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Clinical Supervisors

Our Therapists

Ellen Berry, LPC

If you are having feelings of being overwhelmed by life and it is impacting your happiness and emotional wellbeing, then it is time to seek professional help to start the healing process. Ellen can help you find your balance and emotional stability. 

Ellen is an outgoing Licensed Professional Counselor who has extensive training and experience working with adults, children, and their families. Ellen received her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Roosevelt University. Ellen’s experience as a front-line crisis intervention counselor with schools, police stations, and hospitals provides her with extensive front-line training in confronting challenges such as managing ungovernable youth and teens in situations such as running-away, locked out, and homelessness. Ellen is experienced in community outreach, has a background as a co-facilitator for SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress) and has training in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Ellen has worked in community mental health and has worked with Children and their families as young as 3 years old all the way up to those in their 80’s. Ellen believes in an eclectic approach for counseling and will customize therapeutic techniques to match the individual’s needs. Ellen says: “There is no one size fits all for counseling”.

Ellen finds different approaches helpful to the different clients with which she works. Ellen uses a combination of the following strategies to assist her clients in quickly demonstrating progress and growth:

  • Interpersonal counseling (helping promote self-efficacy),
  • Humanistic client centered therapy (helping individual work to reach their full potential while identifying inner strength, value, and beauty) 
  • Psychodynamic (building a strong therapist-client alliance to help people manage complicated feelings and situations) 
  • Mindfulness (developing coping skills to assist in manage symptoms associated with finding inner peace and balance) 
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (challenging negative thoughts and replacing them with healthier rationalizations to build self-esteem and empowerment)  

Ellen works with everyone to customize a plan that will work best for them.  

Ellen is accepting new clients at the Lake in the Hills and Schaumburg locations. She can be reached by phone at (847) 854-4333.

Kiersten Williams, LPC, NCC

Kiersten Williams graduated with a master’s degree from Wheaton College in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kiersten welcomes clients of any age, with specialties in older teens and young adults. She specializes with individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, transitional concerns, self-esteem, and Christian counseling. As a clinician, Kiersten walks alongside clients to ensure they have the greatest chance to heal and to succeed in areas in which they desire to grow. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral, Rogerian, Psychodynamic, DBT, and mindfulness therapy techniques to ensure clients receive the very best care tailored to their unique needs and their very own story. Kiersten is currently offering individual sessions. In her free time, Kiersten enjoys hiking, reading, playing games, and making music.

Kiersten is accepting new clients at the Libertyville, Lake in the Hills, Warrenville, St. Charles and Schaumburg locations.  She can be reached by phone at (847) 854-4333.

Alicja Dziobacka, LPC

Alicja is a hard-working Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. Alicja has previously worked for a non-profit organization where she has gained experience working with anxiety disorders, substance use, trauma, domestic violence, and couples. Alicja is fluent in Polish.

Alicja enjoys working with clients of all ages that are going through difficult life transitions, changes and feel lost because of their experiences. Alicja’s goal is to make her clients feel supported, validated, and heard in their journey of finding their strengths and inner peace.

Alicja believes that her clients deserve a chance to express their individuality, therefore, she uses an integrated approach to therapy including Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Mindfulness to fit her clients’ needs.

Alicja is currently accepting new clients for individual, couples, and family therapy in our Lake in the Hills and Schaumburg locations and can be reached by phone at 847-854-4333 or by email at alicja@owenscounseling.com.

Michael Peila, LPC, NCC

Michael became a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor after receiving a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University. He believes building a positive therapeutic relationship can lead to life changing improvements regarding one’s state of mental health.

Several years ago, Michael began working with individuals suffering from issues regarding mental health and addiction (co-occurring disorders). Although co-occurring disorders has been a main area of focus, Michael has worked with individuals suffering from a wide array of issues. He utilizes various cognitive behavioral therapies (ACT, REBT, Mindfulness) while working from a client-centered psychodynamic platform exploring some of the more foundational issues that can often go undiscovered…awareness is key!

