D. Joseph Hupp Jr., MSSA, LISW-S
- Serving Adolescents, Adults, Couples & Families
From a young age I knew that I wanted to help people, but I didn’t exactly know what that meant. As a teenager, I was the person who was on the phone at all hours (I am certain my parents did not appreciate that), talking to my friends and working with them on their problems. It was always important to me to help someone to feel better.
As I went on to college, I pursued a dual degree from Bowling Green State University in Psychology and Inter-personal communications. At that time, I still had this sense of wanting to help people, but it wasn’t clear as to how. Feeling that I was going to be a researcher in the field of experimental psychology perked my interest for a time, but something was missing.
After graduating with Bachelor of Arts in 2001, I was a bit lost and re-evaluated what my next course of action was. My interest in research was waning and I wanted to work directly with people but didn’t know how to approach it.
One Summer, I decided to volunteer at a nursing home and had the wonderful opportunity to speak to some of the residents there and hear their stories. This became much more than a volunteer activity for me as it was developing into a passion. The desire to work with and help people flowed strongly through me and I decided that I wanted to go into Social Work to advocate, empower and just generally help people.Read More
Therefore, I re-enrolled at Bowling Green State University and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 2003. Upon graduating I knew that I found the field that I would devote my professional life to. Wanting to pursue a graduate degree, I applied and enrolled at Case Western Reserve and earned my Master of Science in Social Administration in 2005.
In 2002, I landed my first job in the field of mental health at Behavioral Connections in Bowling Green Ohio. My role was as a case manager helping the severely and persistently mentally ill. This job solidified that I knew I made the right choice. During my tenure there, I was promoted to Case Manager Coordinator, Program Manager I, and ultimately a Program Manager II. I found that administration as well as direct practice were equally as satisfying.
In 2008, I decided to take the next step in my career and apply for a Clinical Director position in Mentor Ohio. Pathways, Inc. hired me, and I started in January of 2008. I was very sad to leave my clients and coworkers at Behavioral Connections (BC). To this day, some of my most fond memories of working with a team are with the staff from BC.
As Clinical Director at Pathways, the experience allowed me to see a 100% administrative side to the mental health field. Not only with managing the clinical staff, but I was able to establish, grow and expand clinical programs, not only for Pathways, but for Lake County. Establishing a walk-in assessment clinic allowed residents of Lake County to not have to wait for an assessment and cut down wait times. My tenure at Pathways was only two years. The constant issue of State budget cuts, local politics, and general uncertainty with the system had me pursue my next step. At that time, I was feeling again at a crossroads and decided to pursue private enterprise.
From 2010 to 2013 I was the Chief Clinical Officer at Charak Center for Health and Wellness. My experience here was more of a hybrid position of administration and direct practice. I was happy to again be in front of people working with them directly (an experience I had missed while at Pathways). During the time at Charak, I am grateful for learning much about accreditation, the business side of seeing how a practice ran. The dynamic and ever-changing atmosphere was exciting as was working with professionals from vast clinical backgrounds.
Then fate struck me in 2013. I was not looking for a change, but change came to me. At that time, my wife was pregnant with our third child and I thought that I would do some contract hours on the weekend to make a little extra money and to expand my knowledge of private practice. I was brought on to Benhaven Counseling in 2013 and my intention was only to be there for a little while keeping my current position at Charak. What I didn’t expect was that I completely fell in love with being a direct provider 100% of the time again. It had been several years where my only concern was the concern of my client and not assisting in running an organization. I found myself totally immersed in directly helping people and my clientele grew quickly. In a matter of a few months I had a decision to make as I would not be able to sustain both positions. Therefore, in June of 2013 I took the plunge and devoted my entire time to private practice; finally, I felt that this was indeed the perfect fit.
Interestingly enough, administration came “knocking on my door” again and I was asked by Benhaven’s then Owner/Clinical Director, Gene Benedetto to help him run the practice. Together we expanded the practice by bringing in more staff and new programs. As reluctant as I was to get back into administration, this was very satisfying, and Gene in I were in simpatico.
