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Jennifer Smith

Jennifer graduated from National Louis University where she earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her studies focused on building an integrated approach to begin healing and achieving personal growth. Jennifer has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. She sees counseling as a collaborative relationship in which she is committed to providing a safe, open, and non-judgmental environment for her clients to cope with life's challenges. Jennifer utilizes cognitive techniques with a solution focused approach to help her clients initiate the positive changes they'd like to see in their lives.

When she is not working, Jennifer makes her life meaningful by spending quality time with loved ones, traveling, and making crafts.

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Chris Eskridge, LPC

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.

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Maggie Dix

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.

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Sandy Urkovich, LPC

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.

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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.

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RJ Paskanthi

I began my training as a mental health counselor and art therapist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I worked with individuals and groups in various settings. I believe therapy is a collaborative experience where the participant gets to guide the process at their preferred pace. I acknowledge that humans have multiple intersectional identities and belong to many systems that may impact their therapeutic exploration. I invite all forms of creative expression and the use of symbolism/ metaphors as tools for reflection. I hope to bring transparency and compassion to each interaction.

Languages Spoken
Gujarati and Hindi

Specialties • Anxiety/ Depression • Race-based trauma • Grief • Substance Use • Life transitions • Coping Skills • Stress

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Kate Messier, LMFT

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!

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Lara Asous

Lara Asous is a Marriage and Family Therapist intern enrolled at NorthCentral University. She has a variety of experience working with adults, adolescents and children in different modalities like individual, family or group therapy. Lara is passionate about therapy and loves supporting individuals, couples and families in their time of need. She has experience working as an educator and advocate for children rights and women's empowerment and advocate against abuse. Lara also has been certified by the state of Illinois as a Domestic abuse and sexual assault advocate.

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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.