Meet the Staff

Lawrence "Larry" Pincus Ed.S, LCSW, LMFT, LAC President
Lawrence
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Grief and Loss
  • Discernment Counseling
  • Terminal Illness
  • Military Issues
  • Medical Family Therapy
  • Ageing
  • Licensed in IN, ND, UT
  • Phone Teletherapy
  • Video Teletherapy

Video introduction here:  https://vimeo.com/425574120

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.


Megan LaFollette MA, LPC, LMHC
Megan LaFollette MA, LPC, LMH


  • Trauma
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Families
  • DBT
  • Solution Focused
  • Saturday Appointments
  • Licensed in Indiana and Michigan
  • Phone Teletherapy
  • Video Teletherapy


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
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
  • Video Teletherapy
  • Phone Teletherapy


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 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.

Dr. Erica Kapalamula Ms.Ed., PhD.
Dr. Erica Kapalamula Ms.Ed., PhD.
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Gay/Lesbian Issues
  • Transgender/Identity issues
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Couples
  • Phone Teletherapy
  • Video Teletherapy

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.

Cassandra Kormendy, MSW, LSW
Cassandra Kormendy, MSW, LSW
  • Adults/Adolescents
  • Anxiety
  • Domestic Violence
  • Empowerment
  • LGBTQA+
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Trauma
  • Self-harm
  • Addiction
  • Phone Teletherapy
  • Video Teletherapy

Cassandra received her Bachelor and Masters degree in Social Work from Indiana University Northwest. She delivers an eclectic approach tailored to your therapeutic needs, working with diverse populations within mental health and addictions is her specialty. She works well with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other trauma related issues.

Cassandra believes that no individual is identical and every session should be personalized for that person. Building a safe, judgement free space for every person is priority to her.


Chad Dalrymple, LMHC
Chad Dalrymple, LMHC
  • Substance Abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • LGBTQA+
  • Family Reintegration
  • Mindfulness
  • Saturday Appointments
  • Phone Teletherapy
  • Video Teletherapy
  • Licensed in Indiana


Video introduction here: https://vimeo.com/441164759

Chad acquired his LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) in November 2016. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology and history from Valparaiso University and his master's degree in clinical psychology/mental health counseling from the University of Indianapolis.

Before joining LPA counseling, he worked in the Indiana Department of Corrections in both substance abuse and mental health. For the last year, he has been the director of the Therapeutic Community program in Starke County, which incorporates substance abuse and mental health treatment for offenders. He is passionate about positive verbal and non-verbal communication, staying in the moment, balance, and the Chicago Cubs.


Beverly Clancy, MSW
Beverly Clancy, MSW
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Grief and Loss
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • ADHD
  • Self-Injury
  • Positive Coping Skills
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Addiction
  • LGBTQA+
  • Phone Teletherapy
  • Video Teletherapy

Beverly received her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Social Work, Psychology, and Nursing from Purdue North Central in 2016, along with receiving her Master's degree in Social Work in 2019, specializing in Mental Health and Addictions. Beverly has experience working with children and families within the child welfare system. Beverly has a great understanding of the traumas and exposures that children and adolescents can endure over the course of their lifetimes.

Beverly acknowledges development and behaviors while identifying the needs and outcomes of each child. Beverly empowers her clients by keeping each session client centered and strength based. Beverly utilizes cognitive based therapies, while engaging with her clients. Beverly's passion is to make a difference or an impact on each child or families life she encounters for the better.

Erin Fry-Lawton, LMHC
Erin Fry-Lawton, LMHC
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • PTSD
  • Family and relationship conflict
  • LGBTQ+ population
  • Women's health and gender issues
  • Childhood trauma
  • Life changes and adjustment issues
  • Grief counseling
  • Phone Teletherapy
  • Video Teletherapy
  • Licensed in IN, PA, IA, NE, DE, CT

Video introduction here: https://vimeo.com/435882203

A Michigan City native educated at Loyola University Chicago and University of South Florida, I am trained to treat a wide range of mental health difficulties and diagnoses, and have extensive experience and specialization in treating childhood trauma for ages 5 and up. My years working in inpatient addictions rehabilitation and in the arena of child welfare and juvenile justice (both as a therapist and clinical supervisor) have prepared me to serve people in our community from all backgrounds.

I draw from a variety of treatment techniques to ensure that the needs and goals of individuals, couples, and families can be met in a way that fits their lifestyles. The positive relationship between the individual and the clinician is the first step toward building a brighter, more hopeful present and future. I look forward to connecting with you and hope to be the right fit on your path to healing.




Ashley Kirkpatrick, MS
Ashley Kirkpatrick, M
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Adults/adolescents
  • Children
  • LGBTQ+
  • Substance abuse
  • Life goals and adjustment issues
  • Grief counseling
  • ACT and CBT
  • Phone therapy
  • Video therapy

Ashley Graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from Franciscan University and continued her education with a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling through Walden University. Ashley enjoys working with a wide variety of clients, children, teens, adults, and couples. Ashley has worked with adults at a short term residential crisis center where she has assisted clients in the midst of a crisis to regain a sense of hope and safety. Ashley has also worked with teens in residential settings, aiding in long term developmental tasks and supportive counseling.

