Clinical Team

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At Gestalt Columbus we are pleased provide individual, family and parenting psychotherapeutic services with our team of talented clinicians.

Matt Dunatchik, LPCC-S

Managing Partner, Clinical Director

Matt is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – Supervisory Credentialed who graduated with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Dayton. He has worked in a college counseling setting as well as with adolescents in an Intensive Outpatient Group Program. He is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio. He works with teenagers and adults as well as parents and families.

Libby Steele, LPCC-S

Managing Partner, Clinical Director

Libby is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – Supervisory Credentialed with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Dayton. She is a warm, energetic and dedicated therapist with a direct style. Libby works closely with individuals and their families to provide a supportive and engaging environment for real and lasting change. She is especially skilled in listening to and working with parents.

Holly Gilbert, LPCC

Partner

Holly is a Gestalt trained Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who completed her graduate training at Columbia University and Wheaton College. She is a warm, personable individual who has a significant passion for helping individuals reclaim all parts of themselves and, through the therapeutic relationship, become a more integrated person. Holly works with children, individuals and families and believes that providing an accepting and nonjudgmental environment is integral in any counseling process.

Amy Carek, LISW-S

You will find Amy’s style to be empathic, empowering, and effective in addressing a range of presenting problems. Her approach uses your strengths to find solutions. She has 12 years of experience working with children, individuals and families and is a certified School Social Worker with extensive experience working in schools with staff, families, and children to overcome behavioral, emotional or social challenges that interfere with success in school and at home. Additionally, Amy holds certifications in Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction, Trauma Informed Practices and the Youth Yoga Project. Amy believes that all people have strengths, resources, and capabilities that can be used in the change process.

Rachel Chwalik, LPC

Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Dayton. She has experience working with children, teenagers, and adults and has assisted many individuals through the challenges of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, trauma, and life transitions. Her experiences have allowed her to cultivate a sense of appreciation and understanding of everyone’s unique life story. She believes in providing a safe, open, and non-judgmental atmosphere to allow each client to be their authentic self. Rachel is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy for ages 8 and up. More information about this powerful work can be found here.

Brooke Daugherty, LPC

Brooke is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Dayton. She has a background in Speech and Hearing Science and has honed her counseling skills across several fields from teaching, to pharmacy.

Broke hopes to see others thrive and not just survive in their life, seeing others get unstuck and move forward is her aspiration. She offers a safe and friendly environment in which one can feel free to openly discuss and explore any areas of their life that they would like to improve. 

Abbey Short, CT

Abbey is a Master’s level Counselor in Training (CT) completing her degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Dayton. She is warm and creative in her approach to working with clients of all ages. Abbey has a background in child development and enjoys helping parents and families learn to set healthy boundaries and have meaningful connection.

Avi Stein, LPC

Avi is a licensed professional counselor with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University. Avi works with teenagers, adults and families and has significant experience providing a safe environment for clients who have experienced trauma, struggled with anxiety and depression, and have trouble connecting with others. Avi’s recognizes that everyone has their own individual needs and believes in the importance of meeting clients where they are. Currently, Avi is only seeing client’s virtually.

Elizabeth Williams, LPC

Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Dayton. Elizabeth’s experience includes school, community agency and private practice settings. She approaches counseling in a client-centered way in order to guide and support clients to help them reach their goals. Elizabeth helps teens and adults of all ages to navigate the challenges that come with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship issues and life changes. She uses a multi-modal approach in session in order to help clients to heal, build coping skills, and gain back control over their lives. Clients can expect Elizabeth to be warm, friendly, and challenging in sessions.

Hunter Bracale, CT

Hunter is a Master’s level Counselor in Training (CT) completing his degree through Capital University. Hunter has a background in early childhood counseling (MA in School Counseling) and has completed internship placements in both elementary and junior high school settings. He is a patient and empathetic counselor adept at using his natural curiosity to guide clients of all ages through a growth process. He is particularly skilled in working with younger children and teens and partners often with the Gestalt Columbus team in supporting families.


Carey Hilovsky, Office Manager

Carey has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University where she studied hospitality management and received an early education teaching license from Capital University. She previously worked in the Los Angeles events and restaurant industry and then went on working as a preschool teacher once she was back in Ohio. Carey is married with 3 young children and currently serves as the office manager for Gestalt Columbus.

Ivy leads our welcome committee and is responsible for comic relief. She is an excellent listener who puts clients at ease with her friendly and accepting personality. She works on a part time basis as she spends a large portion of her time focused on her biggest passion- chasing squirrels.

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