Choosing a counselor is an important step. Read through our staff biographies to learn more about who you would like to work with.
Priscilla Dean, LCPC
Deciding you need therapy can be a tough process. I want you to feel safe to explore emotional issues that feel overwhelming to you. I believe the counseling relationship should be one where you and I form real connection-and that this connection is where the foundation of healing can begin. If you're not feeling the connection with me, please don't give up finding therapeutic help! A good fit is out there.
I specialize in treating all kinds of disordered eating behaviors, ranging from mild concerns to severe issues. I enjoy helping those diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorders, as well as those who do not meet the diagnostic criteria. I believe it is essential to work as a team with your dietitian, psychiatrist and PCP, as necessary. In addition to eating disorders, I really enjoy the healing work with clients who have been sexual abused, including those sexually assaulted, raped, molested or harassed. I use DBT, ACT and Narrative Therapies for trauma.
I love using humor, mindfulness practices and spirituality in my therapy sessions. I think and plan for long term healing for my clients, not simply short term symptom maintenance. Healing is possible--let's do the hard things and get there together.
Contact me: email@example.com // 630-480-0060 x. 701
Ashley Roberts, MA
Grief and loss are integral parts to the human experience and are not something just caused by death. We can grieve loss of a friendship, changes in identity, a crisis of faith, and even positive changes like marriage, motherhood, etc. You might be feeling confused or distressed by this grief and that is okay. You may be experiencing new symptoms of depression or anxiety and that too is normal. You deserve a space to better understand the world and yourself as you learn how to navigate life.
I believe all people have the ability to heal in the right environments with the right support. My aim is to create a safe space where people can be empowered to explore and heal; a place that fosters compassion for self and others.
If you have been considering counseling, I would love to hear from you even if it is just questions about the process of counseling. Please email or call me, I hope to start this journey together.
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org // 630-480-0060 x. 703
Natasha Knoff, LMFT
Contact me: email@example.com // 630-480-0060 x. 700
Julia Vickers, ALMFT
Living authentically and wholeheartedly are two things that guide my counseling style. I offer a warm, accepting presence for you as you process your concerns, fears, and pain. The ability to be ourselves and enjoy the present can be often hindered by past experiences and future worries. Hearing your story is exciting to me because it is so important; YOU are important.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families. I believe that unresolved toxic patterns in close relationships can seriously distort how we think about ourselves, others and the world. Exploring these patterns can help you see more clearly, and live more genuinely. In family therapy, I create an environment where family members can practice how to listen well, share honestly, and learn how to support one another in new ways.
My areas of clinical specialty include family conflict, disordered eating, issues related to spirituality, couples therapy and premarital counseling.
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org // 630-480-0060 x. 704
heather Hawthorne, ALMFT
Choosing to come to therapy is a brave decision, and it is my goal to walk closely alongside you as we navigate life's challenges together. You can expect that I will meet you in whatever place you are with sensitivity and empathy. Building a trusting relationship in order to create a safe and positive environment is one of my top priorities in order to make this a helpful experience for you.
I have a special interest in women's reproductive mental health including the specific challenges that women and their partners face when struggling with infertility, prenatal, perinatal issues. In addition, I enjoy working with people going through life transitions, as well as working with teens with self-esteem and family conflict concerns.
I consider it a great privilege to hold hope for people as we walk together towards greater healing and wholeness. I look forward to starting this process with you!
Contact me: email@example.com // 630-480-0060 x. 702
Kristy Gargano, LSW
It's hard to admit when we are struggling, and it’s even harder when the struggles we face aren’t visible to the rest of the world. Depression, stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem all take a major toll on our self-worth and our physical health. Factor in the expectations we put on ourselves, as well as societal expectations, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Perhaps it’s time to let someone in to support you, lift you up, and even sit with you when you are in a place of discomfort. Being vulnerable is scary, but finding someone who will support you and walk with you through the struggles is life changing.
My areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, stress, and self-esteem issues. I believe building self-awareness and encouraging a mind-body connection are first steps at managing, and even overcoming some of these struggles. I support my clients through these difficulties by using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness (MBSR), and Yoga-informed psychotherapy. I also find art, nature, and other experiential activities very beneficial in the therapeutic process.
My approach to therapy is to support you through the process of change, self-discovery, and self-acceptance. I believe this can only be done when there is a sense of connection and safety. It is important to me to create a space of warmth and acceptance where you can just be.
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org // 630-480-0060 x. 706
Chelsea Solorzano, ALMFT
I believe that we are made for connection with others – and that who we are and how we experience the world both shapes and is shaped by our relationships with those around us. Therapy can provide a space for people to begin to learn how to move toward healthier and more whole relationships while healing from relational hurts – and in doing so, learn new, creative, and lifegiving ways to navigate the world and cope with distress.
As a therapist, I have a warm, collaborative style. I seek to foster a safe space in which you can begin to both understand and experience who you are, and how you are in relationship with others, in new ways. I work with couples, families, and individuals, and especially have a heart for walking with people through concerns pertaining to relational distress. I support couples by strengthening attachment while coping with concerns such as conflict, distance, infidelity, infertility, and grief. I also support families and individuals in working through issues related to transitions in parenthood, family conflict, parenting concerns, grief, anxiety, depression, identity/self-esteem, motherhood, and women’s issues.
I understand that growth requires such courage and vulnerability, and I find it deeply honoring and humbling to walk alongside people on their respective journeys. If you would like to schedule an appointment – or even just learn more about the process of therapy – you are more than welcome to reach out to me, and together we can begin the next steps.
Contact me: email@example.com // 630-480-0060 x. 705
Charis to, BSSC, Masters level intern therapist
“When a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, ‘Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me’ ” ― Carl R. Rogers.
Being heard, understood, and known are longings that each heart yearns for. I believe it is important to let people take their time in processing their thoughts and feelings. Individuals need a space to sit in their emotions or pain. When they can learn to be comfortable in that, they are more equipped to find healing.
I like to think of it as “journey before destination”. Sometimes it is not only where we are going that matters but how we get there. The process of how we arrive at our destination can change the way we view our life ahead of us.
Areas that I can work alongside you include anxiety, depression, life transitions, relational conflict, and identity/self-esteem. Whether you are a family, couple, or individual, it would be a joy for me to walk with you in this journey.
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org // 630-480-0060 x. 707