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Pooyesh Ganji, MS, MA, QMHP.

Jefferson Park Office
5015 W Lawrence Ave, Suite 102
Chicago, IL 60630

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.  


Dr. Amit Kakkar, Psy.D.

Inga Karosevica, LCSW.

Jennifer Calderon, LSW.

Robert VanTreeck, MA., LCPC

Jennifer Calderon is a bilingual (Spanish speaking) Licensed Social Worker with a passion for helping individuals in need of guidance and support. Jennifer provides therapy in a welcoming, calming manner that allows her clients to feel safe and understood. Jennifer holds her Bachelors Degree and Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago with a clinical concentration in children and families. Jennifer is extensively trained in trauma informed care and began her work as a residential clinician providing therapy to children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma in need of emotional support and crisis intervention. Jennifer specializes in working with children, adolescents and families struggling with grief, anger and aggression, anxiety, panic disorder, depression, stress management, and symptoms related to trauma.

Jennifer uses therapeutic modalities based on the needs of her clients drawing from different approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy and utilizes an engaging, interactive and direct style of therapy while providing a safe, empathic and warm environment. 

Jennifer Calderon es una terapeuta con una pasión por ayudar a las personas que necesitan orientación y apoyo. Jennifer brinda terapia de una manera acogedora y calmada que permite a sus clientes sentirse seguros y comprendidos. Jennifer tiene su licenciatura y maestría en trabajo social de la Universidad Loyola en Chicago con una concentración clínica en niños y familias. Jennifer comenzó su trabajo como terapeuta en una facilidad residencial proveyendo terapia a niños y adolescentes que han pasado por traumas complejos, necesitando apoyo emocional e intervención en crisis.  

 Jennifer se especializa en trabajar con niños, adolescentes y familias en casos de duelo y pérdida, la ira y la agresión, ansiedad, trastorno de pánico, manejo del estrés, y síntomas relacionados con el trauma. Jennifer utiliza modalidades terapéuticas basadas en las necesidades de sus clientes a partir de diferentes enfoques, incluyendo la terapia cognitiva conductual (TCC), la terapia dialéctica conductual (DBT), la entrevista motivacional, terapia de juago, y la terapia centrada en soluciones. Jennifer utiliza un estilo  de terapia interactivo y directo, proporcionando un ambiente seguro, empático, y cálido. 


Dr. Ritu Bedi, Ph.D.

Dr. Michele Jonas, Ph.D.

In my work with individuals, couples, and families, I tend to have a holistic approach and engage both mind and body in treatment. I deeply value the client-therapist relationship and cultivating present moment awareness (mindfulness).

Because of my extensive training in family systems theory and therapy, I tend to view families as emotional units and believe that individuals cannot be fully understood in isolation. By looking at communication patterns, family structure and dynamics, balance of give and take in relationships, I try to understand mental health issues at deeper levels.Trauma and attachment have been the center of my work with adolescents and their families and young adults over the past 4 years. By creating a safe environment and using a variety of psychotherapy models, I try to help clients become aware of patterns of how they relate to themselves and others, how trauma and early attachment experiences have shaped these patterns and relate to the suffering they experience now. As we increase our awareness we can choose who we want to be and how we want to live our life.

Melissa Hernandez, MSW.

Therapists in Chicago

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.

Melissa Hernandez is a bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural Social Worker with New Insights Behavioral Health Services. Melissa’s preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. She is a graduate from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received her Master’s in Social Work. Melissa is a licensed school social worker and therapist. Melissa’s experience includes but is not limited to providing individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents who may be experiencing adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral challenges, trauma, self-harm, cultural identity, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), low self-esteem, and working with LGBTQIA+ youth.

Building a safe, strong, strength-based, and culturally responsive relationship with clients is of the most importance to Melissa. Melissa uses evidenced-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectal behavioral therapy (DBT), exposure therapy, play therapy, mindfulness theories, and art therapy to build effective coping skills. Melissa will help build an individualized treatment and intervention plan that is centered around the self-determination of the client.

