Akron Family Institute

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Our Professional Staff at the

Akron Family Institute

 

Steven E. Perkins, Ph.D., Ph.D.


Areas of Specialization: couples, families, divorce, co-dependency & addiction, grief, relationship concerns

 

 

Undergraduate: Western Michigan University, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Social Sciences
Graduate: Western Michigan University, Masters of Arts Degree, Counseling; Brigham Young University, Ph.D., Marriage and Family Counseling; Brigham Young University, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology
Fellow: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Member: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association
Part-Time Instructor: Walsh University
 

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Etta C. Brooks,
M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W., C.C.D.C. III

Areas of Specialization: children, adolescents, couples, families, co-dependency, grief, dependency and addiction, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, women’s issues, gay/lesbian issues, step families, adjustment issues

 

 

Undergraduate: University of Akron, Bachelor of Science Degree, Social Work
Graduate: Case Western Reserve University, School of Applied Social Science, Masters of Science Degree, Social Service Administration
Licensed: Licensed Independent Social Worker, Chemical Dependency Counselor III
Member: National Association of Social Workers

Karen T. Cimini, Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization: relationship and family, sexual function and dysfunction, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered issues, dependency and addiction, eating disorders, chronic illness and grief, coping with HIV, work and life issues

 

 

Undergraduate: University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, magna cum laude
Graduate: University of Akron, Masters of Science Degree, Counseling; University of Akron, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology
Adjunct Professor: Cleveland State University, John Carroll University
Member: American Psychological Association
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Angela Earley, M.S.S.A.  L.I.S.W.

       Areas of specialization: Trauma and abuse (children, adolescents and adults); children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems; children and adolescents experiencing emotional and/or behavioral problems; adolescents and adults involved with the juvenile justice system; couples and families and parent consultation.

Undergraduate:  The University of Akron, Bachelor of Arts/Social Work

Graduate:  Case Western Reserve University, Master of Science in social Administration

Member: National Association of Social Workers, Association for Play Therapy

 

   

Amy D. Frankel, Ph.D., L.P.C.C.

Areas of Specialization: anxiety and panic, depression, clinical hypnosis, grief, divorce, gay/lesbian issues, sexual abuse, co-dependency, couples, adolescents

 

 

 

Undergraduate: Kenyon College, Bachelor of Arts Degree, English Literature, cum laude
Graduate: University of Akron, Masters of Science Degree, Community Counseling; University of Akron, Ph.D., Marriage and Family Counseling
Certified: Clinical Hypnosis
Member: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Counseling Association, American Association for Clinical Hypnosis

Joyce Giovannelli, Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization: marital therapy, child and family therapy, victims of abusive relationships, high functioning autism, dialectal behavior therapy, depression, and anxiety

Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Graduate: University of Pittsburgh - Ph.D. in Clinical and Developmental Psychology
Member: Ohio Psychological Association

 

Marsha Fields Jones, M.S., M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W

Areas of Specialization: Self esteem issues, depression, chronic illness, parents of children with chronic conditions, existential malaise/spiritual issues, gay/lesbian/sexual identity concerns, post traumatic stress disorder, grief, borderline personality/multiple personality disorder, sexual abuse, relationship/couples work, faith struggles (Christian/Jewish/Muslim/Buddhist)

 

Undergraduate: University of Kentucky, BA, English

Graduate: University of Kentucky, MS, Education; Case Western Reserve University MSSA, Social Work

Post Graduate: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Three years Post Graduate training,

Specializations in Individual and Group Psychotherapy

 

Laurence L. Kendrick, M.A., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Areas of Specialization: Couples, families, relationship concerns, sexual and emotional intimacy, co-dependency, cross-cultural relationships, loss and grief, trauma recovery, men's issues, spiritual concerns, anxiety and depression, chemical dependency, bi-polar disorder, dual-disorder recovery

Undergraduate: University of Akron Honors College, Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Philosophy, Psychology, and Fine Art
Graduate: Ashland Theological Seminary, Master of Arts Degree Honors: Clinical Pastoral Counseling
Licensure: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor, Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor
Member: Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, American Association of Christian Counselors, International Association of Trauma professionals

 

John W. Leedy, D.MIN, L.P.C.C.

Areas of Specialization: children, adolescents, couples, families, childhood disorders, co-dependency, divorce, chemical dependency, grief, geriatrics

 

 

 

Undergraduate: Malone College, Bachelor of Arts Degree
Graduate: Asbury Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity; Easton College and Seminary, Doctor of Ministry
Former Position Held: Program Manager, Adolescent Chemical Dependency Unit, Edwin Shaw Hospital

 

 

Laura Lockwood, MSSW, LISW

Areas of Specialization: Adolescents, adults and families, anxiety/depression, couples issues, personality disorders, anger management, and group therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Techniques with expertise in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; Bachelors in Social Work
Graduate: University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX; Masters of Art Degree, Social Work
Licensure: Licensed Independent Social Worker

 

Rhonda C. Martin, M.A., L.P.C.C., S.P.H.R.

Areas of Specialization: Pre-schoolers, children and adolescents, adults, obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, tourette’s disorder, social phobia, hypochondriasis, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.  Cognitive Behavioral Techniques with Human Development Focus.

