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Cathy Knezevich, M.Ed., PCC

Ms.Knezevich’s goal as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor is to help people live a more fulfilled life, whether they are managing emotional issues or life challenges. She works with older teens, adults and seniors; individually, as couples and families. She also runs a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adults with more difficult emotional, behavioral or life challenges. Ms.Knezevich’s style is to balance acceptance with change to help people explore feelings and behavior patterns and make significant changes in a supportive environment. Some specialties are EMDR (with a professional referral), a powerful therapeutic technique originally designed for trauma survivors; mindfulness and meditation, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), DBT, art therapy, and solution focused therapy.

Ms.Knezevich obtained her Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University, in community and agency counseling. She has worked in private practice since 1994 and has established 2 DBT IOP therapy programs as well as co-facilitated a dual diagnosis IOP. Ms.Knezevich has advanced training in critical incident stress debriefing and has volunteered as the assistant clinical director of the Lake-Geauga Critical Incident Management Team for 18 years. She has worked as a social worker and case manager at Laurelwood Hospital, a therapist in the outpatient Victims Resource Program, and started her career as a volunteer for the program.


Testimonial Disclosure Statement: Testimonials herein are unsolicited, anonymous and are received after care has been received in an attempt to assure healthy therapy relationships and confidentiality.

"(Cathy Knezevich, DBT IOP) did a fabulous job of helping me feel safe in group. She helped me feel heard and supported at all times, which was especially meaningful when I was in need. It always surprised me how timely Cathy responded to my emails; I was pleasantly surprised. I marveled at how very valued and respected that made me feel. Cathy did an excellent job upholding the rules and holding group members accountable, but she did it in a respectful gentle, and helpful manner. Keep up the good work! I appreciate being in Cathy’s group and having the opportunity to learn skills in a safe space. Not everyone heals at the same rate, nor on the same path, but Cathy made me feel like a respected individual on my unique journey. I felt cared for appropriately; emotionally and physically (as much as possible in the virtual environment). My needs were met. Cathy helped me to learn in a manner that felt comfortable yet challenging; I cannot thank her enough for this valuable, enriching experience. Cathy helped me to feel safe and secure, even when unexpected or adverse experiences were happening to me. That means more to me than I can describe with words (verbal or written). So, believe me when I say, this experience meant so much to me. Having Cathy as facilitator means the world to me; she was essential at shaping and facilitating my learning because I didn’t have to fear vulnerability. A big THANK YOU to Cathy."
"Cathy Knezevich (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, IOP) I really appreciate your kindness, both in this and in the tremendous support you have been for me since I first joined the DBT IOP group. The skills and knowledge I have gained (and continue to develop) are incredibly helpful and have transformed my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you! May G-d grant you and the whole team at BWG many blessings and the strength to continue your vital mission to help people build skills for handling emotions, life challenges, and changes. Words fail to adequately convey how grateful I am for you and for your Group!"
"I am really thankful for attending your group (Cathy Knezevich, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP). It has been a staple in getting my life back on track. While I am not exactly where I want to be, I am closer than I have ever been. You provided me with the essential building blocks to continue growing. Thank you, Cathy."
"Making people feel at ease and making us feel heard & understood. This feels like a wonderfully SAFE place. I can’t say enough good things about this program. There is a great balance of lightness/humor and the heavy stuff we’re all here for."
"I've loved DBT. I’ve learned and grown so much. I've never felt so much happiness before and truly believe I can handle what life throws at me. I never thought I'd get here with my life. Cathy and the group are amazing and I recommend it to anyone. It's such a safe place to talk and you'll get amazing feedback."
"(Cathy Knezevich, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP) provided useful information to handle stress, anxiety, depression, and outlook on life. Also helped with relationship issues and provided a safe, secure place to express all thoughts, feelings, and emotions. The IOP was a total lifesaver. I have grown and learned in ways I never imagined I could or would. I am glad I put in the effort that I did and look forward to continue any progress possible and how I handle situations in the future differently."
"What an amazing experience! The skills I've use will be forever be a blessing in my life. Thanks to Cathy for being amazing, kind and loving!!"
"I believe it was Divine intervention that brought me to you. I know God doesn't want me to die or He would have taken me years ago, and He keeps placing people in my life to help me through the pain. You are one of those people. The group did a lot to help me get back on my feet and realize I am not alone in these battles...and I built a trust with thank you for all you have done for me and helped me through."


The Behavioral Wellness Group is a counseling center providing therapy and behavioral health services and assessment including chemical dependency/drug addiction treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and other therapies. We also provide mental health or psychological assessments, and psychological,educational and bariatric testing. Providing services to the following communities in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake County: Cleveland, Ashtabula, Beachwood, Chardon, Concord, Eastlake, Euclid, Fairport, Geneva, Grand River, Highland Heights, Kirtland, Leroy, Lyndhurst, Madison, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights, Painesville, Pepper Pike, Perry, Russell, Solon, South Euclid, Thompson, Wickliffe, Willoughby, Willoughby Hills, and Willowick, from our offices in Mentor, Ohio.