Gretchen Leu, M.Ed, LPCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDR Approved Consultant and Facilitator, and Certified Yoga Instructor.
“More needs to happen beyond healing one’s psychology. As in nature, everything works in an intricately balanced partnership-my passion is to help people discover this partnership within themselves between their mind, body, and spirit and its relationship to the world so they may have a fully realized expression of their authentic selves. That is why I have co-founded Karuna House, a place where the focus is wellness of the entire person”.
Over the past 20 years, Gretchen Leu has accompanied clients in their process of healing past and present psychological pain, opening them to the concept that life can be different. Gretchen is a trained psychotherapist and an expert in the field of trauma treatment and performance enhancement, supported by her interdisciplinary approach that includes EMDR therapy, cognitive and somatic resourcing, mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. She guides clients through their unique issues, unlocking their true potential toward healing by effectively helping them process their pain so that it can be left in the past and allow for continued growth of one's self. In addition to trauma work, Gretchen provides performance enhancement therapy to individuals and groups. "Falling forward"; challenging ourselves to embrace our fear, uniquely captures Gretchen's belief that struggle, failure, passion and perseverance are necessary if we are to realize our fullest potential. Regardless of the issue, Gretchen Leu will work with you to help you unlock and evolve from the psychological blocks that have prevented you from reaching this potential. In individual, family, couple or corporate settings, Gretchen serves individuals with a wide range of backgrounds, beliefs and needs.
In conjunction with her current private practice work, Gretchen presents workshops on a wide range of mental health and wellness issues to both corporations, schools and community groups. She continues her work as a Hap Approved EMDR Consultant by providing consultation to therapists seeking certification and case consultation in EMDR therapy and is the Regional Coordinator for the Northwest Ohio Regional EMDR Network. She is avidly developing community-based educational trainings in the areas of trauma and mental health with Karuna House co-founder Andrew Lesniewicz as well as workshops for mental health professionals seeking professional development in the areas of trauma and resourcing.
Andrew Lesniewicz, M.A., PCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified EMDR therapist, EMDR Approved Consultant, Level One Trained Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Certified
“Because I deeply believe that counseling makes a profound positive impact in people’s lives, allowing for transformation, healing and growth, I have co-founded Karuna House, a wellness center, where practitioners’ work will embody 'Karuna,' any action taken to diminish the suffering of others."
After close to two decades in the mental health field, Andrew utilizes a variety of counseling and healing modalities to aid his clients as they move to achieve lasting and meaningful changes in their lives. Andrew deeply holds that each one of us has the capacity to heal, change, and grow. This fuels his commitment as a counselor. His work is informed by his ongoing practice of the Japanese martial art Aikido, meditation and yoga. Aikido is often translated as the way of harmony, a concept that Andrew cultivates with clients to aid in the process counseling. Andrew trains at Shobu Aikido of Ohio regularly, teaching classes there twice a week.
Andrew has also reached out to a wider audience co-presenting at the American Counseling Conference, the All Ohio Counselors Conference and by engaging in a weekly live WMTR radio spot on mental health and decreasing stress, as well as offering hypnosis seminars and numerous talks on mindfulness, coping with stress, grief, and humor.
Andrew continues to pursue professional training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR Therapy while developing professional and community based educational trainings to help broaden perspectives and knowledge bases on trauma and mental health issues with Karuna House co-founder Gretchen Leu.
Lauren Komperda, M.A., PCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
“I am convinced every individual and family has the potential for change and growth, and it’s my privilege to assist people as they seek healing and wholeness in their lives.”
Lauren Komperda has spent a decade in the field of mental health, including private practice. She’s worked with children, teens and adults. Her in-depth skill in individual and family therapy allows her to guide families experiencing conflict with their teenage child to healthy relationships. Passionate about supporting parents with the challenge of raising kids, she creates a comfortable counseling setting for youth and their parents. Additionally, her training in the integration of Christian faith in counseling allows her to provide a distinctively Christian approach for those desiring it. Clients, who choose this route, can then explore their faith and utilize it as a resource in treatment, while integrating current evidenced-based practices.
Lisa M. DeClark, M.Ed, PCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
“I believe that we all need someone to listen....really listen, and that is the power of the relationship between a client and a therapist. We all need someone to guide us, walk with us and help us through difficult times that are either happening now or have happened in our past. I strive to be that for my clients.”
Six years ago, Lisa DeClark switched her life course by leaving a career of 20 years to become a licensed clinical mental health counselor working with children, teens and adults in a community mental health environment. Her passion in the field of psychotherapy led her to yet another transition into the private practice sector at the Karuna House. Lisa has extensive knowledge working with teens and adults who have experienced abuse and trauma. Lisa uses a variety of different modalities and interventions to help her clients process abuse and trauma and cope with the impact the experience is having in their current life and relationships. Lisa believes that helping a client understand him or herself better, understand how trauma has impacted their mental health and assist them in finding the tools they have to cope with their pain is the path to recovery and healing. Lisa also has extensive experience, through individual and group therapy, in helping clients who are experiencing grief and loss as well as depression and anxiety. Lisa believes our mental health is strongly connected to our physical health as well as our relationship with others and ourselves.
Sara Whiteside, M.A., PCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, EMDR Certified
“Everyone around me inspires me, including my clients. As a clinician, I feel privileged to witness my client’s journeys. It is a real testimony to one’s capacity and ability to heal and grow.”
Motivated by others and the world around her, Sara Whiteside lets this positive energy direct her as a clinical mental health counselor. Drawing on a vast array of previous clinical experiences, which include working with victims of domestic violence and rape, and those struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, Sara brings a wealth of experience to Karuna House. She believes that mindfulness is a key to treatment-both for the counselor and the client. It is with this mindfulness lens that Sara guides her clients' recovery, allowing them to access their own personal power associated with treatment.
