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, Sam, Paul, Audrey, or Lindsay. We are glad you are here, and would be happy to meet you.
Audrey Akers, MS, LPCC
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.
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.
Samantha Augaitis-Elzey M.S., LPC, CCTS-I
Sam graduated from Wright State University with a Master's of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in Psychology and Gender Studies. Sam has worked in the behavioral health field since 2013 and has a passion for helping others obtain balance and wellness in their lives. She holds a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist - Individual certification, which is nationally recognized to allow for specialized treatment in trauma. Sam can help people with a variety of concerns including: depression, anxiety, self-esteem, anger management, relationship issues, personality disorders, substance use disorder and domestic violence/interpartner violence. She is passionate about cultivating a welcoming environment for her clients, rooting her practice in mindfulness based approaches. Sam believes that a compassionate and earnest approach is the key to help those who walk through the door feel heard and validated.
Kendra Hemminger, MS, LPCC-S
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.