Melissa Hernandez es una trabajadora social bilingüe (inglés / español) y bicultural con New Insights Behavioral Health Services. El pronombre preferido de Melissa es ella. Se graduó de Jane Addams School of Social Worker de la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago, donde recibió su Maestría en Trabajo Social. Melissa es trabajadora social y terapeuta escolar con licencia. La experiencia de Melissa incluye, pero no se limita a terapia individual, grupal y familiar para niños y adolescentes que pueden estar experimentando trastornos de adaptación, ansiedad, depresión, estrés, ira, trastorno por déficit de atención e hiperactividad (TDAH), desafíos de comportamiento, trauma, daño, identidad cultural, trastorno de estrés postraumático (TEPT), baja autoestima y trabajo con jóvenes LGBTQIA +.

Construir una relación segura, fuerte, basada en fortalezas y culturalmente receptiva con los clientes es de suma importancia para Melissa. Melissa utiliza prácticas basadas en la evidencia, como la terapia cognitivo-conductual (TCC), la terapia conductual dialectal (TCD), la terapia de exposición, la terapia de juego, las teorías de la atención plena y la terapia artística para desarrollar habilidades de afrontamiento efectivas. Melissa ayudará a construir un plan de intervención y tratamiento individualizado que se centre en la autodeterminación del cliente.

THERAPISTS

David Carbajal is a bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker with New Insights Behavioral Health Services.  David has experience working with diverse communities providing individual, family and group therapy to children (6 and up), adolescents and adults. His empathetic approach and ability to connect with clients will help you understand thoughts, feelings and emotions that could be impacting your daily life functioning, relationships and social interactions. 

David works with clients dealing with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma related disorders, relationship and family issues and more. He uses evidence-based therapies such as CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, among others to help clients utilize their own strengths, and also to learn new and effective strategies and tools to heal and cope with life challenges. I am also trained in EMDR therapy, which is an effective tool for trauma and anxiety disorders. 

David Carbajal es un terapeuta bilingüe y bicultural con New Insights Behavioral Health. David tiene experiencia clínica trabajando con comunidades diversas y proveyendo terapia individual, familiar y de grupo a niños (de 6 años en adelante), adolescentes y adultos. Su enfoque empático y su habilidad para conectar con sus pacientes le ayudará a entender sus pensamientos, sentimientos y emociones, los cuales pudieran estar impactando su diario vivir, sus relaciones y sus interacciones sociales.  

David trabaja con pacientes que enfrentan situaciones tales como depresión, ansiedad, trauma y problemas de pareja o familia. Utiliza terapias basadas en evidencia tales como la terapia cognitivo conductual (CBT), terapia dialéctica conductual (DBT), entrevista motivacional, entre otras, para ayudar al paciente a utilizar sus fortalezas, además de ayudarle a aprender herramientas nuevas y efectivas para sanar y enfrentar las dificultades de la vida. Tengo entrenamiento en terapia EMDR, la cual es una herramienta efectiva para tratar el trauma y la ansiedad. 


Jeanette Perez, LCSW, LPHA

Dr. Spatafora is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience as a therapist working with adolescents, adults, older adults and couples. He has an extensive background helping those experiencing symptoms of depression, low self esteem, anxiety, parental difficulties, relationship problems, substance abuse, anger, and stress related symptoms. Other areas of specialty include grief and loss, social anxiety, fears/phobia, PTSD, codependence, lack of assertiveness, and procrastination. He has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient practice, schools, community mental health centers, and longterm care facilities. Dr. Spatafora provides an evidence based treatment approach, primarily utilizing cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy techniques. Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, can be an effective treatment for helping one recognize how automatic negative thoughts are affecting one’s mood and motivation.


Dr. Spatafora helps patients identify and challenge automatic negative thoughts so that they do not contribute to depression or anxiety. He also has training in teaching relaxation techniques and anger management skills including deep breathing and systematic desensitization. Through his postdoctoral training, Dr. Spatafora gained extensive experience working with adolescents experiencing difficulties in school adjustment, substance use, low self-esteem, bullying, and behavioral disorders. In addition, Dr. Spatafora’s undergraduate studies included a degree in fine arts from The School of the Art institute of Chicago, and he utilizes art therapy as a treatment modality.


