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About ORMH

ORMH was created by Dr. Sara Pleiman, who has her Doctorate In Clinical Psychology (Psy.D), and who has experience and interest in working with underserved rural populations that face significant barriers to seeking mental health services. She is extremely passionate about using nontraditional avenues to reach people in rural areas who may not seek mental health treatment due to stigma or the inability to find help or resources in the community.

“I was raised and currently reside in a small town in Ohio. As I continued my graduate studies in psychology, it became clear that people in rural areas have much difficulty accessing mental health information and services. In addition, I realized there is much stigma that exists concerning mental health issues. People in my community value finding solutions to solve their own problems and rarely discuss their problems due to fear that others might think they are “crazy.” Also, many people do not know the facts about mental illness. Confusion about mental illness can make people scared which results in not talking about things like depression, suicide, and anxiety.

As people in my rural community discovered I was in graduate school to become a clinical psychologist, I started getting questions about different mental health issues and where to get help. Oftentimes, people told me they waited years to ask for help and hesitated many months before asking me various questions. In order to answer their questions or find mental health clinics to assist rural residents, I searched the Internet. I quickly realized that there was limited information available concerning rural mental health issues. In addition, the information that was available on the Internet took much time to locate.

Therefore, I realized there was an urgent need to create a centralized database on the Internet that provided mental health information and resources specifically for rural residents in Ohio. With the assistance of my chair and committee members, I decided to put together a plan to create a mental health website for individuals, family members, community members, and professionals who live in rural areas in Ohio as part of my Professional Dissertation requirement.

I have been extremely passionate about giving back to my rural community and further educating people about mental health issues and where to get help. This project has allowed me to create an information website to assist rural residents who aren’t sure where to get help or are afraid to ask for help due to the stigma that exists. My hope is to continue to expand this website in order to meet the needs of rural residents in Ohio. Enjoy!”

ORMH served as part of Sara’s Professional Dissertation topic, which was to create a mental health web-based resource guide to better serve, inform, and connect the rural community in Ohio. Sara’s goal is to use the advances in technology as a source to overcome the availability, accessibility, and acceptability barriers that exist in rural populations. The website is intended to serve as a catalyst for disseminating mental health information to individuals, families, community members, and professionals in rural Ohio
     
About Dr. Pleiman

Dr. Pleiman is currently a licensed clinical psychologist at Fred M. Sacks, Ph.D., Psychologist & Associates. Dr. Pleiman is providing psychotherapy services to individuals that present with various concerns including depression, anxiety, grief/loss, social difficulties, and traumatic stress disorders. She is providing psychodiagnostic assessments and is actively working with area physicians for coordination of treatment and medication monitoring.

Dr. Pleiman received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to that, she attended the University of Dayton, where she obtained her Bachelors of Art in Psychology and Sociology. Dr. Pleiman completed her Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio and graduated in July 2011.

Dr. Pleiman is a member of the American Psychology Association, Division 12 of the APA (Society of Clinical Psychology), Ohio Psychological Association, and the National Association for Rural Mental Health.
   
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A special thanks goes to Dr. Laura Monnier, Webmaster for ORMH Health.

Laura received her degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology – Chicago. Prior to that, she attended the University of Cincinnati, where she obtained her Bachelors of Art in Psychology.  
 
Laura had been residing in Chicago for the past ten years and was an associate for a group private practice in Northfield, Illinois. She just recently relocated to Ohio and operates a private practice in Minster, Ohio. She has experience working with individuals of all ages in various settings, such as community mental health centers, public and private schools, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and private practice.  She has experience helping individuals deal with various disorders, such as anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, personality disorders, anger management, grief/loss and interpersonal relationship difficulties as well as completing psychological and psychoeducational evaluations. 
 
Laura decided to assist Sara in developing this website for several reasons. "I, along with Sara, am extremely passionate about giving back to the community I grew up in, even if I no longer reside there. I lived in Ohio the first 22 years of my life and am aware of the need to further educate people about mental health issues and where to get help."

 

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