Positive Perspectives Owners
Cheryl received her Doctorate in Psychology from Wright State University, School of Professional Psychology in 1993. She has 25 years of experience as a Clinical Psychologist; earlier in her career she served as the Behavioral Science Coordinator for the Ohio State University-Oakhill Rural Family Practice Residency. She currently provides therapy primarily to adults. She is certified in the treatment of trauma with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has been trained in Interoceptive Exposure for people who suffer from panic attacks. She has been married for 29 years and has two sons.
Cheryl’s primary area of interest at this point in her career is to assist her community in recovering from trauma: sexual and physical abuse, rape, and first responder trauma, among others. Areas of interest in addition to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are women’s issues, life transitions, depression, anxiety, and stress.
Rachel received her Masters Degree in Counseling from Wright State University in 2000. Rachel is an independently licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a supervisory status. She has over eighteen years of experience working with families and children of all ages and has supervised other clinicians in their therapeutic work. She is an expert in TF-CBT, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and families, and trains peers in this treatment modality. A more recent accomplishment is her work with Interoceptive Exposure, a treatment for people who suffer from panic attacks. She has been married for 15 years and has a four year old daughter.
Rachel’s areas of interest include anxiety, depression, sexual and physical abuse, ADHD, Bipolar and social/behavioral difficulties, and she provides individual and family therapy to children, teenagers and adults.
Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors
John received his Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky, and has over 25 years of experience with children, adults and families. John is a licensed Independent Social Worker with supervising status. He has worked in community mental health settings for most of his career, and has also treated inmates in a local state prison. While working in the prison setting, he received extensive training in substance abuse treatment. John has specialized skills in Motivational Interviewing, Anger Management, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT). He has been married for 30 years and has three children, ages 30, 22 and 20.
John’s areas of particular interest are anxiety, depression, ADHD and anger/impulse control.
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.
Note: Betsy’s practice is closed to new clients.
Kenneth P. Drude
Ken received his Doctorate Degree in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois in 1972. He has been licensed as a psychologist for 45 years. He has clinical and management experience working in a wide variety of settings: hospitals, small and large community mental health centers, a nursing home, a social service agency, and a university. He has served as the Director of Counseling at Lutheran Social Services, Executive Director and Clinical Director at a large mental health center, and currently is a member of the Ohio Board of Psychology. He has been married for 51 years and has two children.
Ken’s areas of interest include Individual and Couples Counseling, Loss, Grief, Depression, and Coping with Change.
BS, LCDC, LSW
Susan received her degree in Social Work and Family Development from the University of Dayton in 1988, and earned her license as an Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor in 1996. Susan brings 29 years of experience to Positive Perspectives. She has served in a variety of roles, including crisis counselor, group counselor, and most recently, school therapist for children whose emotional problems interfere with their ability to learn. She has also treated many adolescents and adults suffering from addiction issues. She currently provides coaching to parents and consultation to schools in the Clark County area.
Susan’s areas of interest include Chemical Dependency, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Communication, Parenting and Couple’s Issues, Behavioral Issues, and the Assessment and Treatment of Children, Adolescents, and Adults.
Kathleen O. Galarza
Kathleen received a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2000. She has over fifteen years of clinical experience and has provided therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, providing individual, group and family therapy in a variety of modalities including supportive, cognitive behavioral, family systems, and play therapy. She began private practice in 2002 and joined the team at Positive Perspectives Counseling Center in 2006.
Kathleen’s areas of specialization include issues impacting family cohesion and communication, conflict resolution skills, issues of life transitions, mother-daughter relationships, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, social struggles, parenting consultations, as well as other behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence.
Mike received his Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2011 and is a licensed professional clinical counselor. He has several years experience working in both community mental health and private practice. Mike enjoys working with teens and adults and has expertise with both individual counseling and couples/family work. Mike has sought extended training in couples counseling and in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He is married and has two young children.
Mike’s areas of interest include couples and family work, healing after an affair, conflict resolution, communication skills, Premarital Counseling, parenting, Christian Counseling, forgiveness, peer acceptance, self-esteem and general symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety and depression.
Joe received his Master’s Degree in Psychology at Bowie State University in Maryland in 1978. He worked in the Juvenile Justice field for 25 years. He was in private practice in Maryland for 18 years working with children, adolescents and adults, specializing in Depression and Anxiety Disorders. He relocated to Springfield in 2003 and began working at Mental Health Services for Clark County. He joined the team at Positive Perspectives Counseling Center in 2004. He is married and has two children as well as grandchildren.
Joe’s areas of interest are: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, ADHD assessment and treatment, family and couples counseling, parenting issues, behavioral issues in adolescents and children, and anger management across the lifespan.
Eileen received her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron in 2013 and is dually licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor and Independent Marriage and Family Therapist. Eileen has worked in multiple settings including in-home, school and outpatient, working with children, adolescents, and their families. Eileen has sought extended training in trauma, utilizing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy techniques as well as expressive art techniques. She has a great deal of experience working with survivors of physical and sexual abuse and enjoys working with children and teens. Eileen is married and has one daughter.
Eileen’s areas of interest include: depression, anxiety, trauma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and family therapy.
Alicia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fitchburg State University and her Master’s in Social Work from Wheelock College. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Alicia takes a strengths-based approach in order to empower others to take control in their lives and create their own happiness. Her primary experience has been working with children and families suffering from depression, trauma, grief, and other significant life stressors such as family disruptions and separations. She has a great deal of experience treating Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other behavior/conduct issues. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her family and friends and hiking with her dog, Delilah.
Alicia’s areas of special interest include: trauma, depression and grief.
Beth received her Masters from Ohio State University Graduate School of Social Work and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. In her 25 years of postgraduate experience, she has worked in both the mental health and addiction/recovery fields in a variety of settings, including hospitals and schools as well as private practice. She has directed relapse prevention programs and developed prevention programs to serve students with emotional and substance abuse histories. She attended training with the Accord Program to help those with Bereavement, and has many years experience helping people who are victims of domestic violence.
Beth’s areas of interest include Grief Counseling, ACOA, Recovery/ Relapse Prevention, Childhood Abuse, Anxiety and Depression, Couples Therapy, Blended Family Issues, Adolescents and Christian Counseling.
Cristie L. Yontz-Hall
Cristie received her Master’s in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College in 2009. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Art Therapist. Cristie enjoys working with individuals of all ages, but specializes in working with young children and adolescents. Cristie has been certified as a trauma therapist through the Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children and has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). As a Registered Art Therapist, she has expertise in using creative art and play interventions in counseling to address mental health concerns and to foster growth.
Cristie works with a broad range of issues including: grief & loss, anxiety, depression, abuse & trauma, life transitions, social & behavioral problems, ADHD, parenting skills, attachment & bonding, and parent-child relationships.