Shantelle Whitehead, PsyD
Owner & Founder
Shantelle Whitehead, Psy.D, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and founder of Dr. Shantelle and Associates, Ltd. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Shantelle’s experience in the social services field is extensive and varied, having worked in a residential home for children, community mental health agency, psychiatric inpatient setting, university counseling center, and school setting. She also taught graduate-level seminars, authored a manual on play therapy techniques, and has made numerous professional presentations on topics that range from parenting teenagers to recognizing signs of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Dr. Shantelle specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and parents on various issues such as behavior problems, trauma/PTSD, depression, eating disorders, emotional dysregulation, self-harm, anxiety/OCD, LGBTQ+ issues, domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, and relational issues. Using interventions specifically chosen for each individual, she is able to quickly develop rapport and help each client reach their full potential. She also has specific training in sports psychology and working with traumatized youth. Dr. Shantelle’s therapeutic approach is characterized by warmth, humor, acceptance, and collaboration. She tailors treatment to meet a client’s individual needs through a variety of treatment modalities, some of which include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, interpersonal therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and play therapy.
Dr. Whitehead provides individual, family, and parental consultation services in both the Naperville and Clarendon Hills offices. She is currently offering both telehealth and in-person options to all clients.
Deana L. Donzal, MBA, MA, LCPC
Clinical Director - Clarendon Hills & Naperville Locations
Deana Donzal is a licensed clinical professional counselor who enjoys working with children, teens, college students, and adults. She is an open-minded person who is accepting, considerate, and motivating within her practice. She values the knowledge that comes from self-exploration and the importance of finding one’s passion. Deana has over 20 years of experience in the field in various settings, including several hospitals, colleges, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient clinics. She also has advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), crisis intervention, and trauma-informed care, which has led her to have a variety of specializations, including sensory processing issues, Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bipolar disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Anxiety, School refusal issues, Depression, Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm, Parent-Child conflict, relationship issues, self-esteem/self-worth improvement, college pressures, career exploration and personal development. Deana is also a strong ally for LGBTQIA+ individuals and their exploration of self and identity.
Deana's theoretical approach is always person-centered. She believes that the client knows themself (or their child) best and aims to work with her clients to find solutions, relief, and healing through a supportive therapeutic relationship. Deana utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities to assist her clients, some of which include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, and Play Therapy. In addition, she views holistic healing, energy work, grounding, and centering as important components for self-care.
Deana currently offers individual and family therapy via telehealth and in-person sessions in the Clarendon Hills and Naperville locations.
Maria Goldstein, LCSW
Clinical Director - Glen Ellyn & Bolingbrook Locations
Maria Goldstein, LCSW, is a licensed social worker who enjoys working with adults, older adults, and couples. She earned her Master of Social Work degree at Aurora University, with a concentration in gerontology, medical, and faith-based social work. Maria was recognized as the 2018 recipient of the George Williams Legacy of Social Work Award by the School of Social Work faculty for her commitment to the social work profession, academic excellence, personal growth, and interpersonal skills.
Maria’s career has been in various settings, including a community center, VA hospital, home health agency, and private practice. She is experienced in working with those struggling with grief; depression; anxiety; substance use; relationship, parenting, or career issues; financial hardship; chronic illness; caregiver stress; and life transitions. Maria is an ally of LGBTQ+ individuals and celebrates diversity and inclusion.
Socially- and spiritually-focused, Maria naturally empathizes with people—easily seeing their point of view and understanding their emotions—to foster collaborative relationships. She considers the client/therapist relationship to be the most important factor in counseling and is committed to providing compassion, support, and encouragement to help her clients create a healthier and happier quality of life. Because she understands that each person has unique needs, Maria tailors the therapeutic process using evidence-based practices to provide the most beneficial, effective, and enjoyable experience possible. Psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic experiencing, emotionally-focused therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, and attachment-based therapy are some of the treatment modalities Maria utilizes in the clinical setting. She is currently offering in-person and telehealth options to all clients at the Glen Ellyn and Bolingbrook locations.
