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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

 

Katherine Carrane, LCSW

Interim Executive Director

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

Clinical Director and 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.

 
 

Julia Wall, LCSW

Intake Manager, Therapist

Works with individuals and families

BS, John Carroll University; MSW, Loyola University School of Social Work

Clinical interests include: postpartum depression, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and family issues.

 
 

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

 
 

Sherilynn Allen, LSW

2018-2019 Advanced Clinical Training Program Member

Works with Individuals and Couples

B.A., Chicago State University; MSW, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work

Clinical interests include crisis intervention, family systems, and trauma informed care

 
 

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

 
 

Sharon Berlin, LCSW

Fellow

Works with individuals from a psychodynamic, relational model

BS. LaSalle University; MA in Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University; MSW University of Chicago; Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute- Fundamentals Year Certificate

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

 
 

Tracy Burns, MA, LPC

Fellow

Works with individuals and couples

MA Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy, Institute for Clinical Social Work; BS Economics Northwestern University

Clinical interests include treating depression, anxiety, divorce, adoption, trauma, and sexual abuse.

 
 

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

 
 

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

 
 

Shereen El Gazzar, AMFT

2018-2019 Advanced Clinical Training Program Member

Works with individuals and couples. Conducts therapy in English and Arabic.

BA, The American University in Cairo; Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Northwestern University

Clinical interests include treating depression and anxiety, life transitions, and Conflict Resolution/ Relational Distress.

 
 

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.

 
 

Emily Fernandez, LSW

2018-2019 Advanced Clinical Training Program Member

Works with individuals

BA, University of Illinois at Chicago; MSW, Erikson Institute

Clinical interests include infant/maternal mental health, major life transitions, healing past trauma and understanding how trauma affects the body.

 
 

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.

 
 

Linda Gross, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples from a psychodynamic orientation

BA Tel Aviv University, Israel; MS National-Louis University; MSW Loyola University; Advanced Clinical Practice Certificate, Institute for Clinical Social Work

Experienced working with adults affected by persistent mental illness, young adults who received political asylum in the US as survivors of torture, and individuals and couples managing life challenges and transitions. Bilingual (Hebrew/English).

 
 

Marvin Harris, LCPC

Therapist

Works with individuals and couples

MA, Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Clinical practice based in community ethics and individual responsibility for behavior, using empathy and other emotionally based techniques to strengthen people to contribute to society as well as live productive and affluent lifestyles.

 
 

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

 
 

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

Therapist

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.

 
 

Sarah M. Jones, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals

B.S.W., Saint Mary’s College, M.S.W. University or Illinois Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work

Clinical areas of interest are treating depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders life transitions, and self-esteem.

 
 

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

 
 

Mary Kelly, MSW

2018-2019 Advanced Clinical Training Program Member

Works with individuals and couples

BS, University of Notre Dame; MSW, Loyola University Chicago

Clinical interests include treating depression and anxiety using an integrative approach to best match each client's strengths and needs.

 
 

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

 
 

Nancy Little, LCPC

Therapist

Works with individuals

BS, Northern IL University, MA, Counseling Psychology, Adler University

Clinical interests include treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorder, life transitions, grief and trauma.

 
 

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

 
 

Chris Mayer, LSW, MA, BS

2018-2019 Advanced Clinical Training Program Member

Works with individuals

B.S., Northwestern University. M.A., University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Clinical interests include depression, bipolar disorder, substance use, family of substance users, and caretakers of people with chronic illnesses.

 
 

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.

 
 

Lynnette Mohill, LCPC, ATR

Therapist

Works with individuals, couples and groups

BA University of Illinois Chicago, MAAT School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Clinical interests include treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, history of trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, personality disorders, and adjustment disorders. Expertise in both verbal therapy and art therapy.

 
 

Ana Navarro, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals.

B.A. from Barat College. M.S.W. from Loyola University

Clinical interests include treating depression and anxiety, codependency and family of origin issues.

Bilingual, culturally competent and trauma informed.

 
 

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, CGP, FAGPA

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.

 
 

Nina Riccardi, LCSW

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

 
 

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

 
 

Sarah Schaffer, LPC

Fellow

BA, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign; MA Clinical Psychology, University of Denver

Clinical interests include treating depression, anxiety, trauma; life and career transitions.

 
 

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

 
 

Rebecca Strauss, LCSW

Therapist

Works with individuals and groups

BBA, University of Wisconsin- Madison; MSW, Loyola University-Chicago

Clinical interests include treating anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Special interest in integrating aspects from the psychodynamic realm with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and other mindfulness practices to help individuals feel better, more enlivened, and more connected in their lives.

 
 

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.

 
 

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

Operations Team

 

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

 
 

Kimberly Mundt

Client Medical Biller

 
 

Sharon Sullivan

Accounts Analyst

 
 

Maura Turnbill

Receptionist