​Althia Gayle, Ed.D, LCSW, PEL

    Dr. Althia Gayle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who receive her Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She also, received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Francis. Althia has over 10 years experience with at-risk youth within the public school system, non-profit sector/social service programs, and community engagement events in the city of Chicago and in the neighboring Suburbs. As a servant leader Althia is very passionate about providing children, adolescents and adults with the necessary tools and/or coping strategies to manage stress, conflict, anxiety, depression, grief, interpersonal relationships, self esteem, and trauma. Althia utilizes a variety of research based techniques such as CBT, DBT, Client Centered approach and a Solution-Focused approach. Althia aims to provide a brave space for clients to learn how to manage life stressors and feel empowered. 


Jamilah Akbar, MA, LCPC

     Jamilah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who obtained her Masters degree from Roosevelt University. Jamilah provides counseling services to children, adolescents and adults and has extensive experience working with a variety of issues including ADHD, oppositional and conduct disorders, adjustment and attachment issues, self-injury, adoption issues, anxiety and depression. Jamilah utilizes various therapeutic techniques such as cognitive/behavioral, solution-focused, family systems, directive and non-directive play therapy and client centered therapy. Jamilah strives to establish a supportive and trusting environment to help clients acquire skills they need to achieve their therapeutic goals.

Rita Sanders, MA, LCPC

     Rita has a solid background in diagnosing and providing treatment for a diverse clientele in a variety of settings. She provides individual, couple, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Rita is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who received her Masters degree in counseling from Governors State University. She is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger management, phobias, trauma/abuse survivors, grief/loss issues and relationship conflicts. Rita's approach is to emphasize and build upon her client's strengths, teach life skills and healthy coping skillsto improve their quality of life and to find resolution to internal and external conflicts.

Andrea Swanson, MA, LCPC
   Andrea Swanson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been providing therapeutic services since 2010.  She has clinical experience working with all age groups, including adults, with specific emphasis with children and adolescents.  She has experience doing individual, group, and family therapy in an outpatient and partial hospitalization setting.  Andrea uses a variety of treatment approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Play Therapy, which will be tailored to you and your family or individually, to help meet your needs and achieve your therapy goals.

     She has experience working with a variety of issues, including anxiety disorders, depression, self-injurious behavior, anger management, ADHD, ODD, social skills, self-esteem, communication issues and conflict resolution.  Andrea believes that the therapeutic relationship is an important part of successful treatment and will begin establishing this from the first session.  


​​​​Kristen Cooke, MSW, LCSW

    Kristen Cooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained her Master's Degree from Dominican University. Kristen has her School Social Worker certificate and also works in an Elementary School District. She has worked with youth, young adults, and families for over 10 years in a variety of settings including foster care, residential homes for DCFS wards of the state with severe mental health diagnosis, and therapeutic day schools. Kristen Also has experience working with youth from the Juvenile Justice System and a variety of Chicagoland impatient psychiatric hospitals. She has extensive experience working with youth and young adults with anxiety, depression, self-injury, suicidal ideation, mood disorders, ADHD, grief, and trama. Kristen is able to build positive relationships with hard to reach clients and families. She is determined to make her clients feel safe and comfortable while building a postive therapeutic relationship in a non-judgemental enviroment.  Kristen utilizes a variety of techniques such as mindfulness, play therapy, art therapy, solution focused brief therapy, and Dialectical behavior therapy. Through the strengths and perspective Kristen's goal as a therapist is to help her clients recognize their personal strengths, achieve life goals and achieve personal happiness.​


Laura Jackman, MA, LCPC 

   Laura is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and received her Masters degree from Wheaton College. Laura specializes and is clinically trained in the area of marriage/family counseling. Laura also works with individual adults who present with various concerns including depression, relational issues, anxiety, some forensic work, life transitions, grief, and life coaching. Laura works with clients to ameliorate psychological and emotional pain with caring, compassionate counseling. Her approach to therapy is straightforward, honest, empathetic, and relational. Laura's goal is to assist client's to modify their ineffective thoughts and behavior patterns to better achieve their life goals, arriving with a sense of contentment, fulfillment, and resolution.



Marie A. Kress, MS, LCPC, NCC

  Marie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who received her Masters of Science in Human Services Degree  from Capella University with a specialty in mental health counseling. Her undergraduate studies were completed at DePaul University in the field of psychology. Marie's professional background consists of providing counseling services to individuals, couples and families since 2007 in a variety of settings to diverse clientele. She has experience diagnosing and treating a variety of mental health issues including mood, anxiety and behavioral disorders, trama, psychosis and personality disorders. Marie uses cognitive-behavioral and play therapy interventions as well as positive, client-centered talk therapy to assist clients with finding symptom relief while building self-esteem. She is a strong proponent of psycho education and enjoys aligning with and engaging clients in building awareness around mental wellness to help them improve overall quality of life.  

Kimberly Young MSW, LCSW

  Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois. She has 32 years experience working with youth from pre-school to adolescent in the public school setting. Kim has worked extensively with pre-school children helping them and their parents to adjust to entering school, as well as helping them to learn routines and expectations of the school and classroom. Kim has also worked many years with children and adults who are physically and mentally impaired both in the school setting and in community residential programs. She has experience  working with children  and adolescents with ADHD, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, behavior, trauma, grief and coping skills. She also uses a variety of techniques including Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Client Centered, Solution Focused, and Behavior Therapy. Kim's focus is to give the client a place to feel safe, comfortable, listen and learn strategies to identify and manage emotions and stressors and feel confident and successful. 

