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At this practice, our mission is to help individuals, couples, and families live authentic, connected, and happy lives, in a way that affirms our shared humanity. Our work is focused on assisting clients in identifying and growing their unique set of strengths while learning the skills that research shows to be necessary for building healthy emotion regulation skills, balanced relationships, and the ability to thrive through challenge. We believe that every person holds within them the capacity to lead a life of joy and connection, and that helping clients fully realize this potential will create individual happiness, stronger families, and more peaceful communities. We recognize the importance of comprehensive care in helping to build greater systemic support for our clients, and utilize wrap around services including skills groups, testing, parent support, and teacher consultations.
We have intentionally cultivated a diverse and interdisciplinary team of clinicians, within a culture of collaboration and support. We learn and grow from our colleagues’ experiences and perspectives, and this affirms our shared humanity and allows us to be better and more well rounded clinicians.
We provide an emphasis on supporting our clinicians so that they can be peaceful and at ease, and on building clinicians’ skills through ongoing team trainings and weekly supervision meetings.
We offer individual therapy, couples’ therapy and family therapy at our practice. We also offer psychological testing and immigration evaluations.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for children ages 2 – 7 who have frequent meltdowns, or who act in defiant or aggressive ways.
Social Emotional Growth Workshops
Our team offers a variety of social emotional growth groups and workshops for clients of all ages. We help businesses, families and more.
Our talented staff is available to lead personal and professional development seminars on a variety of topics for your staff and/or students.
Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method
EFT and Gottman are evidence-based, short-term couples therapy programs that make couples feel safe and secure.
Dr. Quinn offers consultations for other practice owners about how to start, grow, and manage a sustainable, balanced, and ethical group or solo private practice to clinicians across the span of their careers.
Psychological testing can help to pinpoint an accurate diagnosis, providing you with the peace of mind that you or your child is receiving individualized care tailored to their strengths and needs.
We are proud to offer asylum, VAWA, U Visa, and T Visa immigration evaluations within an income-adjusted fee structure to result in a compiled mental health assessment that can be used in court.
(Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions)
SPACE is a parent-based program for children and adolescents living with anxiety, OCD, and related challenges.
Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) Approach
The CPS approach is an evidence-based family program for children and adolescents who have trouble regulating their emotions, or act in ways that are defiant or aggressive.
Our mission is to help individuals, couples, and families live authentic, connected, and happy lives. Explore our team member bios below and search for the right fit for you and your family by choosing the filters that apply to you.
Mikiela Cobb, Psy. D. (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, ASD – Developmental, Behavioral Issues, Peer Issues – Social Skills, Selective Mutism
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anxiety, ASD
I earned my doctorate degree in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and completed my internship at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital.
Throughout my clinical training, I have gained experience working with children, adolescents, and their families across a variety of settings, including a university-based clinic, a pediatric development center, a therapeutic day school, a mental health hospital, and in-home.
My clinical work focuses on the holistic assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with behavior concerns, attention and executive functioning difficulties, developmental disabilities (including Autism Spectrum Disorders), selective mutism, and general mood concerns. I also enjoy parent training and facilitating group therapy.
I practice from a family systems perspective and am trained in a number of evidence based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent Management Training (PMT), and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Having a strong background in a variety of research-grounded frameworks enables me to approach therapy from a double perspective: I work individually with children in order to help them develop insight, resilience, and improved coping skills; at the same time, I work collaboratively with parents to help them better understand the challenges their child is facing and to help empower them as an agent of change within the family system.
Please feel free to contact me via phone at (708) 406-9641, or email at email@example.com with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!
On the days I’m not working, you can find me at working out at OrangeTheory Fitness, training for my next 5k, playing with my cat, or volunteering at my church. My favorite things to do on rainy days are drink tea and listen to podcasts.
Dr. Meaghan Cusack, PsyD (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Depression, Difficulty with Executive Functioning, Grief/Loss, Peer Issues – Social Skills, Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, PTSD/Trauma, Women’s Issues
I earned my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago.
In my clinical training, I have enjoyed working with children, adults and families coping with a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, anger, and AD/HD.
I utilize an integrative model with strong foundations in both client-centered and psychodynamic theories.
Thus, I believe that empathic and accepting relationships are the key toward helping individuals move towards positive growth.
My ultimate goal in working with children is to empower my clients while collaborating with individuals from different areas of the child’s life in order to better understand how the child is functioning from different perspectives. When working with children and adolescents I use a combination of methods, including talk, non-directed play and activity based therapy models.
In working with adults, I utilize a strengths-based, insight-oriented approach in order to help clients gain a better understanding of the underlying causes of symptoms that they might be experiencing, and to help them utilize strengths, talents, and relationships that they already have in order to effect positive changes in their lives.
Please feel free to call me at 303) 919-9227 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you!
