"The purpose of life is a life of purpose."
Kathleen Avegno Bonie, Ph.D.
Owner and Director

Dr. Bonie, who earned her doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati, is a licensed psychologist and certified Gestalt therapist in the state of Ohio, and upholds the highest professional and ethical standards.

Since 1973, Dr. Bonie has evaluated and treated adolescents with learning and behavioral difficulties. She specializes in the treatment of adults who have experienced physical/sexual/emotional abuse and the feelings that follow…helplessness, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.

Using cognitive-behavioral methods, relaxation techniques, and Gestalt therapy, Dr. Bonie helps those with stress related problems, chronic pain, and life-threatening illnesses. She assists couples in developing the problem-solving and communication skills necessary for a stable, loving relationship. With a positive, holistic perspective, Dr. Bonie guides others in coping with the end of a relationship, death of a loved-one, and the feelings of loneliness and fear that may accompany life's unpredictable crises.

Dr. Bonie was on the staff of Franciscan Medical Center, Dayton Campus, until its closing in August, 2000. She has offered services since 1992 to the PALS for Life Breast Cancer Support Group. For over four years in her private practice Dr. Bonie co-facilitated group therapy for women cancer survivors on a weekly basis. With sensitivity and caring Dr. Bonie addressed the needs of the group members in an holistic way by integrating her experience and training in group therapy with that of energy healing, such as Healing Touch, Reiki, Pranic Healing, and ChiLel Qigong.

In 2007 the Noble Circle Project for women surviving cancer selected Dr. Bonie to be the recipient of the “Noble Award in the Healing Arts.” Inscribed on the award are the words:  “We recognize and honor your professional skill and achievement, your compassion for those in need, your openness to complementary healing, your service to women surviving cancer, and your support of the Noble Circle Project.”
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  K. Denise Stewart, MSW, LISW-S

Denise enjoys the opportunity to assist individuals, couples, and families in finding the solutions that work best for them in solving life's problems. Approaching these difficulties from a strengths-based perspective, Denise empowers others to find their own solutions through a variety of therapeutic methods, including Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, assertiveness training, and client education. Furthermore, Denise believes that what is affecting one person likely impacts their various social systems, and also utilizes family therapy as necessary to address these social impacts.

Licensed as an Independent Social Worker in the State of Ohio since 1994, Denise is qualified to provide mental health counseling to individuals, couples, families, or groups, and has the qualifications to supervise other Social Workers seeking their independent licensure as well. She graduated with
Highest Distinction
from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 1989 and received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Indiana University-Indianapolis in 1991. She has maintained membership in the National Association of Social Workers since 1991. Although born a Hoosier, Denise
has managed to embrace the Buckeye way of life since moving to Ohio in 1991.

Denise is experienced in helping children, adolescents, and adults gain a richer more satisfying life. Her employment history includes working with clients in outpatient mental health offices, residential facilities, and inpatient hospital settings. She has led therapy groups for clients as young as three and as old as eighty, covering issues such as anger management, chemical dependency, problem solving, and self-esteem. She blends humor with compassion and succeeds in breaking down difficulties that clients have presented into manageable pieces. With her years of experience in helping clients resolve issues of depression, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, blended families and other life adjustment difficulties, Denise is ready and willing to assist clients in removing the stumbling blocks to health, success, and happiness in their lives.

Twice receiving the United for Better Service Excellent Customer Service Award, and a recipient of the Family Spirit Commendation from Saint Francis Hospital Center in Indianapolis, Denise is able to offer her clients the kind of service they want and deserve. Her clients may laugh, they may cry, but they will grow into the healthier and happier persons that they want to be.


Heidi Spiegel, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.-S.

Heidi Spiegel is a licensed clinical social worker in practice for over 15 years. She earned her Master's degree from George Williams College at Aurora University in Illinois.

