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 a 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 one 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 – a 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, and group workshops addressing a variety of topics. I am also 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 training, speaking engagements, and presentations to anyone wanting more information regarding trauma, grief, substance abuse, and how to implement preventative measures. 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 am also trained in EMDR. I enjoy working with individuals suffering from addiction, poor coping skills, codependency, 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.


Kathi Bledsoe

Depression, anxiety, trauma, and daily stress can strike anyone, at any time.

Since 2006, I have worked with people of all walks of life to provide a supportive and non-judgmental, safe environment to address these issues. As your therapist, I am very down to earth and easy to talk to and I wantyou 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 or email 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!”

 


Eric Bryan

Does the life you wanted for yourself seem distant or out-of-reach? Does the person you aspire to be look different than how you feel now? Do you feel depressed or anxious? Do you feel like you’re in a bad situation? Are you unsure of how to get yourself out of it? I understand what it’s like to know the growth and change that can come from taking a first step.

I’m interested in helping adults make sense of their experiences and relationships, identifying stumbling blocks to growth and change, and providing support as you create/build a life that is satisfying to you. I’m particularly interested in working with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and a variety of life transition issues.

I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Indiana who’s worked in a variety of settings ranging from inpatient to outpatient therapy. Through these experiences, I’ve learned the most important thing to any meaningful change in a person’s life is the quality of the relationship between me, the therapist, and you, the client. This is why I use a relational, person-centered approach that is built on trust, empathy, and respect.

A little more about me:

  • If I could eat one food everyday, it would be steak. Gotta have protein!
  • If I wasn’t a therapist, I’d be a rhythm guitarist for a band or a fishing boat captain.
  • The weirdest food I’ve ever eaten is raw squid. It was very chewy.
  • If I could be any animal, I’d be a Labrador retriever, because they are loyal, friendly, and love others well.

Stephanie Kurrus

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and trained in EMDR. Since 2013, I have specialized in working with individuals with substance use disorders and/or mental health disorders. I have experience working in a group, individual, or family setting. I was called to this field, because I have a passion to help individuals and families who are struggling to overcome obstacles and move forward with a new sense of hope and understanding.

I’m particularly interested in working with individuals with addictions, depression, anxiety, trauma, and faith issues. In working with you, I will utilize a holistic approach and enjoy being creative in the process of getting to know you and exploring your goals for therapy. My goal is to use client-centered approaches to help empower you to take control in addressing the areas of your life you want to modify and remodel.

Some details about me:

  • If I had to eat one food for the rest of my life… it would be pickles! I can eat pickles with any meal and I’m never afraid to try it in new ways.
  • If I weren’t a therapist, I would make and sell handmade crafts, cookies, or cakes. I love to create and make things with my own hands.
  • If I had to be an animal, I’d definitely be an owl. I am a night owl. I also have good hearing, and like some owls, I love fish.


Jennifer Huerta

Our thoughts and perceptions are not necessarily the truth, but they often become our truth, confuse our reality, and take control of our life. In both my personal and professional life I have observed people achieve serenity and peace when they were helped to reconcile thoughts and perceptions with the truth. When our feelings are validated and perspectives are heard and understood, we don't have to hold on to them so tightly and can be free to work on healing our hurts.

From a young age I sought to know and understand mental health challenges, especially substance use, and sought to understand why and how people become addicted. Addiction and other mental health concerns often impact both the individual and their relationships with family and friends. I enjoy helping loved ones understand the addicted person's perspective while supporting their own journey as they heal and change despite their loved one's recovery.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and I provide individual, couples, and family therapy as well as substance use evaluations. I am trained in motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, substance use disorder treatment, and address a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, chronic pain, substance use/addiction, relationship issues, and grief and loss. I take a client-directed approach which is always strengths-based and solution-focused. For those that are interested, I can take a spiritual approach in counseling, helping you to explore your values and beliefs to develop a sense of meaning and purpose that is often necessary to maintain mental health and addiction recovery.

A little more about me:

  • The only thing I like to eat more than chocolate is ripe mango, but bacon comes in at the top of my list too!
  • If I wasn't a therapist, I would have a small business selling homemade wellness and beauty products.
  • I collect song lyrics that connect with therapy themes and even base some of my playlists off of them.

Robyn Antico

I have been in the mental health field for over 10 years and have worn many hats in a variety of clinical, residential and public settings. I am a Licensed Social Worker and trained in EMDR. I work with adults who experience various levels of anxiety, depression, feelings of hopelessness, grief, relationship struggles, trauma and women's issues. Having both personal and professional experiences with mental health and addictions, I am able to empathize and recognize each client as an individual, while also facilitating growth within the family unit and social struggles.

Additionally, I am a RYT Registered Yoga Teacher and utilize aspects of this practice in my work. I believe that we are all capable and worthy of healing and I provide a safe space and holistic approach in my therapy to encourage growth and help facilitate overcoming life's challenges.

A little more about me:

  • If I had to eat one food everyday for the rest of my life, there would be a battle between cheesecake and French fries because I love both equally. I am also known to judge restaurants on their ability to cook tasteful Brussels sprouts.
  • If I weren't a therapist, I would be a voice actor, writing and singing silly songs for cartoons and movies. I also enjoy making handcrafted bath products, including bath and shower bombs, as well as specialty soaps.
  • If I could be any animal, it would be a platypus because they're unique and combine many characteristics of several animals into one, are versatile and love the water.

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