Gene had made the decision in 2017 to step back, and it was in that year that I became the Owner and Clinical Director of Benhaven Counseling. Benhaven has continued to grow and adapt to all of the changes that have gone on in the world. I am very proud of the practice and the services we provide.
My passion and personal philosophy are to be able to help people in an affordable accessible manner. Care should be personalized and tailored to the specific needs of the individuals. Therapists should be available to their clients, and the relationship should be productive, yet personable and approachable. I am humbled and grateful to be able to provide services and is it my commitment that myself and our providers provide effective and unique care.
If you have any questions about or practice or would like to learn more, please feel free to contact me at (440) 526-0468.
Mary Canonico, DNP, PMHNP-BC, RN-BC
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Mary Canonico is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 10 years of experience as a nurse. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chamberlain University College of Nursing. She received both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Cleveland State University. She is certified through the American Nursing Credential Center. She has experience working in inpatient, residential and community mental health settings. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and has previously received the Impact Award for compassionate care. She sees children, adolescents and adults and specializes in treating addiction, substance abuse, mood and anxiety disorders.
Mary is accepting new patients and is available to schedule by calling our office at (440)526-0468
Alex Corcoran, MSSA, LISW
I completed my studies at Case Western University with a Masters in social work, and have been with Benhaven Counseling since 2016. I primarily work with adolescents, young adults, and adults, ages 12+. I have experience in treating Mood Disorders, Severe Mental Illness, Generalized and Social Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Behavioral Issues related to academics, Crisis Management, Depression, Chemical Dependency, Adjustment issues, family and employment stressors, and those with multiple psychosocial factors that contribute to stress in life. I have experience as a case manager in urban community settings around the Cleveland area, as well as experiences in hospital inpatient and school settings. I have been successful with clients through the use of: motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, strength-based, task-oriented, and solution therapies. We will work together to maintain a productive session that is comfortable for your pace of coping, and I have availabilities in the evenings and on weekends on most days of the week.
Becky Thomas PhD, LISW
I am dedicated to helping teens, adults and veterans create change in their own life. My belief is all people are capable to getting to a healthier place in their lives. I use a client-centered approach where, as a team, we work together to find strength-based options to create a healthier and happier lifestyle. I work closely with individuals to help them create an improved overall quality of life.
While change is not easy and can feel uncomfortable and frightening, I promise to work with each individual at their own unique pace while providing support and suggestions (as needed) every step of the way. I welcome the opportunity to meet and work with each person as they follow through their life-journey.
- Relationship Issues
- Transitioning to civilian life
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Mood Disorders
Bill De Felice, LPCC-S
I am a practicing master’s degree-level mental health and addiction counselor. I am licensed by the state of Ohio to provide this service. I am open to meeting with anyone for any type of issues. I assure you that the reason you are in therapy will be approached by myself in the utmost non-judgmental manner as humanly possible. I am also willing to use whatever type of therapy makes you progress the most positively during the process.
I tend to use cognitive behavioral therapy as my starting point with all clients, and then I determine if they are any other types of therapy that are needed. If this is the case, I wilI introduce other types of therapy to the sessions as warranted. I am most skilled in the areas of addiction, depression, anxiety, anger management, behavior modification, and a list of other areas as well. I just want to make you, the client, feel as though you have had the best counseling experience that you can possibly have.
Please contact me soon, if you think I would be a good match for you.
Emily Planz, MSW, LSW
- Specializing in Child Therapy
I received my Bachelor of Arts and Masters in social work from the University of Akron, and have been at Benhaven Counseling since 2018. I work with children, adolescents, and young adults providing a strengths-based therapeutic approach. I hope to create a welcoming and relatable environment where my clients can feel safe and heard. Those that have worked with me know my slogan is “give yourself grace”, something I repeat often as a reminder that we must be compassionate with ourselves as we navigate the steps toward healing. I utilize a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, exposure response and prevention therapy, mindfulness techniques, and attachment theory. I truly believe therapy is not “one size fits all” and it’s important to find a therapist you feel comfortable with and can trust as we work collaboratively to reach your goals.
