Lesley A. Cross, MA, LPC
Lesley is a licensed professional counselor who is the proud owner of Bridges Counseling of Worthington. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management & Economics from Mount Union University in Alliance, Ohio and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. Additionally, Lesley is a Certified Coach as well as an Infidelity Recovery Specialist. Lesley’s mission is to helping people to live intentionally and wholly, even when life presents challenges and pain.
Lesley believes that counseling is not a “quick fix” to the struggles of life, but by using an empathetic and results-oriented approach she works with her clients to ensure goals are identified and a therapeutic plan is outlined to push forward toward healing and progress. She strives to serve her clients by balancing behavioral and cognitive approaches, equipping clients with effective behavioral strategies as well helping to process mental blocks and trauma. As a coach Lesley is passionate about helping talented people achieve at the highest level - both personally & professionally- and finding ways to push past barriers and delays.
Lesley’s professional experience consists of over 14 years of experience in working with populations she is passionate about helping, including working with students at the collegiate level, with survivors of sexual assault, couples entering marriage as well as those facing times of struggle including couples working through infidelity and dedicated not only to saving, but improving their marriage, and professionals facing career confusion, frustration or delays. She has been a speaker for church, women’s groups, collegiate, and business functions.
Lesley holds counseling and coaching sessions in the office but is also available for phone and Skype sessions when clients are unable to meet in person.
Why the name Bridges?
One of Lesley's favorite scents has always been along the Olentangy Trail and its wooden bridges. As a lifelong Worthington resident, she spent time riding her bike over those bridges as a child, running them with high school sports teams, and now walking there with her family. The distinct smell of the bridges is one that always created a calm, peaceful and memorable feeling. When thinking about the name of this counseling practice, incorporating that feeling was important. The image of the bridge kept coming back and it occurred that there are so many bridges throughout life- physical and emotional. Some people have bridges to cross in life relationships. Others have built bridges. Some have burned them. And some people struggle to forget “water under the bridge.” Regardless of the bridges in your lives, they are important and ones that Bridges Counseling of Worthington is passionate about helping you with.
870 High Street, Suite 203
Worthington, Ohio 43085
A Healing Relationship for your Personal Journey
Each counseling session is approached with a balance of compassionate but motivational tactics regardless of specific issues. Many clients struggle to understand why they are unable to reach their goals, so through the counseling relationship it is important to challenge and motivate compassionately. Working with clients to gain insight and consistency toward their therapeutic goals and changes is critical.
Each person is unique, created by God.In the counseling process, connection with that person where they are is of utmost importance. Being a Christian counselor means that personal faith in Jesus Christ is reflected in the counseling approach and style. There is no prayer in session, unless desired by the client, nor is counseling spiritual in nature. Working with a Christian counselor is for those who value spirituality in their own lives.
Annie Nicol, MSW, LSW
Annie is a Licensed Social Worker with a heart for children and families. In order to equip today’s youth to reach their full potential, Annie will draw from her experience ranging from behavior management, adolescent psychiatric care for at-risk teens, and counseling in church, agency, and inpatient environments.
In order to help the next generation sort through the many challenges that life brings, Annie is a willing advocate for her clients while equipping them with the tools they need to cope with difficulty.
Annie specializes in helping children and teens struggling with the following issues:
•Behavioral struggles •Lack of self-esteem •Bullying •Strained family relationships •Anger management •Not fitting in •Coping with loss •Navigating through life changes
Annie is a firm believer that today’s youth have an inherent worth given by God and strengths that can benefit us all. She is committed to unveiling those strengths for her clients and their families, and leveraging them to impact society.
Annie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Cedarville University and a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Edinboro University.
Kala Johnson, MA, LPC
Kala received her Professional Counseling degree from Liberty University in 2010. Currently she focuses her treatment on anxiety-related disorders including panic attacks, PTSD and social anxiety. Additionally, Kala obtained specialized training to work with individuals who suffer from hoarding, which is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions regardless of their actual value.
In addition to helping people who have anxiety, Kala frequently works with adults who feel defeated by depression and past trauma. She realizes that when not addressed, these mental health disorders show up in a wide variety of ways that significantly impact a person’s day-to-day life, including emotional over-eating, codependency, impaired boundaries, and/or complicated grief. It is Kala’s goal to not only teach new coping skills, but to help her clients experience complete wellness.
Kala integrates psychodynamic counseling, (finding the “root” of the client’s struggle), with more future-oriented techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) in an effort to personalize the treatment to the individual. Every client is unique and Kala works with each one to address his or her challenges; more importantly, to uncover and enhance their strengths.
Kala brings many years of life experience to her counseling practice. Through her own counseling and faith, she has learned the value of working through life’s challenges from beginning to end. She offers phone sessions for those unable to come to the office. She is also available to speak at women's groups, churches, or other engagements.