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CCOCC’s professional staff are made up of a culturally and ethnically diverse group of Master’s and Doctoral level therapists who are committed to offering high-quality counseling services. While we each operate from a solid Christian perspective, we are also respectful and sensitive to clients’ varying beliefs and worldviews. All therapists have experience and expertise in working with a wide variety of clinical settings, client concerns and spiritual, cultural, ethnic and diversity issues.

Each therapist also has training and expertise in dealing with depression, anxiety, loneliness, singleness, life transitions, relationship concerns, and traditionally under served populations. As a whole, the therapists at the Center provide individual, couples and family therapy, consulting, seminars and assessments.

All interested parties are directed to our main phone number (312) 573-8860, and the intake coordinators match the appropriate therapist with the client’s needs and desires. The following list provides an idea of the therapist you may be working with.

Also Meet Our Support Team


Our Clinical Team

Rev. Dr. Peonita Harris, Psy.D., LMFT, CSAT, CDWF

Executive Director / Marriage & Family Therapist

Primary Areas of Care: Couples, Sex Addiction & Spiritual Integration

Locations: Main Office & Vernon Hills

Dr. Harris is the Executive Director of Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago. Dr. Harris has practiced in the field for 18 years. Dr. Harris has been an ordained minister for over 20 years and has served in leadership throughout her professional career. She has experience in leading women ministries and pastoral counseling ministry. She has also trained women for leadership in ministry and spearheaded training for lay-ministers in pastoral care.

Dr. Harris’ goal is to embrace the uniqueness of all individuals as she assists them to discover and live out their divine purpose. She is committed to the movement of de-stigmatizing mental illness and to the integration of faith and practice. She has many years of experience in working with distressed couples, couples recovering from infidelity and betrayal, survivors of sexual trauma, and working with couples and partners recovering from the impact of sexual addiction.

Dr. Harris has a Bachelor’s degree from Moody Bible Institute. She has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University. Dr. Harris is also a clinical fellow of AAMFT and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator.

Additionally, Dr. Harris is an alumna of the Chicago area Christian Training Consortium where she received specialized clinical training in the integration of faith-based practice and psychology.


Articles by Dr. Peonita

Deceived - Hope for Healing after an Affair

Dr. Harris Summer Reads Suggestions

Letting Go To Grow

The Four "Cs" of Intimacy

What is your parenting style?


Christine Collins, M.A., LCPC, CADC 

Clinical Director / Therapist

Primary Areas of Care: Addiction, Mood Disorders & Life Transitions 

Chris specializes in anxiety and depression concerns, mood disorders and life transitions. Her experience ranges from working in outpatient hospital settings, community mental health centers and private practice. She has a depth of knowledge in addressing our current national crisis of opioid addiction.

Her approach is collaborative and focuses on a client’s strengths to find solutions to their problems. She addresses clients' emotional, behavioral and interpersonal issues using evidenced based cognitive-behavioral therapy. Chris integrates spirituality and Christian perspectives when requested.

Chris received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Addictions. Her passion for helping others led to her vocation of becoming a clinical therapist. Her belief is that each of us has unique gifts and our life journey is to discover them, this leads to true happiness.


Articles by Christine

Strategies to Reduce Depression During the Holiday


Martina Sancen, M.A., LCPC

Director of Academic Counseling Programs / Bilingual Therapist

Primary Areas of Care: Children, Adolescents, Families, ADHD, Anxiety & Depression

Martina specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families whose functioning is being impacted by ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other emotional or behavioral challenges. She believes that children have a strong desire to learn and stresses that learning can be fun; her therapeutic approaches include teaching skills, practicing them in session, and encouraging implementation in other environments.  Martina also enjoys working with adolescents, giving them a space to express their voice and individuality.

