Therapy can often be challenging for many people starting out, as you are opening yourself up to a stranger. You will always have a comfortable space where you can feel safe to share anything on our mind, express your emotions as needed, all without judgment from me. My priority is to make you, as my client, feel comfortable in the therapeutic setting. I am always happy to accommodate my approach as much as possible to help you overcome any hesitancies during our therapy sessions. I will listen to what you are sharing with me and tailor my approach in guiding you to solutions and peace of mind and heart.
If you are a person of Christian faith, or even interested in seeing how Biblical values may be helpful in therapy, together, we can integrate Biblical principles into the counseling session. If you are a person of other religions, or perhaps do not consider yourself spiritual at all, I would love the honor of getting to know you and becoming part of your journey to an emotionally healthy self.
As a practical and solution-oriented therapist, I will work with you to better understand and resolve challenges in your life – whether they are long standing patterns resulting from life histories, or a practical, “in the moment” problem arising from the stressors of daily life. My warm and accepting style will help guide you through life’s difficult terrain.
My approach is collaborative and interactive, which lowers the challenge of exploring the many facets of one’s personality. I work with stress, anxiety and depression as well as difficulties associated with emotional regulation. In addition, I have worked with grief/loss, couples counseling,domestic violence, behavioral problems, cross cultural/diversity education along with motivation and wellness issues. I have extensive experience with lifetransitions and relationship issues and enjoy working with families and couples. Due to my extensive work with people with major mental healthdiagnoses, I have a great deal of experience counseling their family members and can assist with the navigation through various social systems that can otherwise be confusing and frustrating. I am also ready to provide support with people with chronic health issues, as I am familiar with the local healthcare resources. I am a graduate of Washington University of St. Louis and The University of Akron where I interned at LifeCare Hospice and Summa Wadsworth Hospital. As the Director of Employment Services at The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties, I developed a particular interest in career issues.
I enjoy working with children, teens and adults of all ages. What ever your reasons for seeking therapy, I will provide you with a personal plan to meet your specific needs. I have day and evening office hours and can be reached at (330) 345-8450 to schedule an appointment.
Life gets hard for everyone sometimes. Knowing when to ask and where to go for the help one needs at times is vital. Traci Hanger-Hoffman has been providing compassionate counseling and healing psychotherapy to children, teens, adults, couples and families, including LGBTQ community, for over 25 years. A life-long resident of Wooster, Traci earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University, majoring in Education of students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. After teaching middle school for several years, she earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Akron and began her counseling career as a campus counselor at Ashland University. Traci combines her years of experience with a nonjudgmental approach, a well-developed natural sense of empathy and perception, and an array of counseling tools to guide her clients toward a personal discovery of their individual strengths and weaknesses that can be developed and directed towards improving their quality of life. Some of us simply live at a deeper level than most and it can make life more difficult to manage at times. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. It is at those times when it is wise for one to seek out the assistance of a trained professional perspective. Engaging in counseling is a courageous decision to accept all that life has to offer and discover healthy ways of turning hardships into strengths. To inquire about scheduling an appointment with Traci, please call (330) 345-8450.
Tammy Brooks, MA, LSW, has a passion for the process of change. She offers a variety of experience in counseling working with adults, children and adolescents in family therapy, couples counseling and individual therapy. Tammy is an active, compassionate therapist with over 20 years of experience. She is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Tammy is involved in many community activities with emphasis in the area of personal growth. Tammy tailors her approach to the unique situation of the client. While she uses different approaches in the therapeutic setting, she feels the best place to start is where the client is in his/her life in order to determine the best treatment for that individual. Tammy provides an accepting, safe and comfortable environment in which to facilitate change and to assist individuals in healing and achieving their highest quality of life. She supports the client in identifying goals, building their confidence, and implementing healthy choices. She has a special emphasis in the areas of anxiety, depression, OCD, strengthening the family unit, empowering survivors of physical and sexual abuse, re-directing disruptive adolescents, improving couple relationships, adjusting to life changes, and enhancing relationships between parent and child. Tammy feels that it is important in therapy to provide clients with the tools they need to help them first manage and resolve their current life stressors and symptoms and then to empower them to move forward and improve their lives . She understands that life may get complicated and offer many challenges. She offers support and a high quality, outside perspective to assist clients in getting things “back on track”. To inquire about scheduling an appointment with Tammy, please call (330) 345-8450.
The SUMMIT Therapy Center
of Wooster, LLC
Heidi Ross has joined The Summit Therapy Center, Wooster as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
She received her Bachelors of Psychology degree in 2000 and her Masters of Education in Community Counseling in 2002 from the University of Akron. She will be providing outpatient counseling services to clients of all ages. Heidi has experience in providing therapeutic counseling services to children and adults in outpatient, home-based, and school based settings although, she more recently specialized in the treatment of young children (0-5) and their families.
“I am looking forward to providing high-quality care to children, adults, and families in need in this community and the surrounding areas. It is my mission to help others help themselves, and to help my clients get through life’s obstacles and overcome mental health challenges.” To inquire about scheduling an appointment with Heidi, please call (330) 345-8450.
Doug is a Clinical Social Worker who has recently joined The Summit Therapy Center. Doug has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Akron.
Doug has considerable experience working with Behavioral Disorders in Children (years 10 and up), Adolescents and Adults. These include victims of physical and sexual abuse and those with problem Sexual behavior.
Doug’s approach to therapy is client-centered. He uses cognitive behavioral interventions when appropriate. He also helps clients explore the deeper meaning and motivations of their behaviors and relationship styles. Often revealing unconscious beliefs upon which the problem behavior may be based. To inquire about scheduling an appointment with Doug, please call (330)345-8450.
Anissa is a psychotherapist who has recently joined The Summit Therapy Center. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and a Master in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She has enjoyed counseling and mentoring others in their counseling skills for several years as a supervisor and licensed independent social worker with supervisory designation, and is excited to offer traditional therapy sessions, as well as equine-facilitated therapy for those who are interested.
"I have experiences in health care settings and a mental health and substance abuse center that has allowed me to extensively work with both youth and adults encountering various life stressors. Examples of these include, but are not limited to, alcohol and/or other drug use issues, perinatal issues, parenting issues, marital discord, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, bullying, various adjustment issues, chronic and/or life-limiting health issues and grief from losses including divorce and expected or unexpected death(s) related to miscarriage, accident, suicide, homicide, and illness.
I also provide support when experiencing any undesired feelings and behaviors that significantly affect relationships, school or job performance or one's overall functioning on a daily basis. If one has undesired thoughts or behaviors, it is can be due to a current hurt, or due to being over adaptive due to one's painful past hurts. Either way, there are proven strategies I teach to help. If due to past hurts, I can also help one gain awareness of his/her 'story' to better understand these undesired thoughts and behaviors, and how incredibly appropriate these were in the past when he/she needed them. This is accomplished using a therapeutic exercise in trauma-informed treatment to connect to the past to help understand the present. When we gain self-awareness, our hurts don't necessarily go away, but our feelings of 'craziness' for having those thoughts can lessen and bring a greater sense of peace.
It is my belief that each and every person has the capacity for healing, and that seeking mental health support for emotional pain should be just as common as seeing a regular doctor when you have physical pain. If you or someone you care about are ready to stop hurting, and have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact me. I will have both daytime and evening appointments for your scheduling convenience." To inquire about scheduling an appointment with Anissa, please call (330)345-8450.