The Marriage and Family Clinic’s staff has a variety of training backgrounds and designations for a reason. By building a team with diversity, we can offer a variety of approaches and therapy styles to you! We know a “one size fits most” approach is often not very fitting! By finding a provider who fits your needs, we can help you and your family find relief sooner. Our staff can also be combined as a treatment team to do individual, couples, or family therapy as well as adding speech or occupational therapy services. Providers will coordinate care in house, so you never have to be the case manager! All staff attend weekly supervision meetings, trainings and supports together in and out of the clinic!
Sara is a Graduate Intern obtaining her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy through Indiana Wesleyan University. As a therapist, Sara aims to empower and equip her clients to find growth and healing amid life’s challenges. She enjoys helping clients that deal with anxiety, life transitions, depression, family/relationship issues, and personal development. She understands that each person is unique and sees the value in creating a safe space for the needs of each client. Sara works with individuals, couples, children, and families.
KRISTINA BAGNOLI, LMFTA
Kristina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate with her Master’s Degree from Northcentral University in Arizona. Kristina helps clients seeking to find health and harmony within their life. She supports couples to maintain or re-establish a closer bond with a loved one. She helps her clients to concentrate on finding solutions in the present time and explore hopes and goals for the future. Kristina guides clients to discover their inner strengths and explore possibilities to make positive changes within their life and relationships. Her passion is providing care and insight to support one’s journey towards becoming their authentic self. Kristina specializes in working with adolescents, college students, individuals, couples, families and veterans to make positive changes in their relationships and lives. Together, she works with her clients to discover strengths and focus on solutions, as well as reframing thoughts from negative into positive and utilizing healthier behaviors to better influence future outcomes. Through skill building, processing experiences, and making plans for a positive future, her support will help develop relationships built around mutual respect, understanding and trust.
SARAH BEAMS, MS, NCC, LMHCA
Sarah received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Hope College. With experience in college counseling, medical trauma counseling, inpatient psychiatric care, and ministry she is now back in Indiana, hoping to continue to increase mental healthcare in her home state. Sarah aims to help clients explore how they feel they compare to who they desire to, or feel they “should,” be. These perceptions can affect our sense of self, and inform our emotions, actions, and behaviors. Sarah practices from the viewpoint that each individual is capable of reaching solutions to the issues they face in life, or strategies to cope with what is out of their control, and counseling is a supportive relationship where she can aid in that process. Some of her areas of focus are trauma, vicarious trauma, depression, anxiety, and matters of faith and spirituality. She is especially interested in working with those in helping professions (such as first responders, healthcare workers, those in ministry), adoption/foster care, and the young adult population.
AMANDA HILDEBRADT, CADAC II
Amanda received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Indiana University and used that to develop her career in child and family services. After seeing the impact that substance use disorders had on family systems she transitioned into the correctional setting as a substance abuse counselor for the Indiana Women’s Prison. There she moved from counselor to director and facilitated the Recovery While Incarcerated program for all of the female offenders that suffered from substance use disorders including the pregnant and parenting mothers. Amanda believes in the biopsychosocial approach to treatment. She is currently obtaining her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently the Clinical Trainer at Recovery Centers of America in Indianapolis and brings an educated and passionate element to training all of the new employees. Amanda was born and raised in Indiana. She has a husband and two dogs that keep her busy. She has passion for helping others and is ready to serve the community as best she can.
Harley received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Purdue University and is currently working towards obtaining a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marian University. She is interested in pursuing animal-assisted therapy in her future work. Over the years, Harley has gained experience working in a residential treatment facility for children with disabilities, and in an outpatient therapy clinic with domestic violence perpetrators. Her passion lies within working with children and adolescents who have anxiety, addiction, and trauma. Harley works hard to establish trustworthy, therapeutic relationships with her clients by bringing humor and creative activities to her sessions.
