Research shows that the most effective treatment for many psychiatric problems is a two-pronged approach which includes both psychotherapy or counseling and medication. Because the Affiliates in Behavioral Health state-of-the-art practice offers both counseling and psychiatric care in one location, treatment is carefully coordinated to allow optimal levels of communication while avoiding costly duplication of services. Affiliates' clinical counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists collaborate to develop an integrated, evidence based treatment plan which can be implemented in our comfortable and confidential office setting conveniently located in the center of Greater Cleveland.
Marcia Bremenour, L.P.C.C.
Education: Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling, Cleveland State University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Industrial Psychology with a specialization in Technical Writing
Licensure/Certifications: L.P.C.C.-S., Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision certification with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist Board, State of Ohio Gestalt Institute of Cleveland – Gestalt training Program – IV Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Experience: Marcia Bremenour is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Marcia’s 25 years experience in the counseling field includes 10 years of service supporting clients and families struggling with addiction and duel diagnosis issues, primarily at an intensive outpatient level of care. Marcia has been in private practice working with adults and teens, couples, and families for the last 15 years. She specializes in treating symptoms of mood disorders including anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and addiction as well as personality disorders including borderline, narcissism. and obsessive compulsive personality. Her work with clients addresses factors including self-care, self-esteem, motivation, boundaries, and quality of relationships and life in general. Marcia endorses a holistic approach to therapy and relies on evidence-based treatment methods including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gestalt training, and spirituality to support recovery and a healthy lifestyle. She will work closely with other providers involved in your care including doctors and psychiatrists to support your overall wellbeing.
Benita K. Chernyk, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Kent State University, Kent, OhioM.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology, Fairleigh Dickenson University, Teaneck, N.J. B.A. Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Licensure/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, (LP), Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor – Clinical Supervisory Endorsement, (LICDC-CS), Certified Employee Assistance Professional, (CEAP),
Experience: Dr. Chernyk provides individual, couples, and group therapy and consultation services. She is cognitive-behavioral in her therapeutic orientation and is trained in multiple methods of evidence based treatment methods. She has a reputation for being able to confront difficult topics and ask tough questions. She treats a variety of problems including difficulty adjusting to life changes, anxiety and depression, eating disorders, coping with medical problems, grief and loss, PTSD, substance use and relationship issues. She works with couples who are considering long-term commitments, those with blended families and those who are dissolving their relationship. She has a wealth of experience in working with gay and lesbian issues. She has years of experience performing exams for a broad range of issues including ADHD, bariatric surgery exams as well as standard disability and specialized compensation and pension exams.
Marina Forkosh, L.I.S.W.
Education: M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University, School of Applied Sciences Cleveland, Ohio B.S.W., Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio
Licensure/Certifications: L.I.S.W., Licensed Independence Social Worker, State of Ohio N.A.S.W., Member, National Association Social Workers
Experience: Marina has a wealth of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She provides psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and their families. She works with individuals with a wide variety of diagnoses and clinical issues including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse recovery, eating disorders, trauma, bereavement and parenting issues. She has specialized training in crisis intervention, trauma and school-related issues. Marina has also evaluated and treated individuals with addictions (including dual diagnosis and gambling)
Shura Hegde, M.D.
Education: M.D. – LVOV State Medical Institute, with Honors
Licensure/Certifications: Board Certified, Psychiatry and Neurology
Experience: Psychiatric assessment and medication management of adults. Seasoned psychiatrist with training experiences in both inpatient and outpatient settings and in community mental health and private practice. Internship training: MetroHealth Medical Center Residency training: MetroHealth Medical Center, Chief Resident, 1995-1996, Recipient of the Hegde Award, 1999 for outstanding contribution to the Dept. of Psychiatry. Guest lecturer, various pharmaceutical companies Fluent in Russian, Unkarinian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada.
