Hi, my name is Marsha Croell (she/her) and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and Licensed Professional Counselor.
When I was a child, I thought once you turned 18, life would just fall into place, and you would have everything figured out.
Well, that certainly did not happen for me, and I’m guessing, no one else had that fantasy experience either. As I transitioned into adulthood, I quickly realized I had more growing and learning to do. After high school, I spent four years working in office settings, moved to Florida and went to cosmetology school briefly, then decided I needed to go to college four years later. I went to Ball State University in 1990 and majored in Journalism. I got married during my last year in school, then moved to Indianapolis. Over the next ten years, I had four boys and went on the wild ride of raising them and home schooling off and on throughout their childhoods. They are all young men now, and I am immensely proud of each of them.
During that period of life, I sought opportunities to help others whenever I could. I have always had a passion for serving and helping others grow and improve. As a result, Itook opportunities to host an orphan from Ukraine for two weeks, host many children from the Safe Families for Children program, and volunteer in various capacities. In 2009, I began volunteering at Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, which changed the trajectory of my life. I have always loved serving others and anything to do with horses.
At Agape, I was able to combine these two passions by assisting in riding lessons for individuals with physical, cognitive, social, and emotional goals. This was the beginning of my journey toward the field of mental health. In 2015, I became a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, then an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.
I began teaching classes and taking care of horses full-time. Some of the groups I have facilitated in equine-assisted learning sessions over the years include domestic violence/sexual assault survivors, individuals in addiction recovery programs, survivors of sex trafficking, school groups, and more. Working with these amazing groups inspired me to go back to school and earn my degree in Mental Health Counseling so that I am able to serve others with more knowledge and skill.
I have learned many lessons throughout my life and continue to grow every day. I have experienced trauma, divorce, loss, and many other challenges life provides us. Because of these perspectives, I am wiser and more equipped to help YOU as you navigate life’s conflicts.
I am excited to walk beside you on your journey as we work together to confront the issues that prevent you from being your authentic self. We will develop a plan that is comfortable for you and customized to meet your individual needs. It is important to me that you feel safe, heard, and understood. I provide a gentle, non-judgmental space to provide hope and transformative change.
Client Centered, Calm, Warm
Who I work with:
Individuals, Couples, Adolescents, Families
Who struggle with:
Life transitions, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Marital Discord
ART Trained, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relational