John has been a therapist/Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 15 years, earning his Master of Arts degree from The University of Chicago. John completed his undergraduate studies from Purdue University, majoring in Psychology and Sociology. John is in private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and counsels children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family and couples settings. John's primary focus is assisting patient's who are struggling with depression and anxiety. John is empathetic and understanding that depression causes a lack of motivation in life that ends up impacting their overall quality of life. John assists patient's with trying to get to the root of the problem whether it be environmental or biological issues. John equally treats anxiety and assists patient's with improving coping skills to assist with reducing fear that can lead to panic attacks.
John believes strongly in family preservation and is committed to helping families work through their differences in order to resolve conflict. John has the experience to see that sometimes couples struggle to understand one another, they lack the communication they need to survive stress that comes from various life challenges. John strives to assist couples to become more effective communicators so that they can better express their needs to one another. Communication skills, anger management, improving trust by increasing honesty, are the keys to working through tough challenges such as infidelity, anger issues, financial problems, career stress, and family responsibilities. John addresses and treats issues such as depression, anxiety, family conflict, frustration and anger issues with couples and individuals.
John enjoys working with students who are struggling with performance issues due to anxiety and depression. John can aid college students with goal setting, organization, coping strategies and stress management. This assistance can sometimes save students the need of failing out of classes with their schools and help them be able to turn their lives around.
The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. ~ Jane Addams
Overview and Mission...
Harmony Counseling Center, is a client focused practice passionate about the healing process and equipping patients to succeed. We are focused on client growth and success. It is our goal to help our clients find what works for them and help them to overcome the obstacles keeping them from a fulfilling life.
It is our pledge to operate in a way that welcomes all and constantly affirms each clients dignity and uniqueness as an individual. We promise no judgement. We promise no agenda. We promise to simply come along side of our clients to help them achieve the life they wish they always had.
It is our Mission to improve each clients quality of life by equipping them with tools to overcome the obstacles life provides. We also hope to help each client achieve optimal function of their mind, body, and spirit. our pledge is to treat you, with respect, acceptance and compassion. We embrace diversity, affirm and support dignity, worth, and self-determination of all people.
Patricia Thorn Kish, LCSW
Patty has been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or what most refer to as a therapist, for over 20 years. One could joke of the "practicing" phrase but she does feel it is the appropriate term in regard to therapy. As, Patty believes, that therapy is much more of an art than a science. These past 20 years have been just that...a time of learning and growing, developing as a human being into the therapist she is today.
Patty believes deeply in family preservation and resolving conflict in relationships to develop and maintain healthy ways of interacting versus the opposite choice of disowning family members, partners and friends. Throughout her private practice, she is dedicated to assisting her clients with gaining insight, encouraging communication, seeking and offering forgiveness, re-establishing and maintaining trust in an effort to improve relationships and their lives by reducing depression, anxiety, anger, conflict and increasing overall life functioning.
A bit about Patty's education; she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Speech Communications from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work. Patty is licensed with the State of Indiana as a Clinical Social Worker.
Patty started her career on an inpatient adult psychiatric unit; working with a diverse population suffering from a variety of serious mental health illnesses and addictions. Patty branched from inpatient to outpatient counseling of children, adolescents and families. Patty later treated clients in hospitals and outpatient clinics in Chicago, Illinois and the surrounding suburbs, as well as, Northwest Indiana. Patty has spent her career answering what she feels has been a calling, to comfort and heal the broken hearted.
The office is located close to Purdue University's Campus and Ivy Tech's, this is strategic as working with college students on educational goals, depression and performance anxiety are just a few of Patty's Specialties.