Chelsey Zulia, LPC, NCC

Eating Disorders Counselor
Lindner Center of HOPE

Chelsey Zulia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and serves as the Eating Disorders Counselor within the Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program.  She has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).  Chelsey serves as an individual and group therapist for patients with eating disorders on the adult inpatient units, residential units, partial hospitalization program, and intensive outpatient program.  Chelsey also serves as a group therapist for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center inpatient and partial hospitalization programs at Lindner Center of HOPE.  In addition to direct clinical services, Chelsey provides eating disorder trainings to staff and students, facilitates an eating disorders family support group, and co-leads community events, such as, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Walks.

Prior to her current role as a counselor, Chelsey served as an OCD/Anxiety Specialist and Mental Health Specialist at the Lindner Center of HOPE on the inpatient and residential units.  This is where she gained experience and a passion working with patients with eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Chelsey earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2020. She completed her practicum and internship fieldwork at the Lindner Center of HOPE.  During her fieldwork, she provided individual and group therapy for patients with substance use disorders and trauma on Sibcy House and Williams House.  Additionally, Chelsey co-lead outpatient groups in mindful eating and self-compassion.

Chelsey holds memberships in the American Counseling Association (ACA), International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP), Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and the international honor society for professional counselors, Chi Sigma Iota, Theta Chi Sigma chapter.

Areas of Specialty and Interest:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT)
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)


  • 2010-2014 B.S. Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2017-2020 M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL


  • 2019 Practicum, Lindner Center of HOPE, Mason, OH
  • 2020 Internship, Lindner Center of HOPE, Mason, OH

Licensure and Certification:

  • 2021 Licensed Professional Counselor, CSWMFT Board, Ohio, #C.2103138
    • Directly supervised by Dr. Chris Tuell, Ed.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
      • CSWMFT Board, Ohio, #E.0002161-SUPV
    • 2021 National Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors, ID# 1429950


Sidney Hays, MSW, LISW, DARTT

Outpatient Therapist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Sidney Hays serves as an outpatient therapist at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She works with both adult and adolescent patients. Sidney earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati, after earning a BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She was named Psychology Student of the Year in 2015 and was a teaching assistant for introductory Psychology courses.

Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, Sidney assisted in serving the mental health needs of inmates at Warren County Jail during her graduate training. She also trained in the social service department of a community non-profit. After graduate school, she served as a day treatment therapist, working with adolescents. Prior to entering graduate school, Sidney volunteered and worked in various youth and student ministry positions for 10 years. Most recently, Sidney served as the Partial Hospitalization Program Social Worker here at the Lindner Center of Hope, where she gained experience treating patients with eating disorders.

Sidney has devoted significant time to specialized training in trauma treatment. She is certified in Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapy and enjoys working with patients who have experienced hurt and chaos in their families of origin. Sidney has also done training in TF-CBT, Seven Challenges addiction treatment, and Trust Based Relational Intervention, which trains caregivers who are caring for kids from hard places.


  • 2014-2016  B.A.            Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2017-2019  MSW          Social Work, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Licensure and Certification:

  • 2019 Social Work License, Ohio Social Work, Counselor, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board
  • 2021 Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapist, Healing our Core Issues Institute

Ronald Freudenberg, Jr., MA, LPCC-S

Outpatient Therapist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Mr. Freudenberg has over 13 years of experience working as a licensed clinical counselor and serves as an Outpatient Therapist with the Lindner Center of HOPE Professional Associates.  Freudenberg practices as a generalist, working primarily with adults as well as older adolescents with a range of mental health and substance use issues.  His main focus is individual therapy, although open to seeing some couples as well.

Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, Freudenberg worked as a clinical supervisor at the Clermont Recovery Center.  Prior roles included Diagnostician/Clinician (CRC/GCGHS), and prior to that, 8yrs as an Outpatient Generalist Therapist (MH/SUD) in community mental health (GCBHS: Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services.)

