Our Therapists

Executive Director and Pastoral Counselor

Greetings, my name is Mark Goins.

I have spent my adult life serving and caring for others.  My work as a pastor, counselor, mentor and adviser has uniquely equipped me to help others in different stations and through challenges of their life.  Much of my early experience has been working with troubled youth, families in crisis, and pastoral care. I have worked in churches, camps, retreats, a residential treatment facility, and Christian schools.

In my latter years my focus has been in pre-marital counseling, pastoral counseling, marriage counseling, family counseling, discipleship and mentoring of men.  I have also taught and lectured in many different environments.

A further expression of my work is I have coached track, cross country, soccer, and baseball successfully for over 10 years.  Married for over 20 years and with 5 children I understand the rhythms, complexities, and demands of family life.

I finished my course in spiritual direction in May of 2013 which included books on spiritual direction, papers, directing and being directed, and class conversations and lectures.

I also am proficient in the Enneagram also called the 9 types. It is an ancient personality test. I work with individuals, couples, and businesses to help them understand their motivations, strengths, weaknesses, and how to improve toward a healthy life.  You can learn more @ 9typesindy.org or www.soulgardener.org.

I have the pleasure of serving as the Executive Director and Pastoral Counselor @ New Life Counseling.

 

 

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Julie Tomlin LaCreta, BS, LACA

Julie is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a BS in Addictions Counseling. She is a licensed addictions counselor. Julie has worked for the past ten years helping those suffering from addictions to achieve sobriety, repair broken relationships, restore families and heal their minds, bodies and souls. Julie believes in treating the whole patient and working with each individual to build on their strengths. She offers individual counseling, as well as group sessions focusing on recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction, and codependency. Julie works with those suffering as well as their families. She is a long time resident of Greenwood, a mother of 2 adult married sons and grandma to 3 beautiful grandchildren.

 

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Charlotte Barton Coombs, MSW, LSW

Charlotte is a graduate of Indiana University with a Masters degree in Social Work. Her experience focuses on additional practice specializing High Conflict custodial issues whereby Family Reconciliation/Reunification has been court ordered. She is a licensed Social Worker as currently recognized by the State of Indiana.

Charlotte’s philosophy incorporates a blended holistic approach through the use of strategies individually developed to support a focus on solutions. Charlotte will listen as you share your life story, encourage you to be brave in uncertain times, provide you with a sense of hope, guide you in identifying solutions for longer term resolution and help you find healing and support through the change process. There is hope in New Life Counseling, HOPE for a brighter tomorrow. Charlotte invites you to walk with her through healing and rediscovery starting where you’re at and with what you have. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once shared “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

Charlotte’s areas of focus are family reconciliation/ reunification in high conflict custodial matters, anxiety, depression, anger management, conflict, coping skills, marital/relation challenges, parenting and childhood behavioral concerns, trauma, grief and loss.

Qualifications:
School: IUPUI School of Social work MSW
Licensure: Licensed by the State of Indiana as an LSW

Years working with children/youth/families in crisis: 20+

Additional Credentials:
Community Conflict Mediation, SBIRT, SAVI, Trauma Fellowship, NASW member since 2014

Treatment Approach:
Specialized Family Therapy: Family/Marital/Family Reconciliation/ Reunification
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Solution Focused Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Crisis Intervention
Coaching
Family Systems
Trauma Informed
Task Centered
Narrative

 

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Deb McWhorter, M.A., LMFTA

Deb seeks to provide a safe, supportive and shame free environment where individuals feel cared for and supported as they explore their struggles in life. She enjoys collaborating with young adults, adults, couples and families who are facing challenges that affect their quality of life. Deb seeks to help clients identify the causes of their problems and to create strategies to address these problems in more constructive ways, so that healing and growth can occur. It is her goal to help her clients increase their emotional resilience, their coping and problem-solving abilities and to lead lives congruent with their deepest values.  She brings a compassionate and strengths-based approach to therapy.

Deb works with clients who are dealing with issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Marital Problems
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Aging-related Issues

Deb graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University.  She interned at St. Vincent Stress Center and was a resident therapist at the Christian Theological Seminary Counseling Center.  She is a licensed marriage and family therapist associate (LMFTA), a member of the American Association of Family and Marriage Therapy (AAMFT) and American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).  Deb completed Level I Training of the Gottman Method.

Prior to entering the counseling field, Deb worked in the business world as an accountant, small business consultant and financial manager.  She has been married for forty-two years and has two grown children.  Deb is fulfilling God’s call on her life to journey with the broken-hearted.

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 Jennifer E. Parker MSW, LCSW 

Jennifer E. Parker is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and IUPUI.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She worked with adults and children with developmental disabilities for four years after graduation. While staying at home with her children, she has helped develop the “Heart to Heart” ministry at Traders Point Christian Church—a ministry that addresses the needs of those who have lost children due to miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy and early infant death.  Jennifer lives on the northwest side of Indianapolis with her husband and three children.

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Michelle Kalogeros, MSW, LSW

Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Olivet Nazarene University.  Michelle is a licensed social worker with 6 years of experience in the social work field in the areas of child welfare, advocacy, mental health and community services and hospital social work.  Michelle currently works with families through medical social work at Riley Hospital for Children and enjoys providing a safe environment that promotes therapeutic healing and care for such families. Michelle has experience working with trauma, childhood behavioral issues, relationship and family dynamic challenges, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and domestic violence.  Michelle incorporates therapeutic interventions based in Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, and techniques from Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Michelle believes in a client-centered approach while providing individuals, children and families with tools to improve sense of self and empower personal growth and healing.

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