Liza Devaney, LCSW, completed her Master of Social Work degree at Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois. She is a professionally trained Divorce Mediator and is certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist. As a Divorce Mediator, Liza can help couples negotiate all of the necessary issues required by the court to obtain an uncontested divorce. Divorce mediation is affordable, confidential and client driven, not court driven.
Prior to being in private practice, Liza had extensive experience working at Linden Oaks Hospital including being a clinical therapist in both the adolescent and adult programs.
Liza's expertise includes a wide variety of clinical issues including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, grief and loss, anger management, family conflict, children of divorce, and sexual identity issues. Her therapeutic approach is a non-judgmental blending of eastern and western philosophies thereby helping clients to develop acceptance and cope with their challenges. She is adept in training clients using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which has been extensively researched as a potent way to treat individuals suffering severe from mood instability. She uses a variety of other therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing to ensure the most effective form of treatment is utilized to fit each client's unique situation. Liza is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and can help clients deal with grief and loss issues through individual and family counseling.
Liza believes that therapy can be a challenging, but an important step toward a more fulfilling life. Through a spirit of willingness and a commitment to take action, Liza believes that anyone can learn to manage difficult emotions, and navigate through transitions and change, which are an inevitable part of life
Carol Folisi, LCPC, CADC, CEAP, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from North Central College in Naperville, and her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University. She has been a therapist for over twenty-five years and has significant experience gained from a variety of treatment milieus, including hospitals, residential programs, and outpatient services.
She is a certified addictions counselor as well as certified employee assistance professional. Her treatment approach is cognitive/behavioral in general, utilizing concepts from CBT, DBT, ACT, and other treatment modalities as dictated by client needs. Carol is experienced in individual, couples, adolescent, and family counseling covering a variety of treatment issues.
Carol has significant experience in working with mood disorders and alcohol/drug addiction. Her goal is to empower her clients towards successful life management by identifying and implementing the appropriate coping skills and improved perspectives. She serves individuals aged fourteen and older, but will consider children between ten and thirteen on a case by case basis.
Karen Sommers, LCSW, who was born and raised in the Chicago area, is a social worker with over 30 years of experience. She received her social work degree from Loyola University in Chicago. She has worked in medical hospitals and psychiatric settings with adult and geriatric patients. She has extensive knowledge of coping with major medical illnesses as well as psychiatric disorders.
Karen concentrates her work on individuals over the age of eighteen with a fondness for older adults. She has experience with clients having adjustment to illness, the sandwich generation, aging, low self-esteem, relationship, daily functioning, and marital/family issues. Karen also treats clients with psychiatric disorders including depression, mood, and anxiety. She uses a multi-model approach to treatment, with input from the client, utilizing treatment methods including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness.
She is a positive upbeat person who has a strong belief that life can get better with help and support from therapy.
Justin Wolfe, LCPC, CADC, CRC, completed his Master’s in Counseling with a specialization in Rehabilitation from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and his addictions training at the College of DuPage. He is also trained as a rehabilitation counselor specializing in helping individuals with disabilities gain the skills that will help them succeed in life.
Justin engages clients with a warm, empathic, non-judgmental yet direct style and uses a down-to-earth approach. He utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a Client-Centered Approach and Motivational Interviewing techniques to help his clients move forward in their lives. Justin specializes in working with individuals who find themselves struggling with: depression, anxiety, addiction, defiant behaviors in teens, self-injury, self-esteem, life transitions, family conflicts, acting out/impulsive behaviors, and employment challenges. He works with clients of all ages, but has a great deal of experience working with adolescents and families.
Justin strives to connect with every person and believes that each has a story and a distinct way of viewing and coping with life. He believes that building a strong and collaborative therapist-client relationship is essential to the therapeutic process.
Jill King, LCPC, CADC, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Resources from the University of Iowa. She went on to complete her Master's in Counseling with a specialization in Addictions at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has gained training from hospital, residential, outpatient and school settings.
Having experience as a clinical therapist for both adolescent and adult intensive outpatient programs for dual diagnosis clients, Jill specializes in adolescent treatment and family dynamics. Jill was a program coordinator for an adolescent outpatient program where she created and facilitated parenting education related to adolescent development. She also has experience working at Linden Oaks Hospital as a School Liaison where she facilitates communication and advocacy between hospital and school settings. By utilizing a warm and understanding approach, while also being direct, Jill focuses on addressing unhealthy behaviors and patterns which may prevent awareness and growth for her clients. Jill encourages her clients to find their voice and strength through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and assertiveness training.
Jill emphasizes establishing trust with her clients by offering respect, encouragement, and support through a non-judgmental approach. Areas of specialization include the treatment of depression, anxiety, impulsive and defiant behaviors including substance use, self-harm, and sexually acting out in teens. Jill incorporates treatment of family systems and value-based work to identify barriers with relationships with the client’s self and others.
Jessica Butts received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Sociology in 2003 from Illinois State University. She earned her Masters of Science in Social Work with a specialization in School Social Work in 2007 from Indiana University in Indianapolis.
