Therapists

Mariya Al-Ghawi, MFT-Trainee :

Mariya Al-Ghawi, MFT-Trainee

Mariya is registered with the Ohio Counselor, Social Work, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee.

Mariya earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University. She is continuing her journey at Ohio State and pursuing a Master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy.

Mariya is passionate about working with ethnic minority couples and establishing a safe environment for everyone. She is cognizant of her clients’ individual experiences and works to ensure that their voices are heard during therapy. Mariya strives to highlight key strengths in her clients to ignite resiliency and facilitate change.

Mariya’s interests include:

  • Minority couples and relationships
  • Diverse client experiences and backgrounds
  • Building clients’ strengths to overcome obstacles
Danae Baker, MFT-Trainee :

Danae Baker, MFT-Trainee

Danae is registered with the Ohio Counselor, Social Work, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee.

Danae is a Master’s student in Couple and Family Therapy at The Ohio State University.

Danae develops a therapeutic relationship with her clients in a supportive and relaxed environment. She works collaboratively to identify strengths, abilities, and goals. She strives to empower her clients as they challenge perspectives and explore solutions.

Danae’s research interests include:

·         Relationship quality related to well-being and sexual satisfaction

·         Mental health and suicide prevention

Habiba Barre, MFT-Trainee :

Habiba Barre, MFT-Trainee

Habiba received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy.

Habiba works to create a safe and collaborative relationship with her clients. She wants to truly get to know her clients and help them achieve their goals by meeting them where they are at. Habiba strives to be as warm, compassionate, and understanding as possible in order to cultivate a therapeutic experience that is beneficial as well as un-intimidating. In doing so, she hopes to help them create a path to where they would like to be.

Habiba’s interests include couples, family, and individual therapy for diverse populations, how the minority experience impacts mental health, helping clients find their strengths and helping them utilize them.

Jamie Blalock, MFT-Trainee :

Jamie Blalock, MFT-Trainee

Jamie is registered with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee.

Jamie is a PhD student in Human Development and Family Science with a Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy from The Ohio State University. Jamie has earned a Master’s degree focused in relational communication and research methods.

Jamie is a relational therapist who strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for her clients. She aims to establish a strong therapeutic alliance with clients and incorporates a balance of support, challenge, and collaboration in her clinical practice. Jamie enjoys helping her clients address immediate concerns as well as reach long-term goals.

Jamie’s research interests include:

  • Quality and satisfaction in romantic relationships
  • Therapeutic interventions focused towards romantic relationships
  • Contextual, dyadic, and individual factors that impact relational stability
Ali Bryant, MFT-Trainee :

Ali Bryant, MFT-Trainee

Ali is a current MFT-trainee registered with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board. She is currently working towards her licensure as an MFT.

Ali is a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Science with a Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy from The Ohio State University. She has a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration.

Ali uses compassion and kindness to get to know her clients and empathize with their concerns. She practices empathy and allows her clients the space they need to revisit difficult life experiences and work towards the goals they identify for themselves.

Ali’s research interests include:

  • first-generation and underrepresented college student adjustment
  • graduate and professional student relationships.
Haley M. Kiser  M.A., MFT, LPC :

Haley M. Kiser  M.A., MFT, LPC

Haley is licensed by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Haley is currently working on the prestigious designation of being an AAMFT approved supervisor.

Haley is in the PhD program in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy at The Ohio State University.

Haley is easy to join with, very transparent with clients throughout the therapeutic process and creates the space for clients to be open and to be heard. Haley is strongly influenced by Bowen Family Systems Theory. She views the therapy process as a collaborative journey between the client(s) and therapist.

Haley’s research interests include:

  • Medical Family Therapy
  • Interventions to aid couples/families when an individual (child or adult) is trying to change their lifestyle through health behavior modification (i.e., dieting, exercising, or weight loss surgery).
  • Influence of communication and familial support on patient weight-loss and health behavior success.
  • Substance use disorders in the bariatric surgery population.
Ellison Luthy, MFT-Trainee :

Ellison Luthy, MFT-Trainee

Ellison is a current MFT-Trainee registered with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapy Board. She is currently working towards licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Ellison is a Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy. Previously, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University with a focus on human development, psychopathology, gender & sexuality.

Ellison is a therapist that works to develop a therapeutic relationship with clients by creating a safe, non-judgmental, and collaborative environment. Working to address specific needs and goals, she aims to establish a balance between challenging and supporting clients. Ellison strives to alleviate current distress as well as address long term goals for healing.

Ellison’s research interests include:

  • Multi-minority identity individuals and compounding marginalization
  • Relational and familial therapy for non-traditional relationship structures (LGBTQ, Consensual Non-Monogamy, etc.)
  • Medical Family Therapy for fertility, pregnancy, and early infancy
Maddie Penland, MFT-Trainee :

Maddie Penland, MFT-Trainee

Maddie is registered with the Ohio Counselor, Social work, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. She is currently working towards licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Maddie is currently working on her Master’s in Couples and Family Therapy at Ohio State University.  Previously, she received her Bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University in Human Development and Family Studies.

Maddie is a therapist that works to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients by creating a safe and open space to get to know them. Maddie works in collaboration with her clients to address their specific goals, while challenging them to consider new perspectives! Maddie works towards helping clients with their immediate concerns, and also working towards larger, more long-term goals for where they want to be.

Maddie’s Research interests include:

  • Couple’s and Family Therapy that targets relationship stability during transitional life periods
  • Family Therapy towards establishing stronger parent-child attachment and parenting concerns.
Riley Whiting, MFT-Trainee :

Riley Whiting, MFT-Trainee

Riley is registered with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee.

Riley is a Ph.D. Student in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy from The Ohio State University.

Riley enjoys helping clients from all walks of life and is focused on creating a safe environment for self-discovery and growth. He is calm and kind as he works with clients to identify intergenerational patterns to help them develop perspective and form stable relationships.

His research interests include:

  • Relationship stability
  • Intergenerational healing
  • The relationship between physical and mental health in families