Niki Angelaki, MSW, LCSW, LCAC, ICOGS
Vice President of Treatment Services, and Executive Director of Emberwood Center
Niki received her Master’s in Social Work from University of Southern Indiana after studying social work in her native country of Greece. Niki became fascinated with addiction recovery as an intern and has been dedicated in offering best treatment practices for people seeking recovery since 2002. Niki has also worked with schools, substance use prevention, children with developmental needs, adolescents with behavioral issues, and community education in Greece, England, and Peru. Niki is inspired by the resiliency of survivors and the people’s ability to thrive despite terrible adversities. Niki has received extensive training on various clinical models to treat trauma, substance use, and gambling, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, and Certified International Co-Occurring Gambling Specialist.
Jasmine S. Hunter, MA, LMHC, CSAYC
Vice President of Treatment Services, and Executive Director of Emberwood Center
Jasmine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over ten years of experience in the mental health field. Jasmine graduated from Purdue University (West Lafayette) with a major in Psychological Science and minors in both Forensic Science and Sociology. She went on to complete a Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a concentration in Sex Offender Treatment.
Jasmine has received specialized training in treatment approaches such as Family Centered Treatment (FCT), Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Teaching Family Model (TFM), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Family Conflict and Divorce Mediation (certified in Illinois) and advocacy training for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. She is a Credentialed Sexually Abusive Youth Clinician (CSAYC) and pursuing certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.
Jasmine believes that life is a journey that may be filled with adverse experiences, relationships, and many lessons along the way. She is passionate about working collaboratively with others to explore their journey, build upon their strengths and help them achieve their desired growth. She utilizes a trauma informed care approach that requires empathy, validation, and teamwork. Jasmine is a strong advocate for promoting youth and family wellness, working to end sexual violence and educating others on the impact of cultural stress, especially for Black Americans.
Dr. Nicole Taylor, PhD
Supervising Clinical Psychologist (HSPP)
Dr. Nicole Taylor is the supervising clinical psychologist (HSPP) for Emberwood Center since 2011. Dr. Taylor received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toledo in 1999, and is a professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Indianapolis where she started her employment in 2000. Dr. Taylor’s clinical and research interests include topics such as substance use, coping with illness, training and supervision issues in graduate clinical psychology, women’s issues, psychology and primary care, factors related to medical compliance and non-compliance, behavioral health and prevention, psychoeducational assessment, ADHD assessment, and psychotherapy treatment outcome in psychology training clinics. Dr. Taylor teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and covers such courses as Life Span Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Tests and Measurements, Theories of Counseling, Foundation Skills of Psychotherapy, Supervision and Management, Ethics, Professional and Legal Issues, and Clinical Assessment.
Amanda Adhami, LCSW, ICOGS
Therapist/Program Development Coordinator
Amanda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with adults and adolescents that struggle with issues of mental health and substance use. She received her Master’s in social work from IUPUI School of Social Work, with a concentration in Mental Health and Addictions, and her bachelor’s in social work from Indiana University Bloomington (IUB). She began working in the addiction field as an intern and has over 5 years of experience working with adults and adolescents from diverse backgrounds. Amanda has experience working as a school counselor, and she continues to work as an adjunct instructor at IUB teaching substance use and diversity courses at the Bachelor and Master level.
Amanda received extensive training in treating gambling addictions and is a Certified International Co-Occurring Gambling Specialist. She holds certificates in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy and utilizes this as well as other evidence-based practices (including Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to help individuals achieve their goals and live healthier lives.
Amanda is passionate about community service, social justice, building interfaith connections, and serving at her Mosque.
Allie Bishop, MA, LMHCA, ATR-P
Registered Art Therapist – Provisional, and Licensed Mental Health Counselor – Associate
Allie (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and Registered Art Therapist- Provisional. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Masters in Art Therapy from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM and her Bachelors degree in Pre-Art therapy and a minor in Aging Studies from the University of Indianapolis.
Allie has a passion for helping others on their journey through life, assisting each person to find their most authentic self and break free from anything holding them back from doing so. As a therapist, Allie approaches her work with clients with a combination of talk and creative processes. She uses interventions from evidence-based therapies, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI), alongside more creative- based interventions to create an integrative approach to therapy that addresses the wholeness of an individual.
Allie has training in a variety of clinical settings, including counseling and mental health centers, behavioral health settings, private practice, group homes and schools, working with a wide variety of client populations. It is her passion to help others through their process of healing and reaching fulfillment in life.
Shatonia (Toni) Brown, LSW
Toni is a therapist with Emberwood Center specializing in issues of mental health with adults and children above 11 years old.
Toni is a Licensed Social Worker and has over 10 years’ experience working in the field of Mental Health. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the IU School of Social Work, with a concentration in Mental Health and Addictions. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and relies heavily on CBT techniques using a Strengths Based approach. Toni’s style of therapy is authentic, respectful, and empathetic. She believes that each person possesses strengths they can utilize to rebuild after trauma, addiction, and loss. She has experience working with culturally diverse clients and families coping with mental health struggles and life challenges. Toni is passionate about helping others heal, achieve mental wellness, and learn to trust their innate resilience.
Personally, Toni enjoys spending time with her small son, houseplant mothering, and learning all she can about the world through books and documentaries.
Lindsea Kelley, MS, LMHCA
Lindsea has an associate license Mental Health Counseling. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Michigan University before obtaining her master’s degree with a focus in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Walden University. Lindsea became interested in working with addictions following her internship at the YWCA where she provided counseling in an individual, family, and group setting to women overcoming substance use and domestic violence. Lindsea also has extended experience working with developmental disorders and providing in-home therapy.
