Staff Bios

Our Mission is to set the standard for excellence in providing the highest quality psychological services to you and your family in the western suburbs. Our practice includes only those professionals who exemplify the qualities that distinguish effective results-oriented counselors and psychologists: past experience and success in working with others; knowledge and training in current research-supported counseling strategies; the ability to facilitate safe and trusting relationships; and specialized training with specific ages, challenges, and problems.

Dr. Joe Roszkowski, PsyD, LCP, Director of Services

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Aurora/Naperville & Winfield Offices

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment

  • Anxiety and OCD in Children and Adults

  • ADHD and ADD in Children and Adults

  • Social Skills with Boys: Activity Counseling Groups

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Behavioral Problems, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

  • Family and Couples Counseling

  • EMDR Treatment for PTSD

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Dr. Joe is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working in the human services field for over twelve years. He provides individual, family, and couples therapy, and psychological testing to children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Roszkowski created and leads the Activity Counseling Social and Coping Skills Groups for Boys Program at Pathways. He completed his Doctorate and Masters Degree in Psychology at Roosevelt University. Dr. Joe was awarded his Bachelor Degree in Religion at Florida State University. He has received training in both psychological and neuropsychological assessment.

Dr. Joe is certified in EMDR and trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as Pastoral Counseling. He was an adjunct faculty member at Roosevelt University where he taught Bachelors and Masters level psychology courses. He has served as an expert witness in family cases in DuPage County and Kane County. Dr. Joe has served elsewhere as a Clinical Director and continues to provide supervision to other therapists and doctoral interns. He is a consultant for private and non-profit organizations. He is referred children and adults for psychological testing from public and parochial schools as well as through the state of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Dr. Joe is not only talented in working with boys but is sought after for his practical and functional psychological assessments and solution-focused approach in working with both young and mature adults.

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Zach Meers

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Aurora/Naperville & Winfield Offices

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • ADHD and ADD in Children and Adults

  • Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adults

  • Social Skills with Boys: Activity Counseling Groups

  • Behavioral Problems and Parenting Strategies

  • Family and Couples Counseling

  • PTSD

  • Attachment Issues

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Zach Meers is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). He is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC). He has worked in helping profession for 10 years. Zach received a Masters Degree in Counseling from Northern Illinois University. He received his Bachelors Degree in both Psychology and Philosophy from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Zach has over 80 hours of training in behavior analysis. He has also completed over 10 hours of trauma related training.

Zach has a diverse range of experience working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of areas including Attention-Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorders, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorders (ODD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizoaffective Disorder, & Schizophrenia. Zach previously has worked as a therapist and supervisor at a psychiatric residential treatment facility for 6 years. His work focused many on ASD, attachment issues, and PTSD. Much of his work has been with working through challenging behaviors of clients and how families can overcome this. He has also worked for over 4 years at a juvenile detention facility working directly with the youth and also training family members.

Zach utilizes a variety of interventions and therapy modalities. His focus of treatment has been through the use of Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavior therapy (CBT), and play therapy to assist clients in growing and learning. Zach works through a solution focused lense in order to help clients become the best that they can be.

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​​Dr. Luisa Toska, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Winfield Office

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Psychological Assessment with Children and Adults

  • Treatment resistant adolescents

  • Trauma related issues, Hyper-sexualized youth

  • Play therapy

  • Mood disorders

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Oppositional and acting out behaviors in children and adolescents

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Fluent in Albanian

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Dr. Toska is a licensed clinical psychologist who obtained her doctorate degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Toska has a variety of experiences with children, adolescents, families and adults by providing individual, group, and family therapy, as well as comprehensive psychological and psychosexual evaluations. Dr. Toska has written over 150 psychological reports for the juvenile court. While the majority of her training and experiences has revolved around children and adolescents with experiences of trauma and poor attachment histories, Dr. Toska has experience working with children and adolescents with a wide range of psychological symptoms and presentations.

For over five years, Dr. Toska worked with children and adolescents in foster care, ranging in age from three to eighteen years old. Additionally, Dr. Toska has been working with court-involved youth for over four years and has mastered her ability to motivate resistant adolescents to be active participants in their treatment. Having worked with a diverse population, Dr. Toska has learned to tailor her approach to meet the needs of her client and to work within the client’s limitations and abilities.

