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Ann-Marie Sands

LCSW, CADC | Therapist | Clinical Director

Ann-Marie Sands is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She earned her B.S. at Purdue University in Child Development and Family Studies and her M.S.W. at Loyola University Chicago. She specializes in addiction, dual diagnosis, mood disorder, and anxiety disorders. Ann-Marie utilizes mindfulness, narrative therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in sessions. Also, she provides family treatment to families who have children in early adolescence, late adolescence, and early adulthood.

Kristen Oberc

LMHCA, MS | Therapist

Kristen Oberc is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. Kristen earned her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Purdue University Calumet, as well as completed education certification as an Addiction Counselor. Kristen has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in the treatment of anxiety and depression, addiction, trauma, grief and loss, stress management, behavior plans, working with families adjusting to parenting roles, as well as postpartum depression, and insomnia.

Erin Swinson

LMHCA, MS | Therapist

Erin specializes in working with adults and children and adolescents who are looking to improve their mental health, manage emotions, improve communication and cope with stressors. Erin’s areas of expertise are  anxiety, depression, self-esteem, interpersonal/relationship issues, and trauma. She uses a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, exploratory, and problem solving techniques to promote progress in one’s overall well-being. 

Erin specializes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction having extensive training in Mindfulness modalities.  Additionally, Erin has been trained in the Mindfulness in the Classroom program and has taught Mindfulness skills to elementary students and teachers in the Northwest Indiana area.   Erin also facilitates an 8-week Mindfulness class several times throughout the year. 

Erin holds a Master’s in Science in Counseling from Purdue University Calumet.

Kathryn Druzbicki

LMHCA, MS | Therapist

Kathryn is a National Certified Counselor with over 20 years of experience, specializing in addiction, eating disorders, anxiety disorders and depression, as well as grief counseling and stress management.

Kathryn utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Gottman Relationship Therapy in session to increase clients’ self-awareness and restore hope and balance in their lives. Kathryn works with adolescents and adults and elderly, specializing in both individual and couple’s therapy.

Kathryn earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Chicago.  Kathryn is also a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders.

Natasha Williams

LMFTA, MS

Natasha is a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Purdue University Calumet. Natasha uses solution-focused and narrative therapies along with mindfulness to empower clients in their healing. She has experience working with families where high-functioning Autism is present, parenting training, couple communication, divorce, and issues facing marginalized populations. Natasha is a Safe Zone Advocate and is trained in PREPARE/ENRICH as well as Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Publication: Applying Structural Family Therapy in the Changing Context of the Modern African American Single Mother

Mashone Parker-Wright

PhD

Dr. Parker-Wright, a National Certified Counselor, earned her PhD from the University of Iowa. Dr. Parker-Wright has experience working with small children, teens and adults treating depression, anxiety, family planning/treatment, trauma, grief/loss, LGBTQ concerns, domestic violence and addiction. Although she works with all populations, she specializes in teen and young adult counseling. Specifically, she focuses on working with teens whose mental health and/or behavioral issues are manifesting in maladaptive ways and poor functioning in home and school environments. Dr. Parker-Wright has familiarity with collaborating with school officials around behavioral problems as well. Dr. Parker-Wright uses a multitude of clinical approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness during her sessions. Additional experiences include teaching in university settings, court ordered services, substance abuse assessments, parenting assessments, and diagnostic assessments.

Kemuel Hawkins

LMHC, MS | Therapist

Kemuel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and an Addictions Counseling Certification from Purdue University Calumet. Kemuel’s clinical work has led to him specializing in men’s issues, addiction, and how both issues interrelate to the family system and children and adolescences.  As part of his training, Kemuel has worked in several education and outpatient mental health settings where he has has helped clients address psychological issues related to depression, addiction, anxiety and fears, life transition and adjustment struggles, relationship problems, childhood developmental difficulties and parenting concerns. Kemuel’s work with addiction expands into process addictions such as pornography, technology, and relationships or codependence.

Kemuel employs an integrative approach in which he uses Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-based approaches, and somatic therapies to assist his clients in navigating a path to enhanced self-awareness and personal development. Kemuel approaches psychotherapy from a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and logical perspective, and through a collaborative effort with the individual, couple, or family, treatment is highly tailored to the needs of the client.

