Michelle Augoustatos, LCSW – Team Lead – Lake in the Hills
Michelle Augoustatos is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from George Williams College of Aurora University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Elmhurst College.
Michelle specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, self-harm and substance abuse in adolescents and adults. She has experience in addiction disorders, crisis intervention, anger management and domestic abuse.
Michelle utilizes mindfulness, person-centered therapy, finding a person’s strengths and building on those in therapy, trauma informed techniques, and parenting support to assist her clients. She also has expertise in assisting families that have children with disabilities. She takes pride in giving her clients the support they need.
Michelle lives locally with her two teenage sons, her dad and her beloved dog, Zeke. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and working out.
Michelle is now accepting new clients in our Lake in the Hills and Schaumburg locations and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 847-854-4333.
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 or by email at email@example.com.
Craig is a Licensed 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 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Frank received his Master’s Degree from Concordia University. His professional experience includes providing therapy to folks with unique family dynamics including adoption, foster care, and blended family situations. He spent years providing therapy and team leadership at local mental health agencies as well.
Frank believes that it is a brave person who decides to take a proactive approach to life’s challenges. His clinical approach has a focus on the mind, body, and spiritual needs of all he speaks to. This includes use of Person Centered, Reality, and Choice Theory approaches; among others. A strong desire to help his clients survive and thrive is what centers Frank’s efforts.
When not working Frank may be found camping or spending other quality time with his three wonderful daughters and five grand-monsters! He also makes time to nurture his Science Fiction geek side thru TV, books and movies. Live Long and Prosper….
Frank is now accepting new clients in our Lake in the Hills and Schaumburg locations and can be reached by phone at 847-854-4333 or via email at email@example.com
Gillian Haygood, LPC
Gillian G. Haygood is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mater’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from North Park University. Most of Gillian’s career has been in child welfare, where she has been a trainer of the Attachment Regulation and Competency (ARC) curriculum regarding the effects of trauma on children. In addition, Gillian works with adults who have experienced trauma.
Gillian works with all ages and specializes in depression, anxiety, recovery, anger, transitional challenges, and grief. Gillian believes counseling is about helping her clients, no matter their age or circumstance, move from surviving to thriving.
Gillian uses an eclectic mix of approaches depending upon the age and needs of the client. Play Therapy is the language of children. As they play, they are expressing wheat is on their heart. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is available for most all ages. CBT is known to help each client to see how their thoughts are impacting their behavior. Other approaches used by Gillian include Narrative, Existential, and Mindfulness/Yoga. Additionally, Gillian can take a Christian Counseling approach when requested to do so; this incorporates the client’s faith with counseling principles.
Gillian has been married for over 10 years. In her free time, she can be found taking her two Beagle dogs for a walk, bike riding, playing Scrabble or billiards or reading a variety of books. Any moment spent with her grammar school aged niece and nephew is a great pleasure!
Gillian is accepting new clients at the St. Charles, Warrenville, Schaumburg, and Lake in the Hills locations. She can be reached via at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 847-854-4333.
Jessica Mascenic, LPC, ATR
Jessica Mascenic is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Adler University. Her experience includes young adults and adolescents, couples, and families. Having worked in both high school and community settings, Jessica is familiar with life’s mental and physical challenges.
Jessica’s expertise lies in the areas of anger management, the effects of trauma, mindfulness, and existential therapy. Components of all of these can be explored through the experience of Art Therapy. This form of creative expression allows for a unique outlet and non-threatening approach.
In addition to providing art as an outlet in individual therapy, Jessica facilitates Art Therapy Groups for middle and high school aged adolescents.
Jessica is accepting new clients in Lake in the Hills, Schaumburg, St. Charles, and Warrenville, and can be reached by email at email@example.com.
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, as they work through school and work-related stress; as well as 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, eating disorders, existential and spiritual issues.
Josh is accepting new clients in Lake in the Hills, Schaumburg, St. Charles, and Warrenville. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, Josh can be reached by phone at 847-854-4333 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lori Kaniewski, LPC, NCC
Lori received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from National Louis University. Lori is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Her goal is to create a supportive relationship to help each individual find a life worth living. Lori uses a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Strengths Based approach to therapy.
Lori’s focus includes anxiety, stress, self-harm, depression, spiritual and existential issues, relationship issues, and parenting support. She has a great passion for helping people discover their strengths and find their motivation to improve their quality of life. She facilitates the adolescent DBT skills groups and the self-harm education/ support group at the Lake in the Hills location.
Lori is accepting new clients in Lake in the Hills and Schaumburg and can be reached at 847-854-4333 or by email at email@example.com.
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 St. Charles and Warrenville locations. She can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (847) 854-4333.
Our Certified Therapy Dog
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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