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Stephanie Cerula, LPCC

Stephanie Cerula is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor providing individual therapy to older adolescents and adults.  She has extensive training and experience working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression.  Stephanie's clinical orientation is a client-centered, strengths-based approach tailored to each client that utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and narrative therapy techniques to empower clients to increase their coping skills to achieve their goals..

Stephanie earned her Master's of Education in Counseling from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to working at the Behavioral Wellness Group, she worked at John Carroll University and Mississippi State University specializing in working with survivors of violence and other mental health concerns.



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.

"Stephanie (Evening Mental Health IOP) The atmosphere of the group is incredible. A mix of supportive, educational, and friendly experiences has made group wonderful. Stephanie is a fantastic group leader. I’m so very thankful for all the support I’ve gotten from IOP groups at The Behavioral Wellness Group. The skills I’ve learned have changed my life for the better and having a safe space to share was more valuable than I expected."
"Stephanie (Evening Mental Health IOP) did a great job teaching us practical skills that are easily understood and able to be incorporated into our lives to help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. She was skilled at listening, opening the floor to everyone to speak, and monitoring the timing to give everyone fair time. Stephanie continued to impress me with how she could tie what people say back into the Coping Card and lesson plan. Stephanie was always very polite and respectful and knew how to navigate tough conversations skillfully. I was very pleased with the course material and leader and will miss it! I was pleasantly surprised how much I grew to like and look forward to group and even extend my time since I didn’t feel I was ready to graduate. Stephanie was a great host/leader, and I will miss all the connections we made in group and the support of them all. I feel better equipped to keep on pressing forward to deal with my anxiety and will continue to practice the new skills."
"Stephanie (Evening Mental Health IOP) was a great facilitator. She encouraged us to share our thoughts and feelings and to support others. She carefully added her professional thoughts & feedback without telling anyone what to do. The curriculum was great-every session taught me important & useful skills that I am incorporating into my daily routines and that will permit me to thrive mentally & emotionally & physically at home and in the workplace for the benefit of my loved ones, co-workers, clients and for me as well. Keep doing what you’re doing! These have been the most productive 63 hours of my life and truly transformative. I was unsure what I would gain from this when I started (but I jumped in with both feet and hoping for the best). I am amazed at my progress and the new way that I view myself and the world around me. I am a better version of myself-and I cannot thank you enough for the value that you provided me."
"Stephanie (Evening Mental Health IOP) …encouraging group members to express how they feel in real time and not just how their day/weekend was. I think being able to cry or express anger or anxiety in group was incredibly helpful because I was able to learn other people’s coping skills and use them. I have already recommended this group to a couple people because I enjoyed the experience, people, and lessons and think everyone should be able to learn how to heal and grow from their situations. This group helped me through probably the most difficult time in my life so far and I’m very thankful that I received the help and support I needed."
"It’s obvious that Stephanie cares about everyone in the group Evening Adult Mental Health IOP. She is very easy to talk to and give a variety of real world examples for the skills she teaches. You can tell that she really knows and believes in the skills she teaches. I can’t say enough good things about this agency. All my mental health needs are covered under one roof. They didn’t treat me any different because of my diagnosis. I’m so lucky to have found this place. Thank you!"
"Stephanie does care deeply for all individuals and puts people at ease, takes time to listen and encourage us. She is knowledgeable and well prepared with all our training and she has great empathy for everyone. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to be part of her class Evening Adult Mental Health IOP."
"I had a wonderful experience and feel that my success due to the outline of the program and the support of Stephanie and other participants in the group. Stephanie facilitates the group in an amazing way. I don’t know what I would have done without her."
"(Stephanie Cerula, Evening Adult Mental Health IOP) has an extreme sense of empathy and understanding for her clients. She understands how to communicate especially in virtual space to make sure all clients are appreciated when they are vulnerable."


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.