let's dive into change


i'm dr. stephanie - i'm a licensed professional counselor and the owner of kelp counseling & consulting

my mission is to demystify the counseling process and support you in your overall mental wellness. i believe there is often a deeper meaning behind what we typically associate with mental illness - and it's time to go beyond treating symptoms and creating meaningful, lasting change.

i am here to provide a space where mental wellness doesn't have to feel so daunting or confusing. let's move beyond symptom management & temporary coping skills and create a life worth living!

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why kelp?

diving into our mental well-being can feel like exploring an entirely new world - sort of like diving into the ocean.

but just like the ocean, the inner workings of our brain and our internal systems is fascinating and worth gaining knowledge & insight about

also, asking for help can be scary and overwhelming - especially when you don't know where to start or who you can turn to. so, maybe it's a little easier to ask for kelp

counseling approach

i integrate the following models, theories, and lenses to create a unique, strength-based approach for each individual:

  • eye movement desensitization and reprocessing [EMDR]
  • solution focused brief therapy [SFBT]
  • mindfulness
  • cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] & dialectical behavioral therapy [DBT] informed
  • trauma informed
  • holistic psychology
  • feminist/women empowerment
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specialty areas

  • anxiety symptoms
  • PTSD/trauma symptoms
  • OCD-presenting symptoms

what else might this look like?

  • poor self esteem/body image
  • trouble managing stress
  • functional addictions
  • disordered eating
  • difficulty with life transitions
  • imposter syndrome
  • relationship difficulties
  • personality "disorders"

location & fees

in-person appointments:

9200 montgomery rd.#23b cincinnati, oh 45242

telehealth appointments:

licensed to provide services throughout ohio

*evening & weekend scheduling available*


  • $100/session - sliding scale available
  • HSA accepted
  • OON benefits statement available (super billing)

read about the benefits of self pay therapy here!

about me

my name is stephanie merrilees. (she/her/hers, ally) i am a licensed professional counselor and have my phd in counselor education & supervision. i've been counseling since 2016 in a range of settings, including community mental health, substance use recovery, integrated care, and private practice. i also volunteer with nami in their support groups and in our own voice presentations. mental wellness is at the center of all i do - i am passionate about helping people live the life they deserve to live. i know how hard life can feel at times because i've felt it - and i am honored to help individuals when they are in these vulnerable positions.

outside of the mental wellness world, i'm the biggest bay area sports fan you're going to find - especially in the midwest. i've got a west coast soul, but my heart is in ohio. if i'm not watching football or basketball, you'll probably find me at the gym, listening to music, traveling, or spending time with my partner and my kitties, oracle & chase.

  • 2014: B.S. in psychology & english from muskingum university
  • 2018: M.Ed. in clinical mental health counseling from kent state university
  • 2022: Ph.D. in counselor education & supervision from university of cincinnati
  • trained in emdr through EMDRIA
  • trained in motivational interviewing through NEOMED

ready to dive in?

i believe that people come to counseling not only because they want to change - but because they are actively trying to change. let's make it happen!

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reach out via phone or email:

call/text 513-764-5360