POLICIES & FORMS

 

Dr. Mahsa Mirazimy 
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Founder & Owner

  • B.S. Psychology Depaul University; Chicago, IL

    • Minor Sociology

  • M.S. Clinical Psychology; Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

  • PsyD Clinical Psychology; Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

EDUCATION

Whether you are overwhelmed with current problems or your past experiences are interfering with your life now, I want to help you overcome all that you are struggling with. Developing insight into your emotions, past experiences, and your decisions, empower you to feel more in control of your life, find the direction you want to take, and eventually become the person you want to be. I will help you develop effective skills that will highlight your strengths and uncover your potentials. My non-judgmental, engaged, and warm approach to therapy helps my clients feel safe, understood, and willing to explore more challenging aspects of their lives and personalities. Having a balanced mind and life is important and I strive to help you achieve that balance. By working together, we can help you become more emotionally intelligent, in control of your life, and discover hope. 

 

My area of expertise is in working with individuals and or couples who are in inter-cultural relationships and are looking to enhance their understanding of each other and their relationship through a culturally competent lens. I also specialize in working with young professionals who experience high stress life transitions such as relocating, career change, and divorce as well as familial/relational conflicts, grief and loss, cross-cultural issues, issues related to sexuality and gender, and concerns regarding self-esteem. I understand that my clients come from different backgrounds, with unique needs, and various goals, thus I tailor interventions accordingly. I have over five years of clinical experience conducting psychological treatment to a wide range of clients with various needs and backgrounds. I also have specific interest and experience in doing research related to ideology and impact of infidelity in romantic relationships. 

 

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Dr.Kati Sanders
Licensed Professional Counselor

EDUCATION
  • B.A. Psychology University of St. Francis

  • M.A. Clinical Psychology Roosevelt University

  • PsyD Clinical Psychology; Adler University

In times of stress, it can feel as though it’s you against the world and that control is limited. My goal is to foster a sense of both acceptance of these situations and commitment to tackling them in an adaptive way while also exploring how previous experiences have shaped the way you approach life.  I approach therapy in a warm, non-judgmental way so as to foster a comfortable setting for clients that encourages communication. With this, continuous effort is made to facilitate affirmative, validating, and open dialogue. Above all else, I place emphasis on showing up as authentically as possible in the therapy room and I encourage clients to do the same.

 

My area of expertise is in working with individuals with eating disorders/disordered eating as well as individuals struggling with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. I also specialize in working with individuals who are experiencing stressors in their everyday lives which can result in anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues. Most of my work is rooted in concerns around self-esteem, relationships, and development over the life course. Over the course of my career, I've worked in various settings including community mental health, college counseling, substance abuse and eating disorder programs, trauma-informed intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, inpatient hospitalization units, and private practice. I primarily utilize third-wave behavioral interventions and have extensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP).

Ruchi Ray

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 

EDUCATION
  • B.S. Psychology, Loyola University

  • M. A. Counseling Psychology, Adler University

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It is crucial for us to have the courage and motivation to break our own unhealthy cycles and gain insight into our potentials. You deserve a respectful and individualized approach to therapy, and I am committed to helping you create and maintain healthy changes in your life. I am an empathic and supportive therapist who will also be direct and challenge you to move forward to reach your goals. With five years of clinical experience, I work with you so you can become your best advocate, strengthen your will to run against self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors, and find/maintain relationships that will nurture your inner self. Having worked with diverse, ethnic and cultural populations, I value diversity and cultural sensitivity as a strong component of my work with each individual as it provides an open and safe environment for us to work together. Utilizing approaches that are evidence-based and tailored specifically to you, I invite you to come and feel heard and understood without judgment so you can find the balance you are looking for and the light in the darkness you experience.

 

Throughout my career as a clinician, I have worked with a variety of adults and some adolescents experiencing different obstacles in their path such as life transitions, work-related issues, mood disorders, infidelity in intimate partner relationships, and social/family

relationships. Additionally, I have extensive experience with individuals who struggle with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, emotional regulation, domestic violence or gender-based violence, human trafficking, personality disorders, and some forensic cases. My work in community mental health as well as outpatient hospital settings has allowed me to integrate various clinical approaches such as using dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, narrative therapy, psycho-education, and some expressive therapies. I believe our thinking patterns, emotions, and how we decide to behave or deal with hard situations as humans impacts our overall well-being. I am here to support you, and I am dedicated to helping you identify and explore barriers, discuss problem solving, and develop and practice skills you can use outside of session to achieve your goals and live the life you want to live.

Dr. Briana Weisner

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

EDUCATION

  • B.A. Psychology; Wright State University, OH

  •             Minor: Spanish

  • M.S. Clinical Psychology; Nova Southeastern University, FL

  • PsyD Clinical Psychology; Nova Southeastern University, FL

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I believe that as humans, we all seek to be heard and understood, especially when navigating difficult emotions and situations. Within a therapeutic setting, I strive to create a place of compassionate and nonjudgmental understanding where my clients can truly feel heard and accepted. We all come from different walks of life and grow up in varying cultural contexts that can influence how we learn to perceive, behave, feel, and cope. Within the therapy process, I seek to work with you collaboratively to identify your own goals and to tailor treatment to best meet your needs. This may look very different depending on your individual needs and preferences, but could include: having an unbiased, nonjudgmental place to express yourself, building specific coping skills to deal with stressors or manage emotions, identifying and restructuring negative thinking styles, changing maladaptive behaviors, learning assertiveness skills, identifying and working towards important values in your life, building insight into unhelpful cyclical patterns, increasing self-esteem and confidence, and recognizing your own strengths. No matter the specific approach taken though, I always strive to approach therapy through a culturally sensitive lens and my goal is to make you feel safe, supported, and worthy. My hope is to guide you on a journey of change and happiness, providing tools to utilize outside of therapy and to help empower you in being able to make the changes you wish to see for yourself.

