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Our Fort Wayne Team

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THE FORT WAYNE CLINICAL TEAM

Amy Jo Aldrich, Executive Director, Founder, & Counseling Professional
M.S.Edu., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 305 / ajaldrich@lifeworks-counseling.org

Amy has a Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy and a Master’s in Education Administration. Her 35-year career has been dedicated to children, healthy marriages, and families. Prior to serving the greater Fort Wayne area for the past 16 years as a Marriage & Family Therapist, Amy devoted her time teaching in both public and private schools, coaching, public speaking, and serving in administrative leadership in the non-profit sector. She counsels the lifespan emphasizing family systems within a wellness model that addresses mind, body, and spiritual needs. Amy specializes in anxiety disorders, is a credentialed EMDR therapist, and a certified Trauma Consultant in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. Amy has a passion for working with people who are seeking a healthier, purpose-filled life, empowering families, and individuals, working with survivors of traumatic life events and exploring faith issues. She speaks at a variety of professional, motivational, and personal growth conferences and has worked with several area churches and businesses assisting in developing growth plans for organizations and employees. Amy lives life big and with intention. She actively lives out her faith, loves spending time with her husband of 30+ years, her children, three grandchildren, kayaking, hiking, landscaping, reading, and listening to loud music.

Shameka Arrington, Counseling Professional ~ Fort Wayne Office
M.S.Edu., Master’s in Mental Health Counseling
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 311 / sarrington@lifeworks-counseling.org

Shameka recently joined our team after achieving her Master’s in Counseling Education from Purdue University, Fort Wayne where she earned the Counselor of Excellence Award in Practicum Studies. She works with marriage/couples, families, adolescents, single moms, and women, utilizing the Person-Centered Therapeutic approach, Emotional-Focused Therapies, and Gottman Institute therapy. Shameka believes in empathetic listening by fully valuing the client’s experiences, supportive processing through self-awareness, immediacy, and helping the client come to natural solutions for their presenting issues. She is an inspirational speaker, Ordained Minister since 2011, and an engaging writer/author. Shameka is a wife and a mother of three children, enjoys family time, personal time, shopping for fun, living her life to be an encouragement to others, being true to herself, and honoring Christ in every aspect of her life.

Jennifer Bellinger, Counseling Professional ~ Fort Wayne Office
M.S.Edu., Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 307 / jbellinger@lifeworks-counseling.org

Jennifer joined the LifeWorks Counseling Professional Team in Fort Wayne two years ago and brings so many positive skillsets to our team and organization. She studied at Indiana University, Fort Wayne earning her Master of Science in Counseling Education, and obtained her Associate’s license shortly after. Jennifer has gained invaluable experience working with a variety of clinical issues including depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma. She is uniquely qualified to work with families, teens, and young children involved with the Department of Child Services and Juvenile Probation. Jennifer is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, level one of the Gottman Method Therapy focusing on couples counseling, and is a credentialed EMDR Therapist. Jennifer works with children of all ages, teens, families, and marriages/couples. She enjoys hanging out with her family, traveling, and going on walks in local parks.

Teresa Brooks, Counseling Professional ~ Fort Wayne Office
M.A., Master’s in Mental Health Counseling
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 314 / tbrooks@lifeworks-counseling.org

Teresa joined our team in the Fall of 2019. After being devoted to her husband and family, she embarked on a journey to pursue her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Huntington University and is currently pursuing her Associate’s license. Teresa primarily works with marriages, couples, and teens, in a variety of areas including boundaries, communication, trauma, and addictions. Before coming to LifeWorks, Teresa worked at Hope Alive serving as a trauma and addictions counselor and is a credentialed EMDR Therapist. She has a passion for walking with wounded people during what often seems like the worst, most broken, and hopeless time of their life and work towards restoration, reconciliation, forgiveness, and hope. Teresa has been married for 34 years, has 6 grown children, and 9 grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family and riding her Harley all over the country.

Laketa Jackson, Counseling Professional Intern ~ Fort Wayne Office
Mental Health Counseling Intern from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

T (260) 432-0066, ext. TBA / ljackson@lifeworks-counseling.org

Laketa joined our counseling team last fall to complete her internship from Capella University. She immediately brought high energy and a positive attitude to our team culture. Laketa has years of experience working with children and families advocating for education and mental health. She is very passionate about coming alongside her clients being a catalyst for healing and lasting change. We are so excited that Laketa will be continuing on with LifeWorks at the completion of her internship this fall. Laketa enjoys spending time with her children and dog, writing poetry, reading, and listening to all kinds of music.

