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Elizabeth Long- Hicks  MS/LPCC-S
Elizabeth (Liz) Long - Hicks is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is experienced working with children, adolescents, adults and families . She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Ohio University and her Masters of Science Degree in Community Counseling from Wright State University. Elizabeth has worked in a residential treatment center for troubled adolescents, on phones for crisis intervention, in school settings with students having a variety of emotional, self esteem and anxiety concerns, and is now in private practice. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her practice as she partners with her clients to help with their concerns. She practices what she has learned and will give you the benefit of her experience and education with you as well. Liz is a Dayton native who loves to spend time with her family, travel, and read.


About Ray of Light Counseling, LLC
Ray of Light Counseling offers certified therapists specializing in unique mental health areas.   Each client will be paired with the best therapist to reach your goals.  Each therapist has a wide variety of experience, years of training, and on-going continuing education.  Call today to find which therapist would be the best fit for you. 
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Christine O'Dell MS/LPCC

Christine O'Dell is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor for the State of Ohio. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services, a Master of Science degree in Business and Industrial Management Counseling and a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has worked with an array of populations specializing in mental health. She spent 12 years working with the juvenile justice system providing court ordered treatment to juveniles involved with the court systems. She has experience in working with clients with conduct issues and anger issues. She has provided sexual education and abuse prevention, provided sexual offender treatment and also dealt with criminal behaviors of clientele. In her freetime, she enjoys yoga, socializing with family and friends and charity work. She looks forward to working with Ray of Light!
Some people come to therapy to learn to cope with life’s temporary or chronic stresses, some to heal from trauma and loss, and some to grow in their awareness and capacity for a more meaningful, satisfying existence.  As a psychologist with 30-plus years of experience, I bring a client-centered approach, drawing on variety of treatment modalities to help people reach their individual goals. 

I received my education at Wright State University, attaining a BA in Psychology, an MA in Counseling, and a Psy.D. in Psychology.   During my training and after licensure, I worked in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, private practice and, most recently, school-based therapy programs. My work in each of those settings has helped me grow professionally and personally by exposing me to a wide range of human issues, professional perspectives, social perspectives, and treatment techniques.  

Though I have worked extensively with children and adolescents throughout my career, I am currently limiting my practice to working with adults.   My areas of focus are depression, anxiety, life changes/stresses, relationships, trauma, grief and loss.  

I am very pleased to be joining the staff of Ray of Light Counseling and look forward to helping each of my clients on her/his journey to health.     
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I received my education at Wright State University, attaining a BA in Psychology, an MA in Counseling, and a Psy.D. in Psychology.   During my training and after licensure, I worked in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, private practice and, most recently, school-based therapy programs. My work in each of those settings has helped me grow professionally and personally by exposing me to a wide range of human issues, professional perspectives, social perspectives, and treatment techniques.  

Though I have worked extensively with children and adolescents throughout my career, I am currently limiting my practice to working with adults.   My areas of focus are depression, anxiety, life changes/stresses, relationships, trauma, grief and loss.  

I am very pleased to be joining the staff of Ray of Light Counseling and look forward to helping each of my clients on her/his journey to health.     ere to add text.
Janice Mautz Psy. D.
Janice Scherman, MRC, MBA, LSW, LPCC, LICDC-CS
I am a Licensed Social Worker, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor with a Clinical Supervisor designation. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Virginia University. While working as a counselor in the prison system I attended Wright State University where I obtained a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degree specializing in the treatment of chemical dependency. After several years of working in the field as a counselor for mental health, chemical dependency, and dual diagnosis I returned to Wright State and earned a Master of Business Administration degree specializing in the area of Health Systems Management. 
I have been in the field for over 25 years and have worked in a number of different settings including residential treatment, outpatient treatment for mental health and chemical dependency, and inpatient psychiatric treatment. I utilize a number of counseling techniques and theories and believe in a client centered approach and collaboration in the treatment process. I utilize mainly trauma informed care, cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution focused brief therapy. 

My areas of specialty include working with addiction and dual diagnosis. I have extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and addiction. My passion in life is helping others. I am a resident of Springfield where I live with my two daughters. I am looking very forward to joining the team at Ray of Light! 
Laura Rioux , LISW
I am a licensed independent social worker who provides individual, couples and family counseling for pre-teens to adults. I strive to create a safe and collaborative space for my clients. I encourage my clients to explore their experiences, perspectives and personal identities in ways which they can attach to the world around them to develop insight, heal, improve relationships and experience personal growth and empowerment. 
I enjoy working with individuals from varied and diverse backgrounds. I respect the values, beliefs, rituals, culture and orientation that each person brings to therapy. My areas of focus are anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma healing, identity development, sexual orientation, adolescent launching and cultivating self-compassion. I draw from a variety of theoretical perspectives, including relational, family systems, mindfulness cognitive behavioral theory and a strength-based model grounded in motivational interviewing and resiliency. I try to make therapy not only a space for growth, but also a place my clients look forward to attending.