Kyle Lisowski, Ed. S, LCPC

  Kyle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with an Educational Specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Kyle's eclectic approach incorporates 3rd Wave Cognitive Behavior Therapy including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Kyle specializes in treating 'phase of life' issues, depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationship struggles, and trauma. Kyle is motivated to help his client's reach the changes they want to see in their own lives.



Annette Krason, MA, LCPC

     Annette is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who obtained her Master’s degree from Saint Xavier University.  She has a wide range of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Annette has a background in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma, grief/loss, and substance abuse.  Annette takes a client-centered approach, values psychoeducation to empower clients, and utilizes cognitive behavior therapy and other research-based techniques.  She helps clients recognize their own strengths, clarify goals, develop coping skills, and make positive changes in their lives.  Annette believes that therapy can support individuals in becoming their best selves and find clarity and comfort in the direction of their lives.

Katrina Neubauer, MA, LCPC

     Katrina is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis University. She specializes in treating anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, self-esteem issues, interpersonal relationship struggles, and trauma. Within the therapeutic relationship, Katrina takes a collaborative, client-centered approach while promoting vulnerability and open, honest communication. Katrina strives to establish a supportive, trusting and empathetic relationship with individuals to assist them in improving on the skills needed to achieve their goals and live abundant, healthy, fulfilled lives.

​Joyce Kraus DSW Candidate, LCSW, ACSW.

   Joyce is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her master's degree from Aurora University. She will complete her Doctor of Social Work in May 2022. A member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), NASW, and Phi Alpha National Honor Society, Joyce holds more than 20 years of experience in both Inpatient and Outpatient mental treatment. She is a full-time faculty member at the University of St. Francis in the department of Social Work. Joyce has worked with clients ages 4 and up to cope with issues like ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress-related issues, trauma and medical illnesses that impact a client's well-being. Joyce's approach to therapy includes a holistic approach by partnering with clients to identify achievable goals and develop a plan to meet those goals. Joyce uses evidence-based approaches to therapy including CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused approach, and Strengths Perspective.


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Mary Camper, MSW, LSW, CADC

  Mary Camper is currently enrolled at Waldon University working toward obtaining her PhD in psychology. She is a licensed Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has received her Master and Bachelor degree in social work from the University of St. Francis. She obtained a post Master's Certificate in Forensic Social Work. Mary has experience working with children, adolescents, adult and families. She uses a variety of client centered treatment approaches. She has experience treating substance use, mental health and co-occurrence diagnoses. Mary's focus areas include PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger management, trama, sexual assault, grief/loss, low self esteem, and phobias.   


Brooke Hagadus, MSW, LCSW

  Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 28 years of experience in this field. She obtained her Master's Degree along with a Certificate to work in the School Setting (Type 73). Brooke's undergraduate degree was earned from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor's degree in Juvenile Justice.   Brooke has consistently worked with children, teens and families throughout the years in a variety of settings. She had spent 10 years as a Juvenile Probation Officer with following experiences in the foster care setting,  alternative schools, hospice and is also currently working as a school social worker in a Junior High setting. This gives Brooke a vast amount of experience with at-risk youth and families from a variety of backgrounds and experiences teaming up with community agencies. 

  Brooke has a lot of experience working with youth and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, low self esteem, trauma and grief. Brooke excels at building positive relationships with a variety of clients and is easily able to build a trusting rapport. She uses a variety of research based techniques such as CBT, Client Centered, Solution Focused, while using Strength's Perspective outlook. It is very important that clients feel heard, comfortable and safe while being supported. 


​Victoria Victorenko, MS, LSW

​    Vickie is a licensed Social Worker with a Masters Degree in Social Work from Aurora University and Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University. Vickie has experience working in medical settings including Skilled Nursing Facilities, Physical Rehabilitation Hospitals and Community Hospital settings working with individuals on a broad spectrum of issues. Additionally, Vickie has over 8 years doing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy) with children who are diagnosed with Autism, as well as a certificate in Health Coaching, working with individuals to make lifestyle changes. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults by focusing on areas including self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, stress management, medical and health concerns, grief and loss, work and vocational issues. Vickie uses a variety of interventions in a collaborative, client centered approach while establishing a supportive and empathetic relationship to help clients see themselves from a strengths perspective and achieve their personal goals. 

Maureen Fitzmaurice, MA, PEL, LPC

  Maureen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and former Educator. She is a graduate of Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She treats tweens, teens, adults, elders, individuals, couples and families. Maureen is experienced in a variety of issues, but specializes in treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, chronic pain and illness. She also treats compassion fatigue in helping professionals. In addition to brief solution-focused therapy, she is comfortable treating those with a long-term need for psychotherapy. Maureen utilizes a client-centered approach that is warm, supportive, and collaborative to help clients meet their treatment goals. As every client has different needs, Maureen uses an eclectic approach to therapy, pulling from various theories to meet the unique needs of each case. Maureen also teaches clients meditation Instruction.