I was born in upstate New York and grew up in beautiful Littleton, Colorado. I completed my undergraduate studies with a double major in Psychology and Speech Language Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I came to Chicago for graduate school and eventually decided this is where I wanted to continue my career. In addition to working at MQA, I volunteer as a disaster mental health worker with the American Red Cross. In my free time, I enjoy indoor rock-climbing as a challenge both physically and mentally while also using it as an outlet to decompress. I also love cooking, traveling, running in 5k races and exploring Chicago.
Molly Grossnickle, MSW, LCSW (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, OCD, Peer Issues – Social Skills, PTSD, School Refusal
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, First Responders, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Men’s Issues, OCD, PTSD/Trauma, Substance Abuse (After Other Treatment), Women’s Issues
I earned my degree in social work from the University of Chicago, where the focus of my education was on learning how to collaborate with my clients in making positive changes in their lives, based on innovative research regarding human connection, mindfulness and value-orientated living. In the therapy room, we will work to unpack the emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that are causing challenges in your life and identify new techniques that will help move you towards more authentic and joyful living. I became a therapist to help individuals live their most fulfilling life possible. I understand and appreciate how intimidating it can feel to show up to your first therapy appointment, and meet those feelings with sincerity, honesty, and compassion. I listen intently and tailor my approach to meet your unique needs, while helping you develop useful skills that translate back to your day to day life.
My areas of expertise include counseling young adults and adults recovering from trauma, as well as those experiencing anxiety, communication difficulties, and life transitions.
Additionally, I am honored to offer a safe and supportive space for people in the LGBTQ+ community seeking therapeutic support. When I am not working, I enjoy snacking on appetizers (truffle infused cheese in my new favorite!), going on walks along the Lake Shore path, and traveling to Wisconsin to spend time with my family.
Daniel Jerez, MSW, LCSW (he/him)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Peer Issues – Social Skills, PTSD/Trauma, School Refusal
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, First Responders, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Men’s Issues, PTSD/Trauma
I earned my master’s degree in social work, with a concentration in mental health, from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at UIC in 2017. Since then, I have worked in multiple settings, including residential treatment, schools, and traditional clinical placements.
I have a passion for doing this work and absolutely love my job. I have worked primarily with adolescents and families from diverse backgrounds, and I am excited to work with clients from all walks of life, whether they are on specific journeys of growth and healing, or just trying to figure some things out. I believe that everyone already has within them the inner strength and talents they need to create the life they want. Sometimes, we just need some help recognizing or tapping into our gifts.
I’m a firm believer i n the strengths-based approach, along with cognitive behavioral and reality therapy, and work from a combination of these perspectives. This means that in essence, I believe that learning the how and why behind the choices we have made in the past, is the most important part of learning how to choose wisely in the future. My goal is to create a safe place where we can talk openly about those choices without judgement, process the consequences both good and bad, and progress towards making different choices leading to different outcomes.
I have a wide range of interests including sports, literature, movies, and cooking. While I am definitely a city boy, I’d love to go camping to get out in nature.
Melissa Littlefield, MSW, LCSW (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Peer Issues – Social Skills, Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, ASD, First Responders, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Men’s Issues, Trauma, Women’s Issues
I earned my Masters of Social Work degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago with a specialization in Children and Families. I have worked with individuals from six months to ninety-eight years old, couples, and groups of individuals to support them in their life changes and help them address their needs through a client-focused, strengths-based model.
My approach to therapy relies on the ability to create safety and developing a strong therapeutic relationship with you. I view our relationship as the vehicle for change that you are looking for. I want to work to meet you where you are at, so that you feel understood and heard in your experience.
My areas of expertise include individuals and couples experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, self esteem issues, stage of life/transition issues, grief and loss, and relationship issues. I also have a particular interest in working with neurodiverse individuals. I address these areas with an eclectic approach tailored to your needs.
In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking, camping, and spending time with my family, friends, and cat named Charlie!”
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Self-Esteem, Stage of Life/Transitions, Grief and Loss, Relationships, Neurodiversity, Couples at all stages of relationships.
Lidia Michel, Psy. D. (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, OCD, Peer Issues – Social Skills, School Refusal, Selective Mutism, Trauma, Trichotillomania
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anxiety, First Responders, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, OCD, Trauma, Trichotillomania, Women’s Issues
I am a bilingual (English and Spanish), Latinx psychologist specializing in work with toddlers, children, maternal mental health and families. My career has been dedicated to specializing in serving disenfranchised communities and offering trauma-informed care of the highest quality. I received my undergraduate degree from Chapman University in California, and received my Masters degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Chicago Campus. I completed my training in community mental health centers, public and non-public schools, hospitals, and assessment centers. In these settings, I saw individuals, families, and groups for therapy, organized training programs, supervised psychologists at all levels of training, and conducted psychological and neuropsychological assessments with a primary interest in child and adolescent psychology. I have also offered my consultative services to psychologists in training and post-graduate psychologists in preparing for their licensing exams, as well as writing practice EPPP materials for AATBS. I’ve also been featured as a guest on the podcast, Behavioral Health Today, on the topic of Trauma Stewardship.
