The Practice of Psychology Grounded in the Catholic Tradition

The Practice of Psychology Grounded in the Catholic Tradition

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Peter Malinoski, Ph.D.


Pansorn Benyasut, MA


Rachel Smith, BS


Isabella Arackal, MA


I am a clinical psychologist in private practice in Indianapolis, specializing in the assessment and treatment of problems that bridge the psychological and spiritual realms.  I am particularly focused on unconscious psychological factors that thwart one’s capacity to receive love from God and other people and to love God and others, including the effects of trauma.  In this, I draw from psychodynamic, attachment, interpersonal, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR approaches.  I also specialize is psychological testing and assessment, and frequently teach and present at conferences.  I’ve been a psychologist in Indianapolis for 19 years, have been married for 23 years and have seven children ranging in age from 7 to 21.  I enjoy raising animals, vegetables and fruits on our small farm and reading.

I am currently accepting couples and group clients, but my individual psychotherapy practice is full. 

Hello! I’m Pansorn. I’m excited to be a part of Secure Foundations this year as a therapist for my practicum placement. I’m originally from Thailand but have lived in various parts of the world. I’m working towards a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Indianapolis. Last year, I was an individual therapist with college students and also co-led a workshop. Spirituality is such an important aspect in therapy and so I ground my clinical work in a Catholic worldview. I’m interested in working with adolescents in individual and family therapy and with adults in group, individual and brief marital therapy.  I am a testing assistant at the practice and I am a therapist/coach for the Leaven UP! Program. I have immediate availability on Wednesdays and Saturdays. When I’m not managing the workload of a typical graduate student, I enjoy making music, dancing, and flipping through a good novel.

Hello!  I’m Rachel.  I am originally from the southside of Indianapolis.  I am currently completing my master’s degree in Counseling at Divine Mercy University, and I will graduate in May of this year.  I have experience counseling individuals of various ages and needs, including Catholic campus missionaries, women in a domestic violence shelter, and adults struggling from the effects of trauma.  I help those who are struggling with personal or mental health issues that may be holding them back from peace in their personal life or their faith life.  I am passionate about helping those who struggle with self-esteem or have trouble seeing their unique worth.  I incorporate faith into the counseling sessions if the client so desires.  I also work with couples who desire deeper communication and intimacy with one another.  In my free time, I enjoy doing puzzles, board games, watching movies, camping, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

I am a third year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Indianapolis. I have experience working with adults battling trauma, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal issues. Besides doing individual therapy, I co-lead the interpersonal process group at Secure Foundations. I am also trained in conducting psychological evaluations. I administer psychological tests at Secure Foundations and am a therapist/coach in the Leaven UP! Program. I was born in India, but I have lived in New Zealand and the United States for the past several years. Hence, I have a passion for learning about different cultures and learning new languages. In my spare time, I enjoy catching up with family and friends, watching a good movie, dancing, or reading an interesting book.  At present, my practice is full.