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ALO Family Counseling, LLC

Are you struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, stress, connecting with others, school related issues, trauma, grief, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or major life changes? There comes a time when help from a professional can aid in personal growth. Here at ALO Family Counseling we are committed in helping each individual in reaching their goals.

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About Therapy

Therapy can be difficult. Our mission at ALO Family Counseling is to aid you in your journey. For change to occur it is necessary to form a trusting, emotionally safe relationship with your counselor, and in the context of that relationship to increase one’s awareness of self, challenge one’s assumptions, learn new skills, establish appropriate boundaries in relationships with others, and experience and let go of pain from the past. Your counselor’s task is to assist in this process. Our aim is to provide consultation, evaluation, and counseling services for clients dealing with issues impacting their well-being.

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Meet Your ALO Therapist

Amanda Owens,

Amanda is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Supervisor.  She enjoys working with all clients, particularly, children, adolescents, and young adults. It is important to Amanda that all clients be met with a neuro-diverse affirming experience. She specializes in behavioral issues, ADHD, anxiety/depression, trauma, LGBTQIA+, and adjustment issues. Amanda works from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, while connecting with clients using a person centered approach.

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Catherine Hoover, M.A., LPCC

Catherine is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is also a Certified EMDR Therapist and CIT (Consultant-in-Training). She enjoys working with all clients, particularly adults and older adults. Catherine works from a combination of client-centered, EMDR-focused, cognitive-behavioral and existential approaches. She specializes in complex trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, and adjustment issues.

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Lisa Byrne,
M.Ed., LPC

Lisa is a highly compassionate mental health professional with a warm and calming presence. She is dedicated to walking along with individuals and couples while they face their challenges on a path toward healing and growth. Lisa uses an eclectic mix of techniques combined with a strong belief in a person-centered approach, which is accepting and supportive. This approach creates a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences and works to empower them to reach their full potential.


Nicole Poynter,

Nicole Poynter, MA, LPCC, LSW has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Akron. She is licensed as both an LPCC and LSW. She has over 21 years of experience in a variety of settings including individual, group and family therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings including: chemical dependency, domestic violence, in home counseling as well as school based.  Some of her areas of expertise include counseling children and adolescents, family work, anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, behavior disorders and, LGTBQ+.

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Megan Whelchel, M.Ed., LPCC

Megan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who enjoys working with older adolescents and adults of all ages. She utilizes a variety of techniques including CBT, DBT and EMDR in order to best meet people’s individual needs. Her areas of professional interest are trauma, depression, anxiety and working with young adults. Her goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and affirming place for people to thrive.

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Samantha Kitchen

Samantha holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron. She enjoys working with couples and families and has a lot of experience working with adolescents of all ages. She utilizes a variety of CBT, structural, and person- centered approach when working with clients. Her areas of interest include couple’s work, family dynamics, parent education, anxiety, and effective communication. Sam views the therapeutic experience as a collaborative journey with her clients to best meet their goals.

Molly Shoup,
M.A., CT

Molly obtained her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Akron. She enjoys working with all clients, particularly children, adolescents, and young adults. She uses the CBT  and DBT framework while incorporating client-centered focus and Feminist techniques to connect with each client. She specializes in anxiety, depression, neurodevelopmental disorders, LGBTQIA+, and trauma. She works hard to create a safe non-judgmental space to allow the client to thrive and reach their full potential.

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Tim Owens, M.B.A

Director of Operations

Tim adds 20 years experience in corporate environments specializing in People Leadership, Client Service, Change Management, Operations and Human Resources to ALO's portfolio.  Tim is a graduate of Kent State and Strayer Universities, earning a B.A. and M.B.A.  Tim is passionate about ensuring that all clients, internal and external, receive a great experience and have their individual needs achieved.  An Akron native, Tim currently lives with his family in Wadsworth.


Jossalyn Greene,

Client Care Coordinator

Jossalyn believes in prioritizing your mental health in order to be the best version of yourself. She will always strive to assist with finding the right therapist for your needs. When she’s not behind the desk, you can find Joss outdoors - probably chasing her toddlers around.



1219 High Street, Suite 100, Wadsworth, OH 44281   |   234-217-8001

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