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Crosswinds Staff - Counselors, Life Coaches & Therapists

Meet Our Counselors, Therapists & Life Coaches

Crosswinds has a team of licensed counselors, therapists and life coaches equipped to meet your needs in the setting you prefer:

  • Our in-home counseling staff can offer help within the privacy and comfort of your own home.
  • Our in-office counselors can meet you at one of our many office locations across the state of Indiana.
  • Our online counselors and therapists are qualified to provide individual, couple, and family therapy via video conferencing.

All of our therapists hold at least a Master’s Degree in their field and either are working toward licensure or are licensed. Our Family Coaches all hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in the Mental Health or Social Work field. Most importantly, all of our Family Counseling staff have chosen to work at Crosswinds because of their passion to see families healed and restored.

Laura Oyer, Ph.D., HSPPLaura Oyer, PhD, HSPP

Clinical Director; Licensed Psychologist (Indiana, Colorado); Health Service Provider in Psychology

Degree(s): Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology; MA in Rehabilitation Counseling

Specialties: Eating Disorders, Body Image, Addiction, Anxiety

Modalities/Locations: In-Office (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Online Counseling (Indiana and Colorado)

Bio:  Laura Oyer received a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master 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 uses 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, M.A., LMHC, LPC, LPCC

Licensed Therapist (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio)

Degree: M.A. in Clinical Counseling

Specialties: Adolescents, Families, Male-Specific Issues, Addictions, Life Purpose, Transitions

Modalities/Location: In-Office (Warsaw and Fort Wayne, Indiana); In-Home (Elkhart, Lagrange, Noble, and St. Joseph counties in Indiana); Online (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio)

Bio: Tim La Gro received a master’s degree in clinical counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary after returning to school later in life following a first career in business management. Tim did his internship at a large community mental health center in Columbus, Ohio prior to moving to Indiana. He worked extensively in community mental health with children and families experiencing a wide variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, family dysfunction, self-harm, severe mental illness, and suicidal ideation. Tim led two types of substance abuse groups both with adolescents and adults for three and a half years. Tim takes an integrative approach with helping people consisting of Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy interventions.  Tim believes that everyone can change if they choose to and enjoys helping others find their way through problems to discover what their purpose is in life.

Phil Erichsen, M.A., LMHC 

Licensed Therapist (Indiana)

Degrees: Masters in Counseling

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Marital/Couples, Family, Substance Abuse, Anger Management, Domestic Violence (Offenders/Victims), Adolescents

Modalities/Locations: In-Office (Fort Wayne, Indiana); In-Home (Allen County, Adams County, Wells County, Huntington County, Whitley County, DeKalb County); Online (Indiana)

Bio: Phil Erichsen received a Master’s degree in Counseling from Grace College and Theological Seminary. He has worked extensively in community mental health with adolescents, adults, and families covering a wide variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, marital issues, family conflict, addictions, and anger management. He has experience in leading groups focused on substance abuse education and helping both the offenders and victims of domestic violence.  Phil’s preferred method of therapy is Adlerian, which focuses on rapport, encouragement, building perspective and insight, discovering meaning and purpose, and eventually reorientation. Phil also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Metaphor Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Reality Therapy.  When working with clients dealing with domestic violence, Phil utilizes the Duluth Model. Phil places an importance on building a strong therapeutic relationship with clients and hopes to help each individual find their true meaning and purpose in life.

Michelle K. Forgey, MA, LMHC, LPC, RPT

Michelle K. Forgey, M.A., LMHC, LPC, RPT

Licensed Therapist (Indiana, Georgia)

Degree: MA in Licensed Professional Counseling

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Adoption, Trauma

Modalities/Locations: Online Counseling (Indiana, Georgia)

Bio: Michelle Forgey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, and a Registered Play Therapist with the Association of Play Therapy. Michelle’s approach to counseling is interactive and engaging. She uses a range of different forms of therapy including Cognitive-Behavioral, Mindfulness-Based, Strengths-Based, Play, and Family Systems.  In her seven-plus years of experience, she has helped people struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, adoption, parenting, trauma, marital concerns, addictions, and anger.  Michelle considers it an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to work with all of her clients and is committed to walking with each of them during every step of their journey.

Sarah Lohman, MSW, LISW-SSarah Lohman, MSW, LISW-S

Licensed Clinical Therapist (Ohio)

Degrees: Master of Social Work

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Couples, Trauma, LGBTQ, Anxiety

Locations/Modalities: In-Home (Fulton, Henry, Williams, Defiance, and Lucas counties in Ohio); Online (Ohio)

Bio: Sarah Lohman received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Findlay and a master’s degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University. Sarah has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She also has experience in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, and oppositional behaviors in children. Sarah has been trained in Gottman Couples Therapy as well as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is experienced in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques. Sarah values working from both an individual and family treatment approach, as well as fostering a positive therapeutic relationship.

