Kristi young, lmft

Kristi (she/her) is a therapist and advocate with 12 years of experience working with diverse groups of clients. Kristi values an authentic, client-centered approach to therapy, without judgement. She holds a harm reduction perspective with regards to behavior change, and employs Cognitive Behavioral, Emotion-Focused, and Motivational Interviewing techniques. She has significant experience in addressing issues of depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement, chronic pain and illness, PTSD, substance/alcohol use (and other addictive behaviors), physical and sexual abuse, Borderline Personality Disorder, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and psychosis. Additionally, Kristi has extensive experience working with individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Kristi is a member of - and advocate for - the LGBTQ+ community and engages in affirming care to build self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and resilience. Kristi has a particular clinical interest in providing partner therapy with members of the queer and trans community.

Emily Kissner, MA, LPC

Emily Kissner (she/her/hers) is a Professional Counselor, multimedia artist, and activist. She holds a masters degree in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She specializes in working with clients seeking to alleviate mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, managing drug use, as well as complex trauma. Emily works from a feminist framework, is LGBTQA+ affirming and a poly, kink and sex work - aware provider. Emily uses evidence-based interventions from the fields of psychotherapy and art therapy to support clients in building positive coping tools, and deepening self-knowledge and understanding of their personal and interpersonal contexts.

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Mary Mireles, LHMC, NCC

Mary Mireles (she/her) holds a MS from Indiana State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has provided psychotherapy and advocacy in community mental health and University settings. She has particular clinical interest in body liberation, identity exploration, relationship issues, mood and anxiety disorders, LGBTQ+ concerns, complex trauma, and disordered eating. She is a trauma-informed Body Trust®️ Provider in training and works from a Health at Every Size framework. Mary prioritizes a genuine therapeutic relationship in order to create space for clients to explore their authentic selves.


Merissa Hauptstueck (she/her) is an Associate Mental Health Counselor with 4 years of experience working with diverse groups of clients in community mental health and educational settings. Merissa practices from a trauma-informed, feminist approach. Her clinical experience has focused on addressing issues of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, PTSD, substance use and addiction, and physical and sexual abuse. Additionally, Merissa has extensive experience with and passion for individuals who have worked in the sex industry and/or who have experienced sexual exploitation. Merissa is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and has a particular clinical interest in helping members of the queer community process family-of-origin concerns. Merissa strives to create a safe, supportive environment for clients to explore and integrate their identities. 

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Seth Workman, MSW

Seth (he/they) is an LGBTQIA+ graduate student pursuing a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis on mental health from The Ohio State University. They also hold a BA in Psychology with minors in Philosophy, Sexuality Studies, Addiction Studies, and English from Marshall University. He is a kink informed and sex positive individual ready to help clients with issues surrounding sex, sexuality, gender identity, and other   LGBTQIA+ related concerns. Additionally, Seth is interested in assisting clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal ideation and other mood disorders. They specifically use a client focused approach to therapy while implementing techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in order to help clients reach their goals.

Merissa Haupsteuck, LMHCA

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Natalie aragon, Lmhca

Natalie (she/her) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. 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 a cognitive- behavioral approach and an interpersonal psychotherapy approach 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.

Shelley Champion, lmhc

Shelley (she/her) earned her Master of Education Degree in Counseling and Human Development from Lindsey Wilson College, and has eight years of experience working in community mental health and private practice settings. She is part of, and feels honored to serve, members of the LGBTQ+ community. She works from a feminist, trauma-informed and harm reduction perspective. Shelley has experience working with clients navigating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress, executive dysfunction, personality disorders and addictive behaviors.  Shelly is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and uses techniques from Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Relational Therapy and other evidenced-based practices. Shelley honors the opportunity to build therapeutic relationships with clients, and prioritizes authenticity and trust.

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Bovary (she/her) 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.