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  • Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and licensed to assess and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems. Marriage and Family Therapists are a highly experienced group of practitioners, with an average of 13 years of clinical practice in the field of marriage and family therapy. They evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders, other health and behavioral problems, and address a wide array of relationship issues within the context of the family system.  Marriage and Family Therapists broaden the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the nature and role of individuals in primary relationship networks such as marriage and the family. MFTs take a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families.  Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (a Master's or Doctoral degree) in marriage and family therapy and at least two years of clinical experience. Marriage and family therapists are recognized as a "core" mental health profession, along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing.

Timothy Heck, Ph.D., LMFT

I have been counseling couples over 20 years, drawing together the best of research-based treatment models and Christian principles for marriage to help hundreds of couples rediscover their marital "dream." My studies in Theology, Scripture and Psychology have equipped me to address the problems clients face with care and compassion, always attempting to help them move closer to our Creator in this often painful journey called life. My specializations include mood disturbances, depression, anxiety and compulsive conditions, as well as couples therapy. The theoretical model I utilize in my work with couples is an Integrative Couples Behavior Therapy, consisting of a three-stage process: 1) Assessment, 2) Treatment and 3) Follow-Up for Maintenance. How rewarding to witness marriages reconciling and rediscovering their "Dream"! I offer traditional weekly Marital Therapy, as well as Marriage Intensives for couples who want to address their critical problems in an intensive and fast-paced format. Other services include Individual Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnosis.

Jennifer Wheat, M.S., LMFT

I have been counseling couples and individuals at Family Counseling Associates since 2003. My graduate education includes programs completed at Indiana University and Indiana Wesleyan University, with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. My specialties include working with pre-marital couples to help them navigate the challenges of starting a life together, as well as helping marital couples learn to live in harmony. As a Seminar Director for Life Innovations, I train clergy and counselors to use the Prepare/Enrich assessment instrument, which helps bring clarity to the issues involved in their work with couples. As a Postpartum Depression Specialist, I provide therapy for women dealing with PPD and I speak to groups regarding PPD awareness and treatment. I am listed on referral networks for New Life Ministries, Focus on the Family and the Indiana Perinatal Network. When not working at FCA, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 16 years and our two children, ages 12 and 9, as well as being involved in our local church.

Kelly Cremeans, M.A., LMFT

My primary focus is to help you find solutions for the concerns you bring to counseling. As a licensed marriage and family therapist I am qualified to work with couples, families, and individuals. I utilize solution-focused techniques to build hope and create change. I also work from a systemic approach--looking at the ways you interact with those in relationship with you. I feel it is important to consider all aspects of health: mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. My areas of emphasis include marital issues, parenting techniques, healthy emotions and boundaries. When not in the office I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter.



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