The Center for Evidence Based Treatment-Ohio was founded with clients in mind. It is our belief that clients and families should have the peace of mind knowing all interventions are based in research, which have shown successful results in treating:
  • Stress management
  • Body Image and self-esteem
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Combination disorders
Our clinical staff has advanced expertise in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Maudsley Family Based Therapy and Specialist Supportive Clinical Management. CEBTOhio provides access to proven treatments to adolescents and adults across Ohio. If your location or circumstances prohibit office visits, secured and confidential teletherapy is available and provides a viable arrangement in many cases. Treatment begins with an initial assessment to discuss past treatments and present challenges while listening effectively to carefully consider the best treatment options for a clients’ individual needs. From there, CEBT-Ohio will develop a customized treatment plan that puts clients on the road to recovery. CEBTOhio is committed to the success of each client.


I was so fortunate to spend several years working with Dr. Wisniewski in Ohio. She is by far one of the most well respected and influential clinicians in our field. In 2008 we opened the first DBT program for patients with complex eating disorder presentations. Clinicians treating eating disorders require specialized training and ongoing consultation to effectively treat these neuro-metabolic-psychiatric conditions.

Anita Federici, Ph.D., C.Psych Dr. Anita Federici & Associates Midland, Ontario

Lucene is a well-known leader in the field of DBT and eating disorders; her consultation and input has elevated the clinical skill of our practice exponentially. Through a combination of didactic presentations and both group and 1:1 consultation, Lucene is constantly responding to our needs both as a practice and as individual providers.   In our weekly meetings with Lucene, we can pose a question on virtually any DBT or ED related topic and Lucene will respond with a highly detailed, well-considered and clinically sophisticated presentation. With great energy and a wonderful sense of humor, Lucene’s style is genuine, transparent and direct.  She models DBT techniques and strategies in a way that few can replicate.  With Lucene’s guidance, our team has gone from understanding the fundamentals of DBT to practicing the treatment at a more and more advanced and adherent level.  Our growing and eager team is becoming increasingly confident and productive. They consistently report lower burnout even as they take on more complicated cases under Lucene’s watch. In the process of growing from strong to exceptional, our team has gained not just an educator in Lucene, but an invaluable confidante, advocate, and friend.

Melissa Gerson, LCSW Clinical Director, Columbus Park

Feedback from workshop on Evidence Based Treatment and Eating Disorders
  • Lucene is really knowledgeable, but she also comes across as quite personable. I think both those things make the course content easy to follow and interesting to learn. I liked the practical homework, as I think I gained a lot of experiential knowledge through doing the same homework that my clients would be expected to do. The course being online made it really easy to access, and the platform that it was delivered on was easy to use.
  • It  was very informative, and I liked the organization of the course. It helped me to conceptualize how to get started with an ED patient as well as how to begin the journey of Tx after the assessment phase.
  • Presenter was knowledgeable with lots of clinical experience. I particularly liked when she modeled interactions with client.
  • Lucene was very friendly and easy to follow in the webinars. She is knowledgeable and willing to answer questions!
  • The content was excellent. Lucene was excellent.


Lucene Wisniewski

Dr. Lucene Wisniewski, Ph.D., FAED

Practice Leader

Dr. Wisniewski is an internationally recognized leader in eating disorder treatment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, with more than 25 years of clinical and training experience. She has taught hundreds of workshops and continuing education seminars around the globe and has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and invited book chapters. Dr. Wisniewski has also provided consultation and training to eating disorder clinics around the globe.

In addition, she has earned some of the highest awards and accreditations in the industry. In 2013, she received the Outstanding Clinician Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders, demonstrating her leadership in the field and her commitment to providing the best solutions for those with eating disorders.

Natalie Jernigan, LPCC-S, ATR


Natalie Jernigan is a supervising licensed professional clinical counselor and registered art therapist who completed her graduate work at Ursuline College. She has a broad range in clinical practice, working with people from preschool-age through adulthood. She became intensively trained in DBT in 2011 through Behavioral Tech, continued with advanced DBT training in 2014, and completed intensive training in the DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol for Borderline Personality Disorder in 2018. Other evidence based intensive training includes CBT-P through NEOMED, and Conscious Discipline.