I would love to work alongside you or your child to assist in overcoming live’s obstacles and provide support, practical steps, and guidance to reach your goals.
Sara Zuchowski, MD
Psychiatrist & Medical Director
- Post-Graduate Training and Education: Board Certified in Psychiatry
- Education: Doctor of Medicine – Medical College of Ohio, Toledo OH Bachelor Of Arts – University of Toledo
- Areas of Interest/Specialty: Extensive experience in treatment and medication of adults with Post Partum Mood Disorder Anxiety – PTSD, OCD General Anxiety Disorder Depressive disorders
Christopher Baranovic, MSW, LSW
Throughout my life, I have had an affinity and desire to help people in whatever capacity I could. Whether it was teaching someone how to bowl or being there for a friend through a difficult time, I have taken pride and found great reward in the idea of helping. I was even voted “best shoulder to lean on” in high school. My journey to the mental health field took some time but it has filled with experience which has translated well into practice.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Baldwin Wallace University in 2011. I decided to continue school and completed the Massage Therapy Program from Tri-C in 2012. Throughout this time of schooling, I had been working at General Nutrition Centers. I enjoyed teaching people about products and helping them reach goal. I moved up to the level of store manager, where I enjoyed training team members and watching them grow professional skills.
In 2018, I found a new path in which I could help people and in 2020 I received a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Cleveland State University. This would allow me to work with individuals and groups and provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. I was an intern at Benhaven Counseling throughout my time at Cleveland State and have continued working there since being licensed as social worker.
I primarily work with adults with varying mental health conditions. Some of my focus areas include working with individuals who have Anxiety and Anxiety Related Disorders, Depression, OCD, issues with Anger, and Self Esteem Challenges. Areas of practice include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Beyond the strategies, I believe therapy should have a focus on strong Patient-Therapist relationship, an open and non-judgmental environment, and be adaptable to needs at hand. Progress is an important part of therapy but should never create pressure. It is something I believe should be evaluated by both patient and therapist.
I appreciate the time you have given to reading a little bit about me. If you have any further questions about me or would like to set an appointment, please call Benhaven at 440-526-0468 and I will return your phone call within a reasonable time, or you can schedule through front office.
Scott Brinkman, MSW, LISW
I provide non-judgmental,highly positive and safe environment for you to explore your concerns and become best version of yourself. My clients describe me as encouraging, loving, motivating and professional.. through therapy, my clients establish and achieve their personal and interpersonal goals. I treat clients with depression,anxiety, grief, PTSD, sexual abuse, personality disorders, relationship issues, etc in many populations including LGBT. I treat various forms of addiction from video games to gambling.I believe in celebrating what makes us different.I am proud to say that I have experience & training in various settings.
It has been my mission to adapt my therapeutic approaches, as appropriate, I believe in concept of staying in the Here and Now and making each person feel accepted for all that makes them who they are while being in a highly nonjudgmental environment. I work with clients utilizing things such as meditation, yoga and work on a overall positive outlook.
I have personal experience in many challenges of life that makes more empathetic then many. I share a way out of the depths of negativitiy. My personal understanding of hard challenges of my life makes me more patient then many for change process people go through. I am married to the love of my life with three amazing children.
Valentine “Vee” Volk, PMHNP-BC
I began my college career in Anthropology at Cleveland State University, where I reveled in going on archaeological digs and learning about the cultures of past and present civilizations. A senior capstone project on disease stress on bones piqued my interest in health, and I pursued a Masters in biology at Case Western Reserve University while I decided on the career path that would be the best fit for me. Several of the classes I was taking reinforced the interest that I had in healthcare and helping others. After shadowing and exploring different options, I fell in love with nursing. Psychiatric nursing, in particular, merged my interest in learning about people with my desire to help them.
