OUR STAFF

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KAREN CIMINI, PH.D.

Clinical Director, Board of Directors, and Therapist

Karen specializes in relationship and family therapy, sexual function and dysfunction, gay/lesbian bisexual/transgender issues, divorce recovery, dependency and addiction, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, chronic illness and grief.

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JOYCE GIOVANNELLI, PH.D.

Administrative Team, Board of Directors, and Therapist

Joyce specializes in Asperger's, high functioning Autism, counseling children, adolescents, families and couples, women's issues, depression and anxiety.

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JOHN LEEDY, D.MIN, LPCC

Administrative Team and Board of Directors

John joined Akron Family Institute as a therapist 35 years ago and became a part of the Administrative Team at its inception. He is now retired from therapy.

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MANDY KIRSCH, MA, LPCC-S

Administrative Team, Board of Directors, and Therapist

Mandy specializes in family issues, depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, self-harm, adjustment disorders, women's issues, and mood disorders.

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ETTA BROOKS, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC

Therapist

Etta specializes in counseling children, adolescents, couples, families, co-dependency, grief, dependency and addiction, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, women's issues, gay/lesbian issues, step-families, and adjustment issues.

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AMANDA A. COLE, MA, LPCC-S

Therapist

Amanda specializes in LGBTQ, trauma, grief, women's issues, anxiety, and depression.

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AMY D. FRANKEL, PH.D., LPCC

Therapist

Amy specializes in anxiety and panic, depression, grief, divorce, gay/lesbian issues, sexual abuse, co-dependency, and couples.

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MICHELLE N. GARY, MA, LPCC

Therapist

Michelle specializes in trauma, family systems, counseling children, sexuality, anxiety, and depression.

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KRISTEN HAMILTON, M.ED., LPCC

Therapist

Kristen specializes in families, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, co-dependency, ADHD, stress management, and spirituality.

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ASHLEY HOLBERT, PH.D.

Therapist

Ashley specializes in counseling adults, couples, depression, anxiety, forensic issues, psychological assessments & testing and substance abuse.

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JOHN HOVAN, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC

Therapist

John specializes in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, ADHD, PTSD, adolescents, marriage & family, personality disorders, grief, trauma, spiritual issues, substance abuse and behavioral issues (gambling, sexual, gaming).

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KRISTEN KRIVACH, MA, LPCC

Therapist

Kristen specializes in anxiety, trauma, depression, ADHD, grief & bereavement, chemical dependency, expressive/art therapy, adjustment issues, and LGBT.

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MATTHEW MONTAGNER, LISW, LICDC

Therapist

Matt specializes in anxiety, depression, PTSD, chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders, LGBTQ+ issues, anger and stress management, couples and family therapy.

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TARI ANN RILEY, MS, LPCC

Therapist

Tari specializes in counseling adolescents, couples, families, step-families, co-dependency, divorce, gay/lesbian issues, chemical dependency, grief, women's issues, anxiety, and PTSD.

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SHERI WALTERS, MA, LPCC

Therapist

Sheri specializes in anger management, co-dependency, boundary issues, communication skills, PTSD, issues of grief and loss, mood disorders, and women's issues.