Meet Our Skilled Psychotherapists and Staff
Howard Fradkin, Ph.D., LICDC has counseled over 1000 male survivors in individual, couples, group
psychotherapy and weekend workshops over the course of his 30 year career as a Psychologist. As
Co-Chairperson of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery,
(www.malesurvivor.org) Howard has directed 38
Weekends of Recovery since 2001 for over 750 men. MaleSurvivor sponsors 7 weekends per year for men at
all stages of recovery, and also has a vibrant website full of information and resources for survivors and
their families. Dr. Fradkin has also trained nearly a thousand professional colleagues on the topic of male
survivors of sexual abuse.
In November 2010, Dr. Fradkin was invited and honored to speak as an expert on Oprah's historic two shows
featuring 200 male survivors gathered together to offer hope and inspiration for the millions of
survivors around the world. He has also been featured as an expert on the Dr. Phil Show,
NPR, the Gayle King Show, TAALK-radio, and locally on WOSU's Ann Fisher All Sides Show.
Dr. Fradkin founded Affirmations: A Center for Psychotherapy and Growth, in
Columbus, OH in 1984. His expertise includes trauma recovery for men and women
survivors, those struggling with depression and anxiety, alcoholism, drug
addiction and sex addiction, sexual orientation confusion and acceptance, people
with HIV and AIDS, and group psychotherapy.
Dr. Fradkin was one of the founding board members of MaleSurvivor, and currently serves as an Advisory
Board Member. In 2010, Dr. Fradkin delivered the keynote address at the International MaleSurvivor
Conference in New York City. He also served as President of MaleSurvivor and served on the Board of
Directors for 6 years prior to developing the Weekends of Recovery program.
Hay House is contracting with Dr. Fradkin to publish his first book,
Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive, due to be released
in November 2012.
Laufersweiler also takes a vibrant approach to life and healing. He is
a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and has been honored with the
Ohio AIDS Coalition Spirit of Healing Award. (He is also the creative force
behind the beautiful garden you will notice along the office path.)
With a Master's in Guidance and Counseling
from Niagra University, Don has contributed to a range of chemical dependency,
emergency crisis intervention, and counseling services, and enjoys a national
reputation for his powerful teaching ability.
His proudest achievement has been
serving as chairperson for the Ohio AIDS Coalition for three years.
Don was also a founder of the Gay
People's Alliance at Ohio University, and co-founder of the Washington
County AIDS Task Force.
In addition, he was selected by his
peers to serve for six years on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Credentialing
Board for Chemical Dependency Professionals. His research includes contributions
to "Development of Social Interaction in Passive Mentally Retarded Adults
in a Natural Setting" and publication of "Early Recovery for the Gay and
Lesbian Recovering Addict."
Fluent in American Sign Language,
Don is uniquely able to counsel deaf and hard-of-hearing patients with
impressive results. He is also a certified clinical hypnotherapist.
Dwight earned his master's degree in counseling from the University of Tennessee in May of 2001 and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in August of 2008. In the meantime, he worked in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations. Specifically, he has worked in community mental health centers, university counseling centers, and with a crisis organization for children and adolescents. Dwight completed his pre-doctoral internship at The Ohio State University's Counseling and Consultation Service.
Healing, Growth, and Empowerment ...
Dwight views himself as a healer and views individual psychotherapy as a process of healing. He attempts to help clients find their psychological wounds and core conflicts and then attempts to nurture these wounds and internal struggles. His therapeutic style centers upon displaying care, warmth, and respect for his clients. Dwight views the therapeutic journey as a process. He values an approach to life that focuses on the process of living, which includes the process of making decisions, the process of problem-solving, the process of trying to reach goals, etc. Through the therapeutic process, he believes that individuals change the way they interact with others, the world, and/or themselves as they truly embrace the therapeutic journey. He also wants his clients to know how much he respects them and honors how, when, and why they allow him to enter into their psychological world. "I have a deep respect for clients and want them to feel my care and concern for them as well as my belief in their ability to change. In this light, I view my role as one where I help clients feel empowered to interact with others, the world, or themselves differently and to develop the confidence, resiliency, and belief to maintain this change."
Dwight has gained experience working with individuals across the life span (i.e., children, adolescents, adults, elders), couples and families, and diverse clients. He has been trained as a generalist and embraces the idea of being able to work effectively with most populations and most issues (e.g., depression, sexual trauma, loss, anxiety, substance use/abuse, body image/disordered eating, identity issues, etc.). He is also proud to be a Psychologist affiliated with Affirmations ... where diversity, social advocacy, and the belief in the human spirit are appreciated, valued, and nurtured.
Chad earned his master's degree in 2004 and his Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 2008.
