Provider Profile

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

LMHC, 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

LMHC, 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

LMHC, MS | Therapist

Kathryn is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor 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.

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

LMFTA, 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.

Hillary Jones

LMHCA, MS | Therapist

Hillary is Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and National Certified Counselor, specializing in treating children, adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief and loss, as well as trauma and crisis.  Hillary also has experience working with couples and families dealing with relationship issues and life changes.

Hillary is an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist, offering a safe place for individuals of all ages and their families to discuss issues that may arise during the identity process, which include, but are not limited to, discrimination and alienation from loved ones and the effect that these struggles can have on a person’s mental health.

Hillary’s approach includes a blend of Existentialism, Choice Theory, and Mindfulness techniques, with a philosophy aimed at assisting clients to become aware of their true potential.  By working to gain control of their lives they can find meaning, fulfillment, and happiness.

Audrey Paik

MS, LMFTA | Therapist

Audrey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. She earned her B.S. at University of Georgia in Human Development and Family Sciences and her M.S. at Purdue University Northwest in Human Development and Family Studies with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Audrey’s integrated approach includes Narrative, Solution-Focused, Emotionally Focused, Structural and Transgenerational Family therapies to work with individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families. Combining contextual and relational factors of her client’s life, Audrey provides a safe and empowering environment for her clients to explore and understand how their family history, culture, and identities shape their relationship with the concerns they bring into therapy. Audrey believes in creating an authentic relationship with her clients to provide a nonjudgmental and empathic place where her clients can truly heal and grow.

Audrey has experience working with various issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting skills, domestic violence, strengthening communication within couples and families, issues related to marginalized populations, issues related to Asian American experiences, setting family boundaries, and life transitions. Audrey is trained in PREPARE/ENRICH and is an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist.

Dr. Ishani Dalal

Psychiatrist | DO

Dr. Dalal is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats addiction, anxiety, and mood disorders and is a suboxone certified provider.  Dr. Dalal has extensive experience treating adults and seniors with over 10 years of diverse experience.

Dr. Dalal received her medical degree in 2009 from Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in general psychiatry at Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2015, and her fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Northwestern University in 2016.

Dr. Dalal has an extensive background working both in a hospital and rehabilitation setting where she has had the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team to provide the support patients need while gaining vast experience and knowledge treating patients in a holistic approach.  

Dr. Dalal provides assessment and diagnosis, as well as medication management. Dr. Dalal’s emphatic and client-focused approach offers a safe and nurturing environment to allow for the highest level of care.

Dr. Dalal accepts insurance such as BCBS, Aetna, Medicare, Cigna, United Healthcare and Tricare as well as out of network and self-pay rates.  

Margaret Kapitan

Master's-Level Intern

Margaret is practicing as a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, working towards her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Margaret’s focus in therapy is to provide a safe place for clients to discuss the struggles they face on personal and relational levels. She takes a collaborative and strengths based approach to therapy, working together with clients to find ways to reach their goals. She considers problems from a social, relational, and historical perspective. Margaret is passionate about providing inclusive therapy: creating a safe place for clients of all genders and expressions, ethnicities, cultures, sexual identities, sexual orientations, and relationship types. Her work is focused on anxiety, depression, suicide ideation, self-harm, trauma, and family and relational communication and boundaries.

Rachael Martin

MFT Intern

Rachael takes a collaborative approach to therapy and believes that she has a responsibility as a therapist to create a safe, supportive, open environment where clients are encouraged to claim space, feel empowered, and take an active role in the therapy process. Rachael’s approach to therapy integrates Bowenian family therapy and Narrative therapy. Rachael focuses on patterns of behaviors and relationships within and across generations of families, the balance between connectedness and individuality, and increasing an individual’s ability to cope with and tolerate stress. Rachael is committed to working with clients in a way that acknowledges how context, identity, societal messages, power, and oppression impact people’s experience.

Rachael is a therapist intern who offers sliding fee services as well as services for insured clients while completing a M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Northwest. Rachael has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and children, including working towards family reunification and foster placement preservation with children, parents, and foster parents involved with the Department of Child and Family Services system. Rachael particularly enjoys working with children and parents to address behavioral, emotional, and family issues and takes a collaborative, non-judgmental stance in working with families to facilitate positive change. Rachael also enjoys working with couples from a perspective of identifying patterns and emotions the couple experiences, learned in their families or developed by the couple over time, and engaging in a collaborative process to identify alternative ways of relating to one another that may work better for the couple. Rachael’s other areas of expertise and interest include anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, and communication. Rachael has completed Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 Training as well as SafeZone LGBTQ Ally training.

