Alexandra Kutnick, M.A., Ph.D
Jeanette Rodriguez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and has been serving disadvantaged communities for over twenty years. She is a graduate of Dominican University where she received her MSW with honors. Jeanette received her Bachelors, specialized in psychology, from Northeastern Illinois University.
Jeanette has a long history of direct clinical work with clients with severe mental health challenges and her practice is best described as eclectic as she implements components of several therapies such as; CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. As each individual is different- she centers her practice on the need of the client and works from a client centered and strengths-based perspective. Jeanette has performed direct service work with families enduring traumatic events including; abuse of all kinds, domestic violence, acculturation challenges, displacement, homelessness, grief and loss, and drug addiction. She has years of experience assisting individuals with MDD and Anxiety related Disorders. Her many years in the field have gained her experience in working with teens, couples, adults, parents, the LGBTQ community, and children involved in DCFS systems and transition.
Jeanette enjoys the challenges and insight gained from working with adolescents and integrates creative mediums outlined by Art, Play, and Poetry therapies for youth. Jeanette has worked with clients of all ages ranging from 3-83 years of age, and truly enjoys being a component of positive change in the lives of others. Jeanette is fluent in both Spanish and English and embraces Spanish as her native language.
Jeanette Rodríguez es una trabajadora social clínica con licencia en Illinois y ha servido a comunidades desfavorecidas durante más de veinte años. Se graduó de la Universidad Dominicana donde recibió su MSW con honores. Jeanette recibió su licenciatura, especializada en psicología, de la Northeastern Illinois University.
Jeanette tiene una larga historia de trabajo clínico directo con clientes con graves problemas de salud mental y su práctica se describe mejor como ecléctica ya que implementa componentes de varias terapias como; TCC, TDC, entrevistas motivacionales y terapia breve centrada en soluciones. Como cada individuo es diferente, centra su práctica en la necesidad del cliente y trabaja desde una perspectiva centrada en el cliente y basada en sus fortalezas. Jeanette ha realizado trabajos de servicio directo con familias que soportan eventos traumáticos que incluyen; abuso de todo tipo, violencia doméstica, desafíos de aculturación, desplazamiento, falta de vivienda, dolor y pérdida, y adicción a las drogas. Tiene una experiencia extensiva asistiendo a individuos con Depresión y Desordenes de Ansiedad. Sus muchos años en el archivo han ganado su experiencia trabajando con adolescentes, parejas, adultos, padres, la comunidad LGBTQ y niños involucrados en los sistemas y la transición del DCFS. Jeanette disfruta de los desafíos y conocimientos adquiridos al trabajar con adolescentes e integra medios creativos descritos por las terapias de arte, juego y poesía para jóvenes. Jeanette ha trabajado con clientes de todas las edades, desde los 3 hasta los 83 años, y realmente disfruta ser un componente de cambio positivo en la vida de los demás. Jeanette habla español e inglés con fluidez y adopta el español como lengua materna.
Dr. Ritu Bedi is the clinical director and co-owner of New Insights Behavioral Health Services. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of specialized training in providing therapy and assessment services to children, adolescents, adults, and their families. She has worked in community mental health centers and hospital settings, in both clinical and supervisory positions. Dr. Bedi has also held adjunct faculty positions at Alder University, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and has published several papers regarding the impact of childhood trauma in adulthood. She has experience in treating individuals with histories of trauma and abuse, as well as those suffering with anxiety, low self-esteem, work stress, ADHD, depression, and grief and loss. Dr. Bedi also has expertise in health psychology, and works with clients diagnosed with medical conditions regarding their adjustment to diagnosis, treatment adherence, and needle phobias.
Dr. Bedi strongly believes in utilizing evidence-based therapies and relational techniques in her treatment approach. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in providing cognitive behavioral therapy, child-parent psychotherapy, ARC, TF-CBT, cognitive processing therapy, as well as psychodynamic psychotherapy. In addition, her warmth and empathy are natural qualities that help clients feel safe and understood.
Ritu Bedi, Ph.D.
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Yesenia Garcia is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker with New Insights Behavioral Health Services. Yesenia’s experience includes providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with concerns ranging from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral problems, anger, stress management, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other disorders diagnosed from childhood through adulthood.
Yesenia provides a safe, empathic, non-judgmental therapeutic environment where you can explore issues and develop effective coping skills. Yesenia will assist you with designing the best course of treatment and interventions. Yesenia utilizes an eclectic approach: drawing from various evidence-based therapies. Yesenia strongly believes in applying strengths-based approach. In this way, clients build strength from the positive influences in their lives in order to solve problems.
