Karin Madsen-Lagacy, Psy.D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
I work with individuals and groups on issues such as family problems, divorce and divorce recovery, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, anger management, eating disorders, parenting skills, grief and loss, physical and sexual abuse, and adolescent issues.
We all experience periods of distress in our lives that can fluctuate between intense grief and suffering to slight sadness and worry. Regardless of the stressor, I believe that most people can benefit from therapy services at one point or another. I assist my clients to feel safe and comfortable in the therapeutic process.
Nathan Lagacy, M.A., CMPC, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. I have spent the past six years working as a full time therapist dealing with a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, ODD, ADHD, anger management, Bipolar Disorder, and others. I also have experience with relationship issues and issues related to children's adjustment to divorce, and stress management. I have experience as a mental performance consultant in working with various sports teams, individual athletes, and performers in a multitude of sports/performance realms to develop skills to create consistency, and optimal performance. Concentrating on areas such as goal setting, mental toughness, emotional regulation skills (anxiety, anger, etc.), relaxation, managing pressure, motivation, focus, and improving performance.
I work with individuals to meet them where they are in life in order to help them find more effective ways to cope, and to maneuver through their life. We will work to identify areas for improvement and to challenge each person in order to improve their quality of life. I work to help individuals utilize their current strengths to help them find more success in managing stressors, painful emotions, and to navigate through difficult relationships.
As a therapist with training in sport and health psychology I understand the importance of how the mind and body interact with one another. I work to help individuals look at all areas of their life in order to increase their happiness, and work to achieve their goals in life. As a youth I participated in soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and track. I played collegiate football during my undergraduate degree as well. As an adult I continue to be very involved in health and wellness, along with playing sports recreationally. I am a big believer in the impact that health, wellness, physical activity and sports can have upon increasing happiness and overall life satisfaction.
Jennifer Earnest, M.Ed., NCC, CCMHC, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
As your counselor, I am here to join along side you on your journey of growth and healing. My intention is to understand and care for your needs in therapy and for you to know that you are not alone. I believe the continual pursuit of growth is best understood as the relentless process of rediscovering and harnessing your strengths and revisiting the core aspects of your self that make you uniquely you. I am committed to being an agent of change for individuals during times of transition and personal development. During our time together, I intend for us to get to the core of your current challenges, realize and actualize your abilities, and begin moving towards optimum wellness. I am sensitive to the diverse needs of individuals/life stages and recognize that each person comes to therapy with their own story and desired outcomes. My hope is for each individual to leave with a desire to experience a more fulfilling and meaningful life; and most importantly, to feel equipped enough to do so!
I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, as well as others as needed to help you discover underlying challenges and hurts, work out past traumas, change thinking that is no longer serving you and makes gains toward inner peace and understanding. I use a variety of therapy modalities and tools, some of which include: Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused/Strength based therapy, mindfulness and visualization, art and music therapy, psychoeducation, as well as journaling. Common challenges and reasons that individuals may see me include: body image issues, eating disorders, relationship concerns, spirituality and identity, life transitions, anxiety, depression, personal growth and mindset development, self harm, obsessive compulsive disorder, anger/stress management, bullying, perfectionism, postpartum support, and overall wellness/self care. I am currently working with preteens (middle school), adolescents and adults providing individual therapy.
My educational background began at Northwestern University, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning a Bachelors Degree of Science in Education and Social Policy in Human Development and Psychological Services. I continued my studies in School and Community Counseling at Loyola University, where I earned my Masters of Education, as well as my certificate as a school counselor. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and certified by the National Board for Certified Counselor as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), as well as a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). I have additional training in mindfulness and stress reduction for adolescents.
JoAnna Gutwein, M.A., CCM, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.” ~ An excerpt from “The Guest House”, a poem by Jalaluddin Rumi.
This poem encompasses human relation to emotions. Often times, we keep our emotions at an arms-length, not allowing those emotions to pass through us or to truly experience and feel them. Sometimes those emotions are too difficult or painful to allow in and truly experience on our own. At those times, we look for that outreached hand to help us, comfort us, safely challenge us. As a therapist, I want to be that hand. We can only get through it by going through it, so let’s grow together.
I earned my Masters in Community Counseling from Argosy University Chicago in 2013. I have experience with severe mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD, self-image issues, eating disorders, divorce, couples work, grief, self-harm, and life stage transitions, specifically working with adolescents and the aging population. I am dedicated, uplifting, positive spirited, and passionate about the care of those in need. I exhibit this by creating a unified environment filled with empathy, patience, and understanding.
I come from a Rogerian based training, where the client is an expert in his/her own life. I am there as a lighthouse to help guide you through rough waters. To assist you in nurturing the knowledge and expertise you already have inside you; helping you water it so you can see it grow. Much of my philosophy is based in the Eastern way of thought; including mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. I support an exploration of feelings through words, music, and writing, whether as the artist or the viewer/listener. Much of what we find difficult to say out-loud, we can find written or in art and movement.
I thank you for inviting me and allowing me to be on your journey with you. Through counseling, we can build a therapeutic relationship together, building trust as we go along, and figuring this life out together.
Ashley Porter, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor
Whether you're in the process of a major life transition, experiencing a loss or perhaps you could just use an emotional check-in, the therapeutic relationship can be a safe, judgement-free place to gain insight into those often challenging moments of your life. My approach to therapy is one that acknowledges that it is often a process of taking two steps forward, and, regardless of how large that one step back may be, you're still a step ahead of where you started from.
I work with adolescents and adults in both individual and group settings on issues such as anxiety/OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, grief and loss, and relationship issues. I am especially passionate about working with individuals who are first-generation Americans born in the United States and exploring the unique social and cultural challenges they may face.
I earned my Master's degree in Counseling from Northwestern University and have experience providing counseling in both private practice and hospital settings. My clinical approach to therapy stems from a combined lens of psychodynamic and cognitive approaches, including rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT).
Amanda Straka, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor
Everyone struggles with daily issues whether it is stress, anxiety, depression, or just having a rough patch in life. It is important for individuals to have a safe and genuine place to be able to work through their issues judgment free. It is my goal to help you work through your issues and towards strength and independence.
I want to work with you through collaboration and consistency in our therapeutic relationship to provide the fullest and most appropriate guidance as possible. I use a combination of therapies that are tailored to fit you, the client, that will help you accomplish your goals in life. I work with children, adolescents, and adults in all areas of concerns.
Clinically, I have experience working with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, anger management, self-injury, family conflict, intimate partner relational problems, crisis, trauma, and parenting support. I have previously worked in inpatient, outpatient, homeless shelters, community health agencies and in private practice. I earned my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. My internship was completed at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.