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Vavro & Associates, Ltd.
Polo Building
7200 Center St.
Suite 100-E
Mentor, Ohio

Kathy Vavro, MEd., LSW, PC-S
Phone:  (440)554-0923
[email protected]
Chris Vavro, MA, MSW, LSW
Phone:  (440)413-4637

Counseling / Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCBT):
 Mindfulness may be fundamentally understood as the state in which one becomes more aware of one's physical, mental, and emotional condition in the present moment, without becoming judgmental.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy aims to help clients grow and find relief from symptoms of mental illness through the modification of dysfunctional thinking.  MBCBT helps people better control their thoughts, rather than be controlled by them, and develop new, positive behaviors to replace dysfunctional ones.


EMDR links traumatic memories to the rational brain, which knows that the experience happened in the past, which reduces or eliminates ‘flashback’ symptoms.  This modality also shifts negative beliefs about ourselves that result from the trauma (e.g., I am permanently damaged, I deserved it, I am powerless, etc.) to positive beliefs that are objectively true. EMDR may be used to treat symptoms from anxiety and depression to severe trauma.

Couples Counseling:

An approach to counseling that incorporates principles from years of research in supporting couples in identifying both strengths and challenges in the relationship.  Focus on supporting trust and commitment, as well communication tools that bring clearer connecting of thoughts, feelings, and vision for the relationship moving forward.


Mediation is structured, problem solving approach to identifying issues, communicating effectively, and reaching solutions that work for all parties involved.  This is an effective intervention during the  dissolution/divorce process in reaching a parenting agreement that is focused on what is in thee best interest of children, as well as dividing assets in a fair manner.

Healing Arts

Therapeutic Yoga:

Therapeutic yoga is a wholistic approach to making connections to how the body, thoughts, and emotions are connected and powerfully impact one another.  Includes learning simple ways to work with these connections to support the nervous system, and relieve negative stress.


Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

Guided Imagery/Visualization:

An intervention based on the concept that your body and mind are connected. Trained practitioners facilitator the client’s use of all senses, which the body seems to respond as though what you are imagining is real. A relaxed state can be achieved through imagining all the details of a safe, comfortable place, such as a beach or a garden. This relaxed state may aid healing, learning, creativity, and performance. It may help clients to feel more in control of their emotions and thought processes, which assists in improving attitude, health, and a sense of well-being.