A New Direction for Counseling believes that every therapist needs a strong beginning in an environment conducive to learning a variety of therapy styles. Our goal is to assist counselors-in-training in becoming self-confident therapists who strive to put the needs of the client first.
We attempt to teach students to cooperate with clients by learning who the client is and then matching therapeutic goals to meet their individual needs. We advocate for students to utilize a variety of resources in a cooperative relationship with their supervisor and colleagues.
Zachary Ballard, LPN, RN, BSN:
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Intern
Zach has been an RN since 2012 and is currently working towards becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Wright State University. His previous experience includes working with acute psychiatric and substance use populations. Zach tailors his psychotherapy approach based on the needs of the client. He seeks to offer a holistic treatment, incorporating each aspect of an individual in order to help foster effective and positive change. Zach enjoys helping all adolescents and adults but has a particular interest in working with those going through life transitions as well as the LGBTQI+ community and those looking to explore their gender identity. Zach is an animal lover and enjoys playing with his 4 dogs.
Christina Weir Thorpe, BA, RBT, CT: Counselor Trainee
Christie gained extensive multicultural experience while traveling with her military family growing up and later as a Real Estate Appraiser where she worked with people from all walks of life. Inspired by the sheer strength of the human spirit to overcome life’s complexities, she found the opportunity for a secondary career in humanities and graduated from Wright State University with a BA in English and Psychology. While at Wright State, she attended and participated in many multicultural events that promote community awareness in support of social, religious, race and gender equality. She engaged in academic organizations such as the English Club and Psychology Club and the honorary organizations Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology, and Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
In addition to her internship, Christie works as a behavioral therapist with children on the Autism Spectrum implementing individualized ABA therapy that increases positive behaviors, improved skill sets, and increased social skills. Other experiences include previous volunteer work at the Suicide Prevention Center as a crisis worker and a lead presenter in the Lifesaver Program that educates grade school children on loss, mental health, and suicide prevention. She is currently augmenting her education in Trauma and Crisis related modalities.
Christie works with a diverse population and counsels from a Person-Centered and Humanistic perspective that puts respect, dignity, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness in the forefront. She believes that counseling begins with a collaboration and continues on a journey to help the client attend to challenges and attain personal individualized goals. Her therapeutic approach is eclectic and dependent on the comfort of the client pulling from modalities such as Solution-Focused therapy, Emotion-Focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
CENTRAL LOCATION: 1411 North Fairfield Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45432
SOUTH LOCATION: 8401 Claude Thomas Rd. Suite 37 Franklin, OH 45005
PHONE: 937.426.2686 (for ALL locations)
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