Chris Irwin is a Licensed Social Worker who is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University. She has previous experience as a Health Coach to help individuals meet their mental and physical health goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Prior to that, she worked at Big Brothers and Big Sisters, providing psycho-social education to help girls reach their full potential. Currently, Chris is working with children and families that are involved with the Department of Child Services, where she provides individual and family therapy.
Chris utilizes both Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR to address her clients’ unique needs. She is currently working on becoming certified in EMDR, which is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma, anxiety, and depression. Chris is client-focused and strives to create an alliance with her clients to determine therapeutic goals and treatment tasks.
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Heather is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her Bachelor of Psychology degree. Heather has been working with children and families for over seven years. Since 2014, Heather has served as a home-based caseworker facilitating supervised visitations and providing casework services that assist families in obtaining community resources, employment opportunities, and secure housing. The end goal of this work is to help parents become stable and independent so that they may create and maintain a safe environment for their children. Before becoming a home-based caseworker, Heather worked as a behavioral therapist for children with Autism. Heather learned specific skills and techniques within the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) world to help these children learn more socially acceptable ways to handle their times of upset. Using this knowledge, Heather has a focus for children’s behaviors, which she can utilize during supervised visitation to help teach the parent(s) how to appropriately discipline their children in an effective and productive way. Due to Heather’s past experiences being an ABA therapist, Heather specializes in supervised visitation as a home-based caseworker. Heather provides a safe and supportive environment for parents to learn more about their children’s needs, wants, strengths, and struggles to accomplish their parenting goals. Heather has an empathetic, yet stern, approach when interacting with families, which increases the families’ accountability and responsibility while also establishing a solid rapport and professional bond.
Josie Smith is a Licensed Social Worker who is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Josie received her Master’s in Social Work from Indiana University with a focus on children, youth, and families. She has previous experience working in a crisis center, with foster families and children, and in a residential facility for adults with severe mental illnesses. Josie is currently providing individual and family therapy to children and families involved with the Department of Child Services. Josie utilizes a trauma-focused approach and implements components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy with clients. Josie particularly enjoys working with young children and teens using aspects of art and play therapy. Josie is passionate about building connections with others and helping clients achieve their goals.
Laurissa earned her Master of Social Work at Indiana University School of Social Work. She is a Licensed Social Worker and currently working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Laurissa is trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and specializes in working with children and parents to assess and repair the parent-child relationship. The CPP model allows the therapist and the parents to partner in the work of understanding how the child’s milestone development, family dynamics, and trauma shape the family experience in order to utilize the parent-child relationship as a point of healing for both the child and the parent.
Upon graduation from Butler University with a BA in 2013, I began working at a school for children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. It was this experience that allowed me to gain a passion for helping children and families within the community. A year later, I started as a home-based caseworker with LifeSolutions Counseling, assisting families within the DCS system that were challenged and needed support. In 2019, I completed my Master of Social Work degree at Indiana Wesleyan University and became a therapist for LifeSolutions. I enjoy working with children utilizing play therapy to help them regulate their emotions and manage behaviors that potentially interrupt their success in life. I also provide therapy for adults affected by trauma, addiction, and violence and use evidence-based practices to help them resolve issues, gain confidence, and become independent.
Lizzie Timberlake is currently a Licensed Social Worker working to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University and her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Lizzie has gained experience in the mental health field working with a variety of populations including youth experiencing homelessness, college students, and adults involved with the Department of Child Services. She integrates multiple evidence-based clinical approaches into her therapy depending on the needs of her clients, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Focused CBT. Lizzie affirms the dignity and worth of each individual and strives to create a warm, safe environment in which clients feel comfortable exploring and expressing their unique thoughts, feelings, and challenges. Through this process, Lizzie aims to partner with each client in setting treatment goals and to support their journey toward growth and healing.
Valerie Higbee is a home-based caseworker at Life Solutions Counseling. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Services and has a focus on rehabilitating those with various addictions. Through her education and training, she is able to provide specialized and thorough care with each client. In her current position, Valerie provides psychoeducation about relapse prevention, creating healthy support systems, and accessing financial resources. In addition, she also provides supervised visitations to parents, coaches them on appropriate parenting skills, and assists in creating long lasting bonds between child and parent. Valerie utilizes additional communication and verbal skills to assist those from varying socioeconomic statuses to further achieve goals identified by themselves and the Department of Child Services. Valerie enjoys working with those who struggle with substance abuse and has found this to be a clinical passion of hers.
Valeria Guzman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor-Associate who is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her Master’s of Art Therapy degree from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. She has previous experience at the St. Vincent Survivorship Program to help oncology patients meet their mental health needs and help reduce symptoms related to pain and anxiety in patients with cancer. Prior to that, she worked at Carriage House East Community, providing psycho-social education to this community and developing Individual and Group Art Therapy Programs. Additionally she assisted in developing and facilitating a Community Art Project aimed to bring awareness and presence to DACA recipients living in Lawrence. Currently, Valeria is working with children and families that are involved with the Department of Child Services, where she provides individual and family therapy. Valeria utilizes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address her clients’ unique needs. Valeria’s approach is quite diverse, identifying primarily as a Multicultural Therapist. This means that she has great respect for your self-sufficiency and your ability to discern your own path, solutions, and direction in life. Her role is to assist you in uncovering sources of oppression through an equal side-by-side counseling relationship. This process would foster authenticity and empowerment as well as promote social change through building relationships and communities. Valeria is client-focused and strives to create an alliance with her clients to determine therapeutic goals and treatment tasks ultimately addressing treatment of trauma, anxiety, and depression.