 Along with his education and professional experience, Michael has extensive personal experience that allows for deep empathy and has helped prepare him for helping individuals from many different walks of life…promoting hope, self-awareness, acceptance, and happiness!

Michael is accepting new clients at the Schaumburg, Warrenville and St. Charles locations.  He can be reached at mpeila@owenscounseling.com or by phone at (847) 854-4333 ext. 3009.

Joshua L Boyd, LPC, NCC

Josh received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from National Louis University and is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Josh specializes in working with young adults, teens, children, and their families to find balance and healing as they overcome their mental health struggles along with school or work-related stress. Josh also has experience working with people of all ages overcoming the impact of trauma and abuse.

Working as a mentor, athletic coach, and dance teacher has taught him how to communicate and connect with young clients to help them reach their goals in their personal, academic, and athletic lives.

Utilizing a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy, Josh is able to assist his clients through struggles with depression, anxiety, self-harm, gender and identity (LGBT+), eating disorders, existential and spiritual issues.

Josh is accepting new clients in Lake in the Hills and St. Charles. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, Josh can be reached by phone at 847-854-4333 ext. 3025 or by email at joshua@owenscounseling.com.


Frank Bresemann, LCPC, CT

Frank is a very experienced Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with additional training in Life Coaching and Personal Fitness training. Frank’s certification in Thanatology represents his training and experience assisting those dealing with the challenges associated with severe illness, death and bereavement needs. Supporting clients thru loss of any kind and helping them move forward in their lives is a particular strength for Frank.

Frank received his Master’s Degree from Concordia University. His professional experience includes providing therapy to folks with unique family dynamics including multi generational living, foster care, and blended family situations. Frank also has extensive experience providing marital and family dynamic Therapy.

His clinical approach has a focus on the mind, body, and spiritual needs of all he speaks to. This includes use of DBT, CBT, Person Centered, Reality, and Choice Theory approaches, among others. A strong desire to help his clients determine life priorities and goals to allow themselves to thrive is what centers Frank’s efforts.

When not working Frank may be found spending quality time with his three wonderful daughters and five grand-monsters! Interests in Board games, exercise and good food provide an ongoing conversation for Frank. He also makes time to nurture his Science Fiction geek side thru TV, books and movies.  Live Long and Prosper….

Frank believes that it is a brave person who decides to take a proactive approach to life’s challenges. If you are ready to acknowledge concerns and work on life improvement, Frank is ready to help. 

Frank is now accepting new clients in our Lake in the Hills location and can be reached by phone at 847-854-4333 ext. 3021 or via email at frank@owenscounseling.com

Ema Gavrilovic, LPC

Ema Gavrilovic graduated with a master’s degree from DePaul University in counseling with a specialty in clinical mental health. Ema welcomes clients of any age, and specializes in children and teens, “at-risk” youth, people with trauma, school-based counseling, college readiness, anxiety, and depression. Ema utilizes mindfulness, narrative, cognitive behavioral, Gestalt, and play therapies. She likes to incorporate holistic activities into her sessions such as movement, art, and deep breathing if the client is interested. Ema offers individual, couples, family and group sessions. She is fluent in Serbian. In her free time Ema likes to explore the outdoors and participate in physical activity including horseback riding.

Ema is at the Lake in the Hills, St. Charles and Schaumburg locations.  She can be reached at emag@owenscounseling.com or by phone at (847) 854-4333 ext. 3015.

Amber Kay, LSW 

Amber received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Aurora University and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Purdue University.  She joined Owens & Associates Counseling and Therapy Center, LLC with 21 years of experience.  Amber’s extensive experience includes work in the child welfare system, and a domestic violence shelter where she assisted in securing a $200,000 grant to make the shelter the first accessible shelter for the Deaf and Hard of hearing.  Additionally, Amber’s past accomplishments include working at alternative therapeutic schools.  Amber also possesses a passion for working with people with disabilities and helping them with the challenges they face. 

