Serving families and adolescents with counseling, mission trip experiences and boarding school programs designed to help individuals succeed, families thrive and communities prosper.

Meet Our Northeast Indiana Family Counseling Staff

Serving families in Allen County, Adams County, Whitley County, DeKalb County, LaGrange County, Noble County, Wells County, Huntington County, Wabash County and Steuben County.

 

Dr. Laura Oyer

Laura Oyer, Ph.D., HSPP – Psychologist, Clinical Director

Dr. Laura Oyer received a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Ball State University. She is a licensed psychologist in Indiana and Colorado and is endorsed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP). Dr. Oyer has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults with disordered eating and body image issues in a variety of settings. She also has experience treating clients with substance abuse, trauma, depression, addictions, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders, suicidal ideation, and self-harm behaviors. She utilizes an integrative approach, focusing on Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Experiential and Motivational Interviewing techniques. Additionally, Dr. Oyer values building a strong therapeutic relationship with clients and families, as well as helping them feel empowered and find balance in their lives.

 

Tim LaGro

Tim LaGro, M.A., LMHC

Tim graduated with a Master’s of Arts Degree in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. He has been an Indiana state board approved  Licensed Mental Health Clinician since March of 2016.  The state of Ohio board approved LPC since April of 2012 and the state of Michigan board approved LPC since May of 2016.  Tim has over five years experience counseling individuals, marriages, and families.  He works with all ages but particularly enjoys helping other men, teens, and families.  Tim also has experience working in the field of business before entering the mental health field, which some clients find helpful in working through work-life balance, stress, anxiety, and performance issues.  Tim has extensive experience with defiant teenagers, mental health disorders, personality disorders, addictions, suicidality, oppositional defiance, school issues, and crisis management.  Tim is thankful for God’s grace and faithfulness in his life.  His heart is to share God’s love with others and to help them to find their purpose in life.

 

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Shannon Brady, M.S. – Therapist

Shannon received her Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling, from the University of Saint Francis.  Shannon has experience working with all age and socio-economic groups in individual, family, marriage and group therapy.  Shannon has worked with adolescents, children and families who have serious emotional and behavioral problems. She has completed specialized training in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy and has done specialized work with people that have experienced incidents of trauma: including physical, sexual or emotional abuse, accidents, injuries or any life threatening event. She has experience helping with issues such as ADHD, behavioral issues, social skills, anger management and sexually inappropriate behaviors, along with chronic mental health issues. Shannon also has past experience working with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, providing individuals and groups with skills training and support. Additionally, Shannon has experience working with children and families within the Autism spectrum disorder to learn coping skills, provide tools, and support the parents.

 

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Aubrey Garner, M.A., LMHCA – Therapist

Aubrey earned her Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling from Huntington University, which focused on developing an ability to integrate faith in the counseling setting while aiding families and individuals with their goals for personal growth. Aubrey has worked coaching and counseling families and individuals with emotional and relational needs including delinquency, affairs, developing and attaining goals, various family interpersonal issues, and individual trauma. Aubrey has been trained in both Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Centered Treatment and has a great passion for working on overcoming the grip of trauma on one’s life as well as helping the family to cope with the effects of the trauma. She has experience and drive in developing intimacy and improving functioning in families. Aubrey earned a certificate in Motivational Interviewing and approaches the counseling relationship in a manner that respects and empowers the client in his or her strengths and abilities.

 

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Beth Pictor, M.A. – LMHCA, – Therapist

Beth Pictor is an LMHCA with her Master’s degree from Huntington University.  She received her BS in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University. Beth has over 15 years experience in mental health and ministry.  Beth has been married for twenty years and has two teenage children.  Beth is passionate about working with those who experience same sex attraction and their families.  She also has experience with play therapy, sand tray, experiential techniques, parenting, women issues, couple counseling, and healing from trauma.

