Blue Surface

Meet the Team

Amy D. Frankel, PhD, LPCC

Amy D. Frankel, PhD, LPCC

Therapist

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

Darrell Adkins, Psy.D., LMFT

Darrell Adkins, Psy.D., LMFT

Therapist

Darrell specializes in anxiety, depression, grief and loss, LGBTQ+, couples therapy, end of life planning, adjustment disorders, trauma, CBT/DBT, stress management, PTSD, and human sexuality.

John Leedy, D.Min, LPCC

John Leedy, D.Min, LPCC

Chief Operating Officer, 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.

Kristen Krivach, MA, LPCC

Kristen Krivach, MA, LPCC

Therapist

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

Mandy Kirsch, MA, LPCC-S

Mandy Kirsch, MA, LPCC-S

Administrative Team, Board of Directors and Therapist

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

Ashley Holbert, PhD

Ashley Holbert, PhD

Clinical Director, Board of Directors, Therapist

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

Etta Brooks, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC

Etta Brooks, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC

Administrative Team, Board of Directors, Therapist

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

Joyce Giovannelli, PhD

Joyce Giovannelli, PhD

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.

Kristin Wenum, LISW-S

Kristin Wenum, LISW-S

Therapist

Kristin specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, social and communication skills issues, ADHD and self-esteem issues, solution-focused and behavioral therapy. She sees children, adolescents, and adults.

Matthew Montagner, LISW, LICDC

Matthew Montagner, LISW, LICDC

Therapist

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

Beth Palmer, M.Ed., LPCC-S, CDCA

Beth Palmer, M.Ed., LPCC-S, CDCA

Therapist

Beth specializes in depression, anxiety, stress management, adjustment disorders, grief, anger management, trauma, and communication skills.

John Hovan, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC

John Hovan, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC

Therapist

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

Kristen Hamilton, M.Ed, LPCC

Kristen Hamilton, M.Ed, LPCC

Therapist

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

Lynsey Yard, LISW

Lynsey Yard, LISW

Therapist

Lynsey specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment, stress management, EMDR, CBT, and DBT.

Michelle N. Gary, MA, LPCC

Michelle N. Gary, MA, LPCC

Therapist

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