Service Provider Bios Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy

Ann-Marie Sands - LCSW | CADC | Therapist | Clinical Director

Ann-Marie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) who specializes in addiction, mood and anxiety disorders.  Ann-Marie works with children, adolescent, adults and seniors, as well as families and couples.

Ann-Marie utilizes a variety of evidence-based treatment options including Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapy.   Ann-Marie is also trained in the Gottman Method, a skills-based approach to couples therapy.

Ann-Marie earned her B.S. at Purdue University in Child Development and Families Studies and her MSW at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Ashley Earle, LMHCA

Ashley is a Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate (LMHCA) who specializes in working with varying issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, victims of sexual abuse, child neglect, and juvenile delinquency. Ashley has experience working with children, teens, and families helping them to understand healthy relationships, appropriate boundaries, healthy communication skills, and parenting strategies.

Ashley’s approach primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but also includes a mixture of Solution Focused, Reality, and Play Therapy. Ashley places importance on providing a safe and nonjudgmental environment for her clients to heal.

Ashley holds an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ball State University.


 

Radmila Sasic - LMHC | Therapist

Radmila is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who specializes in addiction, mood, and anxiety disorders, as well as those struggling with trauma, grief, and loss, ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. Radmila also has experience a vin parent training, family behavior plans and working with families adjusting to parenting roles. Radmila works with children, adolescent, adults, as well as families and couples.

Radmila utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) and DBT techniques, as well as trauma-focused and developmental strategies, to help cultivate a therapeutic alliance that helps chip away ingrained learning and triggers that are uncomfortable to reveal a more authentic self.

Radmila earned her Master's from Purdue University Northwest and is currently working toward a substance abuse certification.


 

Maria Rodriguez - Therapist | LMHC

Maria Cristina Rodriguez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, conduct disorders and adjustment disorders.  Maria works with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as families and couples.

Maria utilizes Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, as well as Mindfulness Based Therapies.    Maria is an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist who provides a safe and therapeutic environment.  Maria believes in the importance of building a safe environment, promoting unconditional positive regard, and assists in helping her clients achieve their goals in therapy.

Maria earned her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health from Purdue University Northwest and has completed three years of a Doctoral Program in Counselor Education and Supervision at Governors State University. 

 

Jil Hus - LMHC | MS | CCMHC | Therapist

Jil is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) who has experience working with various issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment disorders, substance use, bipolar disorder, physical and sexual abuse, child neglect, ADHD, behavioral disorders, and personality disorders. Jil is also an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist and has completed SafeZone LGBTQ Ally training.   Jil works with children, adolescents and adults, as well as families and couples.

Jil is also an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist and has completed SafeZone LGBTQ Ally training.

Jil’s primarily utilizes Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), but includes a mix of Existentialism, Choice Theory and Reality Therapy.  Jil’s goal is to create a collaborative and authentic relationship with clients in a safe and nonjudgmental space where her clients can truly heal and grow.

Jil earned her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Purdue University Northwest and is currently a PhD candidate at Walden University concentrating on Counselor Education & Supervision with a specialization in trauma and crisis.   

 

Eric Stobie - LMHCA

Eric Stobie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) and NCC (National Certified Counselor) whose specialty is trauma work but also has experience with mood and anxiety disorders

Eric works with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as families and couples, and also specializes in working with those in the military.

Eric utilizes Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, as Existentialism and strength-based interventions.   Eric focuses on empowering clients and giving them the tools and confidence needed to get back to their lives in a more positive manner to themselves and those closest to them.  

Eric earned his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health from Valparaiso University.

 

Kristen Oberc - LMHC | Therapist

Kristen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Drug And Alcohol Counselor (CDAC), who specializes in addiction, mood and anxiety disorders, as well as those struggling with trauma, grief and loss, stress management, postpartum depression and insomnia.  Kristen also has expertise in parent training, family behavior plans and working with families adjusting to parenting roles. Kristen works with children, adolescent, adults, as well as families and couples.

Kristen utilizes Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in her sessions.

Kristen earned her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as her education certification in addiction counseling from Purdue University Northwest.

 

Erin Swinson - LMHC | Therapist

Erin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and grief, interpersonal relationships and self-worth.  Erin utilizes a strength-based approach to therapy to help those looking to improve their mental health, manage their emotions, improve communication and cope with life stressors. Erin works with children, adolescents and adults, as well as families and couples.   

Erin uses a blend of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to help promote personal growth and well-being. Erin is also trained in the Gottman Method, a skills-based approach to couples therapy.

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 M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Purdue University Northwest.

 

Kemuel Hawkins - LMHC | Therapist

Kemuel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who specializes in treating addiction (substance, pornography, technology), anxiety and mood disorders, as well as those struggling with life transitions, adjustment struggles, relationship problems, childhood development difficulties and parenting concerns.  Kemuel’s primary areas of interest include men’s issues, as well as family systems and interpersonal relationships.

