Providing Resources for Life Since 1979

Balance EAP (formerly GLA) is an established Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) since 1979. We provide EAP services to small business customers as well as large private employer groups, representing: manufacturing, health care, insurance, education, utilities, construction, labor unions and benefit managers. Client companies are primarily headquartered in Central Ohio and company employees are located in all 50 states.


Charles Gerlach, PhD and John Lear, MA began their professional relationship as mental health counselors, specializing in alcohol and drug abuse treatment. At the same time, the modern EAP was taking root in the business community as employers were seeking help to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace. Chuck and John realized the same need existed in Central Ohio and their EAP business was born. They became local experts on Employee Assistance Programs and were featured in the April, 1981 issue of Columbus Monthly Magazine. Chuck left the company for private practice in 2000 and Susan Lear assumed responsibilities of the company in 2009 after the death of her husband, John.


Today the company remains strong and current with additional services, a robust English/Spanish Work-life website, the latest communications technology and the ability to offer Employee Assistance Programs to the small and microbusiness customer.


It is our honor to continue the legacy of Chuck and John and our pleasure to partner with client companies that are committed to the wellbeing of their employees and family members. We pride ourselves in our reputation for being responsive, available and advocates for the success of all we serve. Many of our clients have relied on us for 30 years or more.

BALANCE EAP is the trusted provider for EAP services in the Mid-West region and for companies with offices nationwide. We offer a personal approach to help resolve the range of problems that face employees today.