Jessica has experience working with child welfare, foster care and community mental health. She currently is an adolescent outpatient therapist at Linden Oaks Outpatient Hospitalization programs. Jessica works primarily with adolescents ages 11-14 at Linden Oaks.
With extensive experience working in child welfare, Jessica has become skilled at forming strong therapeutic relationships with adolescents and families. She is able to build strong rapport and a trusting relationship with her patients and families in order to meet treatment needs. Jessica utilizes a combination of DBT, CBT, ACT and Motivational Interviewing in her therapy sessions.
Jessica is open to working with children and adolescents of all ages, however has a particular knack for younger children and adolescents in middle school. She has experience working with children and adolescents who have lived in foster care and who have been adopted. Areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, history of abuse and neglect, social skills, healthy communication and boundaries. Jessica incorporates family therapy and psycho education with families to increase the support of her patients.
Audrey Wilson, LCPC, CADC, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University. She went on to complete her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northern Illinois. She has gained training from hospital, agency, and outpatient settings.
Having experience as a clinical therapist for child, adolescent, and adult clients, Audrey specializes in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma, Anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Audrey was a sexual assault counselor at a domestic violence and sexual assault agency where she gained extensive training in sexual assault counseling. She also has experience working at Linden Oaks Hospital as a clinical therapist in the adolescent chemical dependency and dual diagnosis program where she facilitates groups, individual sessions, and family sessions. By utilizing an evidence-based and strengths-based approach, Audrey focuses on partnering with clients as they grow and overcome challenges.
Audrey enjoys working with those who struggle to fit in/make friends, may be perceived as “quirky”, or are adjusting to changes including transitioning between schools and grades. Audrey works to create an environment where each person is heard and engaged in therapy by capitalizing on existing client strengths and interests.
In treatment, Audrey utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Applied Behavioral Analysis, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Audrey utilizes an LGBTQIA-affirmative approach and has specific training related to gender and sexuality.
Audrey empowers clients to create growth in their lives and to overcome challenges through behavioral changes. Areas of specialization include the treatment of depression, anxiety, substance use, autism spectrum disorder, PTSD, sexual assault, gender and sexuality related support, and other traumas.
Mickey Mudhar, LCPC, CRC, completed his Master’s in Counseling with a Specialization in Rehabilitation from the Adler University. He is also trained as a Rehabilitation Counselor specializing in assisting individuals with physical & mental disabilities gain the skills to engage in competitive employment and lead fulfilling lives.
Mickey has experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, a Job Accommodation Specialist, and an Individual Therapist for adults and adolescents with dual diagnosis. Mickey also served as a Program Manager for adults requiring training and support in their community and workplace.
Mickey utilizes behavioral therapies, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), in combination with talk therapy and mindfulness techniques to elicit individual development and progress. He uses a multicultural approach to assess the individuals worldviews in order to offer effective interventions to diverse clientele, as well as addressing intergenerational conflict within families and relationships. Mickey has experience with individuals having adjustments to disabilities, relationships, daily functioning, anxiety, mood and depression.
Mickey utilizes a trusting environment in which individuals can foster security and an open atmosphere. He believes in a joint effort between the therapist and client is a fundamental building block to promote growth.
Sangita Bogati, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcoholand Drugs Counselor. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from St Cloud State University MN. She received her bachelors in Clinical Psychology and Sociology from Nepal.
Sangita has experience working in different levels of care inpatient hospital, outpatient treatment and individual therapy. She worked for 5 years as a family therapist in a residential treatment. She conducted family therapy and family education and
support groups for family. She has extensive experience working with Dual Diagnosis mental health and substance use. She completed her master’s degree internship treatment center for women. She works at Linden Oaks as Clinical Therapist in Dual Diagnosis program
working with adult with mental health and substance use disorder.
Sangita utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), skills Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) skills in therapy. Sangita’s positive, energetic and warm approach is focused on empowering clients to make the necessary changes to move towards positive goals. Sangita believes that we have the ability to create change, we just need a nudge, support or
guidance to identify and rebuild skills to bring positive change.
Gia Peckhart LPC, NCE received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Boston University, and earned her Masters of Science in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling from DePaul University. She has worked in residential treatment centers and in the school setting predominantly.
Though she is open to various populations, Gia’s most substantial work has been with adolescents and families. She finds it critical to form a trusting, authentic, and nurturing relationship with her clients as well as their families when appropriate. Through the use of Strength-Based Therapy, and using DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) techniques, she takes a Client-Centered approach, using various therapies based on each unique individual’s personality.
Gia also tends to focus on overall wellness, incorporating powerful life interests such as art, music, movement, journaling, mindfulness, and other modalities into her therapy sessions and treatment plans. She believes there is power and healing in overall wellbeing and balance in a person’s life. She enjoys helping her clients to attain clarity on what that looks like for them along with the tools to attain their personal therapeutic goals.
She is a spirited and compassionate person who feels that through therapy you can find the strength to grow through your present circumstances and start to make healthy choices for your mind, body, and soul.