Christi understands that even changes that are expected are stressful and bring their own set of challenges to our lives. She works in the belief that thoughts, feelings, and well-being are connected and by using mindfulness and defining clear values clients are able to find congruence among the roles they have. Her approach to therapy keeps the client in control and she acts as a guide to strengthen skills and develop new tools for current and future challenges.
Specialties: Caregivers, older adults, terminal and chronic illness, life transitions, stress, anxiety, depression
Diana provides practical strategies to help teens and adults get unstuck and move forward. Diana balances being very caring with being directive and helping you create lasting, meaningful change in your life. She is trained in several evidence based counseling techniques including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.
Specialties: Teens, Depression, PTSD, Suicidal Ideation & Military families
Lorie helps people identify the things that bring the most meaning in their life, get unstuck and move forward toward a life filled with the things that matter most. She works primarily with college students & adults. Lorie most often uses an approach called Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and is also learning EMDR.
Specialties: Depression, Stress, Life Adjustment, College Students
Ben Shartman PLPC
Ben Shartman graduated with his Counseling Degree from Columbia College in December 2017 and is now under the supervision of Ronda Reitz, Ph.D as a provisionally licensed counselor. Ben is a caring, easy to talk to therapist who wants to help you travel the path from suffering to healing. He specializes in working with people who have experienced loss whether that’s in the form of death, divorce, friendships, a job or a dream.
Specialties: Grief, loss, life transitions, anxiety, depression, Borderline Personality Disorder
Meet Joni Perry, MS, LPC
Joni Perry is a passionate therapist who loves watching people get better. She most commonly uses two types of therapy that research has shown are very effective: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement De-sensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Specialties: Trauma & PTSD, Emotional Disturbance, Substance Abuse & Professionals who feel "stuck"
Jessica Tappana MSW, LCSW
Founder / Director / Therapist
Jessica brings a positive energy into sessions and is passionate about helping people find healing when things seem overwhelming. She uses well researched, proven therapeutic techniques and specializes in treating clients who have experienced a traumatic event, including survivors of rape, sexual abuse or sexual assault. Jessica also sees individuals who feel overwhelmed, young adults struggling to adjust to college or individuals who simply want to cope better with stress.
Specialties: Trauma & PTSD, survivors of sexual violence, college adjustment & anxiety
Client Care Coordinator
Kaite is most likely the first person you'll speak to at Aspire Counseling. She is a passionate psychology student attending Stephens College. She believes in the power of the relationship between an individual and their therapist, which makes her excited to find the therapist that is right for you. She is happy to answer all questions you have through the process of beginning therapy and she strives to make all feel welcome and comfortable at Aspire Counseling.