Older Adults

It’s often challenging to adjust to the many changes that come with growing older. Life transitions, illness, daily life pressures, losses, difficult relationships, the stress of caring for a loved one, and other issues can cause depression, anxiety and emotional difficulties.

Urban Balance provides a safe and confidential place to obtain support, insight, guidance, information, tools, resources and skills to help older adults cope with life transitions and the stressors of daily life.

Common Problem Areas for Older Adults

  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Life Transitions
  • Retirement
  • Family Conflict
  • Chronic or Progressive Medical Issues
  • End of Life Issues
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trauma
  • Caregiver Issues
  • Adjustment to Illness or Disability

Urban Balance provides a safe and confidential place to get support, insight, guidance, information, tools, resources and skills to manage the ups, downs and daily challenges of life. Therapists are mental health providers, trained in facilitating healing and growth.

At Urban Balance, we focus on your strengths and guide you in regaining your sense of self and wellbeing with the support you deserve.

Contact our Intake Coordinator, or find a wide range of specialty areas and professional counselors who specialize in working with older adults in our therapist directory.

Meet Our Therapists

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Bob Ryan

LCPC, ATR

Bob Ryan, LCPC, ATR

Bob Ryan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist experienced in working with adults of all ages, families, couples, children and adolescents. As a graduate and Clinical Supervisor at Adler University, Bob believes that individuals need to belong and contribute to society in order to feel complete. To this end Bob utilizes an Adlerian model of encouragement and honesty in assisting clients to live up to their full potential. He employs a broad range of mind and body focused therapies to help individuals be more creative, comfortable, and productive in their lives and careers, to possess a deeper sense of balance and self-esteem. Bob is dedicated to helping clients work through difficulties in their personal and professional lives be they grief, loss, divorce, career setbacks, aging, or life transitions. He has experience working with adolescents and young adults with physical and mental disabilities, with LGBTQ+ individuals and couples, older individuals living with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, and with trauma and abuse survivors and their families. Bob’s particular interest is in lightening the burdens of those in the sandwich generation; individuals who may still be raising children while having to care for and make decisions for aging parents. These particular individuals experience extremes of emotion as they take on new burdens and roles within the family.

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Aaron Marsh

LPC

Aaron Marsh, LPC

Aaron is a Licensed Professional Counselor, having gained his Master’s Degree from National Louis University, and provides individual and couples therapy to adults. He utilizes an integrative style – applying a variety of approaches to best meet the needs of each client/couple and their concerns. The most frequent modalities/techniques Aaron uses are: client-centered, Adlerian, psychodynamic, CBT, experiential, and IFS (Internal Family Systems). Aaron can help you explore your inner self, gain insights, and empower you to make changes you never thought possible as you deal with issues of: life balance, self-esteem, men’s issues, career, divorce, life transitions, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, relationships, family of origin, co-dependency, discovering who you really are, and how to live up to the potential you have always know is there, but have not fully reached. All of this is done as Aaron creates an empathic, collaborative, safe and nurturing therapeutic relationship, where you will be inspired to tap into your courage, become more self-aware, and continue your journey of personal growth. Aaron believes strongly that deep down, each person has the answers to their own issues, and they simply need a guide to find them.

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Marsha Brock

LCPC

Marsha Brock, LCPC

Marsha Muir Brock is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with twenty five years of experience working with trauma affected children, adolescents and families. She has previously worked in the fields of special education, community mental health and child welfare where she found success making connections with resistant adolescents and guiding them towards increasing self-awareness, personal growth, and wellness. Marsha understands that going to a counselor is a very brave step and that reaching out to someone is a huge success. By creating a safe and empathetic environment in which to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors; Marsha uses a holistic and strengths-based approach towards creating a more positive experience by working through personal issues like anger management, anxiety, depression, grief, relational problems, self image issues, stage of life transitions or stress. Marsha is able to work well with individuals who are interested in engaging in a more lengthy insight oriented therapy, as well as those who would benefit from a solutions focused approach to cope with or resolve issues in a more expedient manner. Marsha received her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Governors State University. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for professional counselors.

