Our therapists are dedicated to providing you the best service possible. The website is updated often to reflect which counselors are currently accepting new clients, and which are not. Therapists’ schedules may vary, and can be verified by calling our office.
Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists
Audrey Akers, LPCC: Counselor
Audrey was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Wright State University in 2013 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Audrey recently graduated from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Dayton.
Audrey prefers to focus on mindfulness practices and person-centered approaches to therapy. She also utilizes solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral techniques. She currently lives in Dayton with her husband and children. In her spare time, Audrey enjoys hiking and reading.
Anthony Boyd, MS, LPC, NCC: Counselor
Anthony works from a multicultural perspective that employs a Person-centered approach and a holistic perspective of the client. He primarily utilizes Psychodynamic Therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, and Group Therapy. By helping clients find and recognize patterns in their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs, they can gain insight into their current self. He believes this approach allows for wholeness and becoming their highest version of themselves.
Expressive arts, particularly writing, as a tool within therapy that aids one in self-discovery, is a deep interest of Anthony’s. He enjoys working with adults and teens of varying cultural backgrounds struggling with issues including, but not limited to, LGBTQ+ issues, gender identity issues, body image, self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, grief, sexuality, PTSD, and personality disorder.
He earned his Master of Science degree in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Prescott College out of Prescott, AZ, in May 2019. Prescott College is known for its emphasis on Social Justice within their programs.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Ohio
Professional member of the following:
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Ohio Counseling Association (OCA)
The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Ohio (ALGBTICO)
Jung Association of Central Ohio (JACO)
Anthony is not accepting new clients at this time.
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. – Maya Angelou
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. – Carl Jung
Follow your bliss, and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. – Joseph Campbell
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Socrates
Shonda Jones, CRC, LPC: Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor
Shonda is a dual credentialed Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her B.S. in Rehabilitation Services with a Psychology Minor and her Master's degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at Wright State University. She has over 17 years of professional experience working with people who have disabilities in a variety of environments, with extensive experience working with individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as ADHD. Shonda serves diverse populations including children, adolescents, and adults.
In addition to providing services at A New Direction for Counseling, Shonda currently teaches in CEHS and works as a Disability Resource Specialist at Wright State University coordinating programs for students who have disabilities. She specializes in person-centered support focusing in areas of personal advocacy, social skill development, vocational counseling, promoting independence, resiliency, and transitioning into college. Shonda practices an Integrative approach to counseling that allows her to tailor treatment plans to the needs of each individual.
Member of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA).
Pat Kaniuga, LPCC-S: Owner/Operator
MS, PCC-S (Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor). Pat graduated from Wright State University in 2000 with a degree in Community Counseling. Pat’s primary focus is Couples and Marriage Counseling, Eating Disorders, such as Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating, Anxiety, and Depression as well as Drug and Alcohol Assessments. Pat is married with four children.
Stevie Lamblin, LPC: Counselor
Stevie is a native of Dayton, Ohio. She graduated in 2016 with her B.S. in Psychology and graduated in 2019 with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University. Her passions and interests include, but are not limited to: relationship dynamics, intimate partner violence, LGBTQ+, sexual disorders, personality disorders, body-focused repetitive behaviors, eating disorders, and emotional processing in the form of anxiety and depression. Stevie’s approach is eclectic and adaptable to clients from diverse populations; anyone seeking help is welcome.
Stevie is currently a professional dancer with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and has 21 years of dance experience. She has taught movement courses for the past 6 years to both youth and adults alike. Stevie incorporates her understanding of the mind-body connection into her therapeutic approach, paying particular attention to Psychoanalytic symbols and emotional expression. This unique perspective gives clients access to a greater understanding of themselves and their behavior. Someone without the right prescription of glasses will inevitably trip and fall, regardless of how good or bad their vision is and regardless of how many coffee tables they’ve kicked. Stevie aspires to help clients find their exact lens, both providing clarity and decreasing undesirable symptoms–even if that’s only coffee table bruises.
Outside of her career aspirations, Stevie enjoys dancing, writing poetry, browsing Google scholar, and late nights with close friends.
