Life-changing mental health treatment and online therapy services provided by Ohio’s top team of mental health professionals. We’re here to empower you with the hope and support you need to heal, learn, and grow along your journey to lasting mental wellness.

Reach out to us today for a free, confidential consult — we can help.

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Who we are

KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry is one of Ohio’s premier mental health treatment providers specializing in psychiatry, mental health counseling and therapy, and addiction treatment. We serve patients from Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and beyond through our online mental health treatment program and virtual teletherapy services. Our goal is to provide an empowering and individualized experience that our patients will find effective, supportive, convenient, and easily accessible.


Mental health disorders are a wide range of conditions that can affect mood, thinking, and behavior. Some drain people of their motivation, while others push people to make risky choices, but all get in the way of living life.

We offer medication to lessen these symptoms, and personalized therapy to help identify unhealthy thought patterns and teach sustainable ways to overcome mental health disorders.


Our online telehealth services use a confidential, HIPAA-compliant video platform so patients can reap the benefits of our dedicated treatment from the comfort of home. Our doctors and counselors schedule appointments six days a week, with same-day options available, so patients can access the care and support they deserve when they need it most.

Online Mental Health Treatment

Online Mental Health Treatment

Following a comprehensive assessment, our Mental Health Director will make an official mental health disorder diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan based on a patient’s unique needs and goals. From there, we conduct regular virtual check-ins, monitor medications, and adjust our care as a patient’s needs evolve.

Online Mental Health Counseling

Online Mental Health Counseling

Patients will have an opportunity to connect with our experienced team of licensed counselors for virtual counseling sessions as part of their mental health treatment plan. Teletherapy is offered in a private one-on-one setting, as well as in small groups for those who would benefit from a supportive peer environment.

Online Suboxone Treatment

Online Suboxone Treatment

Mental health disorders are often accompanied by a substance use disorder (SUD), which is why we address both in tandem. For those suffering with an addiction to opioids, we offer online Suboxone treatment and substance abuse counseling to help them bypass traditional detox and transition into recovery more easily.


KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry is led by a team of experienced, compassionate professionals who work together closely to provide patients with the best treatment experience possible. Our staff includes board-certified physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and licensed counselors and social workers. Here are a few of our key treatment providers:

Nafresha Abuaun, PMHNP

Nafresha Abuaun, PMHNP, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over three years of experience helping patients of all ages with their behavioral and mental health. She offers compassionate care and personalized solutions to individuals struggling with mood or anxiety disorders, substance use disorders (SUD), trauma-related disorders, and more — striving to be an active listener and all-in-one resource for her patients.

Joe Sullivan, Practice Manager

Joe recently joined the KAV Team in May of 2023. He brings over 25 years of experience to the Practice Management Team. He brings a great passion for serving the Behavioral Health Community. He is focused on breaking the stigmas associated with SUD and Mental Health and strives to deliver the best patient experience possible.

Angel Chick, MSW LSW

Angel graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work from Ohio University. Angel has over 5 years of experience in this field in both Ohio and West Virginia. She has experience working with geriatrics, sexual assault survivors, domestic violence survivors, addictions and mental health, is TF-CBT certified, and juveniles ranging from 5 years of age to 17 years of age. Angel came to KAV with the passion to help others better themselves and being the best possible person they can be!

Katrina Connell LISW

Kat is a licensed Independent Social worker in Ohio. She completed her Masters degree at Ohio University with a focus on social work. Kat is also certified in Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) since 2022. She has specialized in working with those who suffer with substance use and mental health. Kat has a passion for helping individuals and bringing healing to those who have had traumatic/stressful life experiences. Her therapeutic approach is to evaluate each person unbiasedly with support and feedback to aid clients effectively in addressing personal challenges. She is always looking to expand her skills and believes we can all learn from one another. She believes in being open minded, empathetic and accommodating to others needs/beliefs. She has worked with ages ranging from youth to seniors and welcomes all.

Phillip Rutherford LPC

Phillip graduated from Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus with a Bachelor’s Degree in Specialized Studies in Psychology and Communications in 1999. Phillip graduated from Ohio University-Athens Campus with a Masters in Education-Community and Agency counseling in 2001. He has been effectively counseling clients with a variety of mental health diagnoses by using a variety of modalities that match the client’s personality to improve their overall well-being. He is a substance abuse specialist using a cognitive-behavioral approach to assist these clients in successful recovery and relapse prevention. He has been certified by The Pacific Institute as a master teacher in providing psychoeducation to clients who prefer individual and group sessions. Philip’s motto is “We Change Lives, One Person at a Time”.
Smiling Patient at KAV Mental Health and Psychiatric


When patients choose KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry, they’re choosing to receive non-judgmental, accessible mental health treatment that’s customized to their needs. Our patients are our top priority, and we offer compassionate, convenient care to each one as an individual, without cookie-cutter solutions. That means that you can rest assured that your unique combination of prescription medication and personalized counseling is designed with only your comfort — and outcomes — in mind.

We also don’t want finances to be a barrier to getting our patients the help they need. KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry is in-network with Ohio Medicaid insurance, works with other providers, and offers affordable self-pay options for those without coverage.

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Areas Served

KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry is proud to provide quality mental health treatment services in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and surrounding communities. We’re able to extend our reach to those who need us with our flexible online treatment options.


“This place has been a blessing from day one. As a mother of 3, it’s not always the easiest to get away from the kiddos. I love the fact that I don’t have to leave my home to meet with my therapist. The online counseling aspect is really convenient and was honestly the only way for me to get the help I needed. I plan on continuing my monthly sessions because I keep seeing more growth and positive change in myself each time.”

– A.T.

“Depression controlled my life for a very long time, and up until a few months ago I was hopeless of that ever changing. KAV helped me find balance again. They helped me find peace. I rediscovered what being happy feels like. Though I still have bad days, I now have the tools and support systems to get me through them. I finally feel in control of my life again, and for that I am grateful.”

– J.C.

“I started feeling really anxious and depressed after the birth of my first child, which was when one of my close friends told me about KAV. My first visit with the doctor was great. She asked me a lot of questions, was super attentive, and gave me the time to talk through my issues. I could tell that she genuinely cared about trying to help me. We talked about different medication options and she suggested therapy. I was hesitant at first, but I’m really glad I said yes because my counselor has really helped me explore all this new anxiety. It changes every day with a baby, but I do feel like I’m in such a better place now, and so much more available for my daughter.”


“Pain pills took me down a really dark path for many years. I’ve been to rehab several times, but could never stay clean for long after I got out. I thank the doctors and counselors at KAV every day for helping me turn my life around. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve been sober for 14 months and have the belief in myself that it will stay that way. Most importantly, I can be the father and husband my family needs. Thank you KAV — you all truly saved my life!!!”

– J.K.

“Paying attention for long periods of time has been a struggle for as long as I can remember. It’s made things like school…relationships…holding down a job…etc pretty tough. Prior to coming here I’d heard of ADHD but never really looked into it…but after just a few visits my doctor and counselor helped me better understand it and get it under control. It’s been a really good experience so far…I only wish I would’ve pursued getting help like this sooner.”

– L.B.