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Cathedral Staff

Cathedral Counseling Center is a unique hybrid of a community mental health agency and a group private practice. 


About Our Team

Our therapists are all independent contractors who share our mission and dedicate at least 12 hours a week to our agency. They all have extensive post-graduate experience and offer expertise in a range of clinical specialties creating a diverse professional community able to address an array of mental health issues.  Our fellows provide treatment as part of our advanced training program

Our medical team partners with therapists and clients who require medication evaluation and management as part of treatment.

Our operations team supports the clinical staff and Board of Directors, manages client billing, day-to-day operations, fundraising and communications for Cathedral.

 

Therapists

 

Maureen Kelly, LCSW

Executive Director and Therapist

Extensive experience as a clinician in community clinic and hospital settings, with expertise in addictions, women's issues and mood disorders. Organizational leadership experience including program planning, fundraising, budgeting, and board development

BA in English and MSW, University of Michigan; served as adjunct faculty at Loyola’s School of Social Work in Chicago and as a member of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Work’s Committee on Inquiry and Ethics

Applies background in literature and the humanities to management practice and clinical work

 
 

Cynthia Walls, LCSW

Clinical Director and Therapist

Works with individuals and couples; experienced in overseeing clinical staff, teaching medical students, and supervising graduate social work students and clinical staff

BA, Roosevelt University; MA, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration; post-graduate training in family therapy, Family Institute of Chicago

Expertise treating persons with eating and mood disorders, and in relational couple treatment

 
 

Carol Connell, LCSW

Intake Coordinator, Community Liaison and Therapist

Assesses specific concerns and needs of individuals seeking treatment and matches them with appropriate therapists; refers children and other individuals Cathedral is unable to help to other agencies/clinics

BS and MSW, Loyola University; specialty training in treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse

Offers individual and couples therapy and premarital counseling; expertise in treating depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, personality disorders, issues of young adulthood and alcoholism and substance abuse

 
 

Nina Riccardi, LCSW

Director of Professional Development and Therapist

Works with individuals; background in medical social work in women's health; oversees professional development programs

BA, Muhlenberg College; MS, Boston University; MSW, Simmons College School of Social Work; completed Cathedral Counseling Center Fellows Program in 2002, member of Cathedral's Dialectical Behavior Therapy team

Expertise in treating anxiety disorders, women’s transitions and adjustment to health crises

 
 

Laurel Spindel, LCSW

Director of Finance and Strategy and Clinical Administrative Coordinator

Works with individual, couples and groups; trained in mind-body approaches to therapy, including mindfulness meditation

BA, Cornell University; MA, University of Chicago; MAPP, University of Chicago; MSW, University of Chicago

Expertise treating young adults experiencing life transitions

 
 

Bruce Aaron, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals utilizing a Gestalt approach; published author on Gestalt therapy and training

BA in Psychology, University of Michigan; MSW, University of Michigan; Advanced Studies at Gestalt Therapy Institute

Expertise treating LGBTQ persons and individuals with depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues

 
 

Allison Ackerman, PhD

Psychotherapy Consultant

PhD, Northwestern University

Dr. Ackerman works with intimacy and relationship issues, chronic illness, self-esteem issues, conflicts, pervasive feelings of unhappiness, loneliness, loss, anxiety, depression and/or emptiness, self-defeating patterns or just a general sense of being out of sync with themselves, their feelings and the other people in their world.

Dr. Ackerman specializes in helping people deal with traumas, derailments, ruptures and losses in their lives so that they can come to terms with these experiences and move forward to being their best selves and to experiencing more pleasure in the here and now. She consults with and teaches psychotherapists from a variety of disciplines.

