Positive Perspectives Owners/Clinicians
Cheryl B. Levine
Wife, mother, psychologist, musician, animal-lover, dollhouse miniaturist and sun enthusiast.
Married for over 30 years with two sons, Cheryl is a transplant from New Jersey and has never gotten the beach out of her system. She has worn many hats over the course of her career; she has trained Resident physicians in psychosocial skills and co-precepted their patient care, she has taught college, consulted with businesses and performed trainings for other professionals. However, her primary passion is in helping people heal from trauma as an EMDR therapist. “I am so moved by the courage of my clients. I am amazed at our capacity for healing and am profoundly honored to assist in a process that is both so deeply painful and so joyful in recovery.”
In life, as in the office, she is a straight-shooter, a direct communicator and strongly insightful and empathic. You know where you stand with her in treatment—and she stands with you at the times you need her the most. Her clients often return for new areas of work across their lifespan. She is both a spiritual and creative person who enjoys bringing these aspects into treatment.
In addition to her expertise in trauma, PTSD and EMDR, Cheryl works with adults in other problems in living; depression, anxiety (she has training in ERP-exposure and response prevention), women’s issues, life transitions, boundaries, communication and relationship difficulties.
Cheryl is a clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience. She graduated from Wright State University, School of Professional Psychology with a Psy.D. degree in 1993. She works out of both the Springfield and Fairborn offices.
Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors
Father, husband, social worker, runner, life-long baseball coach and famous banana bread maker.
John has been married for 37 years and has three children, ages 36, 28 and 26. He is a very patient listener and tries to be focused mainly on the present. John is practically-minded with clients and doesn’t get bogged down in “a lot of psychological terms—I try to be real-life.” He focuses on what his clients are doing well. His is particularly enthusiastic about working with couples, and appreciates the give and take of the mediation process. In addition to couples and family therapy, treating adults and families, he has extensive training in substance abuse treatment and is now clinically active in supporting addicts in their recovery. During his 35-year career, John has specialized in Motivational Interviewing, Anger Management, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT).
John is a masters level social worker with supervisory status and graduated with a MSW from University of Kentucky in 1983. He works out of both the Springfield and Fairborn offices.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Coffman
LISW, Supv., ACSW
Betsy received her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from The Ohio State University in 1974. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and addictions specialist. Betsy has 40 years of experience as a therapist and has held supervisory positions in both Mental Health and Addictions Treatment Programs, where she has worked extensively with individuals, couples, families and groups. She has been married for 23 years and has one daughter, three stepsons and five grandchildren. She is one of the original owners of Positive Perspectives Counseling Centers.
Betsy’s specialties with adults and adolescents are: Depression; Anxiety; Grief; Trauma and Abuse Recovery; Substance Abuse Assessment; Recovery Issues for Chemical and Co-Dependency and ACOA’s. She works out of the Springfield office.
Note: Betsy’s practice is closed to new clients.
Kenneth P. Drude
Psychologist, researcher, trainer, father, husband, wood-carver, Mayan archeology enthusiast.
Ken has been married for 53 years and has two grown children. His coworkers and fellow researchers describe him as dependable and loyal—someone they can count on. His clients describe him as very accessible, and they love his adaptability in caring for them and their unique needs. He is interested in the whole spectrum of interventions and interactions in his treatment. He focuses on personal strengths over weaknesses and pathology—and facilitates what will help clients feel worthwhile and good about themselves. He guides his treatment toward what clients can personally do to bring about the changes they need, rather than relying on others to do that work. He empowers clients to take charge of their lives.
In addition to individual therapy, Ken will also treat couples. His caseload is made up of adults and young adults (16 years and older). During his impressive 50-year career, Ken has worked as a Generalist, but has lately been focusing on Tele-Mental Health (online treatment). He started his work on this as early as 15 years ago, when he chaired the Ohio Psychological Association’s Committee for the Development of Tele-Psychology Guidelines.
Ken is a Clinical Psychologist and graduated with a Ph.D from the University of Illinois. He has a comprehensive CV with many accomplishments and published articles. Currently Ken is only doing telehealth sessions.
MSW, LSW, LICDC
Mother, wife, silly fun-lover, school social worker by day, counselor by night, a superhero without a cape.
Susan has been married 32 years and has two children, one of whom is about to marry, giving her three children. Born and bred in Springfield, Susan is known to be easy to talk to and asks interesting questions that you would not think to ask yourself. She has lots of “wonderings” and uses these to assist her clients in becoming the best versions of themselves. “I’m all about creating a treatment plan and going back to it—I consult with my clients about whether we’ve done what we have meant to do. I’m all about the next step.” She has a cheerful demeanor around the office and is collaborative and reinforcing to her colleagues. We feel lucky to have her as our “counselor-by-night.”
Susan treats children, teens and adults with individual, couples and family therapy. She is particularly experienced with substance abuse and can perform assessments as well as providing compassionate treatment for a variety of substance use disorders.
Susan is a masters level social worker and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2019 with a MSW. She is also a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. She works out of the Springfield office.
