Kari Sandy, LCSW
My therapeutic approach is to provide a safe and supportive environment to explore client concerns, and to provide practical feedback to help clients effectively address life challenges. I utilize cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies including EMDR. These combined techniques provide a powerful tool through which we can understand ourselves with more clarity and improve relationships with others.
With more than 15 years’ experience as a social worker, I truly enjoy helping people identify issues and make effective change. My clinical focus includes emerging adults, adolescents, couples, individuals, and first responders and their families. I have enjoyed past experiences working with patients in hospital and community settings, including community mental health. I believe change is possible for every person, and I am an engaged, solution-focused therapist.
I bring the unique perspective of a social worker with years of experience working with families in crisis. I help individuals identify areas of crisis and navigate challenging life events to effectively implement change. I offer qualified guidance to assist individuals and families resolve issues through skill building and strengths-focused services.
I completed my MSW from Dominican University with site placements at Rush Medical Center and Mount Prospect Social Services/Police Department. I have completed additional training in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). As an undergraduate, I studied Sociology and Women’s Studies.
Through compassion, kindness, and a bit of humor, I work with people to facilitate change, build strengths, and achieve growth. Pronouns: she/her
Mitchell Sandy, PsyD.
Through a relational approach to therapy service, I provide a safe and supportive environment to allow my clients the opportunity to explore issues and traumas leading them to seek therapy services. I utilize a collaborative approach to assist clients with developing goals and work through often times, difficult disclosures of personal experiences. Using both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic approaches, we will work to develop insights into your experiences as well as learn new practical skills to help manage symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma.
I have more than 20 years of experience in the field of behavioral health, and have spent the last 12 years as a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois. I have spent the majority of my career working with adolescents, young adults, and their families from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I enjoy helping individuals identify their strengths while also working with them to create and build skills needed to successfully manage their mental health symptoms and life challenges.
Currently I hold an administrative position at a large community mental health agency in Chicago, and choose to continue providing clinical work on evenings and weekends to help individuals more directly. I am a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with work and training experiences in child welfare, residential treatment, and county health departments.
Lisa Koffler, LCSW
Lisa’s therapeutic approach is client-centered, strength based and collaborative. She works withindividuals from all walks of life, with the goal is to meet people where they are at to facilitatehealing and personal growth. Lisa works with individuals dealing with life changes, grief, anxiety, depression, coping skills, and women’s issues.
Lisa has more than 10 years experience as a social worker working in the medical field, with resources.
Lisa is very aware that sometimes life has many challenges and we often carry deep pains. Sometimes we just need someone to walk with us through our valley. She strives to be a supportive presence, instilling hope along with looking at different ways to problem solve and cope with life’s many challenges. She utilizes different psyco-dynamic modalities, focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Mindfulness techniques.
Master’s degree in Social Work from Souther Adventist University (Chattanooga, TN) with an emphasis in Family Studies.
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Southern Adventist University.
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