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Meet the Staff

 Lawrence "Larry" Pincus Ed.S, LCSW, LMFT, LAC
President

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Grief and Loss
  • Discernment Counseling
  • Terminal Illness
  • Military Issues
  • Medical Family Therapy
Larry has practiced as a marriage and family therapist for over thirty years, mostly in private practice in Porter and LaPorte counties. Larry has expertise working with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse, eating disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and addictions. He has decades of experience helping families deal with school problems, acting out teenagers, parenting concerns, separation and divorce, work issues, military issues, ageing, grief and loss, and chronic and terminal illnesses. Larry considers himself a very spiritual person and feels very comfortable discussing spiritual/religious issues with his clients. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso, where he leads a weekly Grief Share group throughout the year and has recently been appointed to the church council.  He has also held positions of clinical supervisor and clinical director for ten years. Larry has consulted with schools, industry, and businesses and has done extensive corporate training in the tri-state region. Larry is very proud of his two adult sons, one works for Western Governor's University, Salt Lake City, Utah in organizational development ; his second son works in steel production at ArcelorMittal in Burns Harbor, Indiana.
 
Hollie Mokrzycki 
 Practice Manager
  • Service Consultations
  • Care Coordination
  • Referral Coordination
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Contract Availability
  • Public Relations
  • Community Outreach
Hollie is a Purdue graduate with a degree in business and marketing and has been with Lawrence Pincus & Associates, Inc. since 2009, and working in the mental health field since 2003. Hollie oversees the daily operations of the Valparaiso and Michigan City Lawrence Pincus & Associates, Inc. offices, as well as public relations, marketing, and business growth and development.  Hollie enjoys sharing conversations about the wide variety of services available within our practice and would love to sit down with your family, friends, or staff members to explain how we can be of service to you or your loved ones. Hollie can be contacted at (219)252-5464 for questions in regards to services, contract options, and public relations.
 
Erica Kapalamula MS.Ed.
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Gay/Lesbian Issues
  • Transgender/Identity issues
  • PTSD/Trauma
Feeling lost, confused or hurting? Let's talk. The first step to healing is understanding that there is hope. The second step to healing is finding that hope. Let me assist you on your journey to finding that hope. I am a Mental Health Therapist who is currently a member of the Indiana Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association. I have experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and believe that we all have strengths within us designed to help us overcome our challenges through self-awareness and personal reflection. I utilize various therapeutic approaches that range from solution-focused, mindfulness based therapy, cognitive behavioral to existential therapies. I believe that every person has unique needs and qualities, and I tailor these approaches to the needs of the individuals I work with. Confidentiality is my greatest priority, and I ensure that it is delivered in a safe and comfortable environment. My specialties include working with depression, anxiety, gay/lesbian issues or issues related to cultural transitions and general life changes. Take control of your life by letting us find hope together.
 
Megan Lafollette MA, LMHC
  • Trauma
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Families
  • DBT
  • Solution Focused
Megan is a licensed mental health clinician who works with individuals, families, and couples. She is trained in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy to treat those with a history of trauma. Megan also utilizes cognitive behavioral, solution focused, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavioral interventions. Megan has extensive history working in the residential treatment setting as a therapist, program director, and clinical director. Therefore, she has significant experience building rapport and working with treatment resistant clients and helping them through complex and severe mental health issues.
 
Dawn M. Bell, MSW
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • PTSD
  • Academic Success/Career Goals
  • ADHD
  • Self-Injury
  • Positive Coping Skills
  • Parenting
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Adults
Dawn is passionate about working with children and adolescents as well as their families to offer support and interventions for a variety of life challenges and transitions. Dawn has worked with a diverse population of clients in crisis on psychiatric units and practiced as a school social worker/therapist for an alternative school program. Dawn has also worked with terminally ill patients and families supporting grieving clients and as an independent art instructor for an art center for over a decade, utilizing creativity and arts in her treatment. Dawn has been working with families in Lake and Porter Counties for more than a decade. Healthy individuals contribute to healthy communities. Dawn utilizes positive, strength based and cognitive therapies and encourages clients to be their best one day at a time. The importance of good mental health while changing behaviors and thinking patterns is important for individuals of all ages. Dawn works with her clients, after determining challenges and then supporting clients and families through the transition, to improve the way the client feels and behaves. Dawn feels strongly about setting attainable short term goals and utilizing artistic techniques and expression in her therapy. Dawn obtained her Masters in Social Work in 2008 from Indiana University Northwest and is currently working on becoming a licensed clinical social worker under the supervision of Larry Pincus.
Jamie Mullenhour MA, LMHC
  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Family Roles
  • Relationships
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Self-Esteem Improvement
  • Parenting Skills
Jamie has over 16 years serving the families of LaPorte and surrounding communities in the social service field. Jamie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, having obtained her Master's in Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from Purdue University. She has a range of experience in working with children, families, individuals and couples. Jamie uses a variety of therapy modalities specifically, solution focused or cognitive behavioral techniques to help a client find hope and direction in their struggles. She has experience in addiction, trauma, family roles and boundaries, adjustment issues, depression/anxiety, conflict resolution, behavioral issues, anger management, self-esteem, has an extensive knowledge of DSM-5, and forensic applications of diagnosis and treatment in psychology. Jamie is trained in providing parenting skills education of various curriculum and is practiced and trained in family and parenting assessment measures and integration of those results in treatment.
Marlene Scott-Bruner, MSW
  • Gay/Lesbian Issues
  • Gender/Identity issues
  • Children/Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Strengths Focused

Marlene earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University of Chicago and her Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University Northwest. She has been inducted into the international honor society for Social Works, Phi Alpha. Her focus is on assisting children and adolescents who identify as part of the LGBTQ population by concentrating on their strengths and abilities. She utilizes a variety of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Strengths-based treatments to promote engagement in the therapeutic process. She can be a valuable resource for those who are gender expansive and/or transgender by helping navigate family dynamics, social stressors, and promote an increased understanding of one's self.

In addition to helping individuals navigate their journey through sexuality and gender issues, Marlene is also proficient in supporting those who struggle with depression, anxiety, life changes, relationship and social skills issues. The warm and empathic approach that Marlene utilizes with children and adolescents also creates a safe environment for adults.

 

 

Educational and Tutoring Staff
 
Deb Pincus M.ED. Director of Educational Services 
 
Deb has been a Licensed Special Education Teacher for over 25 years. Her specialty areas include Learning Disabilities K-12, Mentally Impaired K-12, Reading K-12, Science K-9, and Elementary Education. As a passionate advocate for special education in Northwest Indiana, Deb has a history of teaching special education, facilitating after-school remediation, and tutoring for her students.

 
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