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Our Therapists

Samantha Tyree
Channahon & Joliet Locations

Samantha is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with her MA from Lewis University in Counseling Psychology, specializing with children and adolescents. In addition to counseling children and adolescents, Samantha has experience working with adults struggling with mood disorders and trauma. Samantha provides individual counseling to clients of all ages and has experience in both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings. Samantha enjoys utilizing art and play in client-centered therapy.

Samantha provides an empathic environment that focuses on a client's self-compassion and strengths. She assists each client in identifying and establishing new healthy coping skills to improve the client's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in everyday life. Samantha welcomes and encourages each client to make therapy their own positive personal experience.

Mike Ragan
Channahon & Morris Locations

Mike has 20 years of experience counseling adolescents, teens, adults, and couples in a ministry setting.  He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with an MA from Olivet Nazarene University and a BA in Cross-Cultural Ministry from Lincoln Christian University.  It has been his privilege to help people get unstuck, resolve conflict, achieve peace, and find hope and healing every day—there is no other way he would rather invest my life.

Mike’s areas of expertise include marriage and pre-marital counseling, working with teens, faith-based counseling, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, fear, grief, anger, loneliness, feelings of failure, men’s issues, job loss/change, and lack of meaningful relationships.  He continues to help people go from wishing things were different to working to make things different.

Mike provides a supportive and non-judgmental environment where people can take off their masks and talk about issues they may have never spoken of with anyone else.   He assists people identify their strengths, renew flawed thinking, experience hope, and get on—and stay on, the right path.  He is committed to the belief that change is possible, to learning and growing, to keeping a good sense of humor, and to helping people toward life-change.

Mike and his wife have been married for 22 years and they have one child, an energetic girl who is 10 years old.  Born and raised in Morris, IL, he has lived in 2 other states but he is proud to say that he is now back in his hometown.

Jaclyn Wesolowski
Channahon Location Only
Jaclyn Wesolowski is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), while she works with individuals of all ages; Jaclyn specializes in providing therapy to children and adolescents. She has provided individual, family, and group therapy to an array of populations, including those with depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and negative coping skills. She has also spent the past three and a half years providing therapy to populations that have suffered from physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in their childhood. When Jaclyn works with children and adolescents, she likes to use creative approaches to therapy, including art, sand play, and play therapy techniques. Jaclyn has previously assisted children in processing different trauma histories, recurrent nightmares or flashbacks, anxiety-related symptoms, behavioral management, and grief or loss due to a recent death, divorce, or significant life event.

Jaclyn believes that the best way to improve your overall quality of life is to take a look at how your view of past or current life experiences is impacting your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is only by addressing some of your natural perceptions of yourself and your life and re-evaluating them, can you free yourself from the feelings of being stuck or lost.

Jaclyn graduated from The Professional School of Psychology with a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. She completed her undergraduate work at Carthage College, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology.
Paul Fairbanks
Channahon Location Only
Paul is a Nationally Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor and received his Master's Degree in Counseling from Argosy University. His areas of work include Marriage and Couples counseling, Family therapy, Blended Family Therapy, Individual, Adolescents, ADHD, Anxiety and Depression. Whether you are experiencing marital, couple, family, or personal challenges, together he will work to provide meaningful solutions to your unique situation.
Paul`s client centered approach is one of acceptance, understanding and empathetic connection. Positive change is always possible with the right atmosphere and mutual commitment. Paul looks forward to partnering with you on your journey.
Deanna Watson
Channahon & Joliet Locations
Deanna Watson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been serving individuals and families in the Will-Grundy county area for the past 28 years. She graduated from University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL in 1989 earning a double major in social work and psychology. Deanna attended the George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University achieving a Masters degree in Social work in 1994, specializing in mental health services.

Deanna has experience working with an array of populations including children and adolescents, persons with disabilities, substance abuse issues, and has provided individual and family therapy for many years. Her practical straightforward approach helps get to the underlying issues so they can be dealt with in a positive and constructive manner. Deanna believes in helping people make better choices, and learning how to react to life’s challenges in a healthy, problem-solving manner. How people relate to others, the way they feel about themselves can produce distress in many forms. This may include symptoms of stress, insomnia, depression, anger, and mood swings. Deanna has also worked with families experience grief and loss issues, and individuals suffering from trauma.

She has built her career being patient centered, focused on the issues that are important to the individual. Deanna believes that therapy is also a great way to resolve conflict, get at past issues and work on ways to cope and move forward past those difficult situations. This can all be accomplished in a trusting, safe counseling relationship that allows the issues to come to the surface, and then be resolved to the best of the person’s ability.
Lacey Anderson
Channahon and Joliet Location
Lacey Anderson's primary focus is women and adolescent girls who struggle in their life with their various roles and need to have a fresh approach and insight into life patterns. She has a natural enthusiasm for life and her clients report her level of empathy and knowledge has assisted them in making many positive life changes.

Lacey is a Masters level clinician with a Counseling Psychology degree from Lewis University. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a CADC (Certified Alcohol and other Drugs of Addiction Counselor) certificate through the State of Illinois. Her unique skill sets help her assist individuals who wrestle with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and addictions.

