LifeWorks Counseling & Consulting, Inc.

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MEET OUR TEAM

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OUR EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

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

Amy is the original founder of LifeWorks, starting as a dream in her youth. Her 30 year career has been dedicated to children, healthy marriages and families. Prior to serving the greater Fort Wayne area for the past 14 years as a Marriage & Family Therapist, Amy devoted her time teaching in both public and private schools, coaching youth, public speaking, and in administrative leadership in the non-profit sector. She counsels all ages emphasizing family systems within a wellness model that addresses mind, body, and spiritual needs. Amy specializes in Anxiety Disorders and is certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing as a Trauma Consultant and is currently working on certification through EMDR Consulting. 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 spiritual issues with people. She has also worked with several area businesses assisting in developing growth plans for organizations and employees. She speaks at a variety of professional, motivational, and personal growth conferences. Amy lives life big – she actively lives out her faith, loves spending time with her husband of 29 years and her children and their families, kayaking, hiking, landscaping, reading, and listening to loud music.

Carly Hawks, Director of Operations
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 301 / chawks@lifeworks-counseling.org

Carly has extensive experience in administration in various health care settings and in working directly with youth in various teaching capacities. She has been an integral part of the LifeWorks’ leadership team since it was founded. Carly recently moved into her new role where she is concentrating on overseeing day to day operations that exists behind the scenes to bring you the best care possible.  Carly is very passionate about providing excellent overall care for our clients and team. Carly is available to answer a multitude of questions from what to expect from the counseling process, questions regarding insurance, and payment options. She holds confidentiality in the highest regard and is focused on bringing ease to the process of setting up counseling. Carly provides direct administrative care to the Executive Director and oversees the entire administrative team. She enjoys spending time with her family, serving the church, is very active in the community, and loves the outdoors.

Mackenzie Rice, Clinical Director; Clinician, Warsaw Office
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
T (574) 568-0448, ext. 313 / mrice@lifeworks-counseling.org

Mackenzie initially joined the LifeWorks’ team as an administrative assistant to our office manager while she pursued her counseling education at Grace College and Theological Seminary and Huntington University. She recently moved into her new position as the LifeWorks Clinical Director where she oversees the direct clinical care of our clients and provides clinical supervision for our Counseling Professional Team. She is passionate about the overall care our clients receive and setting individuals and families up with the best fit counselor. Mackenzie is a resourceful administrative leader who also works directly with insurance companies to gain the best possible financial outcome for you and your family. As a clinician, Mackenzie focuses her counseling work with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. Mackenzie has extensive experience with adolescents and children who have had mental health inpatient experiences and with troubled youth. Mackenzie is pursuing full certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR Therapy. This fall, Mackenzie begins her studies towards a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at The Michigan School of Psychology. Mackenzie loves spending time with her family and friends, being creative designing things, running, fitness, reading academia and for pleasure, and is active in her church.

THE FORT WAYNE ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Andrea Holt, Administrative Assistant, Fort Wayne Office
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 303 / aholt@lifeworks-counseling.org

Andrea recently joined our Administrative Team where she is making a tremendous impact. Andrea comes to us after serving in a variety of business, human resources, and educational capacities, all of which she has worked with people with regard and a servant’s heart. She brings to our team both a business mind and a passion to serve others. Andrea is the voice behind LifeWorks Fort Wayne and often the first contact our clients have when entering the counseling process. While she is learning the ins/outs of the LifeWorks culture, Andrea brings her own style and detail to the role. She will be able to answer questions for both new and existing clients regarding appointments, insurance, and accounts. Andrea is a devoted wife and mother of two boys, loves her family, is an avid reader, enjoys hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and her newest adventure… mountain biking.

THE WARSAW ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Mackenzie Rice, Clinical Director, Clinician, Warsaw Office
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
T (574) 568-0448, ext. 313 / mrice@lifeworks-counseling.org

Mackenzie recently moved into her new position on the Executive Administrative Team as the LifeWorks Clinical Director. In her new role, Mackenzie oversees the direct clinical care of our clients and provides clinical supervision for our Counseling Professional Team. She is also the new administrator of the Warsaw Team. For her full bio and clinical description, see above under The Executive Administrative Team.

