MARIA POTTER, LCPC
I specialize in helping people who have been victims of trauma (sexual, emotional or physical abuse; assault; harassment, as well as traumatic injuries, illnesses or accidents) whether as a child or in adulthood. I have also assisted individuals with difficulties related, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, relationship, self-esteem, and parenting issues.
I have been a counselor for over 20 years. For approximately 16 years, I worked in the child welfare/foster care arena. I was a therapist for nine of those years working with children, adolescents, and parents addressing the issues that brought their case to the attention of DCFS. I was a Clinical Manager for seven years.
I am passionate about the work that I do and I thoroughly enjoy assisting in the healing process.
Choosing a therapist can be challenging. Feel free to contact me with any questions. If we are not a good fit, I’d be happy to refer you to someone who may be better suited for you. I look forward to potentially working together.
JULIE S. RIOS, MA, LPC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has a passion for serving others. I attended Trinity Christian College where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business and then obtained my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. I am a bilingual therapist (Spanish) and has experience working with a culturally diverse population.
I have provided counseling services in multiple settings including a daycare, religious private school (K-8), private practice and a community health agency, which allowed me to focus on helping children, adolescents, couples, and adults with depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, social and communication skills, self-esteem, grief/loss, trauma, self-harm, and life transitions.
As each client is unique and has different needs, I strive to create a safe, trusting and non-threatening environment to cultivate the beginning of a healing journey for each client.
Soy una consejera profesional con licencia, que tiene una pasión por servir a los demás. Asistí a Trinity Christian College, donde obtuve una licenciatura en negocios y luego obtuve mi maestría en psicología de consejería. Soy una terapeuta bilingüe (español) y tengo experiencia trabajando con una población culturalmente diversa.
He ofrecido servicios de consejería en diferentes lugares, entre ellos una guardería, una escuela privada religiosa (K-8), una práctica de terapia privada y una agencia de salud comunitaria, lo que me permitió concentrarme en ayudar a niños, adolescentes y adultos con depresión, estrés, ansiedad, problemas de ira, habilidades sociales y de comunicación, autoestima, pérdidas, trauma, autolesión y transiciones de la vida.
Como cada cliente es único y tiene diferentes necesidades, trato de crear un lugar seguro, de confianza y sin prejuicios para cultivar el comienzo de un viaje de sanación para cada cliente.
ERICA SIDNEY, LPC, NCC, MS
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Certified School Counselor in the state of Illinois. I have experience in individual, group and couples therapy.
My passion is to help others navigate the challenges that life often presents. When life seems to overwhelm, my passion is to help you overcome. My desire is to establish a safe environment to express, to assess issues and set goals that lead to growth.
I work primarily from a cognitive-behavioral model that leads to a transformed mind and purposeful living. I work with adolescents, adults and senior adults with life stressors including depression, trauma, anxiety, stress, anger management, relationship difficulties, marital, and pre-marital couples. I am also available to work with pastors and churches that have experienced conflict or hurt as well. I assist clients in differentiating between symptoms and causes, including identifying self-defeating behaviors that can be replaced with healthy coping skills and habits.
I believe in optimizing strengths and empowering lasting change through the building of resilience.
PAUL AVRAM, LCPC
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. I have received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology.
I have worked in private practice, employee assistance, and the child welfare system. I spent the first 16 years of my career working with foster families, adolescents and children, as both a social worker and therapist, helping them heal from their trauma and live productive lives. I have also held the roles of clinical and program director in the foster care system, allowing me to develop a sense of the bigger picture when it comes to working with my clients.
I’ve worked for the past 6 years in the employee assistance field where I focused on mental and emotional health issues within the workplace. I worked with organizations in addressing employee behavioral and work performance issues. I have supported organizations when trauma has occurred within the workplace. I appreciate the role of the world in which my clients live and work and how it can impact their mental health.
I have taught psychology at Moraine Valley Community College. I take great pride in making difficult concepts approachable to all my students and witnessed how learning has given them confidence. I believe that there is a great value in understanding life’s challenges as you face them.
I carry these philosophies into the therapeutic session. I believe it’s important for my clients to not look at themselves as merely a list of symptoms or disorders, but as a whole person. It is vital to see themselves in the bigger picture, recognizing the role of the world around them in their emotional challenges, and to have a solid understanding of the challenges that they are facing. This is the first step on the path to healing. I want us to look at your overall lifestyle, focus on your strengths and help you reach the goals that you have set for yourself.
MONIKA BARANIAK, MA, LCPC, ICDVP
Healing starts with the courage to reach for help and I am passionate about helping people to regain their emotional wellbeing so they can feel complete and safe again.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and have been working in the mental health field since 2014. I have extensive experience working with victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and I hold a certification as the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional. My most recent experience has been working with youth who are struggling with substance use as well as anxiety and depression.
I believe that one of my roles as the therapist is to help clients develop an increased self awareness as they are the experts of their own lives and through exploration in an accepting and safe environment they are able to work towards their best potential.
Each person is different and unique and I work collaboratively with my clients to provide them with individualized attention, empathy and competent treatment. I help them draw conclusions from the past, experience the present moment and remind them that the future is a chance to start everything once again.
Droga do leczenia zaczyna się od odwagi poproszenia o pomoc i moją pasją jest pomagać innym aby doznali równowagi emocjonalnej i znów poczuli się bezpiecznie i całkowicie.
Jestem licencjonowanym psychoterapeutą i pracuję w zawodzie od 2014 roku. Mam długie doświadczenie w pracy z osobami, które doznały przemocy domowej lub sexualnej i posiadam certyfikacje w tym kierunku. Moje najbliższe doświadczenie skupia się na pracy z osobami walczącymi z nałogami jak i też lękami i depresją.
Jestem zdania, że jedna z moich ról jako terapeuta to pomóc innym zwiększyć ich samoświadomość jako eksperci swojego życia i poprzez odkrywanie samego siebie w biezpiecznym otoczeniu są w stanie dążyć do swojego najwyższego potencjału.
Każda osoba jest inna i niepowtarzalna i poprzez wspólną pracę z klientem otrzymają ode mnie indywidualna uwagę, empatię i kompetentne podejście. Pomogę innym wyciągnąć wnioski z przeszłości, doświadczyć moment w terażniejszości jak i skupić się na przyszłości jako szanse na zaczęcie od nowa.
YANIZ RAYO, MASTERS LEVEL INTERN
I am a master's level Clinical Mental Health Counseling student and intern. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Applied Psychology. I am bilingual in Spanish and have had the pleasure of connecting with diverse populations in my experience working for community organizations that specialize in child welfare and domestic violence.
As an intern counselor, I’m excited for the opportunity to apply strength-based approaches and latest evidence-based practices to support each client’s individual and unique needs. I believe in working collaboratively to foster growth, as clients are experts of their own life. I look forward to creating a supportive and safe environment to nurture and promote empowerment.
Soy estudiante y pasante de Consejería Clínica en Salud Mental a nivel de maestría. Recibí mi licenciatura de la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago en Psicología Aplicada. Soy bilingüe en español y he tenido el placer de conectarme con diversas poblaciones en mi experiencia trabajando para organizaciones comunitarias que se especializan en bienestar infantil y violencia doméstica.
Como pasante, estoy emocionada por la oportunidad de aplicar enfoques basados en fortalezas y las últimas prácticas basadas en evidencia para apoyar las necesidades individuales y únicas de cada cliente. Creo en el trabajo colaborativo para fomentar crecimiento, los clientes son expertos de su propia vida. Espero crear un lugar seguro y de apoyo para nutrir y promover el empoderamiento.