Offering Therapy to Individuals, Children, Couples & Families

Charlotte Simms Dabbs, Ph.D. Psychologist

Laura Lewis Extejt Ph.D.
What Clients Need To Know About Me

Dr. Dabbs was born and raised in Cleveland. However, she lived in New Orleans, Miami (Florida), and Atlanta, before returning to northwest Ohio. She sees psychotherapy as a healing process based on the power of relationship and experienced through conversation.


Dr. Dabbs has built a general practice that includes couples, families, and individuals of (almost) all ages. Her areas of emphasis include child and adolescent concerns, marital counseling, parenting, abuse survivors, coping with chronic and catastrophic health challenges, and end-of-life issues.


Dr. Dabbs’ approach to therapy is fundamentally client-centered. She believes that her clients are experts on their own lives and are, therefore, valued partners on the therapeutic journey. Her techniques are eclectic: chosen to suit the needs of the individual. In her work with children and young people, Dr. Dabbs often uses play and art therapy techniques.


For those clients who are interested, Dr. Dabbs is ably assisted by Pablo, her therapy dog. Pablo has numerous qualifications including being a non-shedding, hypoallergenic Havanese and poodle mix with melting brown eyes and a desire to please. Pablo brings a non-judgmental attitude and unconditional love to all aspects of his work. His specialties include cuddling, comforting, and anxiety-reduction.


EDUCATION

  • BA, Northwestern University
  • MA, Tulane University
  • Ph.D., University of Toledo

EXPERIENCE & TRAINING

  • 2006 to Present:
    Marriage & Family Therapy Associates of NWO
  • 2004 to 2006:
    The Psychology Group of Greater Toledo
  • 2003 to 2005:
    Lucas County Family Drug Court
  • 2001 to 2002:
    Unison Behavioral Health Group
  • 2001:
    Alternative Directions Counseling Center

CLASSES AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Pathology in Mental Health
  • Social Class & Multicultural Competency
  • Co-creating Hope to Facilitate Change
  • Qualitative Research in Gifted Education
  • Living & Leave-taking: Coping with Terminal Illness
  • Primary Prevention of Eating Disorders
  • Dating & Relationships for Adolescents
  • The Care and Leading of Children: Parenting for the 21st Century

GROUP EXPERIENCE

  • Facilitator, Toledo Lung Cancer Support Group
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Survivors of Sexual Abuse

CURRENT AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Diagnosis & Treatment of Mental Disorders
  • Disorder in Children and Adolescents
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Marital Therapy
  • Parenting Skills
  • Life Transitions
  • Coping with Chronic & Catastrophic Health Issues