Meet Us

Kristine M. Campbell, MD, PhD

“A lifelong love of science and biology led me to my first career in Bacteriology and Molecular Biology, in which I studied the tiniest of organisms. Over time, I became intrigued by the idea of learning about people, the most complex of all living things. In medical school, I was introduced to Psychiatry and discovered the profession I had been searching for all along.  As a psychiatrist, I use my understanding of medicine as I evaluate the interactions of physical illness and psychological symptoms.  I use my scientific expertise to design rational medication treatment regimens and monitor for drug interactions.  But I use my heart and soul as well as my mind, when I am with my patients.

It is a great privilege to have people share their innermost thoughts, dreams, hopes and fears with me.  I learn something from my patients every day and I am honored to be part of their lives.

My goal is to deliver high quality psychiatric care by understanding the whole person in the context of his or her history, circumstances, medical status, family, cultural background and spiritual beliefs.  Building a trusting therapeutic relationship and partnership is the foundation for providing excellent treatment. I am skilled in both psychotherapy and medication treatment.”

 

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.

I recently joined DeBalzo, Elgudin, Levine, Risen LLC. Prior to this, 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.”

 

Cassandra Goodman, LPCC-S

“I have always had a passion for helping others. My education began in psychology where I pursued internships in a variety of settings in order to develop a career path that would fit me well. I moved here to attend graduate school at the only school in Ohio that has a Master’s program in both counseling and art therapy. As an artist, it was important for me not to ignore my other passion and what I believe to be an extraordinary therapeutic tool for healing. After practicing in the field for a few years, I found that sexual health concerns were a taboo topic that many clinicians fail to incorporate in their work. I believe patients deserve a safe place to share and work on struggles in all aspects of their lives.

During an initial evaluation, my goal is to develop an understanding of what each individual patient is seeking and provide a thorough consultation of how to direct treatment. The majority of my patients see me for talk therapy only, but some choose to incorporate art psychotherapy as one of our counseling modalities. I have experience seeing individuals and couples of all ages and with interests in: anxiety, depression, sexual health issues, sexual addiction, gender identity issues, personality disorders, and interpersonal issues.”

 

William C. House, Ph.D.

“Even when I was an adolescent I found the differences among people and the way they interacted with others to be fascinating. In high school one of my classes contained a segment on psychology. This exposure to the discipline of psychology solidified my interest in the investigation of people’s thoughts, feelings, and actions and resulted in my choice of psychology as my college major. Subsequent to the completion of my graduate training I joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Case Western Reserve University, where I was engaged in teaching and research. At the same time I worked in an outpatient clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at what is now Metrohealth Medical Center. I later changed my academic appointment to the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University and worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Metrohealth Medical Center as a practicing psychologist until I joined the group practice of Levine, Risen and Associates (which is now DeBalzo, Elgudin, Levine, Risen LLC) a few years ago. Throughout my entire professional career I have worked with a great variety of interesting people to try and help them resolve a multitude of personal and relationship issues. Today I enjoy working with adults of all ages to help them resolve various concerns including sexual issues, anxiety, depression, marital problems, and many other types of personal and relationship challenges.”

 

Sarah Jones, Ph.D., Psychology Fellow

I am a postdoctoral fellow at DELR LLC.  I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where I conducted research investigating women’s visual attention to erotic stimuli and potentially related factors.  I completed my clinical internship at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Hospital Centers in New York City and have previously practiced in inpatient and outpatient hospitals, university counseling, and community mental health clinics. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples presenting with a broad range of psychological concerns.  I enjoy working with diverse individuals, including those who struggle with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, relationship and sexual concerns, and physical, sexual, emotional, or combat trauma.  Psychotherapy must be tailored to the individual, and as such I often incorporate a variety of theoretical and treatment approaches including psychodynamic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  In therapy, I create a safe and supportive space where the impact of prior experiences and relationships can be explored and where patients can be challenged to effect change in their lives.”

 

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.

 

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.”

 

Candace B. Risen, LISW-S

“I came to Cleveland to pursue a graduate degree in social work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, not knowing that I would establish roots here and make Cleveland my home. My graduate internship at the University Hospitals Department of Psychiatry confirmed that I was where I wanted to be and that working with people who were suffering from emotional issues was my calling.

I have always strived to bring the core values of my social work background into my practice of psychotherapy-values of compassion, acceptance, and respect for the multiple forces that come together to make us who we are. While I have enjoyed a professional career of treating a wide range of issues and problems, I developed along the way a special interest in reaching out to people with problematic sexual behaviors who might not otherwise be understood or helped. My patients have taught me a lot over the years and for that I will always be grateful.”

 

Justin E. Shelton, Psy.D.

“I am a licensed clinical psychologist with experience in the treatment and assessment of adolescents, adults, and couples. I trained and practiced in inpatient care, community mental health and college counseling. I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients including those with anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral issues, relationship and sexual concerns. Primarily, I prescribe to Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT); however, I incorporate various other approaches and theoretical perspectives, specifically Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I have always been interested in the experiences of others and the complexities which lead to our behavior. Exploring these aspects of a patient’s life is one of the most humbling and privileged aspects of my work. I appreciate working with patients in their adolescent to adult years and believe in balancing a supportive and empathic environment, while still challenging patients to face discomfort and to create meaning change.”

 

Miki Wieder , MA

“Following a lifelong passion to understand and help each person or couple deal with their own struggles in a highly empathic, respectful and professional manner has given me the privilege of working with many people over decades.  In addition to a general adult practice, I have developed special interests in problems with intimacy and sexuality, women’s issues, relationship conflicts and partners of sexually compulsive men.  I look forward to the opportunity of being helpful to you.”

 

Abraham W. Wolf, Ph.D

Abraham Wolf received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Mississippi in 1980 and his Ohio psychologist license in 1981. He has been in private practice at his current location since 2012 and specializes in individual psychotherapy with adults and couple’s therapy.

In 1980, he joined the staff of the Department of Psychiatry at MetroHealth Medical Center, serving as Associate Director of Adult Outpatient Services and director of psychotherapy training for the residency program until his retirement in 2012. He is Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University. He is a fellow and past-president of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association and the recipient of its award for distinguished early career contributions. In 2016, he received the Life Achievement Award from the Cleveland Psychological Association. He serves on the editorial board of several professional journals including Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Research, and The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. He is the author of over 60 articles and book chapters and regularly presents at national and international conferences on topics in psychotherapy.