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Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP

Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP

Psychologist
  • Psychologist, Ohio Lic. 4398 (also licensed in Wisconsin)
  • Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology
Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP, is the Director of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy in Columbus, Ohio, and a licensed psychologist. Kevin is a clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Ohio State University, as well as serving a number of leadership roles at the state and national level in cognitive-behavioral therapy and professional psychology. In 2015, he is the President of the Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology and of the Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology Specialty Council.  

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View Dr. Arnold’s Blog, “The Older Dad”

CLINICAL STAFF

Lauren Brimer, MSEd

Lauren Brimer, MSEd

Psychology Aide*

Under the Supervision of Kevin D. Arnold, Ph.D.,
ABPP Supervising Psychologist

Lauren Brimer is a MSEd at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. She received her master’s degree from the University of Dayton. She has been providing ABA services for 8 years. She specializes in program development using applied behavioral analysis (ABA), parent training, behavior modification, and school support. She sees children through the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Emily B. Carruthers, MA

Emily B. Carruthers, MA

Psychology Aide*

Under the Supervision of Kevin D. Arnold, Ph.D.,
ABPP Supervising Psychologist

Emily Carruthers is a Masters of Special Education at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. She received her Masters of Special Education with Emphasis on Applied Behavioral Analysis from the Ohio State University. She has been practicing for 9 years. She specializes in program development using applied behavioral analysis (ABA) behavior modification, parent training, school support training, and early intervention for children and adolescents with Autism, ADHD, and cognitive delays. She also provides home consultation services for families with special needs. She also sees children through the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Jeanie Zsambok, PhD

Jeanie Zsambok, PhD

Psychologist

Jeanie Zsambok is a psychologist at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. She received her doctorate in psychology with a major area of study in developmental disabilities and behavior analysis, including being trained at Nisonger Center of Excellence (a center at The Ohio State University, and post-doctoral training in behavior analysis in several county boards of developmental disabilities under the training supervision of Dr. kevin Arnold through CCBT. She has been practicing for over 20 years. She specializes in children and adults with developmental disabilities, behavior support, testing, Autism spectrum disorders (either as primary or dual diagnoses). She also consults with several county boards of Developmental Disabilities in central Ohio.

*Under the Supervision of Kevin D. Arnold, Ph.D.,
ABPP Supervising Psychologist

INDEPENDENT PRACTICING AFFILIATES

The following professionals are Independent Practicing Affiliates (IPA). IPAs are independent contractors. As independent contractors, IPAs maintain complete control over the independent practice of their services. Patients of an IPA are treated completely independently by the IPA, and CCBT does not exercise control over the clinical services nor does CCBT violate the sanctity of the therapist-patient confidentiality through any clinical oversight of cases. Each IPA’s conduct is subject to the regulatory board under which he or she is licensed.
 

Kelly M. Altic, MSW, LISW-S

Kelly M. Altic, MSW, LISW-S

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Kelly Altic is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (Supervisor) at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. She received her Masters of Social Work from the Ohio State University. She has been practicing for 7 years. She specializes in depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Judith Bischoff, LPCC-S

Judith Bischoff, LPCC-S

Practicing Clinical Counselor

Judy Bischoff is a Practicing Clinical Counselor at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. She received her Masters of Clinical Counseling from the University of North Colorado. She has been practicing for 25 years. She specializes in mood disorders, marriage/couples counseling, anger management, women’s issues, and work issues.

Rachel Bowen, MSW, LISW

Rachel Bowen, MSW, LISW

Rachel received her Masters of Social Work in 2008 from The Ohio State University.  During her education, she interned with the Delaware-Union Alternative Education where she conducted therapy groups with emotionally disturbed adolescents, provided individual therapy sessions and social skills groups.  Rachel assisted adolescents with disabilities complete school work, applications and resumes, and participated in IEP meetings.  She also interned with Buckeye Middle School, maintaining a caseload of students having a variety of behavioral issues.  Along with working part-time here at The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy, Rachel is also a Clinical Supervisor at the Buckeye Ranch here in Columbus.  She provides in-home therapy and support for children with mental health diagnosis and their families who are struggling with such things as stress, substance abuse, trauma, or family conflict.  Rachel is trained to establish effective relationships with families by maintaining regular contact and appropriate follow-up in order to reduce behavioral relapses.  Her primary goal is to develop and implement appropriate therapeutic treatment plans to improve the family and the child’s ability to function in the community.

