Dr. Yakov Sherk

Dr. Yakov Sherk is a child and adolescent psychiatrist based in Columbus, Ohio. He is the founder of A Child & Family Psychiatry LLC.

Dr. Sherk is a 2011 graduate of the Jacobs School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Recently, he has received awards from the University of Buffalo for "Outstanding Contribution to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry" as well as for his publication "Liquid melatonin via gastrostomy as an alternative hypnotic in a child with Pervasive Developmental Disorder" published in the Journal Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

Dr. Sherk has a highly comprehensive approach to mental health treatment based on mindfulness and positive self expression. He believes in tailoring treatment options to fit the need of each individual patient. While medication alone is enough for some, it is not always the sole solution. He believes that a combination of medication management and an appropriate, tailored form of therapy is often the best path to treatment success.

Chuck Junkin, Clinical Director, MA, LPCC

Children and adolescents do not often respond well to traditional "talk therapy." I use play therapy and tools designed to facilitate effective communication. This creates an environment where healing can take place. Young people who have been exposed to trauma need a way to process through their experience, and my approach is an evidence-based method to treat this population. Additionally, children with behavioral issues learn to cope effectively with their environment, resulting in more normative social interactions.

Play therapy overcomes the interactive complexity encountered with pre-verbal or limited-verbal expression. Teenagers who may be reluctant to "talk" about their issues in a traditional setting frequently open up when they are involved in an activity like a game of chess or an art project.

I obtained my Master's degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, have been working with young people in a therapeutic setting for nearly 25 years, and am currently pursuing my doctorate from Walden University. Throughout the course of my education and experience, I have seen these techniques and interventions change lives many times. If you have a child who needs a safe place to express his or her experiences, please contact me.

Anna, Office Administrator

Anna, Office Administrator

Anna's background includes working closely with families and young children, office administration, and customer service. She is passionate about mental health and how the mind works.

Anna attended Columbus State Community College where she studied courses in sociology, psychology, and early childhood development. She is licensed in property and casualty insurance in the state of Ohio.

Amy Cosma, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Amy Cosma, MSN, PMHNP-BC

I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with specialized training and a wide range of experience combining psychiatric-mental health, medical-surgical, administration, telemetry, and home health nursing.

I started my career as a Medical Assistant in 1998. I then furthered my education and became a registered nurse where I developed knowledge and experience in behavioral health, geriatrics, public and home health, and the medical-surgical field. After realizing the need for quality psychiatric care and providers, I went on to obtain a master's degree with a focus and certification in psychiatry. I received my associate degree in Nursing from Aultman College in 2007, a bachelor's degree in Nursing from Walsh College and finally my master's degree with a specialty in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry from Walden University. I also completed a 2-year internship with Dr. Sherk and Charles Junkin, MA, LPCC, where I obtained more knowledge and experience in medication management and therapy.

I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, autism, and ADHD. My goal is to help customize a plan that enables you to find an effective, lasting change. This plan may involve medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.

I am also passionate about working with LGBTQ+ communities. I am open to all beliefs and backgrounds and my goal is to provide a comforting, non-judgmental environment. I want my clients to live their best life! I have a passion for others and to do everything I can to reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

Corryn Christy, PMHNP

Corryn Christy, PMHNP

I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience in providing care for the child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. I have comprehensive knowledge in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I have worked in treatment settings across the continuum of mental health care, including outpatient, psychiatric emergency, and long-term care.

I obtained my Master of Science degree at the Ohio State University College of Nursing in 2018 while working nights as an RN in the Emergency Department of OSUMC. I am also a presenting member of the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor society of Nursing.

My career in mental health began 13 years ago as a case manager, later evolving into administration, and finally nursing. I have a true passion in caring for those suffering from mental illness and an equal passion in reducing the associated stigma. I bring a humanistic philosophy of care to the practice with an empathetic and non-judgmental approach. I value a collaborative model of treatment, combining pharmacological intervention, group and/or individual psychotherapy, as well as any other supportive services required to address the unique and complex needs of each patient.

