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Meet Our Team

Compassionate and professional mental healthcare providers.

Our team of licensed therapists and professional office staff are here to ensure all members of the greater Toledo community can access comprehensive and compassionate mental health care through Anchored in Hope Counseling.

We are an open-minded and inclusive practice, committed to equitable health care for all.

At Anchored in Hope Counseling our highly trained therapists look to the root cause of mental health symptoms and treat the whole person using holistic, integrative treatment modalities.

Racially diverse group of women who offer mental health counseling and therapy


Mary Azar

Mary Azar focuses on family systems, infant mental health, child development and trauma-informed care.


Mary strives to create a safe environment where her clients feel unconditionally accepted and supported. She is a certified practitioner of the Safe and Sound Protocol.


Andrea Bain-Frye

Andrea Bain-Frye is a trauma-informed therapist who works with children and adults.


Andrea believes in meeting people exactly where they are at in life. She is trained in a range of therapeutic modalities including EMDR therapy and the Safe and Sound Protocol.


Gina Bonino

Gina Bobino is a licensed social worker who has passionately served women, children and families since 2016.


Gina offers clients a "come as you are" environment of warmth, acceptance, and unwavering hope. She is a certified practitioner of the Safe and Sound Protocol.

Counselor Trainee

Hannah Brenke

Hannah Brenke is a Counselor Trainee interested in working with individuals ten years and older to help them manage stress, cope with life changes, and pursue meaning-making.


Hannah honors the client as the expert of their story and works alongside them to encourage growth and healing.

QMHS, Case Manager

Kaneesha Brown

Kaneesha Brown has years of experience providing support for children, adults, and families navigating family, employment, housing and other necessities.


Kaneesha has a heart for helping others and is willing to meet people where they are.


Nicole Earl

Nicole Earl specializes in working with children and young adults experiencing symptoms related to depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, substance use and bipolar disorders.


Nicole is passionate about collaborating with clients and families.


Erin Foreman

Erin Foreman specializes in working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community, neurodivergent individuals, and individuals suffering from trauma-related disorders.

Erin's method of therapy can be described as holistic, developmental, and eclectic.


Cassandra Graff

Cassandra "Casi" Graff specializes in depression, anxiety and trauma for adults, including survivors of domestic violence. 


Casi believes in working with clients at their own pace and using an eclectic approach of therapies. She has specialized training in Cognitive Processing Therapy.


Leslie Gray

Leslie Gray has over two decades of experience working with vulnerable populations ages six to adult in schools, community-based programs and the criminal justice system. She also has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities.


Leslie is passionate about helping individuals identify their strengths and learn skills to achieve their goals.


Samantha Habusta

Samanta "Sam" Habusta's training has focused on family-centered services including child development and parent education, trauma-informed care, and person-centered services.


Sam creates a safe space where individuals feel heard and validated. She is certified in the Safe and Sound Protocol and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.


Kayt Harden

Kayt Harden finds joy in guiding children, teens and young adults toward rediscovering their creative spark through art therapy.


Grounded in eclecticism and a person-centered approach, Kayt's passion for art, fun and creativity shapes a nurturing space for expression and healing. She is a certified art therapist and counselor.


Jessica Huesman

Jessica Huesman specializes in helping late teens and adults find freedom from mental health symptoms related to depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, bipolar and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.


Jessica is passionate about promoting client growth in a safe, accepting environment. She is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.


Daniel Huesman

Daniel Huesman specializes in addiction, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and other significant mental health symptoms.


His individual practice style focuses on trauma-informed existential, narrative, and solution-focused approaches to therapy.

Expressive Arts Clinical Specialist, LSW

Michelle Kepford

Michelle "Shelly" Kepford uses the arts to help children, adults, and families heal from traumatic stress.

Shelly strives to meet clients where they are in their journey towards recovery. She is working toward certification in Trauma Informed Practices and Expressive Arts.


Benjamin Leber

Benjamin Leber has several  years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and couples with a variety of mental health and relational issues including anxiety, depression, conflict, grief, and domestic violence.

Ben creates a safe space for his clients where they can work collaboratively to reach their goals.