In therapy, my approach is relational, yet pragmatic. I strive to view the world through my clients’ eyes and help them notice their inherent strengths. I am also deeply concerned that clients see the growth they wish to see in treatment. My clients should expect to be asked, “How are we doing? Are we moving towards your goals?” I see therapy as an opportunity to walk along with you on your journey, and ultimately put myself out of a job. It brings me great joy to see my clients and families doing so well that they no longer need to see me. When working with families, I hope to teach parents to do the job of psychologists- to be curious, attune to their child, and take chances with new approaches. In psychological testing, I strive to present results that communicate a clear diagnosis that is supported with evidence. I include children in receiving their results, either through visuals, storytelling, or clear candid conversations. My hope is that adults and children leave the assessment experience with a better understanding of themselves and clear avenues for next steps.
Maura Maloney Morales, LCPC (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Grief/Loss, Peer Issues – Social Skills, PTSD/Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Life Transitions, Trauma, Women’s Issues
I received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL in 2008 and have been working as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for ten years.
I enjoy working with children and adolescents ages 5-18, adults, and families coping with concerns including ADHD, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorder, behavioral issues, co-dependency, depression, domestic violence, divorce and parenting issues.
My theoretical orientation stems from a family systems approach. Especially when working with children and teens, I believe it is useful to view the child as one part of a larger system, which requires collaborating with parents and other members of the family in effort to support the client’s emotional needs. Additionally, I recognize that a direct, skills-based approach, through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) empowers an individual to take ownership of his/her emotional well-being.
Therapy would include teaching strategies to my clients around mindfulness and recognition of unhealthy behaviors along with implementing new coping tools and behavioral modifications. I am mindful and empathetic of specific circumstances that each individual has endured in their life, and recognize the impact that these circumstances may have on clients’ beliefs and behaviors.
I have extensive training and certification in Domestic Violence and Child & Adolescent focused work. Additional experience also includes volunteering in Capetown doing group counseling with adults dealing with issues associated with HIV/AIDS. It is important to me to remain culturally aware and sensitive to each diverse population in the community.
I am happy to offer public speaking seminars to the community around a range of mental health issues and can be tailored to meet your needs, upon request.
Please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment. Thank you and I look forward to working with you!
Outside of work, I love trying out new recipes with my husband, large family get togethers, restoring my imagination through play with my daughter, and exercising when I find the time! My future goal is to travel internationally at least once a year
Lauren Oganovich, Psy.D. (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Peer Issues – Social Skills, Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, First Responders, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Men’s Issues, Trauma, Women’s Issues
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been providing psychotherapy services to individuals across the lifespan since 2010. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago in 2014. In my training, I have worked in a variety of settings with diverse populations, including hospitals, community mental health centers, and private practice.
I work from an attachment-based, psychodynamic approach in therapy that emphasizes the importance of developing insight about the origins of symptoms and stressors that clients’ experience. Frequently, I incorporate cognitive behavioral strategies (CBT) and mindfulness-based skills in my work in order to provide thorough and individualized interventions to fit each of my clients’ needs and goals. I believe that early childhood bonding experiences, negative self-assumptions, and difficult experiences have a profound impact on an individual’s psychological development and capacity for relationships throughout life, but that the impact of these experiences can be mitigated or corrected in the context of a supportive, empathic therapeutic relationship. I strive to provide a therapeutic experience of genuine connection and relatedness that supports each individual’s unique development of self-awareness, insight, and effective strategies for change.
Through our work together, I hope to facilitate opportunities to enhance your sense of self, nourish your relationships, and promote your overall fulfillment.
Areas of specialization include mood concerns, adolescent and young adult identity development, LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy, parent-child relationships (I am a registered Circle of Security ® facilitator), and social and behavioral challenges in children. Particular areas of interest include women’s empowerment, identity development, and relationship health as well as sand/play therapy with children. I also offer psychological assessment/testing and bullying intervention trainings.
Outside of work, I love taking walks and cuddling my little dog, Milo, vegging out on the couch watching any mindless show on Bravo, trying new restaurants and types of cuisine with my partner, laughing with and enjoying my family and friends, and traveling anywhere and everywhere I possible can.
Mirjam Quinn (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQIA+, Culturally Sensitive Work, PCIT, Grief/Loss, Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: Anxiety, Behavioral Concerns, LGBTQIA+, Culturally Sensitive Work, Parenting Support, Adoptive Families, PCIT, Grief/Loss, Trauma
I earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Purdue University in 2007, and completed my internship at Butler University in Indianapolis. My training focused on learning how to deliver culturally competent, research-based treatment to individuals across the lifespan. I have worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois since 2008.
I specialize in working with children and adults coping with anxiety, grief and loss, and mood issues, and in helping individuals navigate change and stage-of-life challenges. After a six-year journey through repeated pregnancy loss and infertility, my husband and I were overjoyed to complete our family through adoption in December 2018. Because of this experience, I have a special love for working with adoptive and blended families, as well as with individuals and couples coping with fertility challenges and loss.
I strongly believe that competent psychological services must center on giving “care for the whole person.” Thus, I pay as much attention to helping my clients develop and harness their strengths so that they may grow as individuals as I do to alleviating their symptoms of sadness, stress, and anxiety.
I use cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, to help clients learn the tools to understand and manage symptoms of anxiety and sadness, and I utilize state-of-the-art attachment research, internal family systems, and mindfulness techniques in order to help my clients establish and nurture healthy relationships with themselves and others. I am trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and love using this therapy modality to help parents and kids become more attuned and “in-step” with one another.
When appropriate, I enjoy incorporating neuropsychological testing into the assessment process, in order to more clearly identify and pinpoint the way in which underlying issues such as AD/HD, learning differences, or issues with executive functioning, memory, or information processing may be impacting an individual’s functioning.
I have extensive background and interest in multiculturalism and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and work to be an active ally to my neighbors in the LGBTQ, Black, Muslim, and undocumented communities.
I am an active member of the American Psychological Association, as well as the APA Division for Peace Psychology and the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice.
When I am not at work or volunteering at my kids’ school, I love to spend time reading, running, drawing, rock climbing with my husband, hiking with my kids, cooking with friends, and practicing inversions on my yoga mat. I think that this world is big and beautiful, and that life is a gift, and that both are best honored by experiencing them joyfully and intentionally.
Dr. Quinn is PsyPact licensed, and able to provide telehealth services to clients living in the following states:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Morgan P. Black, MA, LPC, CYT (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, ASD – Developmental, Behavioral Issues, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, OCD, Peer Issues – Social Skills, PTSD/Trauma, School Refusal
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, ASD, First Responders, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Men’s Issues, OCD, PTSD/Trauma, Women’s Issues
I received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a counseling specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and have been practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor for seven years.I enjoy working with children and adolescents ages 5-18, adults and families experiencing difficulty with anxiety, depression, mood concerns, trauma, grief/loss, life transitions, and issues with self-esteem. I also have extensive experience working with individuals diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum.
I believe in understanding and treating the whole person and creating an open, safe and empathic space to explore and work collaboratively towards achieving the changes desired. I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) , Adlerian and mindfulness based techniques to help you identify, understand and work through underlying issues and to develop concrete and creative coping skills to help you flourish and function and live your best and most healthy life.
I strongly believe there is no one size fits all when it comes to helping you reach your goals. Our work together will be a creative collaboration, to encourage and inspire the self towards growth in all areas of life. In addition to my clinical experience, I am a certified yoga instructor and incorporate my training and expertise in the therapeutic space as a mind, body and soul connection through movement and meditation.
I have extensive training in Domestic Violence and trauma informed care. Additional experience involves volunteer work and training for thirteen years at a crisis hotline for adolescents and young adults.
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting you!
Outside of work I enjoy baking, movie nights with my little loves, binge watching shows with my partner, family time outdoors, yoga, kickboxing and am a waterslide, waterpark, high dive junkie! And a great mani and pedi make me smile anytime!
Lisa Durbin, LCPC (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, ADHD, ASD – Developmental, Behavioral Issues, Grief/Loss, PCIT, Peer Issues – Social Skills
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Life Transitions
I enjoy working with children and families dealing with a range of challenges such as ADHD, Autism, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I use a strength based approach with clients. I believe that every client has strengths that can be enhanced along with learning the tools to assist with life’s challenges.
My strategies when working with children and families include using empathic listening, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and play-based therapy. I view the family as a whole unit and when one member of the family is struggling, the entire family is often affected.
I have spent the last 7 years working in Early Intervention and working with families in their homes. I have two children, a 14 year old daughter and 11 year old son. Having recently gone through the experience of my own son’s ADHD diagnoses, I have a greater understanding of how to support families that find themselves in similar situations.I enjoy spending time with family and friends as much as possible and traveling to new places.
I hope to help children and families navigate through our ever changing world and gain a clearer understanding of how to better their mental health.
Tasia Buford-Howell, LPC (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Depression, Peer Issues – Social Skills, PTSD/Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Trauma, Relationships/Attachment
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who is dedicated to empowering individuals to discover and utilize the tools necessary to guide them along their journey toward self actualization. As clients are the expert of their own life narratives, I view my role as that of a collaborator in my work with them. When partnering with me, clients can expect a safe, warm, and non-judgmental environment conducive to healing and self-exploration.