 

My clinical background has provided me with a strong generalist training working with culturally diverse individuals. Much of my training has involved providing therapy for young adults and adults struggling with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, intrusive thoughts, identity development, life transition difficulties, multicultural issues, depression, relationship and interpersonal concerns, and trauma, to name a few. I am also very passionate about and have expertise in working with the eating disorder population and promoting healthy, positive body image and acceptance. As previously mentioned, my treatment approach varies depending on individual concerns and needs, but I often incorporate evidenced-based treatments including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Exposure therapies, and Dialectical Behavioral techniques. I am skilled in providing both individual and group therapy. I am also fluent in Spanish and am able to provide services to those seeking a Spanish speaking therapist. 

Ashley Kokoszka
Licensed Professional Counselor

EDUCATION

  • B.A. Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaig

  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Roosevelt University

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We all want to feel heard and understood. With so many outside influences, we can find ourselves feeling lost and unsure of our place and purpose. It can feel like you are alone and powerless in your efforts to navigate through daily life, causing distress and a disconnect between where you are and where you wish to be. My hope is to provide a space for you to feel safe as you explore your innermost parts and come to accept them rather than fight against them. When you have a deep understanding of who you are, it provides a sense of inner stability that allows you to feel grounded even in difficult times. By gaining awareness and insight, you can begin to make choices that honor your authentic self and allow you to live the life you want to live. 

 

My clinical experience has been working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, identity, and tough life transitions. My approach to therapy is eclectic, and I believe in catering to each individuals unique needs and background when determining the most effective strategies for growth. I strongly value the importance of human connection, and creating an environment that is nurturing, empowering, and free of judgement. I am here to stand alongside you throughout your journey, and help you recognize the potential that is already inside you. 

Dr. Jennifer Vollman
Post-Doctoral Fellow

EDUCATION

  • B.A. Psychology; Illinois School of Professional Psychology 

  • PsyD Clinical Psychology; Adler School of Professional Psychology

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Emotions are universal and can be difficult to make sense of at times.  As we continue to move through life, each one of us experience life adjustments that can feel overwhelming. We may develop sleep difficulties or feelings of stress, irritability, anxiety, depression, or decreases in our self-confidence as the result of work, medical, relational, familial, or other stressors.  Stressors naturally come up in life as we continue to grow, adapt, and evolve as human beings.  We might engage in maladaptive interpersonal patterns or coping strategies to try to make ourselves feel better when we encounter some of the stressors life throws at us.  No one is immune to life’s challenges and it takes a tremendous amount of strength, courage, and bravery to ask for support when we need it.  

 

Throughout my training, I have had the pleasure of working with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds. My experiences include working within group private practice, integrated primary care, forensic, substance use treatment, community mental health, outpatient, and inpatient hospital settings with clients who were struggling with difficulties ranging from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, PTSD, social anxiety, OCD, substance use, work and performance stressors, irritability and tension, relational challenges, communication skills, and more.  I am passionate about my work and use an integrative and relational approach with my clients.  This allows me to treat each individual in a way that is unique to their needs and presenting concerns. Using an authentic, empathic, and non-judgmental approach, I work to establish a sense of safety and trust in our therapy relationship.  I see our relationship as a collaboration between you and I in working towards meaningful growth and change. I draw upon psychodynamic orientations, relational approaches, CBT, DBT, ACT, and other evidence-based treatment approaches while supporting you to reach your personal self-improvement goals. 

Dr. Tia Dasgupta
Post-Doctoral Fellow

EDUCATION
  • B.A. Psychology; Loyola University Chicago

  • PsyD Clinical Psychology; Adler University Chicago

  •  M.S Clinical Psychopharmacology; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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Everyone in life has endured experiences and challenges which may impact their quality of life. These experiences can also leave us feeling lonely and stuck. I believe connection, aligning with our ultimate values, and moving towards acceptance can function to change the way we interact with our lives’ experiences and work to transform patterns which may no longer be serving us. I utilize an integrative third-wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT/ACT) approach which is individualized to serve the unique needs of the person. I meet the individual where they are at in a nonjudgmental manner, working to hear and process together in an open and safe environment. I also integrate diversity and cultural factors into the therapeutic space, serving the individual holistically. Further, I am always genuine in my approach and hope to also assist in bringing the individual back to their own authentic and fulfilled self.

 

Throughout my career, I have worked with the lifespan though the bulk of my work has been directed towards adults facing challenges such as life-transitions, identity issues, interpersonal conflicts, depression/mood disorders, anxiety/anxiety-related disorders, ADHD, trauma, and substance use. I also have a masters in Clinical Psychopharmacology which helps bridge the gap between health and psychological issues, with the mind and body being largely connected. I have worked in a variety of settings such as private practice, college counseling centers, and an inpatient psychiatric hospital, with these settings providing ample opportunity to draw upon evidence-based approaches to a multitude of presentations. Rather than only focusing on diagnoses, in the therapeutic room I see the individual as a human that is not defined solely by weakness but rather is building the courage and hope to live a life they are deserving of. I am privileged to stand by you on this journey towards healing.