Serenity Family and Individual Counseling is a small private practice in downtown Wadsworth, OH. Serenity is dedicated to providing you with very discrete and comfortable therapy services.
Serenity offers Couples Counseling, Family Therapy, and Individual Counseling for Adults, Adolescents, and Children.
Serenity also offers Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) and neurofeedback/biofeedback.
Shea L. Beris, IMFT, LPCC-S
Shea is an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision designation. Shea graduated from a dually accredited Master's program for Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling from The University of Akron.
Shea is trained in systems theory, EMDR, OCD/Panic Disorder, and TF-CBT. Shea is also very passionate about Internal Family Systems work and is IFS-informed.
Shea's areas of specialties include treating marriage/couples, trauma, difficult life transitions, insecurities, depression, and anxiety. Shea has an empathetic, analytical, and direct therapeutic style and often utilizes Structural, Experiential, IFS, Object Relations Family Therapy, and person-centered techniques.
While understanding growth/change is often uncomfortable, it is necessary for achieving insight, self-improvement, and systemic change. Shea provides a safe/comfortable environment where you can collaborate together and work on growth/healing.
Heidi Buckingham Summers received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Akron in 2016. Her undergraduate career was at Cleveland State University where she obtained her Bachelors in Psychology in 2013. Heidi is fully trained in EMDR, and holds a state license as a LPCC-S (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision Designation).
Heidi has experience working with a wide population including adults, adolescents and children. She has worked in community mental health, private practice and the school setting.
Heidi treats a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, behavioral concerns, adjustment issues, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship issues, trauma and LGBT+ specific concerns. Her passion is helping people feel accepted, worthy and capable through the use of coping skills and personal strengths. Heidi uses Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Person Centered therapy, Mindfulness and is trained in EMDR.
When she is not in the office, Heidi enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and spending time with her two dogs.
Kristi Woodruff, LISW-S
Kristi is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with supervision designation who received her Masters of Social Work in 2017 from The Ohio State University.
Kristi has worked with children, adolescents, and families for the last 7 years. Prior to becoming a therapist Kristi worked and continues to volunteer at a Theraputic Equestrian Center with children and adults of all ages with both physical and intellectual disabilities.
Kristi has worked as a therapist since 2017. Kristi utilizes psychoeducation to assist individuals and families with understanding their diagnosis and trauma.
Kristi utilities several different treatment methods including but not limited to Trauma Focused CBT, relaxation techniques, and CBT.
Kristi enjoys spending time outside with her two horses and dog.
Phillip P. Scozzaro, PhD
F. (234) 200-0584
Dr. Phil Scozzaro is a licensed psychologist who has thirty years experience as a therapist. He graduated from The University of Akron’s Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology in 1993. He is trained in Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical- Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Existential Therapy.
Dr. Phil’s areas of specialty include treating depression, anxiety, managing difficult life transitions, grief, codependency, anger, mid-life issues, Men’s issues, self- defeating behaviors, and marriage/relationship issues.
His approach to therapy is multi-modal in that it incorporates several key factors impacting mental health which include: physical health, family dynamics, spiritual components, and self-esteem.
He has long believed and practiced the idea that having a helpful, therapeutic relationship involves providing a safe, trusting space for clients to discuss thoughts, feelings and behaviors. In providing such a space, a client can then be more motivated to make more positive life changes.
Dr. Phil is involved in several local charity and professional organizations. He enjoys travel, sports, cooking, hiking, spending time with his family, and is a long-time resident of Wadsworth, Ohio.
F. (234) 200-0584
Courtney is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy in 2022 from The University of Akron. Her undergraduate career was at the University of Mount Union where she obtained her Bachelors in Psychology in 2019. She is working under supervision of Shea Beris.
Courtney has worked with a variety of ages, couples, and families. Her areas of specialty include treating relationship issues, depression, anxiety, life transitions, intimacy, trust, conflict resolution, and parenting.
Courtney often utilizes Bowen theory, Gottman ideas, CBT, psychoeducation, and Structural. She helps couples and families to understand and respect one another, acknowledge, define and work through their differences, and resolve conflicts in a safe, supportive, and healthier manner.
