Chris Eskridge graduated from Lewis University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Lewis University provided training in providing therapy to individuals, groups, couples, families of different social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Chris has previously counseling experience in a community mental health facility that provided therapy to various populations including people with disabilities. Chris has a strong passion for working with couples, children, and adolescents. Chris has a passion for helping and support children and adolescents navigate through different challenges that are impacting them. Chris uses client center, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical behavioral techniques to build impactful therapeutic relationships that inspire change.
I have many years of experience working with children and adults who have Specific Phobias, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I am certified in the Phobease method of conquering fears, an approach created by Dr. Howard Liebgold. I have also worked with people struggling with substance use, people dealing with DUIs, and people in long term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder. I have worked with many men and women who are survivors of sexual assault and sex trafficking.
I absolutely love using my training in Military Social Work to help Veterans, Active Duty and Military Family members who are at high risk of suicide, and those with PTSD due to combat trauma and Military Sexual Trauma. I have seen the strongest, bravest service members suffer from these issues, and I have seen them recover from them. In a small group practice, I can help those who don't want the military to know they are receiving therapy.
Most people would do whatever it takes to feel better, if only they knew what to do.
Sandy Urkovich has 22 years' experience in assisting individuals to work through their issues pertaining to emotional stability and healthy mental health. Sandy received her Masters at Northeastern University in Chicago, and she continued on to Adler University in Chicago working toward her Doctoral degree. Her professional work experience includes working in hospitals, agencies, and outpatient settings for the past 14 years. Sandy has experience working with children, individuals, couples, families, and the LGBT/Transgender community. Sandy has a history of working with victims of domestic violence and placement of children who have been placed into Foster Care. One of Sandy's love is utilizing her animals in therapy sessions. She became a certified as an Animal Assistant Therapist and with this certification she is able to have her four rescue dogs attend sessions to give their support to the client.
Changing your routine or life style can be difficult. Sandy can help you learn how to accept and grow from change and continue your life with a healthy mind and confidence in Self.
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.
Alison Spillers training began at Loyola University Chicago, where she worked with individuals, families, and groups. Her therapeutic emphasis is integrative, tailoring her treatment according to each client's needs. She has gained extensive experience in inpatient settings working with individuals and groups on presenting issues including depression, anxiety, anger, and addiction.
Using a non-judgmental, empathic approach, Alison integrates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical behavioral techniques to create an environment in which the client feels safe and able to confront painful material in order to help define and promote change in their life.
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!
As a Marriage & Family Therapist-Intern, I help you find a way to feel better and develop a plan to handle everyday life challenges. I listen to you, assess your psychological needs and provide guidance to help find balance. I approach therapy from a place of empathy and understanding that each individual has their own perspective. In therapy, we work together as a team to identify negative interaction patterns, positive ways to handle conflict, and establish respect for our partner's differences. I will help my clients understand mind over matter as a conscious lifestyle. As a team, we will rewrite you a happier story from a place of optimism.
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: