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.
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 programsBA, 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 teamExpertise 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, NIUCompleted 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
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
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
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
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
Works with individual and couples.
MSW, University of Chicago
Clinical interests include grief, trauma, developmental histories, and attachment
Dean Kaufer, LCSW
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
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
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
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
Suzy McClure, LCSW
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
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
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.
Susan Melsky, LCSW
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
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.
Michael Ostrower, LCSW
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Karen Wertymer, LCSW
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
Ashley Bassett, MD
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
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
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
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
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
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