Our Therapists

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Katie Augustyn

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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Clara Langrall

LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER

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Georgina Haro

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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.

Clara is a licensed social worker who received her Master of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a therapist, she is warm, down-to-earth, and pragmatic. Clara loves learning, especially about others' ideas and ways of life. She believes that clients are experts on their own experiences and that therapy is a unique collaboration and meeting of minds.

Clara is non-judgmental and genuine. Her work is based on the principles of humanistic, strengths-based, harm-reduction, and
trauma-informed therapies. She is trained/has experience working with a variety of modalities including psychodynamic, strengths-based,
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, CBT, and DBT.

 

She likes to find what works best for her clients. She will probably ask “what do you think
of how this is going so far?” She is open to creative and unconventional approaches to healing as well as life in general. She believes in transparency and if you ask what she thinks and feels about a given topic, she will definitely tell you.

Clara’s hope is to help people feel more connected, find meaning, and experience a greater amount of joy.

Georgina Haro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with families and individuals across the lifespan. She is a bicultural, bilingual Mexican American clinician who offers culturally and linguistically appropriate services in English and Spanish.

 

Georgina earned her Master of Social Work degree from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has experience working with families, children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings such as residential programs and federally qualified health centers.

Georgina specializes in working with clients who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and complex trauma. She also specializes in working with clients with diverse sexual and gender identities and is dedicated to providing gender affirming care to gender diverse clients.

 

Georgina also has a passion for working with clients who are navigating the pressures and expectations that come along with being first-generation. She utilizes different techniques to best serve her clients such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Using a strengths-based approach, she helps empower her clients to amplify the skills, strategies, and resilience that are already within them.

 

Georgina acknowledges that our bodies carry our experiences, memories, and traumas. Georgina utilizes approaches that include mindfulness, breathwork, and grounding to help clients form a deeper understanding of the connection between mind, body, and emotion. Georgina honors the importance of a strong, therapeutic relationship and is grateful to be a part of her clients' journey in becoming more connected to their authentic selves. Georgina aims to create a safe, therapeutic space in which her clients feel truly heard and validated.

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Kaitlyn Doty

LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

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Diane Pelegris

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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Vanessa Moran

LICENSED 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.

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.

Vanessa Moran is a passionate Licensed Professional Counselor and a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville Clinical Psychology program.

Vanessa has experience working with
individuals, couples, and groups experiencing PTSD-related symptoms, anxiety, depression,
relationship loss, life transitions, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. She is also a bilingual, Mexican American who is able to offer cultural and linguistically appropriate services in English and Spanish.


Vanessa utilizes a variety of approaches depending on the needs of the client. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques. She emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and believes therapy should be a collaborative space for the client and clinician.

Vanessa aims to provide a genuine, warm, and supportive environment for each individual, couple or group. This includes promoting personal growth, relief, empowerment, curiosity, and understanding.

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Katerina Rios

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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Allison Guimaray

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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Eilis Fagan

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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.

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.

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.

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Michael F. Mallory

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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Leslie Velgach

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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Lisa Dabado

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.

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.

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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Melanie Lerchen

LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

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.

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Kelsie Johnson

LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST

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.

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Kelly Baas

LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

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.