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Dr. Jennifer Sansone, PsyD, LCP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Winfield Office

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Psychological Assessment with Children, Adolescents, and Adults

  • Parenting and Family Therapy

  • Play Therapy

  • Attachment Disorder, PTSD, and Adoption Related Issues

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Depression and Self Harm in Children and Adolescents

  • Anxiety Related Issues and Social Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

  • ADHD and Behavioral Challenges: Individual and Family Counseling

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Dr. Sansone is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology who earned her Doctoral and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University, along with a professional certificate in Child and Family Studies. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, with a minor in the Psychology of Crime and Justice. Her research has focused on female survivors of childhood abuse.

Dr. Sansone has completed supervised training and worked with children, adolescents, and families providing individual, group, and family therapy as well as comprehensive psychological assessment. Dr. Smigiel has worked with a diverse range of ages and diagnoses, including individuals exposed to trauma, individuals with attachment difficulties, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and developmental disorders. She has experience with in-home therapy, outpatient therapy, as well as worked in both acute and residential inpatient units. In addition, she has facilitated psychotherapy, psychoeducational, and parenting groups. Dr. Sansone’s clinical experience and diverse training background is complemented by a friendly, humorous, and goal-oriented approach when working with clients.

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Shannon Larkin, LCSW, CADC, ATE

Child, Family, and Adult Therapist
Winfield Office

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Challenging and Treatment Resistant Adolescents

  • Family and Couples Therapy

  • Substance Abuse and Dual Mental Health Issues (Dual Diagnosis)

  • PTSD and Trauma Related Issues

  • Depression and Anxiety Related Disorders

  • Behavioral Challenges in Children and Adolescents

  • Clinical Supervision for Counselors

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Shannon Larkin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who is also a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC). She has received specialized training and holds an Adolescent Treatment Endorsement with her CADC. Ms. Larkin is a seasoned clinician working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Illinois State University and received her Master’s Degree with a focus on mental and substance abuse issues from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Shannon was a lead clinician at Rosecrance Treatment Center where she provided individual, family, and group therapy. She has received specialized training in Structural Family Therapy and couples counseling. Ms. Larkin has gained additional experience and expertise in addressing abuse related issues, PTSD, co-morbid substance abuse and mental illness, anxiety, and depression, self-harm, and Bipolar Disorder.

Shannon is adept at providing cognitive-behavioral counseling to children through adult ages. Her warm and empathic nature makes her an easy clinician for clients to engage in a corroborative working relationship. Parents have found her ability to engage their children and adolescents a significant strength in addition to at the same time be responsive to parent concerns. Families and couples have found her able to provide effective guidance and direction leading to growth and change.

I have been working in the clinical field for over 13 years. Along the way, I have trained co-workers, as well as helped guide volunteers, interns, and students. Upon doing so, I discovered educating others is one of my greatest passions. I have had several great supervisors and motivating bosses during my training. I learned so much from their willingness to share their knowledge and experiences with me. This is what motivates me to give back to others in the social work field.

I am currently offering clinical supervision for candidates seeking their LCSW and/or CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) in the state of Illinois. Supervision would be provided either in a one-on-one setting or a small group, depending on availability. I am looking forward to providing the guidance needed to be successful in this profession. I have a flexible schedule and can be accommodating with location as well. Please contact me with any questions or to set up a time to meet.

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Steve Cromer, MA, LCPC

Child, Family, and Adult Therapist
Aurora/Naperville & Winfield Offices

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Behavioral Challenges

  • Adoption and Attachment Related Issues

  • Family and Couples Therapy

  • PTSD and Trauma Related Issues

  • Depression and Anxiety Disorders

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Steve Cromer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with specialized experience and training in working with children and adolescent issues. Steve also works as a therapist in a therapeutic day school setting working with children with Asperger’s Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD, NOS), and high functioning autism. He excels at engaging children and adolescents in the therapy process as well as providing effective support for families whose children struggle with unique needs.

Steve has a diverse range of experience in working with a variety of child and adolescent challenges including ADHD, behavioral challenges, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), depression, bipolar, Asperger’s Disorder, and PDD, NOS. Steve also has unique experience and training in working with traumatized children as well as adoption and attachment related issues in youth. Steve incorporates humor, experiential and play techniques, and motivational approaches and excels at working with challenging and resistant boys. His experience over the years in working with families has also helped him develop into a skilled adult, couples, and family therapist.

