Who Are We?
CounselingWise is the work of Becky DeGrossa, who has been contributing to the world of online marketing for therapists since 2007. After earning a degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly and spending 20 years at IBM, Becky pursued a master’s in psychology and became a successful therapist. Now she combines her technical, marketing, and psychology backgrounds to serve the therapy community, and has helped hundreds of therapists in the fine art of website communication. Becky is a “process nerd” meaning that she LOVES Learning something new…Testing it out to see if it works…Tweaking it so it works better…and then Systematizing it so it can be done over and over. This predilection has resulted in efficiencies that range from…yes, the loading/unloading of the silverware basket in her dishwasher…to…rapid increases in marketing effectiveness for her clients. In her spare time, Becky loves hanging out with two-year-olds, reading good novels, and listening to thought leaders while on the beach in Maui.
Our Team of Amazing Folks
Administrative and Marketing Assistant
Project Manager | Strategy Consultant
Alyssa is from Hermitage, Pennsylvania, a small town nestled between Erie and Pittsburgh. Alyssa received her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design with a minor in English from Robert Morris University in 2014. In 2019, she received her Master of Arts in Communication Technology from Point Park University. If she is not working, you can typically find her reading a book, making and selling crafts, and focusing on her freelance business. She enjoys being in the sun and in the water when the weather cooperates, and she also enjoys writing and hopes to someday publish her own books. She also enjoys spending time with her three cats. Alyssa loves helping clients achieve their goals and looks forward to helping as many people as she can.
Aimee is originally from the UK, but moved to Colorado in 2018 after living in Spain for the previous 7 years. She graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK with a Bachelors in Biology in 2009. Before working at CounselingWise, she worked in various program management roles in the education field. During this time, she also completed a coding bootcamp to learn the basics of web development. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their one year old son and their dog, going hiking, cooking and learning new things.
A Midwestern native, Laura now goes wherever the Navy sends her and her husband, two children, and Blue Heeler—Bear. Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Public Health from the University of Illinois Springfield in 2017. Since earning her degree, she has gained experience in project management, marketing, and web development through her work with various entrepreneurs throughout the military community and in the civilian world, as well.
When she isn’t making magic behind her computer screen, Laura spends most of her time wrangling her rambunctious kiddos, enjoying the beach, or reading any book she can get her hands on. If her husband is home, they enjoy watching The Office, Psych, and Monk. If he is deployed, you can find Laura watching Hallmark Christmas movies on repeat and eating way too much popcorn.
Mohammad is a professional web developer, who upholds a strong inclination towards technological advancements and enjoys internet surfing to discover cool stuff around the web.
Lance was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He currently lives in St. John, IN. Lance has a degree in Art from Grambling State University as well as a degree in Interactive Multimedia from Columbia College Chicago. He enjoys taking new web designs and bringing them to life. He enjoys learning new things from each project he takes on. When he is not working he loves doing things with his family: traveling, taking long walks, little league baseball games, cheerleading competitions, etc. When the kids allow him to, he enjoys watching all things Chicago sports.
Website Copywriting Team
Writing Department Coordinator | Editor
Carola received her formal education in her native, Germany, where she also learned English. Her love affair with creativity – particularly drawing and writing – began early in her life. Many years later, after coming to the United States, Carola began working as a substitute teacher. During those years, she enjoyed helping children of various backgrounds and ages, including those with special needs. Eventually, she put all her time and energy in homeschooling her two teen-aged sons. It was them that sparked her renewed interest in creative writing. The knowledge Carola acquired throughout the years and through her ongoing volunteer work has proven to be invaluable to her writing endeavors. In 2015, she joined CounselingWise, which has provided her with new opportunities to expand her experience and skill as a writer/editor. A geek at heart, Carola loves watching, reading, and writing sci-fi stories in her private time. When she’s not space-bound, she enjoys knitting, baking, and painting…here on earth.
Copywriter | Editor | Writing/Editing Coach
Copywriter | Editor
Copywriter | Editor
Mamie was born and raised in Denver, Colorado before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2008 to attend Reed College. There, she studied Russian, linguistics, and completed a thesis that focused on representation of suburbia in post-war American fiction. After graduating with a degree in English, Mamie began her life as a starving artist, serving tables and starting her first novel. While that book remains unfinished, she has published cover stories, essays, and profiles for a variety of outlets, including Portland’s alternative weekly newspaper, The Mercury. Alongside her work for CounselingWise, she reviews and edits college admissions essays on a seasonal basis. When she is not reading or writing, her time is spent with her beloved husband, sister, and two chihuahua mixes.
