While obtaining her Bachelors Degree from Purdue in Child Development and Family Studies, Kerrie became passionate about the unique differences in people based on their life experiences, family history, and biological make-up, but she wasn’t really sure about how she wanted to serve others until teaching preschool. She realized her passion was for understanding people at a deeper level, not just teaching people facts, but helping people learn to meet their fullest potential.
She has a special passion for teaching parents about utilizing high structure, high nurture parenting techniques to help their children find balance between being loved but also having boundaries. Kerrie is comfortable working with a variety of mental health issues, developmental issues, and complex family systems.
She is passionate about children who have been adopted and are trying to attach to their caregivers. She worked for Bethany Christian Services as a family adoption therapist, obtaining training in several attachment modalities. Kerrie also worked in community mental health in the school systems with children in K-12. She is also trained to examine how your child is developing and can make additional referrals for speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy or other psychiatric services, and frequently, supports family’s trying to obtain special education services for their child.
Though she has a passion for working with children and their families, Kerrie’s clients include children as well as adults. Her passion is helping people develop self-awareness about their lives and creating change. Kerrie works with adults of all ages to retrace through their life story to identify patterns and become more self-aware to improve communication skills and self-perceptions. She is comfortable working with individuals with mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Kerrie works with couples who are planning for marriage, and couples who are struggling through the adjustment of marriage, child birth, and other life transitions. She is experienced in working with women with fertility issues, pregnancy loss, and adjustment to becoming a mother.
Working with several community partners, Kerrie is able to refer clients to services and other supports. Kerrie is able to provide therapy with a Christian perspective, if desired. Kerrie also works closely with several psychiatrists, psychologists and intensive outpatient and local impatient programs to provide the best level of care.
She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies and received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary (CTS). Additional credentials:
- Graduated cum laude with two years of individual supervision and training in Play Therapy as well as a variety of family therapy and couple’s therapy techniques from CTS
- Utilizes Enneagram Typology System in therapy if desired
- Obtained Tier 1 training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Has experience collaborating with psychiatrists, psychologists, hospitals, WRAP programs, and other agencies for additional support.
- Published Playing Out Problems, an article for Indy’s Child magazine
- Co-Authored a chapter in “It’s Not About You: Understanding Adoptee Search, Reunion and Open Adoption” (Edited by Brooke Randolph, LMHC)