Yesenia Garcia es una terapeuta con New Insights Behavioral Health Services. Yesenia tiene experiencia en proveer terapia individual y familiar a niños, adolescentes, y adultos con problemas que van desde Trastorno por Déficit de Atención e Hiperactividad (TDAH), stress, ansiedad, depresión, ira, trauma, problemas de comportamiento, y otros trastornos diagnosticados desde la infancia hasta la edad adulta.
Yesenia proporciona un ambiente seguro, empático, que no juzga donde puede explorar los problemas y desarrollar habilidades para manejar las emociones en una manera sana. Yesenia le ayudara a diseñar el mejor curso de tratamiento usando diferentes intervenciones. Yesenia cree firmemente en la aplicación de los puntos fuertes, para ayudar a reconocer y construir sobre sus fortalezas para resolver problemas.
It is our natural inclination to want to be in a state of balance and harmony – to love and be loved. Our body, mind and soul give us signals when something is “off” or not in sync with each other. We may see this in the form of our mood, behavior or relational discord.
When something feels “off” we naturally look for solutions to adjust and function optimally. When “off” pieces show up repeatedly therapy can help by accessing courageous resiliency. Deborah utilizes her extensive background to tap into unconscious processing and find the source of discomfort. She has over 7 years of experience working with a range of issues, which include but are not limited too: anxiety (fears, compulsions, stressors, life transitions), traumas (events that have felt out of control, interpersonal wounding, childhood abuse and trauma) depression (personal motivation, confidence, existential awareness, fulfilling purpose and gaining clarity and focus) and couples counseling (multi-cultural relationships, pre-marital counseling, overall relationship issues that surface throughout the lifespan of the couple, comfort with divorce, comfort with working on relationship needs), Grief & Loss, Women’s Issues (infertility, miscarriage, self-esteem, eating disorders, relationship concerns), and Male Issues (relationship concerns, body image, anger, self-esteem, divorce).
Deborah received her Masters degree from Adler University located in downtown Chicago. She has been working with individuals to dissolve feeling stuck in an unwanted pattern, to gain insight into personal needs and develop beliefs about getting what you want and believing you can have it!
She is certified by the State of Illinois as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). This certification is not limited to treating substance abuse as addiction can manifest in a multitude of ways such as working, eating, exercise, social media and more.
She is currently undergoing training to become certified in Brainspotting and has completed the first two stages of training. Brainspotting locate points in a client’s visual field that help access unprocessed trauma in the brain. This therapy was developed by David Grand, Ph.D. in 2003 and is being used all over the world. This technique has been shown to show results in as little as three sessions.
She is also undergoing training to become certified as a Gottman couple’s counselor and has completed stage one of this training. The Gottman Method is an approach known all over the world that uses research-based interventions to assist couples on repairing, strengthening and developing healthier relationships with each other.
Deborah found that learning about her emotional self was one of her greatest strengths. She achieved a degree in psychotherapy and engrossed herself in the study of spirituality, neurology, relationships, personal growth, healing and the mind/body/spirit connection. She is very present, warm, engaged and valued for her transparency with her clients.
Jefferson Park Office
5015 W Lawrence Ave, Suite 102
Chicago, IL 60630
Inga Karosevica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with New Insights Behavioral Health Services. Inga's experience includes providing group, couples, family, and individual therapy to children, adolescents, and adults across a wide-array of settings, such as community mental health agencies and schools. She genuinely looks forward to spending time with each client and fostering therapeutic relationships through warmth, empathy, and collaboration. Inga believes in affirming all identities, sexual preferences, cultures, and religions meaningful to the client and aims to create a non-judgmental and safe space for individuals to feel comfortable being themselves.
Inga hopes to be there alongside clients that are experiencing emotional suffering and stress. She believes that nobody should navigate pain, conflict, or trauma in isolation. Inga specializes in providing therapy to individuals that have experienced complex or acute trauma and/or adverse childhood experiences (sexual/emotional/physical abuse, parental incarceration/deportation, parental divorce, parent with mental health or substance abuse illness and/or witness of domestic violence), as well as anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. Inga utilizes an eclectic and holistic approach to treatment with strong roots in humanistic and trauma-informed principles while also incorporating evidence-based modalities such as cognitive therapies as well as relational psychodynamic therapies.
