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!
RACHEL ABRAHAMS, MA, LMHCA
Rachel received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition to living five years overseas, Rachel has eight years of experience working in a nonprofit environment, including over four years in the addiction and recovery space. She couples her business background and clinical experience in mental health counseling to create customized approaches for individuals, couples, and families as they seek health and wholeness. She believes there is nothing more desired by people than peace—peace of mind, peace in relationships, and peace within ourselves. Rachel is passionate about journeying with those struggling with the impact of trauma, anxiety, depression, conflict in relationships, grief, addiction, and spirituality. She will listen with empathy, ask intentional questions, call out strengths, and work with clients to set short and long-term goals for their mental health. Rachel has experience working with young professionals, individuals in faith-based communities, and people from various international backgrounds.
SARA ARMOR, MAMFT
Sara obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from 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 want to address anxiety, life transitions, depression, family/relationship difficulties, and personal development. Sara takes a systemic approach in her treatment, especially in her work with adolescents and couples. 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, teens, and families.
KRISTINA BAGNOLI, LMFTA
Kristina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate with her Master’s Degree from Northcentral University. 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.
SARAH BEAMS, 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. 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.
BRIANA CARLSEN, MFT INTERN
Briana received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Taylor University and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University. Briana is passionate about journeying alongside clients to inspire the intentionality and tenacity needed to address life’s stressors and complications with a hopeful, systemic and collaborative approach. She believes that the most foundational level of stability in life is found in intimate relationships, and is thus committed to helping her clients identify ways to cultivate and sustain healthy, safe relationships. Briana has experience working in nonprofit and private practice settings and is pursuing a certification in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She is delighted to utilize her skill set with couples, families and individuals at the Marriage and Family Clinic to help them reach their short and long term therapy goals.
KELLY CREMER, MHC INTERN
Kelly is a graduate-level intern, completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through the Townsend Institute at Concordia University – Irvine. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado – Boulder. Kelly has eight years of experience working with college students in a mentor, coaching, and leadership development capacity. She is passionate about working with adolescents and young adults as they work through times of transition and change.
AMANDA HILDEBRADT, CADAC II, MFT INTERN
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. Amanda is currently out until January 2023 on maternity leave.
HARLEY HILL, MS, MHC
Harley is a resident therapist who has gained a B.S. in Psychology from Purdue University and an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marian University. Harley has experience working at a residential treatment facility for children with disabilities, in ABA clinic settings, and in outpatient settings. She also has experience working with domestic violence victims and perpetrators, neurodivergent children, adolescents with disabilities, and those with trauma. She enjoys working with children (3+), teens, and adults, as well as entire families. Harley utilizes directive and nondirective play therapy techniques in almost all of her work, especially with children. She finds joy in establishing trustworthy, therapeutic relationships by including humor in her sessions. Harley typically pulls from CBT, filial, strengths-based, and emotion-focused therapy approaches while using trauma-informed and multicultural lenses.
KRISTI KNIGHT, MS 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.
CAREY MEAD, MAMFT
Carey is a Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families in difficult times, sorting through challenging situations and life transitions. She collaborates with her clients to move towards peace through healing and restoring relationships, while rebuilding confidence. Carey provides a safe, non-judgmental environment, and has an authentic, come-as-you-are approach to help you navigate through life’s challenging phases. Having moved multiple times with her family for work opportunities, as well as having lived overseas for many years, Carey has an appreciation for unique family dynamics, cultural diversity, and faith in one’s life. Carey received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary.
LAUREN MCQUARTERS, MS , MHC
Lauren is a Resident Therapist who graduated with her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marian University. Lauren has experience working at a children’s residential facility as a direct support technician. Lauren has a passion for working with children, teens, and entire families. With children, Lauren enjoys utilizing techniques from play therapy, She finds it fulfilling to watch children grow and open up within the room and learn how to best express themselves in and outside of therapy. With teenagers, Lauren enjoys working through basic teenage angst utilizing techniques of DBT, CBT, and solution-focused therapy approaches. Lauren especially enjoys working with teens going through the life transition of high school to college. With families, she enjoys having everyone in the room to create the space for healthy and open communication. Lauren’s ability to build rapport and help everyone to feel comfortable paves the way for client’s to see success and growth within the therapy room.
ADELINE NEIL, MFT INTERN
Adeline received her Bachelor’s in psychology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and is currently in her second year Master’s program for Marriage and Family Therapy at Indiana Wesleyan University. She believes that each person has their own unique hopes, desires, strengths, and struggles. Life is always full of unexpected challenges, but Adeline believes that when we have the right tools to navigate through tough times, we can overcome those challenges and foster our individual growth. She chose the field of counseling in order to help individuals be able to explore their truest selves and find strength to make positive changes.
MEGAN POPE, MS MHC
Megan obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling through Marian University. She has experience working with youth in the foster care system, juvenile corrections system, and with displaced populations of all ages. Her passions include being an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community and working with those who have experienced trauma. She enjoys supporting individuals with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, conduct/behavioral issues, trauma, sexuality, and gender identity. Megan takes an individualized approach with her clients using empirically-based treatments that suit her client’s specific needs. She is very collaborative in her approach and believes her clients are the experts of their own life. Her areas of expertise are trauma-informed care, affirming therapy, emotional regulation, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Megan seeks to build strong, united, and trustworthy relationships with her clients and her community.
LACEY SEGER, MHC INTERN
Lacey is a graduate-level intern and is in the final phases of her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. Lacey is interested in working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families experiencing a broad range of emotional and behavioral issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions. Lacey provides unconditional acceptance as clients explore the significance of their own story. She believes that all individuals are the experts on their own life and the therapist is a partner in guiding them toward healing and peace. Lacey is also happy to incorporate art and creativity in her work with clients, along with other tools to foster growth, self-compassion, and discernment.
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 Christman LLC
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 LLC
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, MS OTR- Sensory MVP
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!
RENEE WILLS, MOT, OTR/L – Sensory Solutions Occupational Therapy, LLC
Renee Wills, MOT, OTR/L is the owner of Sensory Solutions, Occupational Therapy, LLC and has been an Occupational Therapist since 2004. She attended Purdue University for her
Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Studies with a Minor in Organizational Leadership. She worked in the Parks & Recreation field in Arizona until her return to Indiana where she went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Indianapolis. Renee takes an individualized and family-centered approach to pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT), by providing each child with personalized therapy sessions to help them manage sensory
integration, engage in play activities, learn to navigate the environment, practice appropriate social interactions, and establish independence in daily routines.