Libby McHugh, LISW-S, LICDC

Preferred Name: Libby

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

Online Therapy

About Me

Libby McHugh, LISW-S, LICDC is an Independently Licensed Social Worker with supervisory designation (LISW-S), a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) and a certified EMDR therapist in the state of Ohio and Michigan specializing in perinatal mental health, trauma and addiction. Libby enjoys working with developmental and/or complex trauma, birth trauma and the entire perinatal experience, including struggles with conception and infertility. Libby earned her Master’s from Case Western Reserve University and attended Ohio University for her undergraduate degree. Prior to her life as a therapist, Libby was an art teacher and fuses creative techniques into clinical work. Libby has worked with a multitude of populations in the emergency room, residential and outpatient settings before co-establishing The Counseling and Wellness Group in 2017. Her aim is to provide accessible, evidenced-based care in an outpatient environment to clients struggling with distress in their lives. Since its inception, CWG has become a trauma-focused practice with an all female staff of clinical providers. Libby is also an EMDRIA approved certified EMDR therapist and completed her EMDR training through the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. She is an EMDR Consultant in Training (CIT) under Amber Stiles-Bodnar, LPCC-S and enjoys working with other clinicians to further develop their EMDR clinical skills. Libby offers Intensive Retreats with an emphasis on birth trauma and complex trauma, to allow working and/or busy individuals to do a deeper dive into stuck points in therapy or past traumas and to ultimately arrive at a reduction in distress. Libby also has post-Master's training Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy), addictions and eating disorders, and continues to receive clinical training in postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (Postpartum Support International), as she believes learning does not end.

Education & Experience

Ohio University, 2007 Case Western Reserve University, 2013 Experience working in emergency rooms, residential settings, day treatment and outpatient. Co-Founded The Counseling and Wellness Group in 2017.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations


Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse

Population Served

  • Adults


  • English


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • UnitedHealth

Medical Mutual, Mutual Health Services, Optum, UMR, SummaCare