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Meet Our Staff


Zinnia is a bi-lingual (Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She has more than 5 years of experience providing therapy to couples and individual adults experiencing a wide range of social and personal problems. Zinnia specializes in domestic violence, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress management, cultural concerns, and marital/relational problems.

Office Locations: Blue Island and Park Forest

Insurance: Medicaid


M. Amanda Myers is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Amanda has a certificate from Jane Addams College of Social Work in evidence-based mental health practices with children, and has a special interest in helping individuals and families. Amanda has worked in social services for over ten years and has experience in assessing and treating depression, anxiety, and trauma.   

Main Office Locations: Des Plaines, City of Chicago (St. Mary’s) 

Insurance: Medicaid 


Adriana Manzano is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master‘s Degree in Social Work. Adriana has 17 years of experience providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples in the areas of anxiety, depression, domestic violence, financial stress, grief and loss, relationship issues, low self-esteem, phase of life problems, and stress management. Adriana provides a supportive environment in which clients can feel encouraged to make the changes to obtain a better quality of life.  

Locations: City of Chicago (St Michael the Archangel, Holy Name Cathedral)

Insurance: Aetna PPO, BCBS PPO, Medicaid , Medicare 


Sharonda Giles is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master‘s Degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is working at Catholic Charities as Substance Abuse Counselor. Sharonda has experience providing psychotherapy to individuals who may be struggling with co-occurring disorders, substance use, anger and stress management, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and trauma. She has CPI certification as well as training in Mental Health First Aid. Sharonda believes in the necessity of cultural competence and sensitivity when working with clients from diverse backgrounds and populations. She focuses on empowering clients by using empathy and a strength based approach. Sharonda became a therapist to help people navigate their complex worlds in order to live a healthier and happier life. She believes in a holistic approach that all components of a person’s life are interrelated and she concentrates on the importance of identifying the individualized needs of her clients. Through her strength-based, holistic approach, she strives to help individuals achieve the goals they have in mind for themselves. 

Location:  Marquette Park


Cecilia Kasem is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. 
As a bi-cultural and bilingual (English & Spanish) counselor with 10 years of experience Cecilia is respectful of her client's individual culture, religion, racial/ethnic background, physical condition, gender preference, and socioeconomic status. She describes her style of counseling as collaborative, compassionate, and holistic by incorporating mindfulness and self-care into goal planning. Cecilia strives to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for her clients in order to support their healing process.
Cecilia uses an eclectic approach to psychotherapy utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral, Narrative, Interpersonal, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Her therapeutic interests include working with individuals and couples dealing with depression, anxiety, health-related issues, self-esteem, life transitions, and relationship issues.

Main Office Locations: Southwest Suburbs – Worth & Evergreen Park (St. Bernadette)

Insurance: Medicaid


Matthew Shay is a substance abuse counselor with experience with intake assessments, residential treatment, outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment and with both individual and group treatment with adults and adolescents. He has worked extensively with individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders and trauma. He has facilitated numerous groups including a Working a 12 Step Group. He has training and experience with SBIRT screening in a medical setting and case coordination with individuals experiencing homelessness. Matthew has a Certificate in Addiction Studies, passed his Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam (CADC) and is currently studying Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University and finishing his supervision hours to be a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). Matthew plans to complete a Masters in Social Work. Matthew is able to develop a strong rapport with his clients and strongly believes in the importance maintaining your mental health.

Location: Marquette Park, River North


Kandi Fowler is a Certified Addictions Counselor (CADC), Certified Mental Health Counselor (MISA 1), Nationally Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS11), DUI Provider, Certified by Metropolitan Family Services in human/sex trafficking, Certified by IL Dept. of public health for HIV/AIDS-CTRPN, Trainer of trainers in Moral Reconciliation Therapy (MRT), Trainer of trainers for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral To Treatment (SBIRT). She has completed Core training on Problem Compulsive Gambling. Kandi has over 15 years of experience in working with clients who struggle with addiction, mental health, Anger, domestic violence, trauma, sex trafficking, grief/loss, in addition to counseling incarcerated pregnant and post-partum females for The Sheriffs Women’s Justice Program.  Kandi believes in empowering individuals to find that sacred place that resides within all of us to resolve life’s hardest and most painful experiences and transform them into strength of spirit and mind. 

