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 Joel Wharton, MA, LPCC-S (Supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor)


Joel is the Director of Pathways and started this practice in September 2006, after establishing a successful private practice at Cornerstone Family Counseling in Columbus, Ohio in 2001.

Prior to his counseling career, Joel served the needs of abused children and teens as an Advocate and Children’s Services Caseworker in Ohio and Florida. Currently, Joel works with adult individuals and couples to address a variety of mental health and relational concerns. Joel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with degrees from Miami University and Asbury Theological Seminary.

Joel and his wife Kari have been married 21 years. They have three children ages 16, 13, and 12.

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Chad Wilt, MA, LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor)

Chad Wilt joined Pathways Counseling after graduating from Ashland Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling. Chad is also a Smalley Marriage Coach specializing in 2 and 3 day marriage intensives.  To find out more about The Smalley Marriage Intensives please visit https://www.smalleyinstitute.com/p/smalley-intensive-program   A licensed Professional Counselor,  Chad works with adolescents, adult individuals and couples, coming alongside them as they overcome relational and mental health issues.  In addition to Ashland Theological Seminary Chad also graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Music Education. Chad and his wife Melanie of 20 years have three children ages 19, 17, and 15.

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    Davia L. Stevenson, MACC, LPCC, NCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor)

Davia is a  Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who works with adult women and men, adolescents, couples, and families, helping them grow toward mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational health. She is also passionate about helping individuals and families facing challenging medical diagnoses to accept, adjust and thrive through their circumstance. Davia believes that every experience, whether loss, hurt, fear, triumph or victory can be purposed to move you toward your fullest life.

She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association and the Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling. Davia has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, attended law school at Loyola University of Chicago, and her Masters in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Davia has been married to Eric, her college sweetheart, for 31 years. She is the proud mother of two adult sons, one daughter-in-love, and the best untrained dog ever.

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Joel Hardin, MA, LPCC, LICDC, NCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor, National Certified Counselor)

Joel sees counseling as an effective way to help people move toward emotional, relational, and spiritual health. Joel works with adults, adolescents, couples and families at two locations: Pathways' main office in Westerville and a satellite location in Lewis Center (5175 South Old State Road). 

Joel's past career has included work at Maryhaven, counseling adults and adolescents with mental health or substance use issues. He has also worked with adolescents at the Delaware Area Career Center, providing support, short term counseling, and crisis intervention, as well as Dublin Springs Hospital, working with patients in inpatient and outpatient settings. Before becoming a licensed counselor, Joel helped people find healing and wholeness as a pastor at churches in Lewis Center, Delaware, Westerville, and the OSU campus area. Prior to that, he worked as a licensed architect.

Joel earned his Masters degree in Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary, and he also holds Masters degrees in Architecture and Business Administration from the University of Illinois. Joel has been married to his wife, Edie, for 28 years, and they have three children, 24, 18 and 15. He enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, motorcycles, and house projects.

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Barry Thompson, MA, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor)

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