Amy Bremer

Amy Bremer

Psychology Aide*

Under the Supervision of Kevin D. Arnold, Ph.D.,
ABPP Supervising Psychologist

Holly Brumm, MSW, LISW-S

Holly Brumm, MSW, LISW-S

Holly Brumm graduated from The Ohio State University with her master’s degree in Social Work in 2012.  She received a 4.0 from the program.  While attending The Ohio State University, she completed an internship at Amethyst Inc. and The Buckeye Ranch.  At The Buckeye Ranch, Holly gained experience in intensive home-based mental health counseling with children and adolescents aged 8-17 years old.  Due to her exceptional skill shown during her internship, Holly was hired on as a full-time employee in June 2012.

Holly’s professional experience consists of three years of intensive family home-based counseling.  These children were affected by psychological, behavioral, and substance abuse disorders.  Holly served as both a systems collaborator as well as an advocate for many of these families.  Due to the severity of the issues of each case, Holly collaborated with school staff, physicians, court staff, and Franklin County Children Services to provide the best care of these families.  She will continue to this experience to advocate for children by attending IEP meetings as needed for her clients.

In addition, she developed very strong brief crisis management skills and learned to keep children that suffer from mental illnesses safe in their homes.  Due to many of these children-experiencing trauma in their early years, Holly’s ability to establish trust and engage with these families is a true strength.  Her experience includes individual, family, and group counseling.  She enjoys empowering parents by giving them tools to help their child.  These include effective behavioral strategies to deal with various behavior management concerns (ADHD symptoms, aggression, and oppositional defiant disorder) and anxiety/stress management.  She also has experience working with depression in teens and is capable of utilizing different coping skills to manage this.  In addition, she has experience working with younger children and addressing concerns surrounding attachment and executing functioning skills.

Joe Catania, LISW-S, LCDC-III

Joe Catania, LISW-S, LCDC-III

Licensed Independent Social Worker - Supervisor

Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor

Joe Catania is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (Supervisor) at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. He received his Masters of Social Work from the Ohio State University. He has been practicing for over 20 years. He specializes in substance abuse, marriage/couples counseling, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other issues pertaining to returning military members. He sees adolescents and adults.

Peggy H. Cook, PhD

Peggy H. Cook, PhD

Psychologist

Peggy Cook is a PhD at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. She received her doctorate in Psychology from The Ohio State University. She has been practicing for over 20 years. She specializes in depression, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She sees children, adolescents, and adults. She is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

Greg Frankenfield, LISW

Greg Frankenfield, LISW

Licensed Independent Social Worker

Greg Frankenfield received his master’s degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1990 and has done postgraduate training through the Cleveland Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He currently works primarily with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, unresolved anger and trauma (including post traumatic stress disorder).

Theresa “Tammy” Gaser, MSSA, LISW-S, CTS

Theresa “Tammy” Gaser, MSSA, LISW-S, CTS

Theresa Tammy Gaser was the owner of Trinity Family Counseling.  She graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  While attending Case, she interned at Education Alternatives; a day treatment school for children ages 5 to 19 years old.

Tammy’s professional experience consists of over thirteen years of experience in public and alternative schools and private practice.  Tammy has served as both a certified teacher and a counselor.  While working with the school systems, she developed lesson plans, 504 plans and IEP’s, collaborated with education staff, families, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health care professionals.  She developed therapy groups and treatment plans for students with a wide range of disabilities and mental health diagnoses.  Tammy continues to use this experience attending IEP meetings as needed for her clients.

In addition, Tammy’s work in private practice includes services to individuals, groups, and family counseling.  Tammy enjoys equipping patients with effective behavioral strategies to deal with various behavior management concerns and anxiety/stress management.  She also provides individual therapy for children, teens, and families with delays in executive functioning and emotional and/or developmental delays, such as various attachment disorders.

Tammy is a certified Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist by The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC).  Throughout her career, she has provided training seminars on child abuse and neglect, as well as developed treatment plans and provided consultation services for survivors of various types of trauma, including physical and sexual abuse, environmental and community trauma, and grief or loss.  Tammy also works with children and adults who have medical trauma.

Tammy is also the author of Ice Cream Cone Feelings.  This book is designed to give children and parents a process that enables them to express feelings in a fun and healthy manner.  Her second book There’s A Squirrel in my Tummy will be released August 2016.

Tammy proudly served as a member of the United States Air Force, serving both stateside and internationally.  While serving, she was the recipient of the John L. Levitow Award for leadership.  She also served during Operation Desert Storm.

Jacqueline Hatten, MA, LPCC-S

Jacqueline Hatten, MA, LPCC-S

Professional Clinical Counselor

Jackie Hatten is a Licensed Practicing Clinical Counselor at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. She received her Masters of Clinical Counseling from The Ohio State University. She has been practicing for 9 years. She specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, couples counseling, self esteem issues, and success coaching. She sees adolescents (14-17) and adults.