Charel Khol, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Kent State University M.S., Education, Ohio University B.S., Ohio State University
Licensure/Certifications: Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards Registered Psychologist: Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology Certificate of Achievement – Crisis Intervention Training, Child Guidance Centers
Experience: Dr. Khol has provided therapy to adults, children, and families on an inpatient and outpatient basis. She has provided child and adolescent counseling services, therapy specific to sexual abuse, treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, physical disabilities, genetic and neurological disorders. She has consulted with family physicians and specialists in ADHD and on Early Childhood Intervention teams.
Gina Mazzone LISW, LICDC
Education: MSW Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio; BSW Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio
Licensure/Certifications: LISW, Licensed Independence Social Worker LICDC, Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor
Experience: Gina has experience working in outpatient settings, schools, and correctional facilities. She provides psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and their families. Gina works with individuals in treating depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, ADHD, substance abuse disorders, and parenting issues. Additionally, she has experience working with youth who have been in foster care and permanent placement through Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services. Gina also has extensive experience working with adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system.
Michael Miller, Ph.D., L.I.C.D.C. – RETIRED
Education: Ph.D. – Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
M.A. – Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
B.A. – University of Toledo Toledo, OH
Licensure/Certifications: LICDC – Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor
Licensed Psychologist, State of Ohio
Experience: Specialized training in treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Special interests in addictions, dual diagnosis, depression and anxiety. Experienced at treating psychological aspects of medical illness, childhood and family problems.For more information, you may visit his personal website at DrMikeMiller.com.
Nick Palumbo, L.I.S.W.
Education: M.A. -Social Administration with Mental Health Specialty, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1980
B.A. – Psychology, University of Akron, Akron, OH
Licensure/Certifications: L.I.S.W., Licensed Independent Social Worker, State of Ohio A.C.S.W., Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, Academy of Certified Social Workers
Experience: Practicing for more than 30 years. Experienced in treatment of adolescents and adults. Extensive experience and special interest in marital, couples and family therapy , anxiety and depression, sexuality issues, and recovery from childhood trauma.
Owner and Practice Director for Affiliates in Behavioral Health, LLC.
Carrie A. Singer, M.Ed., LPCC
Education: Masters Degree in Education in Community Counseling at Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Psychology.
Licensure/Certifications: L.P.C.C., Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist Board.
Experience: Carrie A. Singer is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with 16 years of experience working in private practice, schools, and in community mental health agencies. Employment and volunteer work at two different rape crisis agencies enhanced Ms. Singer’s skills in the treatment of victims-trauma. In 2007, Ms. Singer received advanced training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, (PET) and applied this expertise within a study of this evidence-based treatment method conducted by Kent State University and Summa Health System. Ms. Singer received an award as a “Portage County Hero” from The Portage County Council for the Prevention of Violence during National Crime Victims’ Right Week in 2006. She has delivered presentations regarding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the treatment of traumatized children, adolescents, and adults. Ms. Singer is also skilled in the provision of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment. She specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults with symptoms of Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and with individuals adjusting to various life stressors and loss.
Dan Williams, M.A., L.P.C.C.
Education: M.Ed., Community Agency Counseling – Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH B.A., Psychology -Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
Licensure/Certifications: L.P.C.C. – Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Experience: In his nearly twenty years of experience, Mr. Williams has provided direct care, crisis intervention, treatment planning and counseling for children, adolescents and their families. In addition, he has worked with adults in outpatient settings, treating them for a variety of mental health conditions. Mr. Williams has also provided counseling and case management services to children diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.
Sara Zuchowski, M.D.
Post-Graduate Training and Education: Board Certified in Psychiatry
Education: Doctor of Medicine – Medical College of Ohio, Toledo OH Bachelor Of Arts – University of Toledo
Areas of Interest/Specialty: Extensive experience in treatment and medication of adults with Post Partum Mood Disorder Anxiety – PTSD, OCD General Anxiety Disorder Depression Psychotic Disorders Bipolar Disorders