Counselors

Sharon Jeffries

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Sharon Jeffries MA, LPCC

Sharon Jeffries, MA, LPCC, is a skilled and compassionate licensed clinical counselor with extensive experience in the field. With a focus on helping individuals, couples, families, and teenagers navigate various life challenges.

Currently serving as the Executive Director at ACE Wellness Center in Ashland, Sharon leads a dedicated team in providing comprehensive mental health services to the community. Additionally, she shares her expertise as an Adjunct Professor at Ashland Theological Seminary, where she contributes to the clinical counseling program, shaping the next generation of counselors.

Sharon’s impressive background includes a 20-year tenure in K-12 schools, where she served as a mental health specialist and school liaison. Her experience in this setting has honed her ability to address the unique emotional and psychological needs of young individuals.

Furthermore, Sharon’s knowledge extends to the realm of psychiatric care, having worked on both adolescent and adult psychiatric units. This experience has provided her with valuable insights and a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health issues in diverse populations.

With Sharon, you can expect a caring and professional approach, supported by years of practical experience and a commitment to improving the lives of those she serves. Sharon’s belief is that you are never alone and together you can work toward a solution, one brave step at a time.

Tammy White

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

— Mary Oliver

Tammy White MA, LPCC-S

Tammy M. White, received her Associates of Science in Human Services from North Central State College in 2003 and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2011.

Her areas of focus include diagnosis and treatment of common mental health disorders as well as Crisis and Trauma-focused counseling and Grief and Loss for all age groups. Tammy has experience in Community Mental Health, Private Practice, School-Based Services, Emergency/Crisis Services, and Group Therapy.

Tammy is a certified EMDR therapist and counseling supervisor with an eclectic approach to healing therapies. Her question is not “What’s wrong with you?” but rather “What happened to you?” and she is committed to walking with you through your healing journey using a biopsychosocial-spiritual lens.

Matt Howe

“I have my fears, but they do not have me.”

— Peter Gabriel

Matt Howe MA, LPC

Matt Howe graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in  Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is licensed in the state of Ohio as a professional  counselor. He currently works at ACE Wellness Center as an individual counselor and  coordinator for the adolescent intensive outpatient program. 

Recognizing that mental health concerns are influenced by a combination of biological,  psychological, and social factors, Matt utilizes a holistic approach to individuals  grappling with various challenges, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, and  trauma. 

Matt’s interests extend across various populations, including adult individuals, groups, couples, teenagers, and children. Drawing from his training and education, he  incorporates evidence-based methods like Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative  Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. These therapeutic methods allow Matt to  address each client’s unique needs and strengths while fostering a collaborative and  empowering therapeutic relationship. 

During therapy sessions with Matt, clients can expect a compassionate and  nonjudgmental atmosphere where their concerns are heard and validated. Matt is  passionate about empowering clients to make lasting positive changes and enhance  their overall well-being.

Kristen Garn

“I have my fears, but they do not have me.”

— Peter Gabriel

Kristen Garn MSW, LISW

Kristen Garn is an MSW, LISW, and is currently providing mental health therapy to individuals at ACE Wellness Center – Ashland. Throughout her 15-year career, Kristen has provided mental health treatment to adolescents and adults, individually and in groups, and in multiple settings including community mental health agencies, homes, schools, and in correctional facilities.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Ashland University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.

Kristen finds it important to build trust in the therapeutic relationship with her clients and provides comfort to many with unconditional positive regard, active listening, and an empathetic environment to assist with one’s journey through the struggles in life. She is most passionate about working with individuals who may struggle with anxiety, depression, impulsivity, oppositional behaviors, and relationship/social struggles. You can expect non-judgmental, caring, professional support and commitment when working with Kristen.

Office Staff

Michelle Cayse

Michelle Cayse

Office Coordinator

Beth Howe

Beth Howe

Administrative Assistant

Referrals

Referrals to ACE Wellness Center Ashland can be made by healthcare providers, mental health agencies, or the client.

To make a referral or obtain more information on ACE Wellness Center Ashland and how we can be a part of your healing journey, call 419-903-0202 or fax 419-903-0133.

Cost of Program(s)

The cost of programs are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare. Our team will access this upon intake, prior to services starting.

Crisis & Emergency Numbers

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center

419-289-6111 (24 hour crisis hotline)

National Hopeline Suicide Prevention

1-800-784-2433
Call or text 988

University Hospital (Ashland Location)

419-289-0419