Counselor Bios

Melanie Short

Since 2008, I’ve worked in the field of mental health and addiction.  Throughout this time, I’ve worked with adolescents, individual adults, and families.  I am all about empowerment and truly enjoy helping people figure out how to thrive in their lives.  Being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker helps me to look at a whole situation from all angles.  I tend to have a solution focused approach and will use a variety of strategies depending on the situation or presenting complaint.  Trained in EMDR, I routinely work with individual clients to resolve trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, life transitions or decision making, depression, and anxiety.

Being the daughter of an alcoholic, who got into recovery when I was very young, I have also gravitated toward working with family members who have addicted loved ones.  As a result, I became a Love First Certified Clinical Interventionist.  Intervention can be the key to helping people with any self-destructive behavior including drug addiction, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, sex, internet, shopping, or eating disorders. I have a passion for helping families develop a game plan for approaching their loved one and coping with the stresses of an addiction.  I help families take action, rather than wait for their loved one’s addiction to get worse.

A little bit about me:

  • If I had to eat one food every day for the rest of my life and my health didn’t matter, then it would be fudgy caramel brownies!
  • If I could have an endless supply of a food it would be split King Crab Legs
  • My favorite karaoke song is Son of a Preacher Man
  • If I had to be an animal I would be a White Tiger – unique, fierce, beautiful big cat, and loves to play in the water  


Holly Homan

What happens after substance abuse treatment ends? It is common that standard treatment ends, a lot of unresolved issues still need to be addressed. Building trust, addressing and resolving resentments, support for family members, addressing the needs of the children and establishing new expectations can be difficult without ongoing support. How do you handle a relapse or feeling guarded?  Couples begin to identify underlying issues that come to the surface after beginning on the path of sobriety.

Getting sober is the start but it’s not the end. After 15 years of experience working with families, adolescents, women, and people experiencing trauma, I have developed a passion for making sure that recovery equals quality of life for everyone involved in the recovery process.

I provide substance abuse evaluations, individual and couple’s therapy, group workshops addressing a variety of topics, and am EMDR trained to help process the trauma/anxiety/and cravings.

Please note: I currently only have daytime appointments available Monday-Friday. Contact us to find an appointment time that works for you!

In addition to counseling, I love providing educational trainings, speaking engagements, and presentations to anyone wanting more information regarding trauma, grief, substance abuse, and how to implement preventative measures, and I’ve spoken at a variety of conferences, schools, and companies. Please contact me for any speaking engagement needs!

Some fun facts about me:

  • If I could be any animal, I would be a lioness. Fierce, feminine, independent, protector and nurturer, strong and ambitious.
  • If I could have an endless supply of Nutella Crepes with Strawberries and Bananas—I would be the happiest person EVER.
  • If I wasn’t a therapist, I would love to be a Fortune Cookie Writer or someone that names Nail Polish.


Liza Jarrett

I am an Art Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. I enjoy working with individuals suffering from addiction, poor coping skills, co-dependency, low self-esteem, anxiety, grief and loss, and depression. I utilize an interactive or hands on approach in which clients begin to explore healthy coping skills to manage stressors, triggers, and cravings. In addition, I work to explore improving relationships through teaching individuals how to establish boundaries, and empower independence.

As an Art Therapist, I utilize a variety of art media to explore current and past issues and allow the creative process to initiate exploration of emotions. Additionally, I utilize traditional talk therapy approaches through a person-centered model to address addictions and related issues.

Some details about me:

  • If I had to eat one meal for the rest of my life… it would be tacos
  • If I weren’t a therapist I would own my own recording studio and listen to people make amazing music all day long
  • If I had to be an animal, I’d be a flamingo that is unbalanced and awkward

Rick Long

There is something inside each of us, much greater than our pain, our suffering and our self defeating narratives. From time to time, what we need is for someone to guide us, hold a sacred space to allow that “greater goodness” to come forward and to create a new beginning in our lives and in our relationships
My career in Social Services and as a therapist began in 1975 working with the Juvenile Court of Madison County, Indiana. Since then, I have worked with adolescents, adults and Elders in guiding and creating a “better self” through the maze of addictions, trauma and mental health challenges.
Through the past 44 years I have developed a special interest and training in working with relationships that include couple and families. Relational Coaching is a specialized approach that I offer and can be further explained in looking on this website.
I began my own recovery journey from addictions in 1982 and utilize a spiritually inclusive approach that includes 12 step spirituality. For further information on Spiritually Inclusive Therapy (S.I.T) please visit JRNYcounseling.com
Choosing a therapist with whom you can feel safe with and connected to will assist your journey in uncovering your “greater goodness”. Feel free to contact me by phone or by email to assist your decision.
A little more about me:
  • If I could eat one meal every day, it would be grilled cheese
  • My favorite karaoke song- All Shook Up
  • If I wasn’t a therapist I’d be a Chaplain
  • If I had to be an animal I would be a Grizzly Bear (I’m a Teddy inside)
  • The weirdest food I’ve ever eaten is okra (Awful! Never again.)


Kathi Bledsoe

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and daily stress can strike anyone, at anytime.

Since 2006, I have worked with people of all walks of life to provide a supportive and non-judgmental, safe environment toaddress these issues. As your therapist, I am very down to earth and easy to talk to and I want you to feel safe and able to express yourself as you are.

I use a wide range of evidenced-based treatment modalities to best meet your needs and to achieve your goals. Call, text, or email me to set up an appointment and we can talk more!!

A few things about me:

  • I would eat any kind of Mexican food everyday for the rest of my life!! It’s my absolute favorite!!
  • If I wasn’t a therapist, I would be an owner of a clothing boutique- I love clothes and fashion!
  • The weirdest food I have had is tofu… it was unexpected and I immediately spit it out and said “ewww that’s not meat”

Contact Melanie
melanie@jrnycounseling.com
317-796-2135

Contact Holly
317-735-8859
holly@jrnycounseling.com

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