Our Team

Carla Whitted, LCSW

Practice Owner/Therapist

Accepting new clients by referral only

Welcome to our site! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been practicing since 1994. I specialize in treating women using a variety of modalities based on your needs.  One of the questions I will ask you when we meet is, “What would you like to see different in your life because you came here?”  This will be a good starting point for our work together.  I see my role in our work together as your partner in your recovery journey.  You will set the pace and degree of intensity of our work together.  I will offer you a number of skill sets, therapeutic techniques, reflection, and support while you do the work of healing yourself. It is beautiful work and I am privileged to accompany you on your healing journey.

My specialties include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), EMDR, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy, and other functional models, as well as mindfulness practices. I am a DBT-L Intensively Trained Clinician. Borderline Personality Disorder, relationship challenges, PTSD with emphasis on sexual and birth traumas, OCD, gray-area drinking, and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) are the most common areas of work for the women I treat. I also use mindfulness practices to assist you in managing anxiety, impulsivity, or maintaining sobriety.  As your recovery evolves in stages, your treatment will too. We, as people, aren’t one-dimensional.  Your treatment won’t be either. If you are interested in making lasting changes to improve your life, I am here to accompany you as you create your Life Worth Living!

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and sober therapists and BIPOC communities, reading, dance, yoga, hiking and backpacking with my husband and poodle, Alice.

Francia Siler, LSW

Therapist

Accepting New Clients

Francia también ofrece servicios en Español.

Society tells us a child’s impending birth, arrival, and mere existence in a parent’s life should be a great source of happiness. What about when it’s your greatest source of stress and anxiety? When you mask or hide your “true” feelings for fear of judgement? When your child has a disability that has changed the future you envisioned for them? When your partner/support is absent, sometimes even while being physically present? Or maybe you’ve realized you care for your baby but feel no attachment to it. Now what?

You are NOT a terrible parent. Things CAN get better with help.

Francia specializes in helping new parents navigate pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and infant mental health (0-3). She utilizes attachment-focused interventions through a trauma informed lens. She believes there is value in parents reflecting on their own childhood and life experiences and how that has shaped their expectations for pregnancy, birth, and parenting. She also believes the parent-child relationship is critical in a child’s sense of self and emotional regulation, addresses relational challenges through filial play therapy.

Francia has – Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training by Postpartum Support International, and has completed training in various play therapy modalities through UCSD.

She can come alongside your family so that you may begin to heal, grow, and thrive.

Francia is a mother of two, and a military spouse with 10 years of experience working directly with parents and their children. She has provided services in many settings including pediatric hospitals, telehealth, in-home, and community centers. She has a masters in Early Childhood Education, and a masters in Social Work.

Mersades Stein, LCSW

Therapist

Accepting New Clients

Mersades is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a passion for working with women. She is experienced in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and helping mothers feel more skillful in and enjoy parenting more. Her calm and affirming nature provide a safe space for women to explore different beliefs about themselves and their abilities. We all need support as we try something new.

Mersades utilizes a variety of evidence-based therapies in her work with patients, including Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma (CPT), CBT, ERP, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She believes that the path to feeling better, the
path to healing, the path to being the person you want to be is a journey. She is happy to walk with you on this journey of both change and acceptance. She is passionate about providing a safe environment where clients can feel empowered to begin their journey. She believes there is a power in the realization that you are not alone, that you are valuable, and that you have so much to offer those around you. She is also skilled at helping women find motivation. (Her years as a Roller Derby coach serves her well in this area!)

In her free time Mersades enjoys reading, playing board games, hiking
and spending time with her family.

Catherine Lawhorne, LMHC

Therapist

Accepting New Clients

Catherine received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the Department of Counseling Psychology at Ball State University in 2005 and has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2008. She has worked in a variety of settings and has enjoyed working with and learning from every population she’s worked with. These various populations include college/university counseling centers, psychiatric hospitals doing inpatient, PHP and IOP groups, corrections, and private practice. Catherine has utilized all types of therapy formats including individual, couples, group and telehealth. In addition, Catherine worked as a health coach for WebMD, specializing in stress management, where she utilized CBT and Motivational Interviewing techniques to assist clients in managing stress that may have been impacting other areas of their health.

Catherine is trained in DBT therapy and has interest in treating a variety of issues including developmental and complex trauma, depression, anxiety, interpersonal issues, issues related to self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as general life stress and life balance concerns.  In addition to DBT, Catherine utilizes various other approaches depending on the needs of the individual, including memory processing, emotion focused, emotion regulation, CBT, strength based and trauma informed therapies. Catherine also believes that just providing someone a safe space to speak their truth without judgment, can be healing in and of itself.

