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Our Therapists

Dr. Alice Fitzgerald
Channahon & Joliet Locations

Alice Fitzgerald has achieved her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and her Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from Adler University in Chicago. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She is currently completing her postdoctoral training and supervision thought the Illinois Department of Corrections with her goal to be licensed as a clinical psychologist in the coming year. Alice attained her undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University, majoring in Biology with Chemistry and Psychology minors.

Alice has experience working in a variety of different settings serving a diverse clientele ranging from children through seniors. She has provided counseling in community mental health, shelter services for DCFS, SASS, the YESS Program in Joliet High Schools, substance abuse, trauma, crisis assessment, and post hospitalization counseling. She has worked with incarcerated men and forensic clients. She has provided group therapy in the areas of parenting skills, addiction and anger management.

She is inviting, open-minded, non-judgemental and takes a holistic approach to helping individuals with life changing and life-long issues. Alice has worked with individuals diagnosed with adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse and anger issues.

Alice is a lifelong learner. She believes that individuals make bad choices at times and are not bad people. This is her third life career. She began in a career in business and customer service, then was a stay at home mom and volunteer before becoming  a licensed therapist. She looks forward to the opportunity to meet and work with you.

 

Dr. Alicia McLaughlin
Joliet Location

Alicia has been a clinical social worker since 2004 with practice experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, suicide, and general adjustment issues related to life transitions for children, adolescents, adults and family systems. Her strengths-based approach to practice with individuals who seek to find clarity, harmony, and contentment in their lives centers around an empathetic and non-judgmental stance. Alicia seeks to empower those who have survived any sort of life adversities and traumas that impede normal daily functioning. She believes that many of the issues faced by individuals do not squarely lie within the individual but also within the context of society. Alicia believes that building a strong therapeutic alliance is necessary to achieve self-love and understanding.

Alicia’s educational background includes a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a Doctoral Degree in Social Work from Florida State University. She is currently the Director of the Master of Social Work Program at the University of St. Francis, where she teaches courses in social service research, culturally competent practice, human development, feminism in contemporary society and forensic social work. As a Fulbright Scholar, she lived in South America where she taught at the University of Guyana for the Fall 2017 semester. There, she focused on mental health stigma, trauma and suicide prevention and intervention.

Alicia is a proud engaged mother of three active children in the Minooka community, she is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction books. Alicia enjoys running 5Ks and half marathons. In her spare time, she likes to travel to learn about different cultures and people from varying backgrounds.

 

Chrissy Ryder
Channahon & Joliet Locations

Chrissy Ryder is both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). She received her Masters of Clinical Psychology in 2016 from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Chrissy completed her undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Chrissy received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2014. Her previous experience includes: cognitive and psychological testing, substance use treatment, working with people who have severe mental illnesses and/or criminal history, and case management.

Chrissy specializes in working with adolescents and adults who are battling depression, anxiety, substance abuse, adjustment, trauma, lowered self-esteem, and thought or mood disorders. She utilizes a person-centered approach that focuses on providing a safe place for you to address your mental health, concerns, and emotions. Chrissy will assist you in reaching goals that are customized to your unique wants and needs. She believes that with compassion, understanding and supportive motivation, you can achieve your own personal growth.

 

Deanna Watson
Channahon & Joliet Locations

Deanna  Watson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) 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.

 

Jaclyn Wesolowski
Channahon Location

Jaclyn Wesolowski is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), that has been serving the Will County area for the past 10 years, While she works with individuals of all ages, Jacyln also specializes in providing therapy to children and adolescents. She has provided individual and family counseling to an array of populations, including those with anxiety, depression, ADHD, histories of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, or negative coping skills. Jaclyn works with adults and adolescents with a Cognitive Behavioral Approach. When working with children or adolescents she uses creative approaches to therapy, including art, sand play and play therapy techniques. She has previously assisted children in processing different trauma histories, recurrent nightmares or flashbacks, anxiety related symptoms like school or sleep avoidance, behavioral management, focus skill building, 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.

Kelly O'Hern
Channahon Location

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.

 

Lacey Anderson
Channahon and Joliet Locations

Lacey Anderson's primary focus is women and adolescent girls who struggle with their various roles and need 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) through the State of Illinois. Her unique skill set help her assist individuals who wrestle with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and addictions.

 

Mary Fisk
Channahon Location

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.

 

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 premarital 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.

 

Samantha Tyree
Channahon Location

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.

 

MaryAnn Cook
Channahon Location

MaryAnn Cook is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) specializing in individual and couples counseling and maintains offices in Channahon, 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 36 years to her husband, Rev. Steven Cook. They have three sons 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.

Education
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 American 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?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All 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 36 years and five exceptional children – Chad (Samantha), Shawna (Jay), Kevin (Ashley), Keith, and Scott (Ashley). The legacy and tradition carries on with eighth of the brightest and best grandchildren in the universe – Keagan, Teighlor, Haley, Skylar, Graham, Kelsey, Gage, and Kayden

 

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