Staff

Lisa Foster

LPCC, ATR 

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Ruth Miller

MSW, LSW

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Liza Simrell

LPCC-S

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Abby Russell

MA, LPCC

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Kristy Siegle

MA, LPCC

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Erin Wiley

MA, LPCC

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Marie Zanfardino

MA, LPCC

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Jenny Beadle

Medical Billing Account Manager

Michelle Ruelke

Office Manager

 
 

Meet Liza


Liza

Her therapy clients describe Liza as realistic, laid back, and practical, understanding and positive.

Liza’s therapy style is realistic, positive, research-based, understanding, and action oriented.

Liza earned her Master’s Degree Mental Health Counseling from Heidelberg University. Prior to working at the Willow Center, Liza has worked in a variety of settings with a variety of mental health diagnosis (foster agency, community corrections facility, alternative learning school, and community mental health agency). Liza believes in empowering clients to help them make positive changes in their lives. Liza’s therapeutic approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), but also uses client-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, and family systems therapy. 

Liza has worked with adolescents, adults, men and women, couples, and families. Liza is comfortable working with clients who experience depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, grief, relationship issues, LGBTQ+ and family problems. Liza believes in helping people reach healthy goals to their highest functioning.

Meet Lisa Foster


Lisa Foster, LPCC, ATR

Her therapy clients describe Lisa as compassionate, calming, insightful, relatable, supportive, and encouraging.

Lisa’s therapy style is affirming, creative, insight-oriented, informational, skill-building, and research-based.

Lisa earned an MS in Counseling from Capella University, and an MA in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University. She provides both mental health counseling and art therapy at The Willow Center. Specific interventions and treatment models she uses include mindfulness skills, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for the treatment of PTSD, and various creative counseling techniques.

Lisa is experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples with issues that include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, chronic pain, addiction, and relationship difficulties. She works to first build a strong relationship with clients to fully appreciate their individual strengths, problems, and needs and then provides feedback and interventions to help facilitate the desired changes. Lisa is also a skilled group facilitator, with experience in both clinical and professional settings, covering themes such as self-empowerment, mindfulness, team-building, creative self-expression and exploration.

Meet Ruth Miller


Ruth Miller, MSW, LSW

Her therapy clients describe Ruth as empowering, open-minded, genuine, empathetic, respectful, and committed.

Ruth’s therapy style is honest, calm, informative, motivational, evidence-based, diverse, and playful with children.

Ruth earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. Her previous clinical experiences involved providing therapy to individuals, couples, and families dealing with a broad range of mental health issues and addictions. She enjoys working with all ages, addressing challenges such as anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and abuse, childhood behavioral issues, intellectual disabilities, family conflict, divorce, and relationship issues. She also has co-facilitated therapy groups including those for domestic violence, grief and loss for individuals with intellectual disabilities, DBT skills, and groups for children (ages 5-18) struggling with the divorce of their parents.

Ruth’s clinical approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, she also incorporates Psychodynamic, Person-Centered, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Family Systems Therapy in her counseling work. Ruth strives to honor the strengths of each person, and find ways to use those strengths to help clients achieve maximum growth in therapy.

Meet Abby Russell


Abby Russell, MA, LPCC

Her therapy clients describe Abby as friendly, upbeat, relatable, supportive, and a solution focused therapist.

Abby’s therapy style is calm, diverse, warm, straightforward, and honest.

Abby earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University. In addition to her work at The Willow Center, she is employed as a Health Officer in Wood County and an instructor certified by the Crisis Prevention Institute where she trains on non-violent crisis intervention in the workplace. Before joining the team at The Willow Center, Abby worked at Rescue Mental Health Services, Arrowhead Behavioral Health, and Harbor Behavioral Health of both Wood and Lucas counties.

Abby sees children, adolescents, college students, young parents, families, middle-aged adults, and the elderly for therapy. She has specific experience working with clients with drug and/or alcohol dependence, anxiety & depression, a history of trauma, the LGBTQ community, and PTSD related to military combat exposure. Abby has additional training in Trauma Informed Care and how to provide a Safe Zone for clients dealing with trauma. Abby utilizes a Person-Centered therapeutic approach, while also relying on Cognitive Behavioral and Brief Therapy techniques.

Meet Kristy Siegle


Kristy Siegle, MA, LPCC

Her therapy clients describe Kristy as supportive, fun, easy to talk to, empowering, and positive.

Kristy’s therapy style is open, direct, engaging, caring, upbeat, and motivating.

Kristy earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Heidelberg University. Before joining the team at The Willow Center, she worked with clients in a variety of other settings: an inpatient addiction facility, a community mental health center, a local hospital, and a nearby school system. She practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has extensive training in helping people deal with trauma utilizing a specific form of therapy called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help clients move past deeply ingrained negative beliefs about themselves and their abilities.

Kristy enjoys working with clients of all ages, and especially enjoys working with people struggling with anxiety, depression, and issues of self worth. She is very comfortable working with people who are burden by past trauma, and individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. She feels that the years she spent traveling the world as a child of an army soldier have given her a unique and open-minded perspective of the world and people. It’s that diverse point of view that she feels helps her relate to, and ultimately help her clients create the changes they want in their lives.

Meet Erin Wiley

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Erin Wiley, LPCC

Her therapy clients describe Erin as friendly, upbeat, motivational, supportive, and a strategic & creative problem solver.

Erin’s therapy style is energetic, caring, solution-focused, straightforward, and research-based.

Erin earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University. Before founding The Willow Center, Erin worked as a therapist in a group private practice in Sylvania, Ohio. Erin’s dream to create The Willow Center started even before she began graduate school. Recognizing the ways in which therapy had been instrumental in positively changing the lives of people around her, as well as her own life, she envisioned a therapy center where clients of all ages could partner with the best clinicians in the area to create the kind of change they want in their lives.

Erin has extensive experience counseling men and women, teenagers, married couples, and families. She has experience with the LGBTQ community, and has specific training in couples’ counseling; she is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR (a therapy technique that helps clients resolve issues and negative beliefs from their past that may be holding them back today. Her goal as a therapist is to train, support, and empower her clients, despite difficulties and limitations, to live their best life.

Meet Marie Zanfardino


Marie Zanfardino, MA, LPCC

Her therapy clients describe as calming, supportive and effective.

Marie’s therapy style is change-based, caring, solution-focused, client centered, and goal oriented.

Marie earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University. Marie strives to help clients value their individual strengths, and to achieve their personal and professional goals. She has extensive training in counseling from the Cognitive Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, and has published articles in the areas of career counseling and domestic violence. She volunteered on crisis hotlines in Hampton Rhodes, Virginia and Bowling Green, Ohio. Her experience includes diagnosing and treating adults in the realms of individual and couples’ counseling for a variety of concerns including anger management, stress, depression, addictions, relationship and adjustment issues, and career concerns.

Marie has also helped employees and students seeking to improve their performance and satisfaction in the workplace or college. Working as a Clinical Counselor is Marie’s second career; previously she was a software engineer that supported computer aided design engineers. She coordinated treatment at Devlac Hall Women’s Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility where she earned an independent license as a Clinical Chemical Dependency Counselor.