Martina’s approach to therapy is to establish a safe and professional relationship with her client and creatively tailor interventions based on the client’s strengths and likes; incorporating evidence based treatment practices with music, poetry, and art. She has experience working with individuals suffering domestic violence and has strived to be an agent of change through her work by teaching and empowering adolescents both individually and in groups about healthy relationships and how to create change in their environment. Martina has completed a 40-hour Domestic Violence training program that enables her to address the complex experience of victims and survivors.

Martina believes God has been guiding her path and is passionate about assisting others in finding comfort in his mercy, grace, and rest during times of struggle and pain. She began preparation for her work with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from DePaul University. She then continued her education, going on to earn a Master’s degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University.

In her free time Martina enjoys spending time with her friends, exploring new restaurants and revisiting all time favorites; she would indeed consider herself a "foodie." Her guilty pleasure and something her friends laugh about is her love for reality TV. She also loves serving at her church and building on her relationships.


Articles by Martina

Back-to-School Season


Dr. Grace Ahn-Im, Psy.D. - Not Accepting New Clients


Primary Areas of Care: Children, Adults, Couples, Life Transitions, Depression, Anxiety & Identity Concerns

As a therapist, Dr. Grace strives to create a safe and supportive environment in which a collaborative and goal-oriented relationship can develop. Through this safe and supportive relationship Dr. Grace assists people in increasing awareness of themselves and begin the journey of healing, growth, and change.

Dr. Grace is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing life transitions (e.g. immigration, job loss, new parent, etc.), symptoms of depression, anxiety, and identity concerns. Dr. Grace enjoys working with individuals in various life stages and come from different backgrounds. Dr. Grace also enjoys working with couples preparing for marriage.

Dr. Grace utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and evidence based practices in her treatment of clients and considers each client's unique context and cultural (e.g., race, gender, SES, community, spirituality) background and integrates these constructs in her treatment.

Dr. Grace received her Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College. She is trained in Prepare and Enrich and has over four years of experience working in community mental health and hospital settings. Dr. Grace has led multiple groups for children, adolescents, and adults with topics including social skills, healthy living, stress management, behavior management, and mindfulness.


Merry Baronas, M.S.W., LSW 


Primary Areas of Care: Emerging Adults, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Trauma & Disordered Eating 

Merry specializes in providing trauma-informed therapy with adolescents, adults, and couples. Her clinical experience includes helping clients navigate family-of-origin issues, disordered eating, and grief and loss. Merry intentionally integrates relational therapy with humanistic principles and third-wave cognitive approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Merry views the client as the expert of their own experiences and she facilitates a collaborative approach in therapy to meet the unique needs of the client. 

Merry obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work from The Catholic University of America, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Franciscan University. She views clients from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective and can aid clients who are seeking to integrate their faith and spirituality into therapy. Merry believes that if wounds can occur in the context of a relationship, then change and healing can also occur within the therapeutic relationship that is empathetic, connected, and genuine. 

Merry enjoys writing, spending time with her family, and being outside looking out at Lake Michigan.


Karen Bryant, M.A. 


Primary Areas of Care: Couples, Emerging Adults & Life Transitions

Karen enjoys working with couples at all phases of their relationship from courtship to marriage. She helps couples identify their strengths, patterns of relating, vulnerabilities and helps them to develop tools that foster and protect their relationship. Having experienced many life transitions, Karen understands each phase of life has challenges and supports individuals as they develop and maintain their self identity and who they wish to be as their lives and relationships changes.

By considering your unique challenges, Karen customizes her therapeutic approach to address your concerns. All approaches incorporate your strengths, promote engagement, and focus on your desired future. Karen operates from a solution-focused orientation, including Gottman, Structural and CBT interventions, integrating spirituality and Christian perspectives when requested.

Karen earned a B.S in Accounting from Illinois Institute of Technology, a B.A in Psychology from Governors State University, and a M.A in Counseling specializing in marriage, couples and family therapy from Governors State University. Karen serves as advisor to the practicum laboratory supervisor; is an officer in counseling honor society and serves as a teaching assistant at Governors State University.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys participating in activities that promote laughter.

Luke Durain M.A.

