Choosing a counselor is an important step. Read through our staff biographies to learn more about who you would like to work with. Call or email them directly to set up your first appointment.


Priscilla Dean, LCPC, Co-Founder and Therapist

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

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. So many people tell me they “tried therapy” and decided it wasn’t for them because the connection was missing, and their personal suffering seemed to go untreated. If you're not feeling the connection with your therapist, please don't give up finding therapeutic help! A good fit is out there.

I have worked in the Wheaton area for 9 years, honing my specialty 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 strongly recommend to all Evergreen clients that it is essential to work as a team with your dietitian, psychiatrist and PCP, as necessary if you struggle with disordered eating.

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.

I am a certified Enneagram Teacher, and I offer Enneagram coaching clients who want to explore the deeper parts of their personality motivations and personal blind spots.

Contact me: // 630-480-0060 x. 701


Ashley Roberts, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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’re interested in learning more about yourself using the Enneagram, give me a call and let’s chat about Enneagram coaching, which is also something I enjoy offering to my clients.

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: // 630-480-0060 x. 703



Natasha Knoff, LMFT, co-founder and therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Contact me: // 630-480-0060 x. 700


Julia Vickers, ALMFT

Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Living authentically and wholeheartedly are two things that guide my counseling style. I offer a warm, accepting presence for you to 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: // 630-480-0060 x. 704

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heather Hawthorne, ALMFT

Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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 have found Enneagram coaching a powerful tool to use in couples counseling, as this personality model cultivates a new curiosity and allows two people to see each other as separate individuals, with a unique set of strength and weaknesses.

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: // 630-480-0060 x. 702


Kristy Gargano, LSW, CYT

Licensed Social Worker and Certified Yoga Teacher

I am a believer that we all have ways to better ourselves and our relationships. Some of us face different challenges, such as trauma, depression, anxiety, or other struggles related to our physical and mental health that create barriers to understanding how and why we respond to the world the way we do. In fact, instead of being curious and compassionate with ourselves, we judge and shame ourselves for what we experience. It’s so easy to get stuck in our perceptions and thought patterns that it can feel impossible to find way out. One thing I believe to be true is that we are all connected on one thing: the desire to live a full and happy life. I believe this desire is attainable. 

The foundation of my work is grounded in practices and modalities that are proven through evidence-based research to help with trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem. The main modalities I use are mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), yoga-informed psychotherapy, polyvagal theory, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). I also find tremendous value in art and nature. 

It is very important to me to provide a safe, warm space because truthfully, we all need a place to feel comfortable before we can open up about our lives. My hope is to create an environment where my client’s feel heard, seen and supported.  

Contact me: // 630-480-0060 x. 706


Chelsea Solorzano, ALMFT

Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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: // 630-480-0060 x. 705



Licensed Professional Counselor

Navigating the highs and lows that life throws at us can be a challenging and difficult process. My goal as a therapist is to meet individuals where they are and create a space to take on those challenges and work towards a happier and healthier life. Having a place to process, question, and work on life issues is an integral part of healing and I would be honored to come alongside you in that journey. I believe the therapeutic relationship is extremely important and I will work hard to make sure each person feels known and heard in the therapy room.

I am particularly interested in working with adolescent, teen, and young adult females. I am passionate about helping people find confidence and self acceptance. Some of my areas of interest include anxiety, depression, low self esteem, questions regarding spirituality, life transitions, and relational issues. Additionally, I really find Enneagram coaching to enrich identity exploration with my clients.

If you are thinking about taking a step towards counseling, I hope that you find Evergreen Counseling as a place to start. If you have any questions about the process or want to set up an appointment, please don’t hesitate to email or call me. I look forward to working together!

Contact me: // 630-480-0060 x708