Jodi Behling, Administrative Assistant, Warsaw Office
T (574) 268-0448, ext. 406 / jebehling@lifeworks-counseling.org

Jodi has been working with the Warsaw team since it’s opening in 2017 and is our full-time administrative professional. Jodi has an extensive history of service to her church and the people of the communities in which she has lived. She is the primary voice behind the Warsaw team and a cornerstone of our team, advocating for excellent client care. Jodi is eager to help navigate the counseling process to make it smooth for each client who enters our doors. She assists in the client management process both directly and behind the scenes, carefully matching new clients with the therapists who best fit their needs and answering a variety of questions that clients may have. She is an encourager to our clients and team, loves spending time with her family including her grandchildren, interior design, and knitting.

THE FORT WAYNE CLINICAL TEAM

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

Jennifer is the newest member to LifeWorks Counseling Professional Team in Fort Wayne. She studied at Indiana University, Fort Wayne earning her masters of science in counseling education and obtained her associate’s license shortly after. In her short career, 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, and level one of the Gottman Method Therapy focusing on couples counseling. Jennifer works with children of all ages, teens, families, and marriages/couples. She enjoys traveling, going on walks especially in local parks, and hanging out with her family.

Rebecca Berghorn, Clinician ~ Fort Wayne Office
M.S.Edu., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 309 / bberghorn@lifeworks-counseling.org

Becca has been a practicing Marriage & Family Therapist in the Fort Wayne community for nearly 14 years. Becca primarily works with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Her passion for working with children and adolescents began several years ago while working with her church youth group and with troubled youth in the public mental health care setting. Her energetic and caring nature allows her to help address tough issues in the areas of grief, loss, anxiety, depression, behavior concerns, parenting stressors, conflict, and adjustment to life changes. Becca is thoughtful and is a gifted clinician and encourager in dealing with difficult, painful issues. She is currently working on an extensive certification in Internal Family Systems Therapy which is the cornerstone of her professional practice. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, praise and worship music, running, edifying others, and playing in the sun and dirt.

Challis Bower, Master’s Level Counseling Intern ~ Fort Wayne Office
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 318 / cbower@lifeworks-counseling.org

Challis came to LifeWorks in June 2019 after serving alongside her husband in full-time ministry for 20 years. She has been an integral part of our team both administratively and in leadership. Challis recently joined our Counseling Professional Team as our Master’s Level Intern in the Fort Wayne Office. She has been diligently studying in the counseling field to obtain her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Huntington University. Challis has a tremendous heart for people and for serving clients of all demographics and needs. She brings energy, hope, and passion to our team as she seeks opportunities to serve our clients and our team. Challis enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and eating food that she didn’t cook.

Teresa Brooks, Clinician ~ 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’s degree in mental health counseling from Huntington University. Teresa primary 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. 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 32 years, has 6 grown children, and 8 grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family and riding her Harley all over the countryside.

Laura Jacobs, Clinician ~ Fort Wayne Office
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor

T (260) 432-0066, ext. 316 / ljacobs@lifeworks-counseling.org

Before coming to LifeWorks, Laura spent nearly ten years in community mental health settings providing hope and healing by serving children, adolescents, adults, and families in both case management and counseling roles. She earned her Bachelors of Social Work in 2008 from Taylor University and her Masters of Counseling from Huntington University in 2016. Laura has unique experiences in providing therapeutic services and play therapy to children under the age of 7, sand tray therapy to adolescent and adult clients, as well as exploring spiritual concerns.  Laura has a wealth of experience in aiding adults and children having experienced trauma, domestic violence and problems related to addiction, grief and loss, a wide range of behavioral concerns including autism, ADHD, and other sensory integration problems, as well as family and parenting stress and conflict related to a wide range of mental health concerns. She is currently pursuing certification in providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In her free time, Laura enjoys knitting, spending time with nieces and nephews, reading, antiquing, scrabble… basically perfecting the art of being retirement age.

