Our Therapists //
Reem Cutinello is a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and a Certified Practitioner for Rapid Resolution Therapy. She graduated with a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Reem received her training and certificate of completion for Mediation from Northwestern University. Reem continues to find avenues to enhance her counseling and mediation skills through continuing education seminars, classes and conferences.
As a therapist and mediator, Reem focuses on being genuine and mindful as to what is in the best interest of the client(s). She believes that working together as a team produces the best results and helps you identify and explore sources of stress, set specific goals, and identify methods to achieve the desired outcome(s). Often times, simply shifting the way we think, behave, or our expectation, leads to significant improvements in how we feel. A new way of thinking can help one begin to take steps forward.
Reem has always enjoyed working with a variety of clients and a wide array of conditions. Along with her clinical expertise, she brings humor and dedication to each situation. She focuses on strengths and techniques to promote progress toward desired outcomes. Her clinical expertise includes working with adolescents, adults and families, marital and relationship challenges, mood disorders, anxiety, and depression. Reem coaches families through the challenges of divorce to provide healthy compromises and outcomes for both the parents and children.
Reem Cutinello | Licensed Clinical Social Worker, RRT Certified Practitioner
adolescents, adults, families, marital and relationship challenges, mood disorders, anxiety, and depression
Alia Celebi is a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and graduate of the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, obtaining a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work in 2006. She has also completed the Domestic Violence Professional Certification training, and is the former assistant director of Family Shelter Services. Alia has managed courses for children, adolescents, and adults to promote self-esteem, communication, accountability, relationship-building, and individual success and growth. She has also completed certification for Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy with the Wellness Institute, in addition to previous certification for Rapid Resolution Therapy to support individuals with Trauma and PTSD symptoms. She is currently working with clients who present with symptoms related to Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Eating Disorders, OCD, ADHD, LES, Codependency,Adjustment Disorders, relationship issues, building communication, and life skills, as well as a wide variety of personality disorders and life setbacks that are commonly incurred.
Alia was featured on CBS news for the program she co-created, launched and managed with the Library Outreach program to connect and empower mentally ill homeless people with resources through Thresholds. She is also a public speaker and presents at conferences. She continues to expand her knowledge base by attending and participating in courses related to the field of social work.
Direct line (708) 203-0202
Alia Celebi | MSW, LCSW, Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) Certified Practitioner
Children, Adolescents, & Adults
Anna Ashum is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master's degree in Social Work from Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago. Anna believes that individuals can improve their own lives when given the guidance to draw upon their strengths and realize their potential. Regardless of a person's past or current situation, Anna realizes that everyone deserves to live a happy, fulfilling life. She understands that reaching out for guidance can be challenging. Anna recognizes the variety of needs life brings and helps individuals find direction through compassion, building on their strengths, and focusing on overcoming what may be holding them back. She has a warm, empathetic approach to each person and uses many therapeutic techniques such as conventional talk therapy, play therapy (for children), art therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and body awareness. Anna prides herself in providing a safe atmosphere of acceptance and support that encourages growth and healing.
Anna works with a variety of needs and has experience in treating individuals, families, and couples in the following areas: trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, Anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, grief, depression, divorce, ADHD, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), executive functioning, school refusal, self-esteem, self- awareness, and relationship challenges. She also offers insight into techniques that help guide parents and loved ones whose family members are exhibiting challenging behaviors. In addition to her LCSW, Anna also holds a 65 hour certification in sexual abuse and domestic violence. In order to better serve her clients, she continues to educate herself by utilizing classes and trainings to strengthen her skills.
Anna Ashum | MSW, LCSW, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Certified
Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Ray Strzykalski is a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and Certified School Social Worker. He graduated with a Master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago in 2006. Ray began his career in mental health residential treatment facilities in Chicago and the suburbs where he developed and managed treatment plans for residents and their families.
Ray has worked throughout the Chicagoland area as a school social worker. This background experience includes working with developmental disorders, and mental illness, as well as other psychological stresses brought on by life circumstances. These experiences have shaped his perspective that working together in a team approach while focusing on the individual's and families' strengths is optimal for personal growth and healing to occur. His therapeutic approach is non-judgmental, client-centered and strengths based. He seeks to form a collaborative, therapeutic relationship with clients, allowing them a safe space to explore and gain understanding about obstacles to personal growth. He then provides empathic support and feedback to ultimately empower clients to set realistic goals and make necessary lasting changes. His passion to help others drives his continued education through seminars, classes, trainings and conferences to enhance his skills.
