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Teens

Teens | 11-17

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

teenfeetGot Teens? It can be mind-boggling how a teen is so responsible in one moment and the next moment seem like a different person. Ever wonder why?

The human brain does not finish developing until around age 25. In addition, there are pressures for a teenager that simply didn’t exist in earlier generations. We are seeing more anxiety, depression, self-injury, anger, acting out and addictive behavior than ever before.

Adolescents are complex, and parents are not provided with an instruction manual. Parents constantly worry about how they grow, develop, and what kind of person they will become. Often, teens don’t want to listen to a caretaker. A counselor can fit in when you simply don’t know how to help and can act as a neutral third-party to help facilitate communication and begin the healing within your family. You don’t have to just endure the teenage years. You can have a great relationship with your kids!

Family focused. Teen friendly.

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

| Kouts Office | 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.

chrisChris Hamrick, LMFT

| Valparaiso Office |
| 219-477-5646 ext. 21 | Email |

Chris is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been with Family Concern Counseling since November of 2000.

Chris received his Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis in 1999.  Chris works with children, adolescents, couples, and families utilizing a balanced holistic approach that honors, respects, and addresses the unique parts of individuals, couples and family systems.  Chris and his family live in Valparaiso and enjoy serving their church.

jenelleJenelle Linden, LMHC, LCPC

EMDR Therapist

Michigan City Office |
| 219-477-5646 Ext. 104 | Email |

Jenelle Linden returns to Indiana after working with teens and adults in the Joliet, IL area. Jenelle received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grace College [Winona Lake, IN] and holds an MS in Education from Ohio University. As a professional, it is vital to build rapport, as well as, offers treatment directed to the needs and circumstances you bring into the counseling session. A safe environment where you, the client, can confidentially share your pain and concerns is necessary for growth and healing.

Jenelle specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is a member of the EMDR International Association—emdria.org. EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages ease or alleviate many types of psychological stress. [Modified from the EMDR website]

Jenelle sees most of her clients in Michigan City and has applied skills working with teens and adults who have a history of or experience:

  • Trauma | Abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress [PTSD]
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Sexual/Physical Abuse
  • Marriage | Couples
  • Gay | Lesbian | Gender
  • Borderline Personality
  • OCD

melissaMelissa Peiffer, MA

| Michigan City Office |
| 219-861-7027 | Email |

Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting from the University of New Mexico and has been a professional sign language interpreter for the past 20 years. She graduated from Liberty University with her masters in professional counseling and began working with Family Concern Counseling as an intern in 2008.

Melissa is excited to operate the Michigan City office of Family Concern Counseling. Melissa lives in Michigan City with her husband, 2 kids, 2 birds and one dog. She and her family attend New Creation Vineyard Christian Fellowship.

Melissa believes in combining real life principles and practical insight that help people learn how to cover come obstacles and set backs they may have experienced in their personal lives. She uses a Cognitive Behavioral approach and is a firm believer in how a person thinks is how a person will act. Learning how to change destructive thoughts can be the first step in changing behavior.

Melissa sees clients in Michigan City and has applied skills working with teens and adults who experience:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Sexual/Physical Abuse
  • Marriage
  • Anger Issues

johnJohn Rife, MA

| Warsaw Office | Valparaiso Office |
| 219-477-5646 ext. 106 | Email |

John graduated from Grace College with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health in 2011, after God changed his life goals and values. John received his B.S. in Elementary Education from Grace College and also completed a graduate degree from Grace Seminary. After being employed as an educator for nine years, he worked in production and inventory management for a local manufacturer. John has been married to Viki for over 35 years, has three children, and six grandchildren.

John’s therapeutic approach is grounded in a Biblical perspective. That perspective is informed, rooted, and directed by Scripture, which states in Romans 12:2 that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. Therefore, assisting clients to identify the distorted thoughts and make changes to behavior is the goal of therapy.

John counsels individuals and couples with a warm and personable style, yet direct as necessary, to work through the problems of life. With his life experiences, John’s main desire is to improve family dynamics, especially helping couples experience fulfillment and hope in their marriage relationship, as he has found in his after many struggles. He is a Prepare/Enrich marriage counseling Seminar Director and Facilitator. He also has training and experience in the treatment of chemical addictions. John also works with clients in the areas of depression, anxiety, social phobias, ADHD, and grief. John works at both the Warsaw and Valpo Office.

sarahSarah Schmidtke, LMHC

| Valparaiso Office |
| 219-477-5646 ext. 13 | Email |

Sarah is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been with FCC since 2008. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Valparaiso University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University, Irvine.

Sarah provides individual counseling to adolescents, teens, and adults. Additionally, she has facilitated groups for adult women healing from sexual abuse and assault, and teen girl support groups.

Sarah provides counseling in the following areas:

  • Teen challenges
  • Trauma/abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Non-Suicidal Self Injury
  • Stress
  • Communication
  • Grief
  • Life transitions

Recommended books for parents of teens:

Boundaries with Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say No—by John Townsend

Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury—by Michael Hollander, PhD

Sarah is an in-network provider with Anthem BCBS, United Behavioral Health, Aetna, Tricare, and Compsych. She also accepts Medicaid.

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

Randy Schrock, LMHC

| Wheatfield Office |
| 219-871-9388 | Email |

Randy joined our staff in early 2000.  He is a graduate of Valparaiso University and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Randy and his wife, Karen, reside in LaCrosse with their three children.  Randy uses his experience working with adolescents and families through Christian Haven in counseling individuals and families.  He is especially interested in helping people in the Jasper and Pulaski County area.  His main expertise is in the areas of conduct disorder, depression, anger control, and stress management.  He welcomes clients who are adolescents as well as adults.

  • Anger Control
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Counseling
  • Depression
  • Stress Management

fccstaffPamela 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.