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Student mental health counseling available on campus

01/23/24  |  Posted by Elisaida Mendez-Patterson  |  Posted in Student Affairs

As part of a new grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, two mental health clinicians will be providing counseling services to CIA students.

Interested students should:

  • Call 866-466-9591, ext 0; let Intake know that you're a student at CIA, and that you would like to start working with Ryan or Joan, our two therapists.
  • After a brief intake phone call, the clinician will contact you to schedule your first and following sessions.

Our therapists are:

Ryan C. Thompson MSW, LSW, LICDC (he/him)
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 9pm

Ryan is a compassionate social worker who strives to provide a space for those who are seeking support and an opportunity to process life’s challenges. His strengths as a clinician include goal-oriented approaches, crisis intervention, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Ryan started Cleveland's first LGBTQIA+ Smart Recovery meeting in 2020 as a supportive space for those with queer experiences who are seeking to end disruptive behaviors and develop a support network with others in the community. This has helped to develop robust experience with Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that has since been utilized in group therapy, individual therapy, and crisis situations. He’s worked as a Case Manager and Counselor with local peer support programs to assist clients with identifying basic needs and challenges while processing cognitive challenges that have developed along the way. Ryan has also worked as a Crisis Clinician with Cleveland law enforcement to provide clinical support and a listening ear to those experiencing a mental health emergency or considering suicide.

Joan William PhD, Post-Doctoral Trainee
Supervised by Aaron Ellington, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS,
Licensed Psychologist
Fridays, 5 to 9pm and Saturdays, 9am to 6pm

Dr. Joan William is a Post-Doctoral Trainee at Behavioral Health Services of Greater Cleveland. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Walden University. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Hospitals/ Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital, Ohio. She worked in private outpatient clinics and hospitals with diverse population groups, including immigrants, students, social security disability clients, young adults, and children in foster care.

She received specialized training in child/adolescent and young adult psychotherapy in individual settings, with specialties in trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorder. Most addressed issues in her sessions include life stage transitions, social skills, school-related concerns, self-esteem, school bullying, relationship problems, and anger management. She utilized trauma-informed treatment, cognitive-behavioral techniques, motivational interviewing, play therapy, and mindfulness.

She also provides psychological testing and evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral and emotional disorders. Her most common psychological testing includes Autism Testing, Psycho-Educational Assessment, Adoption Assessments, Mental/Psychological Disability Assessments (SSA), and Attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Testing.

Questions? Contact Elisaida Méndez Patterson PhD, Director, Academic Services by email or at 216-421-4763.

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