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Mrs. Rae Speaker
Psychological and Behavioral Consultants
(216) 831-6611
25111 Country Club Blvd. Suite #290
No. Olmsted, OH
Credentials
Credentials: L.I.S.W.
Licensed in Ohio
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Stress
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Jennifer Runner
(440) 510-3143
New Leaf Counseling223 Miller Rd.
Avon Lake, OH
Specialties
Spirituality, Mood Disorders, Divorce, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Smith College School for Social Work
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Caresource

Dr. Deborah Koricke
(440) 628-2478
Center for Effective Living20800 Westgate Professional Center
Fairview Park, OH
Specialties
Divorce, Substance Abuse, Testing and Evaluation, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Case Western Reserve University
Year of Graduation: 1983
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Leneigh White
(440) 238-0008
Strongsville, OH
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Griffith R Dye
(440) 987-1986
224 West Lorain St
Oberlin, OH
Specialties
Depression, Divorce, Loss or Grief, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Year of Graduation: 1975
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Ms. Edith Prendergast
Humanistic Counseling Center
(440) 734-7893
15256 Triskett Rd.
West Park, OH
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in Ohio
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Military/Veterans, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Sarah Walker
(440) 539-2906
Westlake, OH
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Christy L Sugarman
(440) 323-5121
Elyria, OH
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Jorethia L Chuck
(216) 738-8077
Exceptional Psychological Services2125 Superior Ave
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Divorce, Relationship Issues, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Kent State University
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Corphealth

Brian Nowak
(216) 749-5030
Parma, OH
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Gerontological Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

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Gay Dad - Parenting Information and Advice for Gay Dads

Useful Resource Sites for Gay Dads

While gay dads have always been around, the past couple of decades have seen them emerging from the closet. Owning up to one's homosexuality always requires courage. However, it is even more difficult for gay dads who may be concerned about the effect of their 'declaration' on their children. There is, after all, the very real fear that their children may become the targets of abuse from people with a prejudice against homosexuality .

These are some facts regarding gay dads:

  • With the legal and social stigma against homosexuality lifting, an increasing number of gay dads (and lesbian moms), who have been through a heterosexual marriage, have started coming out about their sexuality.
  • Over the last two decades, the number of gay men (and lesbian women), whether single or couples, who are choosing to have children outside socially approved marriage norms, in also on the rise.
  • Gay dads are as concerned about their children as heterosexual fathers-whether biological or adoptive-and work equally hard at providing them with a loving and secure home.
  • Gay dads (and lesbian moms) continue to come up against hostile attitudes to their parenthood. This is partly in due to a commonly held belief that children of gay parents are more likely to become gays themselves. Research has however shown that there is no truth in this assumption.

Resources for gay dads are amazingly slim. However, here...

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OH Legal Definitions of Marriage

Statute

Both state law and the state's constitution appear to ban the recognition of same-sex marriages.