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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.

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amber garlick, lcsw

Amber Garlick (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her MSW in 2015 from the Indiana University School of Social Work at IUPUI, where she specialized in child welfare and the treatment of trauma. Amber is part of the LGBTQIA+ community and is passionate about providing a safe and collaborative therapeutic environment for queer and trans adults and adolescents to process trauma, interpersonal relationships, motivation, stress, anxiety, depression, substance use, family matters, grief, spirituality, self-esteem, and more.


Amber’s nonjudgmental and Person-Centered approach to therapy emphasizes individual strength and empowerment. She utilizes elements from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness, and other therapeutic frameworks to support clients as they work toward their goals. Her emotional support pup, Kirby, is always along for the ride. 

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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.

Natalie aragon, Lmhca

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Danielle Lannan, MSW

Danielle Lannan (she/her) is a Licensed Social Worker and LGBTQIAP+ ally. Danielle earned her Master of Social Work from Indiana State University with a concentration in mental health and addiction. She has particular interest and experience working alongside individuals with mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and substance use concerns. Danielle provides therapy from trauma-informed, person-centered, and attachment-based perspectives. She utilizes techniques from DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Existentialism, and Gestalt Therapy. Danielle values collaboration and self-determination in a therapeutic partnership. Danielle aims to ensure a safe, non-judgmental space to assist individuals in exploring and building connections between their past, present, and future selves.  

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Tracey papas, lcsw

Tracey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in New York. Tracey has over 15 years in the field, working with diverse groups of people in a variety of settings, with particular focus on clients struggling with the impacts of trauma, anxiety, grief and depression. 


Tracey utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach to assist clients with recognizing cognitive distortions that may be negatively impacting their lives, as well as a contemporary psychodynamic approach to help them explore their attachment styles and how it's affecting their relationships. She is particularly passionate about helping clients process their grief. With the right coping skills, Tracey believes everyone has the ability to live a life full of peace, hope, and joy even in the face of great loss. 

Shelley Champion, lmhc

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Ariacella Delgrande, Intern

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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.

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.

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.

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.

cassandra avenatti, lcsw, lisw-s

Cassandra Avenatti (she/they/sir) is the Founder & CEO of Heartland Healing. She is a radical social worker, educator, activist and artist based in the Midwest. They are a queer feminist with nearly 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.

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 she believes 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 her 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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