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

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

Lon has been with LifeWorks for over 11 years. He incorporates over 32 years of working with teens and families in a variety of capacities to his professional practice. Lon also has a ministerial education background, experience as a Pastor, and expertise in working with marriages/couples. Lon works with teens, men, women, couples and families desiring them to experience personal healing and in their relationships. Lon is passionate about working with marriages/couples, men’s issues, personal growth, and has extensive experience working with people 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 and visiting family.

Douglas Kellenberger, Clinician ~ Fort Wayne
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 315 / dkellenberger@lifeworks-counseling.org

Doug has been with LifeWorks’ in different therapeutic capacities over the years and has been serving this community in a variety of areas always focusing on personal growth in people and relationships. Currently, Doug is specifically working with men and women in the area of emotional development and inner healing from trauma life experiences. Doug’s approach to therapy is a combination of Internal Family Systems Therapy, The Immanuel Approach to Healing, and Relational Connection Approach. A prospective client would need to meet with Doug to complete an assessment and determine whether this approach is the best fit. Couples are required to engage in individual counseling until safe, emotional connection skills are learned and able to be expressed. Doug often meets with clients for 2 hour to half-day time blocks. In his spare time, Doug is devoted to serving others, spending time with his family, learning new skills, playing his bass guitar, and meeting with others to encourage and edify. Doug is currently authoring a book about a man’s inner journey to healing.

Kara Kensinger, Clinician ~ Fort Wayne Office
M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor

T (260) 432-0066, ext. 304 / kkensinger@lifeworks-counseling.org

Kara enjoys working with people and helping them discover what strengths they have and how they can find healing and positive change in their lives. Kara believes it is a true privilege to walk with others through hard times in life and is humbled by the courage people show as they work towards healing. She works with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. Kara has worked overseas with survivors of human trafficking and advocates for education and healing for issues related to societal impact and personal trauma. Kara takes special care to meet her clients where they are at emotionally and helps them move to a place of wholeness and healing. Outside her professional career, Kara enjoys camping, reading, spending time with family, and traveling to different places in the US and around the world.

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

Sharon has been working in the mental health field for over 21 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, step-families and co-parenting, childhood sexual abuse and trauma, anxiety and depression, parenting, grief and loss, and coping with a loved-one involved in an 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 completing extensive certification in EMDR Therapy. Sharon loves her family, her two girls, football, fantasy football, music, going to concerts, and cherishes a good laugh.

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

Bobbie is a master’s level clinical mental health counselor working towards full licensure. She 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 twelve years as a lay minister/mentor for an area non-profit counseling agency until earning her master’s degree in 2017. Bobbie is comfortable counseling from a Christian perspective if the client desires. 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. As a lifetime learner, she is in the process of working on an extension certification in EMDR. 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, Clinician ~ 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 focused experience working in the area of relationship dynamics, codependency issues, parents, empowering teens, and dealing with phase 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. She enjoys staying active in being creative, baking, make crafts, pottery, and spending time with her family and pets.

Marcos Salinas, Clinician~ Fort Wayne Office
M.A., Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 319 / msalinas@lifeworks-counseling.org

Marcos has been a part of our team since the summer of 2019 when he spent his year-long advanced internship with us counseling people of all ages with a variety of issues. Marcos studied at Purdue University, Fort Wayne earning his masters of science in counseling education. Marcos is passionate in working primarily with adolescents, adults, and couples with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. He primarily approaches counseling from an Adlerian style which focuses on the value and belief that people as individuals should be validated, connected, and made to feel significant. Marcos is both fluent in English and Spanish, joins with his clients easily, and believes each person has what it takes within to overcome their hurts and live the best life possible. In his spare time Marcos enjoys hanging out with his friends and is an avid soccer fan.  

Elizabeth Whitaker, Clinician ~ 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 14 years in a variety of capacities and roles. She earned her master’s in 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 addictions 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, cheering her kids on in a variety of sports and activities, making crafts, and running.  

