About Us

Our Staff

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James D. Craig, PhD, LMFT jcraig@northernlightcc.com

Dr. Craig has more than 30 years of counseling education and practical experience. He earned a doctorate in professional counseling at Purdue University, as well as degrees in ministry and pastoral counseling at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary. He has served in community mental health, local church, and private practice settings. Dr. Craig is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and an Indiana Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Jim and his wife live in Indianapolis and attend Traders Point Christian Church.

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Paul A. Ober, MSW  pober@northernlightcc.com

Paul Ober is a graduate of Anderson University and the University of Southern Indiana. For nearly eight years, Paul served as a case manager for at-risk students and their families in the Evansville public schools. He is a certified facilitator for Strengthening FamiliesActive Parenting Now, and the American Association for Christian Counseling. Paul, his wife Barbara, and their four sons live in Brownsburg, Indiana and are Children’s Church leaders at Traders Point Christian Church.

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Stephanie Castle, MA, LMFT

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Stephanie is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is presently working to become an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.  She has worked predominantly with individuals, couples, and adolescents, specializing in the areas of sexual, emotional and physical abuse. She has also done extensive work with family members dealing with addictions. Stephanie facilitates workshops centered on Personal Relationship Boundaries, Healthy Confrontation, and Conflict Resolution with Fellow Christians. She is an active member of Trader’s Point Christian Church and lives in Lebanon, IN with her husband David and daughter Gillian.

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 Jennifer E. Parker MSW, LCSW   jparker@northernlightcc.com

Jennifer E. Parker is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and IUPUI.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She worked with adults and children with developmental disabilities for four years after graduation. While staying at home with her children, she has helped develop the “Heart to Heart” ministry at Traders Point Christian Church—a ministry that addresses the needs of those who have lost children due to miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy and early infant death.  Jennifer lives on the northwest side of Indianapolis with her husband and three children.  They are members and program leaders at Traders Point Christian Church.

 

Our Mission

We provide the tailored guidance and support needed to help people solve personal, marriage, family, and career problems. We believe the Bible provides the foundation and framework for such solutions. We utilize the theories and methods of the social sciences only when they conform to the absolute truth of the Bible. We provide structured educational and accountability relationships that enrich personal, marriage, and family life.

Qualifications

We are properly licensed and/or certified mental health and pastoral therapists. We obey the legal and professional ethics codes governing our respective professions. Each of us is a clinical and/or certified member in good standing of one of the following professional organizations: The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the North American Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW) and the American Association for Christian Counseling (AACC).

Reputation

A counselor’s character is just as important as his/her academic and professional credentials. Clients want counselors who are trustworthy and reliable–faithful persons with moral fiber and secure boundaries. We believe these are reasonable expectations, and we are committed to meeting them. We are long-time residents of the greater Indianapolis community, and plan to continue living and working here. Those who refer to us know us well. We are available to them, and we listen to their critique and recommendations. Most important, our clients know we are safe people because we adhere to biblical ethics, respect boundaries, and work hard to maintain our own healthy marriages and families. We strive to live the same way we urge others to live.

Religious Affiliations

We are committed, tithing Christians who teach and lead in our local church. Dr. Craig attends Traders Point Christian Church, has served on the ministry staff there, teaches adult education courses, participates in short-term mission trips (to Haiti and Guatemala), and played regularly in the worship band. Mr. Ober, Mrs. Castle, and Mrs. Parker also attend Traders Point Christian Church and are active in its teaching, youth, leadership, and recovery ministries.

True Diversity

We serve people regardless of racial, ethnic, or religious background. Even those who disagree with our religious, moral, and ethical principles find us welcoming, respectful, and helpful. While some therapists focus on individual and group differences that are essentially superficial and temporal, we recognize variations that are substantive and eternal. We believe true diversity demands the willingness to share substantially divergent ideas in a context of mutual respect and thoughtful consideration, always keeping the client’s ultimate good in mind.

Privacy

We strive to protect the privacy of our clients. We have selected our office locations and designed our scheduling procedure with discretion and security in mind. Confidentiality is both an ethical and legal mandate. We obey the state and federal laws governing the definition and limits of confidentiality.