The mission of Bayshore Counseling Services is to create a system of care that will engage individuals in prevention, mental health, and recovery services in order to become participants in a healthy community. We provide a complete range of mental health, chemical dependency, prevention, intervention and treatment services for adults, adolescents, children and their families in an outpatient setting. Consumers are expected to be an active participant in their treatment. All services are provided by qualified clinicians and therapists who adhere to their professional code of ethics.

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Henrietta Whelan, MSW, LISW-S – Executive Director

Henrietta graduated with a Masters in Social Work degree from The Ohio State University. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with supervisory credential. Henrietta has been in the behavioral health field for 30-plus years.  She has been at Bayshore Counseling since 1995 as a Mental Health Therapist, Clinical Director and is currently the Executive Director.


Behavioral Health Staff


Julie D. Groover


Julie has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  Julie has been employed with Bayshore Counseling Services for 8 years and is currently the Addictions Supervisor for both Sandusky and Port Clinton offices.


Valerie Carman


Valerie has a Master of Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling. Valerie has been employed at Bayshore Counseling Services for two years.  She provides Chemical Dependency counseling for the Port Clinton Office.


Chelsee T. Smith


Chelsee has a Master of  Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State University and a Chemical Dependency Certification from Cleveland State University.
Chelsee has been employed with Bayshore Counseling Services for 3 years and is a Behavioral Health Therapist for both Sandusky and Port Clinton offices.


Taylor Opfer


Taylor Opfer received her Master of Arts in counseling from Heidelberg University and became licensed as a professional counselor in May of 2017. Taylor works in the Sandusky office as a mental health therapist, providing services for adults, children and couples on a variety of mental health diagnosis. She gained her supervision designation in October of 2020. Taylor became a certified Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapist in January of 2021. TF-CBT is a therapeutic approach meant for children who have experienced trauma and/or grief. 


Rebecca Carbary


Becky received her masters from Toledo University and is an independently licensed social worker. She has worked at Bayshore Counseling for 7 years.


Dena McKillips, CDCA

Dena graduated from Lorain County Community College and BGSU/Firelands with an associate degree in science and nursing. Dena has been employed at Bayshore Counseling Services since September of 2019 and provides individual and group counseling in the Sandusky office.


Lauren Pringle, BA, SWT

Lauren graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Psychology. Lauren decided to pursue her passion of helping others and is currently completing her master’s in Social Work from Cleveland State University, expected to graduate May of 2021. Lauren has been employed at Bayshore since September of 2019; she provides individual and group services. Lauren is also completing her field practicum at Huron City Schools as their district social worker.  


Angie Harris


Angie has a Master of  Social Work from Spring Arbor University. Angie has been employed with Bayshore Counseling Services since January 2015.  She provides mental health and chemical dependency counseling in Sandusky and Port Clinton, as well as at the Erie County Jail. 


Max King


Max is a Chemical Dependency Counselor and Case manager for Bayshore Counseling since July of 2016. He is a certified CDCA and currently attending Ashford University. He conducts individual and group counseling sessions for chemical dependency in both the Sandusky Office and in the Erie County Jail. He also assists in case management to help others achieve their goals of finding a job, obtaining health insurance and finding residential treatment.


Melissa M. Fowler M.Ed., LPCC-S

Melissa has a Master of  Education in Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. Melissa has been employed with Bayshore Counseling Services for 6 years and she is currently a Mental Health and Addictions Counselor in the Sandusky office.


Shelby Blymyer


Shelby has been at Bayshore since August 2018. She is the Jail Coordinator/Case Manager for Ottawa County Jails & Probation.


Tammy Henderson


Tammy graduated from Heidelberg University. She is a Mental Health/Chemical Dependency Provider providing treatment at Bayshore Counseling Services since 2012. Her treatment specialty is CBT/Trauma-Informed Care/EMDR/Autism Spectrum Disorder/Gambling & Other Drug Addiction/Anger Management.


Brad Downing


Brad graduated from Tiffin University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and worked with the Wood County Juvenile Court. Brad currently holds a CDCA License from the State of Ohio and provides groups, individual counseling, and assessments for clients and families in the Sandusky office.

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Amanda L. Thomas


Amanda is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology from Capital University. She also has Chemical Dependency Counselor Training from the Institute of Chemical Dependency Counseling. Amanda has worked in the field of chemical dependency for over 10 years and has been employed with Bayshore Counseling Services for the past 2 years. She currently provides group and individual counseling at the Sandusky office. She also works closely with Erie County Children's Services. 

Prevention Staff


Sara Stahl


Sara graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Social Work.  She is the  supervisor of the Prevention Department and provides Early Childhood Mental Health services.


Carrie Kennedy MSW, LSW

Carrie has a bachelor degree at the University of Toledo (Social Work), Master's at Case Western Reserve University (MSASS).  Carrie has a license in Social Work and a credential in Early Childhood Mental Health.  She has been working at Bayshore for six years in the prevention department, enhancing resiliencies and social-emotional awareness within the classroom, providing home visits and connecting community services.


Sandy Schuh


Sandy has a BA in Sociology at Ohio University. She has been at Bayshore for 15 years and providing prevention/intervention counseling at Huron city schools and other area schools.


Teri Meyers


Teri has a BSW in Social Work at Youngstown University. Teri has been at Bayshore for 3 years. She provides prevention and intervention in the Juvenile Justice Center and in the Juvenile Corrections Facility. She also implements the Incredible Years program in the Sandusky, Perkins, Huron City, and Ottawa County schools.  


Erin Lucas


 Erin received her bachelor degree in Social Work from Ohio University in 1996. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Masters in Social Work in 1999.  She currently works in the Prevention department at Bayshore Counseling since August 2018.

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Jessica Avants, BSW, MS in Education, LSW

Jessica received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University in 2004. She graduated from the University of Dayton with her Master's of Education in School Counseling in 2010.   


She has been a part of the Prevention department at Bayshore Counseling since August 2019. She provides prevention/intervention counseling at EHOVE Career Center. 

As a Bayshore Prevention Counselor, Jessica helps students develop knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to make good choices and change harmful behaviors with the goal of prevention of substance misuse and the promotion of mental health wellness.