 

 

 

Undergraduate: University of Akron, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology, summa cum laude
Graduate: Walsh University, Masters of Arts, Counseling and Human Development
Author: The Difficult Hire, Seven Recruitment and Selection Principles for Hard to Fill Positions, Impact Publications (2000)
Former Position Held: Senior Human Resources Representative, Diebold, Inc.;
Director of Human Resources, Shearers Foods, Inc.
Member: Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, Society for Human Resource Management, American Counseling Association, National Employment Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, Association for Assessment in Counseling

Christine McCorkle, M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W., L.I.C.D.C.,  A.C.S.W.


Areas of Specialization: Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency;  Sexual Abuse Recovery;  Trauma; Spiritual Issues; Mind/Body/Health; Relationship Healing; Separation and Loss

 

 

 

Undergraduate: Ohio University, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology, cum laude
Graduate: Case Western Reserve University, Master of Science Degree, Social Administration
Licensed: Licensed Independent Social Worker, Chemical Dependency Counselor III
 

Tari-Ann Riley, M.S., L.P.C.C.

Areas of Specialization: adolescents, couples, families, step families, co-dependency, divorce, gay/lesbian issues, chemical dependency, grief, women’s issues, geriatrics

 

 

Undergraduate: Mount Union College, Bachelor of Science Degree, Education
Graduate: University of Akron, Masters of Science, Counseling
Postgraduate Training: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, 3 Year Post Graduate Training.  Specialization in Individual Psychotherapy.
 

Cynthia A. Salwan,
M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W., A.C.S.W.


Areas of Specialization: Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Family Therapy, Marital Therapy, Co-dependency, Divorce Adjustment, Depression, Anxiety disorders, Trichotillomania, Panic Attacks, Eating Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Women's Issues, Grief and Loss, Caregiver Issues

 

 

Undergraduate: Miami University, Oxford Ohio, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology and Social Work, cum laude
Graduate: Case Western Reserve University, School Of Applied Sciences, Master of Science, Social Administration
Member: National Association of Social Workers

Joseph F. Salwan, Ph.D.

 

Areas of specialization: Learning and Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents; Substance Abuse and Dependence in Adults and Adolescents;  Treatment of Court-Mandated Adolescents and Adults; School Consultations and Functional Behavior Assessments for Special Needs Students; Developmental Disabilities (including groups for children and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome);  Couples and Family Therapy; Adolescent and Adult Sexual Addiction and, Sport Psychological Services (Performance Enhancement and Treatment).

 

Undergraduate: Miami University, Oxford Ohio, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology
Graduate: Miami University, Masters of Science Degree, School Psychology; Virginia Tech, Ph.D., School Psychology and Educational Research and Evaluation
Member: National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers
Affiliations: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry; Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron (including Sports Medicine Center); Akron General Medical Center
Consultant: Schools, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Systems, Workers’ Compensation and Developmental Disability Agencies including County Boards and Residential Facilities.

 

Larry R. Schwartz, M.S.W., L.I.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Areas of Specialization: couples, families, co-dependency, divorce, men’s issues, grief, geriatrics

 

 

Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Science Degree, Psychology
Graduate: Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work, Master of Social Work
Postgraduate Training: Gestalt Institute, Cleveland Ohio; Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work, New York
Member: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Ohio Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, National Association of Social Workers, Academy of Certified Social Workers

Mary K. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization: couples, relationships, divorce, gay/lesbian issues, grief, aging and retirement, co-dependency, women’s issues, anxiety/depression

Undergraduate: Goshen College, Goshen Indiana, Bachelor of Science Degree, Education
Graduate: University of Houston, Houston Texas, Master of Education Degree, Counseling and Guidance; Kent State University, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology
Postgraduate Training: Gestalt Institute, Cleveland Ohio  1970-1973;  C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, Switzerland
 

Michael S. Smith, Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization: forensics, court evaluations, child visitations, custody issues, treatment of court mandated cases, adult psychological testing, chemical dependency, depression, couples, families

Undergraduate: University of Akron, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology
Graduate: University of Akron, Master of Arts Degree, Clinical Psychology; University of Akron, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology
Consultant: Ohio Department of Mental Health, Ohio Youth Commission, Summit County Juvenile Court System, Akron Rape Crisis, Summit County Children’s Services Board, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Community Drug Board, Victim Assistance, Portage County Jail

Sheri Walters, M.A., LPCC

Areas of specialization: Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Groups, Anxiety, Depression, Personality Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Self Esteem Issues, Co-Dependency Issues, Anger Management, Divorce, Women's Issues, Grief Issues, Cognitive Behavioral Techniques.

Undergraduate: The University of Akron, Akron Ohio, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Family and Child Development
Graduate: The University of Akron, Masters of Arts Degree, Community Counseling
Member: Mental Health America of Summit County

Brooke D. Winkler, MSSA, LISW-S

Areas of Specialization: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Families, Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Issues, Behavioral and Emotional Issues
in Children and Adolescents, Sexual Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents, Attention Deficit Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder, Utilization of Creative Counseling Modalities (Art, Drama, Journaling)

Undergraduate: University of Akron, Bachelors in Social Work University of Akron, Wayne College, Associates in Social Services Technology
Graduate: Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School Of Applied Social Sciences, Masters of Science in Social Administration
Licensed: Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor