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.

Ashley Skelly ATR, LPCC-S

Ashley Skelly ATR, LPCC-S

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor (LPCC-S) and a registered art therapist (ATR). I have clinical experience working with adults living with epilepsy, cancer, and kidney disease; families and individuals who have experienced trauma; and children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of mental health diagnoses. I have provided services within individual, group, and family therapy settings. I also have experience collaborating with the complex systems of child welfare and domestic court, as well as a myriad of community resource programs.

At A Child and Family Psychiatry, I provide art therapy treatment for adults. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that promotes self-expression through the use of art within the therapeutic relationship. Individuals who engage in art therapy may use techniques such as drawing, painting, collaging, or sculpting as a method of communication and exploration, often leading to deeper self-discovery.

While art therapy is my primary treatment modality, I also utilize an eclectic approach in which components of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing may be introduced. All treatment models used are trauma-informed and are adapted to fit your individual treatment needs.

My therapeutic style is reflective, flexible, and empathic. I strive to help you reach personal goals to improve your mental health and well-being. I will join you and provide a space to heal from adversity, navigate transitions, find coping mechanisms to manage difficult feelings, and increase meaningful experiences in your life.

Katelyn Helldoerfer, LPCC

Katelyn Helldoerfer, LPCC

I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor that graduated from Ursuline College with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Counseling and Art Therapy. Additionally I am a 200 hour registered yoga teacher and have acquired an additional 100 hours of trauma informed yoga training through Yoga on High in Columbus.

In my practice, I take both a client centered and strength based approach to celebrate and explore the answers, inner resources and insight that each client can naturally tap into with guidance and patience. My values are centered in treating the whole person through body/mind/spirit mechanisms. This approach is introduced from a variety of empowering and creative angles that appeal to the uniqueness of each individual. Knowing that everyone is different, I work eclectically by utilizing a toolbox of various evidenced based approaches including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution focused Therapy, somatic and mindfulness based interventions and motivational interviewing. Overall, I find knowledge of these frameworks help me to introduce artistic and expressive interventions with grounded intentions that lead to meaningful experiences.

My populations of interest include school aged youth, adolescents and adults that suffer from anxiety, depression, and transitions into new life circumstances.

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.

Alix Hoekzema, M.S. CCC-SLP

Alix Hoekzema, M.S. CCC-SLP

I hold a master's degree in communications disorders and current state and national licenses as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I have been practicing for 9 years and specialize in pediatric speech therapy. I believe the ability to communicate is a human right and helping people achieve functional communication greatly improves the quality of life.

As a speech-language pathologist I understand and apply different therapy techniques and theories to each individual's personalized therapy plan and sessions. I hope to create a fun and productive session each time a client is seen that will help them gain the skills necessary to communicate and participate in the community.

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.

Lia Ferrell, LISW, ITR-CTT, IFS Level 3

Lia Ferrell, LISW, ITR-CTT, IFS Level 3

I am a Certified Trauma Therapist with primary expertise in helping people heal from traumatic experiences. I'm also an experienced practitioner in Instinctual Traumatic Response therapy and in Internal Family Systems therapy, which together target the healing of the memories and aftereffects of traumatic experiences. I have extensive experience in both mental health and addiction therapies with adults, adolescents, children, families and groups.

Qiana Stephens, MSN, PMHNP

Qiana Stephens, MSN, PMHNP

I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Walden University in 2019 with my Master's in Nursing. Prior to completing graduate school, I worked at Riverside Methodist Hospital as an RN with adults on the acute Behavioral Health Unit for 2 years. I also worked as an RN at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for 15 years in the Neonatal ICU. My Provider experiences mainly consist of acute and residential child/adolescent psychiatric care, with high-risk youth with traumatic histories.

I see clients from the ages of 5 and up that are dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, etc. Medication management is a part of my specialty, however is only a fraction to holistic treatment. I offer CBT and talk therapy. I believe in working collaboratively with my clients, so that we may work on plans and goals together for optimal success.

Extensive psychiatric health disparities exist among minorities and LGBTQ+ communities. My office is open to all backgrounds and I want to seek the best treatment for you, so that you may try and live your best life.

Sarah Lewis-Robinson, LPC, NCC

Sarah Lewis-Robinson, LPC, NCC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My approach to counseling is based in Cognitive-Behavioral and Internal Family Systems theories. I also utilize Strength-Based and Didactic approaches.

I enjoy working with clients from a multitude of ranges, however I specialize in clients whom suffer from grief, depression and anxiety. My goals for counseling are to build a lasting rapport with my clients and encourage holistic wellness.

Kellie Kiernan ATR, LPC

Kellie Kiernan ATR, LPC

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.

Amy Cosma, RN

Amy Cosma, RN

Amy is a Registered Nurse who will be finishing her Master's degree in order to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner this fall.

Candice West, Billing/Credentialing Specialist

Candice West, Billing/Credentialing Specialist

Candi is our billing and credentialing specialist. She processes all insurance claims and ensures that our clinicians maintain the proper credentials to accept the insurance providers we are contracted with.

Tony Junkin, Office Administrator

Tony Junkin, Office Administrator

Tony is our office administrator, scheduling coordinator, intake specialist, and patient/clinician liaison.

Katelyn Caniford, Administrative Assistant

Katelyn Caniford, Administrative Assistant

Katelyn is our administrative assistant. She assists the Office Administrator with all office duties.