Dr. Amanda Karlen, Psy.D, LCPC, Certified Clinical Hypnosis, Certified EMDR, Certified Gottman’s Marital Therapy, Certified in Biofeedback, Certified in the Safe and Sound Protocol
Dr. Karlen works with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly, providing psychotherapeutic services and helping clients on the path to recovery. Dr. Karlen’s approach to therapy is evidence-based and holistic. In therapy, Amanda explores mental health issues from social and neurological perspectives, as well as from a psychological standpoint.
She works with challenging clients, including clients with complex mental health problems. Amanda creates a calm and comfortable environment for clients to heal and grow.
Dr. Karlen takes pride in tailoring treatment interventions for each client’s unique needs. Starting from an understanding that a person’s thought impacts emotions and behaviors, she conceptualizes clients from a cognitive behavior orientation. Amanda can draw on training in a repertoire of interventions, including DBT, hypnosis, behavioral analysis, and EMDR.
Sharon Bremer, MSW, LCSW, Certified RRT
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over ten years of experience, Sharon focuses on adult clients.
Sharon’s experience includes:
In therapy with Sharon, clients work on relationship issues, and recovering from depression, anxiety, codependency, grief, abuse, or neglect. Some clients are simply having difficulties adjusting to change or meeting challenges and need extra support.
In working with Sharon, you will learn coping skills. In therapy, she uses an eclectic approach that draws from a variety of clinical frameworks including but not limited to: Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Psychodynamic Therapy; Rogerian/Person-Centered Therapy; and Problem-Solving Therapy.
Heidi Wodrich, MA, LCPC, NCC
Heidi Wodrich is a licensed psychotherapist in McHenry.
Heidi is here to offer you her support in managing or removing the obstacles impeding your journey towards a more joyful life.
As an experienced teacher and therapist, Heidi has worked with children and adults of all ages, from 3 to 93, towards identifying solutions to life’s most common issues affecting individuals, couples, and families. Are you struggling to cope with your life? Heidi can help.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. –Victor Frankel.
When worry or anxiety becomes overwhelming, allow me to help you choose your response… and create a brighter tomorrow.
Heidi offers solution-focused therapy based on your strengths to help you experience positive growth and gain mastery over your circumstances.
Dr. Jonathan Easton, Psy.D, CADC
Dr. Easton is committed to helping you develop the tools and techniques necessary to help you overcome your struggles and live a richer and more fulfilling life.
Therapy with Dr. Easton focuses on the unique needs of each client, and uses a variety of evidence-based techniques in order to provide the most effective treatment for your needs and goals.
Kimberly Giannini, MA, LCPC
Kimberly’s approach to therapy is evidence-based and holistic and is focused on helping you develop strategies and solutions so you can live a fulfilled life.
Kimberley Giannini specializes in marriage, divorce, depression, behavioral modification, child/family difficulties, and individual therapy for all ages. She also specializes in sport and health psychology, meeting health needs, and identifying and overcoming barriers to sport performance.
Michael Thiel, MS, LPC
Michael Thiel is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. His areas of specialty include bipolar disorder, anger management, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
Michael has a passion for helping people through effective, understanding, and compassionate counseling. He uses evidence-based techniques designed to help you control your emotions, manage stress, be more effective in your relationships, and lead a fuller, richer life.
In therapy with Michael, you will learn to detach yourself from harmful thoughts, find out what kind of person you really want to be, and gain the strength to do the right thing, even when it’s difficult.
Allison Foshee, MA, LPC
Allison Foshee, MA, LPC, works with adults, teenagers, and children, using a collaborative, supportive approach to help clients achieve their goals, find their inner strengths and lead happier, more balanced, and satisfying lives.
Allison believes that you are the greatest expert about your own life and will work with you, not against you, supporting you on your journey to better mental health. She will meet you where you are and build a strong therapeutic relationship where you feel safe, supported, and ready to thrive and grow.
Allison specializes in working with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, and trauma. In her work with young people, she focuses on life transitions, self-injury, and school refusal. She often works with families and couples.
Michelle Diaz, MS, LPC, NCC
Michelle Diaz, MS, LPC, NCC, is a therapist in McHenry, IL who works with children, adolescents, and adults, helping them to lead more functional, fulfilling lives. She works with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, grief, and other issues, assisting themselves in the process of overcoming obstacles and building a more fulfilling, meaningful life.
Michelle Diaz treats every client as a unique individual, developing a customized treatment program to help you reach a higher state of emotional and mental wellbeing.
Michelle Diaz is fluent in Spanish, as well as English, and welcomes Spanish-speaking clients who want therapy in their native tongue.