Russell Livingston III
Editor | Copywriter
Russell is a freelance writer/editor based in Hampton, Virginia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Full Sail University, graduating as one of the top in his class. He dreams to make a career writing for films and television. His passion for the written word has brought forth a wide variety of projects throughout the course of his career thus far. In his spare time, Russell enjoys watching a binge-worthy series, spending time with loved ones, or working his other occupation as a Guest Services Manager. With his extensive background in both writing and customer service, Russell understands what it takes to assist someone in achieving their goals.
Jennifer has lived in San Diego, California, for the past 25 years, her previous place of residence having been a 40-foot sailboat in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to her five-year sojourn in the Caribbean, she received a B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara. For over twenty years, Jennifer worked in the commercial real estate industry in San Diego. However, in 2018, she decided she was ready for a change. She shifted gears to pursue her passions as a birth doula and writer. At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jennifer launched a collaborative writing project which resulted in ten novellas being co-written with other authors that all began with the same paragraph. She is also active in the San Diego improv community, both performing and teaching improv.
Michelle was born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachians and has been a Kentucky girl her whole life. Since she was a young girl she’s loved to get lost in the magic of imagination in books or the magic of nature exploring the mountains in her own backyard. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Psychology and a BA in English in 2013. Michelle has always had a passion for mental health awareness and since graduating she’s worked in community mental health centers, substance use prevention, with her local health department, and as a suicide prevention trainer. Her passion for reading and writing never dimmed. She’s a published fiction author and has been freelance writing for the last five years. Nowadays, she lives in charming, small-town Kentucky with her husband, child, and their three dogs. When her nose isn’t buried in a fantasy book, you can find her training dogs, exploring the outdoors with her son, or drinking vanilla tea lattes at her favorite tea shop.
Blog Writing Team
Aisha Geaither Simmons
Blogging Coordinator | Editor
Blogging Coordinator | Editor
Brittani is a freelance writer with a background in digital marketing and a published poet. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in English and Creative Writing minor. She’s currently a freelance copywriter and also runs her own jewelry and needlework business. She lives with her two four-legged feline roommates, Lenore and Stevie, and dreams of traveling the world to experience the beauty of other cultures.
Blogging Coordinator | Editor
LivBirdsall is a writer and copyeditor interested in art, literature, travel, yoga, and all things sustainability. She is passionate about living an Earth-friendly lifestyle and exploring interdisciplinary connections. Outside of work, she enjoys teaching yoga, gardening, cooking, reading, and breathing fresh air. She lives in Columbus, OH with her plants and her betta fish.
Sophie Cherry lives in southwest Ohio with her husband, two small boys, one dog, two cats, and 15 chickens. Sophie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication-Public Relations from Anderson University in 2010, and a Master of Arts in Apologetics from Houston Baptist University in 2018. Before working at CounselingWise, Sophie worked as a program coordinator for an MFA in Creative Writing, on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Since moving to Ohio, she’s worked as a stay-at-home-mom and application reader for Miami University of Ohio. When she isn’t chasing after babies or collecting chicken eggs, Sophie enjoys running, golfing, hiking, skiing, and rock climbing.
Madison is a writer of all kinds based in Columbus, OH. After graduating from The Ohio State University in 2019, she became the editor-in-chief of 1870 Magazine, where she produced 8 monthly editions and kick-started the company’s first podcast, Off-Script Ohio. She now works as a Social Media Copywriter, Part-Time Blogger, and Freelance Editor. Madison enjoys writing poetry, songwriting, and performing in songwriter rounds with other local musicians (plus the occasional pick-up volleyball game). On the weekends, you can find her thrift shopping yet again or watching Big Brother with her two cats, slowly building up the courage to audition for the reality TV show.
Jane is a freelance writer and New Jersey native currently based in Norfolk, Virginia. She earned her BA in English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and she decided to go abroad to study for her MA at University College Dublin, where she started freelancing part-time. Upon returning home, she chose to pursue full-time freelancing, and today, she creates content for small businesses, startups, and nonprofits. She loves reading, cooking, and traveling at every opportunity.
Born and raised in West Virginia, Katrina Reid moved to Berea, Kentucky in early 2012 and is in love with her picturesque, postcard town. She’s a published short story author and has been a freelance copywriter and editor for seven years. Flower and herb gardening is one of her favorite hobbies alongside baking and crocheting. In 2016, Katrina graduated with a degree in Health Information Technology but chased a career in writing instead. Married to her best friend, they’re raising four children and two pitbull rescues together. When she’s finished at her computer for the day, Katrina snuggles with her dogs and children (or both) to read. She’s a bibliophile, but her favorite genre is high fantasy.