Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre opened in May 2008. Under the direction of Julia Appleby, Bob Humphries and Sandy Lombardi, Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre quickly grew. Expanding its physical facilities in the summer of 2012, clients were offered a more comfortable setting and enjoyed a renovated play area, fish tank and newly decorated waiting area. The staff too, grew at this time and includes professionals from the areas of psychology, clinical counseling and clinical social work. Be sure to check out our expansion in the summer of 2020 adding a new floor to our existing office space.
Julia Appleby , M.Ed. LPCC-S, NCC, B-CTP-II is a licensed clinical counselor and earned a Bachelors degree in Social work in 1986 and a Masters degree in Education in Community Counseling in 1992 from the University of Akron.
As a social worker she began her vocation in program development with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In 1987, she went to work for the Stark County Department of Human Services in the Family Services division. Here she devoted her efforts to working with children and families who had been affected by abuse and neglect. She also filled the first position as the Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruiter for Stark County DHS prior to leaving the Department in 1992. With her Masters completed, she commenced her life's passion as a counselor at Community Services of Stark County, Inc. In addition to providing mental health services, she offered individual and group supervision to counseling student interns. She was also contracted as a part time school counselor at St. Joseph Elementary School in Canton. In 1998, Julia joined Psychological and Family Consultants, Inc.
Her current practice at Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre, LLC includes working with individuals, couples, children/adolescents, and families. She holds a license as a Professional Clinical Counselor and a National Clinical Counselor. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association, and the Ohio Mental Health Counselors Association.
Julia is approved to do Telehealth with Florida residents.
Julia and her husband Michael are the founders of Green Compassion Network, a medical cannabis clinic serving patients throughout the state of Ohio. Julia resides in the North Canton community with her husband Michael and their sons, Austin and Jacob.
Bob Humphries , Ph.D. is a psychologist and earned a Doctorate from the University of Akron in Counseling Psychology in 1997. He is a Walsh University Alumni, who began teaching at the University in 1989. Upon completing his Masters, he went to work for the Child and Adolescent Service Center until 1986, when he resumed his doctoral work on a full-time basis. He then completed a pre-doctoral internship through North Eastern Ohio College of Medicine Psychology Internship Program. Bob is a member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He previously worked privately at Psychological and Family Consultants, Inc.
Since 1985, his practice has included work with children adolescents, families and adults. He holds a license as a Psychologist, and continues membership in the American Psychological Association, Ohio Psychological Association, as well as the American Counseling Association and the American Mental Health Counselor Association. Bob has served on a number of local community service boards and has consulted with a number of local agencies. In addition to his clinical practice responsibilities, Bob accepted a full-time appointment at Walsh in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. He was named Outstanding Educator in 2002 and Outstanding Alumni that same year. He received an outstanding teaching award from the faculty for the 2007-2008 academic year. He retired from Walsh in the summer of 2020 and continues to do adjunct teaching there.
He was featured as one of Stark County's Top Docs in the October 2015 About Magazine. Bob is married to Judi and has two children, Nicholas and Jenna.
Kimberly Kroh MA, LPCC-S, BSN, RN earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Counseling & Human Development from Walsh University. She has earned recognition as a National Certified Counselor. Kim began her counseling career at the Grief Support and Education Center and for 5 years she provided individual, group, and family therapy for adults and children grieving from death and divorce. Kim then moved to the Community Drug Board where she provided group and individual therapy for adults addicted to drugs and alcohol. Kim then joined Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health working in their day treatment program providing group therapy, individual therapy, and family home visits for adolescents with severe behavior problems and other mental health issues.
In 2000, Kim joined the American Red Cross Rape Crisis Services and for 13 years assisted children, adolescents, and adults through the difficult recovery process of sexual victimization. She has provided expert testimony as an advocate for her clients. In 2013 she became the executive director of the American Red Cross Heartland, Stark & Muskingum Lakes.
