Alison Andrews, MA, LMFT, Psychotherapist
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Dayton Indiana Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
As a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, I work from a Family Systems perspective in empathically helping people recognize patterns in their lives which aren’t serving them well in their present lives. This perspective informs all aspects of my clinical practice from individuals to couples to families, and has been a foundation for my approach to facilitating parenting groups.
Experience counseling eating disorders (outpatient), couples (pre-marital, married, and separated), women’s issues (body image, parenting, career, relationships), and parenting skills/support.
Special training: Eating Disorders; Narrative Therapy; EMDR; Group Psychotherapy
Parent group facilitator, disordered eating support group
Kelly Bain-Conkin, M.Div., MS Ed, LMHC, Psychotherapist Center Clinical Director
Masters of Divinity; Masters of Educational Psychology, Baylor University
Indiana Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I am excited to be a part of The Samaritan Health and Living Center where I feel I can fully express my passion for helping people become their best selves in mind, body and spirit. I approach therapy from a humanistic perspective, always striving to help clients gain awareness of themselves and their strengths. I see myself as a partner who comes alongside my clients to empower and encourage them in their goals for health, hope, and healing.
My experience includes therapy with victims of abuse and other traumas and also issues of spirituality and faith as part of emotional healing. I have worked extensively with adolescents and young adults, and have years of experience in individual and family counseling with all ages.
Special Training: Spirituality and Religion in Counseling, Counseling for Victims of Abuse and other Traumas; Certified in EMDR; Group Psychotherapy
Joyce A. Menchinger, MSW, LCSW, RPT, Psychotherapist,
The Samaritan Health and Living Center has been my professional home for over 15 years. My dedication to fostering happy, healthy, relationships for children and families has been nurtured and supported through the mind/body/spirit philosophy of the Center and I continue to grow and expand my expertise with ongoing trainings and supervision.
My background in social work started with working with child abuse and neglect. I trained foster parents and case managers and started the parenting classes at CAPS. I also have experience with school social work as well as working with persons with developmental disabilities. I enjoy working with children as young as 3 years old all the way to adults.
Special training: Certified Parenting Instructor; Registered Play Therapist; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); EMDR; Group Psychotherapy
Board Member, Indiana Association of Play Therapists
Past President Indiana Foster Care and Adoption Association.
Leslie Sackett MSW LCSW Psychotherapist
It was with great pleasure and excitement as well as a sense of “coming home” that I rejoined the Samaritan Center after having worked in community agencies in Elkhart and South Bend. I am so happy to be here. I believe in the mind/body connection. Healing occurs when we can reestablish the balance between those two and it is exciting to be in an agency that has this view and supports staff and clients to achieve that goal. I have a passion for supporting clients on their journey toward health and healing.
I have been a practicing social worker for 33 years. My early career was in teaching special education with elementary aged children and as a school social worker for a number of years. Since 1987, my practice has expanded from working exclusively with children to adolescents and adults. Working with PTSD has become a primary focus of my practice. I have worked in the areas of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and trauma and have worked with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.
I continue to grow and develop through trainings, workshops, conferences and ongoing supervision as well as with the assistance of my colleagues. I enjoy using EMDR, CBT, Cognitive processing, exposure therapy, DBT emotional regulation skills and other life skills to help people achieve balance physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Special training: Certified Parenting Instructor; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); EMDR; Group Psychotherapy
Angie Law, LMHC, Psychotherapist
As a therapist with the Samaritan Center I am passionate about providing empathetic, skilled therapy to clients encompassing the mind, body and spirit, while working collaboratively to create a greater sense of awareness, self-acceptance, and confidence. I have extensive background and expertise working with at risk youth and adolescents, as well as experience working with families and individuals in the areas of PTSD, communication, anxiety/stress.
I am trained in EMDR and utilize this therapeutic method regularly with children, adolescents and adults and I am thrilled to be at the initial stages of learning to incorporate Play Therapy into my skill-set. In addition, I utilize Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy regularly in my counseling. And I am excited to be participating in ongoing training in Group Psychotherapy which I find to be an incredibly powerful therapy.
Special training: EMDR; Group Psychotherapy; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Play Therapy; Acute Traumatic Incident Processing (A-TIP); Parenting and Behavior Modification; Child Welfare/Crisis Care.
Aaron Detwiler, MSW, LCSW, Psychotherapist
I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an amazing organization and team. I share the same beliefs outlined by the Samaritan Center's vision and history. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults for several years, often establishing communication routes with those they deem important. I feel it is important to take a holistic approach with clients as we identify strengths and potential solutions. I am able to provide counseling on a spiritual level that is comfortable for clients at any place in their faith walk. I implement Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and utilize solution-focused methods to assist people in identifying problematic thought patterns and creating an individualized plan for moving forward. I also utilize play therapy as needed, as well as Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
Special training: EMDR; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Play Therapy: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Francesca Hrezo, LMHCA, CAC, CADAC IV, Psychotherapist
Masters of Science in Counseling and Human Services, IU South Bend
I am extremely excited to be a part of the team at Samaritan Health and Living Center. It is a pleasure to work in an environment that addresses each person as a whole and works from a holistic approach treating the mind, body, and spirit. Throughout my career I’ve worked with a wide range of issues, including, addictions, anxiety, depression, co-occurring disorders, building self-esteem/empowerment, grief, loss, and relationships.