My approach to counseling is holistic and based on individual needs. Building a therapeutic alliance is at the cornerstone of my work with clients. I find evidence-based interventions (including cognitive behavioral, strengths-based, and person-centered therapies) beneficial for clients addressing issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationships. Additional areas of interest include trauma, attachment, and LGBTQ+ support.
In my free time, I enjoy quality moments with my husband and little ones. I love to travel to destinations with beautiful beaches and palm trees. I am a total foodie and you can often find me trying out new restaurants across a variety of cuisines.
Andrea Jacobson, LSW (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Eating Disorders, Peer Issues – Social Skills, School Refusal, Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Life Transitions, Relationship Conflicts, Trauma, Women’s Issues
I earned my Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago – School of Social Work with a specialization in clinical mental health and a sub-specialization in group work. Within my clinical experience I have worked with children and adolescents, adults, and families in a multitude of settings.
My clinical work is informed through an integrative, client-centered approach. I prioritize building a strong therapeutic relationship that prioritizes safety, warmth, and acceptance in session. I am dedicated to working with individuals, families, and groups in a holistic manner, while focusing on clients’ strengths to cope with life-stressors. My areas of interest and specialty include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relational conflict, trauma, self-esteem, and life transitions. In addition to my clinical experience, I am a registered yoga teacher. I incorporate mindfulness-based interventions in my clinical practice such meditation, movement, and self-regulation techniques.
Elizabeth Piatt, LSW (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Family Conflict, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Peer Issues – Social Skills, PTSD/Trauma, Self Esteem, Substance Use
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Men’s Issues, PTSD/Trauma, Substance Use (After Other Treatment), Women’s Issues
I received my undergraduate degree from Northwestern University where I studied Art Theory and Practice and played Division I softball, my Master of Art in Teaching degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver.
I have worked in summer camps, public school classrooms, non profits, adolescent substance use, and family, couple, and relational therapy settings. I serve individuals, families, relationships and groups for therapy, with a primary interest in supporting older adolescents and adults across the lifespan.
As a social worker and therapist, I believe we both suffer and heal in relationships, or from not having them, and that our connection to ourselves and others is one of the most essential components of life.
I work from a relational, trauma-informed, attachment-based lens. I draw from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and narrative therapy among others, and I also utilize systemic, strengths-based, feminist, and family systems approaches. My work with you is intentional and responsive to your needs. Above all I believe in meeting you where you are and that you get to bring your whole self to therapy. I believe in going slow in order to go deep, and our work together will be approached with curiosity and compassion and built on trust and rapport. Collaborative healing work is my honor and privilege. I am committed to practicing from anti-racist, decolonial, sex and body positive, and queer, gender, and trans affirming stances.
When I am not in a session, you can find me thrifting, reading fiction, snuggling my cat Bean, outdoors, practicing yoga, playing tennis, painting with watercolors, enjoying Chicago’s rich house music scene, or researching my next trip to a hole-in-the-wall diner.
Caitlin Rosswurm, LSW, CADC (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, OCD, Peer Issues – Social Skills, PTSD/Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: Anxiety, Life Transitions, OCD, PTSD/Trauma, Substance Abuse (After Other Treatment), Women’s Issues
I earned my Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago with a specialization in clinical mental health, and hold certifications in alcohol and drug counseling (CADC) and in the assessment and treatment of trauma (NMT Phase I). In my training, I have worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including community youth programming, community mental health centers, and private practice.
I work from a client-centered, strengths-based, and integrative approach in which I am able to tailor therapy to the individual client’s needs. I believe in the power of utilizing attachment and psychodynamic theories to better understand the origins of symptoms along with implementing cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques to relieve symptoms.
Because I believe that connection is fundamental to the healing process, I aim to create a warm and accepting therapeutic relationship that allows me to understand the challenges you face, help you determine the goals you hope to work toward, and empower you to create significant and lasting change. My areas of specialization include anxiety, trauma, substance use, relational conflict, self-esteem, and life transitions.
When I’m not working, you can find me going to yoga classes, working through a long bucket list of Chicago restaurants, and planning my next travel adventure.
Christy Scolaro, MSW, LSW (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, ASD – Developmental, Behavioral Issues, Peer Issues – Social Skills, School Refusal, Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, ASD, Trauma
I lead therapy with a strength-based approach and believe all clients have the ability to reach their full potential as they grow to learn about themselves. My love for working with children started during my summers in northern Wisconsin where I was an overnight camp counselor for 9 summers! Connecting with kids and empowering them to set and achieve their goals is something I am very passionate about and want all kids to experience.
I earned my masters degree in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work with a concentration in school social work. I have been working at an elementary school since August 2018. During my time as a school social worker, I’ve partnered with students and families with diagnoses and concerns including ASD, AD/HD, anxiety, depression, trauma, sensory needs, divorce, peer conflict, social skills, school refusal, and behavior interventions. As a school social worker, I strive to be an advocate for children during the special education process and educating parents on their rights.
