Meet Our Therapists in Schaumburg, Illinois

Meet Our Therapists in Schaumburg, Illinois

Jessica A. Sweet, LMFT, LCPC

Jessica A. Sweet’s training as a therapist began at Northwestern University, where she worked with couples, families, children and individuals. Jessica used a client-directed, empathetic approach to understand problems and create solutions. She gained additional experience at Metropolitan Family Services, where she worked with children, adolescents, parents and the school system on issues and topics including:

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Self-injury
  • Parenting struggles

In her client-centered therapy in Schaumburg, IL, Jessica uses cognitive behavioral techniques, dialectical behavior techniques, play therapy, art therapy and the Internal Family System model. Additionally, she’s an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Clinical Fellow. Her license number is #166000911.

Kate Messier, MS

Kate Messier, MS

Kate Messier’s training began at Northern Illinois University, where she worked with couples, families, children, and individuals. Kate’s therapeutic emphasis is on systems, including families, friends, relationships and community, and how these affect her clients. She has experience in a clinical setting, an EAP program and a history of nannying.

With a direct-but-empathetic and supportive style, Kate is a culturally sensitive, LGBTQ+-friendly clinician in Schaumburg, IL. Kate believes therapy is a collaborative process, and she has a passion for helping her clients overcome past traumas and family issues to move into a free and peaceful future.

Contact Jessica A. Sweet Therapy Services in Schaumburg, Illinois today to schedule a therapy appointment with Jessica A. Sweet or Kate Messier. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Theresa Marotta, LCPC, CADC

Theresa Marotta, LCPC, CADC

Theresa Marotta has nearly 20 years’ experience working in a variety of clinical settings. Her clinical training began at Northeastern Illinois University, where she earned her M.A. in Counseling in 1999. That same year, she became a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC). She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) since 2002.
Throughout her career, Theresa has worked with a variety of populations and settings, including as a DUI evaluator, EAP counselor, research assistant working with the chronically mentally ill, and adjunct faculty for a community college. She has worked with individuals, couples, groups, and families; however, she specializes in working with individuals struggling with addiction and recovery. In addition to facilitating therapeutic and psychoeducational groups in the past, Theresa worked in the Drug Court Program in the criminal justice system for 9 years.
Theresa is comfortable working with those addicted to a variety of substances, including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and prescription medications. She is well-versed in 12-Step support groups as well as other recovery and spiritual programs supporting recovery. Theresa has developed and maintained clinical relationships with a variety of resources including inpatient treatment programs, halfway houses, and outpatient facilities for those who require additional care. Theresa utilizes an empathetic, solution-focused approach to working with her clients, and strives to match her clinical style to the needs of each client, resulting in a unique relationship with each person.
Outside of addictions counseling, her interests include working with those exiting religious cults or other destructive groups, and she is a member of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). She enjoys spending time with her teenage and tween children, and recently starting learning to play the viola.

Marissa Panzarella, MA, LPC, NCC

Marissa Panzarella, MA, LPC, NCC

Marissa began her career providing crisis intervention and mental health advocacy in various community settings in Traverse City, MI. Her career has included working with Florida Department of Children & Families, non-profit organizations, child protection teams, and continuing education where she has learned and applied various therapeutic techniques & interventions for working with: children and their families, young adults, adults, and the community at large. She has experience working with at risk youth for 7+ years and has had much success using a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Model for children (ages 4-17) who have been through traumatic experiences. She specializes in:

  • Trauma informed care including child physical and sexual abuse
  • Youth and adolescents (ages 4+) exhibiting high risk behaviors
  • Children, young adult, and women’s issues
  • Parenting and community consultation/education
  • Personal safety and community awareness
  • Depression, Anxiety, Anger/Aggression, Disassociation, PTSD, Sexual Concerns

Marissa has found every individual has their own unique experiences and will assess each individual client/family on its on merit. Marissa’s therapeutic lens has been shaped by mindful based practices, experiential and psychoeducation, as well as expressive art and play. She works from a cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approach helping clients find how their mind, body, thoughts and behaviors connect. Her focus is on reducing or eliminating symptomology, increasing/building healthy skills and re-establishing a healthy development.

She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor since 2012.
  • Associates in Arts from Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Science from Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Master of Arts awarded in Clinical Mental Health from Western Michigan University
  • Registered Mental Health Clinical Intern (RMHCI) in the state of Florida
  • Member of the National Board of Certified Counselors