Location:  Marquette Park 


Tiara Smith is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) with a Master’s in Social Work. Tiara has three years of experience in providing substance abuse treatment in a residential and outpatient setting. Tiara’s experiences include outpatient substance abuse treatment, intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, working with individuals with co-occurring conditions and trauma and providing SBIRT in a medical setting. Tiara has been trained and is certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) and has received training on the SBIRT model. Tiara has a particular interest in educating individuals on stress management techniques and providing them with new tools that they may have never previously considered for reducing stress. Tiara enjoys engaging groups and individuals in hands on activities and experiential learning activities. Tiara believes that the application of tools learned during hands on activities prepares individuals for addressing problems outside of the therapy room. 

Location: Marquette Park


Veronica Lopez is a bi-lingual (Spanish) a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has 10 years of experience in the mental health filed providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief and loss, trauma and life transitions. Veronica believes in using a variety of therapeutic approaches, depending on clients’ individual needs, exploring ways for change allowing for forward with hope. 

Locations: Rogers Park, St Marquette Park 

In-Network with: BCBS PPO, Aetna PPO, Medicare, Medicaid 


Juanita Uribe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Juanita provides individual, couples and family therapy in English and Spanish. She has 7 years of experience in the mental health field. Her experience includes providing therapy to those struggling with depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship problems, parenting issues, domestic violence, grief and loss, trauma and life transitions. 

Locations: Marquette Park and Cicero

Insurance: Aetna PPO, BCBS PPO, Medicaid, Medicare 


Lizzel Barragan has her Master’s in Social Work and is working towards obtaining her licensure. Lizzel has experience in working with victims of domestic violence, clients with depression, anxiety and trauma. Lizzel also has experience working  with children and adolescents. Lizzel believes on empowering her clients so they can begin to heal and take control of their lives. 

Location: Gage Park 

Insurance: Medicaid


Pat serves as a bi-lingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies.  Pat  has 12 years of experience working with adults, couples, and families to treat a variety of needs like depression and anxiety, loss and grief, unhealthy relationships (including domestic violence) and communication problems.  Building self-esteem, discovering meaning in life and outreach to the needs of the Spanish speaking immigrant community are among her interests.  Pat believes that each person has the right to be happy and to learn tools to maintain their happiness. 

Locations: Good Shepherd Parish in Little Village and downtown at Holy Name Cathedral.

In-network with : Aetna PPO, BCBS PPO, Medicaid and Medicare


Victor Alvarez is a bi-lingual (Spanish) Clinical Family Service Specialist Counselor, M.A. He has more than 14 years of experience in the mental health field, particularly working with Latino clients. He provides individual adult and couples therapy for a variety of needs, including mood and anxiety disorders, communication issues, cultural concerns, grief, domestic violence and loss. He provides support groups for males victims of domestic violence and conferences on different mental health topics. Victor believes in using empathy to create a positive environment which empowers clients so they can discover their potential.
Locations: Cicero, Chicago (Bucktown), Des Plaines

Insurance networks: Medicaid 


Maeve Raphelson is a bi-lingual (Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master‘s Degree in Social Work. Maeve has 5 years of experience providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, domestic violence, grief and loss, marital and couples’ concerns, parenting issues, sexual abuse, and stress management. Maeve believes in creating a counseling environment that fosters a client’s ability to direct their own healing.

Main Office Locations: Cicero, City of Chicago (Queen of Angels), Lincoln Square

In-network with BCBS PPO, Aetna PPO, Medicare, Medicaid 


Aaron A. Lew is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. He has extensive experience working with Women and Men navigating Loss, Crisis, Change, Anxiety, Grief, Physical and Emotional Abuse, Stagnation, Disability, Depression, Dependence and Illness.  His approach highlights joining Individuals in their unique-personal journey(s) to trust, risk, explore, integrate, adapt, grow, and transcend. 

Main Office Locations: Downtown Chicago (Holy Name Cathedral) and Des Plaines

Insurance: BCBS PPO, Medicare 


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