Meet Our Staff

Lisa Balderas, MA, LMHC graduated from Argosy University in Nashville, TN in 2009. She has experience working with adults and adolescents who suffer from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, history of sexual abuse or trauma, panic attacks, postpartum depression, domestic violence, and self-harm behaviors. Lisa utilizes an eclectic approach, pulling from various modes of therapy with strong influences in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT, Family Systems, and Strengths Based counseling. Lisa has also developed a curriculum for group therapy to treat female adolescents who self-harm. She enjoys working with male and female clients, adults, adolescents, couples, and families.

Frances Beidinger, LCSW has over 20 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and senior citizens. She specializes in depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and marital therapy.

Kathy Canady, MSW, LCSW has nine+ years of postgraduate psychotherapy experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has provided individual, couples, and family therapy. Kathy believes in a holistic approach and has most often treated depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, grief, multigenerational issues, and family/relationship issues. Kathy’s approach is eclectic. She most often uses Cognitive-Behavioral approaches. Other approaches she uses are reality therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and occasionally psychodynamic psychotherapy. Kathy seems to work best with children, adolescents, and young adults and in addition to couples.

Oliver Davis, MSW, LCSW is a professional who firmly believes in the philosophy of empowering individuals, families, groups, and communities from a strength perspective in order to help them find meaning and purpose as they face the various storms, mountains, and valleys on the highway of life. He specializes in the following areas: divorce and custody issues, family violence/abuse, marital conflicts, anger management, and death and grief issues. He is also experiences in EAP approaches.

Alba Giraldo, MHC is originally from Columbia South American where she graduated as a Psychologist from the University Santo Tomas de Aquino. In Colombia she practiced Clinical Psychology with family, couples, adolescents and elder population. Before immigrating to the USA, Mrs. Giraldo worked at a psychiatric hospital where she was involved in treating a variety of mental illnesses. Her background in therapy is under the influence of a Systemic theory and Family Therapy. She recently obtained her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University, during her training she was able to work as therapist at the YWCA, Family and Justice Center and Goldstein and Associates. She is fluent in Spanish and English. Her therapeutic approach is still influenced by the systemic theory as well as the principals of CBT and Narrative Therapy. She also does individual and group therapy.

Mitchell R. Goldstein, MD has been practicing in Northern Indiana since 1993 when he completed residencies in General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  His focus is on making sure  that patients have a good evaluation so that the treatment plan can lead to the highest level of functioning.  He works with therapists and medical professionals throughout the area to make sure that treatment is coordinated as necessary.  Dr. Goldstein is experienced with the use of psychiatric medications for treating children and adults.  Treatment is always psychotherapeutically informed.

Aleta Hurt,LMHC has over 17 years experience working with clients of all ages. She is skilled at Motivating, communicating and advocating for clients. She uses various therapy techniques, including psychodynamic, solutions focused, family system, CBT and behavioral modification.  Her areas of expertise include sexual assault, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and depression.

Cynthia King-Harris, LMHC has over 17 years experience working with diverse populations.  She has extensive knowledge relative to pre and post marital counseling, stress management, anxiety, depression, group counseling, divorce,grief, conflict resolution. and personal growth and various other issues. She works with battered women, college students, sexual assault and abuse victims.

Deb Kovas-Stretch, LCSW, ACSW has nineteen years of experience working with children, families and developmentally disabled adults. She believes in using a strength-based, encouraging and supportive approach with people. She has provided individual, family, couples, and group therapy. Deb has treated depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, greif, abuse issues, ADD/ADHD and mood disorders. She uses solution-focused therapy, strength-based therapy and psychodynamic therapy to assist people and help them to be the very best they can be.

Michele Schricker, LCSW, LCAS has a Bachelor of English Literature and Writing from St. Mary’s College, and a Masters in Social Work from Indiana University. Michele is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor.  She has been in practice as a psychotherapist since 2003.  Michele’s orientation to therapy focuses on psychodynamic approaches to treatment, with a particular interest in depth and Jungian psychology. She also applies Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, and Postmodern approaches, such as Narrative Therapy, in her work with adults. Michele has a great love of psychology, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs at Indiana University South Bend.  Attending to the developmental level of the person, and taking into account a spiritual dimension to life, Michele supports the individuation process of each person.  From a depth psychological approach she fosters self-awareness, and an expanded world-view of human nature.  Respecting the complexity of life, Michele places problems in a larger context, and works to understand the individual empathically. In addition to her professional life, Michele is a pianist and composer of meditative piano solos.  Her other interests include a love of nature, alternative healing, natural foods, and poetry.

Linda Smith, MSW works with children, adolescents, and adults. She has experience in depression and anxiety issues and provides relationship counseling.

Jill Waggoner, LCSW has twenty years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and older adults. She provides relationship counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and works with depression and anxiety issues. She specializes in working with adolescents and their families.