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 including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment issues and life transitions, victims of sexual abuse, child neglect, behavioral disorders, parenting skills, and juvenile delinquency.

Ashley has experience working with teens, adults, 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 therapy, Choice theory, and Person-centered therapy. Ashley places importance on providing a safe and nonjudgmental environment for her clients to heal.

Ashley earned her 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 in 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, child abuse/neglect, ADHD, and behavioral disorders. Jil is also an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist and has completed SafeZone LGBTQ Ally training.
 
Jil specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, as well as families and couples. Her areas of expertise include; mood disorders, crisis and trauma, phase of life concerns, parenting/co-parenting, gender, identity, and sexual orientation concerns, as well as career-related issues.

Jil primarily utilizes a Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), approach but includes a mix of both Existentialism and Mindfulness techniques. Jil also specializes in utilizing play therapy, expressive art therapy, and sand-tray interventions. 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.   

 

Sydney Ray - LMFTA | Therapist

Sydney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA), who has experience working with a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, self-esteem, life transitions, communication in romantic and family relationships, and women’s empowerment. Sydney is an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist. Sydney works with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as families and couples.

Sydney utilizes an integrative approach to therapy that combines Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Play Therapy to foster a compassionate, creative, judgment-free space for her clients to explore their stories, strengthen their voices and empower authorship of their own lives. She believes in collaborating with clients to develop a personal and holistic plan for treatment that uses their strengths and goals, relationships, and contextual factors to facilitate change.

Sydney earned her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

 

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 - LMFT | Therapist

Audrey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, processing trauma, strengthening communication within couples and families, issues related to marginalized populations, issues related to Asian-American experiences, setting healthy boundaries and life transitions. Audrey works with adults, couples and families.

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, Insight Oriented, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Transgenerational Family Therapy

While Audrey uses integrated theories, her approach to working with clients is rooted in compassion, acceptance, empathy and creating human connection by emphasizing the importance of  creating a warm, safe space for her clients. Audrey works with clients to tap into the wisdom they already have to help cultivate self-compassion and self-acceptance to find their authentic self.

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 a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) , a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) and a Certified Complex Trauma Professional (CCTP-II).  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.

 

Catherine Buksar - Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Catherine Buksar is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist committed to providing comprehensive assessment and consultation services to children, teens, and adults. Her goal is to help people understand themselves and their children through evidence-based evaluation, accurate diagnosis, and assistance with treatment planning. She has extensive experience working with parents and children struggling with problematic behavior, poor social skills, and accompanying stress on the family. In addition to treating adult mood disorders, her areas of expertise include parenting issues, LGBTQ concerns, and women's issues including pregnancy and prenatal/postpartum depression. Supervision is available to doctoral interns or other assessment professionals looking for case consultation as needed.

Dr. Buksar specializes in assessments for pre-surgical procedures, behavioral concerns, ADHD, social-emotional difficulties, intellectual functioning, and developmental concerns. However, assessment is only the first step toward effective treatment, and she believes that labels alone cannot define people. Adults and children all have unique strengths and weaknesses beyond any given diagnosis, requiring a holistic, person-centered approach toward healing. It’s a great privilege to help people explore ways to effect change in their lives through the assessment process, enabling them to look to the future with hope and optimism.

 

Megan Marimen, MSW, LCSW

Megan Marimen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in trauma, conduct, mood, and personality disorders. Megan has experience working with children with pervasive mental health and behavioral issues and their families in foster care and residential placements. Megan works with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, as well as families and couples.

Megan utilizes a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy. Megan also uses aspects of Solution Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy. Megan uses a strengths-based approach to therapy to build rapport and client empowerment.

Megan earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Valparaiso University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

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 Therapist working towards her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue Northwest. She specializes in couples therapy, particularly with LGBTQ+ and interracial couples. She also focuses on a variety of issues including family counseling, anxiety and depressive disorders, life transitions, and stress management. Sierra is a Level 2 trained Gottman Method Couples Therapist.

Sierra utilizes Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy, which are goal-oriented theories that focus on learning how the person’s background affects the problems they are facing. She works with clients to customize treatment to their expectations, goals, and ideas, and works to ensure a safe environment. Sierra is an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist.

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

 

Michael Hazy - Intern

Michael is a pre-licensed Mental Health Therapist working towards his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Purdue Northwest. Michael is also working toward his licensure in Addictions Counseling. Michael has experience working with various issues including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment disorders, substance use, bipolar disorder and behavioral disorders. Michael works with children ages 5-18, as well as adults.

Michael utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Reality Therapy. Michael’s mixture of techniques and therapy styles ensures that he is able to find the best therapy style for each of his clients on an individual basis. Michael strives to create a safe, relatable and inclusive environment for each of his clients.

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

 

Shona Bolden, Master’s Level Intern

Shona is a pre-licensed Mental Health Therapist working towards her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Addictions Therapy from Purdue Northwest. Shona specializes in depression and anxiety disorder, stress management, trauma, grief, loss, substance abuse and adjustment to life transitions including parents who have a child with a new disability diagnosis.

Shona works primarily with teenagers, women, and adults. Shona strives to make sure every client feels accepted and empowered by both their past and their future. Shona’s goal is to collaborate with clients to find balance, hope, and potential for the goals they set forth.

Shona uses Logotherapy as well as CBT, choice theory and strength-based interventions. 

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