THE WARSAW CLINICAL TEAM

Mackenzie Rice, Clinical Director, Clinician, Warsaw Office
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
T (574) 568-0448, ext. 313 / mrice@lifeworks-counseling.org

Mackenzie recently moved into her new position on the Executive Administrative Team as the LifeWorks Clinical Director. In her new role, Mackenzie oversees the direct clinical care of our clients and provides clinical supervision for our Counseling Professional Team. She is also the new administrator of the Warsaw Team. For her full bio and clinical description, see above under The Executive Administrative Team.

Jainie Behling, Psychologist ~ Warsaw Office
Psy.D – Doctor of Psychology
T (574) 268-0448, ext. 403 / jbehling@lifeworks-counseling.org

Dr. Behling originally has clinical experience in/out-patient clinical settings treating individuals, marriages and families. Her clinical specialty areas include serving those from multicultural backgrounds, serving our homeless population who suffer from substance abuse and/or severe mental health needs. She has experience working with trauma, mood disorders including depression and anxiety, marital and family issues, premarital counseling, and substance abuse. Dr. Behling earned two bachelor degrees, one in Biblical Studies with a Missions emphasis from Southern California Seminary and a second bachelors in Intercultural Ministries with New Tribes Mission. She has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Southern California Seminary on the west coast. Dr. Behling also teaches psychology courses at Grace College & Theological Seminary and Ivy Tech Community College. She enjoys being a wife, mother, chicken owner and garden grower. She loves to run and play with her kids and really enjoys a really good cup of coffee with the people she loves.

Carrie Bianchini, Clinician ~ Warsaw Office
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor

T (574) 268-0448, ext. 409 / cbianchini@lifeworks-counseling.org

Carrie studied at Grace College & Theological Seminary and earned a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She works with children, adolescents, college students, parents, families, and couples. Carrie’s passion areas are working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, providing parenting education, fostering family bonding skills, improving communication and cohesiveness in relationships, and working with those who suffer from depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues. She has specialized certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilizes this approach to foster healing to the hurting soul. Carries loves to celebrate holidays, be outdoors with her dogs and husband, travel, drinking lots of coffee, training her lab to be a therapy dog, and nerding out with her favorite fandoms like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter.

Brandon Burns, Clinician ~ Warsaw Office (M)
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
T (574) 268-0448, ext. 411 / bburns@lifeworks-counseling.org

Bio coming soon.

Bethany Crostreet, Clinician ~ Warsaw Office (M)
M.A., Master’s in Mental Health Counseling
T (574) 268-0448, ext. 407 / bcrostreet@lifeworks-counseling.org

Beth graduated from Lincoln Christian University with a Masters in Counseling and also has a second Master’s in Organizational Leadership. Beth enjoys working with couples, families, individuals, and adolescents and is passionate about helping them improve communication and relational health. Beth and her husband have been involved in ministry for the last 9 years, working with couples, families, and teenagers. Currently, she works in her church with middle school students, and leads a women’s group. Beth loves helping people incorporate their faith into their healing process, and integrating prayer and scripture within the context of counseling when the client is comfortable doing so.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, kids, and dog. She enjoys playing games, drinking coffee, reading good books, and spending time in genuine conversation. Beth loves the LaPorte area and is super excited to be serving in the community.

Shelby Legan, Clinician ~ Warsaw Office (M, Tu, W, Th)
LSW., Licensed Clinical Social Worker
T (574) 268-0448, ext. 410 / slegan@lifeworks-counseling.org

Shelby joined the LifeWorks team in the fall of 2019 shortly after she became licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from Indiana State University with a master’s in social work and is trained in both clinical counseling and Biblical counseling. She has a passion for working with clients who are in an incarcerated setting. She is currently providing counseling in our Warsaw office and in a nearby inceration setting where she runs process groups and provides individual counseling. Shelby primarily works with adults and late adolescents with expertise in areas of childhood and adult trauma, relationship issues, codependency, incarceration, and addictions. She desires to see others grow into their best self through a holistic counseling approach and the Lord’s healing. Shelby enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, and in nature camping, hiking, swimming, and biking.

