About Me

I am a clinical counselor and art therapist who specializes in the clinical treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss. I special in treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and I have advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). I obtained a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University in psychology and a master’s degree in art therapy from Ursuline College. I am a member of the Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA) and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). My previous experience includes adjunct professor in the master's program for art therapy and counseling at Ursuline College and working with adults and children in inpatient and outpatient settings. I also have an online practice with adults who are experiencing trauma depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and life transitions due to family relationship issues, gender issues, grief and chronic illness.

I enjoy getting to know the individual and match my skills with the best therapeutic approach that meets their unique needs. I have a holistic approach to treatment and my goal is to assist individuals in gaining insight and to gain coping skills that will improve the quality of their life.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 18

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

OH LPCC E.0008276-SUPV


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for RITA KANAREFF. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by S.H. on Sep 22, 2022 after therapy with RITA for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Rita is an absolute angel. She’s so kind and caring, but she also has a very strong sense of helping you prioritize topics when you get lost in them, as well as finding workable ways out of in-the-moment situations. I’ve only been with Rita for a couple weeks, but I already feel very at peace talking to her.

Written by T.R. on Sep 14, 2022 after therapy with RITA for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She's really helped so far and I know there's more to come

Written by A.D. on Jun 07, 2022 after therapy with RITA for 3 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and eating disorders

The few times I've met with Rita have been helpful and enjoyable.

Written by A.Y. on Apr 13, 2022 after therapy with RITA for 2 weeks

For this being my 1st time ever speaking with a therapist I didn’t know what to expect but I’ve truly enjoyed speaking with Rita. I look forward to our future sessions!

Written by K.A. on Apr 12, 2022 after therapy with RITA for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

So lovely, intuitive, kind and good at what she does!

Written by C.A. on Mar 01, 2022 after therapy with RITA for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life

Rita phrases things in a way that is relevant and makes me think. From coping mechanisms that no longer work to nurturing my own growth and development, my sessions with Rita leave me feeling empowered and centered as I navigate the triggers and the trauma. We've only had a few sessions together and already my life is going in a far better direction. Thank you Rita.

Written by K.Y. on Dec 25, 2021 after therapy with RITA for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Rita is absolutely amazing. She is so easy to talk to and has a sense of humor which is something that helps me cope. I look forward to our sessions every week

Written by B.R. on Jul 17, 2021 after therapy with RITA for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem

You have changed my life

Written by A.L. on Mar 07, 2021 after therapy with RITA for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes,

Rita Kanareff is the best therapist I’ve ever had. I had about a decades worth of therapy under my belt before trying better help, and in under two years!!!!!!!! I have been able to make more progress and growth than I was able to in my ten years of traditional therapy. Rita is a an incredible therapist, and I am grateful every day for my “new life” and for the tools and coping mechanisms she has taught me.

Written by R.O. on Feb 19, 2021 after therapy with RITA for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and adhd

She’s so helpful! Has a perfect balance of compassion and humor

Written by B.E. on Dec 30, 2020 after therapy with RITA for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I’ve come to BetterHelp and Rita because my therapist of 30 years is retiring. I really like the questionnaire that focused the issues I want or need to deal with, so they could match me with Rita. I feel like we are a good fit so far.

It is expensive, and worth it to me. But I hope it can be accessible to anyone someday.

Written by M.A. on Dec 13, 2020 after therapy with RITA for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

Online counseling through BetterHelp has given me more ways to interact with my counselor than in person visits. I don’t meltdown either anxiety in a waiting room, I’m not picking up or spreading germs in one either. Things that are normally harder to talk about are easier in writing or when not sitting right in front of another person. I get less stressed and emotional when I can have my session at home where I feel safer.

Written by M.I. on Nov 30, 2020 after therapy with RITA for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Rita was helpful and listened to my concerns. She offered ways to reduce anxiety and stress. Rita also responded quickly to messages and will discuss issues through messaging even if not at your appointment time.

Written by C.O. on Sep 05, 2020 after therapy with RITA for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, sleeping disorders, bipolar disorder, and adhd

She is so sweet and understands me completely, i love her.

Written by R.U. on Aug 26, 2020 after therapy with RITA for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and anger management

Rita is supportive and focussed on what is best for you. She has been very helpful in helping me be a healthier and happier me.

Written by L.I. on Jun 29, 2020 after therapy with RITA for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Rita has helped me so much. She is so easy to talk to and makes me feel comfortable and not judged. She has given me a lot of good techniques to deal with certain issues.

Written by A.U. on Jun 01, 2020 after therapy with RITA for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Thank you so much for listening and understanding me.

Written by T.I. on Apr 03, 2020 after therapy with RITA for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Rita was very respectful of all my needs and concerns. I have tried therapy before and got the feeling the therapist thought i was wasting their time but my therapy sessions now could not be more the opposite. I would highly recommend Rita as a counselor!

Written by B.R. on Mar 23, 2020 after therapy with RITA for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

She is the first counselor I’ve ever had and probably the best I could have ever gotten. She takes what your dealing with and puts in ways for you to more understand and cope with it. She’s patient and let’s you know, everyone is human and everyone has issues and it’s okay. 10/10 would recommend her again and again!

Written by A.L. on Jan 28, 2020 after therapy with RITA for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Rita is extremely caring and supportive. The best counselor that I've ever had.

Written by D.A. on Jan 02, 2020 after therapy with RITA for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Rita has been very helpful during a very turbulent and stressful time in my life. She helped me worked through some very difficult problems and has supported me the entire way.

Written by A.L. on Dec 09, 2019 after therapy with RITA for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and eating disorders

Rita has been wonderful so far. She is so personable and supportive

Written by M.A. on Dec 03, 2019 after therapy with RITA for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Rita's fantastic and thoughtful!

Written by T.A. on Oct 03, 2019 after therapy with RITA for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I’m really enjoying my sessions with Rita Kanareff - she is very smart, empathetic and understanding. I think her counseling will really help with my healing journey.

Work with me!