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Ale Bugaro

LCPC, NCC

Ale Bugaro, LCPC, NCC

Ale Bugaro is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor with years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and families. She has worked in different settings such as not-for-profit organizations, crisis intervention programs and Lake County Health Department. Ale believes every individual can benefit from therapy and works to create a safe, trusting, non-threatening environment for each client. Ale specializes in helping adults with work-life balance and transitions, depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, grief/loss, trauma, self-harm, LGBTQ and women’s issues. Ale utilizes a client-centered approach to assist clients in identifying their strengths and skills and help achieve their goals. She believes that building upon the client’s strengths is a critical component of the therapeutic process. Ale is bilingual (Spanish) and works with culturally diverse populations. Ale earned a BA in Human Growth & Development from North Park University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

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Christina Cerk

LCPC, CADC

Christina Cerk, LCPC, CADC

Christina Cerk is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Chris earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Trinity University. She has extensive experience in working with adults, including the elderly population, and adolescents in a multitude of settings. Prior to joining Urban Balance, Chris spent the majority of her career working with clients that have addictions and/or severe and persistent mental illness. Chris describes her approach to therapy as client centered, and utilizes elements of Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist clients on their journey towards emotional well-being. Primary areas of interest also include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship issues and life transitions. Chris is also passionate about working with clients that are experiencing cross-cultural issues.

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Barbara Noonan

LCPC

Barbara Noonan, LCPC

Barbara Noonan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a specialist in working with couples, adults, adolescents, and in conducting art therapy. Barbara specializes in grief/loss, family-of-origin issues, relationship concerns, depression and anxiety. Barbara also enjoys helping individuals with social adaptation difficulties and life transition issues. She earned her Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute and completed a Two-Year Post-Graduate Certificate in Marital and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University while working as a student therapist. Barbara has a direct and honest style – whether working with couples or individuals – and makes use of her sense of humor in relating to clients. One of her primary goals is to help clients grow and to strengthen and develop their sense of self and realize their own potential.

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Nan Nadler

LCSW, RPT

Nan Nadler, LCSW, RPT

Nan Nadler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist who works with children, adolescents and adults of all ages providing individual, couple, family and play therapy services. In addition to assisting clients navigate major life events and transitions, counseling issues addressed include: relationship and communication difficulties, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger and stress management, family conflict, parenting concerns, divorce, step family blending and trauma. Nan has extensive experience working with children struggling with poor-self-esteem, peer relations, school issues, as well as emotional, social and behavioral problems related to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other mood/impulse control/disruptive disorders.

Nan views therapy as a collaborative, supportive process, focused on helping people address and learn strategies to effectively cope with the problems and issues that are standing in the way of moving forward towards greater balance and harmony in life.

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Kiya Immergluck

Ph.D., LCPC

Kiya Immergluck, Ph.D., LCPC

Dr. Kiya Immergluck is committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental, nurturing environment to support individuals, couples and families to explore ways to alleviate stress and develop new, life-affirming coping skills.  Clients are encouraged to learn to accept themselves in their present circumstances in order to move forward and improve the quality of their lives.  Kiya’s specialties include fears and phobias, chemical and process addictions, relationship concerns and self-esteem issues.  As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Kiya has supported couples and family members to improve communication in order to heal all of their relationships. Kiya has extensive experience working with people to move beyond self-destructive behaviors.  As a Certified Addictions Counselor, Kiya has helped people to admit their issues with addictive substances and activities as a first step towards developing a healthier lifestyle.  Kiya makes a special outreach to the LGBTQ community and to creative individuals. Kiya is also a Master Practitioner and Trainer for Emotional Freedom Techniques, a powerful self-help tool using acupressure to alleviate stress. 

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Judy Bourn

PhD, LCPC

Judy Bourn, PhD, LCPC

Judy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor experienced working with adults of all ages. A graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Judy also holds a PhD from Northwestern University in sociology and still finds the sociological imagination to be a useful way to look at an individual and their environment. She has been working as a psychotherapist since 1999, working for more than 15 years with adults dealing with anxiety, depression and issues related to transition. She sees therapy as an important time set aside for you to express your hopes and fears, your struggles and strengths, and to be heard and respected. She will work with you to increase emotional flexibility and insight, improve relationships, solve problems, grieve losses, and live your life more fully.

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