About

Our Team

Daniel A. Franz, MA, LMHC, LCAC

(Dan is accepting a limited amount of new clients as he completes his Doctorate studies this year – please call or email to inquire.)

I’ve been working with individuals and families for nearly 20 years now.  I started my career working in a group home with troubled adolescents as I studied psychology in college.  From there, I worked for a much larger agency with similar clients, eventually going on to supervise the entire campus of 300+ clients.  I was fortunate to experience the expansion of that agency, just as I was completing my graduate schooling, allowing me the opportunity to open the agency’s Outpatient Unit.  There I spent my days working with court-ordered children, adolescents, and their families to help improve their situations.

Shortly after graduate school, I found my way to an innovative and successful adolescent substance abuse treatment center.  I spent quite a few years with this organization working with clients, and then supervising other therapists and working with them to improve their work with our clients.  Eventually, I went on to manage several facets of the operation, and several sites.

Today, I find myself in northern Indiana working with a wonderful variety of clients in a way that utilizes and stretches my expertise and abilities.  I have worked hard to establish a private practice that allows me the opportunity to work with clients at times that are convenient for them in ways that will help them the most.

I share this with you so that you may have an understanding of where I have been, where I have worked, and how that relates to my experience and ability to help you.  I have worked with a diverse array of clients.  I feel qualified, and have studied to be qualified, in quite a few areas.  I am confident my experience, knowledge, and training can help you; or if not, that I have worked with someone I can refer you to who can help you effectively.

I currently maintain licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and as Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC) in the state of Indiana.  Outside of my day-to-day counseling work with individuals and families,  I serve as a consultant or coach in various capacities for several local, National, and international clients, including The Office of National Drug Control Policy, the 3m company, The Lifeplex / Fitness Forum, and Grace College.

If you have any questions about my experience or ability to help you, please feel free to call or email.

 

Chad Hacker, MA, LMHC

I have been working in the helping profession for more than ten years in a variety of capacities. During this time I’ve had the honor of working with at risk youth, foster families, college students, people experiencing grief and loss, families in crises, and victims of abuse. These experiences have taken place in various faith based and private settings. I have recently completed an MA in Interpersonal Relations from Grace College. Pending Graduation in May I will have completed an MA in Counseling.

The years of work experience and academic training have prepared me to effectively help others. I truly enjoy meeting people right where they are and walking with them from despair to hope, pain to freedom, self reproach to self acceptance, and from victim to survivor. There are times in life when all of us are confronted with our limits and need a place to get beyond, work through, or perhaps embrace them.  I will be passionate and hopeful as we work together towards your personal growth, freedom, and strong interpersonal relationships.

If you find yourself in a difficult situation and would like assistance please allow someone to help.

 

Sarah Fifer, MS, LMHC, CADAC IV

My educational background consists of a BA degree in criminal justice, a MS in Psychology, and a MS in Mental Health Counseling.  I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) as well as a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor (CADAC IV), both in Indiana.

The general well-being of those around me has always been important to me.  I stand firm with the belief that everyone learns through their experiences and this growth can be fostered through the therapeutic relationship between client and counselor.  When brought up against many of the challenges life brings, it can seem very lonely, and in this regard a counselor can offer a collaborative, nonjudgmental, compassionate, supportive, and understanding approach towards your goals.  We do not always expect what life has in store for us and do not always embrace the change resulting from the expected or unexpected, in the beginning. Through patience and perseverance my clients create improved confidence, self-esteem, relationships, and a more stable and balanced emotional well-being.  You deserve to experience empowerment and happiness.

If you think you need help, understand that asking is not symbolic of weakness, rather it is symbolic of strength and a sign of taking control of your life.  I am happy to help you uncover the hidden tools you likely already possess and release them into your life helping you achieve your goals.  My approach to counseling is highly based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), although counseling is certainly not a one size fits all approach and each client deserves to have a specially tailored approach to helping them define their needs and reach their goals.  I’m hoping to help you achieve an increasingly positive state of well-being.

Tai Duncan, MS, LMHC

I earned my B.A. from Hanover College and my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. I am currently gaining field experience hours toward becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I am a member of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society and the Indiana Counseling Association. While most of my professional pursuits have been in fields other than mental health, I have always had a passion for helping people, thus decided to obtain a degree that would provide me with a better platform to do just that. I have worked with a variety of client populations, including teens, couples, families, and individuals with mood disorders and substance abuse issues. I have also had the pleasure of working with military veterans who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 My personal and professional philosophy about people is that we are stronger than we allow ourselves to believe. Individuals who are having mental or emotional struggles often need to have a trusted person to serve as an emotional outlet. Additionally, individuals may need someone who will help them learn more effective coping skills in order to achieve their life goals. My objective as a mental health professional is to provide clients with a safe, confidential, and friendly environment in which to sort through their stressors. I aim to be an ally in helping clients to work towards identifying and achieving goals towards better mental, emotional, and physical health. Key components of my therapeutic work include client empowerment, identification of feelings, help with decision-making and coping skills, and providing support.

Kendra Hundt, MA

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