 
 

Annie Avery, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals and groups focused on treatment topics including as coping with anxiety, managing psychiatric symptoms and medications, and enhancing social skills

BA, Bryn Mawr College; MSW, Hunter College School of Social Work

Bilingual (Spanish/English); expertise with LGBT issues, and racial and cultural differences

 
 

Lyn Caroli, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals using a combination of psychodynamic and relational therapy

BA, Macalester College; MSW, University of Chicago

Expertise in treating depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, loss and issues of young adulthood

 
 

Katherine Carrane, LCSW

Assistant Clinical Director for Programs, Staff Therapist

Works with individuals, couples and families from a psychodynamic, relational model

BA, Denison University; MA in Social Work, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Expertise treating trauma survivors; those coping with depression, anxiety, parental loss, substance abuse; women rebuilding after separation and divorce; individuals interested in exploring the benefits of yoga on the mind, body and spirit

 
 

Kerry Cochrane, LCSW

Therapist

Works with adults from diverse backgrounds to identify strengths, address difficulties, and catalyze positive change.

BA, University of Iowa; MA, University of Iowa; MSW, Loyola University Chicago

Clinical focus includes trauma, emotional regulation, and management of mood disorders; special interest in working with artists. Practices from a self psychological perspective and also trained in DBT.

 
 

Meg Coyne, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples, using the following approaches: Mindfulness, EFT tapping and Hypnosis.

BA, Oneonta College (SUNY), Loyola University, Chicago campus, also post-graduate certification in Marriage and Family Therapy, Chicago Center for Family Health

Areas of clinical expertise: trauma, couples work, and sex therapy

 
 

Caroline Downs, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals; supervises early-career therapists

BA, Lawrence University; MSW, Smith College School of Social Work

Expertise in treating substance abuse, issues associated with infertility, parenting struggles, young adults, issues related to aging

 
 

Stephanie Evans, MA, LCPC

Therapist

MA in Marriage and Family Counseling, BA in Cultural Anthropology, both from Northeastern IL University

Works with individuals, couples and families

Clinical interests include the effects of trauma on the individual and their relationships, as well as clients presenting with life transitions such as marriage, divorce, loss, and grief.

 
 

Julia Fording, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples

BA, University of Iowa; MSW, New York University School of Social Work

Clinical interests include treating depression and anxiety; life cycle changes and transitions

 
 

Freda Friedman, PhD

DBT Consultant

PhD, Institute for Clinical Social Work, MSW, Columbia University School of Social Work

Dr. Friedman is a faculty member at the Institute for Clinical Social Work, where she works collaboratively with PhD students on dissertations and clinical consultation. She also teaches courses that focus on trauma, attachment disorders, emotion dysregulation, neuropsychology, aging and loss.

She specializes in the following areas: personality disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, multi-problem complicated mental health issues, adjustment disorders, attachment disorders, family dynamic issues, aging and ambiguous loss.

Dr. Friedman has written and presented widely on these topics; her work appears in many professional publications.

 
 

Ann Friesema, PhD, LCPC, ACS

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples; experienced in training and supervising beginning counselors.

BA - Sociology & Women Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison; MA - Community Counseling, DePaul University; PhD - Counselor Education & Supervision, NIU

Completed 2 year trauma therapist consultation program at WomenCare Counseling.

Clinical focus: relational treatment of trauma, domestic violence, anxiety management, and working with new parents managing life transitions.

 
 

Kate Glickman, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals, couples and groups using relational and cognitive-behavioral therapy

BA, University of Michigan; MSW, New York University; completed Cathedral Counseling Center Fellows Program in 2009

Expertise in treating chronically and severely mentally ill individuals, depression and anxiety disorders

 
 

Carol Hamilton, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals and families; experienced in crisis intervention with psychiatric patients and victims of domestic violence

BA, Wheaton College; MSW, Loyola University School of Social Work; completed Cathedral Counseling Center Fellows Program in 2014

Clinical interests: treating depression, divorce and adjustment to health issues

 
 

Kim Hassenfeld, LCSW

Intake Coordinator and Therapist

Works with individuals and couples using psychodynamic and client-centered therapies

BA, Sarah Lawrence College; MSW, Loyola University; member, Cathedral Counseling Center Intake team

Expertise treating clients with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and relationship issues

 
 

Diane Hermanek, LCSW

Fellows Program Coordinator and Therapist

Works with adults and couples as they seek to understand the complex factors that influence feelings and behaviors, and helps clients identify and embrace their strengths

BA, Northeastern Illinois University; MSW, University of Illinois Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work; Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Practices from a self psychological perspective in the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, and life transitions

 
 

Elisabeth Ihlenfeld, LPC

Fellow

Works with individuals and couples.

