Licensed Clinical Psychologist



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


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. 



Licensed Professional Counselor

  • B.A. Psychology University of St. Francis

  • M.A. Clinical Psychology Roosevelt University

In times of stress, it can feel as though it is 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. Through this, you will begin to examine both your strengths and opportunities for growth and understand how your relationship to these facilitates how you respond to both yourself and the world around you. I approach therapy in a warm, non-judgmental, and open way so as to foster a comfortable setting for clients that encourages communication. In that same vein, I also understand the importance of containment as many difficult things can come up during the course of therapy. With that, your safety is always my number one concern and I keep that in mind during each session.​


My area of expertise is in working with individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders and mood disorders who are looking to understand the root of their struggles. 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. I firmly believe that each individual client brings their own unique experience into therapy, so I aim to structure sessions accordingly so that goals are met and opportunities for exploration are maximized. I have experience with providing both individual and group therapy to a wide range of clients of various ages, backgrounds, and needs. I have specific interests in attachment in early childhood, socialization of men and women, and the mind-body connection.

Hallie Schwartz

Licensed Professional Counselor

  • B.A. Psychology, Bowling Green State University

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

Our world sends powerful messages about who to be and sometimes the pressure can cause you to lose touch with your own values or sacrifice parts of yourself. I believe that every human being has innate inner strength and I want to help you fully realize your own. By observing your behavior in a nonjudgmental manner and developing insight into your emotions, you can build self-compassion and form a stronger relationship with yourself and eventually others. I will guide you in exploring the person you want to be and help you apply that knowledge to your life and your relationships. With genuineness and warmth, I approach therapy in a way that fosters unconditional acceptance and promotes healing. Building trust, creating a nurturing, brave space, and allowing my clients to feel truly understood are of the upmost importance to me.


My area of expertise is in working with individuals with mood disorders who are also recovering from eating disorders, substance use disorders, or trauma. I also specialize in working with young professionals who experience identity issues as well as familial/relational conflicts, issues related to sexuality and gender, intimate partner violence, concerns regarding self-esteem, and adjustment difficulties. I strongly believe that clients are the experts of their own lives and I use a holistic approach to help my clients connect to all facets of themselves. I understand that each client is unique in their background, needs, and goals, thus I structure sessions accordingly. I have experience with providing individual and group therapy, legal and community advocacy, and crisis intervention to a wide range of clients with various needs and backgrounds. I have specific interest in polyamorous relationships, sex work, and post traumatic growth.    

Fizzah Zaidi

Licensed Professional Counselor 

  • B.A. Fine Arts, Savannah College of Art & Design

  • M. E.D. Clinical Mental Health, DePaul University

Our internal pressures as well as those imposed on us by society, culture, and family often mold our behaviors.  It is rational to want to understand the barriers in our path through life, but we often lose sight of this when faced with difficult experiences. By exploring the rational and emotional together, we are better able to identify these barriers and the ways of thinking that cause them. I can help you develop skills that lead to finding new ways to understand yourself in the context of your challenges while drawing upon your strengths to make the desired changes. The first step is to understand how we can differentiate the patterns that keep you in a defeated cycle.By doing this, we are able to separate key components that overshadow your mind, your heart, and your gut instincts. When you are fully committed to finding and understanding your truth, together we can create the trust and confidence needed to continue your journey in a more fulfilling way.


My area of expertise is in anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders as well as substance use. I believe that everyone's experience is unique and am mindful of different cultural contexts that may lead to different values and understandings. I specialize in behavioral modification and exploring triggers formed by maladaptive thinking patterns. I value the importance of mind and body balance and often incorporate mindfulness techniques in my work. I view therapy as a collaboration, which leads to exploration of paths that might otherwise be overlooked.  I am experienced in providing both group and individual therapy to clients of varying ages, backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles.

Ruchi Ray

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 

  • B.S. Psychology, Loyola University

  • M. A. Counseling Psychology, Adler University

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

Post-Doctoral Fellow


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

  •             Minor: Spanish

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

  • PsyD Clinical Psychology; Nova Southeastern University, FL

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

Associate Therapist


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

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

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. 

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