Edwin Huston, MSEd, LPCC

Edwin Huston, MSEd, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Edwin Huston has practiced in Central Ohio for 8 years treating adults and adolescence. He can provide short term consultations or on-going therapy to individuals experiencing issues ranging from adjustment issues to schizophrenia. He has specializations with addictions, behavioral problems, depression/anxiety, conflict management and relationship problems. He obtained his BA at Ohio Dominican University in Psychology in 2002 and his Masters in Education at The University of Dayton in 2008. During his therapy career he has served The United States Department of Justice and has worked with adults with developmental disabilities.

Patrick McNally, LISW

Patrick McNally, LISW

Licensed Independent Social Worker

Patrick McNally is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Supervisor at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy.
He received his Master’s of Social Work from the Ohio State University and has been in practice for over 30 years. His
specialties include mood disorders, substance abuse, couples and family issues, and grief counseling. He has worked with
the Department of Defense with active duty, civilian staff, and their families. He sees adolescents and adults.

Rita Messer, MSW, LISW

Rita Messer, MSW, LISW

Ms. Rita Messer  is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (Supervisor).With a background in community and family therapy, she developed an interest in promoting well-being through enhanced self-understanding and acceptance. Her focus in on working with each client as part of a team. She now specializes in treating depression, other mood disorders, and PTSD in adults and adolescents 14+.  Ms. Messer provides therapy using evidence-based methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Ms. Messer received her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work at New Mexico State University, and has been practicing clinically for 10 years. She completed special study and an internship working with survivors of domestic violence and has completed the level 1 Gottman Method training for relationship counseling.

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Gottman Approved Member

Katherine Penty, MSEd, LPCC

Katherine Penty, MSEd, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Katherine Penty is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. She received her Master of Science Degree in Social Agency Counseling from the University of Dayton then went on to complete additional Clinical Counseling courses at Ashland Seminary. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Cedarville University since 1987. Katherine has practiced as a Registered Nurse in both the home setting w/ adults struggling w/ dementia or other mental health challenges and the inpatient behavioral health setting for adults, children and adolescents. Since obtaining her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1997 she has worked to improve the lives of children, teens, young and mature adults in both private and community mental health practices, employee assistance, adults in skilled / extended care, children and teens in foster care, foster caregivers and all members of the adoption triad including children and teen adoptees, adult adoptees, birth and adoptive parents. Katherine is an adoptive parent herself. She enjoys her time being a parent, also spending time enjoying extended family and friends, the natural beauty of the outdoors, being adventurous as a lifelong learner and expressing herself through creative arts. Katherine is available to work with children 5 years of age and up through teenage, young, mid and older adults with a wide variety of issues.

Sharon Pickel, MSW, LISW

Sharon Pickel, MSW, LISW

Sharon received her MSW from West Virginia University in 1984 with a focus in children and families.  She interned in Pleasant Valley mental health in Fairmont West Virginia.  She received her BSW from Capital University in 1983 and had internships with Gahanna Counseling and St. Stephen’s Community House.  Sharon has been independently licensed since August 17, 1990.

 

Out of graduate school, Sharon worked 4 years at Franklin County Children’s Services on an Unruly Unit with primarily unruly and delinquent youth.  This required collaboration with the courts, probation officers and other community resources.  Sharon also worked for St. Vincent’s Family Center for 16 years.  She provided counseling to a wide variety of ages of children from early developmental assessments with children under three to ongoing services for children up through late teens.  She did individual therapy, family therapy and group therapy focusing on depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, disrupted  family issues, COA, divorce, grief, family dynamics issues, and specialized in the treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders ages 6 to 21.  Sharon provided Prevention, Consultation and Education services to several Catholic schools on the Westside of Columbus over 9 years.  Sharon is currently employed at nationwide Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health where she has been for 12 years.  She provides therapy to children and their families with a wide variety of issues such as mood disorders, anxiety, behavioral problems, adoption issues, medical issues, grief, adjustment issues and parenting.  She has lead parenting groups for parents with children with mood disorders.  She provides family therapy to families with complex issues.  Sharon is trained in CBT and was selected to be part of the CBT initiative at NCH.  She runs CBT educational small groups with staff to strengthen their application of CBTskills.

 

Sharon works on a part-time basis to be able to do marital therapy and work with adults specifically.  Sharon has 32 years of experience in providing mental health therapy in the Central Ohio Community.   

Greg Ritter, MS, LPCC

Greg Ritter, MS, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Gregory is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor with a Masters of Education in Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton.  Greg joined The Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in December 2017, following an 18 year career working for several behavioral health and government agencies specializing in the treatment of addiction issues as well as acute psychiatric disorders.  Gregory has worked in the behavioral health field in both the direct care and administrative capacity with a special focus on patient care system development and implementation of clinical staff training and development.  Gregory has been on staff at several Bachelor’s and Master’s level behavioral health focused programs including Capital University and The University of Dayton.  Gregory works with children, adolescents and adults and specializes in the treatment of several disorders utilizing evidence based and informed approaches.  Gregory possesses a wealth of experience and clinical skills that allow him to work effectively and to connect with patients in a meaningful and therapeutic manner.

