Positive Perspectives Owners/Clinicians

Cheryl Levine, Psy.D.

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Cheryl B. Levine (She/Her/Hers)

Psy.D.

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. Cheryl typically sees clients age 21 years old and up. Some of her favorite referrals include Trauma/EMDR, First Responders/Police Officers/Firefighters, Divorce, Anxiety, Women’s Issues, Boundaries, Relationship Problems, LGBTQIA+

Independent Contractors:
Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors

Positive Perspectives Counseling Center provides space and support services to the mental health providers in this office. Each independently licensed therapist at PPInc. is operating as an independent contractor and is solely responsible for the services they provide and the manner in which they are performed; they are not agents or employees of PPInc.

Danielle Adams, MSW, LSW

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Danielle Adams (She/Her/Hers)

MSW, LSW

Sister, aunt, social worker, outdoor enthusiast, music fanatic, disability advocate and dog devotee.

Danielle is a sister to three siblings and a doting aunt to ten nieces and nephews. When she is not cheering on a niece or nephew at a sporting or musical event, you’ll often find her lost in a good book, snuggling a dog, challenging herself with different puzzles, connecting with nature, and attending concerts. In her career, Danielle enjoys working with children and adults. She has experience working with difficulties such as grief, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, conduct disorders, self-harm/suicidal ideation, parenting concerns, and more. Danielle is passionate about empowering clients to take positive actions and address their mental health concerns, fostering a sense of authenticity and growth. 

Danielle focuses on identifying and regulating emotions with young children. As clients age, she embraces mindfulness-based interventions to promote self-awareness, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.

Colleagues and clients find Danielle to be genuine, approachable, and compassionate. She loves to make people laugh! Clients especially value her ability to use humor to navigate life obstacles. She believes in everyone’s potential to grow, heal, and flourish.

Danielle became a licensed social worker in 2021 and obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University OH-IO in 2023.  She is supervised by Jordan Thurman, LISW-S, PMH-C, and works out of the Springfield office. Danielle typically sees clients from 5 to 12 and 18 to 65.  Some of her favorite referrals include working with clients who are dealing with anxiety and depression.

Emily Neely, therapist

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Emily Neely (She/Her/Hers)

LPCC-S

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. Emily typically sees clients age 18 years old and up. Some of her favorite referrals include Trauma/Complex Trauma, EMDR, Family of Origin Problems, Anxiety and Depression.

John Beer

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John Beer (He/Him/His)

MSW, LISW

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. John typically sees clients age 20 years old and up. Some of his favorite referrals include Seniors, Couples, Anxiety/Depression, Trauma, and Anger Management.

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Jordan Thurman (She/Her/Hers)

LISW-S, PMH-C

Wife, mother, social worker, board game enthusiast, Cricut engineer and shameless wannabe dancer.

Jordan was raised by her grandparents in Southern Ohio and isn’t sure if she’s an only or the youngest, since her brother is 14 years older than she! She has been married eight years and has a 3-year-old son. She tries to keep it real and genuine and enjoys a sense of humor. She is a nonjudgmental and open counselor and tries to be intentional in each session, modeling some of the skills she teaches. She is both empathetic to the difficulties inherent in change while being keen to witness strengths and the amount of progress clients have accomplished.

Jordan has a genuine passion for working with women, especially new moms. She is also a strong advocate for the LGBTQIA+ population and is often involved in trauma work with her clients. Her clients and colleagues all note her friendly and humorous demeanor; she loves to “explain the why” behind what happens in our bodies and minds. She is a can-do counselor who is full of ideas and resources.

Jordan is competent to treat depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, including OCD, PTSD, including religious trauma, life transitions, parenting concerns, and grief, including perinatal and infancy loss. She can treat children as well as adults.

Jordan received her master’s degree in Social Work from Asbury University in 2013 and is a licensed independent social worker with a supervisory designation. She is primarily a Telehealth provider and does in-person counseling out of the Springfield office. Jordan typically sees clients age 12 years old and up but does see ages 8 – 11 years old on a case-by-case basis. Some of her favorite referrals include Trauma, Perinatal Mental Health, LGBTQIA+, Depression/Anxiety, EMDR.

Albie Cowen

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Albie Cowen (He/Him/His)

LSW/M.Ed

Husband, father, grandfather; collector of vinyl records and music lover; choir singer and enthusiastic gardener.

Albie has been married for 45 years and has raised four adopted children and one grandchild, now adults. He has worked as a therapist for teens for 45 years. He loves the new perspectives that teens bring—he finds their openness and directness refreshing. He has always been a caregiver and has an intense desire to help people. There is a sincerity and openness about Albie that young people relate to—and they find his timeless empathy to be a significant pathway to healing.

He is a generalist and works with a large array of adolescent problems, including trauma, parent conflicts, drug and alcohol issues, depression, anxiety and anger. He finds that teens are often angry, depressed and anxious, all at the same time. Albie’s ability to connect and draw out his clients make him a particular asset to families in which communication is difficult. He is an expert in building bridges between young people and parents.

Albie is competent to treat many childhood disorders, such as mood and anxiety disorders, suicidality, and clients with histories of trauma. He excels at working with relationships and family issues on a wide spectrum.

Albie received his Master’s Degree in Special Education from Wright State University in 1992 and is a Licensed Social Worker. He is supervised by Betsy Coffman, LISW, Supv., ACSW, and works out of the Springfield office. Albie typically sees adolescent clients somewhere between age 11 or 12 and late 20’s. Some of his favorite referrals include Depression/Anxiety, Anger Problems, Suicidality, Family Issues, and Trauma.

