About The Purpose Center

Everyone is different and needs an individualized therapy or counseling approach. At The Purpose Center, we focus on the specific problems that affect your daily life, using well-known, evidence-based techniques.

While techniques are important, authenticity, warmth, and empathy are integral for people to flourish in, and outside of, counseling. You are a whole person—mind, body, spirit - with strengths, and weaknesses.

Like other practices, we offer traditional individual, family, and relationship therapy services for children and adults.

However, what makes our practice different is that we focus on helping you find your Purpose by developing new patterns and habits that enrich your Health, Growth, and Leadership skills.

We take an active, practical, thoughtful, problem solving approach to help you develop a plan for change. Authenticity, warmth and collaboration is at the core of our work. KKJ highly values the need to balance acceptance with hard work when striving to make important life changes.

Let us help you form a stronger family, decrease stress, enhance your relationships, find meaning in your life, and realize overall greater health and well-being.


Mackenzie Howard, MA

  • Children
  • Families
  • Spanish Speaking

Kaytie Mero, MA

  • Health & Wellness
  • Stress Management
  • Depression / Anxiety

Lisa Foss, MA

  • Anxiety, Depression, Trauma
  • Parenting
  • Relationships

Whitney Wall Strugatsky, Ph.D.

  • Grief/Depression
  • Relationships
  • Career

Julianne Ludlam, Ph.D.

  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Trauma
  • Assessments

Katrina Kuzyszyn-Jones, Psy.D.

  • Health & Wellness
  • Work / Life Balance
  • Relationships

Marissa Stanziani, Ph.D.

  • Grief/Loss
  • Self-Confidence

Michelle Chasen, B.S.

  • Health & Wellness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Meag Distefano

  • Communications Director
  • ECU Student
  • Studying Psychology

Our purpose is to help you find your purpose through health, growth, and leadership.