Lindsea utilizes mainly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused practices when working with clients, but she adapts her therapeutic approach to meet the needs of the client. Lindsea is eager to make a positive impact in the community and assist clients in achieving their individualized goals.
Natalie Duncan, MA, LMHCA
Natalie graduated from Ball State University with a degree in clinical mental health counseling and holds an Associate License in Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with adolescents and adults coping with mental health struggles and life challenges. Natalie is passionate about helping individuals who are working through issues related to anxiety, trauma, depression, and relational problems. She utilizes a Reality Therapy approach, along with a Person-Centered approach, and DBT techniques. Personally, Natalie enjoys gardening, cooking, ceramics, and reading.
Shana M. Pierson, MA, LMHCA
Shana is has an associate license in Mental Health Counseling and works mainly with clients addressing Substance Use issues in Emberwood’s Franklin location. She received her Master’s in Counseling from Ball State University with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health. Shana completed her clinical internship providing individual and family counseling to cancer patients where she was given the opportunity to explore her passion for working with older adults. Before pursuing an education and career in counseling, Shana served in the U.S. Army as a paralegal.
Shana looks forward to working with a diverse population of clients and help them achieve fulfillment and wellness; she believes that wellness is best obtained through a holistic approach. Shana strives to implement integrative approaches to therapeutic interventions that best meet the client where they are in their journey. Client strengths and the principles of positive psychology are incorporated along with other evidence-based therapeutic approaches in a safe environment that allows clients to process and explore.
Abigail (Abby) Alling, BS
Abby’s areas of focus include community collaborations, curriculum development, recovery support, emotional support, and skills training.
Abby graduated from Purdue University (West Lafayette) with a major in Human Services, a concentration in Addiction Studies, and minors in Psychology and Forensic Science. Her specializations have driven her desire to better understand the ways criminalization may impact those who are seeking mental health and substance use treatment. Abby spent her last semester of undergrad here at Emberwood and is eager to continue working with our clients as a full-time advocate. Abby’s passion for advocacy lies with victims of crime and individuals impacted by substance use. She continues to find herself inspired by the strength of her clients and is impassioned by individual’s recognition of ability to rise above all social expectations.
Olivia Brown, MSW, LSW
Olivia is a therapist at Emberwood Center specializing in childhood trauma and mental health issues. Olivia is a Licensed Social Worker and she obtained her Masters in social work with a concentration in counseling and psychological services from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her bachelors degree in social work was obtained at Ball State University with a minor in applied behavioral analysis.
She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) modalities. She has experience providing in-home services to families and children working through adoption and fostering processes. She has primarily worked with children on behavior regulation and emotion management.
Olivia is passionate in providing an empathetic, safe, and strength-based environment for individuals to thrive, focusing on healing the root of trauma. She believes healthy transformation is possible within all individuals.
Outside of clinical practice she enjoys spending time with friends, being active, and listening to music.
Samantha (Sam) Froh, MA
Sam (she/her/hers) received her Master’s in Art Therapy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C, and her Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Art Therapy with a minor in Sociology from the University of Indianapolis. Sam’s graduate school program allowed her to receive additional training in working with trauma. She has experience in a variety of community-based settings working with culturally and neuro- diverse children, adolescents, and adults. Sam approaches therapy from an intersectional, trauma informed, harm-reduction, strengths-based lens while utilizing the creative arts to support those she works with in finding their own path to change. She believes that the client and the therapist are partners in the journey, and as such, brings her whole authentic self to the relationship.
Sam also finds joy in connecting with the world through time spent in nature and exploring her community on her bike. She is an avid reader, music listener, and artist.
Barbara Cook, BA
Customer Service Representative
Barbara Cook is part of the administrative team at Emberwood Center. She serves as the first point of contact for Emberwood Center and coordinates our clients’ intakes. She provides customer service working closely with the director, therapists, and clients providing assistance in many different areas within the agency. Barbara holds a BA in English from IUPUI and has over 20 years of customer service experience. She has a passion for working with individuals suffering from the disease of addiction and making a difference. Barbara joined the Emberwood Center team in 2021.
Manda Beretta, LCSW
Manda is a Clinical Consultant for Emberwood Center, advising our staff on clinical as well as administrative and development issues, as needed. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a Masters in Social Work from IU School of Social Work and Bachelors in Psychology from IUPUC. She has experience in and enjoys working with adults, adolescents, and families to help heal from trauma, overcome addictions, and build meaningful relationships. Manda has a passion for helping others find hope in the midst of pain so they can improve their quality of life. She is constantly inspired by people’s strength, resilience, and ability to transform. Manda enjoys being a leader to support, guide, and help staff grow so they can be their best for the people they are working with.
She is nationally certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), certified in Crisis Intervention Stress Management, trained as a certified Circle of Security Parenting facilitator, and holds a certificate in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training.
Personally, Manda enjoys spending time with her husband, serving at church, and practicing hand lettering art.
Data Entry and Quality Assurance Specialist
Leslie Bell is the Data Entry and Quality Assurance Specialist at Emberwood Center. Leslie has an eye for detail and takes pride in being thorough in her work. She enters data regarding our services into specific data bases and audits our chart files for accuracy, thoroughness, and compliance with all our accreditation bodies and contracts. Leslie’s previous work experience ranges from Corporate Law and Corrections to a variety of non-profit agencies. She has recently retired from Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana which she enjoyed thoroughly as she has a heart for helping those in need.