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OUR STORY

Welcome to A New Direction for Counseling! Established in 2005, we have been dedicated to providing exceptional mental health services to our community ever since. Our mission is simple: to meet the unique needs of each individual client with compassion, expertise, and understanding.

At A New Direction for Counseling, we specialize in offering counseling services tailored to children (ages 6 and up), adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Our goal is to partner with you and/or your family to navigate life's everyday challenges and extraordinary moments in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.

We understand that every individual and family is unique, which is why we prioritize personalized care that integrates our clinical expertise with your personal values. Our flexible scheduling options, including evening and weekend appointments, are designed to accommodate your busy life and ensure that you can access the support you need when it's most convenient for you.

Whether you're reaching out to us for the first time online or visiting our website to learn more about our practice, we're here to help. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Our friendly staff members are ready to assist you and ensure that your experience with us is positive and rewarding.

Thank you for considering A New Direction for Counseling. We look forward to the opportunity to support you on your journey towards greater mental health and well-being.

Please note: Therapy cats are present on the premises of our Beavercreek office. If you prefer a pet-free environment, please let us know, and we can schedule your appointment for telehealth or at our Franklin location.

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OUR STAFF

Meet Your Therapist

LPCC-S: Clinical Director, Owner/Operator

Pat Kaniuga, MS, LPCC-S, is a highly skilled and dedicated licensed professional counselor, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team at A New Direction For Counseling. With a degree in Community Counseling from Wright State University, obtained in 2000, Pat is committed to providing exceptional therapeutic support to individuals seeking holistic healing and personal growth.

As the Clinical Director of A New Direction For Counseling, Pat oversees the delivery of comprehensive therapeutic services, ensuring that clients receive the highest quality of care. With her leadership, our team embraces a comprehensive approach to therapy, addressing the interconnected nature of the mind, body, and spirit.

With a profound understanding of the human condition, Pat incorporates a variety of therapeutic approaches into her practice. By integrating these approaches, she assists clients in uncovering profound insights, fostering self-awareness, and navigating their personal journeys toward self-discovery.

In addition to her holistic approach, Pat specializes in Couples and Marriage Counseling, Eating Disorders (including Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating), Anxiety, Depression, and conducting Drug and Alcohol Assessments. She understands the significance of providing a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to explore their challenges and find healing.

As a compassionate and empathetic counselor, Pat creates a supportive environment where clients feel heard, understood, and valued. She is committed to helping individuals and families overcome challenges, guiding them toward a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

With Pat as the Clinical Director of our team at A New Direction For Counseling, clients can expect to receive personalized, evidence-based care that addresses their unique needs. She brings professionalism, warmth, and a deep respect for the therapeutic process to every session, empowering clients to embrace their own resilience and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Brandon Blue, MA, LPC, is a highly skilled and dedicated licensed professional counselor, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team at A New Direction For Counseling. With a Master of Arts in Mental Health Clinical Counseling and certification from the National Board of Certified Counselors, Brandon is committed to providing exceptional therapeutic support to individuals seeking holistic healing and personal growth.

At A New Direction For Counseling, we believe in a comprehensive approach to therapy, addressing the interconnected nature of the mind, body, and spirit. Brandon embraces this philosophy, drawing from mindfulness and gestalt therapy techniques to guide clients toward present-moment awareness and self-exploration. Through this process, individuals can gain deeper insights into their experiences, promote personal transformation, and cultivate lasting change.

With a profound understanding of the human condition, Brandon incorporates a Jungian perspective into their therapeutic practice. By exploring the unconscious mind, dreams, symbols, and archetypes, Brandon assists clients in uncovering profound insights, fostering self-awareness, and navigating their personal journeys toward self-discovery.

In addition to their holistic and Jungian approach, Brandon specializes in faith-based counseling from a Christian worldview. They understand the significance of integrating one's spiritual beliefs into the therapeutic process and provide a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to explore their spiritual concerns, strengthen their relationship with a higher power, and find harmony between their faith and mental well-being.

As a compassionate and empathetic counselor, Brandon creates a supportive environment where clients feel heard, understood, and valued. They are committed to helping individuals overcome challenges such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and personal growth aspirations, guiding them toward a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

With Brandon as part of our team at A New Direction For Counseling, clients can expect to receive personalized, evidence-based care that addresses their unique needs. He brings professionalism, warmth, and a deep respect for the therapeutic process to every session, empowering clients to embrace their own resilience and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Credentials:

Master of Arts in Mental Health Clinical Counseling
Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors

Specialties:

Holistic Therapy
Mindfulness and Gestalt Therapy
Jungian Perspective on the Human Condition
Faith-Based Counseling from a Christian Worldview

Brandon Blue, LPC is under the supervision of Patricia Kaniuga, LPCC-S, E3966-S

LPC, Assistant Clinical Director, Therapist

LPCC : Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Lisa Schauer, MS, LPCC is a compassionate and experienced Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor dedicated to guiding individuals, couples, and families through life's challenges. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Dayton and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wright State University, complemented by an LSW in Ohio.

