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Meet Our Dedicated Therapists at Toledo Counseling & Mental Health

Our Commitment to Toledo's Mental Well-being

At Toledo Counseling & Mental Health, we pride ourselves on having a team of highly qualified and compassionate therapists who are dedicated to supporting the mental well-being of the Toledo community. With years of collective experience, we are among the most seasoned and trusted mental health professionals in the area.

Unparalleled Experience in the Toledo Area

Our therapists bring a wealth of experience and specialized training to address a diverse range of mental health challenges. Many of our team members have been practicing in the field for decades, accumulating invaluable insights and expertise that set us apart. We’ve had the privilege of assisting countless individuals and families in Toledo, earning a reputation for excellence and reliability.

Building Trust, One Session at a Time

We understand that seeking therapy requires trust. That’s why, from the very first interaction, we prioritize creating a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space for our clients. Our commitment to ethical practices, continuous professional development, and genuine care ensures that every individual feels heard, understood, and valued.

Why Choose Our Toledo-Based Therapists?

The team at Toledo Counseling & Mental Health is deeply integrated into the fabric of the Toledo community, providing us with a unique and invaluable understanding of the local culture, challenges, and needs. Our therapists are not just practitioners; they are also active community members who participate in local events, engage with community groups, and continuously work to understand the evolving mental health landscape in Toledo. This local expertise allows us to craft therapeutic approaches that are culturally sensitive, community-oriented, and tailored to the specific needs of Toledo residents. Whether you are a student, a working professional, a parent, or a senior citizen, our therapists have the local knowledge and experience to provide counseling services that truly resonate with the experiences and challenges of those living in our community.

At Toledo Counseling & Mental Health, our therapists specialize in a broad spectrum of mental health fields to cater to the varied needs of our clients. Our areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety Counseling: For individuals struggling with anxiety, our therapists provide strategies to manage stress, reduce anxiety triggers, and improve overall quality of life.
  • Depression Therapy: We offer support and treatment for those battling depression, helping them navigate through their dark times towards a more hopeful and positive outlook.
  • Trauma and PTSD Counseling: Our experts are trained in trauma-informed care, providing a safe space for clients to explore and heal from their past traumas.
  • Family and Relationship Counseling: For families and couples facing challenges, we offer counseling services aimed at improving communication, resolving conflicts, and strengthening bonds.
  • Child and Adolescent Therapy: Our therapists are experienced in addressing the unique mental health needs of children and teenagers, providing them with the tools to navigate through their developmental years successfully.

Our pledge to excellence is evident in the high level of expertise amongst our senior staff at Toledo Counseling & Mental Health. With a rich background in leading University programs, supervising, and training upcoming clinicians, our seasoned therapists bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the practice. This extensive involvement in academia and professional development ensures that our team is well-versed in the latest therapeutic techniques and best practices in mental health counseling. The result is a team of highly skilled therapists dedicated to providing the best counseling services in Toledo, with a deep understanding of the intricacies involved in mental health care and a passion for helping clients navigate their mental health journeys with confidence and support.

Connect With a Therapist Today

If you or a loved one is seeking support, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our Toledo-based counselors and therapists are here to provide a safe and nurturing environment for healing and growth. Schedule a consultation today and embark on a journey towards better mental health.

Meet Our Team

Counseling Services in Toledo Ohio

Mohamed Badra Ph.D., PCC-S, NCC

Dr. Mohamed Badra is a board certified clinical counselor, counselor supervisor, and an adjunct professor who utilizes empirically evidenced therapeutic modalities to help you achieve your goals. Dr. Badra has earned his masters (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) and doctorate (Counselor Education and Supervision) degrees from The University of Toledo. Dr. Badra has taught a variety of graduate level courses in counseling programs and has worked in various clinical settings. His academic and clinical backgrounds afford him the ability to better understand the human condition  in order to help with treatment. Dr. Badra provides a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy; a specific treatment modality used for treating trauma (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders. Dr. Badra’s clinical and academic experiences have translated into research publication and subject matter presentations. 

Research shows that speakers of more than one language have more than one cognitive approach to conceptualize and solve problems. To that effect, Dr. Badra utilizes his multi-cultural background to help clients recognize different cognitive frameworks in approaching their problems. Over the years, Dr. Badra has helped numerous clients suffering with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, process addiction, parenting issues, LGBTQI+ issues, trauma, and more. His clients describe him as genuine, easy to talk to, and competent.

