella, M.Ed., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Kim@Thrivecounselingohio.com
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Kim is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Ohio. She is a Kent State University Alumna for she received both her Bachelors in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a Golden Flash. Kim is passionate about working with those struggling to find and maintain balance from life's demands. She has a special interest in anxiety management and improving mental well-being. Kim has experience working at a college campus and private practice setting with children, teens and young adults. Kim believes counseling is not about having someone else take control of your life, it is about reminding you that you are the one in control and courageous enough to make those difficult changes to reach your full potential.

Jamie Lizak, MA, LPCC

Jamie Lizak, MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Jamielizak@Thrivecounselingohio.com
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Jamie is an Independent Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Jamie specializes in working with children, teens, young adults and adults in the areas of adjustment disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, depression, and related issues such as worry, stress, transitions, sadness, grief, self-harm and low motivation. She began counseling in 2014 in a community mental health setting.
Jamie can help struggling children and adults combat their intrusive thoughts, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve overall self-confidence and well-being. She will help you to understand and fix dysfunctional thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and behaviors. You will learn valuable skills for change, including coping strategies, effective communication, and how to handle stressful circumstances. Jamie has a warm and practical approach and is focused on guiding you to become the best version of yourself, so you can enjoy all aspects of your life.

Emmett Drugan, CT (Counselor in Training, Intern)

Emmett Drugan, CT (Counselor in Training, Intern)

emmett@thrivecounselingohio.com
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Emmett is a Counselor- in- Training (CT) Intern at Thrive and is expected to graduate from Kent State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Addictions Certificate, December 2020. Emmett is certified in LGBTQ+ Affirmative Counseling and is passionate about working with this community. Emmett believes in fighting for social justice and equity and is a fierce advocate for his clients. He has previously worked with university students and with Transgender youth and adolescents. Emmett believes that each client has the strength and abilities to live their best lives and works with each client individually to help them discover their potential. Whatever your needs, clients will be treated with warmth, genuineness, kindness, and dignity in this safe space.

Previously, Emmett worked as a teacher and earned both his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Art Education at Kent State University.

Office Staff:

Charlene Ross

Charlene Ross

Office Manager
Charlene@Thrivecounselingohio.com
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Leanne Reilly

Leanne Reilly

Office Assistant
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