About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote the growth of each client. Our purpose  is to guide each client to discover and experience growth and healing on their path to well- being. We guide clients in the process of becoming more authentic, alive, and attuned to the person they were meant to be. We strive to help clients identify those values and ideals that allow them to find happiness and live with meaning and purpose.

Thomas J Valek

Thomas J Valek is a licensed mental health counselor in Carmel, Indiana. Thomas is the owner and founder of Touchstone Counseling which he started in 2013. He has experience working with individuals, couples and families. He obtained his counseling degree with a Masters in Science (MS) in 2011. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from Purdue University as well as a Masters in Buisiness Administration (MBA) from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has worked in various settings including non profit agency and private practice, and worked for three years as a school based therapist in Indianapolis and Anderson Indiana elementary and middle schools.

Thomas has a strong desire to help others achieve happiness and acceptance with themselves and others in their lives. He lives in Noblesville, Indiana with his wife Carrie and his two sons Ethan and Dylan.

Katie McMillen

Katie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She believes that times of frustration, stress, and pain can lead to positive growth and that we can flourish in a compassionate,
nonjudgemental environment, with gentle challenging from a trusted individual.

In the context of the therapeutic environment, Katie feels that one can safely learn to share vulnerable emotions, fears, and dreams, and that it is an honor to be able to walk alongside others in facilitating this process. Katie obtained her undergraduate degree in
psychology from Bethel College (now University) in Mishawaka, Indiana, and her
master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Wheaton College in Illinois.

Katie enjoys working with individuals (adults, teens, children), couples, and families. She has experience in helping to manage depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship
difficulties, family of origin issues and family stress. She also has experience working
with separating/divorced couples and their children to improve the co-parenting
relationship and to aid children in developing a cohesive picture of their family, reducing
blame and improving emotional wellbeing for all.

Katie utilizes client-centered strategies of a non-judgemental stance, empathy, and active listening, She incorporates evidenced-based practices to help develop goals and put a plan in action. Therapy is a collaborative process, so she will work together with clients as a team to implement new skills, heal old wounds, and improve daily living and relationships.

As Maya Angelou said, “Nothing will work unless you do.”

Rhonda Minnich

Do you sometimes feel so anxious that it is difficult to breathe? Are you struggling to make sense of a relationship?

Rhonda has 30 years of experience working with families and individuals of all ages and in many stages of life’s journey. She has a depth of experience working with those who are struggling with the stressors of life. She is able to help her clients learn healthy and effective coping strategies through different evidence-based therapeutic methods. Her approach is sometimes eclectic and always tailored to the need of the client.

Rhonda is skilled in the use of CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She has found that many who appear to be struggling in one area are often feeling the effects of unresolved conflict and trauma, and with her help, clients can have hope for a future of healthy emotional and physical responses to the challenges in life.

I am certified in trauma-focused CBT which is a structured treatment evidence based to address trauma underlying ineffective or harmful coping strategies in children. I use storytelling, creative visualization, figurines, building blocks, puppets and other arts and play techniques in building rapport and helping children and teens identify and express their feelings in a safe and supportive environment. 
 
I work with teen and adult women with eating disorders utilizing a combination of CBT and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) techniques focused on improving emotional expression, identifying and confronting distorted thoughts about body image and self-worth and supporting clients through the process of achieving and maintaining a health weight range. The focus is on improving cognitive flexibility and identifying distorted thoughts about self and circumstances.
 
My passion is to work with adults in processing childhood trauma that contributes to challenges in relationships. Much of that work centers around Mindfulness work and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Terri Moore

The first step is always the hardest, but also the most rewarding. Choosing to reach out for help is the first step to new beginnings and opens up opportunities to grow, heal, and live life to the fullest. Once you take that first step change truly begins. Terri’s passion is to help people make that first step of healing from past trauma, life’s hardships, grief, and sorrow. Through her own experiences, she has learned that each hurdle we may have to jump or mountain we may have to climb makes us stronger. She desires to help guide you through your journey by offering support in a non-judgmental environment while providing a client-centered base atmosphere.

Terri’s professional training is in mental health counseling with a focus on solution- focused and strength-based theories. She has a master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Adler University in Chicago Illinois. In her previous work experience she has worked both in school based and homebased therapeutic work settings in Hamilton, Hendricks and Marion County. Her passion is to help others discover their own unique strengths to catapult them to the next level in their lives. She concentrates on people’s strengths, gifts, and talents. She is dedicated to working with people who are serious about creating more of what they want by taking a stand for who they are.  Terri considers herself an eclectic therapist who likes to work collaboratively with her clients. Her belief is that everyone possesses the knowledge and power to overcome obstacles and rise above past adversities. No matter where you are in life you can begin again by taking control of your life and starting over to become to best version of you that you can be.

Dan Miller

Clients quickly discover Dan’s casual, comfortable presence in therapy. He passionately embraces a strengths-based, person-centered approach in a safe and supporting therapeutic environment. Dan emphasizes hope and healing within a positive psychology framework while recognizing environmental, social, and cultural factors in overall health and wellbeing.

Dan’s clinical experience spans more than six years providing counseling in such areas as marital and family therapy, childhood and adolescent trauma, men’s issues, aging populations, and working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.  

Dan is dedicated to helping couples build longevity in their marriage with exploration of meaningful relationship and life goals. Dan is also committed to guiding couples to heal from marital strife surrounding such issues as infidelity, financial difficulties, work, in-laws, etc. Dan is especially keen on working with blended families to better integrate them in a healthy, peaceful home environment.  

Dan serves adolescents and adults who are challenged by anxiety, depression, grief and loss, behavioral issues, marital issues, anger management, and physical and sexual abuse. Dan has clinical experience addressing trauma and has been trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). 

Dan also has experience working with persons who are twice exceptional (2e) meaning that they are gifted intellectually, musically, artistically, and also have a learning disability or neurodevelopmental concerns such as ADHD or autism. Dan has enjoyed working with several 2e adolescents and adults and hopes to continue to serve this gifted group of individuals. 

In 2014, Dan received his first Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. In early 2018, Dan obtained his second Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dan has been educated and trained in psychodynamic principles meaning that he is able to help clients explore early and meaningful interpersonal relationships and how those relationships continue to impact current ones. Additionally, he is most pleased to help clients discover and replace automatic defensive strategies that may be maladaptive. As a mindfulness based counselor, Dan incorporates mindfulness strategies to help clients be more present, centered, self-aware, and focused on growth and healing.