I returned to school for nursing at Ursuline College and began my journey in the operating room in cardiothoracic surgery. Psychology was still at the forefront of my mind, so I ended up also working in residential psychiatric care shortly after. The focus of this setting was individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This experience ultimately led to my enrolling in the PMHNP program at Kent State University. During this program, I completed the majority of my clinical hours at Benhaven Counseling and I am thrilled to officially join the team!
I fully believe in the mind-body-spirit connection and seek to treat the whole, individual person. I want to empower you and provide the things you need to optimize your mental health. In addition to prescribing appropriate psychiatric medications, my style of practice also incorporates alternative medicine. This includes but is not limited to biologically based treatments (such as herbal remedies and dietary supplements), mind-body techniques (e.g., tai chi, acupuncture, and meditation), nutrition, and stress management. My goal is for you to feel safe and truly heard while we address your concerns. My promise to you is to provide care that is nonjudgmental, culturally and racially sensitive, and gender-affirming.
I see adults 18+ and specialize in gender dysphoria, mood and anxiety disorders, and ADHD. I am currently accepting new patients for in-person and telehealth visits.
Matt Wisniewski, LPC
I obtained my bachelor’s in Psychology from John Carroll University in 2019 and returned to John Carrol, obtaining my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in substance use disorders, in 2022. In January 2022, I received my Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license from the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board. I have been a member of multiple research projects in undergraduate and graduate school, most recently working on a project analyzing the effects COVID-19 had on college students’ mental health. I began my mental health career working for an inpatient treatment center, aiding adolescents and young adults with severe autism spectrum disorders, complete activities of daily living. I completed my internship at a substance use treatment agency and worked for the last six months at a mental health agency treating clients in an impoverished area. I have taken an integrated approach to counseling, incorporating my background of Motivational Interviewing with Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, and Dialectical Behavioral techniques.
Christie L. Rush, MSSA, LSW
I would like to start by saying thank you for taking the time to read a little about me. I have heard great things about the staff here at Benhaven! My first day here was December 27, 2022, and I am so excited to be part of the team!
I obtained my master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Social Sciences Administration in May of 2020. I am also a licensed social worker working on my independent licensure with 40 more hours to complete. My undergraduate degree is in social work with a child welfare focus from the University of Akron in 2017.
I was called to assist others at a very young age and have been in helping professions throughout most of my working life in one capacity or another. I have many specialties and have tried to become as broad based as possible to reach a wide variety of people. Some of my work experiences include: trauma, grief/bereavement, personality disorder’s such as NPD, including narcissistic abuse, codependency, BPD, HPD, and ASPD, substance use disorders, neurocognitive disorders, child welfare, couples/marriage, family, developmental/intellectual disabilities, severe and persistent mental illness, hospice and palliative, and working with a wide variety of ages from young children to geriatric. I am able to utilize various treatment modalities such as CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. A goal I have is to someday learn EMDR.
I believe in being trustworthy, respectful, doing no harm, meeting my clients where they are, recognizing power differential, respecting their personal goals for treatment, be culturally competent, self-aware of any potential personal bias I may have, recognize barriers to treatment, stigmas, and disparities. I strive to always assist with good intentions for the people that I serve. I look forward to meeting all of you and please take a minute to introduce yourself if you see me. Thank You again!
- Over 40 Years of professional experience
Anita Bojtos, MD
Kristen Manrodt, CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Tonya Gessler, CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Annettte Laird, LPCC
Linda Besunder, MSSA, LISW
Kathy Gimben, MSSA, LISW-S
Cassie Schumacher, LPCC
Carol Story, LPCC
- Specializing in Child Therapy
Don Davies, LPC, LICDC
- Specializing in Addiction Therapy