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Anthony Kokalj, LCPC



Owner of Fox Bend Counseling

Individual, Adolescent, Couples, and Family Therapist 

My passion is getting to know you in your experience.  I listen and get to know you by creating a "judgement free zone" where we can work together on the challenges and hurts you are facing.   I am well versed in all modalities of evidence-based therapies such as CBT, DBT, ACT, and the Gottman Method, which sort through our cognitive conflicts, but can also integate your emotional self through Psychodynamic & Mindfulness techniques.  My goal is to get you back to your life as soon as possible for I understand everyone's time is valuable, which is why I believe in being interactive in our sessions.  The days of the client talking 80% of the time with minimal feedback are a thing of the past.  My hope is after each session you are able to make the life changes needed so you feel you are gaining back your old self, or possibly a new and improved version.

I have been working in mental health for over 15 years, starting at the bottom and through the school of hard knocks, have become a very successful business and family man.  I love spending time with my wife and coaching my kids in their sporting events.  In addition to counseling, I am a professor at Lewis University teaching psychology in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

I am experienced in treating:

  • Depression
  • Couples & Marital Conflicts
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/OCD
  • LGBT
  • Mood Disorders/Bipolar

Education 

Graduated from Lewis University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. 

Credentials 

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Althea Olson, LCSW

 

 

 

 

Psychotherapist, Author, & National Speaker 

As a seasoned clinician of over 20 years, I realize everyone who passes through my door enters with a unique set of needs and experiences. As the client, you set the pace of treatment and together, as a team, we determine what is needed to improve your quality of life. Whether our work can be accomplished in just a few sessions or something more long term is needed, I am here to help you navigate life's challenges.

My approach is to take complex issues and break them down to simple, easy to apply concepts, allowing you to achieve your goals.  I find success lies in building on the strengths you already possess and using that as the foundation to build upon.  My clients describe me as very direct and to the point, but in a manner that is validating of who they are so that confidence is built to begin changing desired behaviors.  One of my goals for every client is that they walk away from each session with practical knowledge they can begin applying that day.  For it is the repetitiveness of small behavior changes that lead to big differences. 
 

 I am very experienced in treating

 

  • Anxiety & OCD
  • Depression
  • BipolarAddictionLoss & Grief Issue 
  • Anger Management Life Transitions
  • Marriage and Couples Counseling 
  • Codependency
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Abuse & Trauma
  • Chronic Pain & Autoimmune Disorders
  • First Responders 
  • Christian Counseling
  • Chronic Mental Illness and Psychosis

I am also a writer and a national speaker.  My husband & I write several monthly columns together for different magazines for law enforcement.  Our writing became so popular we soon began traveling the country speaking on the topics we write on which includes morale, ethics, emotional self-care, marriage, relationships, and maintaining a healthy work/life balance. 

I work with clients aged 14 to geriatric.  My treatment modalities are diverse, since one size does not fit all, including CBT, DBT, Solution-focused, Strength’s Based, Behavior Modification, Psychodynamic, Client Centered, Psychoeducation, and the evidence based techniques of John Gottman.
  
Education

George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University, MSW, 1996

 

Memberships

Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Associate Member

National Association of Social Workers 
 

Website & Profile

www.AltheaOlson.com    www.MoreThanACop.com 

Email 
[email protected]

Amy Gillette, LCPC


 

As a clinician in the mental health field for over 15 years, my first goal is to understand who you are and what you want for your life.  I strive to help adolescents, adults, and their families build authentic and stronger relationships with themselves and others.  Working together we will identify goals and action strategies to increase wellness and balance.  I have experience working with all age groups in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have an honest, empathic counseling style to assist you in creating lasting and fulfilling changes.

 

Education

Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Therapy from Illinois State University

Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis University 

 

Credentials

LCPC

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Jessica Johnson Berrios, LPC

My goal is to provide clients a safe place to feel comfortable and accepted. I work in collaboration with clients to achieve personal growth and find balance through understanding, rather than focusing on temporary fixes. I also enjoy bringing humor and art into the healing process. I feel that we know ourselves best, sometimes we just need a guide to help us out.

My counseling style is eclectic and includes aspects of Gestalt, Person-Centered and Dialectical Behavior Therapies. This allows therapy to be individualized to a client's needs and strengths. I have experience in treating a variety of issues, including those related to self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Education
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University
Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Credentials
Licensed Professional Counselor

Mike Wasilewski, LSW

Psychotherapist, Author, First Responder, & Keynote Speaker

Accepts BCBS PPO & Self-pay clients: $30 - $50 per session

Because I am a First Responder of 21 years and counting, I have seen it all!  As I look forward to retiring in the in the next 5-8 years, I am transitioning back into the field of mental health where I started my career back in 1990.  I worked in a residential treatment facility for adolescents and in psychiatric hospitals serving a widely varied population for the first 6 years of my professional career.  It was then I began working toward the Master of Social Work degree.  

Even though I am now the FNG (fabulous new guy) in the therapy world, I bring a wealth of experience with me!  As a police officer, responding to mental health calls, negotiating conflict, and managing critical incidents have been the most rewarding parts of the job.  My wife and I are also freelance writers, together having authored over 300 articles for leading law enforcement publications on a variety of subjects, including marriage, ethics, morale, emotional wellness, and managing trauma.  Our writing led to traveling the country as national trainers and speakers.  Our latest project is for a not-for-profit organization called Blue H.E.L.P. whose mission is to honor law enforcement officers who have committed suicide and to provide education and suicide prevention to officers, their families, and the law enforcement community.  We will be speaking at their conference in October, developing curriculum, and "training the trainers."

My specialties include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety/OCD
  • Couples & Marriage Therapy
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Christian Counseling 
  • Job Burnout
  • First Responders
  • Bipolar
  • Executive Leadership & Coaching
  • Chronic Mental Illness
  • Short-term and Long-term Therapy
  • Personality Disorders
  • DBT, CBT, ACT, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness
  • Athletes
  • LGBTQ

Education

Aurora University, MSW obtained in 2003

Lindsay Sher, LPC

I believe that everyone is on a journey in this life and deserves to experience happiness and joy throughout. Sometimes struggles become overwhelming, and my role is to provide you a safe, nonjudgmental space to sort it all out.

My greatest reward as a counselor is helping my clients explore ways to make positive changes that will lead them to a more balanced and peaceful lifestyle. Because no individual is the same, I cater our time together towards your unique needs using a variety of counseling modalities. I use a strength-based philosophy that empowers you to become resourceful and resilient. I have experience working with clients enduring life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief, and parenting difficulties.

My educational background includes a MS in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and a BS in Health Communications from Grand Valley State University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association.   

Elizabeth Lassandrello, LPC

Before entering private practice, Elizabeth worked as a Licensed School Counselor, where she counseled students and families from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Her work with children, adolescents, adults, and families involves a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, self-harm, abuse, social and emotional development, behavioral, and physical challenges, multiple level crisis situations, and learning disabilities (i.e. students with Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Education Plan).

As a therapist, Elizabeth is known for her caring, empathetic, and nonjudgmental approach which provides a positive, welcoming environment where her clients can explore the issues and challenges they are facing. Elizabeth uses a variety of counseling approaches to help her clients discover happiness and peace in their life. Each approach is specific to the individual clients’ needs.

Credentials

Licensed Professional Counselor & Licensed School Counselor

Education

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Benedictine University and Master’s degree in School Counseling and Guidance from Lewis University. Elizabeth is Licensed Professional Counselor.