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.

Casandra Townsel, LSW

  • B.A in Psychology ~ Northeastern Illinois University 

  • MSW ~The University of North Dakota 

  • Licensed Social Worker in Illinois (LSW)

“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).

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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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Sarah Nordman, LPC

  • M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling ~ Concordia University

  • M.A in Psychology ~ Concordia University

  • B.A in Psychology ~ Upper Iowa University

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois (LPC)

" Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage". ~ Brene Brown

I believe counseling is a beautiful therapeutic process chosen to enhance our life.  Life does not always go as planned, but to champion over our struggles is a great gift we can give ourselves.  I believe in all my clients and work with them to help them bring out their best self.  I have committed myself to obtaining the knowledge, resources, and training to provide you with the best guidance and support.  

I have many years of experience providing counseling services to adolescents, young adults, and children in a variety of professional settings including private practice and residential home settings. I treat and work with clients with dual diagnoses, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, body image issues, abuse, relationship challenges, low self-esteem, academic/school issues, anger management and perfectionism. Although I treat a variety of clients, my experience and success is in working with adolescents and young adults.

My friendly and personable approach helps build rapport which is key to the healing process.  I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that focuses on thoughts, behaviors and feelings and managing them effectively.  I also utilize art and music therapy as a way of healing and a holistic approach that views clients from a spiritual, emotional, mental, social and physical level.  

I have received a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Concordia University.  I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois.

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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.

Melissa Sakkos, LSW

  • BSW, Loyola University ~ Chicago, 

  • MSW, Aurora University

  • Licensed Social Worker in Illinois

My hope is that you find peace with your past, happiness in the present and excitement for your future.

 

I am passionate about helping people who are stuck with negative feelings, thoughts or behaviors. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for adults. With children, I utilize Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). My experience in the mental health field includes working with older children and young adults in a psychiatric residential treatment facility.

I specialize in treating emotional abuse survivors, people who have PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, social anxiety, anger, shame, resentment, and regret, to name a few. My goal is to help clients find relief from emotional pain that is tied to past traumatic events and thoughts.

 

Before I started in the mental health field, I was a registered dental hygienist. For fun I enjoy singing, painting, sewing and spending time with my children & husband.