Amber is fluent in American Sign Language with both parents and younger sister being profoundly Deaf. She is also an adjunct professor at a local college teaching American Sign Language. 

Amber’s area of expertise includes working with people of all ages with anxiety disorders, complex PTSD, effects of trauma, adjustment disorders, and victims of domestic violence. Additional areas of expertise include mindfulness, conflict resolution, grief and loss, dealing with the oppression and discrimination people with disabilities face, as well as foster care and adoption.  She is a 1999 graduate of Partners in Policymaking Program under Govern Planning Council for advocacy training and has served as a board member for few nonprofit organizations.  Primarily utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Amber supports clients on the journey of change using this and a blend of other therapies based on the individual needs of each client.

During her free time, she is involved in animal rescue, is a voracious bookworm, and enjoys doting on her nephews.

Amber is accepting new clients at the Lake in the Hills, St. Charles and Warrenville locations.  She can be reached via amber@owenscounseling.com or by phone at (847) 854-4333 ext. 3004.

Anita L. Dierks, LCPC

Anita is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has spent the last twenty years working in various residential programs with adolescents, adults, veterans, and seniors. 

Anita specializes in adjustment challenges, anger management, anxiety, conflict resolution, depression, effective communication, grief and loss, life changes, PTSD, and stress reduction techniques for those ranging in age from teens to seniors.

Anita enjoys spending time with her husband, pets, working in her garden, and engaging in mindfulness and relaxation techniques. As your therapist, Anita will help you to identify what is and is not working for you in your life. Together you will work on a plan to bring greater peace of mind and heart!

Anita is currently accepting new clients in our St. Charles and Warrenville locations and can be reached at 847-854-4333 ext. 3019 or by email at anita@owenscounseling.com.

Craig Janowiak, LCPC, NCC

Craig is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from National Louis University. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Education with minors in Psychology and Biology.

He believes that growth can be supported by a greater understanding of all aspects of a person’s life. Craig makes every attempt to understand the psychological, physical, biological, and environmental state of each of his clients. He sees diversity as a blessing and learning as an ongoing gift!

Craig’s experience includes working with youth and young adults and their families. As a multifaceted counselor, Craig utilizes his understanding of an array of therapeutic techniques and strategies to help improve the quality of life for all of his clients, with bilingual services provided (English/Spanish).

Craig is currently accepting new clients in our Lake in the Hills and Schaumburg locations and can be reached by phone at 847-854-4333 ext. 3006 or by email at craig@owenscounseling.com.

Lori Kaniewski, LPC, NCC

Lori is an anxiety and depression therapist. She loves helping teens and adults work through life’s challenges to come out the other side feeling stronger, more confident, and skillful in their relationship with themselves and others. Lori has a great passion for helping people develop a life worth living and worth sharing.

Lori received her master’s degree in counseling from National Louis University. Lori is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. Lori uses a combination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT), Mindfulness, and Strengths Based approach to therapy.

Lori leads our weekly Breakfast Club and Weekend Warrior skill building groups in our Lake in the Hills Office. She is working on expanding the groups in our Collinsville office.

Lori works with clients at Owens & Associates Counseling & Therapy Center’s new Collinsville office. She can be reached at 847-854-4333 x3022 or by email at lori@owenscounseling.com.

Our Certified Therapy Dog

Sampson Owens

Sampson has been a certified pet therapy dog for 3 years. He received his credentials from the Canine Good Citizen Program, which means he succeeded in passing a rigorous test of temperament, commands, walking, reactions to people, distractions, and separations from his owner. He also passed as being super handsome.

Sampson is passionate about pretty much everything, but if he had to pick a top three, they would be making appearances at events, giving friendly snuggles, and fetching the mail.

Sampson is very technologically savvy, and can be reached on his very own Instagram page at @sampson_says.




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