I believe in working with individuals collaboratively to build a plan of action that helps each person move beyond the need to use substances, avoidance, or isolation as a means to cope and find relief. Using an eclectic and collaborative approach I strive to provide an environment that is emotionally supportive, nonjudgmental, and structural where clients feel their unique concerns are recognized. I work from several modalities, to include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Mindfulness, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. It is my passion and greatest hope that together exploring how events in the past and the present impact emotions, beliefs, and decisions that create distress and confusion we can identify and build on personal strengths as a resource for improving quality of life, self-confidence, and personal balance.
Special Training: SPARK; Suicide and Crisis Training – 2012; Addictions and Assessment – 2013;
ATIP/EMDR Training – 2014; SMART; Narrative Group Therapy -- 2015.
Carol Ryan, CAADC Psychotherapist
Master of Science in Licensed Professional Counseling, Grand Canyon University
I am excited to return to Elkhart and be a part of the Samaritan Center. This agency promotes client centered care and professional development. We take a big picture view at the spiritual, emotional, physical, and social traits of each person.
I have 20 years of experience with substance use disorders working in outpatient and inpatient settings. I support the medical management of opiate addiction via Suboxone and Naltrexone and harm reduction approaches. Developing a support network through 12-step groups, Smart Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, etc. is encouraged with the understanding that people are unique and so are their recovery journeys. My approach to addictions intervention is to assume people try their best to overcome overwhelming difficulties and trauma. Addiction is an unfortunate and unintended consequence of insufficient or inappropriate coping tools. Therefore, my focus is trauma based and skills building. Besides substance use disorders, I can also work with addictive behaviors like Internet addiction, gaming, pornography, and gambling. My interventions are eclectic and evidence-based. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), MET (Motivational Enhancement Therapy), Yoga and Mindfulness. I work individually and with groups ages 14 to adult.
Special training: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Amber Alert Warning System, Child Abduction Response, Internet Crimes Against Children, and Virtual Addictions.
Kristy Turner, LCSW Psychotherapist
I am excited for the opportunity to join the team at the Samaritan Center. I graduated from Aurora University with a MSW in 2003. I have worked in the school system as a behavior consultant and in the clinical setting as a licensed therapist for the last 15 years. I love working with teens. My experience includes individual and group therapy with adults, young adults and adolescents. I have also facilitated groups for parents and families with school age children. I use a strengths perspective approach to therapy and support positive behavior reinforcement strategies and am excited to be incorporating EMDR into my treatment strategy.
Special training: EMDR, Group Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, School Behavior Issues, Parenting and Behavior Modification
Masters of Science in Counseling and Human Services, IU South Bend
I initially learned about the Samaritan Center when I was in my final semester at IUSB and looking for an internship site that would provide me the opportunity to expand my counseling skills. I considered it aprivilege to have the opportunity to intern at an agency whose vision parallels my own personal beliefs regarding the healing of the whole person-mind, body, and spirit. I am now thrilled at the opportunity to be joining this team.
Masters of Social Work, Indiana University
Mental Health and Addictions, Indiana University
My decision to pursue a career as a therapist, after previously working in the academic realm, was a significant life transition for me, not unlike the experiences that many of my clients are also processing. Yet, I knew that I wouldn’t find a professional home at just any agency. Having completed one of my practicum placements at the Samaritan Center, I knew that there was something special and unique about the staff and the services that we provide, that was unparalleled. It is with great honor and deep gratitude that I am happy to become a colleague with many of my mentors.
My experience includes a wide range of mental health and addictions settings including inpatient and residential settings with youth and adults. Critical to my work with all of my clients, is a trauma-informed lens that I use to build relationships based in seeing individuals as a whole, rather than a reflection of the decisions they’ve made or the struggles they’re combatting. I frequently incorporate EMDR into my practice both with individuals with PTSD as well as process addictions. I am also trained in sand-tray therapy and find significant benefit in using play-therapy techniques in my work with both children and the young at heart. I have also attended advanced trainings in the power of shame and mechanisms to guide individuals from places of feeling unworthy to finding ways to feel authentically connected and present in their daily lives.
It’s exciting to join a team and organization with a compelling purpose and history. The Center’s mission as defined in its by-laws states that it is an expression of the love of God through a ministry of helping people under stress. The Samaritan model was started in our community in 1972 and was the beginning of an organization that is international.
As the newly hired part-time CEO for the Center, I hope to bring a skill set that will help us serve in a way that honors our history and expands services to our community. Since graduating from Manchester University in 1986, I’ve been living and learning in a variety of positions. It began with eight years in public accounting at McGladrey & Pullen. In 1993 my wife and I started an employment services business and continue to work with offices in Elkhart and South Bend. While working in our own business I’ve also worked a variety of part-time positions in accounting, IT consulting, forensic accounting investigations, and recently spent two years as a church administrator in a local congregation.
I look forward to working with a skilled, dynamic, growing team of professionals helping make our community a better place to live.
Jodi Bouma, Office Administrator
I am excited and blessed to be joining the Samaritan Health & Living Center. After relocating to Elkhart, I was searching for a “family” where my experience as an office administrator could help make a difference. The Samaritan Health & Living Center embodies that feeling of family as they offer a healing environment for the community.
My previous experience includes 11 years in the educational field. Nine of those eleven years were spent at a not-for-profit boarding school, so I feel that I bring a broad understanding of the unique mission and the challenges that come from a not-for-profit organization. I am very excited to be a part of the future and growth of the Samaritan Health & Living Center.