Meet Our Counselor Trainees

Cornerstone Family Services is committed to increasing accessibility of Christian counselors and furthering counselor education in Central Ohio by providing internship opportunities for counseling graduates. Each Counselor Trainee (CT) is required by the State of Ohio to log 600 hours of supervised counseling before receiving their Licensed Professional Counselor designation. Each counseling session is reviewed with their supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S). After reaching the 600-hour milestone, CT’s are required to pass the National Counselor Exam (NCE) to receive their Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) designation.

During the training and supervisory period, state law prohibits interns from receiving direct compensation for their counseling services. Through the internship program, Cornerstone provides no-cost counseling services for social agencies such as Mental Health America of Franklin County (MHA), as well as low-pay counseling for economically disadvantaged clients. Fees collected from low-pay clients go directly to Cornerstone to support our mission of providing quality professional mental health care to anyone in need, regardless of financial means.


Marla Antunes, CT

Focus: Anxiety, College, Depression, Relationships
Phone: 614-459-3003 ext 815

Marla Antunes CT is a counselor trainee under the Supervision of Seth Evans LPCC-S. She is in her final semester of graduate studies in the Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary.

Professional Focus:
I am passionate about working with adolescents and adults on their paths towards wellness. My areas of clinical focus include adjustment issues, anxiety, college, depression, and marriage and relationships.

Personal Interests:
When I’m not at Cornerstone, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my rescue cat, Milly. I also spend my free time reading, rock climbing, skiing, and hiking.

Rebecca Capistrant, CT

Focus: Depression, Anxiety, Adolescents, Trauma, Grief and Loss, College students, life transitions, young women, spiritual struggles
Phone: 614-459-3003 ext 810

Professional Focus:
Rebecca Capistrant is attending Ashland Theological Seminary for her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She is under the supervision of Tracy Whiteside LPCC-S.

Personal Interests:
Rebecca is a recent transplant from the Atlanta area having been an early childhood educator for nearly ten years.  Her bachelor’s degree is in elementary education from Bradley University.  In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and teaching Jazzercise.

Abby Kohlbacher, CT

Focus: Adolescents, Children, Families
Phone: 614-459-3003 ext 813

Abby Kohlbacher is a counselor trainee getting her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary. She received her BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Abby is currently under the supervision of Chad Kays LPCC-S.

Professional Focus:
Abby is interested in play therapy and internal family systems therapy. She tends to have a person-centered approach when counseling clients.

Abby Kohlbacher CT works with clients in the following areas: Adjustment Issues, Adolescents, Adults, Anxiety, Career Counseling, Children (ages 6+), College Students, Depression, Families, Grief, International Students, OCD, Parenting, Relationships, Spiritual Issues, Sports, Stress.

Personal Interests:
I am passionate about helping people recognize their strengths, and that they have something unique and special to offer. In my spare time, I love cooking and making new recipes, going hiking, playing volleyball, and riding horses.

Caitlin Strack, CT

Focus: adolescents, Anxiety, Grief
Phone: 614-459-3003 ext 811

Caitlin Strack is currently a Master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Ashland Theological Seminary. She has a Bachelor’s of Art degree from The Ohio State University in Psychology and two minors in General Business and Human Development and Family Science. Caitlin is supervised by Tracy Whiteside, LPCC-S.

Professional Focus:
Caitlin is passionate about helping people toward mental wellness. Caitlin’s areas of interest in counseling are mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions, boundary issues, as well as grief and loss issues. Caitlin enjoys working with adolescents, college students, and Christian workers, leaders, and missionaries.

Personal Interests:
When Caitlin isn’t at Cornerstone, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jack, and their friends and family. She also enjoys reading, time outdoors, and hosting people for dinner.

Gwen Verhoff, CT

Focus: Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Women’s Issues
Phone: 614-459-3003 ext 814

Gwen Verhoff is attending Ashland Theological Seminary for her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University. She is under the supervision of Chad Kays, LPCC-S.

Professional Interests:
Gwen is passionate about walking alongside people during difficult times in their lives and helping them get to know themselves. Her areas of clinical focus include grief and loss, women’s issues, anxiety, and depression.

Personal Information:
Gwen enjoys spending time with her husband and children preferably outdoors hiking, gardening, kayaking, or taking care of her backyard chickens. She also enjoys cooking for family and friends and loves to read.