Doctoral Intern

Primary Areas of Care: Couples, Families, Trauma, ADHD, Depression & Anxiety

Luke  is a therapist who seeks to empower individuals, couples, and families of all ages as they seek growth and healing. He believes that every person’s unique story deserves compassion and is worth understanding. Luke take a collaborative and relational approach to therapy as he helps clients explore patterns, identify achievable goals, and develop effective interpersonal or coping skills. He is committed to creating a therapy space that feels open and safe. For those who wish, he has extensive training in the integration of one’s faith or cultural experience into therapy.

As a therapist, Luke draws from Acceptance Commitment Therapy as well as other therapeutic methods. He has a heart for helping people with a variety of concerns such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Luke has experience that includes working with people from diverse communities, which includes churches and community clinics.

Luke has received both a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he is currently a candidate for a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Luke feels honored to work under the supervision of Dr. Frances Tung.

LaToya Flowers-Roe, M.A., LPC 


Primary Areas of Care: Couples, Parenting, Child and Adolescent Behavior & Life Transitions

Couple and family relationships can be hard work – the source of great joy and great pain. LaToya specializes in couple and family counseling. She, primarily, works with clients regarding issues such as communication, infidelity, parenting, child and adolescent behavior, depression, anxiety and daily life stressors. She sees individuals, couples and families. 

LaToya concentrates on strengthening couple and familial bonds, repairing relationship wounds, and breaking destructive generational patterns of interaction. She does so by using a positive, brief therapeutic approach to provide long lasting change in as short a time as possible. She strives to create a safe, nurturing environment for her clients by expressing genuine warmth, care and concern. She wholeheartedly believes her clients can and will accomplish their therapeutic goals. 

LaToya received her B. S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She received a M.A. in Counseling with a specialization in marriage and families from Governors State University in University Park, IL. And she is currently working on her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Governors State University. She also teaches graduate level courses in counseling; is in the process of co-authoring several chapters in a book on EFT with couples; and frequently presents at professional mental health conferences. In her free time, she likes redecorating her home and watching movies with her husband and two sons.

"Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most." 


Holly Geneva, M.A.

Academic Coach / Therapist

Primary Areas of Care: Child and Adolescent Behavior, Life Transitions & Families

Holly specializes in working with children, adolescents and families whose functioning is being impacted by emotional and behavioral challenges. She has experience working with children in various settings, from church, camps, school-systems and clinical settings.  

Holly’s approach to therapy is to establish a welcoming, safe, and structured atmosphere for children and adolescence to express themselves and their stories. Holding a BA in Children’s Ministry from Moody Bible Institute and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Moody Theological Seminary has greatly aided her in creating that atmosphere. Holly also incorporates evidence-based therapy treatments with using a client-center focus approach with Play, Narrative and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapeutic undertones.  

In her free time Holly enjoys spending time with her friends, playing video games, reading theology, fantasy, classic literature and classic children’s literature, spending time outdoors and serving with her church. Holly also loves to travel and to experience new things that life has to offer. One of her favorite spots in the world is Stockholm, Sweden.


Nicholas Guerrero, M.S.W., LCSW, CADC


Primary Areas of Care: Addiction, Emerging Adults, Anxiety & Depression 

Nicholas is a Master level clinician. Attending catholic schools his entire life, he finished his educational career at Loyola University of Chicago where he obtained his Master’s in Social Work. Nicholas’ approach is Person Centered Solution Focused, utilizing Empathic Understanding, Cognitive Behavioral techniques and spiritual understanding. Importantly, Nicholas utilizes a unique combination of these treatment modalities that revolve around “meeting you where you are at”.

Nicholas has strived to have these values and practices shine through while treating the community over the past years. A key tenant of Nicholas’ practice is to “utilize empathy through grace and humility in order to build on a client’s own potential”.

In his free time, Nicholas enjoys teaching himself how to play the ukulele and the harmonica. He also enjoys taking classes in marital arts and self-defense. 


