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Children

Children | 3-10

contact a counselor below to work with your child —or— call 219-477-5646

childrenChildhood is an incredible phase of life filled with exciting experiences, difficulties, challenges, and milestones that each child experiences differently. Whether in normal times of growth and change or difficult life circumstances, children sometimes need extra support and guidance to navigate the problems they face. At FCC, we are dedicated to helping your child overcome these challenges using an approach that adapts to the unique developmental needs of each child and focuses on strengths and skill building. With several different counselors available skilled in a variety of therapeutic techniques, you can be sure to find the support your child needs.

The counselors listed on this page have training in working with children from ages 4-10 and are looking forward to working with you and your child. To find a counselor to work with your child age 11-17, see this page.

Mike Arbanas, MA

Valparaiso Office |

| 219-477-5646  | Email |

Mike graduated from Purdue University Calumet with a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology and Psychology.  He received his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Valparaiso University in 2013.

Mike has been working in the mental health field since 2000.  He started at St. Margaret’s, Dyer campus and then moved on to University of Chicago and Northwestern Hospital where he worked on the inpatient psychology unit.  Currently, Mike works full time as a Behavioral Case Manager at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.  Mike started at the JDC in 2008 as a detention officer and then shift leader before moving into his current role which includes running the group program he developed for the residents, managing the mental health diversion program, and acting as the in-house therapist.

In 2013, Mike started part time at FCC providing individual, family and couples counseling to all ages.  Mike has a holistic approach to therapy.  He obtained certification as a Personal Trainer and incorporates diet and exercise as he provides counseling in the following areas:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance Abuse issues
  • Stress
  • Schizophrenia and related disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Marriage and relationship issues

marciaMarcia Beauchamp, MA

| Valparaiso Office |
| 219-477-5646 ext. 14 | Email |

Prior to earning her Masters in Counseling from Liberty University in 2013, Marcia raised and homeschooled six children: three birth children and three adopted from foster care as older children. Marcia has served in many capacities in her church, as a leader in the homeschool community, and has hosted several short-term foreign exchange students. Marcia has four married children, four fabulous grandsons, and lives with her youngest daughter in a Civil War Era farmhouse that she has spent large quantities of time remodeling.

Marcia is experienced with foster and adopted youth and families, having worked almost two years at a private foster and adoption agency. She specializes in attachment and complex trauma problems that can result from illness, neglect, abuse, and abandonment. Marcia has certifications in Positive Parenting, Positive Discipline, and Parent Coaching, has received DDP training on trauma and attachment from Daniel Hughes, as well as Family-Centered training from Bryan Post. Her interests include working with youth, families, and individuals on problems concerning:

  • Attachment
  • Complex Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Divorce
  • Stress

danDaniel Carter, LMHC

| Valparaiso Office |
| 219-477-5646 ext. 103 | Email |

Dan Carter completed his bachelor’s degree in Theology and his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Dan is the brother of 5 adopted siblings. He has been involved in disability rights advocacy for over 15 years, has led support groups for special needs families, and has been a presenter and panel member at State and national conferences on the topic of families of people with disabilities.

In addition to his work with people with disabilities and their families, Dan has worked and trained in agencies throughout Northwest Indiana treating an array of issues including substance abuse, marriage problems, at-risk adolescents, anxiety, and religious/spiritual issues. His interests include family therapy, families of people with disabilities, adoptive and foster families, marriage counseling, anxiety disorders, depression, spiritual development, and existential issues. Dan lives in Valparaiso, Indiana with his wife and five children.

Chris Oxendale, LMHC

| Valparaiso Office |
| 219-477-5646 ext. 15 | Email |

Chris Oxendale is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and received his Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Valparaiso University. He joined Family Concern Counseling in 2018, with 25 years of experience from working at two different Community Mental Health centers. Previously, he provided individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults, while addressing a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, anger, serious mental illness and marital counseling. He also provided clinical supervision of staff and was the Director for Community Support Services for 8 years. Chris and his family spent three and a half years in the Dominican Republic serving as missionaries, reaching children in orphanages, care centers and schools. Chris and his wife have been married for over 28 years and live in Valparaiso. They have two married children and two grandchildren.

Noel Perry, MA

| Valparaiso Office |
| 219-477-5646 ext. 102 | Email |

Noel Perry acquired his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Grace College in Winona Lake, IN and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Noel has specialized training in EMDR therapy and is a certified Prepare & Enrich marriage counselor.

Noel lives in Valparaiso with his wife of 25 years and three teenage daughters. His journey into mental health counseling started thirteen years ago working in a faith-based community. His work included teen crisis intervention and mentoring, premarital counseling, marriage counseling, and individual counseling.

His approach to counseling is founded on the belief that we all struggle at different times in our lives and we were not intended to struggle alone. Working through a struggle with someone who takes time to understand your unique situation helps you move toward a healthier place. Whether your struggle is bullying, parenting, teen challenges, a broken marriage, family conflict, feeling anxious, depression, substance use, trauma, abuse, loss of a loved one, or career stress, there is hope for a better life.

Kevin Satterblom, MS, NCC

| Valparaiso Office |
| 219-477-5646 ext. 110 | Email |

Kevin Satterblom has completed his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. Kevin is working part-time at FCC while concurrently working as a fifth grade teacher at Kahler Middle School in Dyer, Indiana. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Kevin lives with his wife and three boys in Merrillville.

Kevin developed an interest in counseling during his years as a teacher as he worked to build relationships with students and their families. His experience as a small group leader working with couples also encouraged him to seek out ways he could help couples as well. He is passionate about helping individuals, couples and families through a variety of approaches.

karenKaren Schrock, LCSW

| Valparaiso Office |
| 219-477-5646 ext. 17 | Email |

Karen Schrock obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work from the Indiana University Northwest. She acquired her Bachelor’s Degree Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN.

Karen lives in LaPorte County with her husband. They have three adult children living in various states. She provides individual therapy, family therapy, and marriage therapy. Additionally, she facilitates the Wildflower group, a women’s support group for survivors of sexual abuse.

Some of Karen’s areas of therapy working with children, teens and adults include:

  • Trauma/Abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/OCD
  • Parenting
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Stress
  • Relationship Issues
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Communication
  • Self Esteem

Lisa Walters, MA

| Valparaiso Office |
| 219-477-5646 ext. 107 | Email |

Lisa is a graduate of Valparaiso University where she received her bachelors of science in psychology and her masters of arts in clinical mental health counseling.

Her passion for counseling began when she was involved in a faith-based summer confidence camp.  She enjoyed connecting with the campers on a deep level and quickly discovered the impact of therapy.

Lisa’s background involves working as a qualified mental health counselor at the Lake County Jail. She also has experience counseling at a woman’s recovery home and facilitating team building for children on an outdoor ropes course.

Lisa has participated in research throughout her years at Valparaiso University and was published in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.

She provides counseling in the following areas:

  • Teen challenges
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma/abuse
  • Non-Suicidal Self Injury
  • Stress
  • Communication
  • Grief
  • Life transitions
  • Family counseling
  • Marriage and relationship issues