Lacey works with clients in both our Shorewood and Channahon office. Please call 815-467-8181 to schedule an appointment.
Kelly O'Hern
Channahon Location Only
Kelly O'Hern is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Masters in Social Work in 2005 from George Williams College of Social Work, Aurora University. Kelly completed her undergraduate studies at Northern Illinois University. Kelly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Studies in 2003. Kelly has been in private practice since 2007, previous experience includes: inpatient mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, case management and chronic illness.

Kelly enjoys working with adolescents as well as adults. She uses a fairly eclectic therapy style and incorporates a strength based perspective into her therapy. Some of Kellys clinical interests include: individual and family therapy, anxiety, depression, cutting, eating disorders and substance abuse. Kelly works with clients in our Channahon office.
Mary Fisk
Channahon Location Only

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Member of the National Board of Certified Counselors. She has graduated from Governors State University with a BA in Psychology and MA in Community Counseling.

Mary has worked in the mental health field since 1995. Her experience is in the field of individual and group therapy in both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings, as well as in long-term care settings.

Mary specializes in working with individuals, adults from 18 and older who are struggling in areas such as depression, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, anxiety, stress management, self esteem issues, grief and loss, difficulty dealing with life transitions, parenting issues, communication skills, and relationship issues.

Mary approaches her work with each client from a strengths perspective where she truly believes everyone is capable of utilizing their unique personal strengths and resources to overcome their difficulties.  In doing this Mary partners with her clients, utilizing an integrated clinical approach, including cognitive, solution-focused, and person-centered therapies to guide them in finding their best solutions and move on a path to personal growth and healing. 

MaryAnn Cook
Channahon & Joliet Locations
MaryAnn Cook is a Licensed Clinicial Professional Counselor (LCPC) specializing in individual and couples counseling and maintains offices in Channahon and Shorewood, Illinois.

With experience as a clinician since 2004, and a graduate of Governors State University specializing in marriage and family therapy, she is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are anxiety, depression and problems associated with couples living in today's society.

MaryAnn has been married for 35 years to her husband, Rev. Steven Cook. They have three sons, one Labrador retriever and call Channahon their home. Her life roles as a wife, mother, stepmother, mother-in-law, grandmother, pastor's wife, daughter, sister and breast cancer survivor all help aid and assist her in understanding the human experience.

MaryAnn is a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. She incorporates a blend of conventional and alternative approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. With sensitivity and compassion, she works with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve life goals.

M.A. Counseling
B.A. Psychology
Governors State University

Additional Training
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Marriage and Family Counseling
Steven Cook, President, Alliance Counseling and Coaching, LLC

CMCLC, MBA, MM, B.A., Lead Pastor and Founder of Living Water Church

Steve is a Certified Master Christian Life Coach (CMCLC). He is credentialed through Amercian Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) as Master Certified Life and Business Coach. Following a 30-year career with Caterpillar, Inc. as an Executive Manager, Steve continued his pursuit of helping people achieve their full potential.

Life Coaching emphasis include developing and executing a personal life strategy that achieves your full potential. Life Coaching presents the opportunity to identify and achieve your passions thus creating a life fulfilled.

Business Coaching emphasis, reveals your gifts and strengths and helps develop a strategy for your work and business opportunity. Developing a plan and executing the plan to achieve your full potential can be exciting and fulfilling. Taking your Business to a new level through strategic thinking and planning turn dreams into realities. Career changes, retirement planning, establishing professional goals for the many milestones of life facing each of us offer on purpose development of a life fulfilled.

Life Verses: Matthew 22:36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Five ways to describe him: (1) Visionary. (2) Gifted communicator. (3) 100% sold out to Christ. (4) Passionate about his family. (5) And as normal as your next door neighbor (but only if that’s a good thing).

What he’s earned besides accolades: Certified Master Christian Life Coach from AACC. Master of Ministry in Church Growth from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL, Ordained Elder of the Church of the Nazarene, Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL., B.A. from Lewis University, Romeoville, IL,

So what does this alphabet soup of credentials mean a. Nothing, without love (1 Corinthians 13:2).

a. He really enjoys studying and learning.

b. He knows impressive words and even gets to use them occasionally.

c. He has a well rounded world view of life

d. All of the above.

Where he came from? He was born and raised in the wonderful community of Morris. Following a 30 year career with Caterpillar, Inc., (that’s a long time at one place) God called him into full-time ministry. During the 4 year tenure at Ottawa First Church of the Nazarene as their Executive Pastor, God stirred his heart to start a brand new church in Morris, IL. The dream focused on reaching those who weren’t currently attending church for whatever reason and share the truth that they mattered to God.

What he cherishes: His wife, MaryAnn of 35 years and five exceptional children – Chad (Samantha), Shawna (Jay), Kevin (Ashley), Keith, and Scott (Ashley). The legacy and tradition carries on with eigth of the brightest and best grandchildren in the universe – Keagan, Teighlor, Haley, Skylar, Graham, Kelsey, Gage, and Kayden.


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