Education and Experience
A longtime love for helping others began as a teenager, when I volunteered at a local homeless shelter and worked summers with children at the YMCA. I obtained my Bachelors of Social Work in 1993 from the University of West Florida. After graduation, I spent three years working at a mental health hospital, and another six years working as a care coordinator and child welfare specialist at a not-for–profit organization. I obtained my Masters of Social Work in 2002, and began counseling children and adults. 
Throughout my career, I have developed and presented workshops for colleagues and community members in efforts to increase understanding regarding certain mental health issues, as well as the needs of underrepresented or exploited groups. I have developed and facilitated over 20 workshops on such topics as complex trauma, attachment issues, loss/grief, mood disorders, human development, LGBTQ issues, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and community violence. I have also developed and operated an Adventure-Based Counseling Program for at-risk youth ages 10-17, designed to engage participants in activities that promote positive and nurturing interactions with one’s environment and others. 

Angela Okan LPCC
My name is Angela M Okan and I am a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of Ohio. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Indiana State University and my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents. I have worked in community mental health, residential treatment centers and group homes for adolescents. I also have experience working with adults who have been victims of domestic violence, dual diagnosis clients, both adolescents and adults and individuals with developmental disabilities. I prefer an eclectic approach when working with clients but I also work to partner with clients in the treatment process. I mostly utilize person centered, in collaborating with clients. I will also utilize cognitive behavioral, solution focused and dialectical behavioral therapy as needed to promote growth. On my down time I prefer to spend my time reading, watching movies and spending time with my family, two dogs and my cat.
Bridget Petri, MS/LPC
Bridget Petri is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio. She graduated from Wright State University with her Bachelors degree in Psychology and her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with both adults and adolescents on psychiatric units and has worked as a therapist in a partial hospitalization program for teens ages 11-17 conducting group, individual, and family therapy. Aside from current private practice work, she works as a school based mental health therapist at Franklin High School. She has experience working with clients dealing with mood, anxiety, and depressive disorders. She also has experience working with clients who have experienced severe neglect, abuse and trauma. She enjoys incorporating mindfulness, art, yoga, play therapy, and other alternative approaches for kids and adults who might not prefer traditional methods. 
Kevin Foley, M.Ed.,LPC, LCDCIII
Kevin Foley is a therapist who works with adults and adolescents to better understand and respond with their challenging thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. 
Kevin believes you are on your own unique Life Journey. With his experience, he provides encouragement, empowerment, and guidance to help you on your Journey. 
Kevin has earned valuable experience as a teacher, case manager, program director, treatment coordinator, child welfare caseworker, child welfare supervisor, therapist, addictions counselor, and treatment center director in Montgomery County, Ohio. 
Kevin is a licensed professional counselor and licensed chemical dependency counselor in Ohio. He has also a certified high performance coach. 
Kevin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton. 
Kevin has a passion working with challenging situations, by meeting you where you are and then helping you get to where you want to be in life, whether that be personally, professionally, or in relationships with others.
Kevin is a husband, father, and step-father. Kevin has also lead teenagers in boys basketball as a head coach for over 21 years in Dayton, Ohio. Kevin is an author and a sought after public speaker. Kevin spends his free time reading, watching sports, and spending time with family.

Elizabeth Caldwell, LPC
Elizabeth (Beth) is a Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of Ohio. She graduated from Walden University with a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with AOD adults and adults with anxiety, depression, and personality disorders.

She has an extensive background volunteering with inner city youth, and medically involved families. She has particular interest in adults with eating disorders and trauma and has attended several training sessions at The Center for Balanced Living in Columbus to develop skills for walking alongside and helping these clients. She enjoys incorporating mindfulness, music, and movement into therapy for those adults who feel drawn to those methods. 
For singles and families, as well as children and seasoned individuals in need of emotional support, Jessica Woody is here to assist. The various issues she deals with include trauma, behavior concerns, ADHD, and adjustment/mood disorders. 

Jessica approaches counseling with the intent to help clients achieve the goals they set for themselves. She works to build a positive relationship with them in a friendly environment. A strong therapeutic relationship is key to Jessica for clients to feel safe in order to make lasting life changes. The methods she most commonly uses is a combination of trauma informed, strength based, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, play therapy and motivational interviewing techniques. Through these tools Jessica encourages clients to discuss emotions and experiences to help clients define goals, plan action and gain insight.

Jessica has a wealth of experience working with adults, families and children in a variety of settings including in-home intensive counseling services and school based programs. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisor designation. Earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Anderson University and Masters of Arts degree in Counseling at Huntington University.

In her spare time Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter. She also enjoys going to the zoo and watching movies. 

Jessica Woody, LPCC-S