- 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
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Personality disorders
- Combination disorders
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EndorsementsLucene 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 ParkFeedback 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.
Dr. Lucene Wisniewski, Ph.D., FAED
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.
Kelly Bhatnagar, Ph.D., FAED
Director of Adolescent Services and Research-Practice Integration
Dr. Kelly Bhatnagar is the Director of Adolescent Services and the Director of Research-Practice Integration for CEBTOhio. In these roles, she oversees all child, adolescent and family clinical services, and leads a team dedicated to ensuring research is being used to inform standards of clinical practice and expert clinical opinion is being used to inform research efforts throughout the agency.
Dr. Bhatnagar has specialized in the scientific study and treatment of eating disorders and related conditions for 15 years, which included a clinical residency and post-doctoral research/clinical fellowship in the Eating Disorders Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado where a specific expertise in pediatrics was developed. She is extensively trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which she uses to treat anxiety disorders, behavior disorders, body image disturbances and mood disorders.
Dr. Bhatnagar has a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She is 1 of 2 therapists in the state of Ohio certified in Maudsley Family-Based Treatment (FBT) through the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders.
Dr. Bhatnagar provides national and international professional training and consultation services to clinicians and outside agencies. Her specific clinical and research interests include developing an integrated FBT and DBT model to treat adolescents with co-existing eating and mood regulation difficulties. Dr. Bhatnagar's work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and she has presented at multiple national and international conferences. In 2018, Dr. Bhatnagar was named a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders; a prestigious honor given in recognition of her “distinguished contributions to the field of 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.
Stephanie Konesky, LPCC-S
Stephanie Konesky is a Licensed Clinical Counselor and Supervisor who has worked in the mental health field for nearly a decade. She earned her master’s degree in clinical counseling from Youngstown State University. She received intensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) through the Beck Institute, and will soon be a distinguished CBT certified clinician. Konesky uses CBT and other evidence-based treatment models (e.g. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Maudsley Family Based Treatment) to expertly treat depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body image disturbances and self-esteem issues across the lifespan.
Konesky has significant experience working in various settings and across all levels of care (e.g. outpatient, partial hospitalization, in-home programming, intensive outpatient programs). She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Academy for Eating Disorders.
AnnaMaria McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Dr. AnnaMaria McLaughlin is a clinical psychologist with more than a decade of experience working in the field of psychology. She has served in various capacities, including researcher, instructor, supervisor and clinician.
In her clinical work, Dr. McLaughlin collaborates with clients to help them achieve their maximum potential. She treats adults struggling with anxiety and related issues, and also treats youth experiencing anxiety, depression and behavior problems. She also provides comprehensive assessment and treatment of ADHD.
Dr. McLaughlin received her graduate training at Case Western Reserve University, where she focused on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches for youth and adults. She completed a clinical residency in Columbus at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she developed expertise in developmental, sleep and toileting issues in children. Her approach is grounded in empirically-supported interventions while tailoring treatment to address the individual needs of clients and their families.
Dr. McLaughlin works to build upon and extend current coping skills to help clients attain their goals for treatment. She has an adjunct faculty appointment at CWRU and enjoys supervising doctoral students in their CBT practicum, as well as delivering guest lectures on parent-training.
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.