Kim joined Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre in 2010 providing counseling services part-time. In 2021, Kim graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is pursuing a Master’s degree to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Terri Simmons, M.A., LSC, LPCC-S is a licensed school counselor and licensed clinical counselor. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron in Elementary Education with a minor in psychology in 1992. She worked as a teacher in the Perry Local Schools for 8 years while she pursued her master's degree in school counseling at Walsh University.
In 1999, she completed her master's degree and began working in the North Canton City Schools as a school counselor. She continued her education at Walsh University and completed additional clinical coursework to receive a license as a mental health counselor. She worked with children, adolescents, and families at One-Step Counseling, Inc. and is serving as a school counselor in North Canton City Schools.
In 2010, she joined Vista Psychological and Counseling Centre, Inc. as a therapist. Her area of specialization is mental, emotional and behavioral concerns with children and adolescents and providing crisis and spiritual counseling for families and adults when dealing with trauma, grief and loss. Additionally, she practices individual, family, couples and group counseling. She has an interest in helping others with trauma, anxiety, and family systems.
Along with her counseling, Terri has an interest and passion for community and service. She is a certified mediator for the Stark County Family Courts and has served as a mediator for the past 12 years. She is currently serving on the board for Safe Haven, Inc. as well as volunteering for various community projects locally and internationally.
Stephanie Bradford, DSW, LISW-S, ACSW is a licensed independent social worker and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in social work, from Kent State University in 1975. She began her social work career at Summit County Children Services Board working for seven years in child protective services, foster care and adoption. She received a Masters of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University, School of Applied Social Sciences in 1982.
Since 1982 Stephanie has worked as a clinical social worker/ therapist in both public and private settings, including Catholic Community League, New Hope Adoptions International, Nova Behavioral Health, Kaleidoscope Counseling Services, Trillium Family Solutions, Crisis Recovery and Intervention Center and currently with Vista Psychological Counseling Centre, LLC. She is an adjunct professor in the social work program at Malone University. She works with individuals, families, couples - premarital and marital, children and adolescents, with particular skills in treating chronic mental and emotional disorders. Her work also includes supervision and training with interns and therapists.
Stephanie is licensed as a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory designation (LISW-S). She is certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and the National Association of Social Work Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is also certified as an adoption assessor. Stephanie is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), which affords her the opportunity to pursue and participate in the area of ethics, a particular interest and area of expertise for Stephanie. She is an honorary member of Pi Eta Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. She has been honored as NASW Social Worker of the Year-1987 and NASW Outstanding Service Award-1991.
Michelle Foraker, M.Ed., LPCC-S is a licensed clinical counselor and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology-Community Clinical track in 2002 from Walsh University. She completed her Master's of Education in Community Counseling in 2005 at the University of Akron.
Her counseling career began by providing intensive home-based counseling to Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) Children and their families at Child Guidance & Family Solutions in Summit County. Also during her time at Child Guidance she oversaw residential placements to SED youth, provided 24 hour crisis support, provided individual an group supervision, and managed their Intensive Services department. In 2014, Michelle began serving as the Director of Red Cross Rape Crisis in Stark County.
During this time, she provided counseling services to survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault, provided hotline and hospital crisis support, wrote grants, coordinated with local community providers, and advocated at the local and state level for survivors. She assisted with the merger of Red Cross Rape Crisis services with Compass Rape Crisis and continues to work with Compass to provide supervision to their on-going counselors.
Michelle is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervisory designation (PCC-S). Michelle has joined Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre, LLC in 2012. She is married to Vaughn and they have two sons, Vaughn Logan and Toby Neel Edward.
Michael Benoit, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist and earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Christian Thought from Grove City College (Pennsylvania) in 2001 and his Masters and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron in 2007.
Michael loves helping people find meaning in their personal and professional lives. He values the unique strengths of each of his clients and looks for ways to help clients creatively solve their own problems. He has helped people with a variety of different problems and circumstances. Michael is a person of faith and recognizes the centrality of spirituality in people's lives.
