Melanie Tabak, LPC, Ph.D



Melanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with you to approach all problems with empathy, non-judgement and mindfulness. She helps you explore meaning through trauma and grief and helps you to process through the emotions you feel using an existential/humanistic perspective and evidence-based practice. She knows how overwhelmed many of us feel and is ready to help you through life’s difficult challenges. Melanie uses her Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology to inform her counseling practice and specializes in stress and coping and counseling those experiencing trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, PTSD and family and relationship stressors. Melanie received her Ph.D in Psychology and M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University and is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

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Phyllis Vair, LPCC-S, CT



Phyllis works with individuals, couples and children walking with them through their grief and life journey.  Using clinically tested and evidenced-based interventions she has worked with many, both individually and in specialized groups for grief.  As a licensed professional clinical mental health counselor Phyllis focuses on grief and trauma while also empowering individuals to overcome obstacles with anxiety, trauma and depression.  Phyllis is an EMDR Trained Therapist and Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement (CT). Phyllis earned her degree from Kent State University. She is a professional member of American Counseling Association, Ohio Counseling Association and Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).

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Maria Wentz, LPC



Maria’s counseling style is to listen intently and form strong collaborative connections when she is working with both children and adults. (Past clients have described Maria as “warm and caring.”) She values a whole-person view of therapy. Maria integrates therapy approaches that weave in multiple psychology theories, including Acceptance Commitment Therapy, CBT, Person-Centered Therapy, creative/art therapies, and mind/body based practices. Maria’s specialties include grief/bereavement, anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, and life transitions. Maria earned her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from John Carroll University and is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

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Our Staff

Individual Counseling

For bio's on each counselor please click on a name below. 

You will have the opportunity to select the counselor of your choice and view their availability when you select the link below.

Group Counseling

We will be offering groups via telehealth this fall scheduled to start the week of September 15, 2020. 

  • Accidental Overdose (10 weeks) 

  • Suicide Loss (10 weeks

  • Spouse Loss (8 weeks)

  • General Loss (8 weeks)

Cost is $50.00 for the complete 8 or 10 week group.


To register for Group or Individual Counseling, click on a registration button below or call 330.593.5959


See "Services" above for a full explanation of group counseling

Kelly's Grief Center is located at Acorn Alley II

135 East Erie Street, Suite 302

Kent OH 44240


To get to 135 East Erie Street you must enter thorough 175 East Erie Street via the elevator to the right of the stairs on Erie Street or at the top of the stairs.

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135 East Erie Street, Suite 302, Kent OH 44240