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Counseling and Art Therapy Faculty
The Counseling and Art Therapy faculty provides a dynamic blend of professional competencies meshed with unique individual strengths and diverse personal approaches. Faculty members bring years of professional experience, having worked in a range of settings with a variety of client populations. Areas of expertise include addictions, children, adolescents and families, persons with developmental delays, school settings and mental health.

Gail Rule-Hoffman, M.Ed., LPC-S, ATR-BC, LICDC-S, Program Director

Gail Rule-Hoffman, Program Director and Professor in the Counseling and Art Therapy Department

Gail is a licensed professional supervising counselor, a registered and board certified art therapist, and a licensed independent supervising chemical dependency counselor. Her educational experiences took place at Northern Michigan University, The Art Psychotherapy Institute of Cleveland, and Cleveland State University.

Gail has over 35 years of professional experience, and began her career serving children and adolescents in residential treatment. She then worked for over a decade in addictions treatment with adolescents and their families, followed by providing counseling and art therapy to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence as well as some work with women whose lives had been touched by cancer. Gail is one of the founding members of the Counseling and Art therapy department, and has focused over the years on different components of the program, including teaching, curriculum development, clinical coordination, thesis, and approval and accreditation processes.  
Gail has served in various leadership roles in professional organizations, and is currently the president of the North Central Ohio Counseling Association and a member of the Educational Standards committee for the American Art Therapy Association. She is interested in the education and training standards for mental health professionals, and hopes to contribute to the development of mental health service providers that are better able to meet the specific needs of individual clients. Her interests include women’s issues, addiction and co-dependency recovery, wellness, and the use of imagery, metaphor, and journals in healing.   

Kathleen Burke, OSU, Ph.D., LPC-S, ATR-BC, ATCS>

Sr. Kathleen Burke is founder of the Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy Program of Ursuline College, and her ministry has been to use art  to heal and enrich the quality of life for others.  The spiritual dimensions of all the creative therapies have been of special interest in her ministry.  Recently, the designing of a Labyrinth as a tool for prayer and creativity has been a rewarding endeavor.

As a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified art therapist, Sister has worked with adults and children in various settings helping them to enjoy the therapeutic aspects of art making.  Sister Kathleen resides at the Ursuline Educational Center located in Pepper Pike, Ohio.  She is a part-time professor at Ursuline College and also coordinates the Ursuline ArtSpace Program for children and adults.

Amy Jacobs, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LICDC, RYT

Dr. Amy Jacobs has been a Professor of Counseling and Art Therapy at Ursuline College since 1992. She received her BA from Case Western Reserve University with a major in Humanities and a minor in Psychology. Her PhD from Union Institute focused on Expressive Therapies in Counseling. Amy is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Board Certified Art Therapist, and a Registered Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. She has worked clinically with individuals and families in private practice, and in chemical dependency, hospice, and mental health settings.

Her areas of interest include feminist approaches to counseling, Gestalt Art Therapy, integrating yoga therapy, counseling and art therapy, treating trauma and loss, and addiction.  Amy led her first arts centered women’s’ group in the 1970’s and remains committed to women’s issues. She currently works in the field of domestic violence. Amy has lectured, led workshops, and trained professionals in her areas of expertise throughout the country, in Canada, England, India, and Sri Lanka. She is also a painter who has exhibited nationally.

Diane Meros, M.A., ATR-BC, ATCS>

Diane Meros is the Clinical Director of the Graduate Counseling and Art Therapy Department at Ursuline College.  She coordinates the internship component of the program. She has taught Clinical and Internship courses, Cultural and Social Issues, Introduction to Research, and Thesis courses.  Before teaching full time at Ursuline, she worked as an Art Therapist for children and adults with disabilities.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ursuline College and post-graduate certification in Gestalt methods and group facilitation from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.   She has served on the executive board of the Buckeye Art Therapy Association, the Art Therapy Credentials Board Certification Committee, and the American Art Therapy Association Education Program Approval Board. 

Katherine Jackson
, Ph.D., ATR>

Dr. Katherine Jackson earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and her M.A. degree in Expressive Psychotherapy from the University of Louisville. After several years of working in the mental health field, she attended the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, where she completed her Ph.D. in Psychology. Her emphasis in her doctoral research was dyadic relationships, human interconnectedness, exceptional human experiences, stress/anxiety disorders, and eco-psychology.

