Balance Works

Why Balance Works

The philosophy of Balance Works is to deliver high quality, trauma-focused, client-centered care to individuals and families as they move toward social, emotional, and spiritual wholeness.  We provide tangible tools, resources and education as we help clients learn new coping skills and behavior responses.  Our approach allows clients to thrive and heal in the manner that fosters hope, stability and resiliency.


Our core modalities, which are integrated into BW therapy according to family need, includind the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address cognitive distortions and build new behavioral responses.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) allows a deeper dive into the needs for individuals to be in the present moment and the skills to be in the here and now.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) provides an intentional focus on addressing, identifying and reprocessing current and developmental traumas that hinder daily coping mechanisms.
  •  Additionally, Motivational Interviewing (MI) is integrated throughout the therapeutic process and used to teach stages of change and evoke the change needed to embed new skills and achieve long-term goals.

LSSI sees the above modalities as essential in providing the most effective, evidence-based practices for the treatment of trauma and the symptoms that result from traumatic experiences.

Balance Works therapists are trained in MI, CBT, DBT and EMDR at the foundational level. The Balance Works team has experts (highest level of training offered by the modality) that are credentialed in each one of these areas.  Therapists will be selected for client based on client needs, therapist expertise and caseload availability.  Please contact our office for more information.


Meet Our Balance Works Team

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Toni Lovell, MSW, LCSW, LCAC, MAC

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Griselda Abreu, MSW, LSW

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Wanda Demeke, LMHCA, NCC

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Amy Drake, MSW, LCSW

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Gretchen Wood, MA, LMHCA, NCC

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Services Available

Balance Works provides several different office-based therapy services for individuals, couples and families.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a research based therapy approach that has helped an estimated 2 million people of all ages for more than 25 years. EMDR helps us live in the present and frees us of the past.

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(260) 426-3347
333 E. Lewis St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post-traumatic stress and many other emotional difficulties.  EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.

Our brains are innately designed to heal themselves through Rapid Eye Movement while we sleep. This is why when we struggle with a situation or decision, we can wake up the next morning with a solution. Often, trauma or difficult situations get “stuck” in our memories causing us continual pain, fear, or stress. Through specific eye movements or cross-body movements, such as tapping on one leg at a time, we can stimulate the brain with targeted focus to process “stuck” memories and remove the immediate, stressful reactions.

  • Anxiety/Worry/Stress
  • Panic Attacks
  • Grief
  • Pain Disorders
  • Trouble Paying Attention
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Attachment and Adoption Concerns
  • Addictions
  • Sexual/Physical Abuse
  • Performance Anxiety
  • PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

During an EMDR session, the client may call to mind a visual image related to the memory, a resulting negative belief about self, and the related emotions and body sensations that occur. During this part of the therapy, the client follows right-to-left eye movement to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain, similar to what happens during REM sleep when memories are “processed.”

A typical EMDR session will last about 60 minutes. The type of problem or life circumstances will determine the number of sessions necessary. EMDR can be used in addition to other therapy techniques, such as traditional talk therapy.

Certified EMDR therapists at Balance Works can help families recover from trauma.
EMDR certified therapists help individuals recovering from traumatic experiences.

Individuals, Couples, and Family Therapy

At Balance Works, we want to help you overcome past hurts and pain and mend broken relationships. We are here to support you!



  • EMDRIA – EMDR International Association
  • NASW – National Association of Social Workers
  • NAADAC – National Association for Addiction Professionals
  • IAAP – Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals

Accepted Insurances

  • Anthem
  • Aetna
  • CareSource
  • Indiana Medicaid
  • MDWise
  • MHS Ambetter
  • PHP
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare

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