Courtney loves spending time with her cat, Cooper, spending time with family, and making new memories.
Kailie Reed, LPC
F. (234) 200-0584
Kailie Reed obtained her Master's in Mental Health Clinical Counseling from John Carroll University where she also obtained her chemical dependency licensure. Kailie completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Hiram College where she also played soccer all 4 years. She is working under supervision of Shea Beris.
Kailie's passion includes helping people unravel their true potential in life by beating their addictions and coming to terms with how to properly manage the difficulties they face in life. Kailie also works with dual diagnosis and anyone who has experienced trauma.
The theories Kailie use include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness.
Kailie grew up in Wadsworth where her family has owned the Sub Station for 38 years. She has 2 big dogs and enjoys spending time outside with them.
Ashley Darling, LPC, LPN
Ashley obtained her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University and is working under supervision of Shea Beris. Her undergraduate career was also at Kent State University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology. Ashley has also been licensed with the State Board of Nursing since 2006.
Ashley works with a client-centered approach, while including CBT and solution-focused principles and techniques. She believes therapy is a collaborative process between herself and her clients.
She uses a warm, directive and authentic approach to create a safe and supportive environment that encourages clients to build insight and achieve balance. She empowers clients to accomplish their goals while utilizing their strengths for change.
When not in the office, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband, children and their Great Dane Gunner.
Amanda is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who graduated with her Master’s degree from The University of Akron. Amanda graduated from Miami University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in gerontology and minored in family studies. She is working under supervision of Shea Beris.
Amanda has experience working with couples, families, parents, adolescents, and individuals. In addition, Amanda has experience with depression, anxiety, and oppositionality. Her approach is to promote growth, learning, and change with diverse populations.
Amanda believes that no one is immune to life’s problems and wants her clients to feel safe and understood. Amanda’s therapeutic theories include Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Gottman methods.
Amanda enjoys traveling, puzzles, hiking and spending time with her husband and young daughter.
Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee
Tylor Vincent, MFT-T
F. (234) 200-0584
Tylor is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, working under supervision, who is completing his Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy at The University of Akron. He earned his Bachelor's in Psychology from Notre Dame College in 2015. He is working under Shea Beris's supervision.
Tylor strives to help others set and achieve their goals to create positive change in their lives and relationships. Tylor creates change through a systemic perspective in which he focuses on the personal experiences of his clients and how those experiences affect them and their relationships.
Tylor believes that since every person is different, his approach as a therapist will be unique to each client but the core of what he aims to do will never change; to help all those who come through the door. He is fair, honest, transparent, and empathetic. Tylor often utilizes Experiential, Structural, and Gottman Methods in his work.
Tylor lives in the Cleveland Suburbs with his wife and their pets. He is a proud Uncle and tries to always be there for his family and friends.
Allison Riley, CT
F. (234) 200-0584
Allison is a licensed Counselor in Training, working under supervision and completing her Master’s of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grand Canyon University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Kent State University. She is working under supervision from Heidi Buckingham-Summers.
During her time working with children and adolescents, Allison developed a passion for guiding clients through life’s obstacles with an empathetic, client-centered approach. Allison cultivates a safe environment within therapeutic spaces and supports her clients as they draw powerful connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
Using her clients’ strengths and creativity, Allison applies cognitive-behavioral strategies in authentic ways that empower clients to build resilience, improve their relationships, and create meaningful change. Allison believes that while we all face unique challenges, everyone can benefit from the safety and support therapy provides.
Allison is a Licensed Social Worker and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana Wesleyan University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University. She is working under Kristi Woodruff's supervision.
With a passion for working with children, adolescents, adults, and families, she helps manage symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing issues, ADHD, and emotional dysregulation. She is experienced in therapeutically supporting mothers and addressing parenting issues. She also specializes in anxiety, depression, anger, adjustment disorders, and trauma processing.