Lon Johnson, Counseling Professional ~ Fort Wayne Office
M.A., MDiv., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

T (260) 432-0066, ext. 310 / ljohnson@lifeworks-counseling.org

Lon has been an integral member of the LifeWorks team for 13 years. He incorporates over 34 years of working with teens and families in a variety of capacities into his professional practice. Lon also has a ministerial education background, is a dynamic Pastor, and has expertise in working with marriages/couples. Lon works with teens, men, women, couples, and families desiring them to experience personal healing in their relationships. He has extensive experience in working with others towards personal growth, those who struggle with pornography and addiction issues. He believes that through improved communication and knowing balance in their lives physically, spiritually, and emotionally, each person has the potential to live a more complete and satisfying life. Lon is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, visiting family, and loves warm weather.

Sharon Miley, Counseling Professional ~ Fort Wayne Office (Tu, Th, F)
M.S.Edu., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 308 / smiley@lifeworks-counseling.org

Sharon has been working in the mental health field for over 22 years and brings a savvy and seasoned approach to her clients. She works in both the Fort Wayne & Warsaw offices and approaches counseling from a systemic vantage point. Sharon’s clinical areas of expertise are with relationships and couples, divorce and visitation issues, stepfamilies, co-parenting, childhood sexual abuse and trauma, anxiety and depression, parenting, grief and loss, and coping with a loved one involved in addiction. She also enjoys working with and teaching college students reserving a special place for the college student who struggles to find their way. Sharon has an engaging sense of humor which brings comfort to challenging relationship dynamics and comfort. She is well skilled in Gottman Method Therapy and is a fully certified EMDR Therapist. Sharon loves her family, her two girls, football, fantasy football, music, going to concerts, and cherishes a good laugh.

Bobbie Mohler, Counseling Professional ~ Fort Wayne Office (M, Tu)
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 408 / bmohler@lifeworks-counseling.org

Bobbie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who sees clients at both the Fort Wayne & Warsaw locations. Bobbie entered the professional counseling world after raising her family. Throughout her life, she gave spiritual guidance to many young women who struggled with life issues. She worked for twelve years as a lay minister/mentor for an area non-profit counseling agency until earning her Master’s degree in 2017. Bobbie’s strengths are helping people who may not have a sense of “self” or who are exploring “who they are.” Bobbie believes in counseling the whole person towards healing adverse experiences that reside in the mind, body, and spirit. Counseling from a person-centered approach, Bobbie provides a place of belonging for clients to work through the results of pain in their lives. She is a credentialed EMDR Therapist and is always learning various treatment approaches to best help her clients. Bobbie enjoys spending time with her husband, grown children, and granddaughters. Together they enjoy photography, international missions work, finding great restaurants, and relaxing at home.

Cheri Rhoades, Counseling Professional ~ Fort Wayne Office
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 306 / crhoades@lifeworks-counseling.org

Cheri brings experience and versatility to our team in working with a variety of populations. Cheri has degrees from both Indiana-Purdue University and Ball State in which she has focused experience in relationship dynamics, codependency issues, parents, empowering teens, and dealing with phases of life issues. She values the therapeutic relationship as one of trust and collaboration. Cheri believes the main foundation of effective therapy is her ability and willingness to meet clients where they are at and to form therapy around client needs. Cheri primarily works with women, teens, and marriages and is pursuing to become a credentialed EMDR Therapist. She enjoys staying active in being creative, baking, making crafts, pottery, and spending time with her family, children, and pets.

Rachel Stayton, Counseling Professional Intern ~ Fort Wayne Office
Master’s Level Intern Clinician
T (260) 432-0066, ext. TBA / rstayton@lifeworks-counseling.org

Rachel is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grace College & Theological Seminary. She recently served as a practicum student and will be rejoining our team in the Fall of 2023-Spring 2024 to complete her final internship. During her time at LifeWorks, she has worked with a variety of clients addressing relationship and family issues. Rachel is passionate about serving her clients with unconditional positive regard to bring hope and healing. She is very active in her local church, various ministries, and loves spending time with her family.

Beth (Elizabeth) Whitaker, Counseling Professional ~ Fort Wayne Office
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 312 / bwhitaker@lifeworks-counseling.org

Beth has been working in the mental health field for nearly 17 years in a variety of capacities and roles. She earned her Masters of Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Purdue Global University. Beth has experience in community mental health as an addiction counselor treating various mental and emotional health issues in a university setting. She enjoys working with adults and adolescents helping them become a better version of themselves. Currently, Beth is working towards extensive certification in EMDR Therapy assisting individuals with embedded depression, anxiety, and trauma. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her dog Eleanor, cheering her kids on in a variety of sports and activities, making crafts, and running.