BA, Washington University; MA, Northwestern University

Clinical interests include developmental trauma--experiences in childhood/adolescence of neglect, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse--and its connection to later-life presentation of mood (depression), emotional (anxiety and other dysregulation), personality, substance use, and eating disorders; partner conflicts exacerbated by "internet infidelity," and post-divorce/step-familial issues.

 
 

Holly Johnson Carr MSW, LCSW

Fellow

Works with individuals and couples

BA, University of Northern Iowa; MSW, Loyola University School of Social Work

Clinical interests include treating depression and anxiety; mind-body modalities; life cycle changes and transitions.

 
 

Todd Junkins, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individual and couples.

MSW, University of Chicago

Clinical interests include grief, trauma, developmental histories, and attachment

 
 

Dean Kaufer, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples and has experience facilitating bereavement support groups

BA in Sociology, Drake University; MSW, University of Illinois Jane Addams College of Social Work; trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for depression and cultivates those practices in treatment

Expertise in treating anxiety and mood disorders, concerns related to the coming-out process for LGBTQ persons and issues related to illness, grief and loss

 
 

Eric Lanzl, LCSW, ACSW, BCD

Therapist

Works with individuals focusing on a variety of areas, relationship issues, family issues, anxiety and depression, and working with persons to improve social skills.

BA DePauw University, MA University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Experience supervising social work and psychology students. Created a domestic violence program at a suburban family service agency. Extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Experience with individual adults with a wide variety of issues.

 
 

Beatriz Ledesma, PhD, LCPC

Therapist

Works with individuals, couples and art psychotherapy groups; offers other therapists clinical supervision and training in art therapy

BA in Education, School of Manuel Dorrego, Buenos Aires; MAAT, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; PhD, Institute for Clinical Social Work

Bicultural and bilingual (Spanish and English); expertise in treatment of mood and personality disorders, women’s issues, and relational and identity issues; special interest in the treatment of transgendered persons

 
 

Frank Maggio, LCSW

Therapist

Works with couples and families using a psychodynamic approach

BA, John Carroll University; MSW, University of Illinois Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work; Advanced Training Family Institute, Masters in Instructional Leadership, University of Illinois Chicago

Expertise treating depression, anger management, eating disorders, self-injurious behavior and substance abuse

 
 

Mark Maginn, LCSW

Therapist

B.S. Illinois State University: MSW University of Illinois Chicago; Graduate Center for Family Studies/Family Institute of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Expertise in trauma, adults abused or tortured as children and personality disorders; couples and groups

 
 

Suzy McClure, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals and groups; active in trauma consultation group work

MSW, Loyola University Chicago; completed a fellowship at Womencare Counseling Center in Evanston

Expertise in treating trauma, including trauma from child abuse, and dissociative disorders

 
 

David McCracken, LCPC

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples using psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches

BA, University of Texas at Austin; MA, University of Michigan; MA, Northwestern University Expertise in treating mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance abuse and dual diagnosis

 
 

Donald McDevitt, MS, LCPC

Psychotherapy Consultant

Mr McDevitt is a graduate of the Adult Psychoanalysis Program of the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago. He is a seasoned clinician with over 25 years of experience in psychotherapy, supervision and administration. He is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and active on their Committee on Gender and Sexuality. Mr. McDevitt’s theoretical interests include British Object Relations, Contemporary Ego Psychology and Self Psychology. He is in private practice in Chicago.

