Catherine E. Foytik, MSW, LISW-S, CRMP, CHT, CRP-Founder of Core Cognitions, received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Work from Cleveland State University. She also attended the Institute of Holistic Health Careers and The Wellness Institute. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory Designation in the State of Ohio, a Certified Relaxation Massage Practitioner, Certified Heart-Centered Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified Reiki Practitioner.
Catherine is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, the National Association of Social Workers and the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce. She has presented countless trainings and provided classroom interventions on a variety of topics including Bullying, Trauma, Parenting, Resources, Community Violence, Grief, Best Therapy Practices, Business Management, Corporate Wellness, Integrated Holistic Health and many more! She is part of Miami Jacobs College advisory board and participated in a Strategic Dialogue that included nationally recognized professionals on the topic of Wellness to assist COSE in the planning phases of developing a wellness program for their small business members.
Catherine has over nine years experience in the field and has experience and specializes in an integrated mental/behavioral/holistic approach to healing. She has a unique approach that incorporates the mind, body and soul. She has experience working with individuals, families, groups and couples of all ages and has worked extensively with the developmentally delayed; autism spectrum disorders; multiple/dual diagnosis clients; grief/bereavement issues; crisis interventions/response; self-image distortions; eating disorders; depression; anxiety; bipolar; PTSD; borderline personality disorders, social phobias, adjustment disorders; ADHD; substance abuse/dependency and many more.
Catherine has extensive experience with resistant clients; clients who have been court ordered or adjudicated and who are challenged by everyday stressors consisting of, but not limited to worries about basic needs; employment issues; parenting concerns, custody disputes, relationship conflicts, eating disorders, gender identity and many more! She has also worked extensively with victims of trauma and was one of the many mental health professionals that volunteered her time with the crisis response teams immediately following the Chardon, OH school shooting. Catherine's work with trauma is endless and consists of the following: victims of sexual abuse, child abuse & neglect, domestic violence, bullying, crisis situations (homicides/suicides/rapes/school shooting/school violence), veterans and many more.
Cathy is trained and or experienced in the use of the following modalities: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Structural Family Therapy, Strength Based Therapy, Psychoanalytical Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Group Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Integrated Holistic Health, Heart Centered Hypnotherapy and demonstrates an eclectic approach with her clients. Cathy has experience with a variety of religions, cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds and is understanding and respectful of all. Cathy assesses each client and develops a unique treatment plan based on each client's needs.
Cathy has dealt with some of the most difficult cases throughout her work within agency and private practice settings. She was known as the "go-to" person for advocacy, resources and helping clients who were extremely resistant to change and known to struggle to make progress with other professionals. Cathy sets the tone for a very relaxing, empathetic, validating and energizing environment and has increased the overall functioning in many other lives thanks to her unique abilities. Let her show you how to become successful, happy and lead an enjoyable life. You deserve it!
Cathy has been associated with, collaborated with and or has provided services for the following agencies/systems:
Merrick House; Parma City Schools; BeechBrook; Cleveland Municipal Schools; Catholic Charities; Parmadale; Marbury and Associates; Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services; Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court; Chardon Local Schools; United Way of Geauga County; Parma Community General Hospital Health Education Center; Parma Area Family to Family Collaborative; Applewood Centers; Berea Children's Home and Family Services/Guidestone; Cleveland Clinic; Metro Health; University Hospitals; The Village Network; PEP; Education Alternatives; Connections; United Way of Cuyahoga County; North Olmsted School District; Lakewood School District; Summit Academy; COSE; Southwest Hospital; Laurelwood Psychiatric Unit; YMCA; Miami Jacobs Career College; Fostering Hope and many more!
Call today to book your appointment with Cathy (Parma location only)
Phone: 440-882-6985 Extension: 1
Marty is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 20 years experience in providing assistance to all kinds of people with all kinds of problems and concerns. Marty provides individual counseling and couples counseling for adults. She also provides counseling for adolescents and college age persons. Sometimes these problems may seem small or may have grown into significant issues that are interfering with our lives at school, jobs or at home.
Marty works as a partener with you to help find the best solutions to your current situation. But also works for improvment so the future can be brighter.
She works with people who have everything from worries about money or health all the way to and including issues such as depression and anxiety. Marty also has experience helping people who are wondering if they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Marty provides couples counseling for those concerned about their relationship, married or not.
She also works with high school and college age people who might be experiencing anxiety, depression, bullying, other problems at school, work or home.
Ms. Laska is also a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and a National Certified Gambling Counselor Level Two. Marty is an experienced trainer in topics including Reducing Stress, Avoiding Sexual Harrassment, Enjoying the Holidays, How to Cope with Divorce, Better Communication at the Workplace and Drug and Alcohol Education.
Marty is currently only available on Wednesdays and Fridays. She is actively attending The Wellness Institute, engaged in a two year internship program to further enhance her hypnotherapy skills.
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Marty is also now booking for Trim-Life (weight release program) at our Mentor and Parma location for January (check the blog section for more info).
Kelly O’ Connor received her Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor (LISW-S). Kelly enjoys working with children and adolescents dealing with a variety of mental health, emotional, and/or behavioral issues. She enjoys working with children of all ages, but finds a special interest working directly with the Autistic population. Kelly is a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) and received certification through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. Kelly offers a unique approach to collaborate with children, adolescents, and their families including the use of trauma focused, play, art, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and holistic forms of therapy.
In addition to working with survivors of trauma, Kelly has successful history working with clients experiencing issues connected with anger management, ADHD, aggression, mood disorders, and developmental and early childhood disorders.
Kelly is currently accepting new patients at our Mentor location!
