Our Providers

Jenna McDonnell

Jenna McDonnell has her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is the Elgin Clinical Office Manager. She specializes in working with those who struggle with self-injury and trauma related disorders, as well depression and anxiety. She is passionate about helping clients build insight into how feelings and experiences affect both the mind and body. She works with teens and adults to build a collaborative, meaningful relationship and uses an eclectic therapeutic approach in order to assist clients in growth and healing.

Svitlana Volos

Svitlana has over 8 years of experience as a Neurotherapy Practitioner providing EEG Biofeedback training. She helps clients reduce or eliminate chronic pain, migraines, depression, anxiety, insomnia, substance abuse, PTSD, fibromyalgia and more. She has proven to be more successful than other traditional medical procedures. Neurofeedback is a safe, widely recognized and non-medication approach for many conditions. It uses the power of the mind for personal healing.

Megan Baumdicker

Megan Baumdicker graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science. Megan is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist. She treats children as well as adults. Meghan has experience treating unique diagnoses varying from sensory processing disorder, movement disorders, developmental disabilities, genetic disorders, home safety modification, autism, and overall holistic health guidance. She provides a treatment plan that improves numerous aspects of wellness while providing support to both her client and their family.

 

Anita Johnson

Anita is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with over 20 years of experience.

She works with individuals experiencing depression\anxiety, relationship issues, women’s issues, disability awareness, workplace issues, and more.

Anita is well-versed in stress management techniques, positive problem solving, self-esteem building, and effective ways to handle frustration. Her focus is teaching clients how to rebuild their lives by identifying and tapping into sources of inner strength.

This process of self-discovery and self-care often leads to wholeness of mind, body, and spirit.

Briana Jakubik

Briana Jakubik has her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler School of Professional Psychology.

Briana specializes in trauma, multiple diagnosis, parenting education, and LGBTQ-related issues. However, she is especially talented at treating children, teens, and adults with anxiety and depression.

She has experience working with groups as well as in individual sessions. Briana is passionate about building a trusting relationship while focusing on solutions based on each person’s unique experiences to facilitate change.

Julie Trytek Vague

Julie Trytek Vague is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with a Masters in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.

She has over 15 years of experience including extensive history in working with adults experiencing substance use issues, mood disorders, relationship issues, LGBTQ-related issues, trauma, and women’s issues.

In addition, she has experience in working with eating disorders.  Julie works collaboratively with her clients using a combination of Motivational Interviewing, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

She believes in assisting her clients in achieving their goals while empowering them and instilling hope.  Julie uses a compassionate and empathetic approach to assist her clients in finding life-style balance and living a meaningful life.​

Rachel Ackerman

Rachel Ackerman has her Master’s degree in Counseling and Art therapy from Adler University in Chicago. She has a passion for treating families and young children from birth to old age, as well as individuals with disabilities.

Rachel also has experience working with at risk families and survivors of domestic violence. She specializes in using visual arts healing to assist with parenting, pregnancy, relationships, anxiety and depression.

Wes Salsbury

Wes Salsbury obtained a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education and Clinical Psychology at Western Kentucky University. Wes has held his Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) license since 2000.

Much of his therapeutic work has been with children and adolescents and their parents. Initially trained as a Client-Centered clinician, he studied at the Jungian Institute in Chicago where he developed an understanding of ego and its effects on character development.

His skills include an understanding of the benefits and concerns of psychiatric medications and his awareness of psychodynamic issues of adolescent males and adult men.

Wes understands that counseling may not be about diagnosis. Often times, it is a therapeutic process which may lead people to a better understanding of deep rooted issues, which may go beyond the initial motivation to seek counseling.

Cheri Bennett

Cheri is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International Graduate School in Deerfield, IL.

Cheri’s interests include working with families, adolescents, and women at all stages of life. She enjoys helping adolescents and parents navigate their relationship and work with the struggles of the teen years.

She has extensive training in working with women who are in difficult relationships, or who are in partnerships with men with sexual addictions.

She understands transitions, moving to new places, and the challenges of starting over ( whether after divorce or other transitions)

Cheri enjoys helping clients who want to include their spirituality as part of their therapy, and who also want the best psychological help to accompany their faith.