Raelene Faught

M.A. | Parenting Coach

Raelene Faught is a Master’s-Level Parent Coach, who specializes in identifying and implementing strategies for strengthening parent-child connections.  Raelene’s experience includes working with kids diagnosed with ADHD, Autism-Spectrum Disorders, Conduct Disorders and Adjustment Disorders related to divorce, separation, grief, and pre- and post-adoption transitions.   Raelene earned her B.A. at Governors University in Psychology and her M.A. at Argosy University Chicago in Community Counseling. 

Raelene uses a holistic and behavioral approach to coaching to address struggles with routines and transitions, negative reactions and behavior challenges, power struggles, discipline, homework and chore responsibilities, disrespect toward caregivers and teachers, as well as identifying environmental issues affecting behavior.  Raelene works with parents to create tailored and structured plans to help improve behavior and problem-solve as challenges arise.  

Dr. M. Catherine Jones

PhD., LMFT, LAC, NCC

Dr. M. Catherine Jones is an Indiana Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Indiana Licensed Addictions Counselor.  Additionally, she holds certification as an NCC from the National Board of Certified Counselors.  She began her career with a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on social work and has been in social/mental health services for 18 years; beginning her career in social work with battered women and children and with a child abuse preventative program for pregnant teens and teenage mothers.  This experience was followed by a Master of Science degree in mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy.  Dr. Jones has been a therapist, primarily in Lake County, Indiana for the past 10 years while also receiving Certification in Addictions Counseling and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.   Dr. Jones has extensive work with facilitating individual and family counseling, as well as addictions counseling, both with groups and individually.  With children, Dr. Jones also has been trained and uses play therapy and sand tray therapy.

Dr. Jones’s theoretical approach is primarily CBT and motivational interviewing on an individual basis, and structural and strategical in the family therapy environment.  Dr. Jones has extensive work with family dysfunction, including extensive work with family involved with child abuse and neglect, addictions, anger management issues, and conflict resolution.  Dr. Jones also implements mindfulness techniques and DBT techniques to assist individuals and families to reduce anxiety, stress, impulsivity and depression.

Kristine Cornett

Intern

Kristine is completing her Master’s of Science in Education with a concentration on Mental Health Counseling from Purdue University Northwest. Her theoretical approach includes rational emotive behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused brief therapy. Kristine’s work focuses on identifying rigid beliefs and how those beliefs impact interactions and quality of life. She focuses on assisting clients in determining coping skills, identifying and reducing rigid beliefs, and implementing mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and anxiety. 

Kristine has experience working with families involved with child abuse and neglect. She is certified in Nurturing Parenting and is passionate about helping parents navigate the challenges of parenting.  

Kristine is committed to providing a safe non-judgmental space in which clients feel validated and comfortable. She offers services on a sliding fee scale and can accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield/Anthem insurance.

Allie Gillespie

Intern

Allie uses a collaborative, client-centered approach to therapy. She strives to make sure every client feels accepted and empowered in their identity regardless of what that identity may be. Her areas of experience vary widely and she enjoys working with a variety of concerns with an emphasis in blended family issues, substance use, communication in couples, depression, anxiety, and adjusting to life’s circumstances. 

She focuses on using strengths-based approaches within narrative, solution-focused, and emotion-focused therapies when working with clients.  Allie is a masters level marriage and family therapy intern working towards her degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and family therapy. She can offer services on a sliding fee scale as well as those with insurance plans.

Allie also speaks and sees clients in need of Spanish services. (Se habla Español y ofrece terapia en Español. )

Sierra Stein

Intern

Sierra is a marriage and family therapist intern who focuses in working with teenagers, couples, LGBTQ+ identities, dealing with life transitions, and stress management. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and families from all backgrounds with a wide variety of concerns. She works with clients to make a plan for reaching goals to continue personal growth. Sierra is working towards her Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Northwest.

Sierra emphasizes empowering clients using a collaborative approach with narrative and solution-focused therapies. She works with clients to customize treatment to their expectations, goals, and ideas. Whatever your feelings might be, Sierra will address any concerns or questions you have and work to make the therapy room a safe and creative space.

She is an LGBTQ+ positive therapist and values discussing issues of diversity, identity, and safety. She is welcoming to clients from all backgrounds and with any concerns. Sierra can offer services on a sliding fee scale or some insurance plans. 

Hailey Palmer

Intern

Hailey is a graduate-level therapy intern, pursuing her Master of Social Work in mental health at Loyola University Chicago. She takes a client-centered approach and believes in her clients’ ability to create positive change and to heal through the therapeutic process. She specializes in working with clients coping with anxiety, depression, life transitions and grief. Hailey believes that everyone has the capacity to heal and find peace and happiness. 

Her areas of study and practice include Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Narrative Therapy. Since every person is unique, Hailey works in partnership with her clients to find an approach that works best for them and is most helpful in supporting their wellness. 

Hailey values working with clients from all backgrounds and emphasizes creating a safe space for all of her clients to embrace their authentic selves. She can offer services on a sliding fee scale.


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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