Kemuel works with children, adolescents and adults, as well as families and couples.   

Kemuel utilizes a blend of Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based approaches to assist his clients in navigating a path to enhanced self-awareness and personal development.

Kemuel earned his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Addictions Counseling Certificate from Purdue University Northwest.  

 

Ashley Elcock - LMFTA | Therapist

Ashley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, relationship concerns, communication difficulties, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, parenting skills and concerns, difficult life transitions and infidelity.  Ashley works with children, adolescents and adults, as well as families and couples

Ashley uses a blend of therapy modalities in her work with clients with a concentration in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy.  Ashley also utilizes a contextual approach in her sessions to give clients a better understanding of the nature of their struggles as well as how these different contexts - family, culture, history, identify, workplace, etc. - play into their concerns and as well as the strengths they possess.  

Ashley received her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Northwest.  

 

Hillary Jones - LMHCA | Therapist

Hillary is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, as well as trauma and crisis, relationship issues and life transitions.   Hillary works with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as families and couples.

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 Psychodynamic and Humanistic Theory, as well as Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), with a philosophy aimed at assisting clients to become aware of their true potential to help clients gain control of their lives to find meaning, fulfillment and happiness.

Hillary earned her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Purdue University Northwest.  

 

Kathryn Druzbicki - LMHC | Therapist

Kathy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) specializing in the treatment of addiction, eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders,  as well as grief counseling and stress management. Kathy works with children, adolescents and adults, as well as families and couples.

Kathy utilizes Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT),  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Internal Family Systems in individual therapy, as well as the Gottman Method in couples therapy to increase clients’ self-awareness and restore hope and balance in their relationship.

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

 

Audrey Paik - LMFTA | Therapist

Audrey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, 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 works with children, adolescents and adults, as well as families and couples.

Audrey is trained in PREPARE/ENRICH, a research-based relationship assessment tool designed to improve partner relationships, and is also an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist.

Audrey integrates a variety of different therapy approaches in her work with clients including Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy and Transgenerational Family Therapy.

Audrey received her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Northwest.  

 

Dr. M. Catherine Jones - PhD | LMFT | LAC | NCC | Therapist

Dr. M. Catherine Jones is an Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and an Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC).  Dr. Jones specializes in mood and anxiety disorder, addictions, anger management, conflict resolution, child abuse and neglect and family relationships.  Dr. Jones works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, with extensive work in family dysfunction.

Dr. Jones utilizes Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Structural Family Therapy.

Dr. Jones earned her Master’s Degree and Ph.D from Capella University.

 

Jacob Blankenberger - LSW | Therapist

Jacob is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and those having difficulty on the grief spectrum, based on his experience working in medical social work and hospice care.  Jacob works with, adolescents (12 years+), adults, families and couples.

Jacob utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches in therapy including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in sessions and focuses on a collaborative treatment plan that focuses on introspection, goals and empowerment.    

Jacob earned his MSW from St. Ambrose University.

 

Raelene Faught - MA | Parent Coach

Raelene is a Master’s Level Parenting 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 works with children, adolescents, and their families.

Raelene utilizes client-centered Play Therapy for children and adolescents, and a blend of Attachment Theory and strength-based interventions in her work with parents.

Raelen is trained in Theraplay, a child and family therapy module used to strengthen the bond between kids and parents, building self-esteem, connection and health interactions.

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.

 

Allie Gillespie - Master’s Level Intern

Allie is a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working towards her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue Northwest.  Allie specializes in mood and anxiety disorder, blended family struggles, substance abuse and adjustment to life transitions. Allie works with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples.

Allie utilizes Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy.   Allie strives to make sure every client feels accepted and empowered in their identity regardless of what that identity may be.

Allie works with clients on a sliding-scale fee based on on their financial ability.  

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

 

Sierra Stein - Master’s Level Intern

Sierra is a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working towards her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue Northwest.  Sierra specializes in mood and anxiety disorder, LGBTQ+ identities, life transitions, stress management and couples counseling. Sierra works with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples.

Sierra utilizes Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy.  Sierra works with clients to customize treatment to their expectations, goals and ideas and works to ensure a safe environment.

Sierra works with clients on a sliding-scale fee based on on their financial ability.  

 

Hailey Palmer - Master’s Level Intern

Hailey is a pre-licensed social worker working towards her Master’s Degree in Social Work in Mental Health from Loyola University Chicago.   Hailey specializes in mood and anxiety disorder, life transitions, trauma and grief and loss. Hailey works with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples.

Hailey utilizes Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT. )  Hailey values working with clients from all backgrounds and emphasizes creating a safe space for all of her clients to embrace their authentic selves.

Hailey works with clients on a sliding-scale fee based on on their financial ability.