On the side, Michael likes to carve wood and play musical instruments (guitar, mandolin, ukulele, Irish whistle) with varying degrees of success. Michael married his best friend and has two young children whom he adores. He grew up in Houston, Texas and still supports the Astros.
Bridgette Cruickshank, M.A., LPCC, NCC is licensed clinical counselor and earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1993 from the University of South Carolina. She completed her Master's of Education in Community Counseling in 2010 at the University of Akron. She began her counseling career at Interval Brotherhood Home where she worked with adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. In addition to providing individual counseling services, she also provided group therapy, crisis intervention, case management and worked with the families of individuals affected by addiction.
In 2013, Bridgette collaborated with a team to create and implement an initial phase of treatment for male clients, which included motivating, engaging and stabilizing individuals prior to transitioning to the second phase of treatment. Bridgette is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association and the Ohio Counseling Association.
Bridgette resides in North Canton with her significant other, Harry and her youngest son Nathan. She enjoys spending time with her seven adult children and her six grandchildren.
Angela N.R. Miller, Ph.D., MPH, MSCP, DBSM is a licensed Clinical Health Psychologist. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. She also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Wichita State University (2005) and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Alliant International University (2017). In 2013, she completed her internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine/CAMC. Following her time in Charleston, she returned to Ohio and completed her postdoctoral residency in Clinical Health Psychology/Specialty Medicine at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. She recently became a Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Miller is passionate about the behavioral health of individuals with sleep, cardiopulmonary, and neurological/cognitive disorders and strongly desires to improve their access to specialized care. Since 2014, she has been providing community-based, comprehensive, holistic, and compassionate health psychology treatment to adults and adolescents. Dr. Miller is listed on the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is active in both the American and Ohio Psychological Associations. She currently serves as the Vice President of Professional Practice on the OPA Board of Directors.
In her spare time, Dr. Miller is very active in her faith community and spends as much time as possible with the loves of her life, her husband and five young children. Dr. Miller joined Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre in 2017.
Maria Harrison, M.A., LPCC is a licensed professional clinical counselor and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University in 2003. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Development from Walsh University in 2017.
She began her career in mental health working in crisis services at Community Mental Healthcare in Tuscarawas County. Continuing her career at CommQuest, she has served as a lead counselor of residential and outpatient groups focusing on anger management and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. During her time with CommQuest, she also worked as a home-based therapist for clients diagnosed with mental health and developmental disabilities.
The core of her work as a counselor has been assisting individuals in the recovery from mental health symptoms and alleviating trauma-related symptoms. Her clinical interests are life adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, and trauma-related issues.
Her motto is “Seek balance in all things.” Staying true to her motto, she finds balance in her life by creating artwork, cooking, and spending time with the people (and dogs) she loves most. Maria joined Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre in the Fall of 2019. Maria is currently seeing a limited number of clients by telehealth and is currently not taking new patients.
Linda M. Clark, MA., LPCC-S is an independently licensed clinical counselor who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University in 2001 and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walsh University in 2012.
She spent her early years working in the mental health field as a case manager and supervising an Early Intervention program before returning to graduate school to obtain her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She holds a license as a Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervisory designation and is a member of the American Counseling Association.
After receiving her independent licensure, she began working on her specialization in LGBTQ counseling and counseling survivors of domestic violence. Linda began working with LGBTQ population while interning at the Herttna Counseling Center at Walsh University and became a staunch advocate for Transgender individuals. Her work with survivors of domestic violence comes from working with Domestic Violence Project in Canton, OH where she provided counseling to individuals, performed outreach at DV shelters and teaching healthy relationship skills. She received her designation as an LGBTQ Affirmative Therapist through the Azalea Institute in Akron, OH and previously worked for LGBTQ Affirmative practice, Safe Space, from 2018 until 2019 and Linda’s preferred pronouns are She/Her/Hers.
