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Chicago Therapists

Dr. Terry Dornak

Dr. Terry Dornak, Psy.D., CCATP

Clinical Psychologist | Clinical Director

I received my Doctorate of Psychology and Master of Arts from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have gained my therapeutic experience not only working in private practice settings but through working in residential settings as well.

 

It is my goal that each person who steps into my office feels  comfortable and accepted.  I respect each individual's culture, gender, race, and sexual identity.  I am passionate about my field and believe that each individual that comes into my office is unique.  I use an integrated approach that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic techniques.  I work with each client to design a treatment plan that meets his or her own personal needs and goals.  I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults, and I provide individual, family, as well as relationship therapy.

I have extensive experience and training in treating mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, substance use, and anger. In addition, I specialize in treating the psychological struggles frequently associated with chronic pain including anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship difficulties.  I also specialize in treating post-partum depression and infertility.  

I welcome feedback from my clients.  When a client feels that a certain technique is not working, I encourage him or her to tell me so that we can work together to find another technique that may work better.  I think therapy is definitely a team effort.

Dr. Imuentiyan Igbinosun

Dr. Imuentiyan Igbinosun, PsyD

Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow

In life, people look for answers and I believe the answers lie within each of us. I strive to help individuals make their thoughts and goals clearer so that individuals can find answers during times of heavy clouds and dark skies. Through processing, learning effective tools, and techniques to manage high stress and anxiety, I work with my clients to get them to a more comprehensive sense of self. That self they have always dreamed of being and that self they, unconsciously, already are. In doing so, processing the past and the present to develop how my clients want their future to look will be a journey of healing and finding balance. 

 

I work from an integrative approach primarily utilizing Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic interventions with Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral theories. I am extensively trained in Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic and Dialectical Behavioral therapies. I strive to help individuals identify patterns in current relationships and behaviors that stem from past experiences, both from past attachment, as well as environmentally learned. I take a collaborative approach through processing, learning effective tools, and applying techniques to manage high stress and anxiety. I have experience working with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, mood difficulties, trauma-related concerns, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, phase of life adjustments, personality disorders, identity and LGBTQIA+ related concerns.  

 

I earned my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, IL and my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago, IL. I have worked in private practices, intensive outpatient programs and college counseling settings as I enjoy working with young adults, middle-aged adults, individually, couples and in group therapy. 

Dr. Breanne Taylor

Dr. Breanne Taylor, PsyD

Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is paramount in fostering change. It is through an open, nonjudgmental, and safe environment that clients can explore and grow into their most authentic selves and lead more fulfilling lives. My approach emphasizes how our past and present experiences shape how we relate to others and the world around us. I work with children, adolescents, and adults, and utilize an integrative and collaborative approach that incorporates aspects of Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feminist, Relational, and Strengths-Based approaches.

I am an LGBTQ+ affirming and sex positive therapist who welcomes clients who are part of the kink and poly/consensual non-monogamy communities. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

I have experience in multiple settings including substance abuse facilities, community mental health centers, and therapeutic day schools working with concerns such as anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, developmental disorders, impulse control, and relationship struggles.

Dr Kristin Amicone

Dr. Kristin Amicone, Psy.D.

Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow

Finding balance in this unpredictable world can sometimes seem unachievable. Together, we can find a balance that best fits you. My goal for therapy is teaching you the skills needed to find your balance so you can flourish in your daily life. Whatever your journey has been, I will help you implement knowledge and tools to overcome barriers from the past, present, and future. I am here to listen from a neutral perspective with expertise in psychological health and the influence it can have on the rest of our biological system. My clinical skills reflect all ages across the lifespan as I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. With this, I am flexible in aiding in treatment among various cohorts and in a multitude of settings. 

 

Through my training in health service psychology at Kansas City University, I was able to work closely with medical students in training to become knowledgeable in the process of collaborative care. I am willing to work with you and any of your providers to ensure advocacy for your comprehensive wellbeing. You will not feel alone or unheard throughout our treatment together as I will work collaboratively with you to ensure the best care.

 

 The evidence-based treatments I commonly use in practice include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), solution-focused therapy (SFT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and cognitive processing therapy (CPT).  I am well versed in neurocognitive deficit interventions, mood disturbances, substance use interventions, and trauma processing. Additionally, I have done extensive research in women’s health issues including PMDD, postpartum depression and anxiety, and other menstrual conditions. 

 

Teletherapy provided in Florida, Kansas, and Illinois for adolescents, adults, and older adults

Santina Bianco LPC

Santina Bianco, LCPC

Psychotherapist

Adler University was important to me because of its emphasis on social justice and community engagement. Being a part of the Chicago community has opened my eyes as I am originally from a small town. Being a small fish in a big pond has allowed me opportunities and experiences that I feel has helped me grow as a counselor. 

 

I have gained therapeutic experience working in residential settings such as Chicago Public Schools, juvenile residential centers, and crisis centers. My passion involves working with children, adolescents, and young adults while promoting diversity. I provide individual, group, and family therapy. My experience consists of treating a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), adjustment disorder, and anger.

 

My approach is integrated combining evidence-based practices including client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and Adlerian therapy. My area of specialty involves the use of play therapy. Play therapy is psychotherapeutic approach primarily used to help individuals freely express their emotions and thoughts through the use of play. Therapeutic play is a way for me to help individuals with academic, behavioral, social, or emotional issues with those who express communication differently. Verbal communication is not for all of us and can be intimidating. I prefer getting to know someone while doing something active or fun.

 

My passion is to help my clients reach their fullest potential by using their strengths to foster independence. My style of therapy involves meeting my clients where they are currently at.  My goal is to provide a unique and authentic counseling experience where one can feel accepted for being yourself. I seek to provide a safe and collaborative space to help develop trust to facilitate growth in the therapeutic relationship.