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Christine Malm, MS, LCPC

Child, Family, and Adult Therapist
Winfield Office

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Strong Girls Groups for Adolescent and Teen Females

  • Passages Group for Young Woman

  • Adolescent and Adult Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder

  • Self-Injury and Self-Esteem Issues

  • Body Image Issues

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Informed Approaches

  • Family and Couples Counseling

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Christine Malm is an experienced and adept counselor and group director. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been running the Strong Girls program at Pathways for several years. Christine has a strong background in multiple therapeutic models including cognitive-behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, individual, and family counseling approaches. Christine received her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Psychology. Christine is an experienced and skilled family and individual therapist who works with children, adolescents, and adults. She has a specialty in providing counseling support to parents of children with disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. Christine has a strong background in treating a variety of clients coping with a range of issues from severe mental health disorders to lesser problems related to life adjustments. She has also worked with children and families of divorce and related circumstances. She has facilitated numerous groups for young teens and for parents of teens. Christine is well qualified in providing therapy to children, adults, and families and offers a warm yet goal-oriented approach to helping her clients.

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Dr. Jeanne Kestel, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist
Aurora/Naperville & Winfield Offices

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Psychological Assessment of Children, Adolescents, and Adults

  • Depression/Mood and Anxiety Disorders

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Behavioral Challenges

  • Couples and Family Counseling

  • Behavioral Intervention/Support Strategies for Parents

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s Disorder

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Dr. Jeanne Kestel is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctoral degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She also received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Kestel has worked in a variety of environments, including health, forensic, and community mental health settings, where she provided therapy and behavioral support to children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Kestel also has experience in working with couples and families, as well as with providing psychological assessments to all age ranges.

Thanks to her diverse training background, Dr. Kestel has gained the ability to tailor her approach to meet the individual needs of each of her clients and their varying presenting concerns. Dr. Kestel relies on Cognitive-Behavioral and Client-Centered techniques to build a strong therapeutic relationship while also creating an effective and collaborative method of treatment.

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Dr. Jaime Maurella, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Winfield Office

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents

  • ADHD and ADD Children Family Counseling

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Behavioral Problems

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Skills

  • Play Therapy

  • Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, Peer Challenges

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Dr. Maurella is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with experience and training providing therapy to children, teens, and adults. Dr. Maurella completed both her Master’s degree and doctorate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Undergraduate studies include a double major in Criminal/Social Justice and Psychology, graduating with honors from Lewis University. Dr. Maurella has experience in working with a wide range of problems in children and adolescents. Dr. Maurella has specialized training in play therapy strategies for children as young as five-years old.

Dr. Maurella is an effective family therapist having a background in parent coaching and parent education. Her skills in these areas have helped her assist children and families overcome difficulties associated with anxiety, behavioral problems, depression, ADHD, Asperger’s Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Non-verbal Learning Disorder.

She focuses on providing children and parents with specific strategies and concrete tools they can use to facilitate both immediate and lasting changes. Dr. Maurella is also a talented clinician with adolescents and teens having the ability to connect and motivate teens to become active participants in their individual or family therapy goals. She has worked with teens and families dealing with bullying situations as well as other peer related challenges. Dr. Maurella has a strong clinical background and the ability to translate these skills in creating an effective counseling relationship.

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Dr. Mandi Thompson, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Aurora/Naperville & Winfield Offices

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Psychological Assessment of Children, Adolescents, and Adults

  • Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy

  • Trauma and Attachment Issues in Children

  • Mood, Behavioral, and Anxiety Issues in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

  • Parent Skills Training

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Dr. Thompson is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology who has been working in the behavioral health field for six years. She received her Doctorate and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Purdue University. Her research has primarily focused on attachment issues, trauma, and mental illness in youth in the foster care system.

Dr. Thompson has a variety of experience with children, adolescents, and families by providing individual and family therapy, as well as comprehensive psychological assessment. Dr. Thompson has worked with diverse populations exhibiting various levels of functioning, including individuals with intense trauma histories and attachment issues, mood and behavioral disorders, and anxiety disorders. In addition to Dr. Thompson’s diverse training and clinical experience, she possesses a strong ability to connect and empathize with youth.

