About Us


Mission Statement

The team of professionals at Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services L.L.C. are committed to supporting the needs of our communities by providing educational opportunities through our informative and interactive workshops and compassionate care through our counseling services.


Lakeshore Educational Services

  • Professional workshops for continuing education units (CEUs)
  • Community presentations

 

  • Programs specifically designed for the church community

 

  • Staff trainings, in-services and consultations for businesses, hospitals, schools, senior communities, organizations and churches

Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services offers qualified and gifted presenters to help you plan a program consistent with your goals and objectives. For a complete list of educational topics, visit the Educational Services page.


Lakeshore Counseling Services

  • Counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families
  • Focus areas include: spiritual growth and development, pre-marital counseling, marriage and family life, grief and loss, life transitions, depression, anxiety, stress related problems, anger management, career transition, substance abuse, divorce and blended families, living with terminal illness, relational conflicts, interpersonal communication, abuse to include incest, sexual, emotional and physical trauma

Presenters and Counselors

 

 Walter Broadbent B.A, Ph.D.- 

Walter has been a psychotherapist for more than 40 years. For the last 15 years, he has also operated as a success coach working with individuals, small groups and businesses. He has worked in a variety of mental health programs, from local to federal levels, and treatment centers in a variety of settings ranging from hospitals to private and religious settings. He has centered most of his clinical work on the addictive process, the addict and the families of addicts. As a success coach, he has worked with a variety of large and small organizations to help them become more effective. He has a particular love for consulting about workplace productivity and leadership development. He has also worked with individuals and small businesses that want to develop a more entrepreneurial business system. He is especially skillful at advising individuals seeking to create a more productive life. Recently, he has devoted his time to designing and implementing leadership models in diverse and experimental business settings leading to the creation of more effective organizational success. Walter works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community and professional audiences.

 

 

Marilyn Culler

Marilyn Culler MA, PCC -

Marilyn is a counselor and teacher having earned a BS in Elementary Education and a MA in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. She is licensed by the State of Ohio as both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a K - 8th grade teacher. Both careers have provided her with experience in working with people of all ages, while professional counseling has given Marilyn the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, adults, and couples looking to apply a change in their lives. Many of these changes have been in the areas of anger management, anxiety, depression, education, marital or relationship difficulties, and spirituality. Marilyn is a member of the American Counseling Association and schedules counseling appointments at the Vermilion office of Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services.

                                                                                                                    

                         

  Peter Di'Mezza M.Ed., PCC-S -

Peter has over 25 years of counseling experience. He has a BA in Biblical Studies from Gordon College, a M.Ed. from Bridgewater State University and a MS in School Counseling, and Pastoral Counseling. He is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory Designation. Peter was responsible for the design, development and facilitating the start-up of 27 schools for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other related conditions. He has helped develop several different programs for disabled children including specialized tutoring programs for autistic children, therapeutic martial arts, and an adventure based counseling ropes course for children with ADHD. Peter works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for adolescents, adults, couples and families in Brecksville and Vermilion, Ohio and delivers trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.

 

 

Anita M. Eddie MA, ATR, MSSA, LISW-S -

Anita is a Registered Art Therapist and a Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience. Currently, Ms. Eddie is providing behavioral health services with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services, Mercy Regional Medical Center in Adult Psychiatry and The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development as a Clinic Associate. In addition, Ms. Eddie is a faculty member at the English Nanny and Governess School in Chagrin Falls. Ms. Eddie’s areas of specialization include psychodynamic psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults, family systems intervention, group work with conduct disordered adolescents, and young children with early and severe disturbances. Ms. Eddie believes in strength-based approaches and assists her clients in realizing their greatest potential and beyond. Anita works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in Brecksville, Ohio.