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Korinne Gongos, LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), Reiki Practitioner, Clinical Hypnotherapist, received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Justice Studies from Kent State University. She received her Master’s degree in Community Counseling also from Kent State University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude both for Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees. She was inducted into the following Undergraduate National Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Psi Chi, Golden Key, and Alpha Lambda Delta and was inducted into Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling, Academic, and Professional Honor Society International) during Graduate school. Korinne received her Level I Reiki Certification at the Branches of Wellness Studio. She completed Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy coursework from the Wellness Institute and is participating in a two year internship program to further enhance her skills.
Korinne has been working in the mental health field for 11 years and has been counseling for six of those years at a community mental health agency. She has experience working with individuals, families, couples, and groups and has worked with children ages four and older, pre-teens, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
Korinne has taught parenting classes to divorced parents as well as parents’ whose children were coping with a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder. She co-facilitated group counseling sessions for adults who were sexually abused as children and parents of victims of sexual abuse. Korinne provided counseling services to students, families, and the community following the tragic school shooting at Chardon high school last year. She has experience with crisis counseling and intervention and has worked extensively with suicidal and homicidal clients.
Korinne has experience working with children and adults suffering from mental health disorders (such as ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, etc.) personality disorders (such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Dependant Personality Disorder, and Antisocial Personality Disorder, etc), substance abuse and dependency (Alcohol, Marijuana, Opiates, etc), dual diagnosis (clients who have both a mental health and substance abuse diagnosis), and multiple diagnosis. Her areas of specialty include trauma, victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and neglect, anxiety disorders, grief/loss issues, adoption issues, eating disorders, self-esteem and identity related issues, issues concerning sexual orientation, and family systems issues (such as divorce, sibling conflict, etc.)
Korinne has an eclectic counseling approach, however, primarily utilizes the following counseling modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Therapies, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Systemic Therapy, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, and Integrated Holistic Health.
Korinne understands the complexity of issues and how difficult it can be to work through challenging and painful issues. She sets the tone for a relaxing, safe, and supportive environment. She works to build a trusting, therapeutic relationship with her clients so that they feel safe to work on making desired changes in their lives. Korinne finds value in integrative holistic treatment and enjoys working alongside other treatment professionals/providers to assist clients in restoring their health and improving their overall quality of life.
Korinne is located at our Mentor office. She is currently accepting new patients!
Phone: 440-882-6985 Extension: 3
John received his Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin Wallace, Master of Science and Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, is a Certified Health and Fitness Professional from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Ohio. John's original plan at Baldwin-Wallace College was to become a postsecondary instructor in the subject of Health Promotion and Education (HPE). However, he became interested in a psychology/sociology program that is in affiliation with Case Western Reserve University. This program led to a master’s degree in social service administration (clinical social work). Along with becoming a Licensed Social Worker, the master’s degree in social administration allowed John to become fully qualified to supervise social service casework, manage social service agencies, provide direct counseling services and establish his own private practice in counseling.
John comes with a pleasant twist to further enhance your experience here at Core Cognitions with the ability to not only work with clients for their counseling needs, but also on their personal health/fitness and wellness goals. John worked over five years as a personal trainer at Bally's Total Fitness, worked at the Veale Recreation Center in the National Youth Sports Program, as well as at Case Western's athletic department (Sports Psychology) and hopes to continue to use this expertise in health/fitness/nutrition to further assist client's in their weight loss goals and overall health goals, while working with them on their mind, body and soul through an integrated approach.
John also had the opportunity to work in a variety of other mental health settings including: Case Western Reserve University at the Center for Collegiate Behavioral Health providing health/mental health, substance abuse, and fitness counseling for the students at Case Western. John had the opportunity to work with students in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program in Geauga County, which consisted of teaching high school students on the topics of teen peer pressure, communication in relationships and relationship skills. He also worked at Bellefaire JCB Residential Home and facilitated the After School Program with elementary aged students.
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Phone: 440-882-6985 Extension 2
Susan attended Harmony Path School of Massage and is a professional Massage Practitioner, specializing in relaxation massage, hot stone massage, body brushing, along with other relaxation modalities of massage. Susan also practices cranial sacral massage and will be attending trainings to receive a specialized certification. She also specializes in prenatal massage and aromatherapy She plans on obtaining more specific training to assist in the full mind/body connection and will be offering additional services in the near future!
To book with Susan call: 440-882-6985 (Parma location only)
Ben received his education at Harmony Path School of Massage and specializes in prenatal massage, reflexology and therapeutic massage. He also provides relaxation massage and hot stone massages. Ben is currently accepting new clients at our Parma and Mentor locations.
To book with Ben call 440-882-6985 (Parma & Mentor locations)
Vanessa specializes in myofascial release/unwinding and integrates a variety of stretching and trigger point techniques in her therapeutic massages. She also offers relaxation massage and hot stone massages. She is currently accepting new patients at our Mentor and Parma locations.
To book with Vanessa call 440-882-6985 (Parma & Mentor locations)
Amanda received her education at Miami Jacob College in the Massage Therapy Program. Amanda specializes in relaxation massage, deep pressure massage, and hot stone massage.
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Joe attended Harmony Path School of Massage and specializes in integrating energy work with a variety of styles of massage including but not limited to: deep tissue; relaxation, therapeutic and sports/accident injuries. Joe is accepting new clients at our Parma location.
To book with Joe call 440-882-6985 (Parma only)
Administrative Assistant-Marianna is in charge of all accounts, billing inquiries, handles insurance related issues as well as direct service related questions. She assists Catherine Foytik in operating the office and supporting the clinical staff. She is available in the office Monday through Friday 8:30 AM- 2:30 PM and can be reached at the following: