Meet Us

Linda DeBalzo, MSN, CNS

“I am a native Clevelander and have had the privilege of treating thousands of patients in our local communities over my years in practice. I am a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, skilled in providing psychotherapy and medication evaluation and management for patients struggling with a wide range of emotional difficulties and life stresses. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and my Masters of Science in Nursing at Boston University. My goal and focus with my patients is to partner with them in building a therapeutic relationship that allows us to thoroughly evaluate and understand their problem and concerns, and to develop, implement, and evaluate a quality plan of care to address them.”


Larissa Elgudin, MD

“In my youth, reading and learning about human relationships and the way people experience the world always fascinated me. I chose psychiatry as a field in the early years of my medical school training. I was interested in treating the complexity of people’s emotions, mind, and body. During my adult psychiatry residency, I selected to pursue a subspecialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. I am skilled in treating children, adolescents, and adults as well as families. As a psychiatrist, I value a psychotherapy approach that helps me to recognize the whole person within the scope of his or her family, culture, and health status. I have an extensive expertise and knowledge in major psychiatric illnesses, including attention deficit disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, gender dysphoria, sexual health and intimacy issues. For many years, I have also been working closely with internationally adopted children and their families.

Prior to joining DeBalzo, Elgudin, Levine, Risen LLC, I served as Chief of Department of Behavior Health at Kaiser Permanente Ohio and worked as a psychiatrist there for many years. I am a Clinical Instructor at the Department of Psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. I am Board Certified in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.”


Aryeh Graber, PhD

“I am a licensed clinical psychologist at DELR LLC. I have had the benefit of being trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, across diverse treatment settings, which have collectively informed my clinical practice. Above all, I aim to foster a genuine and trusting therapeutic relationship which I believe to be the cornerstone for any type of personal growth, and strive to match treatment interventions to each person’s goals, strengths, and motivation. I enjoy working with individuals across the age spectrum experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, coping with chronic or serious medical illnesses, and various relationship challenges. I also have a particular interest in providing psychological and cognitive assessments for both children and adults who are interested in gaining a greater understanding of their particular challenges. I believe strongly in utilizing a collaborative and integrative therapeutic stance, and I often incorporate cognitive-behavioral, schema-oriented, and mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches in my work. I aim to assist people in developing concrete and achievable goals over the course of therapy and to carefully monitor progress along the way. I provide brief and longer-term psychotherapy and am happy to provide appointments in the evenings.”

Jeffrey A. Karp, Psy.D.

“I work collaboratively with my patients to help deepen their understanding of themselves while making progress towards their identified goals. For many adults, therapy can help them understand the roles they played within their family growing up and how those roles impact their relationships and behaviors presently. For children, therapy can help them process their emotions and strengthen relationships with their family members. I utilize play therapy and emotion regulation techniques with children while also supporting their caregivers. I believe parents are the experts on their children, and patients know themselves best.
After earning my Doctorate in Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2012, I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Rappahannock Area Community Services Board in Fredericksburg, VA, and post-doctoral fellowship at an inpatient hospital for children and adolescents in Richmond, Virginia in 2013. I have had the opportunity to work at a wide range of mental health organizations including public and alternative schools, residential facilities, and outpatient mental health clinics focusing on treating children, adolescents, adults, and their families. From those experiences, I have learned the importance of approaching therapy systemically and collaboratively. I look forward to helping my patients feel empowered in and out of sessions.”


Julia Leb, LPC, M.Ed

“I began my career journey in education and social justice work in Boston, which eventually led me to mental health counseling. I completed my Master’s in Counseling at John Carroll University and my clinical internship in Cleveland. I later worked in correctional settings and established a private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. I have lived in places all over the world, where I have loved learning about different cultures and people, and I am excited to be back in my hometown of Cleveland.

I find that I have always been interested in and inspired by people. Life transitions, relationships, daily stressors, and our individual journeys have the potential to bring us joy and growth as well as pain. I love helping my clients develop their self-awareness and to build strategies to cope with life’s challenges. We can work together to help you to move forward in life and achieve your goals.