Jernigan has 20 years of experience in applying evidence-based practices both in community mental health settings and private practice. Her treatment focus covers a variety of diagnostic issues including depression, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other complex trauma and personality disorders. She was recognized by the ADAMHSCC board with the Helping Hands award in 2018 for her work in dialectical behavior therapy.

Amy Kalasunas, LPCC-S, NCC, DBT-Linehan Board-Certified Clinician

Director of DBT and Adult Services

Amy Kalasunas, a DBT Linehan Board-Certified Clinician, has more than 19 years’ experience working with evidence-based treatment models. Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy in 2002, Kalasunas has continued her professional development with over 135 hours of continued DBT training, including Advanced Training in the DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol model for PTSD; Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavior Therapy; DBT supervision models; and consultation team adherence practices.

An excellent teacher, Kalasunas is often sought out for teaching workshops, in-services and seminars on implementing DBT treatment. During her career, she has developed, implemented and evaluated program outcomes on inpatient psychiatric units, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient Programs. She has also established adherent DBT treatment programs for multi-diagnostic adult clients in outpatient clinics, community-based treatment centers and private practice models.

In addition, Kalasunas practices the highest fidelity to effective treatment models through seeking and providing formal supervision to individual clinicians, treatment teams, and organizations seeking consultation on effective treatment practice.

Sarah Hope Lincoln, Ph.D.


Sarah Hope Lincoln, PhD., is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. She has an expertise in treating anxiety, depression, self-harm, trauma/PTSD, autism spectrum disorders, psychosis, and behavioral disorders of childhood (e.g., ADHD).

Her theoretical orientation and training experiences include both Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University and completed her internship at Bellevue Hospital and New York Langone Medical Center. She is also an assistant professor in the department of psychological sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Dean Malec

Dean Malec, Ph.D.


Dean Malec, Ph.D. is a post-doctoral fellow with CEBTOhio. He completed his doctorate in counseling psychology from Cleveland State University in August 2020. At the Master’s level, Dr. Malec had several years of intensive training in Dialectical Behavior and Cognitive Behavioral therapies while treating multi-diagnostic clients in settings ranging from residential programs to outpatient clinics.

More recently, he received advanced training as a generalist at university counseling and community based mental health centers while pursuing his PhD. Dr. Malec treats children, adolescents and adults with a variety of presenting problems, including eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and clients with difficulties with emotion regulation.

Valuing evidence-based practices within the context of diversity and cultural humility, Dr. Malec welcomes working with people of all identities and life experiences. Dr. Malec has several years of experience collaborating and training with members of the CEBTOhio leadership team.

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Liz O'Connell, LICSW


Liz O'Connell, LICSW, is a licensed and independent clinical social worker. She specializes in working with adults with eating disorders, mood disorders, pervasive emotion dysregulation, and a history of trauma/PTSD.

O'Connell completed her foundational training in DBT through Behavioral Tech in 2016 and has subsequently completed several advanced trainings in DBT, including the DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol for Borderline Personality Disorder in 2018. She was previously the associate clinical director of an outpatient and IOP eating disorder treatment center in New York City, where she received ongoing consultation from Dr. Wisniewski and trained in Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E).

In addition to her DBT training, O'Connell has trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Processing (AEDP), an attachment-oriented trauma therapy. Liz received her MSW from NYU and her BA from Brown University.

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Lindsay Varkula, Ph.D.


Dr. Lindsay Varkula is a licensed psychologist with years of experience providing evidence-based treatment. In addition to generalist experience addressing a variety of mental health concerns, she is a specialist in treating eating disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma. Varkula utilizes CBT, DBT, Radically Open DBT, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She applies CBT for body image disturbance, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient specialized eating disorder treatment.

In her work with PTSD, Varkula is especially interested in treating individuals who have survived multiple traumatic events across their lifespan. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based treatment for PTSD; and is experienced providing Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) for trauma treatment. She has provided supervision, consultation, and professional training, especially on topics related to eating disorders, diversity, and complex trauma.

As a counseling psychologist, Dr. Varkula believes in assisting clients in achieving wellness and balance across life domains. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the EMDR International Association.