I have experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness techniques. I have a wide background and training in various social skills therapies, emotional regulation, self-esteem skills, and problem-solving skills.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and their dog Dakota, visiting my nephew in Milwaukee, exploring new places to eat and experience in Chicago, trying new workout classes, and completing 1,000+ piece puzzles!
Dessie Stathopoulos, MA, LPC (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Depression, Peer Issues – Social Skills
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Loss, Life Transition, OCD, PTSD/Trauma
I earned my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University in 2018, and completed my clinical practicum and internship at Family Behavioral Health Clinic in Des Plaines, IL.
I have had the privilege of working with children, adolescents,and adults of all backgrounds, who were coping with a wide range of concerns ranging from depression and anxiety, to trauma and PTSD.
I believe that one of the most powerful approaches to overcoming life’s tricky obstacles is resilience, and that working with my clients from a genuine and supportive place of connection is the key to overcoming even the most difficult of times. I gravitate towards a humanistic style of counseling while utilizing cognitive-behavioral tools in order to give clients research-supported, “take-home” coping strategies. I enjoy incorporating aspects of mindfulness, humor and art into my therapeutic work.
Outside of work, I enjoy riding roller coasters, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. I also love to travel! I have traveled to over 10 different states and four countries. One of my life goals is to visit all 50 states as well as many more countries that our world has to offer. Culture is a big aspect in the work that we do as counselors, and I strive to experience as much of it as I possibly can. I am fluent in Greek and I enjoy learning new languages whenever I get the chance!
Katie Wells, MA, LPC (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Grief/Loss, Peer Issues – Social Skills, School Refusal, Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Life Transitions, Trauma, Women’s Issues
My goal as a Licensed Professional Counselor is to create a safe space that allows each individual to feel supported, comfortable, encouraged, and heard. I believe in the importance of meeting each client where they are, increasing self-awareness, identifying strengths, and working alongside each client towards their treatment goals. I use an empathetic and positive, client-centered approach. I also gravitate towards CBT and mindfulness in my approach.
I earned my Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Roosevelt University. I earned my BA in Psychology and BS in Health Studies w/Teacher Certification from Eastern Illinois University. I have over 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents (PreK-12), in the school setting as a school counselor and educator. I love forming connections with kids & teens at all levels, in order to help them reach their academic, social, and emotional potential.
My areas of interest include anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, grief & loss, life transitions, school issues, and women’s issues. I also have a special passion for working with women who have experienced perinatal loss.
When I am not working, you’ll find me soaking up most of my time with my husband & three boys! I also enjoy a warm cup of coffee, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Gina Winiecki, MSW, LCSW (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Grief/Loss, Parent Support, Peer Issues – Social Skills, PTSD/Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: Anger Management, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Life Transitions, PTSD/Trauma, Women’s Issues
Earning my Masters of Social Work from UIC’s Jane Adams College of Social Work in 2005, I have spent over 15 years working with students and families across a large, diverse population. My work has included group, individual and family therapy with a specialized focus on trauma, anxiety, depression, and risky behaviors in adolescents.
As a therapist, I strive to meet individuals where they are in the moment and support them as they work to recognize their strengths and overcome their challenges. It is incredibly important for me to form strong, trusting relationships with each individual I work with in order to facilitate meaningful insight and lasting, positive change. It is my belief that individual growth comes from an understanding of the world in which one exists and the world in which they desire: this includes one’s thoughts, beliefs, emotions, experiences, desires and values. This self-awareness creates the ability to foster change.
I draw from a strengths-based and CBT approach, believing that all individuals have the ability to grow, succeed and recover. I strive to motivate, empower and listen while offering a safe, empathic space that fosters self-awareness. I love working along clients as they discover their own ability to achieve those things that once felt impossible.
Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, swimming and exploring anywhere outdoors with my husband and kids. If I can’t be outside, I spend my time getting together with friends, traveling with my family, reading a good book and watching reality TV.
Sthefany Alviar, Psy.D. (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Culturally Sensitive Work, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Performance/Sports Anxiety, PCIT, PTSD/Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: Anxiety, Culturally Sensitive Work, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, PTSD/Trauma, Grief/Loss, Mood Disorders, Relationship Conflicts
I believe one of the most courageous acts a person can take is to seek therapy and professional support. My goal is to collaborate with clients (and their caretakers) to create a safe and supportive space to learn more about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and to make necessary changes to live healthier and more balanced lives. I have dedicated my professional training and career to serving multiculturally diverse populations, and believe in the importance of accessing mental health resources. I graduated from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA in 2020. A core part of our training was focused on becoming “clinicians to society,” with social justice at the forefront of our therapeutic work. I have worked in community mental health, school, residential, and private practice settings. I have had the privilege of working with clients, from young children to adults, through individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, and psychological evaluations. I specialize in complex trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, relationship difficulties, parent-child relationships, cultural identity, LGBTQ+ issues, and neurodivergent issues. In addition, I utilize my professional work to serve communities; specifically, I was featured as a guest speaker on the podcast, Centering: the Asian American Christian Podcast, to discuss my dissertation and published research on the relationship between mental health, Catholic faith, and Filipino-American identity.