Population age range: 13 and up

Mental Health Therapist in Toledo

Maha Eidi, M.A.

Upon earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, from The University of Toledo, Maha decided to further her education and training, in Chicago, where she attained her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

Maha has received training in many forms of evidence-based psychotherapy, and is particularly well-versed in Person-Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has extensive training in administering comprehensive personality and psychopathology assessments. The breadth of Maha’s clinical expertise affords her the experience to work with clients who are struggling with behavioral concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, relationship distress, and eating, adjustment, bipolar, and various personality disorders. Maha has 10 years of experience in working with children and adults in various clinical settings; inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs.

Maha is passionate about challenging and empowering clients to realize their full potential. Her interventions are both genuine and transparent, and she takes pride in ensuring that her clients have the understanding and the tools necessary to maintain and enhance their own well-being. Maha strives to foster a nonjudgmental and compassionate space to deliver care to individuals of all cultural backgrounds and identity affiliations.

Maha’s clients describe her as compassionate, knowledgeable and positive.

Population age range: 5 and up

Jason Goldswer, LISW-S

Jason Goldswer, LISW-S is a Servant Leader who has worked in the field of behavioral health, with a solid clinical history of Mental Health and Addition Treatment services, for nearly 25- years. Jason moved to Ohio from New York in 2013 and began working with a local behavioral health agency performing administrative duties as an Associate Vice President of Clinical Services. 

He received his undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in the 90’s from Cazenovia College near Syracuse, New York. Following graduation, Jason spent a year living in Boston, Massachusetts where he became exposed to an array of various treatment approaches working with individuals and families. Jason spent the next several years residing in Rochester, New York, exploring and performing various roles in the field of behavioral health continuing to perfect his craft and build a strong clinical foundation. During this time, Jason received his Master’s degree in the field of Social Work in the early 2000’s. 

Jason is Person Centered in his approach and has developed his clinical foundation grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in most of his methods in treating an array of mental health conditions. Over the years, he has added and refined his approaches with engaging those he treats. Additionally, he is trained in, has trained and enhances his therapy sessions with the use of mindfulness techniques and Dialectical Behavioral Treatment (DBT) and its’ practical uses in treating depression, anxiety, mood disorders, interpersonal relationship issues, emotional dysregulation, addiction and much more. Jason will also draw from other trained uses of Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques. Though Jason can provide specific therapy approaches and techniques, Jason will partner with clients he works with throughout therapy to nurture individual’s ability to self-navigate through building confidence and competence of their own self-awareness and acceptance. 

In addition to offering individual therapy, Jason may encourage use of family interventions and supportive family sessions to enhance the individual’s therapeutic growth and development. Jason’s career included working with couples in counseling and may also include this approach as a part of an individual’s treatment course. Although Jason is no stranger with working with children and families of all
ages, Jason has a long history of working with adults of all ages. He also believes in the ‘whole- person’ and will refer individuals to alternative resources to enhance the individuals self-care needs as needed.

Population age range: 16 and up

Female Mental Health Counselor in Toledo

Ashley Kopaniasz, LICDC-S, PCC-S

Originally from Louisiana, Ashley obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. After two years working with dually diagnosed adolescents, she moved to the Midwest. She began working with adults while completing her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling at The University of Toledo. Following her degree completion she served two terms as a Board Member of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. She has developed and implemented various treatment programs ranging from residential, outpatient, and recovery housing settings. In addition, she serves as a trainer for Ohio’s Institute for Health to further create awareness and competencies to those involved in the child-welfare system. Since 2004, Ashley has worked in the mental health and addictions field with those seeking to enhance their lives. Her areas of clinical competence include: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, addictions and substance abuse, self esteem issues, personality disorders, relationship issues, bipolar disorders and more. Ashley’s clients describe her as professional, empathetic, and a good listener. 

Population age range: 16 and up

Julie Lake, M.A., LPCC

Julie Lake is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a robust background in clinical psychology, based in Toledo, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Lourdes University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Julie’s extensive clinical training focuses on helping individuals overcome substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Specializing in a Comprehensive Range of Psychological Services:

Julie is skilled in addressing a wide array of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, life transitions, weight management issues, and personality disorders. She employs a variety of evidence-based therapeutic interventions such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Aiding clients in understanding and changing behavior and thought patterns.
  • Solution Focused Therapy: Emphasizing future-oriented solutions rather than past problems.
  • Reality Therapy: Helping clients manage present circumstances and find practical solutions.

