Our Therapists


Katie Augustyn



Deidre J. Robinson


Katie Augustyn is a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Katie is the Clinical Director of Augustyn Family Services, a North Side agency that serves children, adults, and couples.


Katie previously worked at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where she provided therapeutic services to children and families dealing with chronic illness and disability. Katie received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Katie has experience working with a broad range of mental health issues, including anxiety, trauma, grief, domestic violence, and family conflict.

Katie is also a founding member of a non-profit organization that provides services to disabled children, KT’s Kids.

Deidre is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from North Park University. Deidre also earned her Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago. Deidre works with adults 18+ and couples. Her clinical experience includes working with clients experiencing depression, trauma/PTSD, self-esteem issues, attachment issues, and relationship challenges.


Deidre works collaboratively with clients, making it a priority to meet clients where they are and assist them in identifying where they want to be and what holds them back from getting there. She uses a trauma informed relational approach and explores with clients how their history may be impacting their current functioning. Deidre works with clients to develop self-awareness, healthy coping skills, and positive attachments while practicing cultural sensitivity.


Deidre has advanced training in sex therapy and also in traumatic stress. She is a sex positive therapist with experience working with monogamous, as well as consensually non-monogamous couples. Deidre believes in the healing power of empathy and providing a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to achieve the growth they are seeking.


Kaitlyn Doty


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Allison Guimaray


Kaitlyn is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and graduate of the counseling program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kaitlyn specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families with clinical experience working with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, school anxiety and refusal, trauma, grief and loss, and life transitions.

Kaitlyn uses a compassionate and collaborative approach to counseling, integrating person-centered philosophies to meet clients where they’re at. Kaitlyn uses a strength-based and trauma-informed perspective to empower individuals as the authority of their own lives and foster resilience while moving towards positive change. In her work, Kaitlyn uses traditional talk therapy combined with expressive therapies, play therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) depending on individual goals. Through her approach, Kaitlyn is committed to providing a space where clients can be themselves, feel heard, and grow.

Allison is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Aurora University. Allison works with clients experiencing various issues and concerns, such as anxiety, trauma, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, and interpersonal difficulties.

Allison utilizes a strength-based and client-centered approach when it comes to therapy. She fosters the idea that supporting the client in a safe and empathetic environment is key to the therapeutic process. She is dedicated to helping clients recognize their true potential in order to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life. Allison emphasizes modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) blended with mindfulness techniques. She believes that each person is unique in the type of support and assistance that they may need. Allison is also committed to the belief that in learning more about oneself and developing healthy coping skills, anyone can grow and benefit in therapy.


Lisa Dabado


Lisa Dadabo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Oberlin College, and her Master’s Degree from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa has over 6 years of experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. Lisa is experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Harm Reduction approaches to substance use. She is a provider of trauma informed therapy for adolescents and adults, has facilitated activity based and therapeutic groups, and works with people experiencing depression, anxiety, and substance use issues. Lisa has volunteered at the Chicago Abused Women’s Coalition, as an athletic coach for youth and adults, and is a long-time advocate for improving trauma informed and strengths-based services in the state of Illinois.

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Katerina Rios



Leslie Velgach



Kelly Baas


Katerina is a passionate and dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and families in a variety of therapeutic settings. She has had the pleasure of working in residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and community mental health settings. Katerina earned a Master's in Social Work degree with a certificate in evidence-based mental health practice with children and adolescents from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Katerina tailors treatment using techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to best support clients' needs. 


Katerina has experience working with clients navigating a variety of stressors including life transitions, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and the exploration of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities. She uses an intersectional and shared power approach when working with clients and believes the client should always be considered the expert of their situation. Katerina prioritizes centering and affirming clients' identities in order to provide a safe, inclusive space that is conducive to vulnerability and empowerment. Clients can expect Katerina to use radical empathy and humor to form a strong, therapeutic alliance and create a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere.

Leslie is a licensed clinical social worker. She earned her Masters in Clinical Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and her Bachelors in Social Work at Luther College in Iowa. Leslie has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults with various issues including depression, anxiety, coping skills, difficult life transitions, and building self-compassion. She has worked with individuals in many different settings ranging from individual and group therapy to crisis intervention in the Emergency Room.

Leslie practices from a strength-based approach and combines several modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness. Throughout treatment, she works with clients to utilize coping skills, identify their core values, and develop a strong sense of self. Leslie believes that regardless of age, clients are their own expert and therefore aims to build a strong therapeutic relationship that provides a warm and accepting environment that can lead to positive change.

Kelly is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and registered expressive arts therapist (REAT). She received her masters degree at California Institute of Integral Studies. Kelly has worked for over ten years gaining clinical experience across the lifespan with children and adults struggling with social/emotional regulation and identity formation, children on the autism spectrum, adults with severe and persistent mental illness, and emerging young adults.