Sharon Miley, Clinician ~ Warsaw Office (M, W)
M.S.Edu., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
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(260) 432-0066, ext. 308 / smiley@lifeworks-counseling.org

Sharon has been working in the mental health field for over 21 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, step-families and co-parenting, childhood sexual abuse and trauma, anxiety and depression, parenting, grief and loss, and coping with a loved-one involved in an 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 completing extensive certification in EMDR Therapy. Sharon loves her family, her two girls, football, fantasy football, music, going to concerts, and cherishes a good laugh.

Kati Mills, Clinician ~ Warsaw Office
M.S.Edu.,Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
T (574) 268-0448, ext. 401 / kmills@lifeworks-counseling.org

Kati has been with the LifeWorks team for over six years in both administrative and counseling professional roles. She earned a dual Master’s in Science of Education at Indiana University, Fort Wayne in Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, Kati taught at an alternative school for high-risk youth for 6 years. She works with all ages and is passionate about healthy marriages, and community service responders, and law enforcement officers and their families. She has a natural gift of bringing a sense of “calm” to those around her. She adores her family and dedicates time serving the youth at her church, staying active in the outdoors, running, biking, and reading for pleasure.

Bobbie Mohler, Clinician ~ Warsaw Office (Th)
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 408 / bmohler@lifeworks-counseling.org

Bobbie is a master’s level clinical mental health counselor working towards full licensure. She 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 twelve years as a lay minister/mentor for an area non-profit counseling agency until earning her master’s degree in 2017. Bobbie is comfortable counseling from a Christian perspective if the client desires. 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. As a lifetime learner, she is in the process of working on an extension certification in EMDR. 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.

Leslie Ringger ~ Warsaw Office (M, Tu, W)
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
T (574) 268-0448, ext. 412 / lringger@lifeworks-counseling.org

Leslie is the newest therapist to our Professional Counseling Team in Warsaw. She earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Huntington University. Leslie worked with a ministry serving orphans for numerous years, including as a missionary in Zambia for 1.5 years and most recently in the community mental health setting before coming to LifeWorks. She works with individuals, families, marriages/couples who are experiencing a variety of stressors including anxiety and depression and with age populations from 8 years old to adults. Leslie has a passion for serving families and individuals involved in foster care, adoption, and those serving as missionaries. She approaches therapy from a Client-Centered lens and through Trauma-Informed Care. Leslie loves to spend time with her family, renovating anything, painting, gardening, landscaping, singing/playing the piano with one of her girls, walks in the sunshine, traveling anywhere new, time at the ocean, and really well-done movies and television series.

EJ Underwood, Clinician ~ Warsaw Office (Tu, W)
M.A., Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
T (574) 268-0448, ext. 404 / ejunderwood@lifeworks-counseling.org

EJ came to LifeWorks in the fall of 2019 after a long, meaningful 17 tenure at Warsaw Community Church where he served in Care Ministry, Adult Education, and Pastoral Counseling. EJ has master’s degrees in Secondary Education, Counseling and Psychology from Grace Theological Seminary, and a master’s in business. He also taught several classes at Grace College as an Adjunct Professor. EJ enjoys working with marriages/couples, individuals, men, and late teens. He approaches therapy from a Client-Centered paradigm where he is passionate about helping adults who grew up in dysfunctional and abusive homes. EJ is a former skydiver, loves hunting, reading, his great-grandchildren, and of course, spending time with his wife of 40 years.


Peggy Underwood, Pastoral Counselor ~ Warsaw Office (Tu)
M.A. in Counseling
T (574) 268-0448, ext. 405 / punderwood@lifeworks-counseling.org

Peggy graduated from Grace College & Theological Seminary and serves as both a Biblical and Clinical. Peggy approaches therapy from a systemic wellness model helping to bring healing in mind, body, soul, and relationships. Peggy worked exclusively as a Pastoral Counselor for nearly 11 years. She primarily works with adults suffering from depression, marital/couple distress, trauma, self-identity conflicts, issues with motivation, and in the area of spiritual healing. Peggy enjoys being with her family, friends, and grandchildren. She has discovered a passion for overseas missions and loves serving at her church in various capacities.