He has a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Xavier University, and is an independently licensed professional clinical counselor (with supervision designation) in Ohio.

Areas of Specialty and Interest:

  • General adult mental health and addictions therapy
  • Individual and couples counseling
  • Counseling supervision
  • Chemical dependency counseling and education
  • Relationships and communication
  • Career issues/counseling

Also has experience with parenting, anger mgmt. counseling and education.

Also of interest:

  • Health and wellness (fitness, athletics, weight loss)
  • Stage of life transitions
  • Spirituality


  • 1998  BSBA, Xavier University
  • 2007  MA Community Counseling, Xavier University

Licensure and Certification:

  • State of Ohio, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision Designation  (LPCC-S)


Catrina Spicer , LISW-S

Outpatient Therapist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Catrina Spicer is an experienced member of the psychology outpatient department at Lindner Center of HOPE. She provides outpatient therapy for young adults, adults and advanced age adults with anxiety and mood disorders utilizing evidence based practices based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and solution and strength based techniques. Additionally, she provides behavioral health treatment in the areas of relationship counseling, is part of the outpatient eating disorder treatment team and has an interest in grief and women’s services.

Prior to joining Lindner Center of HOPE, Ms. Spicer worked in the behavioral health department at a large primary care physician practice, providing brief, solution-focused interventions that are problem-specific and focused on improving self-management skills and functioning. The skills were based on DBT and ACT interventions, with built-in measurements to assess patient outcomes. Additionally, Ms Spicer worked in a Corporate Health division within a large health care system, providing individual, couples and family counseling for adolescents, adults and the elderly. Ms. Spicer has considerable training and professional experience working with many psychiatric disorders including mood disorders, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders. She has dedicated many years to working in areas such as Women’s medical and behavioral health services and serving and supporting the bereaved.

Areas of Specialty and Interest:

  • Women’s Health
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Holistic approach to wellbeing
  • Anxiety

Licensure and Certification:

  • Member of NASW

Heather A. Connor, LISW-S

Outpatient Therapist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Ms. Connor serves as an outpatient therapist at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She provides individual and family based therapy in the Outpatient Practice. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and is a member of the Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program. As a part of the program she provides services in the outpatient, adult partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and residential programs.

Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, Heather served as an outpatient therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center serving adolescents and families providing individual, family-based, and group therapy in the outpatient setting. Ms. Connor also has past experience working in community mental health and has experience providing care in both the inpatient and residential settings. She also previously served as Manager of Social Work, Recreation Therapy, and Spiritual Care at the Lindner Center of HOPE.

In addition to her interest in eating disorders, Ms. Connor also has interest in working with anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, trauma, and working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. She is trained in Family Based Therapy (FBT) and has taken part in specialized trainings through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Her approach also utilizes skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).


  • 2001-2005 Bachelors of Science (BS), Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences, Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • 2007-2009 Masters of Social Work (MSW), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


  • 2007-2008 Internship: Psychiatric Emergency Services, University Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2008-2009 Internship: Residential Chemical Dependency Program, Veteran Affairs Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Licensure and Certification:

  • 2009: Licensed Social Worker, S.0901173
  • 2011: Licensed Independent Social Worker – Supervision Designation, I.1200343-SUPV

Nicole Mori, RN, MSN, APRN-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Lindner Center of HOPE

Nicole Mori serves as a Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Lindner Center of HOPE, with a primary focus on adults with mood disorders and obesity.  In her role at the Research Institute, Ms. Mori is involved in all aspects of the research process, from screening, evaluating and managing study participants, to the preparation of papers for publication.

Ms. Mori has extensive experience as a Registered nurse and in advanced practice.  She is dually certified as a Family nurse practitioner and as a Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, which enables her to address the needs of complex patients holistically.

She joined the Research Institute at the Lindner Center of Hope in 2008.  As a researcher, Ms. Mori has served as co-investigator, study clinician and coordinator for numerous clinical trials ranging from mood disorders, to obesity, eating disorders and PTSD.