Susan Fee

Susan Fee M.Ed., PCC -

Susan is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a BA in Communications and a Master's Degree in Counseling. She is also a national trainer and author. Susan works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for adolescents, adults, couples and families in Brecksville, Ohio. She sees adults and children with a specialty in adolescent girls struggling with self-esteem, friendship conflict, and depression. Susan developed Circle of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. to teach girls ages 8-14 how to develop healthy relationships, regulate emotions, increase self-esteem, and communicate assertively. She’s taught her workshops for Girl Scouts, parent groups, schools, and summer camps nationwide. Susan also works with business professionals and college students to overcome presentation anxiety and investigate career directions. She’s the author five books including 101 ideas & Insights About Resolving Conflict, The Manager’s Motivation Handbook and the college survival guide My Roommate is Driving Me Crazy! Susan works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for adolescents, adults, couples and families in Brecksville, Ohio and delivers trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.

Judi Fischer MA, PCC-S -

Judi is the President of Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services. She is a counselor, educator and consultant. She has a BS in Education and a MA in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. She is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with supervisory designation. Judi's experience in education includes classroom teaching and educational presentations on a wide range of topics for professionals, community organizations, businesses, schools and churches. In her private practice she works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families experiencing loss, life transitions, depression, anxiety, relational conflicts, self-esteem difficulties, stress related problems and spiritual concerns. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association, the American Association for Christian Counselors, active in her local church and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Cheryl Gerber LISW-S -

Cheryl is recognized as a Licensed Independent Social Worker with supervisory designation by the State of Ohio. Cheryl is trained as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals and the National Association of Social Workers. She received both her BSSW and MSW from The Ohio State University. Specialty areas of experience include anger management, assertiveness training, trauma victims, co-dependency, male and female survivors of sexual abuse, borderline personality disorder, and crisis intervention. She utilizes cognitive/behavioral and solution-focused approaches to help her clients achieve their goals and learn to care for themselves. Cheryl enjoys working with adults, couples, families, seniors, and teens. She works with Lakeshore Educational and Counseling Services scheduling appointments in Vermilion, Ohio. 

 

Billie Gilliam PC, LICDC -

Billie earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. Billie is dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency counselor. Her philosophy of treatment includes an integrated systems approach that is strength focused.  She treats individuals, couples and families with a variety of issues that include: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, women’s issues, substance abuse and dependence. Billie has received additional trainings and certifications in addictions, psychopharmacology, physiology and others. Additionally, she teaches psychology and chemical dependency courses at a local community college. Billie works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community and professional audiences.

 

Victoria Lawrence LISW-

Victoria is recognized as a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) by the State of Ohio. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Social Work. She has experience counseling adolescents, families, couples, and adults in several areas, including: trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, marital and family relationships, stage of life, parenting, behavioral problems, and interpersonal conflict. She uses a holistic approach based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and tailors counseling to the individual. Her dedication to her work has earned her a nomination for the ACE award in Erie County in 2011. Tori works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for children, adolescents and adults in our Vermilion office.

 

 

 


Clarissa Matthews

Clarissa Matthews MA, PCC-S, LSW -

Clarissa has a BA in Psychology and MA in Community Counseling. She received dual licensure by the State of Ohio as both a Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Social Worker. Clarissa currently works in the field of community mental health, supervising a team of licensed professional Counselors and Social Workers. She has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), with over 18 years experience in the areas of child abuse, trauma, and loss. She also has served as a presenter at local and state wide professional conferences. During her role as president of the Erie-Huron Counties School Crisis Team, Clarissa provided crisis intervention, community education, and supervision to other area professionals on trauma debriefing and crisis stabilization. In addition, she created a variety of programs and summer camps for bereaved children, as well as conducted individual, group, and classroom grief educational services in numerous school districts throughout northern Ohio. Clarissa has served as the Bylaws Committee Chair on the Ohio Counseling Association Executive Board and as a member of the Lorain County Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team. Clarissa works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community and professional audiences.

 

Alex Moga M.Ed., PC -

Alex is a licensed professional counselor with a Master's of Education Degree in Counseling from Bowling Green State University. Alex has experience working with clients in school settings, community mental health and private practice.  He specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, while integrating different counseling techniques to treat the whole person. He is a member of the Ohio Counseling Association. Alex works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for adolescents, adults, couples and families in Vermilion, Ohio.

