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The Counseling House

Providing a comfortable environment for holistic personal healing.

Lynn VanFossen


I am very excited to join the team at The Counseling House!  My great passion in life is helping people, especially children and adolescents aspire to their greatest potential physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I believe that we all learn and process information differently, so I use many different techniques in a therapy session including play therapy, writing and art therapy.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Social Worker, Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified School Counselor and a Certified Teacher (K-8 and Reading).  In addition to working at The Counseling House, I work for Wood County Schools as a Elementary School Counselor.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Glenville State College and a Masters Degree in Community Agency /School Counseling from WV Graduate College.  Growing and nurturing things is my passion.  I am a Master Gardner and a Beekeeper.  My husband and I have an extensive flower garden that is also a certified Butterfly Garden.  In addition I am honored and privileged to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer for some very special kids!




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Patricia Groom MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor; Practice Owner.

We are living in an exciting and challenging time in history. I believe it is our divine right to be healthy, happy and prosperous. I believe in the mind, body connection and in a holistic approach to treatment.​ Research shows that the most effective treatment includes a combination of therapy and medication. Of course that does not pertain to every case.


I make every effort to keep up with the most recent treatment modalities in order to enhance my therapeutic approach.


Erin Neff APRN,  PMHNP


Erin has been serving the MOV community as a nurse practitioner for many years and has recently joined our team.  She has a background in family practice medicine with her focus and specialty being mental health medication management in patients ages 5 and up.  She completed her post-master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree at the University of Cincinnati and is nationally certified as a nurse practitioner in family practice, as well as psychiatry/mental health.  She is passionate about providing holistic and compassionate care to our community.


Hernando Escandon


Has provided outpatient counseling services to local clients with mental health and/or substance abuse issues since 1994. He received a Master's Degree in Counselor Education from Ohio University in November1993.

In addition to holding the Licensed Professional Counselor (with the Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor designation) credential in WV, he is an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Supervisor, a Master Addiction Counselor, and a Certified Criminal Justice Professional. He also holds all of the equivalent credentials that are offered by the state of Ohio. He is currently President of the West Virginia Certification Board for Addiction and Prevention Professionals and has served on that board since 2012.

He has provided group counseling for domestic violence perpetrators since 1995 and served on the committee formed by the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence which both developed a Batterer's Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) curriculum and trained new facilitators throughout WV in its use. He was a contributing author to the most recent revision (2010) of the best practice standards for Barterer's Intervention published by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network.

Mr. Escandon is currently the Director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Day Report Center (DRC) headquartered in Parkersburg, and has worked at that facility since 2005.He provides individual, marital, and family counseling services at the Counseling Houseduring the evening weekday hours.



Thomas R. Foster Ph.D.


is a clinical psychologist who recently joined the staff at the counseling house. He obtained his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University, where he graduated con laude and with distinction. Dr. Foster earned his master and doctorate degrees from the University of North Dakota. He did his internship at the University of Texas Health Sciences at Dallas. Dr. Foster has worked in mental health agencies both as a clinician and as an administrator. He moved to West Virginia and has worked as a therapist in mental health facilities as well as in private practice settings since then in both inpatient and outpatient settings.He specialized in adult psychotherapy and in utilization of hypnosis in psychotherapy.


Tara Y G Welty


Opened her acupuncture practice at the Counseling House in October of 2013. Licensed in both Ohio and West Virginia, she is also board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In 2016, Tara was named to the West Virginia Board of Acupuncture as well as opening a second practice in Athens, Ohio.

Tara began her study of complementary therapies based in Oriental Medicine in 1998, beginning with Plant Spirit Medicine and continuing with Jin Shin Jyutsu and Zero Balancing. She graduated from Ongiara College of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in 2012, receiving her Diploma of Acupuncture after completing over 3500 hours of study. She has an additional 1400 hours of postgraduate education in acupuncture as well as being a trained Auricular Detoxification Specialist (NADA protocol).

An avid traveler and explorer from an early age, Tara received her undergraduate degree in Diplomacy and International Security from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  During that time, she studied in both France and Moscow. She has also lived abroad in Canada and Scotland, as well as extensive travel in Europe and Asia.

Tara is an enthusiastic educator and public speaker. She regularly gives talks on healthy living from the perspective of Oriental Medicine. During her time at Ongiara College, she was also a member of adjunct faculty teaching Western herbalism, homeopathy and naturopathic first aid. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Tara began studying the cultivation and use of medicinal herbs from a young age. A lifelong gardener, she is never happier than when her hands are in the dirt or driving a tractor.


Dianna S. Quick


is a native West Virginian. She has been licensed in Ohio and West Virginia since the late 90's and has worked in the mental health field since then. Dianna has attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, Marshall University, and Westminster Choir College. Her mental health degree is form Ohio University. Her first masters is in vocal performance. Dianna's degrees include a BA, MA, and M Ed. This practitioner is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She treats depression, anxiety, personality disorders, sexual abuse and trauma including PTSD. Dianna also treats people with dis-associative identity disorder. She does Christian counseling. Also, she sees people with relationship issues which include grief • Dianna resides in Vienna with her husband. Her widowed daughter and grandson live in Huntington.

She is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Dianna is currently a member of vestry.