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Jennifer Weber, LCSW, CADC, DBTC

Child, Family, and Adult Therapist
Winfield Office

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and group DBT Therapy

  • Depression and Anxiety; Asperger’s Disorder and Autism Spectrum

  • Emotional Dysregulation in Children and Adolescents

  • Self-Injurious Behaviors

  • Substance Abuse and Dependency

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Jennifer Weber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), who has been working in the field for the past five years. In addition she holds a specialized certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBTC). Jennifer received her Masters in Social Work from Aurora University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Western Illinois University, where her research was focused on personality.

Jennifer is an experienced individual and group therapist working with children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to her specialty in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, she utilizes many therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, as well as informed art and play therapy. Jennifer is skilled in treating a wide range of difficulties including, depression, anxiety, self-injury, and substance abuse to name a few. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group, and family settings. Her creativity and genuine nature helps her client through the therapeutic process and work towards achieving their goals.

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Sue Underhill, MS, LCPC

Child, Family, and Adult Therapist
Winfield Office

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Adult, Child, and Adolescent Anxiety and Depression

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Eating Disorders, Binge Eating, Emotional Eating

  • Marital/Couples and Family Therapy

  • Self-Harm and Mood Disregulation

  • Religious and Spirituality Informed Counseling

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Sue Underhill is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who received her Master’s Degree from Northeastern University. Sue is experienced working with adults with issues including depression, anxiety, binge and emotional eating, and eating disorders. Her experience working with adolescents includes issues with school and social anxiety, self-injury, school avoidance, depression, and eating disorders, teaching DBT coping skills to achieve positive self-esteem, mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment strategies.

In her counseling work, Sue collaborates with her clients to develop self-responsibility, increase positive self-talk, make healthy choices, and become more empowered. She has also worked as a personal trainer and provided nutritional counseling and life coaching.

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Melissa Bricka, MSW, LCSW

Child and Family Therapist
Aurora/Naperville & Winfield Offices

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Child, Adolescent, Adult and Family Therapy

  • Behavioral Challenges in Children and Adolescents

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Disorder

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Behavioral Intervention Strategies and Support for Parents

  • Anxiety, Depression and Mood Disorders

  • Trauma and Attachment Issues in Children and Adolescents

  • Issues related to living with Chronic Illness

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Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who earned her Master’s degree from the reputable Social Work program at Loyola University Chicago where she specialized in treating children and families. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Benedictine University and also minored in Social Work. Melissa has previously worked in a therapeutic day school setting where she provided individual therapy and group social skills therapy to children and adolescents with Autism, Asperger’s Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Cognitive impairments, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and trauma-related issues.

Melissa provides individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults as well as family therapy. She also has experience supporting families and parents facing challenges related to raising a child with special needs or mental health issues. She utilizes play therapy, experiential activities and art to engage young clients and provide developmentally appropriate and effective interventions. She empowers her clients to take ownership of their personal goals, identify their strengths and motivate change through a direct, but empathic approach. Melissa is trained and experienced in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy and incorporates those interventions when appropriate to the client’s needs. Melissa is a highly skilled therapist who is able to combine research-based methodology with clinical experience in a practical and collaborative approach with her clientele.

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Dr. Stacy Clark, PsyD

Doctor of Psychology
Aurora/Naperville & Winfield Offices

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Psychological Assessment of Children, Adolescents, and Adults

  • Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy

  • Trauma and Attachment Issues in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

  • Mood, Behavioral, and Anxiety Issues in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

  • Parent Skills Training

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Dr. Clark is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology who has been working in the mental health field for seven years. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology, along with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Auburn University, with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Her research has primarily focused on romantic relationships, communication, well-being, and the impact of internet use.

Dr. Clark has a variety of experience with children, adolescents, adults, and families by providing individual and family therapy, as well as comprehensive psychological assessment. Dr. Clark has worked with diverse populations exhibiting various levels of functioning, including individual with intense trauma histories and attachment issues, mood and behavioral disorders, substance use disorders, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Clark also has experience working with the LGBT population and appreciated multi-cultural and holistic approaches to improve overall functioning.

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Maria M. Lopez-Iftikhar, MS, LCPC

Child, Family, and Adult Therapist
​Aurora/Naperville & Winfield Offices

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Adult Depression, Anxiety, and Relationship Issues

  • Parenting Education and Parenting Classes

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Life Transitions

  • Relationship Issues

  • Autistic Disorder

  • English and Spanish Speaker

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Maria is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been providing counseling services to children, families, and adults for the past fifteen years. Maria received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Sociology from Iowa State University. Maria is a published author and has a background in social science research.

