The journey to become a therapist for Kerrie was one with several twists and turns as she got closer to her goal. While obtaining her Bachelors Degree from Purdue in Child Development and Family Studies, she became passionate about the unique differences in people based on their life experiences, family history, and biological make-up, but she wasn’t really sure about how she wanted to serve others until teaching preschool. She realized her passion was for understanding people at a deeper level, not just teaching people facts, but helping people learn to meet their fullest potential.
She has a special passion for teaching parents about utilizing high structure, high nurture parenting techniques to help their children find balance between being loved but also having boundaries. Kerrie is comfortable working with a variety of mental health issues, developmental issues, and complex family systems. She is passionate about children who have been adopted and are trying to attach to their caregivers. She worked for Bethany Christian Services as a pre and post adoption therapist obtaining training in several attachment modalities, and then moved on to work in community mental health in the school systems with children in K-12. She is also trained to examine how your child is developing and can make additional referrals for speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy or other psychiatric services.
Though she has a passion for working with children and their families, Kerrie’s clients include children as well as adults. Her passion is helping people develop self-awareness about their lives and create change. Kerrie works with adults of all ages to retrace through their life story to identify patterns and become more self-aware to improve communication skills and self-perceptions. She is comfortable working with individuals with mood disorders like anxiety and depression and can support those seeking medication services. Kerrie works with couples who are planning for marriage, and couples who are struggling through the adjustment of marriage, child birth, and other life transitions. She is experienced in working with women with fertility issues, pregnancy loss, and adjustment to becoming a mother.
Working with several community partners, Kerrie is able to provide therapy with a Christian perspective, if desired. She partners with Grace Community Church, East 91st Street Church and Northview Christian Church to provide subsidized care to Christian families looking for spiritual direction as well as therapy. She also enjoys working with women who have been physically or sexually abused and connects victims to victim support services. Kerrie also works closely with several psychiatrists, psychologists and out patient programs to provide the best level of care.
In her free time, Kerrie enjoys spending quality time with her husband, daughter and rescued Husky, as well as going on walks, swimming, and traveling. She has a variety of personal and professional interests that normally involve being with or serving other people. Kerrie continues to be an active member of Grace Community Church, and she has volunteered with various ministries. She is also a member of Phi Mu Fraternity.
She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies and received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary (CTS). Additional credentials:
-Holds clinical membership with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the Indiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
-Graduated cum laude with two years of individual supervision and training in Play Therapy as well as a variety of family therapy and couple’s therapy techniques from CTS
-Obtained Tier 1 training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
-Has worked in a variety of mental health settings working on teams of mental health providers and schools
-Works collaboratively with your child’s school and has extensive knowledge of special education services and the potential school’s ability to provide support services to children with special needs
-Completed an independent research study at Purdue University in Sensitivity Training with Early Childhood Education Teachers along side Dr. James Elicker and Head Start of Indiana
-Published Play Out Problems, an article for Indy’s Child magazine
To contact Kerrie, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her directly at (317)459-5221. Kerrie works part-time and is a mom for the majority of the week. She does have limited availability for appointments but does have evening availability.
She currently accepts Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care/Optum, IU Health, Sagamore, Lifesynch-Humana, Golden Rule, All Savers, MHN, Midwest Behavioral Health, and Cigna Insurance. Self-pay sessions start at $100 an hour. Kerrie is not accepting new patients until August 2016 due to a maternity leave.
A private practice marriage and family therapy office focused on helping people overcome mental illness and process life changes.