Nicole Phelps, LPC



Nicole has her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Nicole has an undergraduate degree from John Carroll University in Psychology with concentrations in mental health and Africana studies.  Furthermore, she has a Master's of Arts degree in Refugee Care from the University of Essex, United Kingdom.


For the past several years, Nicole has worked in community behavioral health.  She has extensive experience providing mental health and trauma based services to children, families and refugee families.  Nicole integrates techniques from various therapies such as, Gestalt, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trama-focused behavioral therapy, multi-systemic therapy and solution focused therapy.  Nicole's areas of interest includes: Post traumatic stress disorder, complex trauma, trauma/abuse, bereavement and grief, stress management, anxiety-based disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders.


Additionally, Nicole has conducted trauma based research with several mental health, healthcare organizations and universitites in the North Eastern Ohio region.  These organizations include: Frontline Services, Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University.





Kristin Swihart, LISW-S


Kristin earned a B.A. in psychology at Alma College in Michigan, as well as her M.S.W. through The University of Michigan, focusing on mental health with children and adolescents.  She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with supervisory designation through the State of Ohio Social Work Board.


Kristin has 20 years of experience in a variety of settings including as a school based therapist, various roles in child protective services and a clinican/intern at residential psychiatric facilities.  She has received additional training through the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland including specialization in working with children and adolescents from a Gestalt perspective, though uses a variety of methods in her clinical work.


Kristin works with clients dealing with a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, anger management, behavior/conduct concerns, life transitions, domestic violence, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and is LGBTQ+ supportive.  In her spare time she enjoys playing her violin in various settings, creating through various crafts, fostering kittens for the APL and finding different ways to enjoy nature.









                                                                               Our Staff

Each member of our clinical staff has specialized training in the field of child, adolescent, couples and family therapies, along with board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists.

At our center, we provide an exclusive continuum of care that can meet most any need you may have.  We specialize in the unique needs of children, adolescents, and families.  From our traditional psychiatry and counseling services to our holistic approaches, we are your partner in mind-body health and wellness.









Carol Crow, LPCC

Carol earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University and a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University.  Carol is licensed with the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor.  She has been doing therapy with children and families in the community setting for four years. 

Carol has experience working with children ages 7-18 as well as working through complex family struggles.  She is skilled in working with a variety of diagnoses and difficulties such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD and stress management.  Carol has worked in a variety of environments with clients, such as in schools, home and in the community.  Some of her specialities include hands on therapy activities and integration of creativity into therapy, mindfulness practices and skilled breathing are just a few modalities that she will often utilize in her sessions.


Dawn Hill, LPCC-S, ACHT

Dawn earned a Bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy from Kent State University and a Master's degree in Community Counseling from the University of Akron.  She is licensed by the state of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory designation (LPCC-S) She is certified in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy (ACHT)through the Wellness Institute in Washington. 

Dawn has over 20 years of experience in counseling children, adolescents, adults and families.  She has worked in a variety of settings comprised of residential treatment, school-based counseling, in-home therapy, long term psychiatric inpatient care and foster care. 

Her experience and interests include working with all ages in managing stress, utilizing the mind/body connection, coping with anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, oppositonal defiant disorder, conduct disorder, abuse and co-dependency in relationships.  Dawn uses a holistic approach in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, a Solution-focused family systems approach and Dialectical Behavioral therapy for managing distress, emotions, improving mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness.   


Tanveer Hussain, M.D.

Dr. Hussain, a graduate of Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan.  He is a Board Certified Adult and Addiction Psychiatrist, and Board Eligible Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.  He has been practicing both adult and child/adolescent psychiatry since 2000.

He has completed Residency programs in adult Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  In addition to his Adult Psychiatry training, he has completed sub specializations in Addiction Psychiatry from University Hospitals of Cleveland and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

He specializes in treating disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents, such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive and Bipolar Disorders with medications and Psychotherapy.  He also treats adult patients along with children.

Dr. Hussain is also a Staff Psychiatrist at Windsor Laurelwood Center for Behavioral Medicine (Hospital) in Willoughby, Ohio.

His Professional Memberships include:

*American Psychiatric Association

*American Academy of Child Psychiatry

*Ohio Psychiatric Association

*Northeast Ohio Council

*Cleveland Psychiatric Society


Terri McNeely, LISW

Terri is a highly qualified state-certified teacher.  She is a special education teacher and reading specialist with a Master's degree in education.  She also holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Akron and is licensed by the state of Ohio as  a Licensed Social Worker.   

She has been studying and practicing various forms of yoga, healing and energy work for over 25 years.  Terri is a graduate of TRY4 Life School at the E-500 RYT level of Yoga Teacher Certification, a member of the Fellowships of the Spirit Ministry and prophecy, and a Level II Reiki practioner.  She works with children and adults by incorporating the practices of mindfulness, breath therapy, creative visualization and relaxation/meditation with learning. 


Lisa Ruman, LISW, CHT

Lisa is the President and Founder of the Child and Family Counseling Center of Westlake.  She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a Master's of Science in Social Administration (MSSA).  Her graduate work specialization is in the field of child, youth and families.  In addition, she was a graduate of Case Western's Mental Health Executive Leadership Program.  Lisa is licensed by the state of Ohio as a Licensed Independent Social Worker.

She has over 20 years of combined experience working in the areas of foster care, mental health, and acute psychiatric care.  She has held positions as a foster care case manager and supervisor, director of a community mental health program, director of child/adolescent acute psychiatric services, and as a psychotherapist and business owner currently.

Her psychotherapy practice began in working with children, adolescents, and families experiencing a variety of issues and disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, post-traumatic stress, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, self-harming behaviors and attachment disorder.  After extensive training in clincial hypnotherapy (CHT), integral breath therapy, and other mind-body therapies, her client population  has also grown into working with adults suffering from trauma, depression, anxiety and any dysfunctional behavior patterns they are wanting to heal at a deeper level.  She continues to utilize cognitive behavioral and family systems approaches, providing to client what it is they need to achieve their goals.


Maureen Smith, LPCC

Maureen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) working with adults, children, adolescents and families.  She obtained a BA from Ursuline College and an MA in history from John Carroll University.  She went on to earn a Masters of education from Cleveland State University.

A seasoned therapist working with special programs for depressed mothers, adoption, school-based therapy and troubled adolescents in both the private and the public sectors.

Her practice includes individual and family therapy approaches to help with relationship and behavioral issues.  Her areas of specialization include anxiety, depression, mood disorder and adolescent adjustment endorsing a cognitive behavioral perspective.


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