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Ashley E. Poklar, PhD

Employee Spotlight

Help us celebrate Dr. Poklar as she just received her Phd!!

Dr. Poklar is a postdoctoral psychology fellow, currently supervised by Dr. John Glovan, Psy.D. Dr. Poklar provides therapy and formal assessments for individuals aged 4 and up with an approach that is aware of the systemic, cultural, and familial impact on individual well-being. She uses an integrative approach in her work with clients and families, providing psychoeducation, skills-building, and a safe space in which individual can practice skills, try new ways of interacting, or explore new or difficult thoughts and feelings. Dr. Poklar welcomes the use of play, art, music, drama, and friend/family member participation in sessions for clients who express an interest.

Dr. Poklar has experience in using formal assessment to gain insight and provide recommendations for children, youth, and young adults experiencing difficulties in academics, interpersonal interactions, or engaging in a fulfilling life. She is competent in assessing clients’ intelligence, personality, ADHD, Autism, symptom profiles, and family dynamics. Dr. Poklar is also well-equipped to aid parents in navigating the process of seeking special education services in public school districts.

Dr. Poklar earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC. She earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Cleveland State University. She has engaged in therapy and assessments in several community based agencies in the Cleveland area, and has recently completed her predoctoral internship at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton, OH.

"I have found growth can occur in many different ways: upwards, outwards, and inwards."

New Year's Resolution: Evaluation Time

Feature Article by Cathryn E. Knezevich, PCC

It's that time of the year where the weather is breaking and spring seems to be rapidly approaching. It may still be February but we can all imagine sitting by the beach or pool on a beautiful day in June. Thousands of Americans made the New Year's Resolution to get in shape, but less than 10% stick to their goal. A healthy eating and living lifestyle is one of the best resolutions to make. Clean eating and working out have never ending physiological and psychological health benefits. There's no better time to reevaluate a goal like the present. Let's talk game plan!
1) Realistic: Is your goal realistic or attainable? Having a "diet" where you eat 4 lemons a day and nothing else isn't realistic. That's called crash dieting for a reason. Instead of measuring your success by the number on the scale measure it by how you feel. Start small with something like skipping the pop machine and opting for water.

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How Does Stress Affect My Physical Health

Featured article by John A. Glovan, Psy.D. Director, Health and Wellness Program

We all experience an array of daily emotions, both positive and negative. Each one of these feelings or emotions creates an effect upon our bodies, again both positive and negative. When we engage in positive thoughts and behaviors or encounter pleasant events, our brains release “happy hormones” such as serotonin, endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin or “natural pain killers” such as enkephalins.

Conversely, when we engage in negative thoughts and behaviors or encounter stressful events, both good or bad, our bodies release “stress hormones” such as cortisol which overtime can weaken the body's immune system, making one more likely to get colds, illness, infections or chronic health issues and pain.

During these times of stress or negativity we may also be less inclined to take care of ourselves. We may not feel like exercising, eating nutritious foods or taking medicines as prescribed. Abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other illicit and prescription drugs may also be a sign of poor emotional health.

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