Rachel Roberts, LCSW 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Indiana)

Degree: Masters in Social Work

Specialties: Addictions, Substance Use, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Stress Management, Trauma, Grief/Loss

Modalities: In-Office (Fort Wayne, Auburn), In-Home (Allen County), Online (Indiana)

Bio: Rachel received her Bachelors in Social Work from Goshen College before obtaining her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She is a seasoned therapist whose experience working in a variety of settings has equipped her to feel comfortable treating diverse populations, diagnoses, and issues. These include both adolescents and adults struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Trauma, Anger, Addictions, Substance Abuse, Relationship issues, Personality Disorders, Bipolar, Self-harm, Suicidal Ideations, Stress, or simply needing some support through current situations. Rachel meets the client where they are and has the ability to incorporate Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strengths Perspective, Solution- Focused Therapy, Mindfulness/Grounding Techniques, Skill Building and Psychotherapy. She also feels comfortable exploring with the client how to incorporate their Faith/Spirituality into the therapeutic process. Rachel has the ability to quickly build rapport to create a therapeutic environment for clients to open up about sensitive aspects of their lives and support them on their road to healing and self-discovery.

Shannon Brady-McElroy, MS, MHCShannon McElroy, MS, LMHC

Licensed Therapist (Indiana); SYMBIS Specialist

Degree: M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

Specialties: Chronic Mental Health Issues, Crisis/trauma, Marriage, SYMBIS (Pre-marital Counseling), Anxiety, Depression

Modalities/Locations: In-Office (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Online (Indiana)

Bio: 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 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, along with chronic mental health issues. Shannon also has past experience working with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), providing individuals and groups suffering from borderline personality disorder skills for everyday coping. She draws from a range of interventions, utilizing an integrative approach, all while valuing the collaborative relationship necessary for healing and growth.

Tim Gilleand, MA, MHCTim Gilleand, MA, LMHC

Licensed Therapist (Indiana)

Degree:  Masters in Professional Counseling

Specialties: Couples, Depression, Pastoral Counseling

Modalities/Locations: In-home (Allen, Adams, Huntington, Wells, Whitley County), In-office (Fort Wayne & Bluffton, Indiana), Online (Indiana)

Bio: Tim 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.

Janae Webb, MS.Ed., LMFTAJanae Webb, MS.Ed., LMFTA

Master’s Level Therapist

Degree: MS.Ed. in Counselor Education

Specialties: Couples, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma

Modalities/Locations: In-office (Auburn & Fort Wayne, Indiana), In-home (Dekalb, Allen, and Steuben County), Online (Indiana)

Bio:  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, grief, PTSD, behavioral issues, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. She also has experience working with couples recovering from infidelity to rebuild trust and connection as well as helping 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 Therapy, client-centered, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Gottman, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, narrative, play therapy, and faith integration. 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.

Alicia DiGiulio, M.A., MS.Ed., LMHCA

Master’s Level Therapist

Degree: MSEd. in Education; MA in Counseling

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Parenting, Trauma

Modalities/Locations: In-home (Allen County, Indiana); In-Office (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Online Counseling (Indiana)

Bio:  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.

Sarah Visley, M.A.Sarah Visley, MA

Master’s Level Therapist

Degree: MA in Mental Health

Specialties: Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma

Modalities/Locations: In-Office (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Online (Indiana)

Bio: 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 alongside 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.

Chad Eckert, M.A.

Certified Life Coach

Degree: MA in Transpersonal Psychology with a concentration in Ecopsychology

Specialties: Positive Psychology, Personal Growth, Mindfulness, Parenting, Mentoring

Modalities/Locations: In-office (Fort Wayne, Indiana; Warsaw, Indiana), Online (All 50 states and International), In-Home (Allen County, Whitley County)

Bio: 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. His work includes coaching individuals, parents, and families. He seeks to help clients grow by clarifying their vision and producing new and healthy thinking patterns for positive behavioral change.

James Stoppenhagen, B.S.

Family/Life Coach

Degree: BS in Management; Certificate from Christian Training Center; Licensed Minister

Specialties: Parenting, Personal Growth, Couples, Pastoral

Locations/Modalities: In-office (Fort Wayne, Indiana), Online (Nation-wide and International), In-Home (Allen County)

Bio: Jim earned a BS degree from Purdue University and a two-year Bible Certificate from a local Christian school. He is an ordained minister through Broadway Christian Church and for a number of years, a state certified Social Worker. For most of the last 40 years he has focused on training others how to minister to children. For 25 years, he supervised the total operation of a non-profit organization which includes a summer camp for inner city children, a ministry that trains youth and conducts retreats that help couples better parent their children. Since 1999, Jim and his wife have been leading annual mission trips to South Africa where teams provide camp ministry to street children. Jim also helped develop a discipleship program for men coming out of gangs and violence in South Africa. In 2009, Jim developed an outreach to incarcerated men from a minimum security prison. This ministry continues to expand. Jim has extensive experience working with adolescents, men and couples. Additionally, because of his own personal experiences and observing the lives of others, Jim has a strong trust in the redeeming love of the Lord. His coaching therefore, often encourages others to put their faith in the God that has the plan for their life.

Kati Quigley, B.S. 

Therapist Intern

Degree:BS in psychology; Anticipated in June, 2019 M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

Specialties: Parenting, Personal Growth, Couples, Pastoral, Adolescents, Families, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, Trauma

Locations/Modalities: In-Office (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Bio:Kati Quigley graduated from Bethel College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  She is anticipated to graduate from Capella University in 2019 with a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling.  Kati has a passion for working with adolescents and has experience mentoring teenage girls.  She has worked with families and helped promote positive parenting styles.  She approaches therapy from a holistic approach that combines the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components of the client.  Kati believes in building a strong therapeutic relationship with clients while providing hope and support on their journey towards healing and growth.

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