Ashley focuses on establishing a warm and respectful therapeutic relationship with all of her clients as a base for therapeutic techniques and skills. Ashley uses a variety of techniques and counseling modalities based on the needs and developmental level of her clients. Ashley often integrates ideas and techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and humanistic models. Ashley looks for strengths and resources that clients already possess and works to help clients see the hope and possibilities present or possible for their lives. Ashley is a therapist who believes in her client's ability to be the expert in their own lives, grow, flourish, and be the best version of themselves.


Konnor Jameson, MS, LCSW
Hollie Mokrzycki
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Individuals
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Families
  • Strength Focused

Konnor received her Bachelor Degree at Ball State University in Social Work and her Master Degree in Social Work at IUPUI. Konnor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has experience working with children, youth, families, and adults on a variety of issues. Konnor focuses on establishing a warm and respectful therapeutic relationship with all of her clients as a base for therapeutic techniques and skills. Konnor uses a variety of techniques and counseling modalities based on the needs and developmental level of her clients. Konnor has experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Play Therapy. Konnor is passionate about using a strengths focused perspective and treating every client with dignity and respect.


Alicja Kusiak-Brownstein, Ph.D., MSW
Alicja Kusiak-Brownstein
  • Individual, Couples, Family
  • Diverse families and couples
  • High Stress Professionals
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Military issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • PTSD
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused CBT
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Sex therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Phone & Video
  • Languages: English, Polish, Russian



Alicja obtained her MSW in clinical social work in 2020 from the University of Chicago. She received her clinical training at the Mental Health Clinic at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Chicago. Before joining LPA Counseling, Alicja worked with military veterans, inner city youth and LGBTQ+ from the South Side of Chicago, supporting her clients affected by complex trauma. Alicja has been also a life-long educator and scholar, teaching at all school levels, from kindergarten to college. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in history, and taught at the University of Notre Dame and Moscow School of Social and Economic Studies, among other places. She still combines her clinical practice with research, and truly believes in education as an important part in growth and healing.

Native to Poland, Alicja is particularly sensitive to the problems of immigrants adjusting to their new environments, of culturally diverse couples and families, of veterans and military families, of refugees, and of families and individual people coping with intergenerational trauma. Alicja believes that healing means growth, nourished by respect, trust, openness, humility, understanding, acceptance, and peace with oneself. Alicja offers therapy in English, Polish, and Russian.

Hollie Mokrzycki 
Practice Manager
Hollie Mokrzycki
  • Service Consultations
  • Care Coordination
  • Referral Coordination
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Contract Availability
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Community Outreach

Hollie is a Purdue graduate with a degree in business and marketing and has been with LPA Counseling since 2009, and working in the mental health field since 2003. Hollie oversees the daily operations of the Valparaiso and Michigan City LPA Counseling offices, as well as public relations, marketing, and business growth and development.

Hollie loves to attend public health fairs, community events, and career fairs to help shatter the stigma about mental health. 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.



Ashley Bowman Administrative Assistant
Counselor Valparaiso Indiana



  • Scheduling
  • Customer Service
  • Client Intakes
  • Insurance Verification
  • Billing Questions or Concerns



Ashley received her Associates degree in business office management with medical and legal concentration from Vincennes University. She has been with LPA Counseling Since 2018 and working in the healthcare field since 2017.

Ashley works remotely from home as one of our administrative assistants. She looks forward to helping new clients feel welcomed during the beginning stages of their new journey. Ashley is eager to be of service to you, friends, family, and loved ones. You can reach Ashley at (219)-252-5464 for questions regarding any concerns, services, hours, and scheduling.


Kelsie McDaniel Administrative Assistant
Kelsie McDaniel



  • Scheduling
  • Customer Service
  • Client Intakes
  • Insurance Verification
  • Billing Questions or Concerns


Kelsie Joined the LPA Counseling team in 2020. She has worked in the mental health field since 2018. Kelsie is passionate about helping patients feel comfortable and confident in any stage of their mental health journey and believes that counseling is for everyone. Kelsie works out of our Valparaiso and Michigan City offices. She loves helping others and making sure everyone around her feels happy. She is here to help make visits a positive experience for everyone. You can reach Kelsie at (219)-877-4772. She is happy to answer questions regarding any issues, services, hours, and scheduling appointments.

Melissa Sotelo Administrative Assistant
Melissa Sotelo
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Scheduling
  • Customer Service
  • Client Intakes
  • Insurance Verification
  • Billing Questions

Melissa has just recently joined our team, but has had an interest in the mental health field for years. Having attended Ivy Tech College, she is now attending Purdue Northwest to further her education as well as obtain her bachelor's degree in psychology. Melissa has also acquired an associates degree in Criminal Justice at Ancilla College. Melissa believes that each new chapter of our lives requests an old part of us to fall and a new part of us to rise. She is determined to make any encounter feel safe and understood, and resolve any problems or concerns. Melissa works at both Michigan city and Valparaiso offices and can be reached at 219-307-3367

Melissa is very thrilled to be working frontline with such proficient and skilled therapists, alongside our helpful administrative team, and hopes to begin her career as a Therapist in the future.

También hablo español con fluidez y estoy lista para ayudar a cualquiera. Entiendo lo desafiante que pueda ser, pero me dedico a crear un ambiente seguro y feliz para ustedes. Trabajo en las oficinas de la ciudad de Michigan y Valparaíso. Llama me para programar una cita y comenzar tu viaje hacia un estilo de vida mental más saludable. 219-307-3367


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Hours

hours

Monday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed