John Spiesman, Ed.D., MSW, LISW

John Spiesman is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. He believes in a holistic approach to mental health that addresses the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. John has served as an educator of learners from kindergarten through graduate school for many years. He has practiced social work since 2006. John holds degrees from Lake Erie College (BSEd, MSEd), Youngstown State University (Ed.D.) and Cleveland State University (MSW).

John’s areas of expertise include working with older adolescents (17+), college age individuals and adults of all ages. John believes that one of the goals of therapy should be for a person to see a clear path to achieving life goals and dreams. This often occurs through in-depth self-study and examination, telling one's story and becoming comfortable with that story relative to a life situation. John believes that through therapy, an individual develops the confidence they need to face life with all its complications.

A variety of treatment methods may be necessary to achieve the goals of therapy. John is willing to explore options best for you, based on your individual needs. John’s areas of interest include, but are not limited to cognitive therapy, solution focused therapy, depression, anxiety, stress management, trauma (ITR and EMDR), educational counseling, family and individual therapy, life direction challenges, men’s issues, spiritual issues and dream work. John also works with adoptive parents (no assessment), general parenting issues, attention deficit disorders, self-esteem improvement, life coaching, career counseling and relationship issues.

John looks forward to working with current and new clients in designing a treatment plan to meet one’s individual needs. He enjoys sitting with them, listening to their personal stories, and helping them spread their wings and soar to new heights in life.

John Spiesman, Ed.D., MSW, LISW
Independent Social Worker


8224 Mentor Ave., Suite 208
Mentor, Ohio 44060





Teens and Opioids

We hear about it frequently. It’s on the evening news, online, and we hear it in conversation. America has an opioid crisis and we’ve had one for decades. It’s nothing new really and perhaps we are even desensitized to it, but opioids and overdoses remain an issue for both adults and teens. Youth drug deaths have quadrupled over the last 20 years mainly involving fentanyl which has grown 6x since 2016 ( Over 10 million pills containing fentanyl have been…

Self Care During Pregnancy

Becoming pregnant is a time of many mixed emotions that can range from excitement to anxiety. During the 10 months of time leading up to your child being born, it can be helpful to create a routine to take care of yourself and your growing baby bump. Below are some tips that can help you to feel as prepared as you can leading up to your child being born: It can be helpful during your pregnancy journey to set up…

“Be curious, not judgmental”

This is a line I most recently heard in the great show, “Ted Lasso“. It occurred when a bet was made with Ted assuming that he was a novice at shooting darts without asking to see if he had played before. Of course, he had been playing for years and ultimately won the bet. It reminded me of the significance of finding out why people do what they do, and why they have become who they became. It is a…

Social Media Addiction

Social media addiction is defined as an unhealthy dependence on interactive platforms such as Facebook, twitter, Instagram, snapchat and Tik Tok. It is often characterized by being overly concerned about social media driven by uncontrollable urge to on or to use social media and devoting so much time/effort that it interferes with other parts of your life. According to a Harvard study, self-disclosure on social media, “lights up” the same part of the brain that also ignites when someone engages…

All or Nothing Thinking and Various Other Popular Cognitive Distortions

I was trying to think of a blog subject to write about this time for my blog. As I contemplated this, I noticed almost everyone in my Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Outpatient Group (IOP) was talking about their struggle to be perfect, or how they feel like failures if things are not exactly as they think they should be. I was hearing phrases like: All or nothing thinking, often called black and white thinking, can go hand in hand…

Emotion Regulation Skills

Click to watch this video.