Over the past year, Sara has worked fervently to hone her skills in trauma work. She is passionate about working with individuals dealing with relational trauma and has plans to broaden this area of expertise by becoming involved in EMDRIA’s HAP Humanitarian Assistance Program allowing her to consult and supervise clinicians toward their own trauma certification. Sara embodies the belief that best client care hinges strongly on a clinician’s commitment to continue seeking, broadening and fine tuning, his/her knowledge base in a way that reflects the most current and evidenced based mental health practices.
Jennah VanAlstine, M.A., PCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, EMDR Certified
“Observing interactions of others offers insight and awareness into what is important and necessary to live a healthy, happy and satisfying life.”
Her experience in clinical counseling and extensive study of dance allows Jennah VanAlstine to engage in an integrated mind-body approach while promoting healing in a safe, compassionate and person-centered environment. Jennah’s goal at Karuna House is for her clients to cultivate self-nurturing behaviors, empowering them to make choices that are healthy leading to a greater sense of balance and fulfillment. Focusing on mindfulness-based wellness and evidence-based practices has aided Jennah in providing counseling services with a wide range of clientele including those individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
It is with great enthusiasm that Jennah VanAlstine expresses her desire to work together in partnership with her clients. Jennah provides an empathetic and authentic connection with her clients in a safe place as they begin to explore how their pain manifests itself in their mind and body. Transforming this pain allows for one to show up authentically in the world, leading to greater connection between mind and body that is both balanced and harmonious.
Amy Wozny, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor
“I believe sometimes we get to a place where we feel stuck, frustrated, or hopeless and need someone to support and assist us without judgment. My purpose is to provide a safe, compassionate space in which you can safely explore and fully understand your current struggles, gain insight and self-awareness, and help build a strong foundation in order to move toward a more balanced, healthy, and peaceful life. There are many parts that make up the whole you, which I believe we can begin to explore and develop together.” – Amy Wozny
Amy Wozny believes in a strength-based, collaborative counseling approach. She aims to understand every client’s unique history, personality, obstacles, and circumstances. Together, Amy works with the client to identify values and explore ways to overcome and heal past and present struggles. She favors empowering clients and assisting them to build their personal repertoire of healing and coping strategies.
Surviving and thriving in her first career as a stay-at-home mom, Amy deeply resonates with the importance of speaking to someone who has compassion and understanding, and a genuine ability to actively listen. She earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling so she could dedicate her life to providing this service to others.
Amy has counseled university students on a variety of needs, and she excels at guiding adults through the process of self-realization to find a clearer sense of meaning in life, reduce anxiety and depression, and strengthen interpersonal relationships. She believes that the client is the expert in his or her own life, and that her role is to guide the process of setting and reaching healing goals. The belief that past experiences impact individuals in their current situations inspired Amy to pursue training in EMDR.
Deann Gossard, MA, PCC, LICDC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, EMDR Certified
"The beauty of the human spirit is it's ability to face adversity and rise up to become more than it ever was before."
Deann gossard is an EMDR certified licensed professional clinical counselor who specializes in trauma and addiction. She graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling Education. She sees both adults and teens. Deann is also a Certified chief instructor of Choi Kwang Do, and has spent 27 years working with the community promoting awareness, self empowerment, mental and physical health. She believes that by taking a compassionate and holistic approach, we can reconnect with ourselves and others to heal and grow. Deann is passionate about this work, and feels so frequently humbled by her clients' strength and resiliency and is honored to be part of their journey.
Jill Proudfoot, M.A., LPC, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Trained
“Therapy is first about discovering. It’s about who you are and about what your deepest emotional attitudes are. It’s not just about who you think you are. It’s not opinion. It’s not something you can know with the intellect. It’s about who you are in the very heart of yourself. That’s the flavor of psychotherapy, discovering yourself, discovering your real attitudes toward the most important pieces of your life.” —Ron Kurtz, Hakomi Founder.
Jill is passionate about helping individuals overcome personal obstacles to improve their life and find their utmost potential. Throughout her life she has been motivated to help individuals through traumatic experiences and is deeply inspired by individuals’ capacity for growth and healing when dealing with life’s difficulties. Her areas of focus include trauma, attachment, neurobiology, and psychotherapy.
As a level one trained sensorimotor psychotherapist, she believes that the wisdom of the body holds the key to healing psychological problems. She incorporates somatic therapies, neuroscience, attachment theory, and cognitive approaches, with a foundation of the Hakomi Method principles of Mindfulness, Nonviolence, Unity, and Organicity.
Through individual and group therapy Jill serves people with a vast array of needs and strives to maximize wholeness and healing to individuals, marriages, and families.
Alexa Adkins, MA, LICDC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
"Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit - the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being" - Greg Anderson
When a person is truly dedicated to working towards change, healing, and growth...amazing things can happen. One of the aspects I love about being a therapist is getting a chance to connect with my clients and work collaboratively towards their version of wellness and stability. I work to embody empathy, approachability, and to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for my clients to progress. My job is to help guide clients on their journey towards reaching their personal goals.The root of most of our issues as humans is trauma of some sort. It is my pleasure to assist clients in identifying those issues, process through them safely, and help clients with motivation and empowerment towards self-efficacy and wellness.
Alexa is a licensed professional clinical counselor and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. She has worked for the last 4 years in community mental health with a specific focus on dual diagnosis. Prior to being licensed, Alexa has history working in transitional housing for women struggling with substance use issues and working at the suicide prevention center as a suicide hotline worker. She has extensive experience working with a variety of mental health and substance use disorders. She has worked primarily with adults and adolescents through individual, family, couples, and group therapy.