Ryan Shuda, MA, LCPC
Ryan is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois. Ryan graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, currently, the Adler University with a Master’s degree in the Art of Counseling. He also obtained a specialization in Sport, Exercise, and Health Psychology.
Ryan has worked in a variety of counseling settings, including a Division I University athletic department, a community mental health program, a private practice, and a residential substance abuse facility.
Charles Vorderer, MS, LPC, Psychometrician, Certified Mediator
Charles A. Vorderer is a psychometrician and trained mediator. As a veteran police officer with an extensive background in psychology, Charles has experience working with children and adults of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances. He provides a comfortable atmosphere for his clients.
Charles provides psychological and neurological testing to individuals who are looking to assess possible needs. Such needs may include but are not limited to: ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, depression, anxiety, dyslexia, achievement skills, autism, and career development.
Charles is also a fair, alert, and patient mediator. His goal is to help the parties in conflict find resolution in a swift, tactful manner. He is objective and perseveres until an agreeable outcome is reached. His background in policing and knowledge of law provides him with an excellent basis for dispute and conflict resolution in an unbiased and impartial manner.
Xanthi Zafiris, MS, LPC, Certified Reiki and Yoga Provider, Certified Clinical Hypnosis
Xanthi Zafiris is a Holistic Psychotherapist trained and practiced in both the United States and Europe.
“Holistic” dates back to the time of Hippocrates, over 2,500 years ago, viewing a person as a whole being made up of many parts that work in harmony with each other.
Guided by this approach and driven by her passion in helping people reach deep healing, Xanthi has integrated into her counseling sessions but is not limited to: heart-centered hypnotherapy, yoga, meditation, spirituality, and guided imagery. Through these therapeutic tools, Xanthi helps her clients gain awareness of the connections between their emotions, thoughts and physical sensations. She assists her clients to reach their goals by connecting with themselves, make wiser choices, and overcome hidden obstacles that ultimately lead to a healthier and better life.
Sarah Bennett, MS, LCPC
You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful. – Frederick Perls
My work as a counselor begins with hearing your story, learning who you are, and where you would like to be. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, using first a person-centered and empathic approach to build a strong foundation of trust and openness with my clients. I believe all of us have the ability to find the answers and changes we seek, but many times we need some support and encouragement along the way.
I find each person I work with unique and adjust my approach accordingly, integrating CBT, Motivational Interviewing, solution-focused, ACT, etc. I enjoy integrating creative ways to problem-solve, express self and emotion, and find ways to overcome the hurdles we experience in life.
I have experience working with people struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions, among a vast array of issues and disorders. I also enjoy and have a special interest in helping those struggling with low self-worth, poor self-esteem, body shaming, and women’s issues.
Dr. Jennifer Caruso, Post-Doctoral Fellow, L.P.C., trained in EMDR
Dr. Caruso graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Her coursework, training, and research has focused on child, adolescent, and family psychology. She provides therapy to individuals of all ages, families, and couples. She also provides psychological and neuropsychological assessment services.
Dr. Caruso’s goal is to provide a therapeutic relationship and environment of safety, allowing you to address problems and develop personal strengths vital to personal growth and a sense of competence. Her focus is to help children, individuals, and families work through challenges, develop and strengthen bonds, and explore personal and family unit resources.
Patricia Michaels, MA, LPC, NCC
Patricia Michaels has a Master’s in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Schaumburg, IL. She interned at Clearbrook in Palatine, providing individual and group CBT to clients with Autism a well as other physical and cognitive impairments.
She is a versatile and dedicated professional with an extensive background working with children and adults with Autism in a variety of settings. She provides a compassionate, responsible, creative, and flexible approach to dealing with educational and behavioral issues.
She is also a proficient Behavior Technician providing in-home ABA therapy and assisting individuals with developing skills and managing behaviors in an appropriate manner.
Amy Taylor, MA, LPC
Amy is a psychotherapist with over a decade of experience in working with adults, adolescents, and children who struggle with mental health concerns and major life challenges. Amy specializes in anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. Amy treats all her clients as the unique individuals they are, comprising of their own histories, strengths, struggles, and personalities. Amy utilizes a variety of theoretical frameworks and evidence-based practices to help her clients cope. Amy focuses on the therapeutic alliance and will work collaboratively with her clients from beginning to end of therapy.