Susan Fiegl

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Susan Fiegl (She/Her/Hers)

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 and is currently working on her Early Childhood Certification. She works out of the Springfield office. Susan typically sees clients age 5 years old and up. Some of her favorite referrals include Alcohol and Drug Addiction, Anxiety, Grief, Emotional Regulation, and Executive Functioning Skill-Building.

Mike LeMaster

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Mike LeMaster (He/Him/His)

LPCC

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. Mike typically sees clients age 12 years old and up. Some of his favorite referrals include Couples/Family work, Anxiety, Depression/Bipolar, and Christian Counseling.

Saidee Purcell, a therapist at Positive Perspectives in Springfield Ohio

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Saidee Purcell (She/Her/Hers)

Ms.Ed., LPC

Daughter, counselor, cat-lover, nature enthusiast, LGBTQ+ advocate, and ukulele player

Saidee is person-centered in her practice, meaning that the client comes first. While working with families, she advocates for the child/teen while also supporting the caregiver in the process. She takes time to understand alternative perspectives and is open-minded to all individuals. Saidee has a passion towards trauma-informed care and uses modalities such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy to help children and adolescents explore adverse experiences and ways to heal from them. Saidee is empathic, warm, and creative. Often in sessions, she encourages the use of play therapy techniques, psychodrama and artistic activities.

Saidee is passionate about aiding communities who are oppressed and feel powerless. She has experience working closely with LGBTQ+ identities and hopes to work more with this community in work within Positive Perspectives. Saidee also enjoys using existentialism within counseling which helps adolescents to navigate life’s most difficult questions about purpose and meaning.

In her free time, she enjoys playing her ukulele, spending time in nature, meditating, and spoiling her cat, Ginger.

Saidee received her M.S.Ed. degree from the University of Dayton and is a licensed professional counselor. She has a passion towards working with children and families and looks forward to helping more clients at Positive Perspectives Inc. She is supervised by Emily Neely, LPCC-S, and has an office in Springfield but also works out of the Fairborn office on Thursdays and Fridays.

Kathleen O. Galarza, Ph.D.

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Kathleen O. Galarza (She/Her/Hers)

Ph.D.

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. Kathleen typically sees clients age 11 years old and up. Some of her favorite referrals include Anxiety and Depression in Young Adults, Adjustment/Transition Difficulties, Self-Image/Worth, Managing Social Demands and Hurts (Bullying, Social Media), LGBTQIA+.

Jessica Cochran, therapist at Positive Perspectives

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Jessica Cochran (She/Her/Hers)

MA, LPC

Wife, mother, counselor, reality tv and Disney enthusiast, animal lover, and Swiftie

Jessica has been married for a little over a year and has a 6-month-old son. She is currently learning how to navigate life with an infant, but is loving every minute of it and enjoying viewing the world through the eyes of a child. She also has 2 dogs and 2 cats that keep her very busy. In her free time, Jessica enjoys going for walks, catching up on her favorite shows, and taking her son to visit family.

Jessica is very passionate in her work as a therapist. She strives to be genuine in all therapeutic relationships and meet the client where they are at. She understands that counseling can be scary and she aims to help her clients feel as comfortable and as safe as possible. Jessica loves to work with adolescents and young adults to help them find themselves during this transitional time of life. She also finds joy in working with kids, helping them to better understand their emotions. Working with adults, especially parents, has been fun for Jessica as well, as she is understanding more through her own experiences how difficult this role can be. Jessica is competent in treating depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. She also enjoys helping clients with self-esteem, stress management, and boundary setting.

Jessica received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University in 2022 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works out of the Springfield office and sees clients from the ages of 8-65. Some of her favorite referrals are young adults, depression, anxiety, stress management, self-esteem issues, and emotional regulation. Jessica is supervised by Emily Neely, LPCC-S.

Shane Harphant

Shane E. Harphant (He/Him/His)

MSSW, LSW

Father, Husband, Social Worker, Artist, Pokemon fan, avid reader and life-long learner

Shane is a father of two girls who share his creative spirit. He and his wife enjoy nurturing their daughter’s passions and fostering their unique personalities.

Shane holds Master’s degrees in both Social Work and Psychology with a concentration in child development. He became a licensed social worker in 2012, and enjoys working with a wide array of populations of all ages. He is experienced in working with childhood victimization and childhood trauma as well as trauma endured throughout the lifespan in all settings. Shane enjoys working with individuals with childhood trauma, anxiety, OCD, and other mental health issues of concern.

Shane also holds a Post Master’s Certificate in Behavioral Analysis and has experience in working with children and adults with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.  

Eileen Potter

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Eileen Potter (She/Her/Hers)

LPCC, IMFT-S

Note: Eileen is not currently taking new clients due to reduced hours.

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.

Ken Drude, Ph.D.

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Kenneth P. Drude (He/Him/His)

Ph.D.

Note: Ken is not taking any new clients and does not anticipate taking any new clients since he expects to fully retire by next Spring (2024) or early Summer. We will miss him so much!

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.

Betsy Coffman

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Coffman (She/Her/Hers)

LISW, Supv., ACSW

Note: Betsy’s practice is closed to new clients. 

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. 

Beth Salzwedel

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Beth Salzwedel (She/Her/Hers)

MSW, LISW-S

Note: Beth is not taking any new clients and does not anticipate taking any more since she expects to retire by next Spring (2024) or early Summer. We will miss her so much!

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.

Office Staff

Shirley, Administrative Assistant

Shirley (She/Her/Hers)

Administrative Assistant

Mindy (She/Her/Hers)

Administrative Assistant

Andrea (She/Her/Hers)

Administrative Assistant