Meet the Team

Dawn Yates MSW, LSW
Yvonne Lopez MA, NCC, LMHC

My Name is Dawn Yates and I have been delivering counseling services to families, couples and individuals for over 20 years. I have raised 5 children in this time period as well. I enjoy the satisfaction I get from seeing families, couples, and individuals progress towards their own goals and become self reliant. I especially get a lot of satisfaction when I see how much they care for themselves beyond the therapeutic relationship.

Personally I enjoy taking my kids and grand kids to do lots of activities such as four wheeling, traveling, and swimming at the pool or the beach. I enjoy the memories I have developed and will leave for my family. I enjoy spending time with my three dogs since they greet me each day with a tail wag and a toy just hoping I will play for a few minutes and give them a treat. The best is cuddling with the kids and dogs every chance I get.

I am only accepting Medicaid Patients at this time.  

Tammy Farmer
 Administrative Assistant

Hi, I am Yvonne Lopez. I hold a MA in Community Counseling; I am a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have been working as a Mental Health Counselor since 2003 and previously worked (8 years) as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.  Working with people is my passion; assisting individuals, couples and families, to bring about personal change is my goal. When I’m not working, I like to travel, hang out with friends and family, eat good food and enjoy a good belly laugh.

I take a collaborative approach to counseling and like to tailor my intervention based on the individual need and presenting problem, utilizing different methods such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Activities and Homework.


If you have lost your direction, long to find peace or you are struggling to find your purpose and feel the grip of depression, anxiety, loss or trauma has stifled you, let’s work together to achieve your personal goals, manage stress, improve your relationships and achieve the life you deserve.

Hello, My name is Tammy Farmer and I am the new Administrative Assistant here at Renew Counseling. I have been in the healthcare field for more than 8 years.  I enjoy making people smile even on the darkest day. I am a mother, wife and grandmother. I believe that everyday is worth giving it your best shot. There is no reason not to be grateful for another chance to make not just yourself smile, but others as well. I will be here to greet you with a smile and sincere heart everyday. 

100 Anchor Road Suite 2

Michigan City, IN 46360


Tel: (219) 608-8357

Mon - Thrs: 9am - 7pm

Friday: Closed

​​Saturday: Closed

​Sunday: Closed