Megan Garcia, BS, Master Level Intern
A second-year Master’s student at Northwestern University, Megan started her career in 2010 with a focus on working with veterans, first responders, and their families. Megan is dedicated to working with those who experience trauma due to their occupation, anxiety, depression, and life changes through the use of a variety of clinical interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Megan believes that each person that seeks therapy has unique challenges and each person requires tailored support.
Eugene Kuck Jr, MS, NCC, LPC
Eugene is an integrated therapist with an emphasis on humanism and holism. He works well with individuals, couples, groups, and families from all walks of life, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations.
Eugene is approachable, friendly, respectful, and skilled at providing an atmosphere of growth, assisting clients in gaining insight and a deeper understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and behavior.
Eugene obtained his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health (CACREP) Accredited program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
He has a diverse work history, having practiced in the US as well as internationally in Cork, Ireland, with experience in pre-marital, separation/divorce, family therapy, relationships, stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, adult survivors of sexual abuse, assertiveness, abuse, cultural, general counseling, identity, mental health, PTSD, phobias, self-esteem, self-harm, sexual identity, sexuality, and communication issues.
Susan V. Raica, LCPC
I am a Licensed Clinical Counselor. I received my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the Adler University (formerly the Adler School of Professional Psychology).
I believe we are all a sum of our experiences and our upbringing. We develop our world views and are sometimes unaware that these may be clouded by our circumstances.
I have studied a variety of therapeutic approaches and tend to use a solution-focused, positive approach where I ask my clients to examine their strengths while providing them with the additional tools they may need to accomplish their wellness goals.
I have over 20 years of experience working in the mental health field both in not-for-profit agencies and private practice. My personal and professional experiences and training allow me the privilege to help others with a variety of issues and concerns including depression, anxiety, isolation, relationship issues, chronic pain, chronic fatigue sufferers, emotional eating, emotionally abusive relationships, and life transitions such as divorce, a new job, and relocation.
I am a trained parent educator and public speaker on the topic of stress management. I have experience working with adults, elders, caretakers, special needs parents, and couples. I am also available to work with those who prefer a Christian counselor.
Kristin Busco-Shipley, MSW, LSW
Kristin Busco-Shipley obtained a Master’s degree from Aurora University with specializations in Healthcare and Gerontology. Kristin is also a Licensed Social Worker.
Kristin works with adolescents and adults with an evidence-based and holistic approach. Kristin is collaborative and wants clients to feel safe and comfortable to develop an effective therapeutic relationship. Kristin will help you overcome your struggles to continue living a fulfilling life.
Jackie Birks, MS, LCPC
Jackie Birks, MS, LCPC, works in Lake in the Hills with clients of all ages, specializing in providing individual therapy to older adults.
She assists clients in coping with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and personality and bipolar disorders, as well as other potentially chronic mental health problems. Jackie provides therapy rooted in building empathic rapport with clients to assist them in developing insight and skills to manage their mental health challenges as independently and successfully as possible.
Jackie received her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Her main approach to therapy is Rogerian, via unconditional positive regard and compassion for her clients. From that foundation, Jackie primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Reality Testing to collaborate with clients to support, encourage, and validate them on their paths toward recovery.
Martha Biemer, MS, LPC, NCC
In therapy, Martha can help with a myriad of issues such as depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, relationship problems, and adjustment disorder. Martha has also had previous experience working with clients who have undergone childhood trauma.
While counseling clients, Martha utilizes an eclectic approach and customizes the counseling session toward the particular client and their needs. She firmly believes that counseling should be a collaborative effort between the therapist and their client.
Shannon Hannigan-Jackson, LCP
Shannon Hannigan-Jackson has been in the mental health field since 2008. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University in 2009.
Shannon helps clients develop self-awareness and coping skills to manage problems as they arise. She utilizes mindfulness, acceptance strategies, and cognitive-behavioral skills to assist clients in making positive choices to help clients live their best and most authentic life. With skills and support, clients can create a more stabilized foundation, which will allow problems to become more manageable. Shannon knows that counseling is a very personal journey and is dedicated to guiding clients with dignity, respect, and empathy.
Shannon has experience helping clients with grief and loss, psychosis, adjustment disorders, life transitions and dysfunctions, relationship problems, career dissatisfaction, chronic illness, and end of life, as well as mood disorders, such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders.
Shannon has found a personal and professional passion for working with clients who identify with or are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Shannon found herself on a personal journey and connection to this community that welcomed her and her family with open arms.
Shannon works with all ages, individuals, groups, couples, and families, running the spectrum from families in crisis to those dealing with challenges with family dynamics. Shannon provides a safe and comforting environment, which allows clients to explore and discover in order to navigate and thrive in all of life’s challenges.