Dr. Jackson has been a practicing psychotherapist and registered art therapist for over 20 years, and is currently in private practice at Beachwood Counseling Center, where she enjoys providing services for a variety of clients including children/teens, couples, and adults. Dr. Jackson practices holistic therapy utilizing the creative healing arts.
She is deeply committed to self-evolution and personal growth and values all types of learning endeavors. She has taught in the Counseling and Art Therapy Graduate Program at Ursuline College since 1993 as an adjunct faculty, and recently became a full time Assistant Professor in 2012. Dr. Jackson created the service learning program for students, and is currently the Thesis Coordinator.

Dr. Jackson is a member of the American Counseling Association, Ohio Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, American Mental Health Counselor Association, and American Art Therapy Association.

DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D., LPCC-S, ATR, IMFT-S, LICDC, NCC 


Dr. Kim-Appel is an associate Professor in the Counseling and Art Therapy Department. She  has more than a decade of experience in the field of Behavior Health working with a diverse population of clients across the spectrum of emotional and substance related issues, including youth, individuals, couples, and families.  

She is a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor (PCC-S), a licensed independent marriage and family therapist and supervisor (IMFT-S), a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor (LICDC), a registered Art Therapist (ATR), a certified national counselor (NCC), and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional, and Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor.  She has also received training as Certified general and divorce mediator, Certified Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Worker and a Behavioral Health Disaster Responder to State Disaster.

Kim-Appel serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Counselor Practice (JCP), a peer-reviewed national publication, published by the Ohio Counseling Association. She is a committee member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) International Initiative. Kim-Appel has presented papers and training sessions regionally, nationally, and internationally in such topics as workplace violence, family violence, mindfulness, substance abuse & mental illness, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. She has been published in such peer-reviewed publications as the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma; the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect; the Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families; the Journal of Transpersonal Research Psychology; Journal of Health and Human Services Administration; and the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. She co-authored book chapters. Her research interests include family differentiation, mindfulness, cultural competency, and international issues in behavioral health. 

Pete Finnerty, M.S., PCC-S, Doctoral Candidate

Pete Finnerty is an assistant professor in the Counseling and Art therapy program, a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor (PCC-S), advocate, and consultant in Ohio. He received his B.A. in Psychology and Master's in Counseling (with emphasis in marriage and family therapy) from California State University-Fresno. As a clinician Pete has worked in private practice, college counseling centers, community agencies, crisis centers and inpatient behavioral health centers. These experiences allowed Pete to hone a holistic, systemic approach to counseling while developing unique nutritional and physical activity techniques for therapy borrowed from his other career as a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. One particular specialty is utilizing affirmative therapies in clinical work and advocacy with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) persons in counseling. Pete also specializes in working with adolescent boys, couples, families, men, and many others at his current private practice in Beachwood.

In 2008 Pete moved to northeast Ohio to pursue his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University and is currently finishing his dissertation. Pete teaches courses in appraisal, counseling theory, diversity issues, psychopathology, and research methodology. Pete develops scholarly literature in these areas including a comprehensive set of competencies in working with the LGBTQ population as part of advocacy with the Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), a division of the American Counseling Association. Other publications and research interests include LGBTQ issues, social justice, advocacy, wellness and technology in counseling. Pete advocates locally, regionally and nationally for LGBTQ persons and other marginalized persons, military members/veterans and professional counselors. He has presented at local, state and national conferences on LGBTQ issues, advocacy, wellness, teaching and other topics. In his spare time you will find ete running the trails and riding the roads of the greater Cleveland parks with his dogs and partner. 

Yvette Nosal, MA, PCC-S, ATR-BC, CDCA

Yvette Nosal is an Instructor in the Counseling and Art Therapy Department at Ursuline College, and she assists the Clinical Director in the coordination of the internship component of the program. She has taught Clinical I, Case Studies, Counseling Theories, Ethics & Legal Issues, and Group Theory courses, and she been a thesis reader for students.  She also assists Dr. Jackson in facilitating the graduate service learning trips. Yvette is currently working as a clinician in private practice with children, adolescents and adults, and has previously worked in a wide variety of settings including residential, community-based mental health, juvenile offenders, hospice, college counseling centers, intensive outpatient and chemical dependency treatment. 

Yvette is a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor (LPCC-S) in Ohio, a registered, board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC), and a chemical dependency counselor assistant (CDCA). She received her B.S. in Mathematics from Kent State University and her M.A. in Art Therapy & Counseling from Ursuline College. She is currently pursuing her PhD degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State.  Her research interests include trauma-informed care, dual-diagnosis, professional identity development of counselors & art therapists, and the connection between nutrition and mental health.

Yvette is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the American Art Therapy Association, and Chi Sigma Iota, Kappa Sigma Upsilon Chapter. She is also a member of the Buckeye Art Therapy Association and has served on its executive board since 2012.