Therapists

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Alexandra Petrohilos, 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.

Aide Fonseca, LCSW

  • B.A in Social Work ~ Northeastern Illinois University

  • MSW ~  Dominican University

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois (LCSW)

  • 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.

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Tracy Connor, LCSW

  • B.S in Special Education minor in Psychology ~Bowling Green State University

  • M.A. in Social Work with the focus in Education ~ UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois

  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

  • Trained Yoga Instructor

I have over 20 years working with children and families in the school setting. I have extensive experience counselling school age children with ADD with or without Hyperactivity, Diverse Learners, Depression, Anxiety, Autism, Anger, and Trauma. I use evidence-based curriculums to support students and families.

I am an avid reader and runner. I believe in self-care, slowing down, and enjoying life. I have built a large library of resources to facilitate through crisis and/or everyday life events including grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, and chronic stress.

I love yoga! I believe in using movement with breath as a therapeutic tool. As a trained yoga instructor, I enjoy incorporating poses/progressive relaxations along with talk therapy for full body healing. I encourage self-empowerment giving clients tools to help themselves.

Katrina Covington, LCPC, LCMHCA, NCC

  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Maryland University College

  • M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Capella University

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois

  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina

  • National Certified Counselor

“Nothing changes, if nothing changes ~ Unknown.”

 

As a military spouse of 24 years, I have had the pleasure of gaining professional experience in a variety of therapeutic settings working with both military and civilian populations. My experience includes working with adults, adolescents, and children in the following areas: substance use, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, conduct and behavior problems, self-esteem, motivation, anger, relationship and communication issues, parenting, children with special needs, intensive alternative family treatment, intensive in-home therapy, emotion regulation, and anger management.

 

My theoretical orientation is Choice Theory, and my preferred counseling technique is Reality Therapy.  However, I understand there are times when a client’s needs will call for a different treatment modality to move them closer to their goals. In those cases, I use an integrative approach drawing from Choice Theory, Person-Centered Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). 

 

The counseling relationship is both powerful and delicate. As such, I value the time spent working with clients in a collaborative effort to achieve therapeutic goals. I believe my role in the counseling process is to help clients build and enhance the skills needed to live a more satisfying and fulfilling life.

 

I completed my graduate education with Capella University, receiving a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. I am a National Certified Counselor, and I am credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor by the state of Illinois, and as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate by the state of North Carolina. I am a trained and practicing SMART Recovery facilitator.

Gina Reist, LPC, CADC

  • B.A. in Criminal Justice and Psychology – Governors State University

  • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Governors State University

  • M.H.S. with a focus in Addiction Counseling – Governors State University

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois

  • National Certified Counselor

“Treat any and all obstacles in your path not as problems but as opportunities to learn and grow.” Unknown

 

Growing up, my parents always had an open-door policy and were willing to help anyone and everyone. This, in turn, followed me into adulthood and led me into the profession of helping others. My experiences throughout my life have been the building blocks for a desire to help others. Sometimes in life, we need a helping hand and someone who will just listen. I love being a sounding board for my clients and serving as their guide to obtain clarity and see things from a different perspective through their own introspection and self-awareness.

 

I initially received my first Masters Degree in Health and Science with a focus in Addiction Studies and worked in a Suboxone and Methadone clinic for 10 years as the main counselor. During my time there, I noticed that a majority of my clients had a dual diagnosis and suffered from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc.  So, I went back to school to get my second Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling so I could better serve my clients. I specialize in helping adults with substance abuse and a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.

 

I have a psychoanalytic approach in nature, but also adhere to other theories such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. But I believe every client is different and unique, so I tailor my sessions based on the needs of each client. I have a strong desire to help my clients live a more satisfying and purposeful life by providing them the coping skills and resources to do so.  I look forward to meeting you and working with you!

Sarah Franco, LPC

  • B.A in Psychology ~ Grand Canyon University

  • M.A in Forensic Psychology ~ Chicago School of Professional Psychology

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois

"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings us, but by the attitude we bring to life." ~ Unknown

Often, people view therapy as a one-sided conversation with little opportunity for interaction or the ability to experience each other as real people. I believe in being genuine with each one of my clients and I believe each client should be encouraged to be their authentic self and have a voice. I assist my clients on accomplishing their goals by providing support and unconditional positive regard.

I have experience working with diverse populations, from young adults to seniors as well as with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.  I specialize in helping clients with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship conflicts, anger management, trauma, and family issues.  I also have extensive experience in crisis intervention.

I mostly utilize a Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic (CBT) to therapy but not exclusively.  Each client is a unique individual with unique needs and when necessary I also adhere to other therapeutic modalities in order to provide a more tailored approach to therapy.  As a therapist, my aim is to empower each one of my clients to take ownership over their lives, succeed in their goals, and find joy.

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Julie Dwyer, LPC

  • B.A in Psychology & Sociology ~ DePaul University

  • M.A in Counseling Psychology ~ Adler School of Psychology

Specialities:

  • Teen, Young Adult and Family Psychotherapy

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Traumatic Stress

  • Family Issues/Parenting

  • Attachment Issues- Adoption and Foster Care

    Licensed Professional Counselor Theraplay Certified
    Attachment Focus Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    Julie is an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor who provides individual and family therapy for children, teens, young adults, and adults. My goal in therapy is to hold a warm, supportive and non-judgmental space for acceptance, re-connection, and healing change to occur. As a psychotherapist, I practice with a collaborative style. I will meet you where you are and walk with you towards your treatment goals. My areas of special interest are anxiety, depression, life changes, and trauma. Julie has experience working with youth in a medical hospital setting, residential facility, and outpatient clinics. Julie is passionate about working with her client families and feels honored to be able to help her clients improve their mental health and live a healthier and happier life.

    Julie is a graduate of DePaul University, where she received her Bachelors of Art in Psychology and Sociology and earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler School of Psychology. Julie enjoys spending quality time with her husband and three children, reading books, running outdoors, and golfing in the warmer months.