Daniel A. Franz, MA, LMHC, LCAC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor
(Dan is accepting new clients on a limited basis as he completes his Doctoral (Psy.D.) studies this year – please contact directly to inquire.)
Current areas of study & research
Studying for Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) specializing in Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy
Attending International Logotherapy Congress & preparing for Associate Diplomate in Logotherapy credential
Working through Star Behavioral Health’s programs trainings for focused treatment of military veterans
- Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) – Graduate Theological Foundation – expected May 2018
- M.A. in Counseling Psychology – Ball State University – May, 2000
- B.S. in Psychology w/ minors in Counseling & Criminal Justice – Ball State University – May, 1997
It amazes me how much I’ve learned through 20 years helping others. It’s one of the great joys of being a therapist – studying and learning new ways to help people, families, groups, and our communities – with the often unexpected bonus of learning about ourselves and how we exist in the world.
I started my career working in a group home with troubled adolescents as I worked my way through undergraduate Psychology. From there, I worked for a much larger agency with similar clients, eventually going on to supervise the entire campus of 300+ children and adolescent. I was fortunate to experience the expansion of that agency just as I was completing my graduate studies in Counseling Psychology, 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 to improve their work with our clients. Eventually, I went on to manage several facets of the operation, and several sites across the Midwest.
Today, I find myself in northern Indiana working with a wonderful variety of clients in a way that utilizes and expands my expertise and abilities. I have worked hard over the past decade to establish a group practice that allows our therapists the opportunity to work with people and families at times that are convenient for them in ways that will be most beneficial to them. I strive to offer an opportunity for therapists to come do their best work and to have the support they need to help other to the best of their ability, while we all strive to provide a unique counseling experience – a true therapeutic relationship dedicated to fully hearing the client and being fully present, while tailoring our treatment plans to the individual needs of the client.
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 that we have a therapist in our office with the ability to help you.
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 Trelleborg Manufacturing. Lately, I’ve also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Counseling Psychology while working through my own studies. In my “free” time, you can find me outside sharing new experiences in camping, hiking, and traveling with my family.