Heidi embraces the opportunity to partner with individuals, couples and families facing challenges on their journey. She has a lovely way of counseling her clients to directly face life's challenges by empowering them to explore solutions, find balance and experience harmony as they heal within themselves and establish a deeper, healthier connection with loved ones.

Her goal is to educate, support and inspire her clients to consciously unwrap the issues that bind them to their current suffering. By incorporating Solution-Focused and Strength Based Therapies, Heidi helps her clients develop skills, insights and action plans to keep them moving in the direction of their highest intentions.

Heidi works with adolescents, adults and couples with a broad range of issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, childhood abuse (emotional, physical, sexual) wounds, chronic pain, mental illnesses, and geriatrics. She has also worked with those with dementia and their caregivers, and those with HIV/AIDS.

For over 10 years she has worked closely with Psychiatrists and Certified Nurse Specialists so has developed a strong knowledge base of psycho-pharmacology. Heidi enjoys expanding her skill set. She has an inherent excitement about learning more about human development in terms of how that applies to our encounters with one another from a cognitive, developmental, spiritual and/or evolutionary model.



Kelly E. Schumann, MSW, LISW-S

Kelly received her Masterís in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She delights in working with adults, children and families while her expertise is with young children. Kellyís child clients have benefitted greatly with her adoption of Theraplay based interventions and directive and non-directive play therapy techniques.

Kellyís therapeutic techniques also include Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) which is especially effective with young adult women. She has extensive experience in community practice, trauma treatment and ministering mental health services to the early childhood population.

Kelly works with a broad range of issues including life transitions, abuse and trauma, grief and loss, parenting avocation, anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, early childhood attachment and empowering parent-child relationships.


  Adelia I. Barone, MA., MS., LPCC-S

Adelia has worked as a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of Ohio for over 20 years. She has enjoyed working with people of all ages, from 2-102. Her experience has been with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She’s also supervised a number of students and counselors in their pursuit of education and licensing. Her educational background includes a Bachelors in Music Education from West Virginia University, Master of Christian Education from Methodist Theological School of Ohio and Master of Science degree from Wright State University. Adelia uses a variety of treatment methods including play therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, attachment therapy, trauma therapy, solution-focused therapy and bibliotherapy. Her belief is that it’s most important to develop a treatment plan that utilizes what is most beneficial for each person and their unique situation and needs.

Adelia has advanced training and experience with children and family issues, parenting, reactive attachment, substance abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, developmental disorders, couples issues, spiritual issues, bipolar and schizophrenia symptoms. It’s important to note that Adelia has the ability to assist clients in learning how to use their strengths in times of stress, anxiety and conflict to ascertain options for improving their daily lives.

Adelia approaches counseling as a gift … to be allowed to enter into the life of another human being to work on their innermost thoughts, feelings and behaviors. To her, counseling is a “sacred ground” of opportunity to empower people to learn to live in harmony with themselves and the world around them.


Our Support Staff

Brenda L. Mullins
Office Manager
Brenda is a dynamic administrative professional with more than 20 years of experience in business environments. She possesses outstanding leadership, communication, organizational, creative and team-building competencies. Brenda is accomplished at managing financial, daily and on-going operational and staffing activities. Her willingness to work with and help clients is exemplary and she thoroughly enjoys interacting with and supporting the entire PPC family.

Helen Halcomb
Health Insurance Specialist
It is without a doubt that Helen is a master at insurance claims processing and the credentialing of therapists onto insurance network panels. Her outstanding memory and attention to detail are beyond compare. We, at PPC are indeed fortunate to have Helen in charge of our billing and insurance department.

Deanne Peter
Assistant Health Insurance Specialist
Dependable, reliable, and trustworthy are only a few of the high compliments that characterize Deanne. Her willingness to perform all the tasks necessary to keep our office well stocked with supplies as well as neat and tidy commands our appreciation. Deanne’s compassion and kindness in relating to both new and long-standing clients is of great importance to us. PPC truly would not be the same without Deanne as part of our PPC family.



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