Dr. Spatafora’s counseling approach emphasizes how all individuals have the capability to live life authentically and with reduced stress. His goal is to help patients utilize their strengths to achieve positive self-change and growth through the many transitions in life.

Dr. Alexandra Kutnick, Ph.D

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.


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.


Dr. Victor Spatafora, PsyD.

David Carbajal, LCSW.

Ewa Bednarczyk, LCSW.

 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.

Yesenia Garcia, LCSW

Portage Park Office
4732 N Austin Ave, Unit A
Chicago, IL 60630

​Struggling does not mean you are failing. Falling down is part of the process, just like rising and growing. Struggling does not mean something is „wrong” with us. It may mean we have patterns to unlearn, new behaviors to embody, and wounds that need to heal, and that takes time.


I respect your desire to want to be honest with yourself and seek change. I recognize that trust is a journey and does not always come easy, therefore I strive to make it a foundation in how I practice. It is important for me that my clients feel heard and empowered to embrace their resilience. I work with my clients to help them visualize the life they want to have and help them put it into practice through a safe, welcoming, and empathic approach. I provide a nonjudgmental and compassionate space where together we can explore your challenges, understand their roots, and develop appropriate and healthy ways to cope with them. I utilize a combination of modalities based on the unique needs of each one of my clients. Through a trauma informed and culturally sensitive lens, I draw from various evidenced-based practices such as psychodynamic, relational, DBT, CBT, ACT and others.

I am a trilingual (English/Polish/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Master of Social Work which I received from Loyola University Chicago. I specialize in working with adolescents, children and adults from different cultural backgrounds who experience depression, anxiety, anger, grief, PTSD, including history of complex trauma and abuse. I am also experienced in doing psychological evaluations for immigration such as hardship waivers, political asylum, U-Visa, and T-Visa cases.

Soy una trabajadora social clínica con licencia en el estado de Illinois. Recibí mi Maestría en Trabajo Social de la Universidad Loyola de Chicago. Ofrezco terapia para problemas desde eventos traumáticos, depresión, ansiedad y ajustes culturales. Me apasiona ayudar a la gente a encontrar sanidad emocional, mental, y encontrar significado y propósito en su nuevo camino. Creo en la importancia de la relación terapéutica. Trabajo con mis clientes para crear un ambiente de confianza en el cual los problemas y dificultades se puedan trabajar sin juicio, ni crítica. Combino diferentes culturalmente sensibles intervenciones para problemas que afectan el presente, mientras se trabaja para ganar entendimiento del pasado de alguien para cambiar los patrones que aprendimos. Baso mi terapia en las necesidades de mis clientes, porque cada persona es diferente y puede beneficiarse de un tratamiento más personalizado. También tengo experiencia en hacer evaluaciones psicológicas para la inmigración como exenciones extremas, visas U, visas T, y peticiones de asilo.

Oferuję psychoterapię indywidualną dla dzieci, młodzieży i dorosłych. Pracuję z osobami, które mają obniżony nastrój, żyją w ciągłym stresie, doświadczają trudności emocjonalnych, przeżywają lęk lub niepokój, mają niską samoocenę, lub dokuczliwe myśli, które utrudniają im życie. Zajmuję się też konfliktami przeżywanymi w relacjach z innymi ludźmi. Mam również doświadczenie w przeprowadzaniu ocen psychologicznych dotyczących imigracji, takich jak ekstremalne trudności (hardship), azyl polityczny, U-Visa i T-Visa. Z perspektywy opartej na kompetencji kulturowej stosuję psychoterapię integracyjną, w której łączę techniki z różnych nurtów psychologicznych, w oparciu o unikalne potrzeby każdego z moich klientów. Terapia to wspólna praca, której celem jest samorozwój i wprowadzenie pozytywnych zmian do naszego życia. Wierzę w potencjał do zmiany, który każdy z nas nosi w sobie. Bez względu na to, jakie są Twoje potrzeby — jestem tutaj, aby Ci pomóc. 