Leanne Bergey, LPC
Leanne Bergey is a licensed professional counselor who enjoys working with adolescents and adults. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Biola University, her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northwestern University, and is in the process of completing her Doctorate in Psychology from Liberty University.
Leanne focuses her practice with individuals, families, and groups on holistic well-being and specializes in addressing women’s issues, relationship concerns, depression, lifestyle changes, grief, trauma, social skill development, self-esteem & body positivity, time management, work issues, and anxiety. She individualizes sessions for each client through utilization of an eclectic approach that incorporates Psychodynamic theory, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, movement, and prevention-based tools along with special coursework completed in Dance Movement Therapy and Nutrition for Mental Health. Sessions with Leanne are filled with collaboration aimed at providing space for her clients to flourish. She believes that it is impossible to do life alone and Is honored for the opportunity to walk life alongside her clients both in difficult seasons and in prosperous ones. Leanne is currently providing sessions via telehealth and in-person in the Naperville and Bolingbrook locations.
Kayla Block, LCSW
Kayla Block, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who enjoys working with teens, young adults, and adults. She earned her Master of Social Work degree at Loyola University Chicago.
Kayla focuses her practice with individuals and specializes in addressing women’s issues, infertility, relationship struggles, depression, anxiety, lifestyle changes, grief, trauma, LGBTQIA+, self-esteem & body positivity. She additionally supports a specialized population of individuals struggling with infertility.
Often when we set out on the path to becoming a parent, many of us assume it will go smoothly and without a single hiccup. When we are then faced with an infertility diagnosis, a loss, or a medical complication, that path becomes riddled with challenges. It can feel isolating, frustrating, and unfair. If you are a mother who just had a miscarriage, a partner struggling to support your wife through IVF treatments, or contemplating alternate routes to parenthood, you are not alone. This part of life is challenging for so many. 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss and 1 in 8 couples experience infertility. These major events can be traumatic, and leave you to try and pick up the pieces. As a clinician, Kayla is there to support you through this phase of life.
Utilizing an eclectic and person-centered approach, Kayla will work with you to create a therapeutic plan that meets your specific needs. Some of the treatment modalities Kayla is adept at include: Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Kayla is a seasoned licensed social worker with 8+ years of experience in therapy. Whether you are here due to a life transition, grief, trauma, past issues, or present concerns, she would love to hear from you, and support you in navigating a path forward together. To experience a life where you are not just living, but thriving. Kayla will be offering in-person and telehealth options to all clients in the Bolingbrook office beginning in March 2023.
Annie Fox, LSW
Annie Fox, LSW, is a social worker who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Northeastern Illinois University and her Master’s of Social Work degree from Aurora University with a concentration in child welfare and forensic social work. Annie has provided clinical services to families involved with the child welfare system, LGBTQIA+ youth, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Annie’s experience working with at-risk youth and individuals with complex trauma has prepared her to meet clients where they are and help them along their journey as they begin to heal and grow.
Annie specializes in working with individuals aged 5 and older and families struggling with trauma, mood dysregulation, behavioral issues, domestic violence, sexual abuse/assault, gender dysphoria, anxiety, stress management, and family conflict. She has specialized training for working with foster youth, adopted children, and their families/caregivers. She also offers parental psychoeducation and parent coaching to strengthen child/caregiver attachment and reduce familial conflict.
Utilizing a person-centered and individualized approach, Annie believes in working alongside her clients to create a plan that they believe with be impactful and effective in reaching their unique goals. Some of the many treatment modalities that Annie draws from include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance, and Commitment Therapy, and Play Therapy. Annie believes in collaborating with her clients to find an approach that works for them and uses humor, empowerment, psychoeducation, and empathy to create a safe space for her clients to build upon their existing strengths and skills to achieve their goals and overcome the challenges they face in their everyday lives.