 
 

Lynn McIntyre, PhD

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples; has researched the role of the marital relationship in furthering individual psychological growth; Program Coordinator for Cathedral Counseling Center’s Fellows Program for advanced training

BA, George Williams College; MA in Social Work, University of Chicago; PhD, The Institute for Clinical Social Work; Certificate in International/Intercultural Studies; ongoing fine arts studies, Art Institute of Chicago

Expertise in assessing and treating emotional issues, learning problems and neurocognitive deficits

 
 

Susan Melsky, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples; applies the relational treatment model to psychotherapy; coordinates Cathedral Counseling Center premarital counseling program

BA, Vassar College; MA, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration; Certificate in Advanced Clinical Social Work, Department of Psychiatry, Michael Reese Hospital

Experienced in medical social work, part of a team that evaluated both children and adults with a variety of diagnoses, including post-stroke aphasia

 
 

Sara Forsythe Menna, LCSW

Assistant Clinical Director of Administration and Therapist

Works with individuals, couples and families

BS, University of Wisconsin Madison; MSW, Loyola University; Adult Psychotherapy Program, The Institute of Psychoanalysis

Expertise working with individuals who have suffered physical and mental trauma

 
 

Colleen O'Brien, LCPC

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples using a solution-focused approach within a client-centered framework.

Areas of clinical interest include: anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse, and trauma. Specializes in working with health care professionals.

BA, Communications and Spanish, Western IL University; MA, Counseling and Organizational Psychology, Adler University.

Spanish speaking.

 
 

Michael Ostrower, LCSW

Therapist, Consultant

Works with individuals, couples, and groups. Has been practicing psychotherapy since 1981.

BA, MSW, Loyola School of Social Work. Staff of Jewish Family and Community Services until 2010.

Private practice in Northbrook and Chicago, where he sees individuals and couples.

 
 

Meghan Reilly, LCSW

Therapist

Experienced in treatment of physical and mental trauma

BS, Indiana University, MA in Social Work, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration; completed Cathedral Counseling Center Fellows Program in 2009, member and co-facilitator of Cathedral's Dialectic Behavior Therapy team

Expertise working with adoptive families with a focus on attachment issues as well as the emotional adjustment to parenting

 
 

Ida Roldan, PhD, LCSW

Psychotherapy and Diversity Consultant

Dr. Roldan is on faculty at The Institute for Clinical Social Work and in private practice. She provides clinical consultation for agencies and clinicians. Dr. Roldan has extensive experience working with individuals suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS, anxiety, depression and trauma.

Dr. Roldan is bilingual (Spanish/English) and Bicultural. Her areas of interest include the relationship between one's sense of self in society and the experience of discrimination and oppression.

 
 

Camila Salvisberg, LCPC

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples

BS, Washington University in St. Louis; MA in Counseling Psychology, Adler University
Bicultural and Bilingual (Spanish & English)

Expertise treating young adults and adults with life transitions, relationship challenges, grief/loss and trauma

 
 

Paula Siegel, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals, couples and groups; supervises social work and PhD students; offers consultation to other clinicians; Intake Coordinator for Spanish-speaking prospective clients at Cathedral Counseling Center

BA, Boston University; MSW, University of Illinois Jane Addams College of Social Work

Bilingual (English/Spanish); expertise in treating young adults transitioning into first jobs or advanced education programs; special interest in researching the psychological effects of weight-loss surgery

 
 

Karen Skerrett, PhD

Consultant in Couple Psychotherapy

PhD, University of Chicago, BSN DePauw University, MSN, St Xavier University

Dr. Skerrett is a clinical psychologist and an Adjunct faculty member at the Family Institute/Center for Applied Psychological Studies at Northwestern University. She maintains a clinical and consulting practice specializing in the treatment of couples and families, particularly those challenged by illness and disability. Her research focuses on resilient processes in couples across the lifespan and strength-based approaches to couple treatment and is the author (with Jefferson Singer) of Positive Couple Therapy: Using We-Stories to Enhance Resilience, 2014, and Couple Resilience: Emerging Perspectives, 2015 (with co-editor Karen Fergus) as well as numerous other professional book chapters and journal articles.

