Masters level therapists provide individual, group, family, and marital counseling at The Therapy Center.
Cheryl Taylor, LCSW
Cheryl received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Northern Kentucky University in 1987 and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Louisville in 1994. Cheryl is a licensed clinical Social Worker in the State of Kentucky. She has over twenty years experience providing therapy to children and families in various agency settings. These include: the Department for Community Based Services, Family Ties, and DCCH Center for Children and Families. She has completed an internship at NoKey Psychiatric hospital and has trained and supervised numerous therapists.
Mary Oldiges, LCSW
Mary received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Spaulding University in 1983 and her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago in 1985. Mary holds a post-graduate certificate which she received from Smith College in 2005 for the Clinical Treatment of Children and Adolescents and has completed the Juvenile Sex Offender Counselor certification program through the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. Mary is a licensed clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She has worked as a CEO for non-profit agencies in Chicago, Illinois and Miami, Florida while also working as a private therapist for over twenty-five years. Mary has a wide range of experience working with children and adolescents with extensive experience with adoptees and their families, survivors of trauma and adult women struggling with relationships. Mary is eligible to supervise LCSW and LPCC candidates for their licenses.
Amy Homer, LPCC
Amy received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Miami University in 1990, and her MEd in Counseling from Xavier University in 1997. She attended Cincinnati Christian University obtaining licensure in 2012. Amy is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Kentucky and in Ohio. She is certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has attended the TBRI Professionals Practitioner training at Texas Christian University. She has over twenty years experience working in education and counseling which include providing therapy to individuals and families in school, community, and agency settings.
Emily Burch, LCSW
Emily received her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 2010. In 2011 she completed her MSW at UC specializing in Mental Health. During this time Emily completed two internships: one with a foster care agency working as a case manager; the other with a residential treatment agency working as a therapist. She holds clinical licenses in both the state of Ohio and Kentucky. When beginning at the Therapy Center in 2017, Emily had been providing therapy for children and adolescents for over five years. For three and a half years she worked as a high school therapist with the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. Her focus was using trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and the Seven Challenges model to address alcohol and drug issues. After working there, Emily worked for two years at DCCH in the Residential Treatment area providing individual, group, and family therapy.
Kelly Lightner, LCSW
Kelly received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Georgetown College in 1994. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 1997. Kelly is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Kentucky and has received specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has worked with children and families for almost twenty years in various settings, including in-home family therapy, private practice, school based therapy, and individual and family therapy in an agency setting.
Sam Staggs, LPCC
Sam is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with experience serving a number of populations, including adolescents and adults. He has a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling and Human Development. Sam has had a variety of experiences throughout his life, giving him a greater understanding of, and empathy towards, individuals and clients. He has practiced in Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, and Venezuela, as well as being a first responder after Hurricane Katrina. Lately, Sam has worked as a therapist at agencies and private practices throughout much of Kentucky, specializing in working with individuals, and meeting them on their journey.
Jessica Schworer, LCSW
Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University in 2002. She earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 2009. Jessica is an independently licensed clinical social worker in the state of Kentucky and has received specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Seven Challenges. In 2004, Jessica began her career working with at-risk youth at DCCH as a teacher’s aide at Guardian Angel School. She went on to work as a therapist in foster care for eight years, and then to a local residential facility for teenage girls. She has worked with children and families for over fifteen years in various settings. She is now happy to be back at DCCH as a school-based therapist!
Candice Alig, LPCC
Candice received her Bachelor’s of Art in Anthropology at Northern Kentucky University 2009. In 2014 she received her Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at NKU. She completed her practicum and internship at Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health working with individuals and groups struggling with severe mental health issues. She has nearly 5 years experience providing counseling to those struggling with substance use disorders in individual and group settings. She holds her independent counseling license in the states of Ohio and Kentucky.