Maria is experienced in providing individual, group, couples and family therapy to adults, adolescents and children. She provides fluent services in English and Spanish. Her preferred method of practice incorporates the use motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral, acceptance-commitment, and solution-focused treatments. She provides therapy that is individualized and tailored to the uniqueness of each client. Maria is dedicated to helping build inner strength and courage and move towards better mental health. Maria brings a wealth of counseling and life experience in supporting the needs of her clientele.

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Ms. Christine Davis

Board Certified Behavioral Analyst

Areas of Specialization Include:

  • Behavioral Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Developmental Disabilities

  • Parent Coaching

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Ms. Davis is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, parent coach, and counselor. She currently holds a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy and is skilled in using Applied Behavioral Analysis techniques to assist with parent coaching and behavioral management. Ms. Davis’ experience includes providing behavioral assessment, therapy, parent coaching, and consultation to families and children. She was trained in a DCFS pilot program for family reunification and intact family support and has been board certified since 2004. Her services are frequently requested by residential and in-home foster care facilities to provide Applied Behavioral Analysis for complex development delays, parenting issues, & behavior disorders.

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Zach Simms, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Aurora/Naperville & Winfield Offices​

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • PTSD and Trauma-Related Issues

  • Depression in Young Adults

  • Mood, Behavioral, and Anxiety Issues

  • Attachment Issues

  • Play Therapy

  • Parent Skills Training

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Zach Simms is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in the behavioral health field for five years. He received his Master’s degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation from Illinois Institute of Technology and received his Bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University. He is currently specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on individual empowerment.

Zach’s clinical experience includes treatment for PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, anger management and trauma recovery. He has gained experience working with veterans, individuals with dual diagnoses, visual impairment and crisis prevention. His experience also includes vocational counseling with young adults experiencing disabilities. He has worked with clients of all ages from young children to adults.

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Gina Vasquez, MA, LCPC

Child, Family, and Adult Therapist
Aurora/Naperville & Winfield Offices​

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Anxiety: Child, Adolescent, and Adult Counseling

  • Depression: Child, Adolescent, and Adult Counseling

  • Behavioral Challenges in Children and Adolescents

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • PTSD

  • Parent Coaching

  • Family and Couples Counseling

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Gina Vasquez is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and has been working in the behavioral health field for the past six years. Gina received her Master of Arts degree from Lewis University with an emphasis in child and adolescent counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Saint Xavier University. Gina completed internships as both a sexual assault counselor and domestic violence counselor, completing 40 hour trainings in both.

Gina has worked with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual, family, couple, and group therapies. Her career was started doing research with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) through University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS). Her career has also led her to work with a private child and family services agency in Milwaukee, as well as a mental health agency in Brown Deer Wisconsin, working with children and adolescents coming out of the hospital to regain stability in the home and at school. Most recently, Gina has worked for the DuPage County Health Department as the lead clinician for the crisis residential program, focusing on helping people with severe and chronic mental illness gain stability and manage more independently through a structured, multimodal, yet less intensive treatment than inpatient hospitalization.

Gina works with a wide range of ages and diagnoses including mood, behavioral, psychotic, and personality disorders. Her goal in therapy is to use the connection and relationship developed during the therapeutic process to promote healthy changes, growth and more positive interactions with all aspects of life.

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Dr. Jamie Parise, PsyD

Doctor of Psychology

Areas of Specialization and Experience Include:

  • Child, Adolescent, and Adult Individual, Family, and Group Therapy

  • Depression and Mood Issues

  • Anxiety and Stress-related Challenges

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Trauma-Related Issues and PTSD

  • Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents

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Dr. Parise is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology. She has been working in the behavioral health field since 2012 in settings such as community mental health centers, schools, and psychiatric hospitals. She received her Doctorate and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. Her research has primarily focused on resilience and fear of failure.

Dr. Parise has a variety of experience with adults, children, adolescents, and families by providing individual, family, and group therapy, as well as comprehensive psychological assessment. Dr. Parise has worked with diverse populations exhibiting various levels of functioning, including individuals with intense trauma histories, mood and behavioral disorders, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Parise’s approach to treatment began in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT), and has expanded to utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Parise is dedicated to helping clients move towards their values and live the life they want to live.

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