 
 

Armando Smith, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples within a cultural and family context

BS in Behavioral Science and MSW, George Williams College

Bicultural and bilingual (Spanish and English). Clinical interests include cross-cultural relationships, adjustment to health issues, young adults and adults finding difficulty coping with life transitions such as marriage, divorce, loss, and grief, and LGBTQ persons with issues associated with the coming-out process, relationships, and identity

 
 

Jane Stastny, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples using a systemic framework and relational psychotherapeutic approach; offers premarital counseling

BA, Grinnell College; MA, New Mexico State University; MSW, Washington University; completed two-year training program in Marital and Family Therapy, Family Institute, Chicago

Bilingual (English/Spanish); expertise treating individuals with mood disorders and relational concerns, helping couples create healthy marriages and working with developmentally disabled adults and their families

 
 

Joel Susman, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals, couples and families using a psychodynamic approach that incorporates self-psychology theory

BA, University of Illinois, MSW, Loyola University

Expertise treating individuals who lost a parent during childhood

 
 

Linda Walker, LCSW

Therapist

Uses psychodynamic, relational and cognitive behavioral perspectives. Focuses on relationships, life transitions, grief and loss, career issues

BS University of Michigan; JD University of Michigan; MSW, Loyola University Chicago

Works with individuals, couples and adult families.

 
 

Wendy Wasson, PhD

Therapist

Works with individuals of all ages; experienced in teaching and supervising post-graduates in psychotherapy and psychology

BA, Mount Holyoke College; MSW, Smith College; PhD in Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University; one-year fellowship in adult psychotherapy, Tavistock Clinic, London, UK; Certified Addictions Counselor (CADC)

Expertise helping young adults and adults cope more effectively with life transitions and relationship challenges; published author on the psychology of single adulthood; active in providing information and resources that encourage personal growth and reflection for adults who are single or single again

 
 

Karen Wertymer, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals of all ages using psychodynamic, behavioral and cognitive interventions as part of a long term or brief-solution focused therapy

BS, University of Wisconsin; MA, University of Chicago; and MA, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Expertise in helping clients deal with relationship issues, depression, anxiety, chronic illness and life transitions

 

Medical Team

 

Ashley Bassett, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

Board-certified psychiatrist on staff at Cathedral Counseling Center

BS, University of Oklahoma; MD, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine; Residency in Psychiatry at Northwestern McGaw; Adult Psychotherapy Program, Institute for Psychoanalysis

 
 

Keely Elgethun, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

Board-eligible psychiatrist on staff at Cathedral Counseling Center

BFA, New York University; MS in Nutrition, Columbia University; MD, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine; Residency in Psychiatry at University of Chicago

 
 

Sandra Sheinin, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

Staff psychiatrist for individual clients in treatment for a broad range of mental health conditions and concerns

BA in Psychology, Smith College; MD, Northwestern University Medical School; Residency, Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Fellowship Program, Institute for Psychoanalysis

Special interest and expertise in psychological aspects of pregnancy and postpartum, infertility, eating disorders, premenstrual mood disorders and perimenopause

 

Operations Team

 

Kristin Schmidt

Director of Development

Works with current and prospective supporters of Cathedral Counseling Center—foundations, businesses and individuals —to help them achieve philanthropic goals; manages Cathedral communications and fundraising events; serves on the management team and provides board support

BA, Bradley University

Expertise in events management, fundraising and non-profit management

 
 

Jack Carpenter

Development & Communications Associate / Client Service Representative

BA, University of NE, Lincoln, MFA in Directing, Illinois State University

Over five years in the non-profit sector. Extensive knowledge of office suites, office administration, and client relations

 
 

Sandy Carter

Executive Assistant

 
 

Kimberly Mundt

Client Medical Biller

 
 

Lucie Prebel

Facilities & Operations Manager

Manages in-house payroll and insurance billing, verification and authorizations

Has worked over 30 years in the non-profit sector as operations support on inpatient and outpatient substance abuse and mental health care settings

 
 

Sharon Sullivan

Accounts Analyst

 
 

Maura Turnbill

Receptionist