Therapists

Alexandra Petrohilos, LPC, LCPC, LMHC

  • B.A. in Psychology ~ University of Illinois

  • M.A. in Counseling ~ DePaul University

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana

  • Licensed K-12 School Counselor

  • Licensed K-9 Classroom Teacher

Thank you for visiting.  While it may be difficult for you to seek help for yourself or your family, my goal is to work together in a supportive and encouraging way to meet your needs.  Part of the therapeutic process will be to learn about what is challenging you and to emphasize on your strengths.

With over 20 years of professional experience, and as a former classroom teacher and school counselor I have developed my practice and included therapists to focus and specialize in working with school-aged children and adolescents to overcome challenges while providing support and psycho-education for the entire family.   

 

Some of my previous professional experience includes extensive university research in psychology, inpatient mental health settings, classroom teacher, school counselor, long-term care, and private practice.  My areas of expertise, include but are not limited to, anxiety, school refusal, depression, attentional issues such as ADHD, anger, behavior problems, divorce, academic challenges, OCD/perfectionism, self-esteem, dual diagnoses, coping skills, parent coaching and support, social skills, and screen-time dependence and overuse.

Veronica Cecil, LCSW

  • B.A. English, Minor in Spanish ~ University of Virginia

  • MSW ~ Dominican University

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois

  • Fluent Spanish bilingual

 

My favorite part about being a therapist is having the opportunity to meet different people and celebrating their unique strengths and resilience!

 

Most of my work has been providing support to women, children, adolescents, and families during stressful experiences and transitions. I have training in child and adolescent crisis intervention, play therapy, sand tray therapy and TF-CBT. I have experience working in many different settings, including community mental health, hospitals, higher education, crisis centers, and shelters. 

 

 I work with individual clients and families struggling with anxiety, depression, low self -esteem, grief and loss, sexual abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and trauma, adoption and attachment, cultural/identity concerns, unique challenges with special needs parenting, childhood behavioral issues, and neurodiverse families. I also provide therapeutic support for women's health issues, including teen pregnancy, healthy relationships, healthy sexuality, concerns around marriage and divorce, pre- and post- partum issues, infertility, and pregnancy concerns.

 

I believe it is extremely important for all people to have a safe, non-judgmental, authentic space to feel validated to heal and help bring balance to their life. I have an eclectic style to provide client-centered therapy, but often work with several different holistic and trauma-informed modalities to find the right fit for children and adults.

Casandra Townsel, LSW

  • BA in Psychology ~ Northeastern Illinois University 

  • MSW ~The University of North Dakota 

  • Licensed Social Worker in Illinois 

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt

At times, we can find ourselves dealing with unresolved feelings of anxiety, fear, self-doubt, shame, and trauma.  However we can still blossom. The therapeutic process goes beyond the individual. It must be addressed within the individual and their environment, and should include their cultural experiences, practices, and traditions, as well as their spirituality; this approach provides collective healing.  

I practice a holistic approach to providing therapeutic care.  I integrate components of the mind, body, and spirit within therapeutic modalities to address the needs of each individual or family.  My approach is relationship-based and strength-based and relies on attunement with the individual.  I have more than 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health and developmental disabilities.  My background includes working with individuals and families experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, lack of self-esteem and self-confidence, substance use, and trauma. I have provided counseling to children within the DCFS foster care system. 

Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Attachment and Intimate Violence.  Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTS-I).

Aide Fonseca, LCSW

  • BA in Social Work ~ Northeastern Illinois University

  • MSW ~  Dominican University

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois

  • Fluent Spanish bilingual

As I a therapist I am driven by the desire to help others navigate through life's challenges.  As part of my work I take the time to learn about each individual client and form strong therapeutic relationships.  This allows me to better support your journey to a healthier and happier life.

I have many years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, and have worked with clients with complex trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic stress, low self-worth and self-esteem, parenting issues, family conflict, and relationship challenges.  I specialize in working with survivors of intimate partner violence as well as with children and adolescents who are struggling in a variety of academic and school areas.  I believe every client has unique goals and I am committed to supporting, guiding, and walking alongside your healing process.

As a bi-lingual and bi-cultural therapist I also consider how culture can impact your experiences.  I utilize a holistic and strength-based approach to help you feel more empowered.  Together we will work in a comfortable and compassionate space where you can achieve the personal and emotional growth towards which you are striving.

I hold a Master's Degree from Dominican University School of Social Work, and a Clinical Social Work License in the State of Illinois. I have a certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress.  I provide therapy in English and Spanish.

© 2020 Petrohilos & Associates Counseling, LLC

Counselor and therapist for Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Burr Ridge, Naperville, Downers Grove, Westmont, La Grange, La Grange Highlands, Western Springs, Lisle, Lombard, Villa Park.  Providing counseling and therapy for adults, couples, youth and adolescents.