Hope-focused & Solutions-based.

Hope in the midst of conflict, chaos, & crisis.

Counseling Approach

My counseling methods and approach begin with serving the whole person:

  • personally
  • relationally
  • emotionally
  • spiritually
  • professionally

I have several years experience (thousands of hours) working with individuals during challenging times. As a counselor, I am passionate about helping individuals gain hope and understanding, and even healing, as they grow stronger so they can lead fulfilled lives. Some methods may include:

– Hope-focused, solutions-based counseling

– Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

– Music and other artform methods

– Child Play Counseling  (see below) 

My own passion for learning and growth can be realized in my counseling methods and skills gained through graduate and post-graduate level training and under the leadership of Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend (leading Christian psychologists and best-selling authors of Boundaries, and numerous books and materials). I concluded a one-week intensive experience and training under Cloud and Townsend in Orange County, California.


Individuals, Couples, & Family Counseling

Adults/Young Adults

Individuals, Couples (including pre-marital), Families, and Group.


Primary ages (elementary school-age children).


Counseling Areas

  • Relationships
  • Conflict
  • Personal Development
  • Depression
  • Trauma / Crisis
  • Grief
  • Anger / Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Identity / Self-Esteem Issues
  • Post-Abortion Counseling
  • Health / Suffering
  • Other (inquire about specific need)



Counseling sessions are confidential. We accept clients from various communities, beliefs, and backgrounds. We also provide faith-based services, from various communities or per church referrals. (When referred to us by your minister/church, we do NOT disclose personal information from your private sessions unless the client requests that preference in writing). Geri provides a safe and comfortable environment for your face-to-face counseling sessions in Northern Indiana. Feel free to contact her with any questions or to just request more information.

Please contact Geri for a brief, confidential consultation to discuss your area of concern and how she may help you. Sessions are available in person, or by Skype/FaceTime (or by phone when necessary).


Individual or Couple Sessions

  • Initial session/assessment and regular sessions to follow

    Please contact Geri for payment arrangements for the initial session. All subsequent payments can conveniently be made online or in person at time of service.

  • One-time sessions or ongoing counseling sessions are available.


Marriage/Couples Counseling

Geri has a high-level success rate in helping marriages and couples succeed. Her “Be REAL” and reasonable approach is quite effective. She has attended several training workshops with Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, best-selling author of Love & Respect. Contact Geri to learn how she can help you move forward with a more healthy, respectable and loving relationship.


Child Play Counseling

Children do not possess the necessary cognitive skills to express themselves with words. However, through play counseling children are allowed to express themselves in a way most comfortable for them – through the language of play. Play counseling is the most appropriate method of counseling for children… Read more

In child-centered play counseling, the focus is on the child, not the problem. Dr. Garry Landreth, respected psychologist and expert play therapist shared in an interview, “If we focus on the problem, we will lose sight of the child. Every child is more important than any problem. And yet…”  Read more

Note:  Geri has studied child play counseling and has invested in multiple workshops with Dr. Garry Landreth and Dr. Daniel Sweeney, two foremost experts in the U.S. in the area of play counseling.


Family Session

  • Initial session/assessment and regular sessions to follow 
  • Larger family groups involving 2 or more children, or 3/more individuals (prices* may increase slightly with larger groups; inquire within).
  • 55-Minute sessions.


Christian Counseling

Geri often says she is not here to preach to people, but she is happy to share her Christian worldview and help others learn to make God-honoring choices. Contact Geri if you have any questions or are interested in Christian (faith-based) counseling. 

“When a child shuts down his painful emotional side, he also loses the ability to express his joyous side. Emotions are a whole. With anger comes the ability to express delight; with sadness comes the ability to express lightheartedness. This is the breadth of emotion that allows an adult to experience intimacy with a spouse, with God, and with his children.”

— Dr. Henry Cloud (Secrets of Your Family Tree)

“Emotions, or feelings, have a function. They tell us something. They are a signal….Anger tells us that our boundaries have been violated. Much like a nation’s radar defense system, angry feelings serve as an “early warning system” telling us we’re in danger of being injured or controlled.”

— Dr. John Townsend 

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable…if anything is excellent or worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

Philippians 4:8