Ms. Morris has worked in the field of domestic violence for over 20 years. In 2002, she founded the Family Guidance Center in response to the growing needs of clients presenting with multiple mental health needs beyond domestic violence issues. Ms. Morris is responsible for the day-to day operations of the agency. She also volunteers as one of the Family Violence Intervention Prevention program instructors. Ms. Morris sits on the Governing Board for the Defending Childhood Initiative for Cuyahoga County Children Exposed to Violence Initiative, the Family Justice Center Initiative and is a long time member of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Violence Coordinating Counsel.
Jim Priester, LISW-S, Ph.D., has been in mental health for 20 years with an exposure to dual-diagnosis, cognitive/behavioral, sex therapy, anxiety and panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and, most recently, exposure to the forensic population. His educational background includes his MSW, from Case Western Reserve, and Ph.D. from Union. His dissertation was in anxiety and panic disorders. He is certified in EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Retraining. More information may be acquired at EMDRIA.org.
In working with individuals, his approach is goal oriented but requires knowing the individual and their complaints/concerns; this includes a good understanding of the person and a solid understanding of their history. Homework is often given, requiring the person to become actively involved in improving their life situation.
Dr. Bobowicz Jr., is a licensed, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and received his doctorate in psychology from Xavier University. He works in both the forensic and clinical psychology areas. His experience covers: working with children, adults and older adults with severe mental disorders; training in administration and writing of full clinical assessment batteries; experimental design and psychological research. He is a member of the Ohio Psychological Association and the Cleveland Psychological Association.
Ms. Chinni has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Cleveland State University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree, also in psychology from Notre Dame College of Ohio. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from John Carroll University. Her prior experience includes a yearlong internship at The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland where she specialized in crisis intervention. Ms. Chinni also has experience conducting psycho educational groups and working in the field of domestic violence. Her interests include animal assisted therapy and researching the link between human and animal violence.
Rich has been providing mental health counseling to a diverse array of populations for the past 18 years. He received his MSW from the University of South Carolina in 1995. He participated in a post-graduate externship and training program in Functional Family Therapy at Indiana University and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas from 2001 to 2003. Additionally, he has received formal training in Reality Therapy and Motivational Interview. Much of this work has centered on the treatment of Family and Couples Counseling, in addition to Individual Therapy.
Rich’s therapeutic work experience ranges from practice in Inpatient Psychiatric and correctional institutions to post-disaster relief and Community-Based settings, both rural and urban. Additionally, Rich has considerable direct practice experience working with active duty Military members and their families, in both U.S. and foreign settings. Areas of diagnostic and practice expertise include adjustment disorder, depression, PTSD, Bi-Polar Disorder, Psychotic Disorders, Personality Dysfunction, as well as ADHD and other Childhood disorders.