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

Amy has actively advocated for healthy families through various roles by teaching, coaching, public speaking, administration leadership, and counseling. Licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist, Amy has over 20 years of experience working with families that have helped shape her into a professional counselor who is both knowledgeable and passionate about the people she serves. She is a PREPARE/ENRICH marriage facilitator and most recently taught Ethics as an Adjunct Professor at IPFW. Amy counsels children, adolescents, and adults, specializing in family systems. Teaming with each client to bring healing for a variety of issues, Amy has a particular passion for working with people to overcome anxiety, empowering families, and working with survivors of traumatic life events. Amy also works with area athletes regarding motivation, competitiveness and wellness.     Email: ajaldrich@lifeworks-counseling.org

Carly Hawks, LifeWorks Office Manager

Carly has extensive experience in administration in the health care field 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 takes confidentiality very seriously. 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 and insurance and payment concerns. 
Email: chawks@lifeworks-counseling.org

Saundra Fredrickson, Masters in Biblical Studies, Masters in Mental Health Counseling

Understanding how we all struggle in our lives allows Saundra to help others work through their past hurts. 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. 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 is currently seeking licensure in Indiana.    
Email: sfredrickson@lifeworks-counseling.org

Richele Groeneweg
Master's Level Intern in Couples & Family Counseling

Richele joins the LifeWorks team as a master's level intern from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne where she has been studying couples and family counseling. Her passion lies with couples, families and children. Email: rgroeneweg@lifeworks-counseling.org

Lon Johnson, MDiv, M.A.,
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Lon's background incorporates over 15 years of working with teens and families in a variety of capacities. He brings his ministerial education and experience as a Pastor to LifeWorks. He also has experience working with people who struggle with pornography issues and addiction, as well as men's issues in general. Lon has seen individuals, couples and families experience healing personally and in their relationships. 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.
Email: ljohnson@lifeworks-counseling.org

Doug Kellenberger, M.A.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Formerly serving as an international sales representative, Doug highly values relationships with others. He earned his Masters Degree in Community Counseling and recently provided counseling and education services at a local residential treatment center. His pursuit for a career in counseling developed out of his life-long passion for emotional freedom and his own healing journey. Doug ascribes to the theory of attuning to the person first  in order to calm their fears, creating emotional safety. He is very in tune with emotional connections and is willing to take the time to understand how a person feels, process, then explore what drives their behaviors. Doug has experience working through deeply painful issues with individuals, marital couples and families, emphasizing spirituality, especially the presence of Christ in his sessions. Doug counsels most often with adults with inner-emotional pain, relational issues, addictions and codependency.  
Email: dkellenberger@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. She also has worked overseas with survivors of sex trafficking and is passionate about the issues related to human trafficking. 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.
Kara works with couples, families, kids, teenagers, and individuals.
Email: kkensinger@lifeworks-counseling.org

Kati Mills
Master's Level Intern in Couples & Family Counseling

Kati comes to LifeWorks as a Master's Level Intern who is studying at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Upon completion of her internship Kati plans to continue to pursue her license for Couples & Family Counseling in the State of Indiana. Kati's passion area lies in working with children, "at risk" youth, adults, couples, and families. Kati currently is a teacher at an alternative school in Whitley County where she has served for the past 6 years.

M. Ellen Schlatter, M.S.,
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ellen joined the LifeWorks team in 2011 and has 17 years of experience as a mental health counselor. She specializes in individual and family therapy, particularly in the areas of trauma recovery, anxiety, depression, self-injurious behaviors, eating disorders, grief and adjustment difficulties, as well as parenting and divorce challenges. Ellen has extensive training, knowledge, and experience regarding the effects of trauma on functioning and utilizes this in her work with children, adolescents and adults. She trusts that every individual has the capacity and the ability to heal, offering hope through change and growth opportunities and the therapeutic relationship. Email: eschlatter@lifeworks-counseling.org

Amy Spallinger, M.S.W.,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Amy brings nearly 10 years experience of working with children, adolescents, and adults. She values the significance of incorporating play, art, and creative activities into her work to engage children in the process of exploring thoughts and feelings. Drawing from a variety of personal and professional experiences, Amy is especially interested in helping clients with anxiety, depression, behavior concerns, and parenting strategies. She has extensive experience working with children and adults who are survivors of sexual abuse, as well as facilitating therapeutic groups for teenagers. Amy is passionate about helping others to find hope, and experience healing through support, education, and intervention tools. Amy is actively pursuing her credentials to become recognized as a Registered Play Therapist.   
Email: aspallinger@lifeworks-counseling.org

Colleen Zurcher-McGauran, M.A.,
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

A well-seasoned Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Colleen brings over 25 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge regarding relationship dynamics to her work at Lifeworks. She has worked with multiple couples during periods of growth and times of challenge. In the many seasons of marriage, including pre-marital, Colleen brings a unique blend of compassion and candor. Colleen has also worked extensively with veterans and their families encompassing the special needs associated with those who serve our country. She also has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, and in the area of family violence and is a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator.     
Email: czmcgauran@lifeworks-counseling.org


Sampson is LifeWorks new therapy dog who was rescued from the SPCA and adopted May 17th this year. He is adjusting to the environment of LifeWorks and enjoying working with both adults and children. Sampson has already made a significant impact in working with those suffering from anxiety, phobias, and adjustment issues. His calm demeanor and welcoming charm have been a terrific addition to the LifeWorks team.