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Serenity Concepts Mental Health and Recovery Practice, LLC

Recovery in an emotionally safe environment

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About Us
Serenity Concepts was born under the direction of Deb McSheffery. During a phase of daydreaming for a business, Deb considered opening a full scale store committed to serenity and healing. Nature, birds, horticulture, aromatherapy, music, books, meditations, stress classes all in a relaxed atmosphere were part of that dream. All concepts that promote serenity. The store did not come to fruition, but a mental health and substance abuse practice did. Using the same components of serenity, the center is decorated with birdhouses, aromatherapy, flowers, music, a lending library and a nurturing environment. Following, are small bios of all the therapists.
Steven Johnston, MA, PCC-S

Steven has been a clinical counselor for over 19 years, with special training in the areas of Pastoral Counseling, Gerontology; Suicide Prevention; Domestic Violence; Child Sexual Abuse; and Marital Counseling. He received a B.A. in Bible from Mt. Vernon Bible College, Mt. Vernon, OH, in 1984, and a M.A. in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH in 1988. He completed the LPCC program through Ashland Theological Seminary in 1997. In Addition, Steven has developed a specialty in supervision of counselors.

Michaele Barsnack PCC-S

Michaele has provided art therapy and counseling in Columbus, OH, since 1982. She received her BFA from Kent State University in 1979 and her MSEd from the University of Dayton in 2000. She is licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor, (PCC-S), a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC-CS), a Board Certified Art Therapist . She is also certified by the American Psychotherapy Association as a Board Certified Professional Counselor (BCPC). Michaele's clinical experience includes her work with adults, adolescents and children through in-patient, out-patient and day treatment clinics, drug rehabilitation programs, medical and psychiatric hospitals, schools, jails, prisons and private practice. Currently, Michaele is a full time instructor in the undergraduate art therapy program at Capital University, Columbus, OH and she continues to provide art therapy and clinical counseling.
Debra McSheffery, LISW-S

Deb received her BA from Kent State University in 1977 and completed her Masters in 1982, from Case Western Reserve University. Deb is a clinical social worker who has been in practice for over 31 years. She has experience with mood disorders, PTSD, anger management, alcoholism and other drug addictions. Deb recently completed hypnotherapy training sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic Integrated Medicine Center. She also has training in EMDR.  She works with individuals, families, and, in a group setting. Her past experience include Directions for Youth, Riverside Methodist Hospital and Harding Hospital, prior to private practice.
Marc Schramm, PsyD

Marc earned his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1987, and has a diverse practice, based in Hilliard.Here at Serenity Concepts he provides group therapy.  Marc is a member of The American Group Psychotherapy Association, and past president of the Tri - State Group Psychotherapy Society.He is a founding certificant of the National Registry of Group psychotherapists, and formerly was a contributing editor to Psychology Self-HelpMagazine on the Web.



Jeffrey Koenig, LISW

Jeff earned his B.A in Religious Studies from Mount Vernon Nazarene College in 1982, and his Masters in Social Work, Clinical Concentration from The Ohio State University in 1987. He is licensed as an Independent Social Worker with the Ohio Counselor Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. He has worked extensively in educational settings, and is certified as a School Social Worker with the Ohio Department of Education. He received specialized training in family therapy techniques and interventions from the Willson Clinic/Hanna Neil Center for Children in Columbus, Ohio. Other professional training and professional experiences include: Social Skills Training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, sexual abuse recovery, childhood and adolescent behavioral and adjustment problems and Special Education issues. His counseling philosophy is centered on client strengths and solutions focused perspective.


New Therapists

We have recently added three new therapists to our practice, Kimberly Smith,PCC-S, Cheryl Cook,LISW-S, LICDC and Dulce Hershberger, LISW-S.  Look forward to reading a short bio on these new additions to our therapists. Coming soon!

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