MA, LPC, LSC
Meet Kate Bailin
Kate Bailin, MA, LPC, LSC
Her therapy clients describe Kate as supportive, understanding, positive, and easy to talk to.
Kate’s therapy style is encouraging, solution-focused, strengths-based, creative, and play-based.
Kate earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Spring Arbor University and her School Counseling endorsement from The University of Toledo. In addition to her work at The Willow Center, Kate is employed as an Elementary School Counselor in the Anthony Wayne School District. Prior to working as a counselor, Kate was an elementary school teacher and taught grades K-2. As a dually licensed counselor, Kate understands the importance of working with schools and families to develop a supportive, team approach.
Kate has specialized training in play therapy, sandtray therapy, grief and loss, and behavioral issues. As a children’s therapist, Kate uses creative, play-based techniques to help children explore their problems in a non-threatening manner. Kate also enjoys facilitating groups with children to allow children to benefit from the support of their peers. Kate is experienced in working with children who are experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem, grief, and behavioral issues. Kate uses a strengths-based approach to help children develop social skills, conflict resolution skills, emotional regulation, and coping skills to deal with life’s challenges.
Meet Kristen Barry
Kristen Barry, MSW, LISW-S
Her therapy clients describe Kristen as respectful, energetic, compassionate, playful and supportive.
Kristen’s therapy style is engaging, informative, and goal-directed with a positive, strengths-based, flexible, encouraging attitude.
Kristen earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. Prior to working at the Willow Center, Kristen has worked with youth in a variety of settings (community mental health, educational treatment programs, and residential treatment). Kristen believes in meeting a youth and family where they are at and building on current strengths and successes in order to make positive changes across all aspects of life. Kristen’s therapeutic approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), strength-based therapy, and using play in order to promote positive change.
Over the last decade, Kristen has developed specialized clinical skills through her experiences working with individuals and families with early childhood-to-adolescent difficulties. Kristen has helped families obtain better balance while struggling with distressing symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, social/peer issues, difficulty at school, behavior problems, ADHD, and developmental delays. Kristen has developed competency in understanding youth and their families’ individualistic relational challenges with separation, divorce, and co-parenting. Kristen helps youth, and their families, in developing skills and tools to increase the likelihood of success in all settings and environments. Kristen believes in the power of connection and relationships to promote positive changes in one’s life and situation, regardless of past experience.
Meet Samantha Byrne
Samantha Byrne MA, LPC
Her therapy clients describe Sam as compassionate, encouraging, genuine, and relatable.
Sam’s therapy style is calming, affirming, hope-filled, and solution-focused.
Samantha earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Prior to joining the team at The Willow Center, Sam completed her graduate internship with a focus on college students, counseling them through a wide variety of issues. In addition, Sam has gained valuable experience providing therapy in community mental health settings. She is also a volunteer in the community working with teenagers, women, and families in various capacities to overcome the unexpected challenges that life often presents.
Samantha is a therapist who excels at listening with compassion and understanding. She strives to provide hope for clients that life can be better and more joy-filled. Clients find they can truly overcome and heal past struggles that have kept them from becoming the person they want to be. Sam believes the key to facilitating healing, growth, and change is connection. Her goal is to understand each client’s unique circumstances, creating a partnership with them as they journey toward healthier living.
Samantha enjoys working with teens, adults, and couples. She is skilled in working with clients who are experiencing relationship issues, family conflicts, depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. She feels incorporating spirituality into counseling sessions can be helpful and is able to counsel clients from a faith-based perspective, if desired.
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 Kristy Garcia
Kristy Garcia, 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 Ellen Larabee
Ellen Larabee, LPCC
Her therapy clients describe Ellen as perceptive, accepting, compassionate, genuine, dedicated and creative.
Ellen’s therapy style is empathetic, insightful, reflective, humorous and goal-affirming.
Ellen earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University. Prior to working at the Willow Center, Ellen completed her internship with university students. She has worked in community mental health and residential treatment for women with addiction issues. Ellen’s therapeutic approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and expands to include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and clinical hypnotherapy.
Ellen is experienced in working with adolescents and adults who have issues with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, OCD, and bipolar disorders. Ellen also enjoys working with couples and families to resolve interpersonal conflicts and to teach effective and assertive communication skills. Ellen’s initial goal is to connect with a client and their experiences in their world, ask questions, provide feedback, and use interventions to rebuild and reinforce the client’s sense of self and their place in the universe.
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 Anthony Rivera
Anthony Rivera, Psy. D
His therapy clients describe Anthony as warm, understanding, positive and fun.
Anthony’s therapy style is affirming, creative, and solution-focused.
Anthony earned his Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Wright State University and his Bachelors of Psychology from Bowling Green State University. In addition to seeing clients at the Willow Center, Anthony also works in nursing homes with older clients and their families. In the past, Anthony has worked in college counseling, inpatient hospitals, and community mental health agencies.
He enjoys working with children, teens, adults and families. He is passionate about promoting equality and multicultural understanding. He believes that personal growth is achievable no matter the problem or circumstance. Anthony has specific experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, trauma, drug and alcohol recovery, Autism spectrum disorders, and the elderly.
Meet Liza Simrell
Liza Simrell, LPCC-S
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 Brandon Tomlinson
Brandon Tomlinson, CT
His clients describe him as thoughtful, humorous, attentive, understanding, and warm.
Brandon’s therapy style reflects a desire to collaborate, the use of evidence-based practices, and is geared toward compassionate expansion of insight.
Brandon is currently completing the final hours necessary to earn his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland University, and will be entering his doctoral studies next year. He works with a diverse population of clients and is particularly interested in the influence of personal experiences on the formation of one’s personality. He particularly enjoys helping people learn how to reframe perspectives, and grow into healthier versions of themselves.
Brandon’s clinical approach is grounded in Schema Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy set on a bedrock of understanding the impact of family systems and Person-Centered Theory. He believes that people have a unique knowledge of themselves: they are the experts on their lives. He jokes that he is the sherpa to their mountain climber, as he seeks to assist his clients reach their life goals.
Meet Erin Wiley
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.