Committed to Client Success:

Clients describe Julie as sincere, dedicated, and understanding, praising her ability to empathize deeply with their situations and provide actionable guidance. Julie prides herself on equipping her clients with the necessary tools to navigate and overcome the challenges they face, enhancing their ability to achieve lasting change.

Serving Diverse Clientele:

Julie offers counseling services to clients aged 14 and up, tailoring her approach to meet the unique needs of teenagers, adults, and seniors in the Toledo community.

Get the Help You Need Today:

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, Julie Lake is here to help. To schedule a consultation click below.

Amanda Skolmowski, Mental Health Therapist

Amanda Skolmowski, LISW-S

My name is Amanda, and here is my philosophy in providing services: 
 
Many individuals of all ages are faced with challenges that lead to anxiety, depression, traumatic symptoms, communication struggles, and low self confidence. These challenges makes it difficult to effectively process and complete one’s daily tasks. In children and teens, these stressors often show themselves as struggling to fit in at school, low self esteem, seclusion, low motivation, and poor communication skills. Many adults struggle with the stress of daily work life balance, relationships, family dynamics, and past traumas.
I realize that it may be difficult to make the first step in reaching out for help. I am here to provide support, privacy and a comfortable space to assist you in your goals for the present and the future. My main focuses of treatment are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strength Based Perspective, Trauma Focused, Solution Focused and Mindfulness practices.

At every life stage there are new challenges that require us to adapt. I am here to assist you in accomplishing your goals, by tackling those tough challenges that can inhibit your growth. My clients describe me as honest, straight forward, and easy to connect with. I am open to working with both children and adults.

Population age range: 5 and up

AJ Smith is a Male therapist in Toledo who provides counseling services at Toledo Counseling & Mental Health

A.J. Smith, LPCC, LICDC

My name is A.J. Smith, and here is a bit about me: 
 

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Toledo, specializing in treating depression, anxiety disorders, life transitions, and addiction. Throughout my career, starting with my clinical internship in the community mental health setting, I have dedicated myself to supporting individuals through their wellness and recovery journeys.

During my tenure in the Toledo-based mental health community agencies, I rose to the position of Manager of Residential Services, where I led the delivery of clinical services and provided supervision to Chemical Dependency Assistant Counselors (CDCA), enhancing staff’s professional development and ensuring they met their certification requirements. My approach integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Choice Theory, which have proven effective in alleviating the symptoms of mental health conditions. I like to meet my clients where they are at in their clinical journeys. 

The most rewarding aspect of my career has been witnessing individuals overcome the challenges of depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and addiction. My clinical experience, backed by rigorous training and real-world application allows me to offer compassionate and comprehensive support and guidance to those seeking to improve their lives.

Outside of my clinical practice, I enjoy family time with my wife, Tiffany, and our children, Lily and Logan, in Toledo, Ohio. I am an avid mountain biker, often found riding the trails at Farnsworth Metro Park in Waterville, or woodworking in my shop during inclement weather.

Whether you are dealing with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, addiction, or adjustment disorders, I am here to help. My practice offers a range of therapies tailored to individual needs, fostering recovery and personal growth.

Population age range: 13 and up

Counseling services in Toledo Ohio

Stephanie Wise, Ph.D., PCC-S

Dr. Stephanie McGuire Wise is a licensed professional clinical counselor and clinical supervisor who has worked in the mental health field since 1996. Dr. McGuire Wise earned her Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University (Guidance and Counseling) and her Doctorate degree from The University of Toledo (Counselor Education and Supervision). In addition to clinical practice, Dr. McGuire Wise teaches graduate level courses at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. She has been a member of several professional organizations including the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. McGuire Wise has experience in working with college students and adults with mental illness and emotional issues using a variety of therapeutic interventions including cognitive behavior therapy, existentialism, solution-focused brief therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. Above all, she recognizes that the therapeutic relationship between client and counselor is the most important intervention to affect change. She is known by her clients and supervision interns as compassionate, genuine, and nonjudgmental. Dr. McGuire Wise has extensive experience working with the LGBTQ+ population, including gender confirmation; young adult identity development; trauma; anxiety; depression; chronic, acute, and terminal illness; and finding meaning and purpose in life. Dr. McGuire Wise practices a holistic approach to mental health wellness by incorporating aspects of intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual wellness into treatment. Her research interests include anti-stigma interventions, holistic wellness, and young adult development.

