I am an entrepreneur and therapist with over 30 years of experience in human development and business. Early in my career, I held positions as sales manager, general manager and data processing manager. Becoming a therapist is my second career! I co-founded IHR Clinical Services, a private practice, and IHR Business Services, a coaching, consulting, and training business. Currently, I own and manage, Integrative Health Resources, our therapy practice and write for Indyatwork.com, a business blog for the Indianapolis community.
My therapeutic work has evolved into assisting people in transforming their lives rather than just to cope with the challenges of life. For those who choose to go on this journey together, we become partners. I bring my knowledge of human behavior, life, alternative health care, business and personal development to assist them in creating the life that they want. As I become your thinking partner, we explore what life is presenting you and not only work with the challenges of the past but also explore a vision of the future. We explore what needs to be learned, changed, healed and transformed for you to clarify the vision of your life and bring it to fruition.
Kathy G. Slaughter, LCSW – Director of Staff and Client Engagement
I have always been curious about how human society worked and passionate about making it better. I was thrilled to attend the University Of Michigan School Of Social Work, the highest ranked program in the country. During my master’s program, I developed a particular understanding and passion around issues of social justice that limit our ability to live our fullest lives as individuals. As a therapist, I am continually aware of the larger systemic context influencing my clients’ struggles.
Professionally, I have worked intimately with families, helping them improve their boundaries, learn better communication skills, understand normal child development, support their recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, and complete assessments for the department of corrections and DCS.
Throughout my professional career, all my clients have struggled with the lasting effects of one or multiple traumatic experiences. Consequently, I have developed an expertise in working with survivors of trauma. I define trauma as any event or circumstance that is deeply threatening to our well-being and leaves a haunting memory we cannot escape. This definition of trauma includes sexual assault, physical violence, untimely loss, emotional abuse and neglect, adoption, combat experience and bullying. I believe healing individual trauma is the best route to healing a broken world.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC), a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), and a Nationally Certified Child Custody Evaluator (NCCE) with over 15 years of experience in assists clients coping with substance abuse, addictions, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. I provide individual and family counseling, comprehensive alcohol and drug evaluations, DOT compliant assessments, substance abuse education, 12 step-groups, and child custody evaluations. I utilize a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, rational emotive therapy, and client centered and focused therapy. These advanced methods promote healing and desired change in a unique, gentle, and respectful manner.
My mission is to assist you in fulfilling your identified changes and personal growth that will ensure satisfaction, stability, and happiness in your personal and professional relationships. I am committed to the mental health, sobriety, and well-being of my clients.
Jennifer G. Williams, LMHC
During the 14 years I have been in practice, I have served clients with a wide range of presenting concerns. My personal approach is supportive and non-judgmental. I value learning about and implementing best-practice therapeutic interventions to maximize the effectiveness of the services I provide.
I specialize in assisting clients with issues such as depression and anxiety symptoms, relationship and family conflicts, substance abuse/dependence, co-dependency and enabling, anger, traumatic experiences, personality disorders, self-esteem deficits, boundary-setting, and assertiveness. I look forward to meeting you soon.
My experience includes 20 plus years working with dual diagnosis, chronically mentally ill and life transitions. I am fascinated with the many different means of addressing issues and find not one size fits all. Over the years I have learned each person has strengths and by identifying these strengths, it increases a healthier outcome. Foremost in what I have learned by observation is that often times when we are in pain we simply need someone to witness and hear our story, therefore easing what binds us to the past and present issues, hurts and traumas. Making peace with one’s story allows an opening of space in the human psyche to begin creating change in perspective, healthier coping skills and validation of the present and future. I believe that respect, trust, humor and compassion are necessary components for the probability of a satisfying outcome for the client (s).
Using an integrative approach supports addressing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspect of the person or family. Studies have found there is a direct link to a higher incidence of anxiety and depression associated with problems with thyroid function or Vitamin D levels. When the physical body functions optimally there is more vitality and willingness to address the mental, emotional and spiritual issues causing discord in life.
I am honored each and every time I am invited to participate in the therapeutic journey, whether it is with an individual, couple and or family. There is transformational magic in this work.
I have always been intrigued by human behavior and figuring out why people do what they do. I studied psychology for my undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s College (Go Belles!). I then received my Master’s in Counseling at Indiana University, Bloomington. After graduating, I began my career as an elementary school counselor in a rural community for two years and found I really loved the counseling component of it. I went back to school for additional courses in mental health and for the last four years, I have been working for a community mental health agency as a school-based therapist at a local elementary school. I am excited to begin working with children in the private practice setting, as I also embark on furthering my skills as a child therapist by pursuing my registration in play therapy.
My professional approach centers on warmth and understanding. Children are quick to sense insincerity, so I pride myself on being genuine. I believe in therapy being individualized for the needs of the child and the family, and use my intuition, experience, and empathic listening to achieve this. I also am very calm and relaxed in my approach, though I utilize many different activities and types of play to engage kids. This increases the effectiveness of therapy and also makes it more fun for the clients! I have worked with a variety of concerns including trauma, grief, anxiety, anger, divorce/separation issues, behavior issues and more. I look forward to meeting you!
I settled in the Midwest after moving back to the area while in my teens with my parents who were in the military. After living in a number of areas across the US, as a young person I decided to stay close to my extended family, attending Eastern Illinois University and eventually earning my Master of Science degree in Community Counseling. I have over 20 years of experience working in child welfare, residential settings, inpatient psychiatric and detox, community mental health and public health programs.
My clinical focus is working with Children, Adolescents, Families and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I believe that the most important tool a counselor can use is the development of a positive supportive relationship based on trust and honesty. Parents often have most of the tools and skills necessary to meet their children’s needs, but can benefit from the assessment, support, guidance and assistance of a professionally trained clinical counselor. I help parents understand their children, develop behavioral interventions that work and improve their relationships so that families function better.
When working with Adolescents who are angry or troubled I use motivational interviewing, parent consultation and cognitive behavioral therapy in order to address distorted thinking and behavioral issues. I believe that counseling is a process that involves developing an individualized approach and I work with families to develop treatment strategies that fall within the values, beliefs, and needs of that family, but that are also effective.