Articles by Nicholas

Shannon Krabill, M.S.W., LCSW


Primary Areas of Care: Grief/Loss, Couples, Domestic Violence, Gender Issues, Depression & Anxiety

Shannon specializes in providing therapy individually with adults and emerging adults. She has over eight years of experience working with grief and loss, specifically, and is also trained in domestic violence and gender issues.

Shannon obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work from Dominican University.  As a therapist, she is dedicated to creating a safe and calming space for people to explore their needs on a journey to healing and wellness. She has a relational style of therapy that looks to client’s goals, experiences and strengths in order to meet the unique needs of each individual. She works collaboratively out of strengths-based, trauma informed, solutions-focused approach, utilizing evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Clients can expect Shannon to meet them where they are with empathy and intuition. She has experience working with clients across gender, ethnic, generational or religious differences. Her practice is informed by her faith and she believes spirituality can be a vital piece of the therapeutic process when a client is open to the concept.

Shannon loves spending time outside, reading and exploring Chicago with her family.

Britni Ludwig, M.A.


Primary Areas of Care: Family Systems, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Adults

Being trained in a systemic approach to therapy, Britni incorporates this perspective into her work with individuals, couples, and families. She approaches therapy from an attachment perspective, believing that our primary relationships shape the way we experience ourselves and others. Britni helps clients reframe faulty thoughts and beliefs so they can live more fulfilling lives and improve their relationships. For those who embrace a Christian perspective, she aids clients in exploring and experiencing the grace, compassion, and freedom God brings into the deep places of shame and pain that exist in so many of us.

Having received training in the treatment of trauma, Britni is able to utilize specific skills and psycho-education about how trauma affects the brain to help clients manage their symptoms and process their experiences in a healthier way.

Working with the somatic experience of emotions, Britni is able to help clients gain a deeper self-awareness of their cognitive and emotional experience. With this, clients feel more equipped to make constructive and proactive choices in their lives and relationships. More specifically, Britni utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) in her work.

Britni was born and raised as an expat in Taipei, Taiwan. She completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity Western University located in British Columbia, Canada, and completed her graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has been working in mental health since 2010 and moved to Chicago in the spring of 2018.


Zach Seifert, M.A., LPC

Community Partnership Coordinator / Therapist

Primary Areas of Care: Anxiety, Depression, Children, Family Systems & Sexual Addiction

Zach enjoys working with a diverse population and tailors the therapeutic environment to meet each client where they are to address their specific and unique needs. Clients can expect a holistic model of therapy that aims to acknowledge the relationship between mind, body and spirit; while also being challenged to discover their full potential individually, relationally and spiritually.

Zach specializes in working with adults whose day-to-day functioning is being impacted by anxiety, depression and/or sexual addiction; as well as children who are experiencing emotional or behavioral inconsistencies, like symptoms of ADHD. He utilizes evidenced based interventions to support the client’s welfare and drive improvement and relief from symptoms. 

Zach has always felt led to assist others in discovering their purpose/meaning, which ultimately guided him into the field of Psychology. Zach earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Chicago State University.

Zach enjoys spending meaningful time with his family, listening to music, watching great television, exploring the world and playing sports/competitions.

Dr. Andrene Spencer, Psy.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Primary Areas of Care: Adults, Emerging Adults, Spiritual Integration, Identity Concerns, Depression & Anxiety

Locations: Main Office & Andersonville

Andrene has worked with clients from diverse backgrounds with various presenting problems. She enjoys working with emerging adults most of all because she likes being a part of their journey as they transition from adolescence to adulthood and continue to figure out who they are. In addition, Andrene is passionate about addressing matters pertaining to faith, religion and/or spirituality and often integrates faith and psychology in her work with clients if they so desire. She has also led an anger management group for teens and co-led a parenting group and process group and values the interpersonal dynamics at play in group psychotherapy settings. Andrene believes that group therapy works well for a lot of individuals and can be a source of support and normalization for clients. Andrene usually operates from a cognitive behavioral approach and she takes into consideration the relational dynamic between the therapist and client in the room as well as the clients’ relationships in and outside of therapy. 