Catherine is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and takes a holistic approach to mental health. She incorporates body work, breath work and mindfulness into her therapy framework, believing in the integration of body, mind, heart and soul. She recently participated in a training to learn more about the neuroscience behind the benefits of Yoga for the treatment of complex and developmental traumas.

Catherine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and being at home with her fur babies. Catherine is working to build her personal Yoga practice, particularly Restorative Yoga, which she would like to eventually bring into her therapy. 

Elizabeth Goebel, LMHCA

Therapist

Accepting New Clients

Elizabeth Goebel is a mental health counselor and a 200 hour certified yoga instructor who helps women with depression and anxiety. She has been teaching yoga since 2015, and views mindful movement and breath work as tools to develop a healthier relationship with the body and mind.

As a therapist, Elizabeth helps clients to cultivate a more meaningful life and to create new patterns of behavior. She provides tools for growth, self-compassion, and discernment to her clients. Elizabeth is joyful and passionate about empowering women to overcome self-critical thoughts and cycles of self-sabotage.

Elizabeth is trained in DBT, EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and trauma-informed mindfulness practices. Liz is a DBT-L Intensively Trained Clinician. She is happy to incorporate art and creativity in your work with her. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, gardening, and painting.

Mary Slowiak, LSW

Therapist

Accepting New Clients

When we have been through difficult things, oftentimes we feel misunderstood, unheard, unsafe and hopeless. I do not believe that trauma makes us stronger; rather, I believe that there is something beautiful within us that brings us through the trauma. Trauma processing allows us to let go of negative beliefs about ourselves and the world; beliefs such as “I am not safe,” or “I am unlovable.”  These beliefs can make us feel stuck; like having a rich and full life is not possible. Through engaging in trauma therapy, I will work to empower you to accept all parts of self, allowing for peace from within that will trickle into all facets of life. When we have been through painful experiences, we often feel the burden of carrying this alone. To any parts of you that feel alone in navigating difficult experiences, you are not alone. I am here to welcome you. I seek to affirm, validate, and help guide you to a life with an abundance of joy and love.

Maisie Kuzee-Nedza

Resident Intern, BA, MSW

Under supervision of Carla Whitted, LCSW

Accepting New Clients

Reduced rate services

Maisie graduated from IUPUI in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She is currently a graduate student at the Indiana University School of Social Work and will be graduating in May of 2023. She has a passion for working with women and is a strong advocate of using Mindfulness in her practice with clients. She offers DBT, CBT, and solution-focused therapies under supervision of two DBT-L intensively trained clinicians. She helps clients navigate the space between Acceptance and Change strategies as they seek their “Life Worth Living.” Maisie’s warm smile and kind demeanor provide a non-judgemental space for her clients. She enjoys playing the piano, gossiping with her dog Max, and riding roller coasters with her husband and friends. Now accepting new patients!


Jessica Edington

Practice Administrator

Jess comes to the practice with 10 years of experience in manufacturing, where she developed her administrative skills, including scheduling and management. Driven by her passion for helping, she takes pride in providing the best possible service to all clients.

In her spare time, Jess enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and husband, and also adding items and artifacts to her many collections (including as many editions of Pride and Prejudice as she can find!).

Kathryn Welder, BA

DBT Skills Trainer

Kathryn holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She has both personal and professional experience with DBT. Her Skills Groups are a favorite at IWC as she teaches skills in a fun, but meaningful way that allows clients to grasp the concepts and apply it their lives.

Kathryn enjoys all things fun, including time in nature, learning, creating art, and spending time with family and friends.

Renee Sellers, 200 ERYT

Yoga Instructor

Renee is a Registered Yoga Teacher with a certification in Trauma-informed Yoga.  She believes that every woman has the right to feel comfortable in her own body. As women, our bodies have not always been honored by others or by ourselves.  This can leave us resenting, fearing, hating, and abandoning our bodies at times.

Join Renee on the mat to develop a new relationship with your body. She will partner with you to learn to feel safe in your body, to listen to and trust its signals, and to love and appreciate your body and all it can do.  Renee’s gentle and caring spirit is well suited for those who have experienced trauma and have a high degree of fear and distrust in their daily lives.

Yoga and Body Work will serve you well in combination with ongoing therapy with a therapist from Indy Women’s Counseling and DBT or another practice. If you are ready to for a new relationship with your body, contact us today!

Alice Whitted

Therapy Companion

Alice is our office emotional support animal. She enjoys walks, kayaking, treats, and chasing squirrels and bunnies. She is also very fond of treats and naps. Alice is friendly and will recognize you after a few visits to our office. It is always nice to be welcomed by her smile and wagging tail. Alice is working on her Canine Good Citizenship Certificate.