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.
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.
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.