Sheila R. Piner, MS, LPCC, NCC: Counselor
Sheila was born in Colorado and lived in seven different states before moving to Ohio in 1977. She attended Spring Valley Academy and graduated in a class of just eighteen students. She acquired an Associate’s Degree in Biomedical Electronics from Kettering College of Medical Arts (1990). Sheila worked in the Biomedical Electronics Department at a regional hospital in Dayton for ten years in this capacity. This period was followed by thirteen years working as a Field Service Representative for a medical manufacturer. In 2004 Sheila decided to pursue another degree and acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Antioch McGregor (2006). Sheila remained with the manufacturer until April 2013, when she left her career due to ongoing physical health issues.
In 2014 Sheila began the process of reinventing herself. She completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a certification in Crisis and Trauma, from Walden University (May 2017). She obtained the State of Ohio Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and her National Certified Counselor (NCC) designation (June 2017). Sheila became a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) on 1/10/2020.
Sheila ascribes to an Existential/Humanistic theoretical approach to counseling. She is interested in working with the LGBTQ community, those with chronic pain problems, and suicide prevention. She was an active volunteer, working previously with her church, Kettering Wee Wildcats Pee-wee football, Kettering Medical Center, Kettering Breast Evaluation Center, and The Good Neighbor House.
Sheila is available Wednesday in Franklin, Ohio, from 12 PM to 6 PM and is currently accepting new clients.
She is available in Beavercreek, Ohio, from 12 PM to 6 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and is accepting new clients.
Sheila has begun using a telehealth platform to do video counseling online with clients. If you are interested in online counseling, please request this with our receptionists.
No one can choose your mountain or tell you how to climb; it is yours alone to challenge at your own pace and time. - Author Unknown
Kira Settingsgaard, LPC: Counselor
Kira spent the majority of her life in a military family. As such, she moved/traveled around the globe, learning about various cultures and developing adaptability. Constantly meeting new people filled her with a desire to understand them, which created an enthusiasm for psychology and mental health. She graduated first with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She then attended Wright State University, where she earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Kira enjoys working with a diverse group of clients of all ages, including couples and families. She prides herself on providing clients with genuineness, empathy, and judgment-free care. Her approach to counseling is person-centered, focused on the needs and strengths of each client. Kira’s method is very eclectic, utilizing various counseling approaches to fit her client’s specific needs. She also believes in confronting issues realistically. This is all based on meeting people where they are mentally and helping them get to where they want to be. Approaches that Kira often use include reality/choice therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, art and play therapies, and existentialist perspectives.
Jeff Smart, LPCC-S: Clinical Director and Intern Supervisor
LPCC, LICDC. Jeff grew up in Ohio, served in the Air Force for 22 years, living for much of that time in Europe, and then returned to Ohio with his wife of 27 years and two sons after retiring from service. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services and is currently a licensed professional clinical counselor and a licensed chemical dependency counselor. Jeff has his master’s degree from Wright State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Jeffrey’s focus is on a variety of life issues that impede the unique potential of the individual. These include substance abuse and dependency, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as major life events that happen to us all. He works with people from all walks of life, including children, couples, and adults.
His counseling approach is person-centered and is concerned primarily with a person’s goals, aspirations, and realization of meaning. Jeffrey views life “problems” not as impediments to attaining goals but as opportunities through which one develops, grows, and evolves to a more meaningful and fulfilling life. Person-centered counseling is focused on the person and his or her goal, not the “problem” or “diagnosis.”
Person-centered counseling is not a platform on which one seeks advice or fears being judged, as if “under the microscope.” Rather it is a collaborative conversation based on unconditional positive regard, in which counselor and client journey together towards the client’s realization of meaning and goals. Gaining insight through collaborative conversation is key.
Jeffrey has begun using a telehealth platform to do video counseling online with clients. If you are interested in online counseling, please request this with our receptionists.
Along the journey, all paths lead toward meaning and meaningful existence. – M. Dezelic
Wes Walker, LPCC: Counselor and Training Supervisor
Wes provides individual therapy services to adolescents and adults, as well as couples counseling. He enjoys providing resources to individuals as he has five years of experience working at Jobs & Family Services. Wes enjoys working with diverse populations, including but not limited to LGBTQ+, college students, and anyone dealing with adjustment issues, anxiety, and depression. Wes considers himself an eclectic counselor in that he utilizes an array of modalities to fit his diverse clients’ needs. Moreover, he uses reality/choice therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy to help mindfully guide clients toward their targeted goals. Wes begins his sessions by building a strong therapeutic alliance with his clients. Trust, confidentiality, and rapport are the foundations of any successful relationship.
