OUR MISSION

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.

MEET THE TEAM

Behavioral Health Staff

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Julie D. Groover, MPC, LPCC-S

Julie has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  Julie has been at Bayshore Counseling Services since 2011. She is currently the Addictions Supervisor for both Sandusky and Port Clinton offices.

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Valerie Carman

MA, LCDC III

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.

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Chelsee T. Smith

M. Ed., LPCC, LICDC

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.

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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.

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Karina Matthews
BA, CDCA

Karina graduated from the Ohio State University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and minor in Russian. She is currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's program at Heidelberg University. Karina has been employed at Bayshore Counseling Services since March 2022 and provides group and individual counseling in the Sandusky office.

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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.

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Tammy Henderson

MA, LPCC-S

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.

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Brad Downing

BS, CDCA

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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Julia Luévano, B.S., CDCA 

Julia has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Julia has been employed at Bayshore since March 2022 and provides individual counseling and group counseling sessions in the Sandusky office. Julia is also fluent in Spanish.

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Heather McBride, LPC

Heather has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Toledo. Heather has been employed with Bayshore Counseling Services since March 2021, she enjoys working with children and adolescents. She does mental health and addictions counseling in the Port Clinton office.

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Alayna Groover, CDCA

Alayna is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Communications. Alayna has been employed at Bayshore since March 2022 and provides individual services, case management services, and group counseling services in the Port Clinton office.

Prevention Staff

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Sara Stahl

BSW, LSW

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.

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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.

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Sandy Schuh

BA, LSW

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.

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Teri Meyers

BSW, LSW

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.  

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Erin Lucas

MSW, LSW

 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.