KRISTI KNIGHT, CHC
Kristi is a Graduate Intern obtaining her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Bradley University. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Studies with a minor in Psychology from Ashford University. Kristi has 10 years of experience in Neurofeedback Training private practice. Kristi’s training in neurocounseling combines brain-based interventions, such as neurofeedback, brainspotting, and mindfulness with a wellness approach to counseling clients. She incorporates elements of Internal Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindful-based Stress Reduction to support those with anxiety disorders, attention disorders/ADHD, chronic illness, eating disorders, and trauma history. She is passionate about educating and empowering others who are struggling by meeting them where they are and supporting them in each step of their healing journey. Kristi works with children, teens, adults, and senior adults.
Lauren is Graduate Intern from Marian University’s Mental Health Counseling program. She graduated from Butler with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Neuroscience. Lauren has a variety of experience working with children and teens with a variety of mental health needs. Lauren can work to support families with children with neurodiversity including mild-moderate ASD, ADHD, and mood disorders using a variety of individual and family approaches. Some of her previous work experiences come from being on the clinical team at Damar Services in Indianapolis. Lauren enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and traveling.
ALEX SHAFFER, LSW
Alex Shaffer is a Licensed Social Worker from Carmel, Indiana. He attended IU Bloomington for his undergraduate degree in psychology and IUPUI for his Master’s degree in Social Work before moving back to Carmel with his wife. Alex has worked for several years with both adults and adolescents struggling with addictions, anxiety, and depression. He works with kids of all ages and helps them work through some of the pressures facing our youth today. Alex has a passion is to serve families and children with a strengths-based approach that improves the way families function as a unit and interact with the greater community.
Licensed Therapist Affiliates:
At the MFC, we have several other types of therapists who run their own separate entities and practices, but also serve our clinic to provide more comprehensive care or other support services. Affiliates are not employees of the Marriage and Family Clinic, but run and manage their own independent practice within the walls of the office.
AUBREY CHRISTMAN, LMFT
Aubrey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a successful private practice for over seven years. Aubrey has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology through IUPUI, and obtained a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Christian Theological Seminary. With her training as a Marriage and Family Therapist Aubrey has the skill set to work with clients from a systemic perspective; exploring the multiple angles of a problem while at the same time discovering untapped strengths and resources for creating change. Aubrey has experience working with a variety of clients including children, adolescents, families and couples; all within many different stages of life. Areas of special interest include teens, young adults, the military population, and first responders. Aubrey states, “As a therapist I am passionate about collaborating with clients to address the challenges that prevent growth and change. It is my goal to meet people where they are with unconditional respect for what their life journey has been.”
KATHRYN GRIFFITH, MS CCC-SLP
Kathryn Griffith is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist who strives to help her clients communicate effectively in order to be heard and to thrive in their daily lives. She has a wide range of experience providing speech therapy to people of all ages, from toddlers to the elderly. She began her career working in long-term care facilities, and has since expanded her experience by serving toddlers through Indiana First Steps and children in both public and private school settings. Kathryn is passionate about providing quality, individualized therapy to improve articulation, language, pragmatics, voice, swallowing, and cognitive disorders. Together she works with her clients and their families to create goals and ensure a meaningful experience. Kathryn earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University in 2007 and pursued her Master’s from Indiana State University, which she obtained in 2010. She is certified in VitalStim and Myofascial Release to address voice and dysphagia disorders. Always passionate about continuing education, Kathryn has received further training to provide Gender Affirming Voice Therapy to help those desiring to obtain a voice that aligns with their gender identity and gender expression. Kathryn was born and raised in Indianapolis, and now lives in Broad Ripple with her husband, dog, and cat. In her free time, you will find her attending concerts, working on home projects, or camping and hiking with her husband and dog.
MELANIE WITKOWSKI, OTR
Melanie Witkowski is the owner and OT at Sensory MVP. She has a passion for detecting problem areas and improving them with activities your child will enjoy. She will often be found playing games, making crafts, dancing, completing obstacle courses, and educating! Her goal is to meet your child where you and they need her to meet them.
She graduated from Western Michigan University with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2008 and has practiced since then in a variety of settings and outpatient clinics. She has spent most of her career furthering her knowledge in sensory and how it effects development; over the last 6 years, She has developed specific protocols for sensory integrative dysfunction. She also excels in feeding specifically related to sensory and anxiety. She has a true passion for helping families both physically and mentally and looks forward to supporting your family!