Dr. Pontau earned his doctorate from the University of Akron in 2015 and is a licensed psychologist. He completed his post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology at Mentis Neuro Rehab and Neuropsychology Management Partners, addressing the needs of individuals with acquired and traumatic brain injuries, as well as those with neurodegenerative diseases. In addition to his clinical experiences, he also has experience in developing and conducting psychiatric research in the areas of mood disorders and trauma at various regional universities.
Dr. Pontau works with individuals from 16 years of age to older adults experiencing geriatric needs. He specializes in neuropsychological assessment, as well as diagnostic assessments and various types of specialized testing. His approach to individual treatment is guided by humanistic and cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientations. Dr. Pontau is adept at treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and serious mental illness. He also specializes in performance psychology. When not engaged in work, Dr. Pontau enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, and a wide variety of sporting events.
Gail Papay earned her master's degree in Community Counseling from Kent State University and she is an independently licensed clinical counselor. Gail embraces the opportunity to empower clients in resolving their own problems and in striving to reach their own potentials. She has experience in private practice working with individuals, couples, and groups. She addresses client concerns relative to grief, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-esteem, stress and coping, chronic pain management, difficult relationships, parenting challenges, concerns of the aging, military issues, and trauma.
Gail uses a variety of evidence-based therapies, including rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), prolonged exposure, solution-focused brief therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, person-centered therapy, and relaxation/guided imagery techniques.
Dr. Ajayi earned his doctoral degree from Kent State University in 2014. He is currently employed as a clinical psychologist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he works as a therapist in an post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder residential treatment program. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of PTSD and other trauma-related psychological difficulties. He has provided a variety of psychological services to adolescents and adults, including individual, group, family, and couples psychotherapy.
Dr. Ajayi's theoretical orientation is integrative and evidence-based, primarily cognitive-behavioral. He is certified in various evidence-based and specialized interventions for treating PTSD, including cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure. He also specializes in treating various mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders. He has experience working with addictions (gambling, internet, excessive spending), as well as parenting and relationship issues, moral injury, men's issues (male depression, self-esteem, identity development), and stress and anger management. Through his personal and professional experiences, Dr. Ajayi has come to understand that diversity is not synonymous with race/ethnicity and is far more involved than simply acknowledging stereotypes, but rather consists of a multitude of additional variables. He has been fortunate to have had opportunities that enable him to incorporate an understanding of diversity into his practice. Dr. Ajayi conducts personality and diagnostic assessment, facilitates psychoeducational groups, and supervises doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle, running/hiking, and gardening.
Aminah Brahim-Jimenez has a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University and is a supervising licensed independent social worker with over 20 years of experience. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in many settings including hospitals, schools, childcare centers, juvenile detention centers, adolescent residential treatment facilities, and outpatient community mental health centers. Aminah loves working with children and their families, assisting those as young as three years of age. She assists children with anxiety, depression, ADHD, adjustment issues, and behavioral problems. She works with adults struggling with parenting, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, chronic illness (particularly Multiple Sclerosis), and other mental health issues that impact everyday life. Aminah utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and evidence-based interventions with her clients.
Rachel Tramonte earned her master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College. She has worked with adults, children, and adolescents in outpatient clinics and schools. Rachel helps people adjust to school, work, parenting, and family life. She also helps people manage anxiety, depression, substance abuse, ADHD/ADD, and eating disorders, among other presenting issues. Rachel's style is humanistic and direct. Her sessions are tailored to meet individual needs.
When Rachel is not practicing psychotherapy, she enjoys teaching Pilates and The Gyrotonic Expansion System.
Lynn Ann Luna Jones is listed at <a href="http://www.AllTherapist.com">AllTheapist.com</a>
Arcangela Wood is listed at <a href="http://www.AllTherapist.com">AllTherapist.com</a>
Deanna Morphy is a licensed professional clinical counselor. She completed her master's degree at Geneva College. She has experience working with adults who struggle with alcoholism or addiction, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Deanna has provided both individual and group therapy to those clients, as well as individuals coping with depression and anxiety. She also has experience working with physicians and their clients who are taking a maintenance medication such as Suboxone, Naltrexone, and Methadone. She has also provided couples and family counseling. Deanna is a client-centered therapist who utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach with her clients, as well as motivational interviewing techniques.
Dr. Wood earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursuline College, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist and has provided a variety of psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults. Those services include individual and group psychotherapy, psychological assessments, and psychological testing. She also performs evaluations for gastric bypass surgery, intellectual and achievement assessments, and personnel selection for public safety positions, as well as for documentation of disabilities, for schools and college.
Dr. Wood's approach to psychotherapy utilizes a cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented therapies, depending on the client's need and the nature of the problem. She engages clients with compassion and understanding to help them overcome their difficulties. Her areas of practice include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse problems, low self-esteem, and adjustment disorders, as well as personality disorders and sexual disorders.
Dr. Lynn Luna Jones earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in 2004 and is a licensed psychologist. She has over 13 years of experience in the field of psychology and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual, family, couples, and group counseling services. She specializes in diagnostic assessment and is skilled in administering intellectual, achievement, personality, vocational, adaptive functioning, and other specialized tests. Dr. Luna Jones adheres to a cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientation and is active in her client's treatment, monitoring their progress both inside and outside of the therapy session. Her areas of specific expertise include personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance abuse, sexual disorders, and intellectual disabilities. She is a certified substance abuse professional (SAP).
Dr. Luna Jones and her long-time colleague, Dr. Arcangela Wood, opened Jones-Wood Psychological Associates, Inc. Our vision to bring our combined experiences to the individuals and families of Geauga County and the surrounding areas. We are excited to become part of your community!