I graduated from Loyola University with my Master of Social Work degree. I have a background in coaching and helping people achieve their goals for the past decade and cultivated a passion to help others in their struggles and relationships. I am passionate about helping clients set and giving them tools to reach their goals. I like to focus on social and emotional development, trauma focused work, and life transitions. I like working with diverse populations like children, BIPOC, Queer, or neurodivergent, substance abuse. I hope to help you feel welcomed, safe, and no judgement when you work with me.
I understand that asking for help can take courage. I will meet you where you are to help you feel comfortable with the therapeutic process and guide you toward marked changes and better understanding through goal settings and structure. I put efforts towards making all of my clients feel comfortable in any way I can by providing support, empathy, a nonjudgmental stance, reliability and confidentiality.
To reach these goals, I like to use certain approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy. Our thoughts have a significant effect on how we feel and behave. I like to intervene when my clients have negative thoughts and reframe them together as a team as well as build coping skills.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and children and helping them improve their relationships with those that surround them.
I have always had a passion for helping others and have learned that one of the most authentic ways to do so is through listening. I became a therapist became everyone deserves to be heard, affirmed, and valued. I believe that therapy can be incredibly beneficial and insightful for individuals to have an unbiased 3rd party to offer support and feedback while navigating different stressors and experiences.
I received my Master's in Clinical Social Work from Chicago State University. I have many years experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and families. I utilize a strengths based approach combined with solution-focused and cognitive behavioral techniques.
My goal is for all clients to feel empowered to own their truth and confront anxieties or discomfort for personal growth
I am dedicated to helping people from all walks of life navigate towards healthy and gratifying living. I create a supportive and caring environment for self-exploration in therapy: where people can explore difficult emotions, challenge thinking, and learn new tools and skills to take control of their mental health. Each person has a unique path to healing. I believe it is the biggest reward to discover that path and witness positive change happening within my clients.
I received my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. I have experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, personality disorders, trauma, grief/loss, LGBTQ+ challenges, difficult life transitions, and more. I utilize humanistic, strengths-based, and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches along with creative mediums such as art and play therapy. I am especially passionate in helping children regain their self-direction, resiliency, and strength. I have experience working with children as young as 3 years old.
Everyone can use a little help sometimes. I am grateful for every client that shares their story and allows me into their journey of growth and healing.
When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My great passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. I help my clients, who include children, adults and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe.
My educational background includes a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University Chicago. I have a B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University.
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process that guides clients to increase self-awareness, gain new perspectives, decrease symptoms, and increase personal strengths to have a more meaningful life experience. I create the space to safely proceed, without judgment, and nurture the courage to be imperfect.
I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, and so I use a range of modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic therapy, and Person-centered therapy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.