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 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.













To engage in the work of psychotherapy is a profound act of courage. It requires risk, persistence, and often the willingness to look at very painful experiences. To seek positive change in one's life is a mark of health and strength. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with New Insights Behavioral Health Services. I have 21 years of specialized experience providing therapy in English and Spanish to adolescents and adults. I utilize evidence-based therapies in my practice, focusing on issues that include anxiety, depression, trauma, and marital/ relationship concerns.

I have an ability to engage interactively with clients, to be genuinely curious about their life stories. I strive to identify and build on healthy client choices and behavior, and to recognize what clients are doing right, while also looking carefully at areas that are no longer serving them well, and that they are ready to change.

My role is to work together with clients to name and move effectively toward the change they seek. I believe the work of growth requires increasing awareness, and includes taking personal responsibility for an expanded set of options. Awareness of options decreases a sense of victimhood. Clients are almost always more powerful than they think.

In addition to my professional training, I bring to my work the perspective of my specific and extensive life experience. I lived and worked for several years in Latin America, in both rural and urban settings. I speak Spanish, and I have substantial first-hand experience with cross-cultural issues. I have grown through the rigorous demands of both marriage and divorce, and have profited immeasurably from the privilege of parenting two children, including a child with special developmental needs.

I am attuned to the unique concerns of gay, lesbian and bisexual clients, and to those questioning their sexuality or their spirituality. I hope that my background provides a point of connection with many kinds of people. I am energized by meeting new potential clients, and I look forward to building an effective clinical relationship with each person who chooses to walk through my door.


La vida es difícil–y a veces los problemas nos hunden.  El hecho de buscar ayuda significa un acto de mucha valentía.  Y el deseo que tiene uno de mejorar su vida muchas veces indica raíces fuertes y sanas de carácter. 

Los consejeros son personas profesionales que pueden ayudarles enfrentar a sus problemas, o a los de su familia.  Es importante recordar que su consejero siempre le tratará con respeto, y que sus datos personales o familiares–inclusive su estado legal–serán guardados con toda confidencialidad dentro de las pautas de la ley. 

Soy un psicoterapeuta con New Insights Behavioral Health Services.  Como consejero, tengo experiencia a través de 20 años con familias como la suya, que han tenido problemas como los suyos.  He trabajado con personas hispanas por 11 años a través de las clínicas de Erie (Centros de Salud Familiar).  Me gusta trabajar con jóvenes adultos, y he ofrecido consejería dentro de las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago por más de 7 años.  Antes, trabajaba con familias hispanas en Waukegan, Highland Park, y Libertyville.  También he trabajado con niños abusados, y sus familias, a través de DCFS por más de dos años. 

Aparte de me entrenamiento profesional, aprovecho en mi trabajo la perspectiva de mi experiencia amplia de la vida.  Viví por varios años en Latinoamérica, en comunidades rurales y también urbanos.  Hablo español, y tengo experiencia personal de lidiar con diferencias de culturas.  He crecido a través de los desafíos profundos del matrimonio tanto como el divorcio, y tengo el privilegio de haber criado a dos hijos, inclusive una con necesidades especiales de desarrollo.  

Mis clientes reportan mejoramiento en sus capacidades de tratar con la depresión, los nervios y la ansiedad, conflictos matrimoniales, problemas con sus hijos, patrones de comunicación, y otras dificultades de la vida. 

Muchos me preguntan cuántas sesiones se van a necesitar, pero la verdad es que la respuesta varía por persona, depende de muchas cosas. Estas incluyen el tipo de problema que se encuentra, la motivación personal que uno tiene de enfrentar el problema, y el papel de otras personas en el problema.  Por lo general, es difícil poner un número de sesiones que uno se requiere. Es importante recordar que la mayoría de los problemas han crecido a través de mucho tiempo, y es razonable pensar que se necesita tiempo también para resolverlos. 

Espero tener la oportunidad de conocerle. Si está enfrentando los problemas en su vida, usted merece todo respeto. Estoy aquí para ayudarle, que no se sienta solo, y que luchamos juntos.