Pro Bono Counseling Project

Licensed Mental Health Professionals with Decades of Experience

Assistance Available for Qualifying Applicants

An opportunity to Serve the uninsured or underinsured in the Michiana Community

About the Pro Bono Counseling Project

The goal of the Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP) is to increase access to mental health counseling for individuals, couples or families who do not have insurance or are otherwise unable to afford mental health counseling.

This is a short- term counseling arrangement (up to 12 sessions within a 3-6 month period) with a volunteer licensed mental health professional at no cost to the client. Volunteer therapists need to have an active Indiana license and malpractice coverage.

This program is designed to help you address…

  • Relationship problems
  • Parenting stress & Other life stress
  • Transitions
  • School or work problems
  • Adjustment issues
  • Grief/loss
  • Mild to moderate anxiety and depression
PROGRAM Qualifications

Short term therapy is a great service for individual, couples and families with acute problems.

Once we receive your application, we will review it to make sure you are a good candidate for this project. We consider your employment and insurance status, as well as your financial stress and the type of problem you are hoping to address with a therapist.

As the therapist is donating their time, it is expected that the client does their best to keep scheduled appointments. The therapist may choose to terminate the service after multiple missed appointments. If the assigned therapist or applicant determine that the client needs will not be well met by the therapist, the PBCP will assist in connecting the client with another therapist or service.

The following list are problems that are best served through other providers and organizations in the community. We are happy to help connect applicants with other appropriate community services.

  • Active drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Currently in a violent or abusive relationship.
  • Need documentation for disability.
  • Seeking psychological testing.
  • Seeking psychiatric care.
  • Serious mental illness.
  • Need court ordered counseling.
  • Children under age 18 unless they are participating in family therapy.
  • Applicants receiving counseling from another source.
  • For applicants who can afford a sliding scale, we will refer out from our list of community providers who accept sliding scale.
  • Applicants who are eligible for insurance but not receiving it will be screened to determine what support/ service is needed.

Interested in Volunteering?

MHAM is always looking for volunteer counselors to help

Current Volunteer Therapists

Jean Davidson
LCSW, LMFT

Jean Davidson, LCSW, LMFT, has been in practice for over 10 years. She provides individual therapy to adults and adolescents, and also offers couples therapy and family therapy. At this time, she is open to seeing clients either in person or virtually.

Stephanie McIntosh Szabo
LMHC, LCAC

Stephanie McIntosh Szabo, LMHC, LCAC, has been in practice for over 10 years. She specializes in treating individuals experiencing substance abuse issues. At this time, she is open to seeing clients virtually.

Maria Guarraci
LCSW

Maria Guarraci, LCSW, has been in practice for over 10 years. She specializes in treating individuals experiencing anxiety and depression. Maria takes a Solutions Based Approach to therapy. At this time, she is open to seeing clients virtually. 

Lisa Kelly
LCSW, MPH

Lisa Kelly, LCSW, has been in practice for over 10 years. She provides individual therapy to clients suffering from perinatal mood disorders, anxiety, and depression. She utilizes CBT and Mindfulness Based strategies in therapy. At this time, she is open to seeing clients either in person or virtually.

Naomi Adams
LCSW, LCAC

Naomi Adams, LCSW, LCAC, has been in practice for over 10 years. She specializes in treating individuals experiencing substance abuse issues with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. At this time, she is open to seeing clients virtually.

Tracey Malesa-Wheaton
LCSW

Tracey Malesa-Wheaton, LCSW, has been in practice for 7 years. She provides individual therapy clients, and has specific expertise using emotion regulation techniques, mindfulness techniques, and EMDR with those who have experienced trauma. At this time, she is open to seeing clients virtually. 

Tonya Newton
LSW

Tonya Newton, LSW, has been in practice for nearly 2 years. She works with individuals suffering from OCD or hoarding disorders, those experiencing low self-esteem, and/or those experiencing issues in aging of self or a loved one, and she also works with couples, using Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Notably, she is ADHD-CCSP certified, LGBTQ friendly, and poly couple friendly. At this time, she is open to seeing clients either in person or virtually.

John Petersen
PsyD, HSPP

John Petersen, PsyD, HSPP, has been in practice for over 10 years. He works with couples, and his practice is grounded in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. He also specializes in sex therapy. At this time, he is open to seeing clients virtually. 

Paul Sexton
LCSW

Paul Sexton, LCSW, has been in practice for almost 5 years. He works with teens, young adults, and men, offering individual therapy and family therapy, and specializing in treating anxiety. At this time, he is open to seeing clients either in person or virtually.

April Rowe
LCSW

April Rowe, LCSW, has been in practice for over 10 years. She specializes in treating individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, and PTSD. At this time, she is open to seeing clients either in person or virtually.

Frequently Asked Questions

Once an applicant is screened and found to be appropriate for the PBCP, MHAM matches the applicant to a volunteer therapist. Once the therapist accepts the applicant, the therapist follows their normal protocols. The PBCP will request a monthly check in (on line) for an update on whether the service is still being provided. At the completion of the service, the PBCP will ask for an feedback of how the service went, including progress made.