I feel that it is a privilege to provide a non-judgmental and safe space for us to explore whatever comes up for you. I work with adolescents through older adults and I utilize mindfulness, strength-based and insight-oriented approaches. Sessions are tailored to individual client needs. I specialize in depression, anxiety, identity issues, life transitions, relationship and family dynamics, and postpartum concerns.”


Stephen B. Levine, MD

Dr. Levine is an experienced psychiatrist who values psychotherapeutic processes with individuals, couples, and families, with or without the use of psychotropic medications.  He has a long interest in sexual problems and in teaching young professionals how to assess, understand, and treat problems that occur within the ambition to love and be loved.  He is the author of a number of books and journal articles on this subject.



Lois Nicholson, MSN, CNS

“I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. I earned my degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing from Case Western Reserve University and have made the Akron/Cleveland area my home and center of psychiatric practice.

I have a love of nature and travel which helps me with understanding people from all walks of life. I believe it is important to have a holistic approach to psychiatric care. Assessing the physical pain is only one part of healing. Addressing emotional health and evaluating social aspects impacting one’s life is equally important. I believe in using all the clinical tools available for treatment that include psychotherapy and medication management.”


Anna Novak, LISW-S

“When I started my master’s degree at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, one of the things I was confident about was my desire to work with children and their families. My field placement at Crossroads in Lake County only solidified that as I had the chance to work with many families of various socioeconomic statuses and with a wide variety of issues. I became passionate about helping parents find more effective parenting and discipline strategies and became a certified Love and Logic Facilitator.

Over time and through my private practice journey, I realized I had a special interest in specific areas of sexuality including sexual compulsion/deviance and gender dysphoria. As a way of combining my experience with children and families, I specialize in treating children and adolescents experiencing varying degrees of gender dysphoria. I also enjoy treating couples and individuals.”


Brittany K. Sommers, PhD

“I was drawn to psychology because I value learning about my clients as they share their stories of both challenge and resiliency.  I received my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Andrews University and have experience working with diverse clients in community and university settings. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and couples with concerns related to anxiety, bipolar, depression, emotion regulation, personality, relationships, sexuality, spirituality, and trauma. I have a special interest in working with clients with self-injurious behaviors. In the counseling room, I aim to build a safe therapeutic relationship which fosters both acceptance and change. I draw mainly from relational therapy and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) approaches. I look forward to working together as you develop new skills, meanings, and ways of relating.”


Sholom Stern, LPCC, PhD

“One of my core beliefs is that no two individuals are the same. I work hard to understand, at a deep level, the person I’m working with in the therapeutic setting. My practice is informed by a variety of psychological modes of practice and theory including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, gestalt psychology, behavioral theory, and developmental theory. I also have a deep interest and training in mindfulness techniques and clinical hypnotherapy. My original training was from John Carroll University where I received my Masters in Counseling. This was followed by a doctoral program at Kent State University where I earned my Ph.D. This formal training is constantly enhanced by the discussions I have with my patients in session. I often see patients for issues including depression, anxiety, sexual disorder, interpersonal issues, and grief. In addition, I work with families and children around family dynamics, difficult or defiant behaviors, and ADHD. I learn a significant amount from each of the individuals I work with and am grateful for each one’s unique story and perspective.

Seeking to understand a person from a variety of perspectives provides me with a more complete picture, which can be drawn on throughout the therapeutic relationship. One’s family, social, medical, spiritual, educational, and vocational history are valuable areas that often lend helpful perspective. Combining understanding with warmth and compassion allow me to connect deeply with the person in front of me. It is an honor to be given permission to enter another person’s life in this meaningful way.”


Jessica Taibl, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

“I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, providing psychotherapy and medication evaluation and management to children, adolescents, and adults. I grew up in Chicago and have since made Cleveland my home. I received both my Master of Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. I believe in a holistic approach to care and enjoy working with people to meet specific individual goals. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space where we can work together.”