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John P. Layh, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. John “Jack” Layh is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Layh & Associates. He received his doctorate from Ohio University and has worked in various inpatient and outpatient settings in both the private and public sector in the Greater Dayton area for more than 40 years.

He works with adults and adolescents. His special areas of interest include chemical dependency and the effects of other health-related issues on mental health.

Renée Pinkelman, MEd, LPCC

Clinical Director

Renée Pinkelman has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years providing mental health and substance abuse treatment in outpatient and residential settings.

She has provided leadership in the provision of quality treatment serving as the Clinical Director of an Employee Assistance program, Director of Wilmington College Counseling Services, and Director of Residential Services for a facility serving adolescent females.

Renée is skilled in several treatment approaches, providing flexibility to treat each client as a unique individual. She has been extensively trained in and practiced trauma informed care for over a decade. Her most frequent treatment modalities include Mindfulness, CBT, and DBT in conjunction with compassion and support. Renée also provides mental health assessments for pre-surgical and court related evaluations.

Kathryn LeVesconte, PsyD

Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Kate LeVesconte is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in clinical and supervisory environments. Kate holds a Psychology Doctorate from the Wright State School of Professional Psychology. She has been affiliated with Layh & Associates since 1989. In addition, she has worked at Greene Memorial Hospital, TCN Behavioral Services, and Oesterlen Services for Youth.

Kate is a certified provider of EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming). Other special interests include trauma informed treatment, system approaches, family and couple psychotherapy, child and adolescent psychotherapy, attachment difficulties, clinical supervision, and women’s issues.

Rubin Battino, LPCC

Rubin Battino is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who specializes in very brief therapy, hypnotherapy, and guided imagery. He is also Professor Emeritus of Chemistry from Wright State University, and has traveled as a visiting professor all around the world. He is a Fellow of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (UK).

Rubin is well-published in the field of brief therapy, including specialized resources in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. He has over twenty-five years of experience as a facilitator of a support group for people who have life-challenging diseases and for caregivers. He has published ten books in the area of psychotherapy, and has done workshops at professional meetings in the U.S. and abroad. See his website (www.rubinbattino.com) for additional information.

Tim Callahan, PsyD

Dr. Tim Callahan is a clinical psychologist who has served children, teens and adults in variety of settings for 30 years. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in 1989, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic/correctional psychology in 1990. He is co-author of the books Wounded Children, Healing Homes and The Whole Life Adoption Book, both of which deal with trauma. He has previously served as director of mental health services for school-based programs, prisons, and community mental health centers. He started his career at Layh and Associates 32 years ago. Dr. Callahan has presented over 200 professional trainings on trauma-informed approaches, and has for the past 15 years served as a trainer for the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program for law enforcement.

Dr. Callahan provides individual therapy for adults and teens (age 13+). His approach is client centered, and uses a variety of strategies to best fit the person’s needs and preferences, including existential, cognitive-behavioral, play, and trauma-informed therapies.

Jack Campbell, MRC, LICDC-CS

Since 1982, Jack Campbell’s career has included a variety of settings and multiple venues, including Greene Memorial Hospital and the Kettering Health Network, as well as extensive practice with EAP (Employee Assistance Program) counseling.  

Most specifically, he has spent over three decades working in the field of chemical dependency, providing both inpatient and outpatient treatment. For several years, Jack also served as director of an inpatient chemical dependency family program. He has facilitated, lectured, and led numerous workshops and training programs. 

Lia Ferrell, LISW, ITR-CTT, IFS Level 3

Lia Ferrell’s primary expertise is helping people heal from traumatic experiences. She is a Certified Trauma Therapist in Instinctual Traumatic Response therapy, and has received the most advanced level of Internal Family Systems therapy training, under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Schwartz, the founder of IFS. Together these two interventions work to heal the memories and after effects of traumatic experiences.

Lia specializes in dissociative disorders and addictions. She walks with her clients through adversity with compassion, creativity, and courage, helping them access the healing power of their own innate wisdom.

 

Joyce Girard, LSW, LICDC

Joyce Girard is a graduate of the Wright State University and Miami University Advanced Master of Social Work Program. She practices as a Licensed Social Worker and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and has experience in both community behavioral health and private agencies in outpatient and inpatient settings. Her focus is on mental health issues such as anxiety, chemical dependency, depression, grief, trauma, and women’s issues.

Joyce has additional training in Crisis Intervention, Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Grief/Loss issues, and EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming). 

Elizabeth Goodall, LPCC

Elizabeth Goodall’s focus for mental health treatment is compassionate, strength-based, and goal-oriented, while creating a positive and fun environment for personal growth. In addition to having a strong background in private practice, community-based, and school-based mental health counseling, she also maintains her status as a RYT at a local yoga studio where she teaches.

Her special focus areas for treatment interventions are mindfulness exercises, including CBT to focus on reality-based thinking processes and increasing positivity. Elizabeth has participated in extensive training for DBT and has utilized these principles with both teenagers and adults. She has also completed training for ITR trauma work (Instinctual Trauma Response) . The majority of her work experience revolves around issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, borderline personality traits, self-harm, ADHD, mood disorders, trauma, family therapy, and group counseling.

Mark Greenberg, LISW-S

Mark Greenberg has over 23 years of mental health experience in a broad range of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and community and academic organizations. Most recently, Mark also serves as the staff therapist for a large pediatric group in Champaign County.

Mark enjoys working with adults but specializes in child, adolescent, and family related issues, which include ADHD, ODD, anxiety, depression, anger management, abuse & trauma, life transitions, social & behavioral problems, parent-child relationships, parenting issues, and conflict resolution.

Megan Harcourt, LISW-S

Megan Harcourt is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Megan’s years of experience in social work and therapy include providing outpatient therapy at a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center serving patients in an underserved area. Her work has helped her to understand the complexity of childhood trauma and how it affects functioning throughout the lifespan.

