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Clinical Supervisors

Team Leads

Angel Arnold, LPC, NCC – Team Lead – Libertyville

Angel is a creative and passionate Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University. Most of her work has been for non-profits specializing in trauma and violence related areas as well as OCD and anxiety.

Angel loves working with all age groups including children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. She enjoys working with those who have struggled with OCD, anxiety, depression, anger management, mood swings, self-injury, defiance, bullying, low self-esteem, and parent and child conflict and communication problems, as well as issues related with stressful life transitions, relationship issues, abuse, neglect, and traumatic events through individual and group therapy.

Angel predominantly draws from Person-Centered, Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Trauma informed therapy as she partners with her clients to find the best ways to find and live out their authentic self.

“Asking for help is an under-developed skill that most people fail to strengthen due to fear but healing begins the moment you take the first step in asking for help. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”   — Maya Angelou

Angel is accepting new clients at the Libertyville, Lake in the Hills and Schaumburg locations.  She can be reached at angelarnold@owenscounseling.com or by phone at (847) 854-4333.

Our Therapists

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, 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 joshua@owenscounseling.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 gillian@owenscounseling.com or by phone at 847-854-4333.



Jason Brescia, LPC, NCC

Jason is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Illinois University along with a certificate in trauma-informed counseling.  He also holds two Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Applied Music from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. 

Jason specializes in complex trauma as well as grief and loss. He has experience working with anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, anger management, and abuse.  Jason has worked with individuals and their families ages 10 to 75, along with many members of the LGBTQ+ community.

He incorporates person-centered, reality therapy, focusing on a person’s strengths and establishing relationships. He also utilizes trauma informed techniques, mindfulness, and focuses on making therapy a collaborative effort.  Jason has also worked in solution-focused settings.  He has worked in community mental health and has worked with individuals with disabilities for most of his life.

Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and their rescue cat, Gigi.  Together, they enjoy playing board games, listening to music, reading  good books, and watching movies.  He also enjoys visiting with his family and the two dogs he grew up with.  Jason is a true Pokemon fan since he was five years old.

Jason is accepting new clients at the Lake in the Hills, Warrenville, St. Charles and Schaumburg locations.  He can be reached at jason@owenscounseling.com or by phone at (847) 854-4333.

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 Warrenville and St. Charles locations.  He can be reached at mpeila@owenscounseling.com or by phone at (847) 854-4333.

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.

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 location and can be reached by phone at 847-854-4333 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 accepting new clients at the Lake in the Hills, Warrenville, St. Charles and Schaumburg locations.  She can be reached at emag@owenscounseling.com or by phone at (847) 854-4333.

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.

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.

In addition to working with individuals and their families, Lori leads our Breakfast Club and Weekend Warriors groups, for middle and high school students, in our Lake in the Hills office.

Lori works in Lake in the Hills and Schaumburg and can be reached at 847-854-4333 or by email at lori@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 or by email at craig@owenscounseling.com.

Brittany Blaschak, LSW

Brittany is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master of Social Work with a specialization in addictions degree from Aurora University. Brittany also holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Loras College.

Brittany has experience working with adolescents, adults, and seniors in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has experience and specializes in crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, addiction disorders, eating disorders, behavioral issues, and life transitions.

Brittany uses a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) from a Strengths Based approach.

Brittany truly has a passion for life and for guiding others to find that as well. She believes identifying what seems to not be working in your life, creating positive habits, and implementing skills to reach goals to sustain a life driven by purpose.

Brittany is accepting new clients at the St. Charles and Warrenville locations.  She can be reached via bblaschak@owenscounseling.com 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 anita@owenscounseling.com.

Clinical Intern(s)

Carol is a Clinical Intern, completing her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health at National Louis University. 

Carol believes her role as a counselor is to create a warm, comfortable, and safe space for people to heal, grow, and be heard. She believes that a genuine connection between counselor and client opens the door to change. Carol uses acceptance, patience, kindness, and humor to form a relationship with clients. Carol helps clients explore how their thoughts and feelings influence present behaviors while acknowledging and examining how past experiences impact the ability to live authentically. She works with clients, drawing on their own unique abilities and strengths, to meet personal goals, find solutions, and create a life the client finds meaningful and satisfying.

Carol treats issues related to depression, anxiety, stress management, self-care, career satisfaction, self-esteem, substance use, life stage adjustment, as well as grief and loss. She is especially passionate about helping clients through traumatic loss. Carol enjoys working with clients throughout the lifespan from all backgrounds and identities.

Carol lives on the far northside of Chicago. She enjoys volunteering in adult education. She also likes cooking and any chance to cuddle with her orange tabby cat named Rizzo!

Carol is currently accepting clients at the Libertyville, Schaumburg and Lake in the Hills locations.



Kaleigh is a Clinical Intern, completing her Master of Art in Counseling at Northwestern University.

Kaleigh believes her role as a counselor is to welcome all clients by inviting them to create a partnership where they grow together, mend wounds and restore health. Her focus is to use an open mind, acceptance, patience, collaboration, reflection, and humor to cultivate a deep understanding and a meaningful relationship.

Kaleigh has experience working with adults, children with disabilities, and athletes. She currently works with adults seeking counseling for trauma, stress, anxiety, parenting, disability, work issues, conflict resolution, and life transitions. Kaleigh likes to explore a client’s strengths to build resilience and open the door to self-reflection, transformation and satisfaction.

Kaleigh enjoys spending time with family and friends. She dedicates time each week to playing with her nephew and watching him grow.

Kaleigh is currently accepting new clients at the Libertyville, Lake in the Hills, Warrenville, St. Charles and Schaumburg locations.

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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