About Our Therapists
** What all of our counselors have in common at Sarah McKay Counseling is that we all incorporate meditation, mindfulness techniques, and cognitive behavioral therapy into our sessions. We have found that our clients value holistic approaches to healing. Treatment will be tailored to individual needs and you will always have a say in your treatment.
Sarah Auger, LPCC,
Owner. Clinical Counselor
Sarah received her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University. In addition, Sarah had the opportunity to study with Master Teacher, Deepak Chopra and received Certification to teach Primordial Sound (Mantra) Meditation. She continues to draw knowledge from various modalities in mind, body, spirit healing to help her clients transform their minds and hearts so they can fulfil their desired dreams. Sarah is an empathic listener, is patient, and is willing to be open to the therapeutic process as it unfolds. She will challenge old unhelpful patterns and thoughts while helping you to set realistic goals so that you directly experience desired change and results. You will walk away with greater understanding of yourself, tools to help you navigate through the tough times, and a greater sense of who you are and what you want in this life. Healing is possible.
(SARAH CURRENTLY HAS WEEKDAY MORNING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE)
Clinical Counselor & Art Therapist
I have over 10 years of experience as a therapist, providing both psychotherapy and art therapy sessions. My expertise is working with individuals 10 years old to adult, and couples and family therapy. I specialize in anxiety, depression, work stressors, school stressors, life transitions and trauma and grief. I believe therapy sessions should be calming and encouraging for the individual to develop growth and insight.
I received my Masters degree in Art Therapy Counseling from Ursuline College. My love of art and psychology combined was a perfect path for me to take in my career. Art therapy is a visual expression of what needs to surface to recover from stressors. Art therapy is not limited to children, adults can also have an opportunity to explore their visual representation of their thoughts and emotions using various art mediums.
Sessions with me are process oriented which you will establish coping techniques, insight and awareness and positive reinforcement through the use of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Children, pre-teens and adolescents, and adults will have the use of exploring art therapy during the session, along with psychotherapy. I also use play therapy when needed. Also clients will have the opportunity to use mindfulness and meditation during the session.
Outside of counseling sessions, I will be found working on my latest art piece, or found spending time with my pets and family. I have sold a few paintings in the past and have taught various art classes and have presented art to nursing homes and art leagues. Currently, my focus is on cross stitching and plans to make a quilt.
I believe there is hope in each of you and anything you want to accomplish can happen as long as you are willing to focus on it.
(CAROLINE CURRENTLY HAS DAYTIME, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE)
Lisa Brown, Clinical Counselor
I believe in a holistic, person-centered model of treatment, focusing on the whole person by including mind, body, spirit, and emotion in counseling. I incorporate meditation, mindfulness, self-exploration, CBT, and other forms of therapy and techniques based on person preference and need. I believe each person is unique and important, and as a result, so is each counseling session.
I received my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Youngstown State University and have 4 years of experience working in individual, couple, and group counseling with ages 15 and up. I have experience working with clients with a variety of mental health diagnoses including but not limited to; depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment and anger-related disorders.
I promise to meet you where you are, and walk beside you on your journey towards balance, self-awareness, empowerment, and healing.
(LISA CURRENTLY HAS DAYTIME, EVENING, AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE)
Carolyn LaValey, LPCC
We can learn so much about ourselves, our emotions, and our behaviors by meeting ourselves in the present moment. Our minds and bodies are always communicating with us in order to help us move toward greater balance, wellbeing and happiness. As your counselor, I will help you to unblock the emotional and mental obstacles that are getting in the way of you achieving your greatest potential. It is important to me to offer a safe and welcoming space as we work through and process the difficult things you may be facing.
I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Cleveland State University. Since 2015, I have been taking classes and studying with the Gestalt Institute and have had the opportunity to co-facilitate groups. In session, I utilize evidence based mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, Gestalt, Motivational Interviewing and DBT techniques. With the use of these techniques, you will be able to gain knowledge of tools that you can then use outside of session to help you in your healing journey.
I enjoy working with young adults, adults, and couples. I look forward to collaborating and working with you.
(CAROLYN CURRENTLY HAS DAYTIME, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE)