Meet the Team

Alexandra Petrohilos

Alexandra Petrohilos 
Practice Owner

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Licensed School Counselor K-12
Licensed Classroom Teacher K-9

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.

Tracy Connor Therapist

Tracy Connor
Therapist

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed School Social Worker
Certified 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.

Julie Dwyer

Julie Dwyer
Therapist

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Certified Theraplay Counselor

I am 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.

I specialize in working with teens and young adults with anxiety and depression, grief and loss, traumatic stress and attachment issues.  I also work with parents and families to provide support and strategies for family issues and parenting.​

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

Katrina Covington

Katrina Covington
Therapist

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Licenced Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA)
National Certified Counselor

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.

Sarah Franco

Sarah Franco
Therapist

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

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.

Courtney Johns

Courtney Johns
Therapist

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed School Social Worker

I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in helping children and teens with a wide variety of needs including anxiety, depression, ADHD, social difficulties, grief, divorce, and behavioral issues. My professional experience includes working as therapist and providing service for children, adolescents, and families involved with DCFS. I also have experience working within the public school system as a school social worker. While I have a specialty in working with children, teens, and their families, I also enjoy working with individual adults.

With regard to my treatment approach, I believe using a strength based, client-centered approach is important in helping clients gain self-awareness and achieve self-empowerment. I utilize various clinical methods, but most often integrate a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) approach. In the end, the work I do with clients is focused on creating a trusting and comfortable relationship that builds skills and empowers them to reach their goals.

When not in the office, I enjoy staying active outdoors and spending time with my husband and four children.