California psychologist makes ‘Busco his home, opens new office

by Vivian Sade

CHURUBUSCO – A consulting psychologist has opened a counseling practice in Churubusco to address the needs of families, individuals and couples in northeast Indiana.

Dr. Larry Kuhn will meet clients by appointment at his office in the Farmers & Merchants Bank building at 9309 E. Commerce Drive, just off of U.S. 33 on the south edge of town.

Kuhn will also work one day a week at the Bowen Center in Columbia City.

Although Kuhn recently moved to Churubusco from Orange County, California — where he still has a thriving web-based business — he grew up on a dairy farm in Angola.

He moved back to northeast Indiana to be closer to his son and his son’s family, Kuhn said.

After attending IPFW in Fort Wayne and studying business, Kuhn went to work for 40 years as a business manager.

“I then decided I wanted to do more than spread sheets,” he said.

Kuhn moved to California and received his masters and doctorate at Azusa Pacific University, a leading Christian college near Los Angeles.

Kuhn is a licensed psychologist in California and Indiana.

Combining his business experience with his family-focused clinical experience, Kuhn launched Prepare to Change Counseling and Assessment Center in Tustin, California.

Dr. Larry Kuhn, a licensed psychologist, has opened a family-focused counseling practice in his new office located in the Farmers & Merchants Bank building at 9309 E. Commerce Drive, off of U.S. 33 on the south edge of town.

Although the center does provide individual, family marriage and couples counseling, the California-based business primarily works with companies and organizations to provide strategies for improving individual, team and organizational performances, Kuhn said.

The majority of the work — such as employee assessments, leadership coaching and management consultations — is done online, he said. A second website for individual, family and couples therapy also has many web-based practical tools, Kuhn said.

Specialties include employee, organizational and clinical assessment, executive coaching, leadership development, team building, conflict resolution and change management solutions.

In addition to Kuhn, there are 23 other consulting psychologists and associates at Prepare to Change, where the company’s motto is “Inspiring transformation through assessment and consultation.”

The company’s client list includes many medical hospitals and groups, including Hospice of the East Bay and Dignity Health, both in San Francisco, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Good Samaritan Hospital in L.A., Peace Health with organizations in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, and Providence Health & Services.

Kuhn still occasionally makes trips to California to meet with clients, but his home is in Churubusco where he wants to practice family-focused therapy, he said.

“We don’t just sit and listen to people’s feelings,” Kuhn said. “We like to get them in, work with them and get them out quickly.”

It’s unethical, in my opinion to see someone for years,” he said.

With a big screen TV and an iPad, he can offer many tools, visuals and directives and be a direct resource to clients so they are better able to work through their problems, Kuhn said.

Kuhn and his wife, Denise, who works at DePuy in Warsaw, have a home at Blue Lake. Their blended family includes four grown children and three grandchildren.

For more information on individual, family and couples therapy visit or for the organization and business consultation services visit

To make an appointment, call Dr. Kuhn at 222-8288.

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