Megan is an ally in regards to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as kink-confirming. She believes that everyone has the right to basic human needs, dignity, and respect regardless of race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, and any other cultural diversity that exists. Megan is able to build strong rapport with her clients through the use of person-centered and strengths-based techniques. Megan utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness/ meditation-based techniques, solution-focused therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, as well as trauma-informed care in order to meet each individual where they are. Megan works with adolescents, adults, and couples.

Flora E. Igah, PsyD

Dr. Flora E. Igah is a clinical psychologist with experience facilitating therapy (individual, group, couples, family), as well as providing professional development and education (supervision, consultation, training, outreach, interviews/panels). She practices from a collaborative and integrative healthcare approach, striving to utilize theories which are the best fit for each client’s needs. Her theoretical orientation is Empowerment Feminist Theory, informed by Multicultural Feminist and Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Theories.
 
Some of Dr. Igah’s professional interests include the management of clinical disorders (anxiety, mood, trauma/stressor, AD/HD, crisis intervention), as well as working with clients experiencing other conditions which may be the focus of clinical attention (chronic illness, grief, survivors of abuse, relationship issues, clinical concerns which are interconnected with social justice issues, intercultural & intracultural issues, and advocacy).

Marlee Layh, PhD

Dr. Marlee Layh was born and raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Health Psychology from East Carolina University and clinical internship at the West Virginia University School of Medicine – Charleston. She spends the majority of her time in West Virginia where she works as a health psychologist as part of an interdisciplinary primary care team. Dr. Layh specializes in the areas of women’s health, gender and sexual minority care, and working with patients with chronic medical conditions. She also provides psychological and pre-employment evaluations.

As a clinician, Dr. Layh aims to create a collaborative working relationship with her clients. She primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in treatment but has experience in other evidence-based treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. 

Melissa Layman-Guadalupe, PhD

Dr. Melissa Layman-Guadalupe received her doctorate from Ohio University and has provided services for children, adolescents, and families at Layh & Associates for more than 20 years. She also teaches at the University of Dayton and conducts research about self-disclosure and social media.

Her particular focus is trauma and abuse issues, but she enjoys helping children, teens, and young adults with all difficulties.

Deanna Markesteyn, LPCC-S

Deanna Markesteyn practices a Client Centered approach to therapy, allowing for the unique background and challenges of each client to determine therapeutic interventions. Along with her extensive experience working in inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health settings, she also brings with her a background in Yoga, Amrit Yoga Nidra, and integrative body work. 
 
Deanna‘s approach includes the belief that everyone, regardless of challenges or past history, deserves the right to have peace of mind and hope for the future. She helps each client to recognize and utilize their strengths to attain the life they deserve, while providing them with the tools to meet life head on and attain their goals. Deanna enjoys working with adults and teens who are seeking support for a broad array of mental health challenges, including trauma, PTSD, addictions, pregnancy/postpartum, and chronic pain. 

Martha Rogers, PhD

Dr. Marcie Rogers received her doctorate at the Fielding Graduate University and has worked as a therapist for 35 years in private practice, inpatient and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency treatment settings, in an elementary school setting, in a college counseling center, and in nursing homes. She also has ten years of experience as an elementary school teacher. She has been affiliated with Layh & Associates since 1982. 

She works with adults, adolescents, and couples and families, with a special interest in recovery from trauma and its impact on mental and physical health, attention deficit disorder in adults, and somatic experiencing nervous system integration of trauma healing. Dr. Rogers is EMDR trained. 

Tracy Sebastian, LISW-S

Tracy has worked with a diverse population and brings a variety of perspectives into session. She is committed to working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, anger management, and life adjustments. 

Tracy has an empowering and solution focused approach to her work and believes that the client is the expert of their own lives. 

 

Justin Simons, MSEd, LPCC

Justin Simons is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and received his masters degree in counseling from the University of Dayton. Justin specializes in domestic violence, grief, anger management, life transitions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and men’s issues. He utilizes CBT, mindfulness based interventions, experiential techniques, and trauma focused therapy.

The overall aim of Justin’s work is to help individuals empower themselves to gain fresh insight and perspective. He works together with individuals and couples to create goals that are realistic and challenging so that they might lead more peaceful, fulfilling lives and have more meaningful relationships.

Judith Skillings, PsyD

Dr. Judy Skillings has been affiliated with Layh & Associates since 2008. She received her doctorate from Wright State University in 1986 and since then has worked in various inpatient, outpatient, and school settings, including as a Staff Psychologist for Greene Memorial Hospital, Samaritan Behavioral Health, and Montgomery County Jail and as an instructor at Wright State University, Antioch University, Wittenberg University, and the University of Dayton, and co-chair of the Counseling Department at Antioch College.

Her special areas of interest include psychological assessment and multicultural issues in mental health. Dr. Skillings is currently co-writing a book as well as facilitating group workshops on white privilege and accountability in community. Dr. Skillings is not actively offering direct client services at this time, but continues to advise and engage with Layh & Associates and its efforts towards inclusive community building. 

Louise Smith, MSEd, LPCC

Louise Smith has a diverse mental health background, including women in recovery, assertive community treatment,  partial hospitalization programs for youth, college counseling services, and private practice.

In addition to working in mental health, she served as the Dean of Community Life and was the Chair of the Theater Department at Antioch College for a number of years. She is trained in Jungian-Informed Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and Contemplative Care. She works with people from a variety of identities and lived experiences, with a focus on life transitions, resilience, grief and loss, the power of creativity and the impact of larger social systems on our psyches. She is a strengths based therapist who helps clients to acknowledge where they are and see a way forward in these complex times.