Khalilah LaRue, PMHNP

Khalilah LaRue, PMHNP

Khalilah LaRue is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (Across the Lifespan). A graduate of The Ohio State University, Khalilah LaRue, PMHNP-BC also completed her psychiatric residency training program at OSU Medical Center (OSU Harding Hospital), Southeast Mental Healthcare Center, and OhioHealth. She remains active with Ohio State, as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, teaching Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students as well as resident physicians assistants. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. Khalilah's treatment philosophy draws from diverse experience and theoretical approaches. Treatment is individualized, collaborative, and aimed at understanding underlying conflicts, clarifying life goals, and making substantive behavioral change to enable you to live life in a more introspective, mindful way that leads to greater fulfillment.

Khalilah LaRue has been practicing for the past 13 years specializing in up-to-date scientific information about evidence-based treatment alternatives. She is committed to collaborating with her clients and to providing individualized treatment options. This helps to empower clients to make informed decisions. She teaches mind-body stress management and self-observation and relationship effectiveness skills. Her purpose is to provide adequate and optimal time to passionately care for clients. She is highly skilled in treating a wide variety of emotional disorders and life problems. Khalilah LaRue, CNP is knowledgeable about both Western medications, and scientifically supported alternative remedies. She teaches mind-body stress management skills, visualization and mindfulness and helps patients to improve self-observation and relationship effectiveness. She also uses insight-oriented psychotherapy and cutting-edge psychopharmacology to balance the body and mind. She also uses a variety of clinical therapy approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, eclectic, and solution-focused brief behavioral therapy to help patients on the road to recovery.

Shelley Miller, LISW, C.Ht

Shelley Miller, LISW, C.Ht

I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a master's degree from Walden University. I work with all populations and have enriched my experience working primarily with children and families mostly with ADHD, ODD, anxiety and depression.

My therapeutic approach stems from the western philosophy of evidenced based treatments such as CBT, and Solution Focused therapies, however, I also will incorporate a holistic eastern philosophy that includes; personal journeys, life purpose and spiritual values at the discretion of the client. I believe that to help someone heal completely they must have the opportunity and access to a complete compliment of treatment perspectives.

Hannah Tabory, LPCC

Hannah Tabory, LPCC

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who completed my graduate work at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families to overcome a spectrum of Mental Health related issues.

In my practice I use a trauma informed, person centered, strengths based approach to tackling an individual's struggles. I take an eclectic approach, utilizing strategies and skills from several evidenced based therapy models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. No two persons paths to happiness and fulfillment are the same, and my therapeutic approach reflects this philosophy.

I believe that every person has the ability to learn coping skills and develop resilience to overcome life's obstacles.

Claire Slak, LPC

Claire Slak, LPC

I am a licensed professional counselor with a master's degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College. My style of counseling is eclectic in nature; pulling aspects from Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered, and Strength-Based approaches making it easily adaptable to fit individual needs.

Throughout my journey of clinical practice, I have worked with children and adolescents on the autistic spectrum as well as with adults who have disabilities. Further, I have experience working with those diagnosed with substance use disorders as well as various other mental health diagnoses, including anxiety and depression. In the past, I have had the opportunity to provide individual art therapy sessions and open art therapy groups to people in community-based settings and to patients at the Cleveland Clinic through their Arts and Medicine institute.

Providing art therapy for individuals and in groups has allowed me to embrace an ever-growing understanding of the importance of overall wellness in clients. Making art acts as a catalyst to help clients discuss difficult or abstract topics that can lead more quickly to insight and therapeutic growth. I look forward to sharing my passion for making and using art effectively with anyone interested in a creative step toward wellness.

