Mental Health and Recovery
Mental Health and Recovery
Recovery in an Emotional Safe Environment
Serenity Concepts was born under the direction of Deb McSheffery. During a phase of daydreaming for a business, Deb considered opening a full scale store committed to serenity and healing. Nature, birds, horticulture, aromatherapy, music, books, meditations, stress classes all in a relaxed atmosphere were part of that dream. All concepts that promote serenity. The store did not come to fruition, but a mental health and substance abuse practice did. Using the same components of serenity, the center is decorated with birdhouses, aromatherapy, flowers, music, a lending library and a nurturing environment. Following, are small bios of all the therapists.
Counseling in an Emotionally Safe Environment
We are a counseling and substance abuse practice located in Grove City, Ohio in the historic district . We are located in an older home with hardwood floors, enclosed front porch, homey offices, flower gardens, and a lending library. These elements along with holistic, humanistic counseling, promote serenity and is the basis for our name. There are eight therapists who practice at Serenity Concepts. We have a variety of specialties, experience and talents with which to offer our clients. Along with obtaining degrees and licensure, all the therapists engage in continuing education to keep current in the field. We are on most insurance panels. For additional information please call at (614) 801-1812
Services provided by Serenity Concepts include:
Alcoholism and other drug addictions
Substance abuse assessment & treatment
Post traumatic stress disorder
Adults, adolescents, and children
Meet the Therapists
During a phase of daydreaming for a business, Deb McSheffery considered opening a full scale store committed to serenity and healing. Nature, birds, horticulture, aromatherapy, music, books, meditations, stress classes all in a relaxed atmosphere were part of that dream. All concepts that promote serenity. The store did not come to fruition, but a mental health and substance abuse practice did. Using the same components of serenity, the center is decorated with birdhouses, aromatherapy, flowers, music, a lending library and a nurturing environment. Following, are small bios of all the therapists.
Steven Johnston, MA, PCC-S
Steven has been a clinical counselor for over 19 years, with special training in the areas of Pastoral Counseling, Gerontology; Suicide Prevention; Domestic Violence; Child Sexual Abuse; and Marital Counseling. He received a B.A. in Bible from Mt. Vernon Bible College, Mt. Vernon, OH, in 1984, and a M.A. in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH in 1988. He completed the LPCC program through Ashland Theological Seminary in 1997. In Addition, Steven has developed a specialty in supervision of counselors.
Michaele Barsnack PCC-S
Michaele has provided art therapy and counseling in Columbus, OH, since 1982. She received her BFA from Kent State University in 1979 and her MSEd from the University of Dayton in 2000. She is licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor, (PCC-S), a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC-CS), a Board Certified Art Therapist . She is also certified by the American Psychotherapy Association as a Board Certified Professional Counselor (BCPC). Michaele's clinical experience includes her work with adults, adolescents and children through in-patient, out-patient and day treatment clinics, drug rehabilitation programs, medical and psychiatric hospitals, schools, jails, prisons and private practice. Currently, Michaele is a full time instructor in the undergraduate art therapy program at Capital University, Columbus, OH and she continues to provide art therapy and clinical counseling.
Debra McSheffery, LISW-S
Deb received her BA from Kent State University in 1977 and completed her Masters in 1982, from Case Western Reserve University. Deb is a clinical social worker who has been in practice for over 31 years. She has experience with mood disorders, PTSD, anger management, alcoholism and other drug addictions. She has also trained in EMDR. She works with individuals, families, and, in a group setting. Her past experience include Directions for Youth, Riverside Methodist Hospital and Harding Hospital, prior to private practice.
Marc Schramm, PsyD
Marc earned his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1987, and has a diverse practice, based in Hilliard. Here at Serenity Concepts he provides group therapy. Marc is a member of The American Group Psychotherapy Association, and past president of the Tri - State Group Psychotherapy Society.He is a founding certificant of the National Registry of Group psychotherapists, and formerly was a contributing editor to Psychology Self-Help Magazine on the Web.
Stefanie Day, EdD, PCC-S
Dr. Day has been providing mental health counseling since 1998, following graduating from Galluaudet University with a Masters in mental health counseling . She has been independently licensed, with the supervision endorsement since 2001. In 2013, Dr. Day completed her doctoral studies in counseling psychology. Over the years Dr. Day has worked with all ages in a variety of settings, but brings her expertise in Child Centered Play Therapy and EMDR to Serenity Concepts. Dr. Day is fluent in American Sign Language and has been providing counseling to Ohio's Deaf community since 1998. She also teaches college level psychology coursework.
Gerald L West,PhD.,Clinical Psychology
Dr..West received his Clinical Psychology License in 1992 after post doctoral training at Kent State University. Since then he worked extensively with clients who have either, or both, emotional issues and substance abuse/addiction. Beginning in 1992 he worked in Canton and then Massillon, OH. In 1998 he developed the "Courage to Change" outpatient program for teens with substance abuse at Massillon Community Hospital.
In 2003 he began the "West Holistic Center" in Massillon, OH. Here, in addition to providing psychotherapy he taught T'aiChi, Chi Kung and Meditation, and, led monthly drumming circles as ways to manage stress. In 2005, this became the Amanda Center for the Healing and Performing Arts. Yoga, massage therapy,Reiki and dance (Modern and Belly) have been added.
He obtained training in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in 2005 and worked with teens and adults at Reinbows at Serenity Springs in East Canton, OH.
In 2008, Dr. West accepted a civil service position as Clinical Psychologist and Alcohol and other drug counselor working with military personnel at the Army Substance Abuse Program(ASAP) at Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis McChord) at Tacoma, WA. While at ASAP he became certified in Acudetox through National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Acudetox acupuncture or acupressure on five ear points to help relieve anxiety and to help people stop substance use.
Besides practicing at Serenity Concepts, he teaches T'aiChi at the Gahanna City Dept of Parks and Rec. When he isn't working, or teaching he is likely to be fond walking the trails, or practicing T'aiChi at one of the awesome Metro Parks.
We have recently added new therapists to our practice. Laurie Fracassi,LISW, Julie Fooshee, LISW-S, LICDC, Connie McMurrin, LISW-S,DOT-SAP, Dan Lyttle, LISW-S and Susan Adams, PCC-S., LICDC. Look forward to reading a short bio on these additions to our practice. Coming soon!
New Client Paperwork
New client to Serenity Concepts? For your convenience, download and complete the new client paperwork at home and submit at your first appointment!