TJ Mayes, M.A., LCPC
Amit Kakkar, Psy.D.
Portage Park Office
4732 N Austin Ave, Unit A
Chicago, IL 60630
Inga Karosevica, LCSW.
At New Insights Behavioral Health Services, Dr. Kutnick provides therapy that is collaborative, understanding and humanistic, where she works together with patients to customize therapy so it is tailored to the patient’s unique needs and goals. She creates a safe environment where patients can explore how their current and past experiences - including relationships, family dynamics and cultural background - may be impacting their well-being, and where patients develop trust and insights that helps them to harness their strengths, reduce distress and lead more satisfying lives.
Dr. Kutnick works with people who come to therapy to address a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, problematic substance use, shame, loss and grief, relationship difficulties, sexual and gender identity, job and academic stress, adjustment challenges to situations such as adoption and new parenthood, and challenges managing and coping with serious health conditions such as infertility, auto-immune disease and cancer. She has extensive and specialized training in outpatient, hospital, community-based and research settings providing therapy for over fifteen years to children, adolescents and adults affected by trauma and its consequences, including those struggling with childhood abuse, sexual assault, life-threatening illness, substance abuse, self-judgment, shame and unhealthy relationship patterns.
Dr. Kutnick’s therapeutic approach is dynamic and integrative and includes evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behavioral treatments and motivational interviewing, and is informed by a developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and relational lens.
At New Insights Behavioral Health Services the therapy I provide my clients is based on understanding, compassion, creativity and collaboration. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over ten years of experience working with children, families, and adults. Whether you are looking for support with difficult circumstances in your personal life, parenting help, or relationship guidance I can be of service.
My professional experiences and specialties include Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma Related Disorders, identity issues, addictions, Autism Spectrum Disorder, AD/HD, ODD and more. I often incorporate evidenced-based therapy models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Collaborative Problem Solving into my practice.
I am currently accepting new clients who are experiencing problems both big and small and who are ready to build on the strengths and resiliency they already possess in order to reach a healthier, productive and more fulfilling life.
Dr. Amit Kakkar is the executive director and co-owner of New Insights Behavioral Health services. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with fifteen years of extensive experience in providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. He brings a wealth of expertise in multiple out-patient and in-patient clinical settings including: community mental health centers, hospitals, schools, college counseling centers, residential treatment centers for adolescents, and EAP companies. His areas of focus include: depression, anxiety and panic disorder, identity issues, self-esteem, dating and relationship issues, trauma, the impact of disabilities, and multicultural issues.
Dr. Kakkar utilizes evidence-based therapies in his practice and believes that psychotherapy is a relational and collaborative process. As you work with Dr. Kakkar, you can expect to uncover patterns in your thoughts and behaviors and gain greater control of areas that may seem uncontrollable through the use of effective coping skills.
Dr. Kakkar creates a safe and non-judgmental environment where you will feel comfortable to explore personal struggles and deep-rooted issues at your own pace. As you work with him on your journey of discovery, you will be intrigued about what you learn about yourself and gain a new perspective on your resiliency and perseverance.
Deborah Danner, M.A., LPC., CADC
At New Insights Behavioral Health Services, I enjoy working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds and of all ages. I am both a licensed school psychologist, as well as a psychotherapist with more than 10 years of experience helping children, adolescents, and adults navigate and manage challenges related to a multitude of issues, such as: ADHD/executive functioning, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety and depression, social skills, academic stress, attachment, self-regulation, coping with setbacks and trauma, parent and sibling relationships, and other behavioral problems. In addition, I have worked with adults who struggle with issues pertaining to acute and chronic trauma, OCD and intrusive thoughts, phobias, general anxiety, depression, romantic and family relationships, distorted body image, low self-esteem, and adjustment to life changes.
Building a strong and trusting relationship with my clients is my highest priority. From there, I use evidence-based practices to help them reach their goals. I incorporate elements of attachment, psychodynamic, developmental, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness theories and techniques in order to create a highly individualized treatment to meet clients’ needs. I strive to be mindful of the environmental contexts in which each individual lives and acts, with the understanding that these might include various forms of structural oppression due to gender identity, race, class, sexual orientation, abilities, immigration status, and/or religion. I use creativity and humor to build a warm, collaborative, and safe space where clients can share thoughts and feelings that are difficult to talk about in everyday life and work towards creating the life that they want.
Jeanette Rodriguez, LCSW, LPHA
Michele Jonas, Ph.D.
Yesenia Garcia, LCSW