Charley Fowler

LSW | Therapist

Charley holds a Masters degree in Child Development and Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver. She has spent time as a therapist at Children’s Hospital of Colorado in their Pediatric Mental Health Institute, receiving advanced training in working with children, adolescents, and families. Charley has experience treating various mental health disorders including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, conduct and behavioral problems, ADHD, developmental disorders, adjustments issues, eating disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Charley incorporates a strengths-based approach along with a person-in-environment perspective to deliver evidence-based intervention modalities to treat her clients. Combining research findings, empirical knowledge and clinical assessment skills, along with the contextual factors of her client, Charley takes a collaborative approach with her client to develop a treatment plan to best meet their goals. Charley practices cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, parent management training, play therapy, exposure-response therapy, and mindfulness.

Jacob Blankenberger

LSW | Therapist

Jacob is a licensed social worker who earned his B.S.W. at Western Illinois University and his M.S.W. at St. Ambrose University. Jacob believes in an empowerment, client-centered perspective to develop a treatment plan that is embedded in evidence-based research.

Jacob is trained in and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Collaborative Therapy, and Family Functional Therapy in sessions.  Jacob has applied these techniques throughout his experience working in medical social work and hospice, providing relief to clients who were experiencing difficulties in the grief spectrum, depression, anxiety, trauma, and other disorders.

Jacob specializes in collaborative treatment plans that creates a relationship with his clients, providing a non-judgmental environment that focuses on introspection, goals, and healing, creating a better quality of life.

Ashley Elcock

MS | Therapist

Ashley is a Master’s Level Therapist. She holds a M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Northwest. Ashley has experience working with individuals, families, and couples on relationship concerns, communication difficulties, anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, parenting skills and concerns, difficult life transitions, and infidelity.

Ashley uses an eclectic theoretical modality with a concentration in Emotionally Focused and Narrative Therapies in her work with clients. She also provides a contextual approach in her work. This consists of fostering an understanding of her clients and their various contexts, and how these contexts might play into some of the concerns that bring them in, as well as the strengths that they possess. This can include their family, culture, history, identity, workplace, and any other relationships or contexts in their lives. Ashley emphasizes creating a space where her clients can be truly heard and understood, as well as feel safe, empowered, and accepted in their journey towards change. Ashley believes each individual who comes into therapy has the strengths and ability needed to make changes in their lives, and is committed to working as a team to help clients achieve their goals.

John Wall

Intern

John is completing his master’s degree in child development and family studies with a specialization in marriage and family therapy at Purdue University Northwest. He has completed his graduate internship as a marriage and family therapist intern and is accepting new clients as he pursues his associate license.

John’s integrated approach includes emotionally-focused, structural, and narrative therapies to work with individuals, children, teens, intimate partners, and families. He has worked with issues related to strengthening communication, conflict resolution, parenting enhancement, depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal ideation, substance use, and life transitions.

John is also an LGBTQ-affirmative therapist who focuses on mental health needs for individuals, children, teens, families, and intimate partners who identify as LGBTQ. His therapy focuses on providing clients a safe and supportive place to discuss issues related to the identity process, experiences of discrimination, and attending to personal mental health.

Margaret Kapitan

Intern

Maggie is a marriage and family therapist intern. Maggie uses a collaborative, integrated approach including narrative, solution-focused, emotion focused and integrative cognitive behavioral therapies. Maggie has experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Her work has focused on anxiety, depression, suicide ideation, self-harming behaviors, family and intimate partner communication, family boundaries, parenting, and trauma. Maggie addresses systemic issues from a postmodern perspective. Maggie can offer services on a sliding fee scale as well as those with insurance plans.


About Clarity Clinic


Clarity Clinic specializes in Adults, Pediatric, Couples/Families Psychotherapy Services serving clients throughout Northwest Indiana. Our experienced therapists combine exceptional clinical skills with sound, research-based treatment options.

Our providers specialize in a wide-range of mental and behavioral health concerns and utilize a client-centered approach to meet the diverse needs of our clients.

We serve all areas of Northwest Indiana, including: Chesterton, Crown Point, DeMotte, Dyer, East Chicago, Griffith, Highland, Hebron, Hobart, Kentland, Lake Station, La Porte, Merrillville, Michigan City, Munster, Portage, Rensselaer, Schererville, St. John, Cedar Lake, Valparaiso, and Winfield

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Email
info@claritynwi.com

Phone
219-595-0043

Address
9250 Columbia Ave Suite E2
Munster, IN, 46321

fax
219-237-2894

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