Kaleigh Mackay, LSW

Kaleigh Mackay, LSW

I am currently licensed as a master's level licensed social worker and I am pursuing my LiSW- CP. I received my Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2018 with a specialization in child and adolescent mental health.

I have clinical experience working with a wide variety of children, teens and adults. I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have extensive experience working with children and adolescents and adults who have experienced complex and severe trauma. I enjoy working with children and teens with anxiety and depression and work to implement an alternative style to traditional "talk-therapy" where clients feel safe to be expressive, reflective and heard.

In my clinical approach, I work to integrate Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing modalities to help my clients achieve their therapeutic goals. I work to instill a strong sense of value and self-worth in each and every client I meet, harboring a strengths-based approach to treatment and growth.

Kellie Kiernan, LPC, ATR

Kellie Kiernan, LPC, ATR

As a registered art therapist and licensed professional counselor, I believe in the cathartic and liberating power of visual and verbal communication and expression through art therapy combined with mental health counseling. I practice from holistic and eclectic humanistic approaches that include person-centered, Gestalt and transpersonal perspectives combined with art therapy.

My educational and professional experiences have provided opportunities to demonstrate success in working within diverse environments and populations, while highly valuing individuality and respect for all people. I have experience working with individuals from ages 4yrs to 97yrs old in various settings including hospitals, schools, retirement communities, mental health agencies and in client homes. I am currently accepting new clients.

Susan Adams, LPCC

Susan Adams, LPCC

Our journey through life may have high points and low points. It can be challenging, unexpected, and at times messy. During these times, it can be helpful to have someone walk by your side to provide support and help you sort it out. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and I specialize in working with women who are facing a variety of challenges such as feeling overwhelmed, stressed, depressed, having relationship issues, grief, anger, chronic illness, ADHD, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and more. My goal is to partner with you on your life's journey to help you increase healing and happiness. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College and a Master's of Adult Learning and Development from Cleveland State University. I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy and treatment is uniquely tailored to your individual needs. I genuinely care and am here to help!

Jeanette K. Mullet-Meisel, M.Ed., Ed.S

Jeanette K. Mullet-Meisel, M.Ed., Ed.S

Jeanette Meisel is a Licensed School Psychologist and holds a Master's in Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Kent State University. She has been in practice since 2006 as a school-based practitioner and special education administrator. Jeanette has extensive experience working with children and adolescents ages preschool through early adulthood and specializes in conducting evaluations to determine cognitive, academic, and executive function skills.

Jeanette is passionate about helping children grow, develop, and thrive in their homes, schools, and communities by identifying their strengths and needs, supporting caregivers in parenting children with neurodiversity, and helping families navigate the special education process in schools.

In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys tending to her flock of backyard chickens as well as camping and kayaking with her husband and three children.

Tony Junkin, Intake Coordinator

Tony Junkin, Intake Coordinator

Tony attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before moving to Westerville, OH to pursue a career in the mental health field. He has worked in both the nursing and administration sides of the field and is happy to have found a home with ACFP. He is the office manager, primary scheduler, intake specialist, and patient-clinician liaison. When not working at the clinic, he enjoys spending time with his husband, 2 cats (Oscar and Yentl) and dog (Loki). He also writes genre movie reviews for various websites in his free time.

Prestine Macy, Administrative Assistant

Prestine Macy, Administrative Assistant

Prestine earned her bachelor's degree in childhood education at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She has over twenty years of experience in administrative work ranging from entry level to executive level positions. She has a strong background in customer service and dealing with children and families. She is excited to share her abilities and organizational skills with ACFP and is ready to assist patients with any needs they may have.

Quinn Mathews, LPN

Quinn Mathews, LPN

I obtained my LPN in 2006 where I graduated as Valedictorian of my class. I am currently in the process of obtaining my RN. I have a wide range of experience that includes caring for all ages and stages of life. I am passionate about caring for others and helping them get their needs met. I am excited to be a part of the ACFP team and eager to help in any way I can.