Sarah D. Shearer, MA, LPCC

Sarah D. Shearer, MA, LPCC

Professional Clinical Counselor

Sarah Shearer is a Licensed Practicing Clinical Counselor at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. She received her Masters of Clinical Counseling from the Ohio State University. She has been practicing for over 19 years. She specializes in depression, anxiety, marriage/couples counseling, substance abuse, women’s issues, mood disorders, and adjustment disorders. She sees men, women, and adolescents of all ages

Noam Shpancer, PhD

Noam Shpancer, PhD

Psychologist

Noam Shpancer is a PhD at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. He received his doctorate from Purdue. He has been practicing for 18 years. He specializes in anxiety disorders in adults.

Krista Steele, MSSA, LSW

Krista Steele, MSSA, LSW

Krista is a Licensed Social Worker with a Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She joined Trinity Family Counseling as an intern in January 2015 where she completed her field education working with youth, young adults and families in group and individual settings. Upon completing her Master’s program, Krista joined the full time staff at the Center for Cognitive and Behavior Therapy where she works with adolescent and adult populations using a wide range of evidenced based therapeutic techniques to improve their mental health and overall wellbeing. In 2016, Krista earned her certificate as a Master Facilitator through Next Level Columbus, an emotional intelligence leadership program. She enjoys leading intensive workshops and retreats on relationships, self-worth, and communicating with teens. She is looking forward to becoming trauma-certified in 2018. Krista is the proud owner and handler of our resident therapy dog, Hank, who is an office favorite of staff and clients alike. Hank is a warm and calming presence in our office, and is eager to welcome old and new clients daily.  Krista is under the supervision of Holly Brumm, LISW-S

Jason Stofel, MSW, LISW-S

Jason Stofel, MSW, LISW-S

Jason began in the field of human services in 1994 at the Delaware County Juvenile Court, supervising a Day Treatment Program for adjudicated children at risk of out of home placement.  For 5 years he worked in residential treatment as a direct care staff with children removed from their homes for multiple reasons.  Here, he learned the importance of relationship building and crisis management.

While working at United Methodist Children’s Home and The Buckeye Ranch, he also enrolled at The Ohio State University to get his Masters in Social Work.  It was also during this time that he left residential treatment and started working at Directions for Youth and Families.  Here, he was a community outreach social worker doing in home individual and family counseling as well as advocacy and case management for families in court and school.  Jason worked there for 5 years.

Jason received his Masters in Social Work in May of 2001 and achieved Independent licensure in July 0f 2003.  In July of 2004 he left Directions for You and Families and returned to The Buckeye Ranch, where he is still employed full-time.  After two years of being a case manager in the foster care department, he was promoted to supervisor, supervising a team of community base therapists working with at risk families that have survived a myriad of struggles to include trauma, drug and alcohol use, behavioral struggles, court involvement and school issues.  He has been supervising for over ten years.  Additionally, he provides a great deal of training for therapists at The Buckeye Ranch.  He provides individual and group supervision.  Jason works closely with Interns working at our agency.  He is also an adjunct faculty in the Social Work program at The Ohio State University.

Samantha Williams, MSW, LISW

Samantha Williams, MSW, LISW

Samantha is a Licensed Independent Social Worker through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the Ohio State University, and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work at the University of Akron. While attending OSU, Samantha participated in Live Supervision trainings where she learned the key concepts of individual and family counseling. She participated in an internship at The Buckeye Ranch, and upon graduation became employed full time providing clinical counseling services to youth and their families. Along with valuable clinical experience working with children and teens, she gained experience collaborating with schools and other agencies, providing crisis intervention support, and facilitating therapeutic groups. At The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy, Samantha provides mental health support to youth and adults who are struggling with stress disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship difficulties. She integrates solution-focused, narrative, and strengths-based approaches to help her client’s feel empowered and able to identify solutions to problems and challenges. She believes that each person possesses the knowledge and skills to make a positive change, and enjoys supporting her client’s through this discovery process.

Kathryn Zeanah, PhD

Kathryn Zeanah, PhD

Katy is a Licensed Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She received her PhD in School Psychology from The Ohio State University. Katy completed an internship in school and clinical psychology with the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology at the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Arnold. Katy specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families to address mental health concerns (e.g., ADHD, depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior disorders). In her practice, Katy uses evidence-based treatments (primarily behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques) to address the presenting symptoms and improve her clients’ overall functioning and wellbeing. In addition, Katy has received specialized training in comprehensive evaluation of children and youth, and provides learning, psychological, and behavioral evaluations.