Both degrees were completed here in Columbus at The Ohio State University.
Chad completed his predoctoral internship at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
and a postdoctoral fellowship at Ohio University. He has worked in college mental health, an inpatient
setting, the VA, and with primary care physicians helping to coordinate medical and psychological care.
Chad has experience working with diverse clients and a variety of concerns. His individual clients have
included adolescents as well as older adults, and he has a strong background in group and couple's therapy.
Chad believes strongly in the importance of learning to understand and appreciate one's own emotional
experience. He views therapy as a potentially powerful tool for reaching this goal and a collaborative
endeavor where the worldview of his client is honored and respected. In addition to his work at
Affirmations, Chad also teaches at Columbus State Community College. Chad joined the practice in August
Affirmations is proud to announce the licensure of Chad Corbley, Ph.D. as a Psychologist!
not only practices psychotherapy, but also trains and supervises graduate
students as part of his job as a Psychologist at The Ohio State University's
Counseling and Consultation Service. He uses his knowledge and skills to
facilitate the healing of individuals and couples dealing with a wide range
of concerns: sexual orientation, AIDS, depression, anxiety; abuse,
helps persons struggling with depression and anxiety, stress, relationships,
abuse and trauma, personality disorders, chemical dependency, low self-esteem,
gay and lesbian issues, and AIDS. He is also highly successful in counseling
couples and families coping with anger, domestic violence, communication
breakdowns, intimacy problems and codependency.
Craig is skilled in many therapeutic
techniques including hypnosis and EMDR. Craig is gifted in his ability
to work well with both children and adults.
Affirmations is thrilled to include Amy Pfeiffer, MA, PCC-S as a part-time
psychotherapist on our staff. Amy, a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and
Supervisor, has worked in social service and has experience with many populations
Currently Amy is also a full-time therapist for The Buckeye Ranch's Community Based
Counseling team. She has extensive experience with adolescent and family
counseling, and formerly worked counseling students at The Ohio State University.
Amy received her Master's in Clinical Counseling at The Ohio State University and
her Bachelor's from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. She also enjoys
supervising PCs and Counseling interns when she has the opportunity.
Amy is a goal-oriented therapist demonstrating approaches based in Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Systems Approach, and some
Psychodynamics. She specializes in individual, family, and couple's work,
adolescent and adult populations, and LGBTQ issues and support. Amy has experience
working with anxiety, depression, survivors of sexual and physical assault/abuse,
family dynamics, Borderline Personality Disorder, self-esteem issues, and
relationship issues. Amy has run and currently runs support groups for LGBTQ
She has received numerous trainings on different psychotherapeutic approaches,
populations, and techniques, as well as invitations to guest lecture at Purdue
University, The Ohio State University, and has sat on several professional panels.
She has presented in numerous occasions to mental health professionals and the
general public on issues such as: LGBT issues in athletics, stress management,
family relationships, foster care parenting and general parenting, "Coming Out"
issues for families, and throughout the lifespan, Transgender-specific trainings,
and relationship management.
Chanté earned her Master's in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She
completed her internship and clinical fellowship at OSU Counseling & Consultation
Service, where she is currently employed full-time. In addition to doing
individual, couples, and group therapy she enjoys doing administrative social
Chanté works from a collaborative and person centered perspective, integrating
theories and techniques from a variety of therapies, including
cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, existential, humanistic and interpersonal
frameworks. She is interested in providing a safe space where you can tell your
story, heal, make changes, and feel empowered. Chanté has been trained as a
generalist and has knowledge and experience working with a variety of populations
and concerns. Some of her areas of interest include relationship issues, identity
development, spirituality, family of origin concerns, self esteem, intimacy and
sexual concerns, depression, and anxiety.
Abbe earned her master's in Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2007. Abbe is a licensed independent social worker who
has worked in various social service settings and has experience with different and unique populations.
Abbe has been employed full-time at The Buckeye Ranch for over 5 years. She currently is a full-time outpatient therapist
for The Buckeye Ranch. Abbe has significant experience in individual and family counseling with children, adolescent and adult
populations. Abbe currently conducts a Social Skills group at The Buckeye Ranch with children ages 8-12 years old.
Abbe also enjoys providing supervision and teaching social work interns.
Abbe has experience working with diverse client populations and works from a strengths based as well as goal-oriented perspective.
Abbe utilizes various techniques and approaches including Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Solution focused therapy, Dialectical Behavioral
therapy and Systems approach. Abbe has experience working with clients struggling with sexual trauma and assault, anxiety, depression,
self-esteem issues, social skill issues, relationship issues, family dynamics, as well as behavioral concerns. Abbe hopes to provide
clients with a safe and supportive environment to work toward healing, empowerment and reaching goals.