Meet our Psychologists
KENNETH A. DE LUCA, PH.D., LPCC-S, BCPC (Board Certified Professional Counselor), D.A.B.P.S. (Diplomate with American Board of Psychological Specialties), DAPA (Diplomate with American Psychotherapy Association)
Dr. Ken De Luca is a Clinical/Counseling Psychologist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor. He has worked in the public schools as a psychologist and central office administrator with responsibilities that included Student Services, Personnel, Instruction and Curriculum. He was also a Superintendent in the public schools. He has been in full-time private practice since 1985. He has served as a consulting psychologist to various agencies. He was a member of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health and has served as Chairperson. He has privileges at EMH Regional Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, St. John Medical Center, and is a member of the Community Physicians Partnership Program with the Cleveland Clinic. In addition, Dr. De Luca is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry with Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Dr. De Luca works with children, adolescents, and adults with issues related to anxiety, depression, stress, chronic illness, marriage, relationships, divorce, addictions, bereavement, grief, sexual problems and phobias. He is well-experienced in diagnosing and working with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, behavioral and school related problems and related parenting, family and marital issues. He is the recipient of many awards and Commendations, including the Ohio Psychological Association Award of Excellence.
JILL BACON, Psy.D.
Dr. Bacon is a Clinical Psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults up to age 65. She earned her doctorate and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Washington, DC and her undergraduate degree from Kent State University. She has experience working both in private practice and community mental health settings, as well as home, school and hospital settings. She specializes in psychological testing and evaluation, exploring cognitive, behavioral, and personality issues. Dr. Bacon provides testing services for children as young as 5. Dr. Bacon utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, humanistic and client-centered therapy. Therapy services include individual and family therapy, and play therapy for children as young as 3. Issues include: victims of sexual abuse and sexual trauma; foster care issues; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in adults and children; diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder; depression and depressive disorders; anxiety disorders; school difficulties, dissociative disorders; borderline personality disorders; emotional regulation; self-harm; suicidal ideation and behavior; conduct and oppositional defiant disorders; adjustment disorders; managing the symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. Sees patients ages 5 and up for counseling and testing.
JEANETTE S. BIERMANN, Ph.D.
Dr. Biermann is a Clinical/Counseling Psychologist. She has provided psychological services in medical hospitals, long term care, primary care, and private practice settings. Her training emphasized therapy and assessment of middle aged and older adults dealing with chronic disease, cancer, cognitive impairment, loss, and end-of-life issues. Before training to become a psychologist, she worked in corporate and government settings for over 25 years. She has a client centered approach and uses techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal, and narrative therapies. She provides individual, couples, and family counseling for aging parent issues. She provides therapy and evaluation services to adults up to age 95 and older children. Anxiety, depression, grief, stress, adjustment, and career change are some of the issues addressed. She helps her clients manage complex situations, make sense of troubling events, and learn skills to smooth their paths through life. Sees patients ages 18 and up for counseling and testing.
CATE BRANDON, Psy.D.
Dr. Brandon is a Clinical Psychologist. She has had experience working in a variety of settings including residential, outpatient clinics and inpatient medical centers. She provides therapy and evaluation services to children, adolescents and adults facing a variety of psychological and behavioral problems. She has had specialized training in providing therapy to couples and families facing difficulties such as communication problems, divorce, and parenting problems. She also has specialization and interest in providing therapy and assessment services to older adults, including issues such as dementia, competency, caregiver stress, grief, and adjustment to end-of-life issues. Additionally, she provides assessment and therapy to children and adolescents with ADHD, learning problems, social, and behavioral issues. Sees patients ages 7 and up for counseling and testing.
KENDALL H. BROWN, Ed.S.
Kendall Brown is a School Psychologist licensed by the State Board of Psychology for private practice. He has worked in the public schools for over 39 years, including 13 years as a middle school teacher of art. He has experience with children and parents regarding a wide range of academic concerns, including special education identification and programming, underachievement, giftedness and creativity. His areas of special interest include parent training and dealing with issues of divorced parenting, behavior disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Tourette’s Disorder, individual learning styles and achievement motivation.
BARNETT D. ELMAN, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
Dr. Elman is a Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor, and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Elman specializes in substance abuse/dependency/codependency problems, marital, couples, and family therapy, mood/anxiety disorders, and individual life/developmental issues. Dr. Elman utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, Gestalt, and humanistic approaches in his work. Sees patients ages 15 and up for counseling.
JOSEPH P. HOELSCHER, Ed.D.
Dr. Hoelscher is a Clinical Psychologist practicing since 1974. He has worked in public schools for 35 years as a psychologist and an administrator. He has also been on staff at several hospitals, and has done private practice at two mental health centers in Lorain County since 1982. His primary specialty is assessment. He specializes in working with children/adolescents/adults with learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and Attention Deficit Disorder. He has also worked in therapy with adults who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and also those diagnosed with agoraphobia. He sees children, adolescents and adults for testing and therapy. Sees patients ages 10 and up counseling and testing.
JOHN ZBORNIK, Ph.D.
Dr. Zbornik is a Licensed Psychologist. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Kent State University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati. He earned his Educational Specialist degree from Kent State University in the area of school psychology. Dr. Zbornik works with children, adolescents and adults with issues related to anxiety, workplace bullying, depression, stress, relationships, divorce, grief, phobias, learning disorders, autism, and mental retardation/intellectual disabilities. He is well-experienced with diagnosing adults and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, behavioral school-related problems, explosive behavior and Academic Anxiety Disorders (testing, math, and reading anxieties) and parenting. Dr. Zbornik has published widely on issues related to academic and school difficulties such as academic anxiety and motivation. Sees patients ages 5 and up for testing.