Population age range: 14 and up

Photo of Jean Roberts, psychologist and therapist in Toledo Ohio.

Jean Roberts, Ph.D

Dr. Jean Roberts is a licensed psychologist with nearly twenty years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Roberts has worked in various settings including community mental health, private practice, elementary, middle, and high schools, and the juvenile justice setting. This experience allows her to be knowledgeable about these different systems to assist in coordinating care and/ or advocating for those she serves. 

Dr. Roberts has experience in clinical research, higher education (teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses), presenting at the local, state, and national levels, and supervising students and psychology assistants. Additionally, she is a frequent invited speaker at the University of Toledo where she presents on relevant mental health issues. She is active in the local mental health community, participating in the Toledo Area Association of Professional Psychologists and has served on a committee through the Lucas County Mental Health Board.

Dr. Roberts’ primary treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She also has specialized training in play therapy, parent training, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for various types of trauma. Dr. Roberts often integrates expressive art into her work and conducts groups in this area. Dr. Roberts also has experience conducting psychological testing to help clarify diagnoses and provide recommendations to guide appropriate treatment for children and adults.

Dr. Roberts uses a safe and supportive space for recognizing and using one’s strengths, increasing insight, and taking the next steps to make changes to increase one’s happiness and fulfillment. Dr. Roberts has vast experience in working with individuals who are struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, anger, family issues, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, life transitions, and more. She also helps adolescents and children, ages 5 and up, cope with depression, anxiety, ADHD, emotional regulation, and social issues. Dr. Roberts also specializes in working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. Dr. Roberts’ clients describe her as empathetic, creative and dedicated. 

Population age range: 5 and up

Tyler Thomas is a female African American therapist, smiling in her professional headshot.

Tyler Thomas, LPC

My name is Tyler and here’s some of my clinical background:
In 2017 I graduated from Coppin State University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied
Psychology. Then, in 2019 I attained my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
from The Johns Hopkins University. Currently, I am a Doctoral Candidate at The University of
Toledo earning my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.

I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio as well as a Nationally Certified
Counselor. While earning my master’s degree, I spent a year interning at the Progressive Life
Center: Adolescent Clubhouse, a community after school program in Baltimore, MD. In this
position I co-facilitated psychoeducational groups with at risk youth between the ages of 12 to 18
years old. This experience allowed me to put the counseling theories and skills from the
classroom setting into clinical practice. After being licensed in the state of Maryland, I worked as
a school-based therapist for Balance Point Wellness, working with elementary and middle school
aged youth. In this position I gained experience conducting individual counseling with children
and adolescents as well as communicating client progress and treatment planning with parents.
Following March of 2020 this position shifted to telehealth counseling, giving me the experience
of working with adults. Since being licensed in the state of Ohio in 2021, I’ve gained experience
interning in a college counseling setting with the University of Toledo Counseling Center. There
I was able to work with clients in the young adulthood age range between 18 to 25 with diverse
backgrounds conducting both individual and group counseling as well as facilitating
psychoeducational presentations. These experiences allowed me the clinical competence to assist
with emotional regulation, stress management, social issues, behavioral concerns, coping with
major life transitions, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. For the past year and a half of my career, at Toledo Counseling & Mental Health, I have been servicing a wide range of clients and families.

When working with clients, I come from a person-centered standpoint placing emphasis on the
collaborative nature of therapy between counselor and client. This requires the client to be
viewed non-judgmentally as a whole individual with unique needs and for the therapeutic
process to be tailored to these needs. In addition, I utilize Evidence Based Practices including
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Reality
Therapy. I maintain the belief that through education, incorporation of healthy coping skills, and
proper support one can be empowered to improve their overall wellness. 

In my free time I like to engage in a variety of activities and hobbies. In the winter I enjoy
crocheting, creating blankets, hats, scarves, and stuffed animals. While in the spring and summer
months, I enjoy spending time outside in the warm weather either going for walks or roller
skating. When I’m able to, I love traveling back home to Maryland to spend time with my
family.  

Population age range: 6 and up

Hours of Operation

Monday: 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM- 8:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Sunday: Closed

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