Amber Stiles-Bodnar, MSEd, LPCC-S, LCDC III

Amber Stiles-Bodnar, MSEd, LPCC-S, LCDC III, is a Licensed Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC III) in the state of Ohio specializing in PTSD, issues related to abuse and trauma, addiction treatment (chemical and behavioral), co-occurring disorders, issues specific to military, law enforcement, first responders and their families, LGBTQ and women and children’s issues. She earned a Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling from Youngstown State University and is a contributing faculty instructor at her alma mater in the College of Education, Department of Counseling and Special Education, providing course and class instruction to graduate level students in the clinical mental health counseling program.

Amber has worked in mental health and chemical dependency treatment providing therapy as a residential, outpatient and dual diagnosis counselor. She is the Clinical Director of Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc., a non-profit comprehensive trauma counseling agency in Cortland, Ohio which specializes in the treatment of military personnel, first responders, law enforcement and their family members. Her distinctive background includes 12 years of law enforcement experience allowing her a unique insight when helping those in specialized occupations such as police, fire, EMS and the armed forces. Amber is a member of her local county’s Critical Incident Stress Management Response Team, where she assists in debriefing law enforcement, police, fire, EMS and 911 Dispatch personal after they have been subjected to a potentially traumatic event within the community.

Amber is a Certified EMDR Therapist and Approved Consultant through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She is also a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association, Institute for Creative Mindfulness Affiliate Trainer and volunteers for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). She provides individual and group consultation for EMDR therapists working on developing their skills within the EMDR field. She also provides clinical supervision to counselors and social workers to help improve their clinical abilities.

Amber has dedicated herself to improving the lives of those faced with trauma and hardships which is evidenced in her clinical work with adults, children and families. She provides numerous trainings focusing on trauma and its effects on individuals, including children, military and other specialized occupations such as police, fire and EMS at the local, state and national level. To contact Amber email amber@bluestarfamilycounseling.com


Renée Pitts, MSEd, LPCC, CDCA  

Renée has earned a Master of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Youngstown State University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant. Renée is a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She has worked in mental health treatment providing therapy as a residential and outpatient counselor. Her distinctive background includes the study of meditation techniques for over 20 years under several teachers in the United States. She has also traveled to India, Nepal, and Tibet to study ancient traditions of meditation. With a strong understanding of western science, combined with her practice in mind/body experiences and meditative techniques, Renée blends these as modalities into her counseling practice. She is also able to share a practical understanding of applying mindfulness and meditation to bring about a greater level of wellness and health into the lives of her clients. Renée provides instruction at a monthly meditation group she holds at Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. She also teaches at Youngstown State University and other sites around the local area on meditation and mindfulness. The focus of her clinical work utilizes EMDR Therapy, mindfulness and meditation, and she specializes in trauma, substance abuse and addiction, spirituality and religious values, and wellness. To contact Renée email renee@bluestarfamilycounseling.com


Ann Gebhardt MSEd, LPCC  

Ann Gebhardt is a Licensed Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) licensed under the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Ann obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University in 1997 and a Master of Science in Education degree with emphasis in Community Counseling in 2013 From Youngstown State University. She has provided counseling services in different settings including office, home, school, and community locations as needed to accommodate various populations. Ann has worked to empower and educate the families and individuals involved with mental health treatment. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults within individual, marriage, family, and group counseling. Ann has worked with individuals dealing with a wide range of disorders, including anxiety, depression, women’s issues, relationship, adjustment, life transitions, and trauma. Ann’s special interest and education is in trauma. Ann is trained in EMDR therapy. She is devoted, passionate, and strives to empower each client to create the best life for themselves. To contact Ann email: ann@bluestarfamilycounseling.com


Dru Perren, MSEd., LPCC-S, BCBA, COBA 

Dru Perren is a Licensed Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S), Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst. She graduated from Ursuline College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science, and Youngstown State University in 2012 with a Master’s of Science in Education with emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Dru specializes in working with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and their families. Dru is a trained EMDR therapist pursuing certification through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Dru also practices as a Behavior Analyst doing in home Applied Behavior Analysis with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and others with significant behavioral problems. To contact Dru email: Dru@bluestarfamilycounseling.com


Annie Bair, MSEd, LPCC-S, CDCA 

Annie Bair has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling from Youngstown State University. She is a Supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) and a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA). Annie is a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. She has worked with individuals, families, and groups dealing with a wide range of issues including trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, life transitions, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. Annie’s focus is on building a strong therapeutic relationship to help her clients improve their lives and facilitate personal growth and empowerment. To contact Annie email: ann.bair@bluestarfamilycounseling.com