Annie provides individual, family, and parental consultation services in the Clarendon Hills office. She is currently offering both telehealth and in-person options to all clients.
Joy M. Johnson, LPC
Joy Johnson is a licensed professional counselor who graduated from Adler University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has worked in private practice, community mental health, and outpatient hospital settings to support individuals, couples, and families in navigating the stressors of life. Her diverse and extensive experience has resulted in the development of an eclectic set of skills, which allows her to provide effective, tailored treatment to a wide range of ages and diagnoses.
Joy believes everyone needs and deserves a safe space to address barriers preventing them from navigating through life the way they desire, thus, she seeks to foster safe and comfortable environments for those oppressed and marginalized. Living in unprecedented times, she knows that it is especially important to have support, awareness, and knowledge of effective coping skills to manage the stressors of life. She believes it’s also important to process the lives we’ve already experienced and explore how this cultivates our current worldview.
Joy specializes in working with adults, couples, and families who struggle with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, complex trauma, phase of life issues, and transitions. Psychodynamic Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are some of the treatment modalities that Joy utilizes to provide an eclectic approach that centers on her belief that every individual is unique. She views the client as the expert of their lives and hopes to serve as a guide and collaborator to achieve their health and wellness goals by developing a trusting therapeutic relationship.
To accommodate her clients’ schedules, Joy offers in-person and telehealth sessions during daytime and evening hours in the Glen Ellyn and Naperville offices.
Jarrod Juskiewicz, LPC
Jarrod Juskiewicz is a licensed professional counselor with a background in both sport psychology and clinical mental health. Jarrod earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Illinois Wesleyan University while playing on their baseball team and his Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Sport and Health Psychology at Adler University. He has worked within a community mental health agency and has functioned as a mental performance consultant for both high-level and beginner athletes. Jarrod’s degree and experience allow him to work with a wide range of ages and diagnoses. In viewing each person as unique, Jarrod works to provide an individualized therapeutic approach centered on authenticity, acceptance, and empowerment.
Within the clinical setting, Jarrod specializes in working with adolescents and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, PTSD, relationship-building challenges, and difficult life transitions. He believes that building effective rapport is paramount and utilizes a warm approach that is collaborative and strengths-based to help his clients reach their goals. Furthermore, Jarrod utilizes evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and brief intervention therapy.
Within the sport context, Jarrod blends his sport psychology and clinical mental health expertise to provide mental skills training to individual athletes, teams, and coaches, while also treating any co-existing mental health issues that his clients may also be facing. Jarrod’s work pertains to various topics such as managing performance anxiety, regulating emotions for optimal performance, focus enhancement, effective communication, improving goal setting, increasing motivation, and the implementation of specialized leadership training. In addition, he passionately supports athletes to achieve optimal performance and well-being within their sport and life.
Jarrod currently offers individual therapy and group workshops via telehealth and in-person primarily at the Clarendon Hills and Naperville locations.
Apolonia Kasprzyk, LPC, CADC
Apolonia Kasprzyk, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor who primarily works with adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at the University of St. Francis with a minor in Industrial-Organizational psychology and her Masters's Degree at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a concentration in substance use. Apolonia is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), thus reflecting her additional training in working with substance use disorders and dual diagnoses. She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings, which has provided her with an abundance of knowledge and experience in working with individuals with a variety of diagnoses. Apolonia specializes in the treatment of addiction, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, stress management, substance abuse, dual diagnoses, and trauma.
Apolonia recognizes that not every individual will benefit from the same type of therapy so she utilizes multiple styles of evidence-based practices, including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, brief intervention therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. When working with individuals presenting with dual diagnoses, Apolonia utilizes a harm reduction model because she understands the stigma and fear that can be associated with substance use. Apolonia uses a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach when determining what will best benefit her client; she believes that it is important to understand and incorporate all aspects of an individual's life, in order to come up with the best course of treatment.