Ms. Mori has co-authored more than 20 original peer-reviewed published articles on the topics of binge eating disorder and obesity, pharmacotherapy of eating and mood disorders.  She has served as an invited expert exam content writer for the American Nurses’s Credentialing Center, which provides the only national certification for Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.

Areas of Specialty and Interest:

  • Eating Disorders (binge eating focus)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obesity
  • Psychopharmacology in medical comorbidities

Melissa Ray

Assistant Nursing Manager
Lindner Center of HOPE

Missy Ray serves as Assistant Manager of both adult inpatient nursing units at the Lindner Center of HOPE.  Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, Missy worked in a 59-bed acute psychiatric hospital as the Director of Nursing.  She has also managed an inpatient psychiatric unit and partial hospitalization program in an acute medical hospital for many years.  In addition, Missy has experience in corrections, outpatient community setting and adjunct clinical instructor for Wright State University.  Missy is experienced with regulatory surveys and has been involved and taken the lead in many.


  • 1999 Associates Degree Nursing, Miami University
  • 2016 BSN Ohio University

Valerie LK Martin, MDiv., GRMS

Spiritual Care Coordinator
Lindner Center of HOPE

Valerie Martin oversees the spiritual support program, serving the spiritual & faith needs of patients, families and staff.  Her Team meets with patients who want to include spirituality and faith in their ongoing recovery, helps provide for patients’ spiritual and religious requests while at LCOH, and leads Enrichment groups.

Her passion is helping people know their worth and purpose, while developing and maintaining a healthy spirituality that supports recovery and wellness.  She focuses on encouraging a holistic approach to good mental health and advocates for healthy community support for patients and families.

Valerie completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education here at the Lindner Center and at Vineyard Cincinnati Church, where she served on the pastoral care team for six years. Valerie has also been a volunteer in the church’s Growth and Healing Ministry (Life Reset) for many years.

As a Grief Recovery Method® Specialist, Valerie is certified to facilitate this evidence-based program that can help people deal with unresolved grief.  Helping others navigate loss is a sub-specialty for which she is continuing her training.

Ordained as a chaplain with International Fellowship of Chaplain in 2007, Valerie is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains, the Spiritual Care Association & the East North Central Community of SCA.

In another life, Valerie worked as a non-profit professional specializing in fund-raising, board and volunteer management & public relations, where she was known for her skill in consensus building. Just prior to joining Lindner Center, Valerie worked with court-referred clients as a life and career coach.  She is a freelance writer and authors a blog, More Hope and is a member of hope*writers.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Spiritual Distress and Spiritual Struggle
  • Worth of Personhood
  • Grief & Loss
  • Spiritual Exploration
  • Crisis Support


  • 1986 B.A. Communications, Wilmington College, Wilmington OH
  • 2013 M.Div. Liberty Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA

Kimberly Spivey, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lindner Center of HOPE

Kimberly Spivey is a board-certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner at Lindner Center of HOPE. She serves adults in the inpatient and outpatient setting by providing holistic mental health care, including medication management.

Kimberly graduated summa cum laude and earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from The Ohio State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Christ College of Nursing where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Mary Deegan Leadership of Nursing Award. She earned an Associate Degree in Nursing at Gateway Community & Technical College and graduated summa cum laude. Kimberly is an active member of the Neuroscience Education Institute and has completed the Master Psychopharmacology Program.

Prior to becoming an advanced practice registered nurse, Kimberly served as a registered nurse for more than 12 years. She cared for adults on the inpatient and residential units at The Lindner Center of HOPE where she worked closely with psychiatrists and gained experience in psychopharmacology and working with people struggling with a wide variety of mental health concerns. This is where she became inspired to continue her education so that she could provide more specialized care to those in need.

Kimberly’s practice is evidence-based, trauma-informed, and incorporates the mind-body-spirit connection.