 

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Alicia DiGiulio M.A. LMHCA– Therapist

Alicia DiGiulio graduated from Huntington University with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA).  Alicia also earned a Master of Science degree in Education from Canisius College, and she previously taught middle/high school students. Alicia has a passion for working with children and adolescents struggling with behavioral and emotional issues including those with a history of trauma, anxiety, depression, and anger management difficulties.  Alicia has professional experience working on a variety of issues with individuals (children, adolescents, college students, adults), couples, and families.  Additionally, Alicia has previous experience utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with individuals and groups for skills training and support, and she has counseling experience with those who struggle with chronic mental illnesses as well as those with developmental disabilities.  Her warm and caring nature allows her to address difficult issues with clients, and she values the therapeutic relationship as one of trust and collaboration.  Therapy is provided from a variety of treatment modalities including client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, play therapy, and faith integration.

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Tim Gileand, M.A. – Therapist

Tim Gilleand received his masters in professional counseling from Liberty University in 2014.  He has experience working with adults and adolescents in a variety of mental health needs including anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar, and more.  He also enjoys marital and premarital couples counseling.  Tim has been involved in various ministry positions for over 15 years, and is comfortable addressing spiritual concerns.  He brings a passion for forgiveness therapy and confidence building to empower our clients for future success.

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Janae Webb, MS.Ed – Therapist

Janae graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Education from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who are suffering from anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. She also has experience working with couples and families to improve communication and work together to resolve interpersonal issues. She has completed additional training in play therapy, the Gottman couples counseling approach, suicide prevention, and crisis prevention. Treatment modalities include cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, Gottman, restoration, narrative, and play therapy. Janae has a passion for walking alongside individuals, couples, and families through emotionally and relationally difficult times to create long-lasting change, restore hope and to help them live their lives more authentically.

 

Blake Neuhauser

Blake Neuhauser – M.A. –  Therapist

Blake received his Master’s degree from Huntington University.  He  has experienced working with adolescents, and adults struggling with a variety of issues including trauma, adjustment, relational conflict, anxiety, depression, grief, behavioral issues, and self-harm. Blake uses a variety of theories including Gestalt, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, and Client Centered to best work on the deeper issues a client may be facing. He is also dedicated in helping to integrate Christian beliefs into counseling to help insure that the solutions are not just temporary, but long lasting.

 

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Bonnie Spallinger, M.A. – Therapist

Bonnie has completed her Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University  She has experienced working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with communication, parenting, adjustment, relational conflict, divorce, marriage conflict, anxiety, depression, grief, substance use, behavioral issues, anger management, and self-harm. She is trained in trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy. She strives to meet her clients where they are at and walk with them though the challenges they are facing while providing help through empowerment. Additionally, Bonnie has experience as a teacher, working in camp ministry, and working with adolescents and young adults in boarding school and college settings.

 

Sarah Armstrong

Sarah Armstrong, M.A. – Therapist

Sarah received her Master’s of Mental Health Counseling from Huntington University.  Sarah has over five years experience of working with youth and families.  She has worked with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and self-harm.  Additionally, Sarah works with families faced with addiction, trauma, and grief.  She walks along side individuals, couples, and families who are adjusting to changes or to loss.  Sarah has a passion for missions inside and outside the country.  Sarah integrates Biblical truths as she partners with individuals and families to find true healing.

 

Michelle Forgey

Michelle Forgey, M.A., LMHC — Therapist

Michelle is an Indiana state board approved Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2015, a Georgia state board Licensed Professional Counselor since 2016, and a Registered Play Therapist with the Association of Play Therapy. In addition, Michelle is an Ordained Minister. She specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, teens, and their families. Michelle received her Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. In addition, she completed MNU’s extensive and intensive play therapy program. She has also received additional training in Telemental health, Filial Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Art Therapy, PTSD, RAD, Addictions, Marriage Therapy, and Effects of Deployment on the Military and their family.

Michelle has extensive experience in individual, marriage and family, and addictions counseling while working in a number of therapeutic settings including an intensive residential program, in-home services, and outpatient services.  In addition, she has vast experience in working with families of all types and shapes including but not limited to: foster families, adoptive families, blended families, and traditional families.

