About Michelle Culley M.Ed., LPCC-S
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 Joan Lucci M.Ed., LPCC
With a deep commitment to her clients and through compassion and clinical excellence, Joan empowers clients to be at their best during a challenging time in their lives.
By integrating her education, specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy and grief therapy, and her personal life experiences, she collaborates with clients to identify, address, and ultimately overcome obstacles to a better and more meaningful life.
Joan specializes in helping clients overcome anxiety, anger, depression, grief, addictive behaviors, and low self-esteem. She offers a personalized approach for each of her clients in a safe and supportive, therapeutic atmosphere.
Because relationships are a huge part of what makes our lives great or miserable, Joan’s passion is helping individuals and couples improve their relationships by cultivating intimacy and learning collaborative communication and conflict resolution skills.
When she’s not working, Joan can be found socializing, playing tennis or on a hiking adventure with friends.
About Kate Stewart LPCC
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.
Dawn Leymon, LPC
Dawn believes that every client is stronger than they realize and are capable of significant change. She feels sometimes we all need a little help discovering the tools necessary for making improvements in our lives. Though Dawn often works from a strengths-based approach, incorporating components of CBT and Mindfulness, she always works collaboratively with clients to see what goals and techniques work best for them. She strives to develop a safe and inviting environment for clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves. Along with encouraging openness and authentic communication, Dawn incorporates patience, understanding, and humor in her work with clients to develop a strong therapeutic relationship, which she believes is a crucial stepping stone to promoting change.
Dawn has spent time in the Middle School/High School setting as well as College Counseling Centers working with clients struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, and self-esteem issues. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Akron, a Master of Arts in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a School Counseling License from the same institution.
In her free time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her family, reading when she has the chance and cheering on her favorite Ohio sports teams.
Morgan Castrigano., LPC
Morgan has her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Malone University and a Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Education. Morgan has five years of experience working in a residential treatment facility where she provided both individual and group counseling to people struggling with substance abuse.
As a mother of two children, Morgan understands the demands of life so she likes to incorporate self-care and healthy habits into her everyday life to improve her own mental health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, going out to eat, and watching her favorite shows.
Morgan is a trained EMDR therapist. Please see the EMDR tab for full information about this.
Brittany Castilow Ed.S., LPC
Brittany has experience working with children as young as 3, through all ages and stages of life. She utilizes Adlerian therapy, CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and strengths-based counseling. Through her work as a Licensed School Counselor, she gained invaluable insight into stress, interpersonal relationships, self-worth, self-esteem, work-life balance, and burnout. Brittany received her Educational Specialist Degree in counseling from Kent State University and previously received a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Akron. Brittany is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed School Counselor. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota National Honor Society and is dedicated to best practices and continued education. Brittany received additional training in trauma, sand tray therapy, and opioid use prevention.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, board games, movies, reading, and spending time with her family. Brittany is dedicated to working with clients at Middle Path toward growth and goals.
Morgan is our Client Care Specialist. She is a full-time student at Kent State University majoring in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies. She plans on pursuing a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to get her LPC credentials. Morgan has a strong advocacy for late adolescence and early adulthood which she focuses on in her education. When she is not working or studying, Morgan spends her free time going to coffee shops, and bookstores, and playing Sims on her computer. She is very eager to graduate college and start the next chapter of her career.