 

 

 

Terri O’Reilly, M. Ed –

Terri is an educator who earned a BS in Elementary Education and a BS in secondary Physical Education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University. Terri has 36 years of classroom experience that also involved being a member of the Building Advisory Committee, Chairperson of the Intervention Assistance Team, PE class instructor and numerous supervisory roles for activities and academic enrichment for students from ages 9 – 18. She has a passion for teaching and values the child before the curriculum. Terri has been instrumental in providing a summer learn to swim program in her community for 21 years. Recently retired, Terri now works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community and professional audiences.

 

 

Thomas O’Reilly

Thomas O'Reilly MS, PCC-S -

Thomas is the President and Owner of A Better Way, LLC. He is a counselor, mediator, and public speaker/trainer. He holds a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Akron. He is licensed in Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor. His 20 years of counseling practice includes work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, and geriatrics. He has worked with those experiencing loss, a wide array of mental, emotional, spiritual, and personal issues, and crisis stabilization. He has worked as a Chemical Dependence counselor for over 9 years, both in residential and outpatient settings. He has 12 years of mediation experience, including Divorce, Transformative, Domestic Violence, and Truancy mediation. He is a past member of the Ohio Counseling Association, and of Toastmasters, International. He develops and conducts training on a wide array of topics, and provides Drug-Free Safety (DFSP) training to companies seeking to have or currently have a Drug-Free Workplace Program for their employees.Thomas delivers training to community, professional and corporate audiences throughout Ohio, the US and internationally. Thomas works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for children, adolescents and adults in our Vermilion office


Andrea PeckAndrea Peck, MA -

Andrea received her B.A. in psychology and her M.A. in communications. She completed a post graduate training program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, is a certified Myers Briggs facilitator, and is completing her coaching certification through the College of Executive Coaching. Andrea facilitates groups and coaches individuals on communication for personal and professional satisfaction and success; she has worked with educators as well as professionals in business and the mental and medical health fields. She is the author of Discovering Ourselves through Acts of Creation; the Healing Tools of Journaling and Professional Image Enhancement: 48 Tips for Achieving Job Satisfaction and Success. Andrea is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Cuyahoga Community College. Andrea works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community and professional audiences.


Ron PossyRonald A. Possy, LICDC -

Ron is licensed by the State of Ohio as an Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. He has over 31 years of extensive experience working in multiple alcohol/drug treatment modalities, specializing in treatment for the adult population. He volunteers on the Lake Erie Addictions Board of Directors, serving as Treasurer. He is proud to have served in the U.S. Navy. Ron works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling assessments and individual counseling appointments in Vermilion, Ohio.


Carol RoeCarol A. Roe JD, MSN, RN -

Carol is both a registered nurse and an attorney. She is employed by the Centers for Dialysis Care as Director of Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management. Carol's career has encompassed the roles of staff nurse, nursing administrator and educator. Additionally, as a lobbyist for the Ohio Nurses Association, she advocated the profession's views to the Ohio General Assembly. As public affairs consultant for the Ohio Board of Nursing, she advised the Ohio General Assembly about the impact of legislation on nursing regulation. She has published in the areas of nursing law and professional issues. Carol works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.


Lisa SkeensLisa Skeens Ph.D., MSW, LISW -

Dr. Skeens has 14 years experience as a psychotherapist, consultant, academic and professional trainer/public speaker. She has presented at many professional and state wide conferences on mental health issues in children, adults, and families, as well as training for corporations on stress management. Dr. Skeens has been a psychotherapist both in private practice and community mental health settings specializing in depression, anxiety, relationships, and non-medical methods of treating childhood mental health problems. She teaches her client's skills in the development of intuition and self-trust. She also specializes in multicultural therapy and is bilingual in Spanish. Dr. Skeens has research interests in psychiatric stigmatization of children in regard to stimulant medication, burn-out/compassion fatigue for mental health workers, learning and teaching styles in academia, anxiety disorders in women, and mental health issues of migrant farm workers and immigrants. She has also participated in community development projects in Ecuador and Costa Rica. A few of her distinguished honors include: recipient of President Bush's 1,000 Points of Light Award for Community Service, Amigos de las Americas Volunteer of the Year Award, featured as a therapist valuable to Lorain County Ohio, University of Toledo Peer Counselor of the Year and a guest lecturer for Governor Taft's Developmental Disability Council. Dr. Skeens works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to professional audiences in Columbus and the surrounding areas.


