Why Willow?

Our mission is to honor your story, foster empowerment and cultivate healing through trauma-focused care.

Many think the grand oak or majestic maple are the strongest trees. However, the willow tree withstands the most fierce storms. Although the oak and maple are larger, sturdier trees, they’re often the first to tumble and break with a powerful gust of wind. The willow tree rarely falls, as it survives the storms with it's bendable and flexile branches.

At the Willow Center For Healing, it is our goal to help you survive and flourish through the powerful turbulence of life by healing with the flexibility to bend, and not break.


Meet Our



Jessica Zimmerman

Founder. Mental Health Counselor. EMDR therapist.

I’ve been working in mental health for 18 years and running a private practice for 9 years. My dream has always been to open a healing center! I was born & raised in Fort Wayne. I’m first and foremost the momma to my girls, ages 6 & 8. I earned my BA from Purdue, my Masters at University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and my School Counseling License from IPFW. I’m certified in EMDR and a LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System) practitioner. I’m trained in nutritional and integrative interventions for mental health disorders, Thera-play, attachment-focused, grief & loss, trauma, adoption, perinatal mood disorders & neurological processing disorders. I’m also savvy in IEPs, Behavior Plans and school problems from my six years working in the public schools. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults & families.


Amanda Lowe

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I grew up in Michigan and achieved my Bachelor’s in Science from Central Michigan University, with a major in Psychology and minors in substance abuse and family studies. As a dedicated clinical social worker I currently have 6 years of experience since graduating with my masters at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. My focus in my master’s program was Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. While furthering my career as social worker I worked in all parts of Michigan from Flint to Pontiac. I moved to Fort Wayne in 2016 and obtained my license in clinical social work. I have experience working with young adults, children, adolescents, adults and families. Other areas of experience and interests include chemical dependency, co-occurring disorders, trauma, grief & loss, CBT, motivational interviewing, anxiety disorders, depression, assessments and crisis intervention. I am always continuing my education and finding new skills to utilize within my practice.


Nicole Gaedtke

Licensed MArriage and Family Therapist

I have worked in the mental health field for 8 years with experience in outpatient therapy, assessment, substance abuse treatment, and crisis intervention. I received my Bachelor's of Science from Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2011 and my Master's of Science in Education from Indiana University Fort Wayne in 2015. I currently hold an Indiana licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am trained in Structural Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Focused CBT. I enjoy working with all ages, individuals, and groups. I specialize in working with couples and families. My areas of interest are grief and loss, anxiety disorders, depression, premarital work, chemical dependency, and trauma.


Adrienne Smith

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling in 2006. I have held Indiana licensure as a LMHC since 2009 and Illinois licensure as a LCPC since 2015. I am trained in EMDR, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Focused CBT. I enjoy focusing on holistic treatment. I work with all ages, couples, families, individuals and groups. My areas of interest are depression, bipolar, anxiety, trauma, and adjustment issues.


Aaron Lambert 

Licensed MArriage and Family Therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have worked in mental health for over 17 years in various positions for non-profit organizations, including clinical director, therapist, as well as teaching at the college level. I been working in private practice for the past five years and graduated from Grace College with a B.S. in Counseling in 2002 and earned an M.S. Ed from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne in Counseling Education Marriage and Family Therapy in 2006. As a systems-focused therapist trained to explore family and group dynamics, I work with all types of clients facing several challenges. I am certified as a Prepare/Enrich relationship facilitator and have extensive history working with couples including being trained in Gottman couples counseling. Specializing in Mindfulness, I also enjoy fostering insight and strengthening the client's personal awareness through individual, couple or family sessions.


Kathryn McLaughlin

Counseling Graduate Student Intern

I am in my final year of my Masters program in Clinical Mental Health
Counseling at Purdue University Fort Wayne. My undergraduate degree consists of a major in Human Services and a minor in Psychology. By day, I work for Erin's House for Grieving Children assisting children, teens and families who have suffered the death of a loved one. I work with all ages but thoroughly enjoy working with children and teens. I work with both individuals and groups. My areas of interest are grief and loss, anxiety, trauma, adjustment issues and career planning. I am certified in Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Gottman Couples Counseling Levels 1 & 2, and am a certified Safe Zone for LGBTQ+ Population. I’ll be interning at Willow Center For Healing at very reduced cost. I look forward to meeting you!