Our Staff 2020-03-02T21:18:33+00:00

Our staff

Abigail Finch-Otto, LCSW

obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 2012. Abigail utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-
focused therapy, and relapse prevention in working with adolescents and adults. She works with youth with sexually maladaptive behaviors, as well as with adults whom have sexually offended. Abigail also completes psychosexual assessments of adolescents and adults. Through establishing a professional relationship based in honestly and open communication, Abigail strives to help clients progress in their overall wellbeing. In addition to specialized sexual abuse treatment, Abigail treats people with a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”- Theodore Roosevelt

Cynthia Biskner, LMFT, RPT-S

obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University in 1990.  She worked in a residential facility with children and adolescents for many years, prior to obtaining her Master of Arts in Counseling from Bethel College in 2003.   Cynthia works in Mishawaka with a variety of mental health concerns for children, adolescents, and adults.   She specializes in the treatment of trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and family system work.  Cynthia has received specialized training in EMDR, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Lifespan Integration.  Additionally, she is a Certified Autism Specialist and Registered Play Therapy Supervisor.

“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is.”- Unknown

Mikki Ruiz, MSW, LSW

received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 2007 from Indiana University and went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University in 2013.  Mikki works in the Mishawaka office with children and adolescents through individual therapy.  She also facilitates family therapy, which is an key component of child therapy.  Mikki works with a variety of childhood issues, including trauma, ADHD, autism, depression, and anxiety.  She has found great reward in seeing a child learn how to cope with feelings.  Mikki likes to witness the transformation that occurs during therapy.

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”- Albus Dumbledore

Dawn Holtz, LMHC

obtained her Master of Science in Education Counseling and Human Services in 1995.  Based in the Mishawaka office, Dawn works with adolescents, adults, and older adults.  She works with a variety of concerns, including, grief/loss, family conflicts, peer conflicts, phase of life problems, and anxiety/depression.  Dawn specializes in the treatment of trauma; she is trained in EMDR.  Dawn finds fulfillment in assisting clients to become the best they can be through building their own autonomy through health and healing.

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”-Steve Maraboli

Jennifer Curtis, LCSW

obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Grand Valley State University in 1999 and then went on to obtain a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 2000.  Jennifer works primarily out of the Elkhart office with children, adolescents, and adults, through individual and family therapy.  In child therapy, Jennifer finds caregiver collaboration very important, striving to strengthen communication and coping skills.  Although able to treat a multitude of mental health concerns, Jennifer specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, and trauma.  She is trained in EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy to aid in trauma resolution.  Additionally, Jennifer has specialized training in sexual abuse issues, conducting psychosexual assessments specifically with child/adolescent survivors of sexual abuse and children with sexually maladaptive behaviors.

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”- Marcus Aurelius

Kathleen Mast, LCSW

obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Franklin College in 1983, and then obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University in 1989.  Kathleen works with adults and older adults in the Elkhart office.  She facilitates individual therapy, and is also a highly skilled marriage/ couples therapist.  Kathleen treats a variety of mental health issues, including grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, spiritual identity issues, and the co-morbidity of medical and mental health issues.  Kathleen works with older adult women through group therapy, specifically known as the “OWLS” group.  Additionally, Kathleen has worked extensively with family members of those with Alzheimer/Dementia diagnoses.  Kathleen strives to help people become the person they desire and to learn to cope with their issues to minimize the interference in their lives.

“Live your life with intention and use every ounce of your being to live the life you were born to live.”-Ana Brandt

Jeannine Curtis, LCSW

the agency Executive Director, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University in 1981.  In 1994, Jeannine went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University.  Jeannine has a significant amount of experience working with delinquent adolescents; she enjoys working with this population as youth bring energy to the therapy process.  Jeannine also works with adults on relationship challenges, as having feedback and guidance can help people navigate through the tough times.  Jeannine is trained in EMDR to aid clients in trauma resolution.  She is an expert in all areas of sexually maladaptive behavior.  In all her work with clients, Jeannine approaches treatment looking at attachment issues and negative core beliefs that hinder life progress.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same type of thinking we used when we created them.”-Albert Einstein

Geri Bough, LCSW, RPT-R

obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 1992.  Working with preschool aged children through adolescents in the Elkhart office, Geri specializes in the treatment of trauma through individual and family therapy.  Geri is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor.  She also provides psychosexual assessments of children.  Geri is trained in EMDR and is a Certified Trauma Professional.   Additionally, Geri treats children with behavioral problems, anxiety, sensory issues, grief/ loss, and autism spectrum concerns.  In treatment, Geri aims to provide relief to clients and restore and/or enhance their previous level of functioning.

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”- Christopher Reeve

Rozi Wax, MA, LMHC, LMFT

obtained her Master of Arts degree in psychology in 1982 from the University of Notre Dame.  She works with adolescents and adults in the Mishawaka location, specializing in anxiety and trauma.  Rozi has worked extensively with childhood abuse and domestic violence issues.  In addition to individual therapy, Rozi is a highly skilled couples/ marriage therapist. To aid in the treatment process, Rozi trained in EMDR, Lifespan Integration, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  Rozi strives to assist her clients in working through the stumbling blocks in the pursuit of self-actualization.

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”- Ethics of the Fathers

Ian Curtis, LCSW

obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University in 2006, and obtained his Master of Social Work degree in 2010 from Indiana University.  Specializing in the treatment of adult sexual offenders and those with child sexual abuse imagery/ Internet addiction, Ian is an INSOMM provider who completes psychosexual assessments, and provides individual therapy and group therapy.  He also provides these services for sexually maladaptive youth.  In addition to specialized treatment, Ian works with adolescents and adults that struggle with ADHD and anxiety disorders and is EMDR trained.  Ian provides services in Elkhart, Plymouth, and Mishawaka.

“Work smarter, not harder”- Allan F. Mogensen

Kimberly Vance, LMHC

obtained her Master of Education, Guidance, and Counseling from West Georgia College in 1993.  Working out of the Mishawaka office, Kim provides treatment for adolescents, adults, and older adults.  In addition to treating anxiety, depression, and grief issues, Kim specializes in the treatment of those with cognitive disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  She also aids in behavior management, parenting skills, and education regarding healthy boundaries.  Kim is a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Autism Specialist, and a Credentialed Sexually Abusive Youth Clinician.  She is trained in EMDR, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  Kim works to help individuals achieve their goals.

Teresa A. Sult, LCSW

obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University in 1996.  Teresa (Terry) works with adolescents and adults, specializing in the treatment of trauma, sexually maladaptive behaviors, and sexual addictions.  Teresa completes psychosexual assessments on adolescents and adults.  In addition to specialized services, Teresa treats a variety of mental health issues for adults.  She works primarily out of the Mishawaka location, but also provides services in Berrien County, Michigan.

Sarah Tezich, LCSW

obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Ball State University in 2001, and then later obtained her Master of Social Work from Indiana University in 2008.  Sarah works in the Mishawaka office with children, adolescents, and adults, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and parenting.  She utilizes play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness strategies to aid her clients.  Through therapy, Sarah strives to provide her clients with the tools they need to improve their well-being.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” –Dr. Wayne Dyer

Michelle Thomas, LCSW

obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice, Peace, and Conflict Studies from Eastern Mennonite University in 2002.  She then went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree in 2005 from Andrews University.  Michelle treats adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and mood disorders.  Her specialty, however, is in the treatment of women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  Leading the agency’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders program (PMAD), Michelle strives to support women through what can be a challenging time.  She employs cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness strategies in her treatment of patients.  Michelle is also EMDR trained to aid in trauma resolution.

“Have the courage to be imperfect.”- Alfred Adler

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