Apolonia is motivated to help her clients achieve their goals and overcome the challenges they may struggle with. She currently offers individual and group therapy via telehealth and in-person sessions at the Clarendon Hills location.
Briana Kesterson, LSW
Briana Kesterson, LSW, is a social worker that specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Briana earned her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and her Master’s of Social Work from Aurora University. She spent two years in a social justice paraprofessional program focusing on advocacy for human rights. Briana has also completed courses in art and design and brings her passion for art into her work as a therapist. Briana’s experience working in both an outpatient behavioral health hospital and private practice provides her with a variety of skills to create a unique and individualized treatment plan for each person.
Briana specializes in working with individuals and families experiencing anxiety, depression, interpersonal communication deficits, self-esteem issues, anger management, emotional dysregulation, and behavior issues. She is adept at helping parents to gain a greater understanding of the needs and emotions of their children and the best ways in which to support them. Briana is also skilled at having those difficult conversations around social identity and encouraging an open dialogue with others through developing communication skills. She incorporates social justice and advocacy for human rights into her work as a therapist. She believes that social injustice plays a role in mental health and is always a welcomed topic doing her sessions.
Briana is an empathetic therapist who welcomes everyone into a space that empowers them on their journey of healing and personal growth. Briana’s role as a therapist is to provide an environment that allows clients to make therapy their own experience. She believes everyone is an expert in their own life and wants to support that journey and empower individuals to be their most authentic selves. Sessions with her can be as structured as the client sees fit; she believes this time is for you. She will provide validation, empathetic listening, and authenticity through a holistic approach to therapy tailored specifically for you. Briana meets clients with open and honest conversations for collaboration together on a therapeutic experience. She uses an eclectic approach in therapy by incorporating a diverse range of therapeutic modalities, including Mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and ACT, among others. Briana uses Play Therapy with children and incorporates Art Therapy with clients of all ages.
Briana is currently offering in-person and telehealth options to children, adolescents, and young adults out of the Naperville location.
Alan Masline, MA, LPC
Alan Masline, MA, is a licensed professional counselor that has advanced training in both sport psychology and clinical mental health counseling. Alan earned his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Dayton as well as earning a M.A. in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health and a M.S. in Sport and Human Performance at Adler University. He has had extensive experience in a mental performance coaching role with professional, collegiate, high school, and middle school athletes along with working within the Chicago Public Schools in a counseling role. This experience along with his use of an eclectic modality centered around a client’s individual needs allows Alan to connect with a wide range of individuals and groups in multiple capacities.
Alan clinically specializes in assisting children, adolescents, and adults struggling with issues such as stress and anxiety management, depression, relationship problems, and communication. He strives to create a warm, authentic, and genuine environment that promotes growth and healing through a collaborative approach. In recognizing that every individual is unique and possess their own backgrounds, needs, and strengths, Alan tailors treatment to best fit each client through use of evidenced-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
When working with athletes, Alan believes in developing four key areas for optimal performance: playing with purpose, maintaining a positive outlook, staying in the present moment, and focusing on the process of growth. He achieves this through the use of evidence-based interventions and techniques centered around developing mental skills such as maintaining concentration when facing distractions, regulating emotions during difficult experiences, and managing anxiety during high-pressure situations. Alan also has experience leading culture building workshops, implementing successful leadership development programs, and designing team mental performance plans. Alan believes in the connection between mental well-being and sport performance and can blend his clinical expertise with his sport psychology knowledge to help his clients to achieve wellness in a holistic manner.
Alan currently offers individual therapy and group workshops via telehealth and in-person at the Glen Ellyn location.
Alison Oh, LCPC
Alison Oh is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and provides comprehensive psychological evaluations for ADHD to children, adolescents and adults. Overall, Alison has attained well-rounded training to meet a wide array of patient needs. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients with severe psychopathology in various settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospital, rehabilitation center, academic medical center, residential treatment center, and juvenile detention center. Most recently, she is currently working as a psychotherapist in private practice providing individual therapy and is a neuropsychology extern at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and obtained her Masters in Clinical Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology with an emphasis in clinical neuropsychology.