His skills include an understanding of the benefits and concerns of psychiatric medications and his awareness of psychodynamic issues of adolescent males and adult men. Wes understands that counseling may not be about diagnosis.

Often times, it is a therapeutic process which may lead people to a better understanding of deep rooted issues, which may go beyond the initial motivation to seek counseling.

Roxanne Gajewski

Roxanne is Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master’s degree in Counseling from Adler University.

She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Roxanne has experience working with adolescents and adults in both an individual and group setting.

Most of her experience has been working with those whom are experiencing substance use issues, depression, anxiety, relational issues, trauma, and more. Roxanne‘s goal is to build a trusting therapeutic relationship, in which her clients feel safe opening up and working through unresolved issues.

She strives to help her clients identify and process their issues in order to help them better themselves and live a meaningful life.

Donna Mare

Donna holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University, licensed in Illinois.

Donna has been in the Mental Health field for over 10 years. Donna’s experience is extensive when helping others with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues and healthy relationships.

Donna has experience in running groups and individual therapy. Donna is also an RN, Board Certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Donna is caring, understanding and will never judge issues important to you.

Donna believes in a person’s strengths and feels Mindfulness is a very powerful tool in helping people reach their goals.

Erica Bland

Erica is a certified Reiki Practitioner; she was certified at Gyan Yog Breath in Rishikesh, India.

She has experience treating adults and children. She works with those are seeking relief from stress, depression/anxiety, insomnia, physical pain, low self-esteem, substance abuse and other imbalances.

She works with the unseen “life force energy” that already flows through us and enlivens us. Reiki can be likened to an energetic massage that activates the natural healing processes within and restore us to a state of physical and emotional well-being.

Her goal is to provide her clients with not only relief, but also a sense of balance and inner peace.

Tammie Walker

Tammie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master’s degree from Governors State University in University Park IL.

Tammie’s interest includes working with families, couples and children with grief therapy focusing on related fields of relevance to bereavement or to those who care for bereaved people.

In addition, Tammie has a great passion in Mindfulness meditation and strongly believe that mindfulness practice with emphasis on presence, acceptance, and the ever-changing impermanence of life, can have beneficial effects for mitigating symptoms of complicated grief.

Tammie has experience working with anxiety, depression and behavior modification.

Susan Raica

Sue is a licensed clinical professional counselor who received her master’s degree from the Adler School of professional psychology. Sue has had over 20 years’ experience working in the mental health field.

Her life and work experience have helped her to obtain a better understanding toward helping those who are struggling with a large variety of mental health issues. Sue believes that it is important to utilize your strengths and helps her clients by providing them with insight and feedback.

Sue utilizes homework with her clients to help them feel empowered. Sue has a strong faith and believes in the power of spiritual connection and prayer. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, stress management, vocational issues, emotional eating, parenting issues, caretaker issues, unhealthy body image, poor self-esteem, survivors of emotional and or physical abuse, parents of special needs children, spouses and families who are dealing with mental illness, and families that are dealing with aging parents.

Sue is a kind and gentle person who utilizes empathy, sympathy and light humor with a positive and supportive approach.

Lisa Muhammad

Lisa Muhammad is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW).  She has her Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  She specializes in clients struggling with adjustment disorder, anxiety, depression and a host of other issues. 

Her treatment is client centered and strengths based.  She welcomes the opportunity to help clients find their inner strength through therapy. She works primarily with adults, but welcomes clients of all ages. 

She believes in the connection between mind and body as it relates to the human experience.  In addition to being a therapist, Lisa is also a Reiki Practitioner.  

Jordan Spinazzola

Jordan is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) with her Masters in Social Work from Aurora University. She holds an advanced clinical social work specialization (ACSW) which focuses in families, group dynamics, and systems models/theories. Jordan has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in both individual and group therapy settings. Therapeutic methods she uses include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strengths-Based Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, and listening to the mind-body connection.  Jordan has experience with individuals with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, traumatic brain injuries, eating disorders, trauma of various types, cancer patients/survivors and their family/support system, and family/spousal relationships struggles.

Jordan emphasizes that each client is their own person and modifies treatment to best aid each client to achieving their goals. She feels it is important to build a trustworthy relationship with the client and “meet” each client where they are at emotionally and mentally. Jordan works with clients to remember and learn from their history while moving forward and living their best life with the tools they have collected on their therapeutic journey.

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