Andrene currently has a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and has been working in the mental health field for almost eight years. She is Cornerstone’s Post Doctoral Fellow and has completed a Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. In her spare time, Andrene enjoys spending time with people and attending various social events. She also loves to watch one of her many preferred television shows or listen to music when she wants some alone time.

Leigh-Ann Theophilos, M.A., RYT

Doctoral Intern

Primary Areas of Care: Emerging Adults, Adults, Addiction & Body Image

Leigh-Ann has clinical experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics as well as college counseling and private practice. She has specialized training in substance use and addiction, particularly utilizing the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. 

Leigh-Ann is passionate about addressing mental health issues from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual paradigm. While her treatment approach is integrative, she mostly utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This approach helps client’s not only decrease distressing symptoms, but change the relationship they have to these symptoms. She also firmly believes in understanding client’s from a trauma-informed perspective and utilizing research on the mind-body connection to inform her clinical work. She understands how difficult it can be to reach out for help, therefore, her priority is to build a therapeutic environment of trust and collaboration.

Leigh-Ann received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. She obtained her Master’s degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies as well as her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology - Argosy University, Twin Cities. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, with specific training in trauma-sensitive yoga. Currently, she is finishing up her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

In her free time, Leigh-Ann enjoys running, yoga, cooking, and spending time with her family. 


Dr. Jermaine Thomas, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist / Clinical Supervisor

Primary Areas of Care: Early Relational Trauma, Depression & Couples

Locations: Main Office & Fuller Park

Dr. Thomas specializes in working with individuals struggling with early relational trauma, depression, and couple issues. His treatment approach is integrative, as he incorporates perspectives from psychodynamic theory, emotion-focused therapy, the Gottman method, Adlerian therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Dr. Thomas believes that our early experiences, particularly our early relational experiences, lay the foundation for how we view others, the world, and ourselves. He strives to help individuals recover from the pain of their past and he has a passion for working with individuals who seek to learn more about themselves, and desire to grow emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Dr. Thomas is especially passionate about helping clients form a better relationship with God and fully experience His grace. 

Dr. Thomas obtained his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University and his Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University.

His style of therapy is relational and clients can expect that he will explore their issues with them without judgment. It is his aim to create a safe space in which clients feel comfortable working through difficult private issues as he provides support along the road to healing.

A fun fact about Dr. Thomas is that he really enjoys playing basketball and participating in obstacle course runs.


Articles by Dr. Jermaine

Demystifying Your Child’s Misbehavior

Health & Wellness: Mind, Body, Spirit

Why Do I Need a Therapist if I’ve Got Jesus?


Stephanie Rose Torres, M.A., LPC  

Bilingual Therapist

Primary Areas of Care: Trauma, Women's Issues & Depression

As an inner-City Chicago native, Stephanie has had much experience with youth and women who have suffered loss and trauma. She has a deep value for connecting the hurting to healing, and sharing hope in moments when hope seems lost.

As such, Stephanie is passionate about working alongside under-resourced adults and adolescents who struggle with regulating emotion, including anger, sadness, uncertainty, anxiety, effects of trauma, women’s issues, and depression.  Stephanie also is passionate about addressing issues within relationships, as well as spiritual concerns. Stephanie views connectedness and spirituality as essential aspects of a human development and healing. Stephanie also has an interest for working with life and work transitions.

Clients can expect that Stephanie will meet them where they are emotionally and spiritually. They can expect that Stephanie will guide them to think critically and holistically about concerns to increase self- and other-awareness and implement strategies for a healthier well-being.

Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from DePaul University and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Christian College.

Stephanie loves writing and performing poetry and was the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award of 2012.


