Along with her husband Mark, Pegi has traveled extensively, having visited 53 countries across 6 continents! Mark and Pegi were married in a traditional Masaii wedding ceremony in the Masaii Mara region of Kenya, Africa in 2005. They spent considerable time with the village elders who coached them in the Masaii traditions and preserving a happy, healthy marriage. Pegi believes that her multi-national, multi-cultural exposure helps to give her a unique perspective into life’s ups and downs.
Pegi graduated Summa Cum Laude from Indiana University with a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education in 1998. She received her Indiana State Licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2001. Pegi uses a wide variety of Family Systems approaches such as Emotion Focused, Bowenian, Structural, and Strategic Therapies to assist her clients in effective healing and change. Pegi has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Clinical Training of Gottman Method Couples Therapy with Level 3 training coming this fall.
Pegi’s training after graduate school focused on the treatment of trauma survivors, in both children and adults. As a result, she has extensive experience with treating foster children, adopted children, and survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault. She has extensive experience in working with clients with Borderline Personality Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Pegi has worked with parents and school systems for years to help children with ADHD, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder. She also has a personal interest in providing supportive counseling services to families dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. An avid practitioner of daily meditation, Pegi has taught meditation to individuals, small groups and to large public groups for more than 10 years.
In 2000, with the encouragement of her supervisors, Pegi began private practice and opened The Santé Group, Inc. in 2004. Her motivation to have a group practice which focuses on healing the whole self has led her to a thorough knowledge of the use of Mindfulness as a form of treatment. She has expanded her career to clinical supervision of therapists in training, public speaking, consultation for corporations as well as all of LaGrange and Steuben County Head Start programs, and working with Trine University providing workshops for students. Additionally, she is in the process of completing intensive marriage counseling training through The Gottman Institute.
In addition to her commitment to the therapeutic process, Pegi has a long history of business management, supervisory, and accounting experience. She has worked in the Insurance and Human Resources fields which has provided her with the expertise necessary to run a successful group practice that effectively manages health insurance issues.