She, alongside Dr. Shantelle, provides comprehensive psychological evaluations for ADHD. The ADHD evaluations involve a thorough diagnostic interview detailing past and current functioning, a comprehensive psychosocial assessment, standardized behavior rating scales, cognitive testing to determine the individual’s strengths and weaknesses, information regarding the ADHD characterization and the unique impact on an individual's cognitive functioning, and more. If the individual is enrolled in school, consultation with teachers to provide insight and to discuss school accommodations (e.g., IEP/504 plan and/or other accommodations such as additional time on standardized exams, etc.) may be requested.
Alison currently conducts her psychological evaluations through a combination of telehealth and in-person assessment in the Glen Ellyn office.
Sophia Sayani, LCPC
Sophia Sayani is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois and National Certified Counselor. She provides therapy for children, adolescents, young adults, and older adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma, schizophrenia, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, personality, and mood disorders. Sophia’s experience is social services is comprehensive and varied, having had experience working in residential, outpatient, community, and hospital-based settings.
Sophia believes, “We often have barriers in our life that get in the way of us embracing the life we want to live. We may feel burdened by circumstances that we are uncertain of how to navigate which can result in hopelessness, anger, anxiety, guilt, and shame. I provide a safe, non- judgmental, and therapeutic environment for you to heal, recover, and process your inner thoughts and feelings, develop coping skills, and build towards a meaningful life that you want to live.”
Sophia is dedicated to providing clients with hope, compassion, and acceptance. She believes that everyone is unconditionally worthy, capable & deserving of living a life without suffering. Her style is collaborative, encouraging, eclectic, and engaging. She utilizes various treatment approaches in her work including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Strength Based therapy, Person Centered therapy, and Psychodynamic therapy.
For clients that are struggling with life stressors and obstacles, overwhelming feelings and thoughts, or seeking help with improving relationships, or family conflicts, Sophia is dedicated to walking along with them on their journey. She has worked with a variety of people (Teens, Adults, Couples, Families). Together, she will work on exploring the barriers, challenges, and personal goals of each individual to gain awareness and find clarity, comfort, and peace in life. To support a client’s life schedule, Sophia offers in person and virtual sessions both daytime and evening hours at the Glen Ellyn office.
Marc L. Solodky, LPC, NCC
Marc L. Solodky is a National Certified Counselor who works primarily with parents, adolescents and children. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Bradley University and his Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Concordia University- Chicago. Marc also was certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in School Counseling.
Marc’s experience with children and adolescents is extensive and unique, having worked as a high school counselor, varsity baseball coach, and currently as a district administrator of student and family services. These experiences have allowed Marc to develop unique skills in building rapport with adolescents and helping them to make positive changes. In addition, Marc also works with parents and provides consultation and advocacy with educational challenges. With over ten years of experience working directly with parents on challenging issues related to grades, testing and classroom accommodations, Section 504 and Individual Education Plans (IEP), and others, he is able to provide insightful institutional knowledge and guidance to address presented issues, as well as utilizing a team approach to working through school (and non-school related) issues.
Marc specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults on a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, stress management, and education related inquiries. His approach is solution-focused and viewed through a cognitive-behavioral lens, with the goal of creating a partnership based on rapport and connection to best develop strategies that meet each individual's unique needs. Marc currently provides individual therapy, parental consultation, and educational advocacy via telehealth and in-person sessions. He is passionate about helping individuals of all ages overcome the barriers they face in their home, academic, and work setting and, ultimately achieve their goals and experience positive change.
Joanna Inserra, LSW
Joanna Vanecek, LSW, is licensed social worker who specializes in working with children, teens, young adults, parents, and adults. She earned her Master’s degree in social work at Aurora University with a license in school social work. Joanna has provided therapeutic support to children and their families both navigating through and within the educational setting as well as in-home ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) services. She also works within the community setting providing connectivity to resources and individualized challenges.
