About Michelle Culley M.Ed., LPCC
Owner, Middle Path Counseling Services LLC
Michelle is an enduring advocate for eradicating mental health stigma. She specializes in helping anxious adults, parents and teachers find and maintain calm and confidence in a chaotic world. As a parent of three teens and a former teacher, she knows how stress can sometimes take over and make daily life harder than it has to be. Using Mindfulness and Meditation she guides individuals back to their authentic selves so they can rediscover the joy in their lives. Michelle was the founder of Ride It Out LLC an equine facilitated growth and learning program that served Portage County at-risk youth and adults. A Kent State University graduate, Michelle used to teach high school English and journalism at McKinley Senior High School in Canton, Ohio. As a teacher she was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled to South Africa as part of an international education summit. Michelle lives in Kent with her husband, three teen children and precocious cat.
About Joni Lucci M.Ed., LPC
Joan Lucci began pursuing her passion for helping others attain health and wellness by earning a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Central Florida. She spent several years working with clients to improve their physical health via weight management, strength training, and aerobic conditioning. After recognizing the impact that mental health has on physical health she pursued and obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. No stranger to stressful life experiences she has devoted much of her life to her own spiritual development as well. Joan believes that healing and growth occur by working on all three aspects of one’s being: the mind, body, and spirit. Therefore she uses a holistic approach in working with her clients. By integrating her education, specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy and grief therapy, and personal life experience she collaborates with clients to identify, address, and overcome obstacles to a more fulfilling life.
About Carly Mihalic-Battaglia, MA, LPC, CCTP
Seeking out counseling can be a difficult, even scary, decision. Carly’s priority as a counselor, first and foremost, is to establish a comfortable and accepting atmosphere where her clients can achieve the healing of which they are in need. Healing can mean different things for different people. For this reason, Carly takes an eclectic approach to counseling, meaning she adjusts her techniques based on what is appropriate and necessary for each individual client.
Carly has received extensive training in trauma-informed counseling as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She also often utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered techniques. Her primary areas of clinical interest include: trauma, grief, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, intimate partner violence, life transitions, women’s issues, and mindfulness/meditation.
Carly also has a strong commitment to her own self care. In other words, she practices what she preaches! Whether you are struggling with everyday stressors of life or battling something a bit deeper, Carly is confident that she can help you become the best version of yourself.
About Kate Stewart LPC
Kate’s passion is working with adults with trauma-related disorders, depression, and anxiety. While creating a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, Kate strives to work with individuals to relieve stress from the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Kate enjoys assisting people in learning new and positive coping skills to integrate into their everyday lives. Kate has had experience working in multiple treatment settings with a wide variety of clients. Kate’s goal while facilitating treatment is to provide the support, resources, and techniques you need to accomplish your personal goals.
Kate has had several years of experience in crisis intervention and trauma-informed treatment. She attended Kent State University for her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her post-graduate training includes a focus on working with individuals who are experiencing post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression. Kate uses treatment practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Mindfulness practices to give clients the care they deserve.
Kate’s priority is to create a safe an open environment for clients to utilize their strengths and create the change they wish to see. She uses a collaborative approach to treatment, understanding that the client is the expert of their life. In her free time, Kate enjoys yoga, hiking, and playing with her two dogs.
About Natalie Ricciutti LPC
Natalie Ricciutti is an advocate those dealing with mental illnesses. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Youngstown State University, and is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University. She specializes in working with teenagers and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use addictions, and behaviors addictions. She is highly trained in Motivational Interviewing, which she uses to help clients discover areas for change in their lives and motivates them toward it. She also has training is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Natalie is excited to help anyone, regardless of what they are going through, make beneficial changes in their lives!
About Shane Bakovich LPCC
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start.”
Are you struggling finding a balance between meeting expectations of others while still maintaining a sense of your own authenticity? Shane believes that everyone has a story, unique to their experiences; a story that possesses hidden insight and strengths that we sometimes forget and need reminded. Often we forget the underlying goals and passions that drive us to succeed as a result of feeling weary and burdened with our stories and experiences of trauma. Shane works with his clients to identify and release their burden of stress, trauma, and helplessness by building up their strengths and resilience.
Shane is very passionate in working with individuals within the LGBTQ+ population. His other passions include working with individuals who are challenged and facing with anxiety, acculturation issues, depression, abuse, trauma disorders, self-esteem, body image issues, body dysphoria, gender identity, suicidal ideation, transgender related issues. Shane believes that a beautiful transformation can occur when an individual is ready and committed to become in touch with themselves completely, in order to become their ultimate authentic self.
In his work, Shane sees the relationship between therapist and client as the most important factor in therapy. Shane believes that with trust, honesty, humor, compassion, and respect are all key elements to having a successful relationship with a client. Shane’s goal for himself and all his clients is to use counseling as a partnership during which they both learn from each other and work toward the same outcome – you learning and growing to be the best version of yourself that you can be.