Brittany Bogdojewicz LPC

Brittany Bogdajewicz, LPC

Psychotherapist

We all have unique innate strengths that create our inner awesomeness. However, sometimes we forget or lack the skills to nurture these qualities when we are consumed by the chaos of our day-to-day lives. By recognizing and developing these qualities we will come to recognize and “own our awesome.”   Together, we will take the first steps on your journey to maximize your full potential. We‘ll identify and work on areas where you get stuck, to increase your alignment with your values, as we develop practices that create life-changing shifts and lasting results. 

 

I am a licensed professional counselor. I completed my Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago. Throughout my career, I’ve held positions in outpatient therapy and residential treatment programs. I have worked with diverse populations and ages including adolescents and teens, adults, and individuals with chronic mental health and physical health issues. I use an integrative approach of strengths-based, person-centered, and psychodynamic techniques.  I strongly believe in the importance of the therapeutic alliance and that clients should feel safe and supported. ​Each session we will collaborate on your treatment to help you meet your personal needs and goals. 

Jing Han LPC

Jing Han, LPC

Psychotherapist

I believe we’re naturally good and unfortunately taught to feel shame, worthlessness, inadequacy, and the ideas of “bad” and “wrong”. I’m dedicated to providing a non-judgmental environment to support clients, explore their situations, and achieve their goals. I strive to hear and understand your feelings, past and current experiences, as well as to provide information and new coping strategies to help you deal with your concerns, difficulties, and struggles. We will sort out what’s going on in your life and sort it out together.

 

I received my Master’ degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University. I have received training  in CBT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and personality disorders treatment and management. It is my goal to keep enlarging my toolbox in order to provide more efficient and effective support to my clients.

 

The differences between cultures, languages, and environments may cause frustration or even conflict, and having new information and ways to handle them will create fresh insights and help you accomplish your goals. I hope after every session my client feel more confident, having healthier boundaries, and enjoy their lives more.

I offer therapy to individuals, couples, and families in English, Mandarin, and Japanese.

Marceita Johnson

Marceita Johnson, LPC

Psychotherapist

Part of my greatest purpose in life is to reduce stigma, break generational curses and normalize mindfulness and self care in the households of every community. Traditionally, obtaining mental wellness support  is not easily accessible  nor is it a topic of conversation that is easy to have with family, friends or other members of the black and brown communities.  To be considered strong in the black community is to suffer in silence. We are taught at a very young age to suppress and compartmentalize our emotions. The unfortunate consequence of this is that many times this leads to the development of unhealthy habits and relationships in and throughout adulthood. 

 

As a black woman and multiculturally competent  therapist, I understand that many individuals from various groups and cultures have a beautifully unique perspective that sets us apart. We also all have so much in common that unites us and makes us similar in many ways. Learning from each other and sharing our experiences not only helps us to heal ourselves individually, but our families and our communities. I am committed to making a difference, normalizing dialogue centered on mental wellness, and continuing to be an agent of change.

 

Some of my areas of specialty include depression, anxiety, grief & loss, race-based traumatic stress, woman issues, relationship issues/domestic violence, and trauma/PTSD. My approach includes building rapport and collaborating with you to develop a suitable treatment plan that will address your needs. In treatment I may incorporate, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapy (MBSR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered Therapy, etc.  Meeting individuals where they are as well as holding them accountable is part of the therapeutic process. My clients can expect to leave feeling better than when they came as long as they commit to doing the work. 

 

I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University in 2015. In addition, I practiced at University of Chicago's Chicago Center for HIV Elimination where I worked primarily with LGBTQ+ community from the southside. I am now a practicing professional and PhD student studying at Adler University in the Counseling Education and Supervision program.   I hope to meet you soon.

Jonathan McIntosh

Jonathan McIntosh (LPC pending)

Psychotherapist

After the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us find ourselves struggling with feelings of uncertainty and confusion. My goal is to provide a safe, stable, and empathic environment in which clients can feel supported as they work through these challenges toward lasting change. Because each one of us is unique, I believe there is no one-size-fits all path toward becoming our best selves. I have a non-pathologizing view of therapy and take a collaborative, person-centered approach, focusing on your individual needs and goals.

I respect all cultures, genders, races, religions and sexual identities. Whether your goal is learning emotional coping skills, improving self-esteem, strengthening relationships, or fulfilling your professional or creative potential, I can offer compassion and a non-judgmental perspective.

I offer a sliding scale rate for all insurance types. I’ve found that a strong understanding of who we are is the most important step in building a life worth living, and that every life is a work-in-progress. Doing that work sometimes requires stepping out of our comfort zone. Perhaps therapy feels outside of your comfort zone…let’s give it a try together.

Nicole Yan

Nicole Yan, LSW

Psychotherapist

My approach to therapy is based on mutual appreciation. Through openness and
acceptance, we can work together on personal issues and emotional situations
you face. I support individuals in learning to heal their own suffering through
discovery of the gentleness, warmth, wisdom, and compassion that is an innate
capacity of all human beings. I enjoy working with people on their journeys and
helping them to nurture their inner and outer worlds with kindness and
awareness.


My practice is informed by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic
techniques, client-centered approach, as well as mindfulness, self-compassion,
and Buddhist psychology. My clinical experience includes a wide range of
concerns, including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, spirituality, relationships,
substance abuse, and gender identity.


I received my graduate degrees, a Master of Social Work and a Master of
Divinity, from the University of Chicago. I have also worked as a hospital chaplain
and am familiar with contemplative practices in patient care. For several years
now, I have facilitated a weekly meditation group as a way to promote growth and
healing in our community. I am fluent in both English and Chinese.

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