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Natalie aragon, Lmhc

Natalie (she/her) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology at Ball State University with a concentration in rehabilitation counseling. Natalie has experience working with clients of various diverse backgrounds and has a passion for working with sexual, gender, and ethnic minorities. She has experience working with clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and other mental health disorders.


Natalie utilizes cognitive- behavioral approaches and an interpersonal psychotherapy to help process emotions with an emphasis on open communication, setting healthy boundaries, and confidence building. Natalie likes to emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship and creates a safe and non-judgmental counseling environment to allow clients to share their mental health concerns comfortably.


Lisa munoz, lmhca, lcac

Lisa (she/her) earned her MS in Psychology from Purdue University, and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with specializations in Addictions, Neuroscience, and Women's Studies from Indiana University. Lisa approaches therapy  with warm and grounded energy, and a collaborative style. She offers experience and expertise in treating mood disorders, PTSD,  Substance Use Disorders, anxiety,  grief and loss, adjustment disorders and navigating life transitions. Lisa is adept in evidence-based therapies like CBT, REBT, MI, and DBT, specifically tailoring those methods to the individual, empowering clients to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. Lisa has particular interest in serving LGBTQ+ communities and marginalized (POC, LGBTQ+, women) service members. As a member of the community herself, and with 22+ years of LGBTQ+ mentoring, Lisa fosters a safe space for healing from unique struggles faced by our community. As your therapist, Lisa guides, supports, and motivates you to make positive changes, unlocking your full potential.


When not in session, you can find Lisa reading, traveling, hiking, or practicing mindfulness through organic gardening with her wife and their two cats on their  homestead. She has been a vegetarian for over 32 years, and they passionately practice an eco-friendly lifestyle.


Shelli Reetz, LMHCA

Shelli (she/they) is a feminist therapist, educator, leader and change agent. She has made a career of working with and advocating for marginalized communities. She has a Masters and Education Specialist degree in Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University, Bloomington. She approaches therapy from a holistic viewpoint and creates a nurturing, supportive environment for clients to engage with and navigate transformational times in their lives and identity development to enhance mind, body, and spirit across the lifespan. She utilizes a strengths-based approach and draws upon principles and tools from a variety of theoretical vantage points to best meet clients’ individual needs. She is sex positive and committed to holding safe space for the exploration of life’s big questions, challenges and joys. She has particular clinical interest in identity exploration, relationships, LGBTQ+ concerns, mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, and self-concept. She enjoys daily yoga and mindfulness practices, staying grounded through time in nature, spending time with family and friends, small scale flower farming, hiking and walks with her therapy dog, Cubby.


Fahkara Hawkins, msw Lsw

FahKara Hawkins (she/her) is a Licensed Social worker and LGBTQIA+ ally. FahKara earned her MSW with a concentration in Counseling from The University of Indianapolis. She has experience working with individuals experiencing mood disorders, trauma, crisis and anxiety disorders. FahKara approaches therapy from a person-in-environment perspective, as well as a strengths based perspective. She utilizes Motivational Interviewing, CBT and other evidence-based practices.


FahKara has a passion for helping individuals discover how their past has shaped their present and future. FahKara enjoys working with clients on identifying unhealthy relationships and building healthy relationships. FahKara is a sports lover. She enjoys any outdoor activities and spending time with family.

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Nan Rockey, Clinical intern

Nan Rockey (she/her) is a mental health therapist in training working towards LMHC licensure with Indiana University. Nan is particularly interested in supporting clients through spiritual, sexual, and physical trauma, depression, anxiety, and gender and body dysphoria. Nan has experience working with international students studying in the United States navigating cultural adaption and loneliness. 

She enjoys building elaborate gingerbread houses and restoring grave markers when she isn't telling her dog that he is the best dog. 

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Shelley Champion, lmhc

Shelley (she/her) earned her Master of Education Degree in Counseling and Human Development from Lindsey Wilson College in 2012. She has been independently licensed in Indiana since 2014 and in Kentucky since 2020. Shelley has worked with adult and adolescent clients in community mental health, and in private practice settings. She is part of, and feels honored to serve, members of the LGBTQ+ community. Shelley works from a feminist psychodynamic, trauma-informed and harm reduction perspective. She honors the therapeutic relationship and believes it to be vital to the process of change. Shelley has experience working with clients navigating mood and anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress. She has a great deal of passion for working with folks who have experienced spiritual, sexual, emotional and/or physical trauma. Shelley also enjoys working with parents. Shelley practices techniques from ACT, DBT, and EFT as well as other evidence-based practices in her work. Shelley honors the opportunity to build therapeutic relationships with clients.

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Bovary Taritas

Bovary (she/her) is HHC's fabulous Practice Manager. She is committed to facilitating a warm and welcoming onboarding experience at Heartland Healing. With over a decade of administrative experience, and undergraduate work focused on psychology and women’s studies, she is able to offer inclusive and accommodating support to any client in their search to find right therapist to meet their needs. Bovary will be your first point of contact in the process of accessing therapy, and she will schedule a call with you to determine your needs and therapist preferences, to ensure the best experience possible.

Ariacella Delgrande, LMHCA

cassandra avenatti, lcsw, lisw-s

Ariacella DelGrande (she/they) holds a BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and is working towards an MS in Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University.  They have provided trauma-informed family and individual counseling in a community setting.


Ariacella is particularly interested in supporting clients through sexual trauma, self-worth and image difficulties, relational development, depression, anxiety, and identity exploration. They are a kink aware, body neutral counselor utilizing concepts from intersectional feminist, client-centered, and relational frameworks. Ariacella looks forward to providing an accepting environment for clients to investigate their relationship with themselves and others.

Cassandra Avenatti (they/them/mx) is the Founder & CEO of Heartland Healing. They are a radical social worker, educator, activist and artist based in the Midwest. They are a queer feminist with over 15 years of experience in community organizing, non-profit leadership, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and direct clinical work with marginalized communities. They provide individual executive coaching and organizational training and policy consultation. As a clinician, Cassandra describes themselves as a liberation therapist, utilizing a feminist relational framework and a variety of therapeutic modalities as needed, with special interest in psychodynamic approaches and expressive therapies. They are a Gottman Level 2-trained therapist, and have additional training and experience in sex therapy, working with partners in all relational structures, including polyamorous and non-monogamous systems. Cassandra is a weight-inclusive provider, and is passionate about working with individuals to reject body shame and move toward embodiment, pleasure and radical peace with our vessels.

Cassandra completed their graduate degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where they studied under queer scholars while engaging in street-based organizing in Chicago's queer and sex worker communities. Cassandra's undergraduate training was in Music & Creative Writing, and they believe profoundly in the therapeutic and transformative potential of music and story-telling in healing processes. Cassandra's early clinical experience focused on complex trauma, working with survivors of political torture, and this work shaped the foundations of their clinical approach. 

Cassandra has provided hundreds of presentations and workshops over her career, and has served as adjunct faculty in Social Work & Human Sexuality at several Chicago-area colleges. They are deeply invested in accessible education. Cassandra is also the founder of Project Fierce Chicago, a grassroots organization providing housing resources for LGBTQ+ young people experiencing homelessness, and is the founder of Queering Indy, an organization aimed at creating spaces for queer and trans folks in conservative localities.

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