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Meet Our Counselors

Brian Strawn, MPA, 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.

Brian is seeing clients at our location in Canton and through Teleheath. He is available at other locations by special request. 

Susan Snare, MA, 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.

Kassandra Johnston MS, LPC, LICDC

Kassandra is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Ohio. She is a graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a Masters of Science in Professional Counseling. Kassandra especially enjoys working with teenagers and young adults experiencing mood disorders and phase of life issues. Kassandra also has a special interest in addiction, and has worked with clients of many populations who have been affected by the disease of addiction. Kassandra uses Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during sessions to address the needs of clients, meeting them where they are in their therapy journey. Kassandra also implements techniques of  Dialectical Behavior Therapy into counseling, as she believes everyone is able to benefit from learning emotional regulation and distress tolerance skills! In her free time, Kassandra enjoys both hiking and backpacking, spending time with her husband and managing a small craft business of items she creates.. She also loves 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 Akron, OH as well as via Telehealth

Megan Scott, CT CDCA

Megan has a passion for helping that has always driven her to work with others. Starting in high school she was a ‘peer mediator’ for fellow students who were being bullied, or who just needed a non-judgmental person they felt could understand them. Now, she has grown to be able to provide a safe, compassionate space to  both substance use and mental health clients who want to change behaviors, find healing, or achieve the version of themselves they wish to be. Megan has experience working as a substance use counselor with populations involved in the criminal justice system, including  impacted families/significant others. She has also facilitated a children’s program focused on coping and resiliency skill building for children whose parents were in recovery, actively using substances, incarcerated, or had died from an overdose. Megan loves music, and while she particularly enjoys loud concerts and large music festivals, she can also be found curled up with a good book or spending a quiet night gaming with her husband.

Megan is seeing clients at our locations in Canton and Akron, OH as well as via Telehealth. If you’re interested in making an appointment with Megan, please contact us.

Caitlin Cable, LPC, NCC, M.Ed, BA 

 Caitlin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling and Human Development, graduating with Academic Distinction, Chi Sigma Iota Honors. She also has completed a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. 

Caitlin is accepting clients at our Canton location and via telehealth. 

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

Jade T. Fishburn, CT, LCDC II, RYS

 Jade is originally from Wooster, Ohio, but has lived in Canton for 12 years; working as a
substance abuse counselor for 10 of those years. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Ashland University in 1999, and spend time at John Carroll University in their Master’s program for Religious studies. Jade is a fierce advocate for chemically dependent persons as she identifies as a person living in recovery with 12 years of abstinence- based sobriety; she believes that being open about her struggles could potentially help more people in the community. Jade has worked in residential centers and in the mental health intake department at a local agency. She is a yoga instructor, reiki practitioner and lives by the motto “the issues live in our tissues”- something that the 12-step recovery yoga inventor, Nikki Myers, teaches in her trainings. Jade’s other areas of practice include but are not limited to; teen issues, trauma informed care, LGBTQ+/transgender populations and anyone who may just feel a little “lost”. Jade wishes to model Brian and Susan’s compassionate, person-centered approaches and feels akin to their modeling. When she has a few hours of spare time, Jade loves to shop with her mom, practice hot yoga with friends, rescue too many animals, and extend her hand to the next sick and suffering alcoholic/addict.

Jade is accepting clients at all locations, including telehealth. 

Michele Carpenter, BS, CDCA

Michele is a Chemical Dependency Counselor who currently holds her CDCA II, and will become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III in October of 2023. Michele graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Health. She is passionate about helping individuals who struggle with addiction and is walking along side them in their journey to recovery. Michele's most common treatment approach is Motivational Interviewing. Michele facilitates a Women's Group on Wednesdays at our Canton Location, focusing on topics such as successful communication, improvement of self-worth/self-esteem and coping skills for life's daily struggles. In her free time, Michele enjoys spending time with her daughter and dog. Michele has begun classes at Malone University for a Master's Degree, ultimately becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. 

Michele is accepting clients at our Canton Office, as well as via telehealth. 

Aspen, CGC, TKN, C-SWE

Aspen is the dog of Kassandra Johnston, LPC LICDC. She is a 4 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 also 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

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