Debra TkacDebra Tkac MA, PCC-S -

Debra is a counselor and adjunct college instructor. She has a Master’s in Community Counseling from Kent State University and is licensed by the state of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory designation. Debra has provided counseling services for over 20 years with adolescents, adults and families. She specializes in work with women experiencing issues of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Debra’s counseling is holistic in nature taking into account self, environment, relationships, and spirituality. Debra works with lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for adolescents, adults, and families in our Brecksville office.


Kerry Tobin, MA -

Kerry received her MA in Philosophy from Cleveland State University. She has studied and worked abroad in Ireland, England, Austria and Italy. A passion to educate and inspire led Kerry to pursue Certification from the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA) in Italy. Kerry has been featured in The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Lakewood Observer. She has contributed to the Plain Dealer as a source for various articles on personal development and career coaching. She has worked as a Contract Trainer for Cuyahoga County, delivering training presentations to hundreds of diverse workers. Currently, Kerry works as an Adjunct Instructor at Cuyahoga Community College in their Humanities/Philosophy Department. She is also a very active volunteer for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs and acts as home host to visitors from around the world. Kerry works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.


Michele WeberMichele Weber M.Ed., PCC -

Michele has a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Community Agency Counseling. She is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with supervisory designation. She has special training in Family Counseling, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, HIV/AIDS Counseling, Women's Issues in Mental Health and Child and Adolescent Counseling. Michele has received training in play therapy, facilitated adolescent groups and represented the county in courtroom abuse and neglect cases. Her volunteer activities include; Meals on Wheels, school organizations and Habitat for Humanity. Michele works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for children, adolescents and adults in Vermilion, Ohio.

Janett Williams M.Ed., M.A, LPCC:

Janett is licensed in the state of Ohio as a clinical professional counselor, high school business teacher and guidance counselor.  She has a B.A. in education through the University of Toledo and M.Ed. in education through Georgetown College. Janett obtained her M.A. in counseling through B.G.S.U. and postgraduate hours in clinical counseling at Ashland Seminary.  Jan works with individuals, couples, and families and specializes in adolescent issues, women’s issues, and spiritual concerns.  She is a member of the Ohio Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors.  Jan works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Service scheduling counseling appointments for children, adolescents and adults in our Vermilion office.

 

 

 

Matt Williams M.A., PCC-S

Matt is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the State of Ohio and a certified clinical supervisor. He received his undergraduate degree from Anderson University in Christian Education, a graduate degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Clinical Counseling and is also an ordained minister. Matt has nearly 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry, counseling and teaching. He has worked in churches, hospices, funeral homes, nursing homes, an inter-city mental health agency and for a local high school where he served as a guidance counselor and school administrator. Most recently he served as the Clinical and Spiritual Director for Cornerstone of Hope, Ohio’s largest grief counseling agency. He is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Bible for Indiana Wesleyan University. He has been the keynote speaker, or presenter, for organizations like: Metro Health Burn Unit’s Annual Retreat; Trainer for Coventry Health Care, Kansas; Cleveland Clinic’s Wound Center Recognition Banquet; National Alliance for Grieving Children’s Annual National Symposium; Trainer for Stephen Ministers, Bay Presbyterian Church, Bay Village, Ohio; speaker and trainer for Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio; and many other churches and organizations. Topics include grief, stress management, supervision, leadership, counseling ethics, counselor education/training, and marriage building. He has appeared on television and was the host of “Grief Talk,” a weekly radio call in talk show in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a frequent guest lecturer at local colleges and universities like; John Carroll University, Cleveland State University and Baldwin-Wallace College. Matt works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.

 

 

 

 

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