With a background in community settings, Lisa has honed her skills in assisting clients with a wide array of relationship, parental, and individual struggles. Her therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and client-centered therapy. However, Lisa prioritizes tailoring her approach to meet the unique needs of each individual client.

Lisa has extensive experience working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, anger issues, grief, trauma, domestic violence, and abuse. She believes in providing acceptance and validation for each client's experiences, recognizing their unique story and journey. Lisa fosters a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore solutions and find empowerment in navigating their challenges.

Recognizing that each client is the expert on themselves, Lisa sees her role as providing support and guidance as clients explore different paths towards healing and growth. She understands the importance of building a strong therapeutic alliance and ensures that clients feel comfortable and respected throughout their counseling journey.

Lisa's specialties include adjustment disorders, anger management, anxiety, bipolar disorder, couples counseling, depression, divorce, domestic violence intervention, family issues, grief counseling, military/veterans support, mood disorders, OCD, occupational problems, parenting education, phobias, physical abuse, self-harming behaviors, sexual abuse recovery, stress management, trauma recovery, and women's issues.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring nature, and engaging in creative pursuits.

MFT: Marriage and Family Therapist

Sloane Green, MA, MFT is a dedicated Marriage and Family Therapist, holding a Master’s degree from Capella University. She has pursued additional training in various therapeutic modalities, including the Gottman Method for couples, EMDR, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.

With a commitment to fostering collaborative, compassionate, and safe therapeutic environments, Sloane empowers her clients to navigate their challenges and achieve their goals. She adopts a client-centered approach, leveraging their strengths and resources to facilitate growth and healing.

Sloane's therapeutic toolbox includes narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and emotionally focused therapy techniques, tailored to meet the unique needs and objectives of each client. Whether working with individuals, couples, or families, Sloane utilizes systemic principles to address a range of issues.

Her areas of special interest encompass anxiety, depression, eating disorders, young adults, couples and relationship dynamics, infidelity and trust rebuilding, attachment issues, grief, and LGBTQ+ affirming therapy. Under the supervision of Patricia, Sloane is committed to providing compassionate and effective therapy to those she serves.

LPC, Therapist

Jun 2025 - Apr 2026

Stevie Lamblin, MS, LPC, hailing from Dayton, Ohio, is a dedicated mental health professional with a passion for understanding and supporting diverse populations. She earned her B.S. in Psychology in 2016 and furthered her education with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University in 2019.

Her professional interests are wide-ranging, encompassing relationship dynamics, intimate partner violence, LGBTQ+ issues, sexual disorders, personality disorders, body-focused repetitive behaviors, eating disorders, and emotional processing related to anxiety and depression. Stevie's approach to therapy is adaptable and eclectic, ensuring that clients from all walks of life feel welcomed and understood.

In addition to her work in mental health, Stevie is a professional dancer with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, boasting 21 years of dance experience. For the past 6 years, she has also shared her expertise by teaching movement courses to both youth and adults. Drawing upon her deep understanding of the mind-body connection, Stevie incorporates psychoanalytic symbols and emotional expression into her therapeutic approach. This unique perspective empowers clients to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their behaviors.

Stevie's ultimate goal is to help clients find their unique "lens," providing clarity and reducing undesirable symptoms in their lives. Just as someone without the right prescription glasses may stumble, she believes that with the right support, individuals can navigate life's challenges with confidence and grace.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Stevie finds joy in dancing, writing poetry, exploring scholarly articles, and spending quality time with close friends during late-night conversations.

LPC, Therapist

Christina Veness, MS, LPC, is a compassionate and dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Her expertise lies in providing support and guidance to individuals facing challenges related to anxiety, depression, stress management, and childhood and adolescent issues.

Christina's therapeutic approach is rooted in evidence-based practices, drawing upon modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based interventions. By tailoring her approach to meet the unique needs of each client, Christina empowers individuals to overcome obstacles, foster resilience, and achieve their goals.

With a commitment to ongoing growth and development, Christina stays informed about the latest research and best practices in the field of counseling. She is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time outdoors, practicing mindfulness, and engaging in creative pursuits. She is grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of her clients and looks forward to supporting them on their journey towards healing and personal growth.

LPC, Therapist

Tara Eades Bio coming soon.

Jun 2025 - Apr 2026

 LSW: Social Worker

Diane T. Baker Bio coming soon.

Jul 2024 - May 2025

INSURANCE

At A New Direction For Counseling, we work with a variety of insurance providers to help make therapy more accessible and affordable for our clients. We understand that navigating the world of insurance can be overwhelming, so we're here to help you every step of the way. Contact us to learn more about our insurance options and how we can help you get the care you need.

Aetna

Anthem

Buckeye Community Health

BWC

Caresource

Ceridian Lifeworks EAP

Cigna

Emerald Health

First Health

GEHA

Health Smart

HealthNet Federal Services-Tricare

Humana

Impact Solutions

MailHandlers

MedBen

Medicaid

Medical Mutual

Military One Source

Molina

New Direction Behavioral (EAP)

United Behavioral Health

United Healthcare

United Medical Resources (UMR)

Value Options/Beacon Health

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