She also enjoys the teaching aspect of her profession and loves working with interns and new counselors. She has been a guest professor at Walsh University, Stark State College and Kent State University, Stark Campus. Her life experiences lend to her ability to connect with clients from diverse backgrounds and cultures and providing a down to earth, open and accepting approach to counseling.
Linda currently lives in Canton and is the proud mother of two grown children, Kerry and Kayle and an extra proud grandmother of grandson, Jayden. She and her partner, Jack, enjoy hiking local state parks and being in nature. Linda joined the practice in the spring of 2020.
Hillary Hipp, MA, LPCC is a licensed professional clinical counselor. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Walsh University in 2012 and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Akron in 2016.
She has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults through individual and school-based counseling. She worked as the outreach coordinator for the Rape Crisis Program of CommQuest, a nonprofit community mental health agency.
Hillary resides in Stark County, loves coffee, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Hillary joined Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre in the Summer of 2021.
Hillary is presently on medical leave.
Allison Harrison, Ed.S., NCSP, is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She holds dual licensure through the Ohio Board of Psychology and the Ohio Department of Education. Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2011 from Walsh University. From Kent State University, she earned her Master of Education degree in 2013 and an advanced degree as an Educational Specialist in 2015. She is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Ohio School Psychological Association (OSPA), and the Kent/Akron Association of School Psychologists (KAASP).
Allison spent the early years of her career servicing public, nonpublic, and parochial schools where she engaged in advocacy, consultation, and service delivery for children and families across a spectrum of needs. She has provided children individual and small group counseling, individual assessments, and consultation with parents and staff to address children’s academic, behavioral, emotional, and social concerns. In that role, Allison has developed reports and intervention plans not limited to Evaluation Team Reports (ETRs), Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs), Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs), 504 Plans, Response to Intervention (RTI) monitoring plans, and Individual Education Programs (IEPs). In addition, she has presented and trained parents and staff on various topics related to children’s needs and development.
Allison specializes in supporting children and adolescents experiencing learning challenges and behavioral difficulties. Her areas of expertise include psychoeducational evaluations, identification and diagnosis of disabilities related to intellectual ability, and factors related to learning patterns, achievement, motivation, behavior, and personality influences such as needs aligned with diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Specific Learning Disabilities (i.e., Dyslexia), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, and many more. Additionally, she has training and experience in the provision of intervention services for children and adolescents who experience difficulty managing their attention, learning in a typical setting, or have challenges with self-regulation and executive functioning skills. Allison is passionate about supporting and advocating for families and children as they navigate their unique journeys. She strives to provide practical and evidence-based recommendations to families and school personnel. She strongly believes in a collaborative treatment approach which involves the home, school, and ancillary services.
Allison lives in Akron with her husband, pets, and two children where they enjoy the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family. Allison joined Vista Psychological and Counseling Center in the Fall of 2021.
Kara Bradford, Ed.S., is a Certified School Psychologist. She holds dual licensure through the Ohio Board of Psychology and the Ohio Department of Education. Kara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from Kent State University in 2014. She earned her Master of Education degree in 2016 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and an advanced degree as an Educational Specialist in 2017. She is a member of the Ohio School Psychological Association (OSPA) and the Kent/Akron Association of School Psychologists (KAASP).
Kara has spent the last 6 years evaluating, advocating, and counseling students in schools throughout Stark county. She has extensive experience conducting psychological assessments, promoting positive behavior and well being, and supporting diverse learners from grades K-23. Kara has served as a member on Crisis Response Teams, CARE Teams, and Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Teams for the last 5 years.
Within the public education sector, Kara has engaged in advocacy, consultation, and service delivery for children and families across a spectrum of needs. She has provided children with individual and small group counseling, individual psychoeducational assessments, identification and diagnosis of educational-related disabilities, and consultation with parents and staff to address children’s academic, behavioral, emotional, and social concerns. Kara is passionate about neurodiversity and finding what works for the client. She joined Vista during the summer of 2022.
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