Actively and empathically listening to clients help determine the course of the following sessions. Objectives are essential in creating measurable, attainable, and reachable long-term goals. Mindfulness techniques are taught to ground the client and help ensure focusing on the here-and-now.
Wes obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wright State University in 2013 and was awarded his Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling fro Wright State University in 2018.
Licenses and Certificates
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), CSWMFT State of Ohio
Mental Health First Aid, Montgomery County ADAMHS Board
Omega chapter of Chi Sigma Iota
American Counseling Association
Rachel E. Warner, MA, LPC: Counselor
Rachel was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Bowling Green State University, followed by a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Edinboro University.
Rachel is a multiculturally trained professional who enjoys working with clients of all backgrounds. Her clinical focus includes but is not limited to depression, anxiety, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. She works with adolescents and adults both in-person and via Telehealth.
Rachel utilizes a person-centered approach to counseling; meaning that she provides each client with genuineness, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. She views the therapeutic journey as a partnership between the counselor and the client, and believes in providing each client with a safe space to grow. Rachel often utilizes cognitive-behavioral approaches, mindfulness/dialectical-behavioral approaches, and solution-based approaches; however, she ultimately will use whichever approach that is the most fitting to the client.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” -Carl Rogers
Tracy Wilson, LPCC: Counselor
MS, LPCC, LICDC-CS, LSW. Tracy was born and grew up in Ohio in the New Carlisle/Medway area. Tracy is married with three adult children. Tracy completed a Bachelors Degree of Science in Psychology at Wright State University with a minor in social work. Tracy then served on active duty in the US Army in Germany, followed by 20 plus years in the Army Reserves. Tracy completed her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Wright State University, followed by coursework specific to independent licensure and chemical dependency. Tracy is licensed as an independent clinical counselor, an independent chemical dependency counselor, and a social worker. As a case manager and therapist, Tracy has worked in community mental health as a crisis counselor in a community and hospital setting; as an EAP counselor doing critical incident debriefing and individual brief therapy; and in private practice. Tracy considers herself a Christian therapist but does not bring these beliefs into the therapeutic setting unless that is a client’s desire/request.
Tracy works with adolescents, adults, and older adults in private practice with specific experience and interests in working with veterans and active-duty military and their families, recovery from trauma, chemical use disorders, gambling addictions, personality disorders, and other mental health issues. Her approach is cognitive-behavioral, client-centered with the use of dialectic behavioral techniques.
Her approach as a therapist is a collaborative relationship where she is there as a guide and support system in the making changes that you want to make in your life but that you are the leader in what changes you want and willing to make. She utilizes and encourages direct and open communication on these goals and the process and is adaptable to each individual’s needs.
Amanda Babcock, MA, BCLC, BCCC, BCCRT: Life Coach
Amanda a part time Life Coach and Christian Counselor on staff. She takes very few clients with insurance, but that only is until July, then all clients will be self-pay or pro bono only. Amanda has a love for all people but has a passion to help those who cannot advocate for or help themselves. She believes in a holistic approach with a combination of meditation and mindfulness.
Amanda is a small-town girl who grew up in a military household with her parents taking in foster children. She has dealt with a variety of different issues and different backgrounds. Her professional goal is to work with women and children. She has worked in addiction counseling, with youth struggling with suicide and/or developmental disabilities. At her full-time job, she works with women and their children struggling with domestic violence situations.
Associates in Chemical Dependency Counseling, Bachelor’s in Psychology, Master’s in Mental Health and Wellness, and a Master’s in Christian Counseling
Member of the American Association of Christian Counseling
Board-Certified Christian Life Coach, Board Certified Christian Counselor & Board-Certified Crisis Response Therapist
National Certified Advocate thru the NACP
CENTRAL LOCATION: 1411 North Fairfield Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45432
SOUTH LOCATION: 8401 Claude Thomas Rd. Suite 37 Franklin, OH 45005
NORTH LOCATION: 1304 E. Main St.
Troy, OH 45373
PHONE: 937.426.2686 (for ALL locations)
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