Joanna specializes in working with individuals and families facing anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, social and sensory processing, developmental delays, life transitions, trauma, and communication needs and boundaries. With 10 years of experience in the educational setting, she also helps families navigate IEP’s (Individualized Education Plan) and section 504 educational plans. Joanna incorporates a strengths-based focus with clients to reach the strongest level of compatibility and support. Her person-centered and empathic focus helps individuals and families reach a strong rapport between client and therapist.
Joanna creates a safe and honest environment where each client can navigate through their story with guidance and insight through a collaborative working relationship. She is committed to providing a strong rapport, and bringing compassion, understanding and support to each of her clients. She understands that each client is unique and empowers them to brave the unknown. Joanna incorporates therapeutic techniques such as motivational interviewing, play therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, person centered, and interpersonal therapy to empower individuals through the process of healing and understanding. She is an advocate for all LGBTQ+ individuals and believes inclusion of all is merited.
Joanna provides individual, couples, and family therapy both virtually and in-person at the Glen Ellyn and Bolingbrook offices.
Rochelle Walwer, LCSW
Rochelle Walwer is a licensed clinical social worker who enjoys working with adults of all ages. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washington University and her Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Health Care from Aurora University. She has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, hospital, hospice and serious illness care.
Rochelle has extensive experience helping individuals and families navigate difficult life transitions. She works with adults struggling with various challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, serious and chronic illness, disabilities, grief and loss, caregiver stress, relationship concerns and family challenges. She is passionate about creating a comfortable environment that is safe, welcoming, and free of judgment. She believes in honoring each person’s life experiences and unique story. She celebrates diversity and is a LGBTQ+ ally.
Rochelle strives to meet individuals where they are in the moment and believes in a holistic approach to helping her clients reach their goal. She is devoted to walking alongside her clients in their own journey to discover coping skills and tools that facilitate growth and healing. She chooses therapeutic framework based on her client’s unique circumstances utilizing Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness-based interventions. She is currently offering in-person and telehealth options to all clients at the Naperville and Bolingbrook locations.
Rachel Weeks, LSW
Rachel Weeks is a Licensed Social Worker who specializes in working with children, teens and young adults. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University with a specialization in Forensic Social Work and Child Welfare. While obtaining her undergraduate degree at Aurora University, she obtained minors in Business Administration and Psychology with high honors.
Rachel has worked in a variety of settings, many of which involved child welfare and included a local homeless shelter, Children’s Advocacy Center, county health department and in several private practices. She has experience working in crisis settings with people of all ages and working with those that struggle with mood disorders, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and peer and family conflict. She is accepting of all individuals and is a strong ally for the LGBQ+ populations.
Rachel works with all ages of clients and provides individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, and family therapy. She utilizes a variety of modalities and techniques when working with clients, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Focused Psychotherapy, play therapy, and art therapy. However, Rachel’s biggest asset is her ability to empathize and connect with others. She provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all clients and people around her.
Rachel provides both telehealth and in person appointments at the Naperville and Bolingbrook offices.
Mitch Kruckenberg, Intern
Mitch Kruckenberg is an intern who works primarily with adolescents and young adults. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and is currently working towards earning his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University in Lincoln Park. Mitch has a wide range of experience within the mental health field working in an ABA clinic, inpatient behavioral health hospital, and adolescent group home, all of which have prepared him to meet clients where they are at and assist them in working towards their individualized goals.
Mitch specializes in working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, anger, and life transitions. He tailors treatment to best fit each client through the use of Client-Centered Therapy. Mitch strives to provide a supportive therapeutic environment characterized by safety and authenticity to allow a client the space for them to also be their authentic self and to foster growth and healing. Mitch is currently offering individual therapy both in-person and via telehealth at the Naperville location.