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.

Emily Burch, LCSW

Emily received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati in 2010 and her Masters of Social Work (MSW) specializing in Mental Health in 2011 through the University of Cincinnati’s accelerated Master's program. Emily holds clinical licenses in both Ohio (LISW) and Kentucky (LCSW). In 2019, Emily transitioned into the role of Residential Treatment Director at DCCH Center for Children and Families. Previously, she was a Therapist in the Residential Treatment Program for 4 years. Emily has ten years’ experience with individual, group, and family therapy, and has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, substance abuse counseling through the Seven Challenges Model, and is a certified Juvenile Sexual Offender Counselor. Prior to DCCH, Emily worked as a school-based mental health therapist working primarily with at-risk youth in a high school setting. Emily has also provided outpatient mental health therapy in the Therapy Center since 2017.

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.

Jeremy Abshire, LCSW

Jeremy received his undergraduate degree in Social Work from Northern Kentucky University in 2008 and his Masters in Social Work with a mental health concentration from the University of Kentucky in 2011. He has over twelve years of experience working with children and families in various agency settings including: the Department for Community Based Services, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions, and DCCH Center for Children and Families. Jeremy is a licensed clinical Social Worker in the State of Kentucky. He is certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has received specialized training in Juvenile Sexual Offender Counseling, and mindfulness practices.