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Meet the LifeWorks Team:

Amy Jo Aldrich, Executive Director, M.S.Edu.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Amy has actively served and advocated for healthy families in various capacities throughout her 27 year professional career. Among teaching, coaching, public speaking, administration leadership, she has served the greater area of Fort Wayne for the last 10 years as a Marriage & Family Therapist and Executive Director of LifeWorks. Amy is also a PREPARE/ENRICH marriage facilitator and has taught master's level counseling ethics courses at two universities. She speaks at a variety of professional, motivational, and personal growth conferences, challenging her audiences to be actively involved while engaging them in laughter and the opportunity for growth. Amy counsels children, adolescents, and adults, with an emphasis in family systems. Amy is a certified both in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and as a Trauma Consultant, and specializes in Anxiety Disorders. Amy has a particular passion for working with people to overcome anxiety, empowering families, those who are grieving, and those who have experienced traumatic life events. She approaches counseling from a wellness model as she works with clients and athletes in overcoming anxiety, emotional regulation, motivation, healthy competitiveness and staying fit in the mind and body. Amy enjoys life by actively living out her faith, spending time with her family, kayaking, engaging in sports, landscaping, reading, and listening to music. Amy can be reached at extension 305 or via email at ajaldrich@lifeworks-counseling.org

Carly Hawks, LifeWorks Office Manager &
Business Administrator

Carly has extensive experience in administration in various health care settings and in working directly with youth in various teaching capacities. We often refer to Carly as our "first responder" because she is the first voice behind the LifeWorks team. Carly is very passionate about providing excellent client care and maintaining the most stringent confidentiality. Her compassion for others is evident as she assists each prospective client with the initial call, assuring each person is paired with a counselor best suited to meet his or her needs. Carly is also willing and available to answer a multitude of questions from what to expect from the counseling process, questions regarding insurance, and payment options.  She has been an integral part of the LifeWorks team since we first began serving the community. Carly is very active in her church serving the youth in a variety of capacities for many years. She is an avid adventurer who enjoys spending time with her family and outdoors. Carly can be reached at extension 301 or via email at chawks@lifeworks-counseling.org

Rebecca Berghorn, M.S.Edu., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Becca joined the LifeWorks team earlier this year after practicing as a Marriage & Family Therapist in the area for nearly 10 years. Becca primarily works with children, adolescents, families, and women. 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 can be reached at extension 309 or at bberghorn@lifeworks-counseling.org

Saundra Fredrickson, M.A, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Masters in Biblical Studies and Masters in Mental Health Counseling

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 and her M.A. in Counseling from Colorado Christian University under the direction of Dr. Larry Crabb. She has recently studied at Huntington University as she pursued her license in Indiana. Saundra has nineteen years of experience as a therapist and case manager 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. Saundra can be reached at extension 317 or via email at sfredrickson@lifeworks-counseling.org

Cheri Heuer, M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Cheri joined LifeWorks in May 2015 bringing 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, with 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. She enjoys staying active in being creative, baking, make crafts, pottery, and spending time with her family and pets. We are very excited to have Cheri as part of our team. Cheri can be reached at extension 309 or via email at cheuer@lifeworks-counseling.org

Lon Johnson, Master's in Divinity, M.A.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Lon's background incorporates over 25 years of working with teens and families in a variety of capacities. He brings his ministerial education and experience as a Pastor to LifeWorks. Lon works with children, adolescents, men, women, couples and families desiring them to experience person healing and in their relationships. Lon is passionate about working with men's issues and has 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 currently serves as the campus pastor of a satellite church in Ossian, IN leading bible studies and caring for families. Lon is an avid reader and enjoys spending time cooking and visiting family. Lon can be reached at extension 310 or via email at ljohnson@lifeworks-counseling.org

Kara Kensinger, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
National Certified Counselor

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. Kara can be reached at extension 304 or via email at kkensinger@lifeworks-counseling.org

Kati Mills, M.S.Edu., Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy

Kati originally joined the LifeWorks team as a master's level intern from Indiana University-Purdue University where she studied couples and family counseling for three years before graduating and pursued licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, Kati taught at an alternative school for at risk youth for 6 years. Her passion areas lie in working with children, "at risk" youth, adults, couples, families, and with those in law enforcement or community service responders. Kati enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, biking, running, reading for pleasure. Kati can be reached at extension 314 or via email at kmills@lifeworks-counseling.org

Dr. Larry Wooley, PsyD., HSPP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Wooley has actively practiced in the area for 16 years as a licensed psychologist. He received his Psy.D.  from Baylor University in 1999. While Larry is comfortable working with a variety of clinical issues and client demographics, he has built a respected reputation as a child, adolescent and family counselor. He is passionate about attachment and the developmental issues that can result from attachment disruptions. Additional specialties include play therapy, disruptive behavior disorders and psychological testing. He is certified to provide Critical Incident Stress Management/Debriefing and to teach the TransParenting curriculum for divorcing parents. In addition to clinical work, Larry enjoys the privilege of supervising numerous clinicians at various stages of their professional development, conducting training both locally and abroad and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Grace College. His desire to positively impact area youth and general love of all things outdoors is reflected in his active involvement with the local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts programs.


Sampson is LifeWorks 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 already made a significant impact in working with those suffering from anxiety, phobias, depression, and adjustment issues. 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.