Kathleen O. Galarza
Psychologist, avid runner, hiker, and published photographer.
Kathleen enjoys the proximity of the park across the street from the Fairborn office. She is down-to-earth, warm, and kind. Her clients especially appreciate the way she can use humor to support them as they tackle life’s challenges together. She has an unshakable belief in the inherent ability for all to grow, heal and thrive.
Kathleen brings energy, warmth, and compassion to her work while thoughtfully upholding the highest professional and ethical standards in her treatment process. Over her 21-year career, she has mastered skills in providing individual, group, and family therapy, using a variety of modalities including supportive, cognitive behavioral, family systems, attachment, and play therapy. She particularly loves facilitating family cohesion and communication through conflict resolution skills. She is adept at helping clients though challenges with life transitions, enjoys mother-daughter relationship treatment, and is skilled with anxiety, depression, ADHD, social struggles. She also provides parenting consultations.
Kathleen is a licensed clinical psychologist, and earned her doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2000. She works out of the Fairborn office.
Husband, father, counselor, woodworker, self-proclaimed nerd.
Mike is the third of four boys, married for more than a dozen years and has three children: 9, 7 and 2. He is a lover of woodworking and problem solving, now having worked with clients of various ages and relational states for nearly 10 years, with specific training in couple’s therapy, healing from infidelity, dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. There is a comfort and openness with Mike that allows for meaningful exploration of symptoms and problems, looking for practical, spiritual and other avenues for resolution and healing. Forgiveness is a focus of his because of how important it is in our relationships and life in general.
His passion for making sense of the pain and sorrow life can throw at us, combined with a gentle spirit, makes Mike a capable and effective therapist in this world that never seems to let up. Faith often comes into the discussion and has been a part of Mike’s life long before his path led him to this career. There is a thoughtfulness and a willingness present to go with you into the dark and scary parts of the past, the looming unknowns of the future, and the often-overwhelming present. Mike is competent to treat and excels at working with mood disorders, anxiety, marriage/relationship and family issues on a wide spectrum, traumatic experiences, social issues, depression, and personality challenges.
Mike received his Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2011 and is a licensed professional clinical counselor. He works out of both the Springfield and Fairborn offices.
Mother, Golfer, Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Gardener, lover of Saint Bernards, thrift stores, and all things vintage.
Emily has been married for 8 years and has two young daughters as well as two Saint Bernard puppies. She loves a challenge in all areas of life and is an enthusiastic team player and collaborator. She approaches therapy with enormous respect for her clients and their expertise in their own lives and believes strongly in the power to heal through deep discussion and searching. Emily is passionate about learning and understanding how the present is illuminated through the light of the past and feels honored to be on her client’s journeys to discover this alongside them. Emily has worked as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor since 2014 and is deeply committed to working with those struggling with depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, grief, and issues surrounding life changes and adjustments. She has extensive training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Emily received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University in 2014. She works out of the Springfield office.
Reader, crafter, counselor and marriage and family therapist, connoisseur of iced coffee, donuts, and grilled cheese.
Eileen is married with two little ones and has two “obnoxious but lovable” dogs. She will deny it, but she has so much energy and motivation toward her development as a clinician! Around the office she’s a team player, seeking collaboration with colleagues which only enhances her excellence as a therapist. She goes that extra mile so that her clients are connected with the right services at the right time to assure they have the best quality care. In addition, Eileen strongly believes her clients are the experts of their own lives, and aims to empower them to be the agent of change in their own treatment. Her dry sense of humor is a delightful breath of fresh air in her work. She strives for a partnership with clients and encourages them to be stronger in their own medical and mental health advocacy. Eileen is well-versed in systems theory, and she has sought extra training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as well as trauma-informed therapy interventions. She is passionate about helping clients recognize the ebb and flow of patterns in their own lives, so that as they move into health, they become more expert in their own mental health challenges and strengths.
Eileen is dually licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor and Independent Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron in 2013. She works out of both the Springfield and Fairborn offices.
Social worker, back-packer, canoe-tripper, bird call enthusiast, and white-water kayaker.
Married for 24 years, Beth has experience in a blended family and “is still alive to talk about it.” As a paramedic’s daughter, she grew up experiencing, first hand, the cumulative toll that exposure to trauma takes on first responders. This background led directly to one of her most current passions, training in EMDR. Throughout her 35-year career, she has worked primarily with adults and teens doing CBT and DBT to help facilitate change and growth. Beth believes these modalities give people a lot more confidence to identify their own self-talk and self-imposed blocks to overcoming emotional difficulties. Her years of experience, unflagging compassion, and ability to remain nonjudgmental in the face of shame-based experiences make her one of our therapists sought out by name.
Beth is competent to treat trauma, victimization and PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), depression, generalized anxiety, as well as grief and loss. She also provides supportive follow up care for people who are new to substance abuse recovery.
Beth received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Ohio State University in 1986 and is a licensed independent social worker and supervisor. She works out of Springfield office.