Ginger Edwards

Assistant Lead Mental Health Therapist
Brief info

Ginger is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in helping children with behavioral challenges and unique needs to create positive changes across all areas of life—school, home, socially, and in the community. Her approach is holistic in nature. Ginger specializes in developing creative solutions for problematic behaviors and forming strong relationships with children and their parents.

I always knew that I wanted to work in a helping profession but envisioned myself more in the medical field. My intro Biology and Chemistry classes at Purdue had me questioning that right away! Once I settled on a psychology major, I knew I had found my true passion and finally felt at home. After graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree in 2002, I stayed on at Purdue to get my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and graduated in 2004.

My first job out of graduate school was working as a behavior specialist for individuals with developmental disabilities through the Medicaid Waiver program. I never would have guessed I’d spend the next 15 years in this space! I learned so much in those first few years and realized that I had a true love for working with this population. Throughout the years I have worked with clients ages 3-70 with a variety of needs including issues such as self-injury, elopement, physical and verbal aggression, anxiety, depression, PICA, and many more.

I have experience in health and wellness, and I have worked with clients on creating better life balance, stress reduction techniques, mindfulness, and self-care.

My clinical style has a strong cognitive behavioral focus in combination with interpersonal process theory. I have found it helpful to explore with clients what types of things are keeping someone stuck and what purpose a problematic behavior might be serving in life. I also wholeheartedly believe that forming strong, healthy, positive relationships are essential for a foundation of trust in the therapy setting and in life!  I have been a parent for 15 years and I truly believe that it is the hardest/best job. Keeping a strong relationship with your child by continuing to find new ways to connect has helped so much in navigating the challenging seasons of life. I find this is true in the therapeutic setting as well. If you can establish a level of trust in the relationship, it can open up the possibilities for creatively creating change.

When I am not working or reading for one of my book clubs, I am spending time with my husband, two boys, and goofy dog Jasper. It seems like we are always either watching our kids play sports, playing sports as a family (tennis, pickleball, basketball, or football) or watching games on TV. I do also love to play cards and games–Euchre and Rummikub are our favorites!