Meet Our Counselors

Brian Strawn, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
Brian is a  native of eastern Pennsylvania, he started his career as an officer and pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He transitioned into counseling after doing his graduate work at Ohio State and Malone University. Brian has been serving in the public sector and counseling field for over 20 years in capacities spanning all chemical dependency, trauma, PTSD, and Veteran concerns. He is an avid reader, enjoys baseball, history, listening to and making music, haggling at yard sales and watching Netflix with the family.

Kassandra Johnston LPC, LICDC

Kassandra is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor who has worked with many populations- including those involved with The Department of Children and Family Services, young females survivors of human trafficking and both adolescents and adults involved in the criminal justice system. She is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a Masters of Science in Professional Counseling, and began her career in 2015 as a Residential Support Specialist and Behavioral Technician in Southern Ohio at a rehabilitation center for male and females ages 13-18. In her free time, Kassandra enjoys both hiking and backpacking, spending time with her husband and training her dog Aspen - who is currently a Therapy Dog in Training and can be present during your therapy session! 

Kassandra is seeing clients at our locations in Canton and Cuyahoga Falls, OH as well as via Telehealth. 

Jane Whitman, LPC

Jane is a Licensed Professional Counselor who likes to work with all multicultural populations, including children and adolescents and clients diagnosed with Dysautonomia/POTS using a person-centered approach to counseling. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Psychology [Summa Cum Laude] focusing on child and adolescent development and recently completed her Master’s of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. She began her counseling career here at the Living Tree Recovery Center. Jane likes to spend her free time enjoying photography, cooking, baking, fishing, and enjoying nature with her partner and two children. 

Jane is seeing clients at our Uhrichsville OH location as well as via Telehealth.

Sarah Griffith, MA, MA, LPCC 

Sarah Griffith has been a practicing therapist for over five years and has worked with people from diverse walks of life and backgrounds for much longer. She has practiced locally in the community of Canton but has lived around the state and has had the chance to explore other parts of the world. Sarah has had the honor to work with refugees, trauma survivors, children and adults of all ages. Her focus is on empowering others for creating lasting change through use of art, movement, mindfulness and other techniques to help increase feelings of peace and calm. She also  focuses on holistic healing. Sarah treats issues related to trauma, mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar concerns, life transitions, intimacy or relationship issues, spirituality concerns, grief and loss, anger management, stress management, and has worked with challenges of acculturation and change. Sarah is fully certified by EMDRIA to practice EMDR, offer work with internal family systems, art therapy, mindfulness, body & mind connection, DBT, CBT, IPT, and narrative approaches. She has degrees in counseling as well as counseling psychology and is independently licensed as an outpatient therapist in Ohio. In her free time, Sarah loves hiking, being in nature, seeing art and beauty in any form, listening to music and spending time with her children.

Sarah is seeing clients at our Canton OH location as well as via Telehealth.

Our counselors are available for both in person and virtual therapy appointments. Evening and Weekend Appointments are available upon request.  

Susan Snare, LPCC

Susan has worked in mental health for over 25 years. Her scope of practice includes counseling the severely mentally ill in both in-patient and out-patient settings, as well as a health officer working with involuntary commitment situations. She has almost 20 years of substance abuse counseling experience. Presently she sees adults and adolescents in private practice. She uses a feminist and person-centered approach to working with both men and women -- assisting both to recognize how opening up their minds to new ideas will contribute to happier lives and better solutions. Susan considers counseling to be a "two-way street" where both counselor and client will learn and grow from each other.

Tifanie Kukwa, LPCC-S, LICDC

Tifanie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. Tifanie graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors in Psychology and Malone University with a Masters in Clinical Counseling. She is presently working towards completion of her Pastoral Counseling Certification and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. Tifanie feels honored to have experience working with diverse client populations in various settings including the home, community, and outpatient settings since starting her career in 2016. Tifanie utilizes a compassionate, trauma informed approach and feels privileged to be able to provide a space for others to become their authentic selves. Tifanie is EMDR certified and also enjoys utilizing mindfulness techniques, music, movement, art, play and sand tools in sessions. In her free time, Tifanie spends her time with her husband and children and enjoys painting and going to concerts. Tifanie has a fondness for animals and happily welcomes pets into the office setting! You may even see her kitten Pancake visiting the office from time to time!

Tifanie is seeing clients at our Uhrichsville OH location as well as via Telehealth.

Caitlin Cable, E-RYT200, CDCA, BA

Caitlin is a yoga and meditation teacher who uses her background in mindfulness meditation and yoga to assist clients in developing healthy coping skills and techniques to contribute to their wellness. Caitlin is a CDCA and also graduated from Kent State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has worked in substance use and mental health in different capacities since 2013. Caitlin is currently working on her M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development. Caitlin has been studying and teaching yoga since 2015; she identifies how valuable yoga techniques can be in helping everyone in everyday life in grounding, building resilience, coping skills, and holistic wellness. Caitlin is a furmama and adores her dog, ChuChu and her cat, Molly. She loves dance and studies Raqs Sharqi. Caitlin also enjoys rug making, great earrings, coffee craft, and traveling, and most recently traveled the southwest where she lived temporarily in New Mexico for about a year. Caitlin loves being outside all year long, spending time hiking, and appreciating the beautiful nature and wildlife. She can not wait to meet you and get to know you and assist you in your mindfulness goals and wellness needs.

Aspen, Therapy Dog in Training

Aspen is the dog of Kassandra Johnston, LPC LICDC. She is a 2 year old Australian Cattle Dog x Border Collie who has never met a person she hasn’t liked! Aspen is currently undergoing training in hopes of receiving a therapy certification with Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs. She recently earned the title of Canine Good Citizen through the American Kennel Club. Clients who are interested in being Aspens “practice” while in training can sign a release form and have a conversation with Kassandra about the risks and rules of allowing an animal in therapy. After this conversation, clients can request Aspen to be present during the therapy session.

In Aspens free time, she enjoys hiking with her owners, completing tasks for snacks and competing in frisbee disc dog competitions