My approach to therapy is integrative, as I work from an attachment and relational perspective while utilizing other evidence-based treatments (e.g., CBT, DBT, ACT, family systems, and mindfulness-based practices). I also provide psychological evaluations for those seeking diagnostic clarification and treatment recommendations, ADHD assessments, educational accommodations, and personality assessments. No matter what type of service I provide, it is important to me that, through our work together, clients gain more confidence to navigate their life in a healthy and meaningful way.
Ceara Mendoza, Psy.D. (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: ADHD, Anxiety, ASD – Developmental, Behavioral Issues, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Peer Issues – Social Skills, Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Trauma, Women’s Issues
I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. Throughout my clinical training and experiences, I have had the pleasure of providing psychotherapy and psychological testing services within community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient group practices, and therapeutic day school settings. Within these organizations, I have worked with individuals across the lifespan, with a focus on children and adolescents to young adults. I have assisted clients experiencing a multitude of concerns, including: mild to severe mood disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, relationship and behavioral concerns, self-esteem, trauma, and personality disorders.
I strive to create a warm and accepting environment where clients can safely explore challenges they encounter while identifying strengths that they can rely on. My approach to therapy is collaborative, working together to bring awareness to patterns of thoughts and behaviors that have developed over time, as well as jointly establishing and achieving goals. I utilize an integrative approach to health and wellness, pulling from evidence-based practices, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Client-Centered Therapy, and Strength-Based Approaches, tailored to the individual based on their specific concerns, background, and worldview. Additionally, I enjoy bringing humor into sessions to not only build therapeutic rapport, but assist in perspective-taking, navigating challenges, and empowerment.
Outside of work, I can be found attempting to cook new cuisine I have seen on MasterChef, playing with my dog, Reese, and turtle, Frankie, or spending time with my husband and friends. I also have a strong love for self-expression through make-up and could talk about my lipstick collection any time!
Sarah Seebold PsyD. (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, ASD – Developmental, Behavioral Issues, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, OCD, Peer Issues – Social Skills, School Refusal, Trauma, Trichotillomania
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, ASD, Grief/Loss, Hoarding, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Substance Abuse (After Other Treatment), Trauma, Trichotillomania, Women’s Issues
I earned my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Midwestern University. During my training, I have worked with clients across the lifespan, with a focus on children and adolescents. I have provided psychotherapy and psychological testing services in an array of settings that include community mental health centers, private practice, and therapeutic day schools. I have been able to work closely with clients to treat a wide variety of concerns ranging from mood and developmental disorders, chronic pain, substance abuse, trauma, hoarding, family stress, academic distress, and academic avoidance.
My goal is to promote a safe and nurturing setting for my clients while fostering a collaborative approach to identify individualized needs to improve their quality of life. I strive to collaborate with my clients to develop a strong therapeutic alliance founded on trust and acceptance. I am passionate about cultivating benevolence and believe in the benefits of a life spent helping others. Additionally, I value the importance of displaying open-mindedness, flexibility, and personal integrity. I utilize a therapy lens that integrates evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral theory (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and client-centered therapy.
I am dedicated to provide a safe environment for clients in the LGBTQIA+ community, those who hold multiple identities and have a diverse cultural background. I strive to support others to examine how these identities may impact the way they interact with the world around them. I acknowledge my own identity and biases to monitor the impact they have on treatment. I seek to recognize these identities and use them to advocate and educate on the pressing topics of sexuality, gender, and racial injustice that are experienced in and outside our communities.
In my free time, you can find me spending time with my two savannah cats exploring nature or spending time with friends and family.
You can reach me at email@example.com or (708) 586-7357.
Marcela Garcia Guzman (she/her/hers)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anger and Aggression Issues, Behavioral Issues, Peer Issues – Social Skills, Self Esteem, Self Image
I am bilingual and Latina. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali, Colombia, and I am currently pursuing my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in National Louis University. I have experience working with children, parents, teenagers, and the elderly population from underprivileged neighborhoods in Cali, such as Altos de Menga and Comuna 18. My responsibilities have ranged from holding counseling sessions and creating socio-emotional workshops and interventions to developing psycho-educational content and projects.
I have a special interest in health psychology, specifically in how chronic illness and mental health impact and influence each other, and the ways in which these can be managed and treated to create a balanced and collaborative relationship between people’s minds and bodies. I also feel passionate about furthering my knowledge in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders.
I believe we all have the potential to find balance and happiness in our lives and have certain ideas about how to do so. However, sometimes we need an outside perspective and well-informed guidance to take the appropriate steps toward our well-being. That is who I strive to be, a guide and companion for those who are looking to improve and heal. As for what I enjoy doing in my free time, I watch movies and series, read novels, sing, and swim.
