Chris Nemeth, LISW-S
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Nemeth has over ten years of experience in the area of mental health and wellness. His training has been at the premier agencies in Columbus, Ohio. These agencies include the Buckeye Ranch, Northwest Counseling Services, Nationwide Children's Hospital at the Center for Child and Family Advocacy, and Dublin Counseling Center. His training includes counseling and therapy with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He graduated from the Ohio State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors. He completed his Master of Social Work in 2000 and has been independently licensed since 2002.
His main area of expertise has been helping clients cope with stressful and traumatic experiences. He has presented many seminars and trainings in the communityand is a leader in the field providing quality supervision to others. He has served as both a Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Director.
Chris' primary approach is to cultivate a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive relationship. He is very committed to his clients, and he believes in practical treatment. All interventions utilized are based on proven strategies that target a particular problem area. For example, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy combats depressive symptoms by targeting self-defeating thoughts and a lack of emotional awareness. In addition, Chris is trained in EMDR, which is beneficial for processing past traumatic experiences.
Chris' former clients now experience increased happiness and decreased worry. They feel better and more confident, and they often discover love in their relationships. Chris is confident that he can assist you in accomplishing your goals.
Steve Gugleilmi, LPCC-S
Steve Guglielmi is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Work, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board. Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology from The Ohio State University. He then went on to receive his Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling from University of Dayton. Since completing his Masters degree, Steve has gone on to become an independently licensed professional counselor.
Steve has worked in the mental health field for nearly ten years. At Nemeth Counseling, he is the outpatient therapist with the longest tenure. Most of Steve’s experience stems from working in the non-profit sector. He has previously held positions at Huckleberry House and at Netcare, acting as a Community Crisis Response Clinician. Steve completed his internship at Mt. Carmel’s Crime and Trauma Assistance program, receiving premier training in trauma related issues, including grief care and abuse healing.
Steve incorporates several different areas of counseling in his treatment including, but not limited to, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systemic Therapy, and Solution Focused approaches. Steve has an extensive background working with teenagers and families. His focus is on assisting them in the development of healthy family and communication dynamics to create a safe and loving home environment. Steve has used his skills to assist his clients in dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant behaviors, family disruption, reactions to divorce, post-traumatic stress disorder, and problems related to unhealthy anger expression.
Outside of work, Steve is an active member of The Children Affected by Violence Board and Chi Sigma Iota and has experience training Columbus Police officers in Crisis Intervention skills assessment. Steve has also volunteered over 140 hours on the Suicide Prevention Hotline.
Steve utilizes a highly active listening approach to develop a relationship with his clients and to assist them in learning healthy ways to manage and work through difficult issues. One of his greatest strengths is identifying the core reasons behind dysfunctional behavior to assist his clients in mastering skills to promote long term growth. When working with Steve, clients can expect a safe, nurturing, and confidential environment. His style allows clients to learn more about themselves and to develop long-lasting skills to achieve fulfillment and happiness.
Milena Brumbaugh, LISW-S
Director of Community Relations
Milena Brumbaugh is an independently licensed social worker through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board. Milena graduated from the College of Wooster with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in sociology, then went on to receive her Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University.
Prior to attending Ohio State, Milena worked for over two years at Step by Step Academy, a center for children with autism. She has also worked for over three years as a home health aide for children on the autism spectrum. At each of these positions, Milena employed Applied Behavioral Analysis methods to help children of all ages work to reach their full potential both in the community and at home. In addition, she also worked as a receptionist, intake coordinator, and administrative assistant at Directions Counseling Group in Worthington, Ohio.
At Nemeth Counseling and Consultation, Milena holds many roles, including Outpatient Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, and Director of Community Relations. Her primary focus is providing mental health services for adults and adolescents. She also works with children, having led multiple Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy groups at an elementary school. Milena works with individuals and couples who are facing multiple difficulties, including: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, couples counseling, and trauma. Her treatment approaches are guided by the methods of Applied Behavioral Analysis, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Milena believes in the strengths and competencies of each of her clients, and is confident that every person already possesses what they need to reach their goals. Trust, empathy, and open communication play a significant role in all of her sessions. Whether you are an individual seeking therapy, or a couple looking to improve your relationship, Milena emphasizes active listening while helping you to develop healthy ways to work through your current issues.
Helka Gienapp, LPCC
Westerville Office Manager
Helka Gienapp is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Work, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Helka received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a minor in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University. She earned her Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling from University of Dayton. Helka is one of the full time outpatient therapists at Nemeth Counseling.
Helka has worked in the mental health field for a little over 8 years. Her experience includes working in a nonprofit community agency providing therapy to clients of all ages with a variety of mental and emotional disorders. Prior to joining Nemeth Counseling, Helka worked with a team in developing and facilitating a partial hospitalization program providing intensive outpatient group therapy.
Helka works with individuals, couples, and families with mental and emotional concerns, such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, behavior disorders, trauma, grief, and personality disorders. She approaches treatment as a partnership with the client to facilitate personal growth, learn how to manage their symptoms, and develop progress towards treatment goals. Helka incorporates several areas of counseling in treatment, including, but no limited to, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused approaches, and Family Systemic Therapy.
Helka creates a safe and supportive environment in which clients can develop a better understanding of self, motivations, and symptoms. She utilizes reflective listening and education to empower clients to be more effective in their approaches to relationships, communication, life stressors, and problem-solving.
Laura Valentino, LISW-S
Laura Valentino is an Independently Licensed Social Worker by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Counseling Board. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and her Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University.
Laura has several years in pediatric behavioral health working for St. Vincent Family Centers as an Outpatient Therapist and as a School Age Clinician in the Therapeutic School where she gained experience in both individual and family therapy. Prior to her work at St. Vincent Family. Center, Laura worked with homeless survivors of domestic violence and their children as an Home-Based Clinician and Housing Advocate, and was also a Counselor on the Rape Crisis Hotline for Central Massachusetts Rape Crisis Center.
Laura specializes in working with individuals who have experienced trauma, as well as assisting individuals manage or overcome symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and grief. She also has extensive experience assisting families in acquiring effective parenting skills and techniques.
Laura is trained in EMDR, as well as several other evidence based interventions including Child Parent Relationship Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She believes in a client-centered approach to treatment in which a partnership is created in the therapeutic relationship. Laura creates a space in which clients feel welcomed, safe and cared for during sessions. She believes strongly in the importance of respect and kindness and welcomes individuals and families of all cultures, races, spiritualties, ages, sexual orientations and genders.