Amdaway has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. His unique ability is assessing client’s challenges and formulating strategies to assist the client to free themselves of those challenges. He earned his Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Ghana and a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Amdaway Ibrahim is trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) in treating teen addiction, and Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) in parenting. He is also a trained Wellbeing Coach and attended the Anthropedia Foundation two-year well-being coaching program.
Amdaway strongly believes in collaborative solution-focused approach between the client and the therapist.
Amdaway specializes in treating trauma and improving the quality of life of his clients. His clinical interests include:
- Anger management
- Healthy Child-Parent relationship.
Ann Marie earned her Bachelor of Science of Social Work degree from Taylor University and completed her Master of Art of Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2017. Prior to returning to school for her master’s degree, Ann Marie worked for seven years with children with special needs and their families.
Ann Marie is a home-based therapist working with families involved with the Department of Child and Family Services. She values involving caregivers in the treatment of children. She is trained in Trauma-Focused CBT, Theraplay and Attachment focused interventions for the treatment of trauma, emotional dysregulation and behavioral challenges. Ann Marie is also working toward becoming a registered play therapist. While much of her work is with children, Ann Marie has developed a niche in assisting both parents and foster parents in caring for children who have experienced trauma and building secure attachments with them. Ann Marie has also provided training for CASA in attachment injuries for children in DCS and building rapport.
Ashley began studying psychology at Indiana Wesleyan University, where she received her Bachelor of Psychology degree with an Addictions Studies minor. She continued her education, receiving a master’s degree from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation program. She lived and studied in Chicago, where she worked with teenagers with Autism to strengthen vocational skills, identify their passions, and develop life skills. She has worked with people from different backgrounds and socioeconomic status in underserved populations through a community mental health practice, helping them to overcome trauma and address severe mental health and associated stigma.
Ashley works from a humanistic and positive psychological standpoint. She focuses on providing a supportive and nonjudgmental space for clients to be heard, encouraged, and to process life’s struggles and successes. She is holistic, mainly using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, as well as other techniques based on the client’s individual needs and readiness. Ashley is a Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate who offers individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Her clinical interests include anxiety, phase of life, trauma, self-awareness, depression, identity issues, substance abuse, relationship issues, individual well-being, and happiness.
Ashlyn is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). She received both her undergraduate degrees of Human Development and Family Studies, along with her Master of Social Work degree, from Indiana University. Ashlyn has experience working with individuals, families, and groups. She has expertise addressing a wide variety of mental health disorders including child/adolescent behavior issues, grief and loss, anxiety, and depression. Ashlyn is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is used in addressing trauma. Ashlyn is strengths-based and deeply committed to helping her clients reach their goals.
Brian Lahti is a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker and is currently a home-based caseworker. He graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with his Associate of Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Indiana University-Purdue University. He has practiced in various settings including school-based, home-based, and within local community organizations. Brian has primarily worked with children, adolescents, and families. Brian focuses on a strength-based and solution-focused approach when working with individuals and families to help them achieve their goals.
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.
Diane is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). She received her graduate degree of Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri and also has a graduate degree of Art from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri. Diane worked in a community mental health facility for five years in St. Louis prior to moving to Indianapolis. She has worked at LifeSolutions during the past four years as a home-based therapist providing services for children, adolescents, and adults through the Department of Child Services. Her practice style is person-centered and strength-based while utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy and therapeutic art and play activities.
Dodi Moncrief graduated from Marian University in Indianapolis, IN with a Bachelor of Sociology degree with a concentration in Social Justice. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Dodi Moncrief earned a Master of Social Work from Indiana University School of Social Work. After graduation, she has gained experience and began providing crisis counseling, group therapy for teenage boys, and individual and family therapy with families involved with the Department of Child Services. Currently, Dodi Moncrief provides therapeutic supervised visitation and individual and family therapy to older children and adults utilizing TF-CBT and Strength-Based Approach. Areas of special interest include therapy with adults to address depression, anxiety, and trauma history.
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.
Kaylee Durnell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has gained experience in a variety of settings with children and families over the last seven years, including a partial hospitalization program, adult rehabilitation facility, and within local early childhood education schools. With a background in developmental psychology and childhood trauma, Kaylee is experienced in providing play therapy techniques and is working towards a Registered Play Therapist credential.
Kaylee uses a multi-disciplinary approach in working with clients. Recently, she attended a Level One training in Theraplay and is incorporating these techniques into her work with children and families. Some other therapeutic approaches she integrates into her therapy are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Client-Centered Therapy.
Kaylee brings a compassionate and personal approach to her work and has pursued helping individuals and families through challenging times such as addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, child attachment issues, grief, loss, and bereavement.
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.
Sasha is a Licensed Social Worker with eight years of combined experience working with individuals of all ages. She began her social work career working with adults suffering from substance abuse and addiction in an outpatient setting in Evanston, Illinois. She also gained experience working with children and adolescents in an inpatient/outpatient hospital setting in Chicago, Illinois. More recently, Sasha has been working as a home-based therapist in the state of Indiana, where she has been providing therapeutic services to children and families over the last five years. Sasha utilizes a strength-based perspective in her treatment of individuals suffering from traumas in a wide variety of areas. She strives to provide a safe, calm, and empowering environment for individuals to thrive in and meet their full potential.
Sasha’s areas of clinical interest include the following: Anxiety, Addictions, Depression, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Trauma, Infertility, Eating Disorders, Child-Welfare, ADHD, Anger Management, Grief and Loss, and Self-esteem.
Sasha earned her master’s degree with a concentration in Children and Families from Loyola University Chicago and earned her Bachelor of Psychology and Sociology degrees with a minor in Music from Indiana University-Bloomington. She is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and is pursuing her clinical licensure in social work as well as her certification and licensure in Play Therapy.
Taylor has worked with LifeSolutions for almost four years as a home-based caseworker. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work from Indiana Wesleyan University. Taylor currently focuses her work on supervised visitations and casework for parents and families. Her passion is working with parents as they interact with their child(ren) to help rebuild the bond between families. Taylor takes a strength-based approach to working with families and empowers parents to become independent and self-sufficient for the benefit of themselves and their families.
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.
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.