Michelle had a passion for assisting clients in succeeding in all areas of life. She strives to accomplish this by developing a comprehensive and unique treatment plan for each client, having routine caregiver meetings if applicable, and implementing the treatment plan efficiently to increase success rates. She strives to be creative in her interventions and empower clients. Michelle would consider it a privilege to be able to work with you and your family.

 

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Shanna Keller, M.A. – Psychologist Trainee

Shanna received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is currently a Psy.D. Doctoral Candidate at Fuller, with 4 completed years of Doctoral level training in Los Angeles, CA. Shanna’s background includes 3 years of experience providing in-home therapeutic services to children and families dealing with developmental and Autism Spectrum disorders, attachment issues, boundary setting, social skills, and behavioral problems. Through the use of modeling, parent coaching, and strengthening parenting skills: Shanna helps equip parents to foster positive relationships and attachment bonds with their children. She also has experience working with diverse mood disorders, including anxiety, depression, and bipolar, as well as everyday difficulties that accompany chronic mental illness. In addition, Shanna has worked with adults and college/university students on problems related to sexual health, sexual identity, substance abuse, and facing the difficult questions about direction, purpose, and independence. Shanna hopes to journey with clients to improve the quality of their lives and relationships with spouses, family, friends, and God, which can suffer under the stresses of emotional pain and unresolved issues.

 

Sarah Duval, M.A. – Therapist

Sarah completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Huntington University. Sarah has experience working with adolescents, young adults, and couples. She also has worked with individuals struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. Sarah is available for online counseling only.

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Richia Jennings, M.A. – Therapist

Richia Jennings (RJ) graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. She currently is licensed in the State of Indiana as a K-12 Guidance Counselor. She has experience working with children, youth, adolescents, anxiety, trauma, and marital dysfunction. Her theoretical orientation centers from Cognitive Behavioral with additional support from Logotherapy. Her passion in life is to serve youth and help them achieve their personal goals.

 

Gia Cassaburo

Gia Casaburo – Intern Therapist and Family Coach

Gia will earn her Master’s degree from Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne in May 2018. She currently sees clients as an intern therapist and family coach. Her degree will be in Marriage and Family Counseling, which focuses on developing strong relational dynamics with families and couples. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, and behavioral stressors. Gia has a passion for working with adolescents and families struggling with behavioral and emotional distress. She is trained in Functional Family Therapy (FFT), a therapeutic model which focuses on decreasing blame and anger in high-risk families.  Her theoretical foundation is strongly influenced by the humanistic qualities noted in person-centered counseling, emotionally focused, and an integration of family systems. Gia values the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients and seeks to empower all her clients through their strengths and abilities.

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Chad Eckert, M.A. –Family Coach

Chad Eckert has a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology with a concentration in Ecopsychology from Naropa University and is a certified Christian Life Coach. He has experience discipling and coaching individuals, families and at risk youth. As a Family Coach, he seeks to discover and re-discover people’s remembrance of God’s presence and plan for their life. He focuses on reducing stress, maximizing potential and becoming who God is calling them to be.

 

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Jim Stoppenhagen, B.S. –Family Coach

Jim earned a BS degree from Purdue University and a two year Bible Certificate from Christian Training Center. For the past 35 years, he has focused helping at-risk youth and training others that want to do the same. In 1993 Jim and his wife formed StillWater Ministries, Inc. and purchased a 30 acre camp in Southwest Allen County. For 20 years, he has supervised the total operation of this non-profit organization which includes a summer camp for inner city children, ministry training for youth and team-building retreats for church and mission teams. He also developed and administrated an after-school clubhouse outreach in the inner city of Fort Wayne. Jim utilizes his years of ministry and mission work to strengthen families in their home.  The wisdom he has gained from over three decades of working with youth helps him to coach parents how to be relational, authoritative, and loving. Jim also is able to minister to fathers on how to be godly men and how to lead their families in ways which God intends.