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Rita Kanareff, LPCC

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Depression
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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.

Professional experience

18yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Depression

Additional areas of focus: 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, Abandonment, Attachment issues, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Control issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and shame, HIV / AIDS, Impulsivity, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

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

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

OH LPCC E.0008276-SUPV


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.

I have went through a handful of therapist to fit my needs. Rita has been attentive, great listener, and gives me helpful advice. I would recommend her anyone I know.

Written on Nov 30, 2023 after therapy with Rita for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Rita is kind and always listens to my concerns. She has helpful, practical advice with just the right balance of clinical ideas. I would recommend her to anyone who struggles with executive dysfunction and/or trauma.

Written on Nov 06, 2023 after therapy with Rita for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Really amazing therapist! She has helped me probably more than she knows. She listens to all my random thoughts and concerns and offer me advice when I need it. 10/10

Written on Sep 27, 2023 after therapy with Rita for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Rita is an excellent therapist. She finds the right balance of professionalism and levity in our sessions and provides an appropriate level of challenge and support. She is generous with her time and will do what she can to accommodate irregular schedules. As a client, I feel seen and supported.

Written on Jun 06, 2023 after therapy with Rita for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I’m very happy with Rita.

Written on Mar 13, 2023 after therapy with Rita for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Rita is very kind, insightful, and helpful. She knows what she is doing when it comes to trauma therapy and explains things well.

Written on Mar 08, 2023 after therapy with Rita for 2 weeks