Krista McCulloch

Krista McCulloch is the founder and owner of Anchored in Hope Counseling. She has experience working with foster youth, competitive athletes, perinatal populations, and developmental trauma.

Krista is trained in Brainspotting, EMDR therapy, and Advanced Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals. She is a certified practitioner of Safe and Sound Protocol.


Ken Miller

Dr. Ken Miller has been serving in the helping profession for 50 years serving as a case manager, teacher and therapist. 

Ken specializes in hypnosis and individual group and family counseling to treat anger, anxiety, depression, habit disorders, trauma, grief, family issues and much more. 


Kaitlin Nitz

Kaitlin Nitz has experience assisting clients dealing with depression, anxiety, Autism, ADHD, substance use, and many other mental health challenges.


Kaitlin enjoys working with adults to address and manage their mental health concerns using solution-focused techniques, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in treatment.


Alysa Rohrer

Alysa Rohrer has worked with individuals and families experiencing complex traumas and seeks to help them find peace and safety.

Alysa acknowledges and understands that each individual has their own needs, experiences and desires and believes in collaborating with her clients to help them achieve their individual goals. 


Abby Ross

Abby Ross specializes in working with children, teenagers, and young adults by utilizing different modalities, such as CBT, SFT, and play therapy. She has experience treating different diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Abby’s main goal for every client is to build a trusting relationship with their clinician.


Aaron Textor

Aaron Textor has experience working with children and adolescents in a school-based setting as well as adults in a recovery setting.

Aaron’s mission is to provide a safe and compassionate space for her clients. Aaron encourages client engagement in order to achieve self discovery and to complete their goals. 


Katie Trout

Katie Trout provides services to individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, conduct-related disorders, and autism.

Katie strives to restore and improve clients’ emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning and to empower clients to enhance their lives and relationships. She is also certified as a Safe and Sound Practitioner. 


Kayla Walczak

Kayla Walczak enjoys helping adolescents and young adults navigate their mental health.

 Kayla’s goal is to provide clients with a safe space to build tools that empower them and create a better quality of life for them. 


Brittney Wilson

Brittney Wilson has experience working with children and adults using many modes of therapy including CBT, DBT, EMDR, motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy.

Brittney strives to help clients gain skills and reach their goals.


Meggie Yoder

Meggie Yoder has experience working with adolescents and young adults through her clinical internships and enjoys helping them navigate their mental health.

Meggie's goal is to provide clients with a safe space to build tools that empower them and create a better quality of life for them.


Amanda Zalenski

Amanda provides services for adults needing support with addiction and recovery, managing anxiety, navigating life transitions, building self-confidence, improving day to day activities and achieving personal growth and independence.

Amanda’s philosophy is providing a safe and fun space to heal. She is a trauma-informed therapist with training in a range of modalities.

Our Counseling Team

Practice Manager

Desiree VanValkenburg

As the Practice Manager, Desiree is responsible for day-to-day operations of the office, as well as the supervision of the front desk and billing departments.

Desiree acts as our HIPAA Compliance Officer and OHMAS Client Advocate. Desiree holds a degree in Business from the University of Phoenix and has many years of management experience. Desiree is the contact person for any questions regarding Anchored in Hope Counseling office policies and procedures, internship inquiries, and grievances.


Faith Kutzly

Along with checking in clients, answering the phone, scheduling appointments, helping with billing tasks, answering any questions clients have, and taking care of emails, Faith does her best to bring a positive and calming environment to the Anchored in Hope Counseling practice.

Client Account Specialist

Maria Williams

Maria focuses on patient accounts, verifying insurance, and discussing billing matters with clients.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and intends to apply this knowledge in the day-to-day responsibilities of her position.

Medical Billing Specialist

Jackie Nowowiejski

Jackie is responsible for determining insurance eligibility, developing self-pay arrangements, resolving patient billing problems, and following up on payer denials. Jackie also consults with patients as to initiate private pay collections if insurance is cancelled or denied and on any other billing issues as needed.

Jackie holds a Medical Coding and Billing degree and has many years of experience in the Medical Billing field. 

Our Administrative Support Team

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