Non-judgmental help

By Nicole Walby

Staff Writer

Tiffin native Michelle Clinger has been named the site director at Firelands.

Clinger’s role with Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services of Seneca and Wyandot Counties will allow her to provide clinical and administrative oversight of the Tiffin and Upper Sandusky offices.

“I am thrilled to be back working in my hometown again,” Clinger said. “I find it very exciting that many of the same leaders that were working here in the past are still providing their services to the people of Tiffin.”

Clinger previously has worked at the Sandusky Valley Center and the Betty Jane Center. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University, master’s from the University of Dayton and Ph.D. from University of Toledo. Clinger is a licensed psychologist and licensed professional clinical counselor.

What got Clinger invested in the mental health field was not allowing people to suffer, she said.

“Especially when there is help available to them,” she said. “I believe in the basic goodness of people.”

Clinger said she is passionate about assisting those who are experiencing an emotional disorder/mental illness and/or substance use disorder.

“It is so exhilarating to observe people going through the change process and leave services feeling like they have an improved quality of life,” Clinger said. “I think that the most important aspect about the mental health field is that services are provided in a non-judgmental and confidential atmosphere so people can feel comfortable and trusting about reaching out for help.”

“I am also very impressed with the staff I have inherited,” Clinger said. “They provide good, quality care and are very passionate about what they do. I have also found that being linked to the Firelands Regional Medical Center permits access to resources and support that allow us to heighten even further the quality of the services that are being provided to the Tiffin and Upper Sandusky areas.”

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