Meet Our Course Creators
Dana Spangler, LCMHC
Throughout various stages of our lives, we have all needed some level of support. Having someone to talk with and genuinely listen is essential to navigating the uncertainties we all face in life. My clients say I am down-to-earth, non-judgmental, authentic, and compassionate. I do not take lightly the fact that you’re entrusting me to come into your safe space.
While I have worked with a wide range of clients in various clinical settings, I’ve found my passions and training have aligned in specific areas. I currently work with couples and individuals 16+. I especially enjoy working with those within the LGBTQI+ community. My ideal client is motivated and ready to make changes in their life, those seeking to live a more authentic life, and people who feel “stuck.” I am passionate about working with those who have experienced trauma/PTSD and want to work through its effect on their lives. I enjoy helping clients identify and break negative thought patterns and core beliefs.
In my own journey, I have found the most painful experiences to be the most transformative. Therapy has helped me along the way to better navigate through these experiences. I have realized how empowering it is to heal and work on yourself. There is strength in learning to love yourself and be seen and validated. Learning how to feel worthy of being seen can be a process, but it’s one we all deserve. Having someone to sit with you during these painful times helps you to make sense of and honor these experiences.
My couple’s work focuses on learning healthier communication patterns, conflict resolution skills, working through possible barriers, and reconnecting emotionally. Couples therapy is not just about dealing with issues; it is also an excellent place to learn skills to prevent future relationship problems.
I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016 and am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (License #12884). I am trained and completing full certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. Additionally, I have received training in Level I Gottman Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. I’m an Enneagram 9 and love all things enneagram. I like to incorporate this into my work with clients.
Erica Jourdan, MSW,
As the Director of Adoption Options Consulting, Erica has over a decade of personal and professional experience in the adoption field. She has coached hundreds of families along the path to becoming both foster and adoptive parents. In addition, she is, herself, the adoptive mother of three. Having learned that there is no "one size fits all" in the world of adoption, her approach with families is open, non-judgmental, and flexible.
Here's what other’s have said about her:
"We cannot begin to express our gratitude to Erica for all her wisdom and support while pursuing our home study and potential adoptions. She is very knowledgeable, professional and personal in her educational process. We highly recommend Erica to anyone considering adoption or needing support at any stage."
-Eileen and Lars Johnson
"Erica has a commitment to excellence, dedication to those she serves, and tireless ability to do whatever it takes to accomplish her work. She is highly adept at motivating and bringing out the best in people. She is a strong communicator, dedicated professional, and is self-motivated. Personally, I think Erica is an exceptional person of high integrity."
Veronica (Vyazovsky) Zamir Registered Play Therapy Supervisor
As a Supervisor of Play Therapy and founder of Mosaic Therapy, Veronica utilizes a playfully creative approach to create a safe and supportive relationship and provide a safe space for clients to discover wellness habits that will enhance your mental and physical health. She specializes in in providing comprehensive treatment for anxiety, depression and trauma.
Veronica is a registered play therapy supervisor, the highest accreditation in play therapy allowing her to supervise clinicians who are obtaining credentials in this field. Veronica has worked with adults, teens children and families as a counselor since 2008. Throughout her career she has worked in public schools, daycares, homes and community-based settings.
Veronica has supervised over 30 clinicians in various stages of their careers, including practicum students, interns, provisionally licensed clinicians, and fully licensed independent clinicians working towards advanced credentials such as registered play therapists. Veronica speaks Russian, Hebrew, Spanish, and English with her clients and families.
Erin Vandermore, LCMHC Founder, Age of Uncertainty Coaching
If you are ready to make that change in your life... contact me; I have guided and supported 1000s of individuals over my 14 years to make lasting positive changes in their lives.
I am constantly learning and sharing what I have learned with you! I only make suggestions and use techniques that I know work because I have tried them myself. I use a variety of evidence-based techniques to guide my clients from the feeling of being "stuck".
I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of diverse settings. I have worked in public school systems, non-profit organizations, universities, hospitals and outpatient clinics in areas such as Chicago, IL, Washington D.C., and most recently, the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC. One of the best teachers though so far in my life has been my experiences as a mom and as a woman. I bring my experience and unique perspective to my coaching and counseling approach.
During my years as a therapist, and a wellness coach I have witnessed the destruction that can be caused when individuals find themselves stuck in their own negative cycles. As a therapist I am driven to empower my clients to end the negative cycles that prevent them from living their best lives.
Your mental health, wellbeing, self-care are and should always be a priority. Finding a therapist, coach, healer that is a good fit for you is the first step on the path to improving your overall health. If you are looking for a straightforward therapist that will work with you on your path to good mental health set up an appointment for consultation.