MEET THE COUNSELORS
Therapeutic alliance. Above all the therapeutic orientations, sophisticated counseling techniques, extensive training, professional office, personality type, or degrees... research shows that the most necessary element present in effective counseling is the therapeutic alliance. The relationship between you and your Counselor is the strongest predictor of positive outcomes in your therapy sessions. You must feel safe, secure, heard, and understood by your Counselor. Therefore it is important to find the best fit for you.
Please feel welcome to learn a little bit about the Counselors below, and don't hesitate to reach out for a free 10-Minute Consultation with either Kendra, Paul, Audrey, Ryan, or Lindsay. We are glad you are here, and would be happy to meet you.
Audrey Akers, MS, LPC
Audrey is a Dayton Ohio native with a passion for her community. She received a BA in communication studies from Wright State University before continuing her education at the University of Dayton. From there, Audrey completed a Master's program in clinical mental health counseling. Audrey believes in a holistic, or full body, approach to mental health. Mindfulness practice, art therapy and play techniques also incorporate into her practice. Audrey can work with a wide variety of clients, preferring to work with children, adolescents and family care. Disorders treated include depression, trauma related disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, women's reproductive health, adjustment disorders, ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder.
Paul Hemminger, MS, LSW
Paul obtained his undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University and his Masters in Social Work at Wright State University.
Paul has worked as a therapeutic mentor, a wilderness therapy guide and as a therapist in residential centers, schools, and foster agencies.
He's currently studying The Enneagram and can offer coaching and insights into patterns according to the model. The Enneagram guides individuals, couples, and families to strengthen relationships, and thus deeper satisfaction in life.
Ryan Taylor, MRC, CRC, LPC
Ryan received her bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services and her Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling with additional coursework in Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University. Ryan is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked in the counseling field for twelve years, is a member of the American Counseling Association, and teaches at a local university. Her counseling experiences include assisting injured workers back to their careers after significant injury or disability, coordinating care, caregiver support and community mental health. Ryan has offered seminars and presented on teacher education, sexual assault, teens, resiliency, and community engagement.
Lindsay Heckman, MA, LPC
Lindsay obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University. She is currently working towards her PhD in Counselor Education at the University of Toledo, where she teaches and supervises counseling students. Lindsay is an active member of the American Counseling Association and the Ohio Counseling Association. Lindsay has experience treating issues such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma in both adolescents and adults. She also has presented on issues such as cultural humility, leadership and affirmative practices within the LGBTQ+ population.
Kendra Hemminger, MS, LPCC
Kendra is the founder and director of Sincere Counseling. She received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, and her Master's in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University. Kendra most often treats symptoms related to anxiety, depression, prenatal/postpartum issues, premarital, and trauma. She loves to watch people change and grow, and choose a more full life with deeper, more authentic relationships.