What a year it has been! It was just over a year ago that my wife, Sheila, and I opened Lighthouse Counseling and Wellness. After years taking care of people in the community mental health system, in the state hospital and in our prisons, I’m where I really want to be and where I feel I can be most helpful. One of my favorite past experiences has been the time I’ve spent with LaPorte County elders. We’ve had so many conversations about the “glory days” ….. I enjoyed their tales of dancing and finding their special someone at the Oasis Ballroom as well as stories about the county fair, high school basketball, the Michigan City White Caps, and the night when Babe Ruth graced us with his presence. Our community has such a rich heritage filled with stories, family recipes and good memories.

And now, we are honored to be part of that story. With the help of my dear friend and life partner, Sheila and I are heading into our second year at Lighthouse Counseling and Wellness. In our first year, we served the mental health needs of well over 100 children, teenagers, adults and couples from Michigan City and the surrounding area. We work long days, but frankly, we are not tired. Serving our community energizes us and we are committed to providing the most compassionate care to everyone who walks through our humble door.

So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for trusting us, for believing in us and for inspiring us with your bravery in the face of life’s challenges.

Dr. Reinaldo Matias

About the Author: Dr. Reinaldo Matias

Dr. Reinaldo Matias is a clinical psychologist who provides care and therapy for children, teens and adults at Lighthouse Counseling and Wellness in Michigan City. He can be reached at drreggiematias@gmail.com or 219-916-0239.

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