Allison creates an environment where clients will feel comfortable and safe. She enjoys helping people navigate life’s challenges by teaching emotional coping strategies, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques. Using a holistic approach, she believes in treating the whole person. Allison utilizes Behavioral Therapy, CBT, DBT, and emotion regulation therapeutic techniques.
Child & Teens
DBT Coping Skills Group
Who: The Group will be open to adults 17 and older who would like help in improving relationships and managing emotions in a more productive manner.
What : DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) provides an evidence – based treatment for issues related to mood regulation and interpersonal relationship repair and maintenance.
The Goal : Learn and practice coping skills in a structured and supportive environment.
When : This Group will begin on October 2nd, 2023
It will run every Monday from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Phil Scozzaro, Ph.D. @ 330-390-4170 or
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
We offer a therapeutic modality called Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) in partnership with an organization called Journey Clinical.
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a holistic modality in which ketamine is used as a complement to psychotherapy to help eligible patients experience more frequent breakthroughs and sustained improvement in symptoms. We take on the psychotherapy portion of the experience, while Journey Clinical’s medical team supports you on all medical aspects. This includes determining eligibility, developing
a custom treatment plan, prescribing the medicine and monitoring outcomes.
Below is more information about KAP to help you navigate if it may be a good fit for you.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a legal, safe and effective medicine used to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and PTSD. Ketamine has rapidly- acting antidepressant and mood-enhancing effects, which can begin to take effect within 1-2 hrs. after treatment. It works by blocking the brain’s NMDA receptors as well as by stimulating AMPA receptors, which are thought to help form new synaptic connections and boost neural circuits that regulate stress and mood. Ketamine has also been shown to enhance overall neuroplasticity for lasting symptom improvement.
Ketamine can be administered in a variety of ways, including IV infusion, intramuscular injection, via nasal spray and using sublingual lozenges. In our collaboration with Journey Clinical we only use the sublingual lozenge form.
How Does Ketamine Feel?
The effects of ketamine, which most patients find pleasant, last for approximately 45 minutes. These effects can make you feel “far from” your body, and facilitate shifts in perception that can often feel expansive in nature. Your motor and verbal abilities will be reduced, so you’ll be lying down in a comfortable position during the experience. Once these effects subside, we’ll spend the remainder of our appointment giving you space to process and discuss your experience. While it may feel hard to articulate what happens during the experience, patients feel like the insights gained are clear.
What is Neurofeedback/Biofeedback?
The National Library of Medicine describes neurofeedback as, "Neurofeedback is a kind of biofeedback, which teaches self-control of brain functions to subjects by measuring brain waves and providing a feedback signal. Neurofeedback usually provides the audio and or video feedback. Positive or negative feedback is produced for desirable or undesirable brain activities, respectively." According to the Mayo Clinic "biofeedback is a technique you can use to learn to control your body's functions, such as your heart rate. With biofeedback, you're connected to electrical sensors that help you receive information (feedback) about your body (bio)." This type of feedback can help you develop an understanding and become aware of your ability to alter your physical state with just your thoughts, breathing, and muscle relaxation.
The Journal of Neurotherapy describes neurofeedback as "physical therapy for the brain, a daily session of neurofeedback can produce positive brain wave changes that can improve mental and physical functioning. Both meditation and neurofeedback-through decreasing beta wave activity-increasing cognitive functioning in areas such as concentration and problem solving."
Serenity uses Muse S (Gen 2) headbands with a Premium Prescription to detect a full range of brainwave activity via EEG. Muse detects the full spectrum of the five typical brainwave types: Gamma (> 35 Hz), Beta (13-35 Hz), Alpha (8-13 Hz), Theta (4-8 Hz), and Delta (< 4 Hz).
What Does the Muse Band Feel Like?
The Muse S (Gen 2) band will feel like a you're wearing a headband. You will experience audio feedback that will sound like a rainstorm when you are in the Beta -Alpha range. The rain will slow down or stop when you enter the Theta range and you will begin to hear birds chirping. There are over 500 guided meditations you can experience along with the opportunity to learn how your favorite music, audiobooks, and apps impact your brain activity, heart rate, breath, and body movement.