Allow us at B2AW to leverage over 20 years of experience in the counseling, education, education, nonprofit and business consulting fields and take some of the load off as you allow someone to accompany you on this journey towards greater peace. Believe to Achieve Wellness (B2AW) was created in 2020 to give you hope.
Nearly every client says this style fits well with their needs to achieve their therapeutic goals:I am REAL and say it like it is as you learn new ways to solve your stress and interrupt life or family patterns that contribute to that stress. I have traveled and worked overseas, experienced many other cultures, and enjoy working with those with deep cultural roots. As a first generation Italian-American, I speak Italian as well as Japanese and some Spanish. I also have a large Catholic following and we can integrate nearly any faith and cultural background into counseling, if requested, as sources of strength.
I find it empowering to journey with teens, parents, women, couples, to find real solutions to life’s challenges. Contact me today (link to the reach out page).
I look forward to working with you.
Kay Metzler grew up in a large Catholic Italian family and is a proud product of the Akron Public Schools and St. Vincent-St. Mary. She has been married over 20 years and has a few children here on Earth and a few “cheerleaders” in Heaven spurring her on this journey where she truly enjoys every minute of working with her clients and families.
Kay is well versed working with families with high praise from her long-established relationships in Northeast Ohio. She is known for guiding blended families, those of mixed faith, mixed racial and ethnic identities. With one parent “fresh off the boat” and another who was first generation, Kay grew up having to be independent and advocate for herself and a brother on the autism spectrum. In her home, a combination of English, Sicilian, & Italian was spoken with Kay spending many months with family in Italy. Kay then learned French, Spanish, & Japanese and traveled all over Europe, Japan, Australia and Latin America for fun and consulting projects. Recently, she returned from a planning expedition in Costa Rica and will soon take a group of therapists on a much-needed retreat to rest, relax and heal.
She has used her languages for her global consulting work over the years and dives in when she is able to learn why and how your faith and cultural transitions shape and mold you. She seeks to learn something new each session about how your perspective may be impacting what is bringing you to counseling.
In general, Kay tends to diagnose “up” meaning that even if you have a history of several diagnoses, your assessments and responses to questions as you develop a relationship will be used to determine your official diagnosis. For billing purposes, insurance companies require some mental health diagnosis after the first appointment. She will often begin with the “lightest” diagnosis possible. Kay will utilize a temporary, called provision, diagnosis and then will be transparent with you as/if that diagnosis needs to change.
At B2AW, we believe knowledge is power. Rather than relying on Dr. Google to self-diagnose, allow your therapist to leverage their years of training to determine the best diagnosis for you. In the interim, this info may be helpful but should NOT be relied upon to determine with 100% accuracy to know what is occurring in your case. Kay Metzler is known for what is called differential diagnosis==sifting and sorting out confusing and often overlapping symptoms that could be indicative of a myriad of diagnoses. She is often the expert called into challenging school IEP cases where educators, parents, intervention specialists and school counselors feel they have tried everything but do not know what to do next. She is also known for connecting many of her female clients to trusted area medical professionals when medical concerns, especially endocrine or hormonal, may be the culprit or a contributing cause of many mental health symptoms. In other words, a formal mental health diagnosis may change over time as the medical or academic concerns are worked through in a collaborative team environment.
In the interim, you can scroll through these various mental health diagnoses to help in providing the main symptoms that are occurring to your sessions.
Kay’s experience includes more than 8 years of counseling leveraging a strong foundation developed in two of the larger community mental health agencies in our area (Child Guidance & Family Solutions and Red Oak Behavioral Health based in Akron Public Schools), then as a School Counselor in public and Catholic schools specializing in the IEP process and as a parent advocate and student advocate. For Believe to Achieve Wellness, she primarily operates under the LPCC and MFT licenses below while still retaining her knowledge as a School Counselor.