Articles by Stephanie

13 Reasons Why: Glorifying Suicide, Increasing the Risk

Going Fishing

Dr. Frances Tung, PhD, LPC

Licensed Clinical Psychologist / Part-Time Clinical Supervisor 

Primary Areas of Care: ADHD, Anxiety & Depression

Dr. Tung specializes in working with individuals who are experiencing ADHD, anxiety, and depression. She seeks to create a safe environment for her clients and to help them make positive and meaningful choices. She enjoys working with clients of all ages on a variety of issues. She has a particular interest in providing psychological assessments to children and adults for issues including attention difficulties, learning disabilities, emotional and social concerns.

Dr. Tung also has expertise in working with child and adolescent development. She specializes in helping children overcome emotional and behavioral difficulties, and offers tools for parents to set their child up for success. She also conducts academic counseling groups that focus on social and emotional learning in elementary schools. Additionally, she is involved in researching and evaluating the effectiveness of academic counseling groups.

Dr. Tung earned her Doctorate degree from Suffolk University. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and learning new things.


Articles by Dr. Frances



Dr. Kara White, Psy.D.


Primary Areas of Care: Anxiety, Depression, Vulnerability & Shame/Guilt

Locations: Main Office & River Forest

Dr. White is passionate to work with issues related to grief, life changes, identity and self-esteem, spiritual crisis, self-awareness, assertiveness, relational conflict, communication, anxiety, depression, vulnerability, shame/guilt, and other everyday life difficulties.  She works with adults and provides pre-marital counseling that utilizes the Prepare/Enrich assessment. She has conducted educational seminars related to stress, social pressures to succeed, and developing healthy relationships.

Dr. White’s approach to counseling involves exploring and understanding one’s difficulty and, with that understanding, finding appropriate changes that will help improve one’s lived experience or situation. Kara strives to develop an empathic and encouraging partnership and embodies a patient, direct, and transparent stance in the relationship. She also utilizes creativity to assist with mental and emotional processing or as a tool for self-care. She is trained to include one’s faith perspective uniquely to each person's preference. 

Dr. White earned her Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and concentrated her graduate studies on integrating faith and psychology. Her dissertation displayed this interest by looking at healthy and unhealthy motives for spiritual fasting. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Pastoral Care from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. Dr. White is also an alumna of the Chicago area Christian Training Consortium where she received specialized clinical training in the integration of faith-based practice and training.

She loves to spend time with her family, practice creativity, read non-fiction, enjoy nature, and bond with animals.


Articles by Dr. Kara

All my single ladies…Caring for the heart of a woman

Assertiveness: Be All of You in Your Relationship

Cyber-bullying: What it is, what to do, and how to prevent it

Live on the Rest 

Overcoming Shame From Failure

Socially Obese? Keep social media use healthy.

The Power of the Creative Process

Will Success Bring Happiness?

Our Interns


Kristen Darr, MBA

M.A. Intern

Primary Areas of Care: Adolescents, Trauma, Adjustment Disorders & Social Anxiety 

Kristen is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at Adler University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Missouri, followed by a Masters of Business Administration degree at Webster University. Kristen worked in the for profit sector prior to pursing a Master’s degree in Counseling. She has experience serving various community organizations through volunteer-elected positions, including Make-A-Wish Missouri, The Kingdom House and Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri. 

Along with having a heart for serving others, Kristen’s strengths include openness and trained listening skills while conceptualizing client issues in order to provide effective insight and interventions. Her core values include patience, acceptance, hope and putting God first in her life, which guide her thoughts, beliefs and actions.

Kristen is particularly interested in working with trauma, adjustment disorders, couples and young women. Kristen’s overall goal in the counseling field is to help others work through life’s challenges by empowering the client to make beneficial changes, gain understanding and achieve peace.


Kaeley Doyle 

M.A. Intern

Primary Areas of Care: Children, Adolescents, Addictions, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family

Kaeley enjoys working with individuals, children, adolescents, couples and families on a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, addictions, trauma and eating disorders. Kaeley believes that healing and transformation should take place in a compassionate, safe, and nonjudgmental environment. She incorporates many interventions including cognitive behavioral, existential, and person centered therapy. 

