Founded by Rich Dempsey, Fairmount Mental Wellness is dedicated to providing the highest quality evidence-based care to children and families faced with mental health challenges. I am committed to making treatment accessible and parent-friendly because I believe that by working together, we can open new possibilities in your child’s life.

Rich Dempsey     Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Rich Dempsey

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

This is the place where I am supposed to tell you about myself.

Other therapists use this page to highlight their education and experience. I will get to that, but first…

I want to tell you about the sort of child and family who I tend to have the most success helping so that you can quickly determine whether I will be a good fit for your child.

The clients who are the most successful in therapy with me are ones who come ready to work and understand that I’m not going to wave my magic therapy wand and have their problems disappear. They apply the knowledge and insight gained during sessions. Their parents are willing to acknowledge their own foibles and hang ups and are open to feedback. Their parents are willing to make adjustments in how they communicate with their children.

My clients appreciate my straightforward approach and that I don’t tiptoe around important issues. They are curious about themselves and are willing to work hard to make progress. They know it’s time to put in the work.

I utilize several evidence-based theoretical approaches in therapy, none of which involve a crystal ball or asking your son or daughter “how does that make you feel?” 100 times.

I integrate a number of models depending on the issues I’m treating, but here are some of the most common approaches I use:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Reality Therapy

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Kent State University 1999-2003

Bachelor of Arts Psychology

Kent, OH

The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology 2008-2012

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Seattle, WA 


Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, State of Ohio # E.1700425



Bellefaire JCB, School-based Therapist

Cleveland Metropolitan School District & Westlake High School

University of Washington, Research Associate

Department of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy

Case Western Reserve University, Research Associate

Discovery and Wellness Center for Children