TJ Hartman, MS, OTR/L
My name is TJ Hartman (short for Theodore Joseph) and I graduated with my Master’s in Occupational Therapy Science in May of 2016 from Chicago State University. My first degree, however, was a B.A. in Telecommunications in 2004 from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.
I taught 5th grade at St Joan of Arc for four years and then as a 3rd grade teacher and elementary Math specialist for five years at The Orchard School. Upon the birth of our middle of three children, Paige, I was thrust into a new world of medical needs, therapies, advocating, and a desire to learn more about health and wellness. Paige was born with Down syndrome. I believe in her wholeheartedly, just as I did my students when I was teaching. With the right supports in place, any child, any person can be successful. I am happy to be a part of Mini Minds working to serve families in finding supports to aid in their growth.
Kennedy Conner, MC, LMHCA, ATR-P
Kennedy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate + that utilizes the expressive and creative arts in her practice thanks to her previous experience and education in art therapy. She also has a therapy dog, Remy, that works with her. She enjoys working with clients that experience low mood/suicidal ideation/self-harm, anxiety/adjustment difficulties, relationship challenges, school struggles and those that identify as LGBTQ+. She primarily uses CBT, Art Therapy, and her therapy dog to connect with children of all ages, with a special interest in working with middle and high school aged kids.
Victoria Vance, LMHC candidate
Victoria Vance is our graduate student who will graduate in May and become an Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate this summer. She does plan to stay on as an employee after graduation! She enjoys working with kids as young as 4 years old all the way up to teens that are experiencing low mood, anxiety/adjustment struggles, ADHD concerns, school struggles, and emotional regulation issues.
Grace Lucchese, MSW, LSW
Grace is a Licensed Social Worker who enjoys helping younger elementary school aged kiddos navigate life and its inevitable challenges, especially those kids who need the extra support in learning how to better regulate their emotions. Together, they explore how to recognize what is happening within the child’s mind and body when they are struggling with regulating and find coping strategies to best help them overcome their emotional challenges. Using evidence-based practices like CBT with her clients helps them to engage, connect and re-center themselves using the tools that we’ve explored and practiced using in session. Grace is not currently accepting new clients as she recently had a beautiful baby boy!
Shelbi Gabbard, LMHCA, ATR-P
Shelbi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor + Certified Art Therapist and she services our McCordsville location. She enjoys working with Ages 8-18 who are experiencing challenges in school and at home, especially pre-teens/teens struggling with regulating their emotions, whether its feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, low self-esteem, difficulty processing divorce/adoption, or stress and overwhelming pressure they aren’t the version of themselves they wish to be. She primarily relies on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy, and other strength-based approaches.