Vision for Summit County
As a faith-based organization, we welcome the opportunity to serve people from all walks of life, religious and non-religious alike. We offer professional services to strengthen and support area individuals and families. Our goal is to equip and empower people to live in harmony within their communities.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland is one of the largest integrated systems of care, serving eight counties throughout Northeast Ohio. We accept all insurance plans including Medicaid and also have a sliding fee scale.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Evenings by appointment only
Summit County Behavioral Health Programs
Catherine Thier, LPCC-S, IMFT-S, Director
Catherine directs all the Summit County Catholic Charities programs including Behavioral Health, Emergency Assistance, Camp Christopher, Adult Day Services and coordinates with Help Me Grow program for young mothers and their children. She has many years of experience helping families in crisis, providing resources to support them, and training counselors and program staff in delivering high quality services. As an independent marriage and family therapist supervisor she conducts ongoing supervision and training for marriage and family therapy interns, and supervision training for clinical staff at Catholic Charities for northeast Ohio.
Melissa Bagnato, LPCC, MFT
Melissa provides both marriage and family therapy and clinical mental health counseling and has experience across a variety of settings including outpatient counseling, crisis intervention and home/community based therapy. She has clinical experience with individuals and groups across the life span helping with issues such as mood & anxiety disorders, parenting skills, anger & stress management, trauma and abuse recovery, family and relationships, chronic mental illness, self-image and esteem, and women’s issues.
Melissa’s approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy and provision of ongoing evaluation of the therapy, and a family systems understanding of mental health. She has specialty training in functional family therapy, structural family therapy, relationship counseling, person-centered therapy, and emotion focused therapy. She is particularly concerned with the impact of trauma and improving intervention to support trauma recovery for better emotional, physical and relationship health.
Andrew J. Davis, LPCC-S, Clinical Supervisor
Andy provides mental health and substance use counseling to individuals and couples. He has over twenty years’ experience in providing compassionate, client centered care informed by the state of the art practice. Emphasizes collaborative client-centered approach in helping people recover from depression, anxiety, addiction and relationship issues. Andy provides has specialty expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness based approaches, multicultural & LBGT issues, pastoral counseling, and collaboration with psychiatry and medical assisted treatment,. He utilizes a strengths-based approach and incorporates physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
As Clinical Supervisor he oversees Catholic Charities Behavioral Health programs for mental health and substance use recovery. He supervises and coordinates interns from local university counseling and social work programs. He is presently completing his doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Akron.
Joann Zarkovacki, LPC
Joann is a passionate and dedicated professional counselor who has experience working with child, adolescent, and adults in many different settings. She specializes in providing trauma informed counseling care for abuse survivors. She is an ICADV Certified Domestic Violence Advocate and has previous experience working at a domestic violence shelter and counseling center for victims who have experienced chronic and complex trauma, such as sexual trauma, domestic violence and human trafficking.
She also has experience providing counseling support for individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, personality and adjustment disorders and can provide biblical-based counseling for clients seeking faith-based counseling. Joann incorporates a person-centered therapeutic approach in counseling and strive to provide a safe, encouraging and restorative environment.
Danny Ferguson, LPC
Danny is a clinical mental health counselor who specializes in helping persons struggling with alcohol, drug addiction and co-occurring clinical mental health issues. He has personal experience being in recovery over twenty years, has facilitated many 12-Step groups, and has experience providing counseling services at AOD treatment centers. As part of the recovery support services team at Catholic Charities Danny works to meet people where they are at through office, community and home based counseling services. He has specialty training in mindfulness based counseling approaches and Gestalt therapy.
Chloe Brown, Administrative Assistant
Chloe is the behavioral health program administrative assistant who coordinates new intakes, client records, quality assurance and client satisfaction. She connects persons with our Active Parenting classes, Say It Straight program and can answer billing questions. She is likely the first person you will talk to when calling for services.
Janell Supanich, CT, MFTT
Janell is a marriage & family therapy/counseling intern from the University of Akron. Having completed her practicum she is providing individual, couple and family counseling and CPST services under supervision both in the office and home based settings. She also provides prevention classes in Active Parenting, Teens in Action and the Say It Straight (HIV/drug prevention assertiveness training) and is available to provide individual and group classes upon request. Has additional background in community organization and groups for kids.
Lynn Sobonya, CT
Lynn is a clinical mental health counseling intern from Cleveland State University. Having completed her practicum she is providing counseling and CPST services under supervision both in the office and home-based settings. She also provides prevention classes in Active Parenting, Teens in Action and the Say It Straight (HIV/drug prevention assertiveness training) and is available to provide individual and group classes upon request.
David Monter, Support Services Coordinator
David is the Service Coordinator for the United Way Barberton Hospital Pilot Project and is a leader for recovery support services at Catholic Charities. With both personal and professional experience in addiction, David is a passionate advocate for the recovery community and understands the inherent value of treating everyone with dignity and respect. He currently assists clients with navigating community resources and service providers. He provides training to clinical staff on accessing resources for clients, and trains and supports recovery coaches. He has experience working in AoD treatment and detox, community mental health and vocational rehabilitation. He is a strong supporter of a diverse and inclusive workforce, and a vocal advocate for social justice for everyone. With an undergrad in psychology he is currently completing his Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Akron.