Anagha Imandar (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: ADHD, Anxiety, Behavioral Concerns, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Mood Disorders, Peer Issues – Social Skills, PTSD/Trauma
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anxiety, Behavioral Concerns, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Peer Issues – Social Skills, PTSD/Trauma, Women’s Issues
I earned my Master’s degree at Adler University in Clinical Psychology where I am currently pursuing my PsyD in Clinical Psychology. I am learning meaningful insights and honing my skills in evidence-based interventions to best work with clients from various backgrounds and
My approach to therapy is rooted in empathy, active listening, and creating a safe and nonjudgmental space. I previously interned in a neuropsychological practice with individuals with neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental concerns, such as ADHD and learning disabilities, mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and trauma. As each person’s experiences are unique, I am committed to tailoring sessions to meet specific needs and goals and am dedicated to helping clients find their authentic selves and learn how to navigate their concerns with tailored tools and interventions. In a collaborative manner, we can explore thoughts, emotions, and other concerns to facilitate change and personal development in a manner that is most comfortable to each person.
When I am not in a session or class, you can find me reading one of the many books that are in my “to-read” pile, exploring Chicago’s farmer’s markets and bookstores, listening to K-pop, catching up on TV and movies, cuddling my friend’s goldendoodle named Macy, or trying different cuisines and restaurants.
Rebecca (Becca) Lustig (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, Depression, Family Conflict, Life Transitions, Self Esteem
Presenting Concerns – Adults: Anxiety, Depression, Family Conflict, Life Transitions, Infertility, Perinatal Support, Self Esteem, Women’s Issues
After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I continued my education at Adler University, where I am currently a third-year student pursuing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. My areas of clinical interest and specialty include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life transitions, family conflict, infertility, perinatal support, and women’s health issues.
My ongoing therapeutic goal is to help clients build healthy coping skills, confidence, and relationships to work toward living a meaningful life in accordance with their values. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with individuals, couples, and families by listening, connecting, and holding a judgment-free space. I aim to create a warm and supportive environment where emotions and experiences can be explored collaboratively and openly. I utilize acceptance-based strategies and cognitive behavioral therapy tools to help clients develop skills while feeling supported and guided through the process.
In my free time, I enjoy trying new workout classes, eating ice cream, spending time with friends and family, and walking everywhere (while trying to beat the ETA of Apple Maps)!
Celeste Martinez (she/her)
Presenting Concerns – Children: Anxiety, ASD, Behavioral Issues, Eating Disorders, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, OCD, Peer Issues – Social Skills, PTSD/Trauma, Selective Mutism
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, ASD, Eating Disorders, First Responders, Grief/Loss, LGBTQIA+, OCD, PTSD/Trauma
I am currently a graduate student attending Adler University for my PsyD degree. I currently have my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler and received my Bachelors degree from Loyola University of Chicago. I was born and raised here in Chicago and love the city for its diversity and amazing food! I have enjoyed growing as a clinician and learning valuable skills. I have experience working with children and adolescents ranging from the ages of five to
eighteen.I enjoy working with children and adolescents and plan to continue working with this population, making a meaningful impact on their lives.
My goal is to help children and adolescents overcome different obstacles in their lives and help them develop skills to help them move forward. I want to provide for them a safe space in therapy where they can express themselves freely and grow. I believe every person is unique and should be treated as such, my therapeutic approach is more humanistic, seeing the person for who they are and working collaboratively to help meet their needs.
When I am not in class or practicing therapy, I enjoy being at home with my four legged baby boy watching my favorite childhood cartoons. I also volunteer at an animal shelter working specifically with dogs. I love dogs and believe they have a meaningful purpose in our lives and one day will incorporate dogs into my therapy sessions.
Greg Shapiro (he/him)
Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anxiety, Men’s Issues, PTSD/Trauma
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yeshiva University in 2021. Since then, I have worked for a startup aimed at amplifying patient voices in medical publications, a non-profit specializing in community evaluation, and I am currently in my second year in the PsyD program at the Chicago School
of Professional Psychology.
I have been passionate about exploring psychology since I began my higher education journey in 2017, and the more I learn, the more my love for the field continues to grow. I believe that each individual has the innate ability to heal and thrive, and the duty of the psychologist is to help utilize that ability and guide them throughout their mental health journey. I am interested in cognitive behavioral therapy, neuropsychology, psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, and am always open minded to learning other approaches to therapy and psychology. My goal as a diagnostic extern is to provide each client with a comfortable testing environment, efficient testing, as well as clear and timely reports in order for them to gain a better understanding of themselves, their brains, and their behavior.
Outside of school and work, I recharge my battery by going to concerts and music festivals, playing video games, hiking, fishing, and enjoying time with my friends and family.