Kaeley received her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. She is pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. Kaeley has experience volunteering as a crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line, where she learned how to bring clients from a heated moment of crisis to a calmer state through active listening, collaborative problem solving and safety planning. She also learned a lot about healthy coping mechanisms and stress management.   

In her spare time, Kaeley enjoys running and is currently training for her fifth marathon. She also enjoys attending live music events, spending time with friends and family and exploring Chicago.


Lilyanna Lebron 

M.S.W. Intern

Primary Areas of Care: Children, Adolescents, Anxiety, Depression, Domestic Violence, and Grief/Loss

Lilyanna enjoys working with different populations and has particularly liked working with youth due to her expansive background in social service settings. With her undergraduate degree, Lilyanna obtained a Justice Studies degree, with a minor in Child Advocacy; she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work from Dominican University. 

Clients can expect a somewhat mixed approach from Lilyanna, involving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) mixed with Humanistic Therapy. This will allow both Lilyanna and her client to work together with goal-oriented therapy, while developing the client to their maximum potential. Clients can be assured that when working alongside Lilyanna that it will be a safe and judgement free zone where one can work through their different private issues. She does so by being empathetic, compassionate, and intuitive with their needs. 

Clients can expect that Lilyanna will meet them where they are at and focus on their development into being self-aware while incorporating interventions that will assist the individual’s daily life. 

A fun fact about Lilyanna is that she enjoys traveling and the Cubs!


Jessica Slavik 

M.A. Intern

Primary Areas of Care: Children and Adolescent Behavior, Life Transitions & Anxiety 

Jessica is a compassionate and thoughtful individual; her interests in children, impacted by life transitions and anxiety stem from her love of children and desire to bring out the best in people. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Existential/Humanistic theories into her therapeutic approach. She believes it is important to search for strengths in individuals and adapt treatment to fit each unique client. Jessica enjoys exploring individuals, children, and adolescents on a variety of issues including life transitions, anxiety, self-esteem, purpose in life and academic related problems. Her goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere for her clients and work towards client goals to the best of her ability. 

Jessica received a Bachelor’s degree in Arts at Cleveland State University. She is now pursuing an advanced degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University.In her spare time, Jessica enjoys painting, outdoor activities, spending time with friends and is always ready for the next adventure. Throughout her summer, she has enjoyed roller blading, being by the water and going to local fairs at several festivals.


Patricia Taylor 

M.S.W. Intern

Primary Areas of Care: Child and Adolescent Behavior, Emerging Adults, Anxiety & Depression 

Patricia specializes in working with children, adolescents, and emerging adults who are challenged with trauma. She has experience working with children and their parents in various educational settings. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and the Narrative method, she is committed to helping others identify their strengths, establish and accomplish goals. 

Patricia’s passion for helping others can be traced to her pre-professional days. Whether being an advocate for the homeless, helping victims of domestic violence or serving as a rape crisis advocate/counselor. She has dedicated much of her life to the service of others. 

Patricia earned her B.A. in Sociology from Chicago State University, and is currently enrolled there as a graduate student in the Social Work program. In her free time Patricia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spending time outdoors and serving in her church.


Vanessa Trejo 

M.A. Intern

Primary Areas of Care: Children, Adolescents, Anxiety & Depression

Vanessa is currently attending North Park University and she in the process of earning her Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Vanessa is bilingual; she speaks English and Spanish.  Vanessa enjoys working with children and adolescents impacted by anxiety and depression. She helps her clients find new ways of coping by helping them develop tips and skills and practicing them during session and encourages clients to practice them in the real world. Vanessa has a great time working with adolescents because she believes they have a strong voice and she wants to assist them in letting their voices be heard. 

Vanessa has worked with children from the age of 2 through middle school and it is important for her to build positive relationships and create a safe and comfortable environment. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with family in a relaxing setting. She also loves to dance and listen to music. 

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