Kelly loves working with children and young people and uses a variety of art mediums to help them find their voice and work out what is troubling them. Taking a person-centered approach Kelly prioritizes the pace of each individual she works with as she constructs a foundation of safety and curiosity. 


Kelly specializes in helping children and young people understand their worries and uncover internal resources that allow them to respond more effectively. Kelly prioritizes getting to know the unique perspective of each child so the therapeutic relationship can be a source of learning and skill building. She uses play, art, movement, and words to help children explore their anxieties and as well as their hopes and dreams.


Children who are experiencing overwhelming pressure, loss, questioning self-worth, or struggling with fear and anxiety can work through a process of play and art making lead by Kelly. In using their own hands to engage and create a child can connect to qualities that are essential to coping with stress, fear, and loss. Kelly carefully listens to each client  in order to guide the use of talking and creative making to meet the needs that emerge. Common issues that Kelly can address with play and expressive arts therapy are anxiety, low self-esteem, navigating difficult life transitions, loss, overwhelming pressure, impulse control, and low frustration tolerance.


Michael F. Mallory



Melanie Lerchen



Eilis Fagan


Michael Mallory is a licensed clinical social worker with experience working with adolescents, couples, families, and adults. Michael received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. Michael works with a variety of mental health issues and provides therapy to those struggling with life’s tribulations. His experience also includes providing couple’s therapy to LGBT identified clients as well as providing guidance in navigating family development.

Michael’s experience also includes the facilitation of a parenting class for individuals and families who are interested in becoming more effective parents. Michael also provides co-parenting sessions to guide parents in finding comfort in each other’s differing parenting philosophies.

Melanie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has experience treating a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficult life transitions. Melanie received her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University in 2000.

Melanie takes a holistic and collaborative approach in her practice, focusing on making connections between the mind, body, and soul, resulting in inner harmony and balance for her clients. She is committed to the belief that every person has the potential to work through trauma and problems to live a more meaningful, fulfilling, and happy life.

Eilis is a licensed social worker who received her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago.  She specializes in working with youth, adolescents, and adults with various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, substance use, and trauma. 


Eilis also has experience providing therapy to survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Eilis’ working style utilizes a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach that encourages growth and healing in a judgment-free environment.  She uses a unique blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, harm reduction, and expressive art that is individually tailored to each person she works with based on their own interests and goals.  She believes that the client is the expert in their own experience and strives to meet every client where they’re at. 


Eilis seeks to balance humor and compassion within the therapeutic relationship and truly enjoys working collaboratively with clients as they work together toward positive change.

Diane Pelegris


Diane received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. She is a clinical social worker with experience in providing grief counseling for children 3-12 years old, using therapeutic recreation with children and adolescents with special needs aging from 8 to 21 years old, providing therapy for women and children survivors of domestic violence as well as for adolescents residing in a group home setting and in therapeutic schools with students with special needs ranging in ages 14-21 years old.

Diane has provided services to individuals ranging from early childhood to adulthood through individual, group, and family sessions.

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Kelsie Johnson


Kelsie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a graduate from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Kelsie has experience supporting individuals and families across the lifespan. She is passionate about working with children and adolescents as they navigate challenges that arise through life transitions. In her practice, she also believes it is important to support parents and families to build upon their strengths and develop new tools to support each member of the family system. 


Kelsie utilizes a strengths based - systemic approach with clients, that integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She believes that the therapeutic relationship is imperative in working with individuals and their families. Kelsie strives to create a warm and supportive environment to help clients expand their thinking, strengthen their skills, and achieve their goals to live a more meaningful life.


Gaby Schafft


Gaby received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has experience providing therapy for children, adolescents, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and trauma. She has also worked with clients with psychosis by providing psychoeducation, coping strategies for symptoms, and prevention and relapse plans. In every session, Gaby is committed to providing a warm and safe environment for her clients. 


Gaby has previous experience providing services in outpatient behavioral health and in a community based setting. She has provided services through individual and group services in Spanish. 

Meagan McCarver


Meagan McCarver is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with individuals across the lifespan. Meagan has experience as a provider at Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital and is particularly passionate about providing children and families with tools to help them better cope with challenging emotions and experiences. Meagan has worked in a variety of settings, including therapeutic day schools, where she thoroughly enjoyed working with students with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Meagan believes in the power of providing children with early therapeutic support in order to help them lay a strong foundation for the future.

Meagan graduated with her Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago and utilizes approaches such as Unified Protocol, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in her work with individuals and families.

Meagan conceptualizes therapy as a space to develop and deepen relationships. She values using a holistic lens when forming therapeutic bonds and finds great privilege in helping her clients share, and ultimately change, their stories. Meagan strives to partner with her clients in order to help them find balance and create more meaning in their lives. When she is not in session, she enjoys being outdoors, exploring and trying new restaurants in the city, and spending quality time with her friends and loved ones.