Ray Strzykalski | MSW, LCSW, CERTIFIED SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Nicole Prescott is a LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor). Nicole graduated with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Nicole is also currently licensed in the state of Wisconsin as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). Nicole has worked towards several certifications in Equine Assisted Therapy, Brainspotting, and Grief Recovery Specialist from the Grief Recovery Institute. Nicole is focused on learning new and integrative ways to work with her clients to provide the best services possible. Nicole is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), where she is continuing her training in order to become a consultant and trainer. Nicole has worked in a variety of service locations from Non-profit community mental health organizations, Wilderness Therapy, Online Counseling, Residential treatment, and Private Practice. Nicole enjoys working with young adults, and adults. Nicole enjoys bringing experiential and creative methods into working with her clients to integrate mind and body to heal the whole individual.
Nicole focuses on client rapport in understanding that relationship and attachment is an integral piece to the therapeutic process. Nicole’s experience include, individual, family, couples, group, and adventure therapy in the areas of depression, anxiety, self-esteem, attachment, adoption, grief, trauma, PTSD, postpartum, and parent coaching. Nicole is available to work young adult and adults.
Nicolę Prescott | MA, LCPC, LPC
Young Adults and Adults
Megan (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor with specializations in trauma, addictions, eating disorders, and forensic psychology. As a therapist, Megan’s utmost priority is creating a safe, non-judgmental environment where clients can freely and fully experience their healing journey. Megan prides herself on providing trauma-informed care and incorporating anti-racism into therapy sessions. With a focus on healing from internalized oppression, Megan treats clients looking to process race/gender/sexuality-based trauma, among many other lived experiences.
Megan’s passions lie in treating co-occurring disorders with specific interest in treating clients living with complex PTSD and eating disorders. Within her work, she employs an All Foods Fit model and emphasizes the Health at Every Size approach. Megan primarily aligns with Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, in addition to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Megan integrates these therapy skill sets in such a way to meet each and every client’s individual needs. When working with Megan, your autonomy and choice is always prioritized and valued.
Megan received her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Grand Valley State University and her Master’s in Counseling, with a specialization in forensic psychology from Adler University. She continues to expand her knowledge through education and is currently pursuing her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Adler University. Megan has clinical counseling experience at all levels of care, across various settings and populations. For professionals, Megan provides consultation upon request and has experience in training and supervision limited licensed counselors. Additionally, Megan is trained in Eye Movement Reprocessing Desensitization (EMDR).
Shannon Abrams | COUNSELOR
Children, Adolescents, Young Adults
Shannon Abrams graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a minor in Social Work. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Aurora University and working toward licensure under the supervision of Reem K. Cutinello, LCSW.
Shannon specializes in trauma-informed care for children, adolescents, and young adults. She received her certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention through Cornell University and has experience with trauma-informed care via her work in residential treatment. Shannon has worked extensively with children and adolescents experiencing PTSD, physical and sexual abuse, grief and loss, and severe mental health and behavioral challenges. Through her work in residential treatment, Shannon has worked closely with DCFS. She has helped children that struggle to navigate the adoption process and have experienced trauma and attachment issues as a result.
Shannon is dedicated to creating a safe, comfortable, and positive space for clients to learn about themselves, their environment, and their relationships. She applies the collaborative problem-solving framework and cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques to her comprehensive approach. Shannon utilizes play therapy, art therapy, and talk therapy in her sessions to help clients understand barriers and stressors in their lives and equip them with tools and resources to combat them. Her specific expertise and engagement style provides the extra support and guidance for youth of all ages, races, and cultural backgrounds to thrive in today’s hectic and challenging world. Shannon aims to connect with children and families to empower them to make positive changes in their lives. An experienced counselor, she has helped children improve school performance and enhance interpersonal skills. Shannon is passionate when it comes to working with young people to help them discover and maximize their potential.
MEAGAN HEARY | LICENSED CLINICAL COUNSELOR
Children, Adolescents, Adults