Clinical Psychologist

Most people call me Owen or Sonny. I am a clinical psychologist maintaining a private practice for the past 37 years. I have previously been associated with Midwestern Psychological Services, McKinley Hall, Family Service Agency and Osterlen Services for Youth. I was also one of four psychologists who created Empact Inc., a psychological corporation with eight locations from Bellfontaine to Centerville in the early era of managed care in Ohio. I have held a part time faculty position at the University of Dayton, The MacGregor School at Antioch University and Wittenberg University. I am currently a clinical professor at Wright State School of Professional Psychology and teach a yearly seminar entitled Religion and Spirituality in Psychotherapy.

I have a wide range of training including Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Hypnotherapy/Guided Imagery, Chemical Dependency and Impulse Control Disorders, Child/Adolescent Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Preventive Medicine/Health Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Psychospritual Interventions and Trauma Recovery. I have worked extensively with injured workers and I am an advocate in assisting BWC attorneys add psychological allowances and obtaining the benefits they deserve. I work closely with many attorneys and physicians.

I am an active member of the Ohio Psychological Association participating in a legislative initiative to allow appropriately trained psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medication.

I have also published my first book entitled From Glory to Glory: The Psychodynamics of Salvation in Christ and have a second book entitled Night Journey into Light: A Psychodynamic Revision of the After Death Experience in Light of the Christian Plan of Salvation that I expect to be published in 2017-18.

I have been married for 43 years and am the father of 4 boys, now men, with my youngest, Brad, becoming the newest member of our counseling staff as he plans to sit for his counseling license early 2017. I have 5 grandchildren, all stinkers that we love to death. My wife, Sally is my office manager and keeps things running the way they should. She’s the real boss! I enjoy watching the Ohio State Buckeyes, The Cleveland Indians and The Cleveland Browns. For my attachment to the Browns, I accept your pity. I am an active member of the High Street United Methodist Church where I sing in the choir and teach a Sunday School Class. I also participate in several philosophy study groups led by academic philosophers.

Thomas L. Butler M.A.

Professional Clinical Counselor

I joined this practice in 2014. Previously I was employed for 13 years at Consolidated Care in Urbana. I have over 14 years of counseling experience. I have been married for 47 years and am a father and grandfather. Prior to becoming a counselor, I taught middle school and high school. I also owned and operated a private business for over twenty six years. I have served in various capacities in my church for most of my adult life.

My areas of professional competency are diagnostic assessment, crisis intervention, individual and group therapy, the treatment of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, addictions of various types, marriage and family conflict, abuse issues, anger management, grief/loss issues, and spiritual issues. I have extensive training in cognitive-behavior therapy and crisis intervention management.

On a personal level, my faith frames my world view and thus my approach to counseling. Jesus Christ is my personal Lord, Master and Savior in whom I put my faith and trust. Any worthwhile wisdom I may have in helping others, I attribute to Him. I believe all human life is sacred, created by God in His image and is of inestimable value.On the other hand I do not preach, moralize or try to convert people. I believe what is needed in counseling is grace, acceptance and understanding through a harmonious, therapeutic relationship. What is not needed in counseling is further judgment, guilt, shame or condemnation. I seek to help individuals regardless of their faith, background, ethnicity or life perspective to achieve their own personal treatment goals.

Bradley Ward, M.S.


I have been working as a secretary/receptionist at the practice for 10 years. I have recently received my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and also have a Master’s Degree in Leadership Development. I am Dr. Ward’s youngest son and the only one to follow my dad into the mental health counseling field. My areas of clinical interest include working with children and their families.

I have one son, Ridley, who is 7 years old. I enjoy playing guitar and singing and have been in several bands. I have played several shows in Springfield, Yellow Springs, Cincinnati and Columbus.

Sally Ward

Office Manager

I have been the office manager from the beginning of the practice. Previously I worked for my father-in-law in his private practice in both Columbus (where I met Dr. Ward) and here in Springfield. Prior to that I worked with my parents at the Silver Swan Restaurant and Motel. I have been a Springfield resident for all of my life except for a few years when I lived in Columbus while I went to school. I have an associate’s degree in accounting from Franklin University. Dr. Ward and I have been married for 43 years and have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. I handle all of the insurance billing and everyday office management. Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions about our practice.