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Children | 4-10

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

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.

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
  • Stress
  • Relationship Issues
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Communication
  • Self Esteem

Pamela V. Stover, LCSW, CTS

Valparaiso Office |
| 219-477-5646 ext. 105 | Email |

Pamela is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Trauma Specialist, licensed in Indiana and Texas.  After 30 years as a Registered Nurse, Pamela answered the call to behavioral health.  Pamela attended the Baylor University School of Social Work in Waco, Texas; graduating in May 2013.

Pamela is certified in EMDR, EAGALA Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and Structured Sensory Intervention for Children, Adults, and Parents (SIT-CAP); treating children and adults with a trauma based perspective.

Pamela lives in Kouts, Indiana with her husband of 35 years.  Pamela and Alan have two children and two grandchildren.  Alan is the Senior Pastor at New Hope Missionary Church in Malden, Indiana.

Pamela’s passion is to show the love of Christ to hurting souls.  Her mission is to bring hope, courage and faith to lives.

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