Our Therapists

Katie Augustyn

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

Christie Sanchez

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

Kelsie Johnson

LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST

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.

Christie is a licensed professional counselor and a distinguished graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her master’s degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in trauma & crisis intervention and theological training from Chicago Theological Seminary. She has a focus on spiritual trauma, which encompasses healing work from sexual abuse and theological malpractice within religious institutions. Christie specializes in trauma healing work, life transitions, crisis and identity work with children, adolescents, and young adults. 

 

Her experience includes crisis intervention work at a therapeutic day school with children and adolescents suffering from emotional distress, as well as individual counseling with college-students, DREAMers, and athletes at a local university. She utilizes a relational cultural approach and values the client/therapist relationship as part of trauma work to discover individualized courses of healing for each client. 

 

Christie is a queer-identifying, Mestiza and Latinx therapist who engages in dismantling White Supremacy within the mental health field. She is committed to advocating for the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities who face distinct and unique issues when navigating today’s society, in a fight for full and unwavering liberation. 

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.

Kaitlyn Doty

LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

Allison Guimaray

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

Deidre J. Robinson

LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

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.

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, attachment issues, and relationship challenges.

Deidre works collaboratively with clients, making it a priority to take 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 is currently working on completion of AASECT certification in sex therapy. She is a sex positive therapist with experience working with monogamous, as well as consensually non-monogamous couples. In addition, Deidre has begun advanced training in Traumatic Stress Studies. Deidre believes in the healing power of empathy and providing a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to achieve the growth they are seeking.

Lisa Dabado

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

Leslie Velgach

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

Melanie Lerchen

LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

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.

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.

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.

Diane Pelegris

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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.

Michael F. Mallory

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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.

Jenna France

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

Jenna is a licensed clinical social worker with experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Jenna received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and her Bachelors in Psychology from Indiana University. Jenna specializes in working with clients in areas including anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationship concerns, divorce in families, and substance abuse. Jenna has worked in a variety of settings including an inpatient hospital and outpatient practices and has experience in individual, family, and group therapy.

Jenna prioritizes working collaboratively with clients and creating a warm and non-judgmental therapy experience. After identifying a client’s specific goals for therapy, Jenna utilizes a holistic treatment approach incorporating techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness. Jenna guides her clients to understand themselves and supports clients in feeling validated and heard. Jenna brings compassion and empathy to each session and believes in the client’s and the family’s strength to grow and thrive. Jenna is excited to come to work every day and share in her client’s journeys.

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