THE COLUMBIA CITY CLINICAL TEAM

Kati Mills, Clinician ~ Columbia City Office (W)
M.S.Edu., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
T (574) 268-0448, ext. 401 / kmills@lifeworks-counseling.org

Kati has been with the LifeWorks team for over six years in both administrative and counseling professional roles. She earned a dual Master’s in Science of Education at Indiana University, Fort Wayne in Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, Kati taught at an alternative school for high-risk youth for 6 years. She works with all ages and is passionate about healthy marriages, and community service responders, and law enforcement officers and their families. She has a natural gift of bringing a sense of “calm” to those around her. She adores her family and dedicates time serving the youth at her church, staying active in the outdoors, running, biking, and reading for pleasure.

Saundra Fredrickson, Clinician & Biblical Counselor ~ Columbia City Office (W, Th)
M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
T (260) 432-0066, ext. 317 / sfredrickson@lifeworks-counseling.org

Understanding how we all struggle in life allows Saundra to help others work through their past hurts and overcome obstacles. Saundra provides a safe environment to explore the past to help others move forward with healing and strength to embrace the future. Saundra received a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University, a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, her M.A. in Counseling from Colorado Christian University under the direction of Dr. Larry Crabb, and masters endorsement from Huntington University. Saundra has twenty-five years of experience as a counselor and case manager in the counseling field, serving at a Psychiatric Hospital in the Philadelphia area and in private practice. She also has experience in equine-facilitated counseling and works with children, adolescents, adults and couples. She is thoughtful in her approach and a respecter of person’s integrating both science and faith as appropriate. Currently, she is pursuing a comprehensive certification in EMDR Therapy and pursuing her Doctorate in Counseling Education. Saundra enjoys spending time with her family, serves faithfully in her church and the community, and loves to travel.

THE LAPORTE CLINICAL TEAM

Bethany Crostreet, Clinician ~ Warsaw Office (M)
M.A., Master’s in Mental Health Counseling
T (574) 268-0448, ext. 407 / bcrostreet@lifeworks-counseling.org

Beth graduated from Lincoln Christian University with a Masters in Counseling and also has a second Master’s in Organizational Leadership. Beth enjoys working with couples, families, individuals, and adolescents and is passionate about helping them improve communication and relational health. Beth and her husband have been involved in ministry for the last 9 years, working with couples, families, and teenagers. Currently, she works in her church with middle school students, and leads a women’s group. Beth loves helping people incorporate their faith into their healing process, and integrating prayer and scripture within the context of counseling when the client is comfortable doing so.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, kids, and dog. She enjoys playing games, drinking coffee, reading good books, and spending time in genuine conversation. Beth loves the LaPorte area and is super excited to be serving in the community.

OUR PET ASSISTANTS

Sampson, Canine Assistant
ADA Trained, Certified Level 2

Sampson is our 10 year old therapy canine who was rescued from the SPCA and adopted May 17th, 2014. He has adjusted to the environment of LifeWorks” and enjoys working with both adults and children. Sampson has made a significant impact in working with those in particular who experience anxiety, phobias, and depression. He loves making his rounds in the waiting room greeting everyone who enjoys his company. His calm demeanor and welcoming charm have been a terrific addition to the LifeWorks team. Sampson has been making less appearances over the past year due to aging but everyone looks forward to the times he visits. Sampson’s therapeutic presence is available by appointment only.

Bob, Reptile Assistant

Bob is a 15 year old leopard gecko who has been in the Fort Wayne office since it’s opening. Bob makes his presence known by the crickets that get free from his cage from time to time. Bob is held multiple times per week by team members and clients and often visited by many clients. He most often likes to hide in hoodie pockets or on shoulders under long hair. He has been particularly valuable in helping people face fear of animals. Bob resides in the Executive Director’s office – you can’t miss his bright red heat light. It’s been said by many pet stores that Bob is the oldest leopard gecko known in the area.