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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Dara Altshuler

LCPC

Dara Altshuler, LCPC

Dara’s professional interests and clinical experience focus on relationship issues and interpersonal conflict; family and parenting challenges, work-life balance; stress, anxiety and mood management; self-esteem, ADHD, and grief counseling. Dara strives to create a warm, non-judgmental environment in which clients feel understood and comfortable exploring issues, while cultivating self-awareness and coping skills as they embark upon the journey to create positive change.

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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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Susan Lloyd

LCSW

Susan Lloyd, LCSW

Susan Lloyd is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of experience helping individuals on a variety of issues including addiction, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, LGB identity/coming out, career transitions, grief/loss and health concerns.

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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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Sevil Arin

LCPC

Sevil Arin, LCPC

Sevil is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master of Clinical Professional Psychology degree from Roosevelt University. In addition to working with individuals experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety, Sevil specializes in helping her clients explore and make adjustments across the life-cycle to include the aging process, cross-cultural issues, and personal growth and relationship issues.

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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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Kimberly McManus

LCSW

Kimberly McManus, LCSW

Kim McManus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified School Social Worker, and a Registered Dual Disorder Professional with over twenty years of experience working with adults, adolescents and families.

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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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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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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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Koren Ayres

LCSW

Koren Ayres, LCSW

Koren Ayres is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing therapy to adults and adolescents. She provides an atmosphere of understanding and respect, and values a holistic and creative approach to therapy. Koren has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, inpatient/outpatient hospital settings and residential treatment.

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Erynn Besser

LPC-Pending

Erynn Besser, LPC-Pending

Erynn is a recent graduate from the Counseling Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults from a variety of diverse settings. Using a collaborative and strength-based approach with all individuals, Erynn draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to meet the unique needs of each client

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Melanie Brown

LPC

Melanie Brown, LPC

Melanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Melanie has experience working with adults of all ages in individual and group therapy settings, including a college campus and an intensive outpatient hospital setting

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Sierria Coleman

LCPC

Sierria Coleman, LCPC

Sierria Coleman is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has experience working with adolescents, adults, groups, couples and families. Sierria earned her BS in Health Science with a concentration in therapeutic studies from Tennessee State University and a MS of science from Roosevelt University in Clinical Psychology.

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Therese Chavaux Turnbull

Ph.D., LPC

Therese Chavaux Turnbull, Ph.D., LPC

Dr. Chavaux Turnbull is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. She has over 25 years of experience in various clinical settings, including outpatient counseling providing individual, group, martial and family services, inpatient treatment, crisis intervention and substance abuse, as well as serving in leadership roles such as Intake/Assessment Director, as a member of the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team (St. Louis Region) and as an Employee Assistance Professional.

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Jaime Doss

LPC

Jaime Doss, LPC

Jaime Doss is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed school counselor. Jaime uses a plethora of approaches from several theories including: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Client Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and behavioral interventions. She has 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Jaime earned her BS in psychology from Western IL University and moved right onto a double masters degree in school counseling and counseling psychology from Lewis University.

Eve Brownstone

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Eve Brownstone, MA, LCPC, Certified Psychodramatist

MA, LCPC, Certified Psychodramatist

Eve Brownstone

Eve has provided compassionate care for the creative soul for twenty-five years. Eve supports and empowers her clients to look within to gain more: self-awareness, self-love and self-acceptance. Music, dance, art, guided imagery, meditation, journaling and psychodrama are some of the tools used for this journey.

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Ilana Dress

LCSW

Ilana Dress, LCSW

Ilana Dress is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing therapy to individuals and couples with a variety of needs, including anxiety, depression, life transitions, work-life balance, relational issues, and personal and spiritual growth. She has interest in women’s issues, including young adulthood, and pre and post baby adjustment.

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Susan Drumm

LPC

Susan Drumm, LPC

Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. Susan has experience working with adults of all ages in individual and group therapy settings. Her clinical interests focus on issues related to self-esteem, life transitions, divorce, parenting, work/life balance, elder issues, stress management, anxiety, depression, anger management, and mood management

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Laura Harwood

PsyD

Laura Harwood, PsyD

Dr. Laura Harwood is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with 20 years experience working with adults and couples. She believes that creating an alliance of trust and collaboration can help you learn to make meaningful choices that are right for you. She provides an atmosphere of understanding and respect.

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Sergio Hernández

LCPC, NCC, RYT

Sergio Hernández, LCPC, NCC, RYT

Sergio Hernández is a bilingual (English/Spanish), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and registered yoga teacher, with over 5 years of experience working with adults, adolescents and children in outpatient and community mental health settings. Sergio believes in one’s innate ability to heal and bring about meaningful change through innovative, tailored interventions that help cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness.

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Farah Huq

LCPC

Farah Huq, LCPC

Farah Huq is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in addiction disorders. Farah’s interests include relationship, family of origin and work-related matters, anxiety, cultural identity issues, and life transitions.

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Pam Schur

LCPC

Pam Schur, LCPC

Pam Schur is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor dedicated to working with individuals, couples and families. Pam believes everyone can benefit from therapy and works to create a warm, supportive, safe environment for each client. Pam’s clinical experience includes treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, stress management,  grief and loss, relationship issues, and career/life transitions.

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Eric Herskowitz

LCPC

Eric Herskowitz, LCPC

Eric is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with his Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling. Eric has experience working with adults and adolescents struggling with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship issues and life transitions. Eric believes people come to therapy because something is currently not working for them

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Shalini Lulla

LPC

Shalini Lulla, LPC

Shalini earned her M.A. in Counseling from Northwestern University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Shalini works with individuals and couples, and is passionate about helping clients experiencing PTSD/trauma, anxiety, depression, family and relationship conflict, stress, and self-esteem issues.

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Kathleen Pendergast

LCPC

Kathleen Pendergast, LCPC

Kathleen Pendergast takes a integrative approach to the counseling process that includes aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Client-Centered, and Cognitive-Behavioral therapeutic techniques.

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Kevin Newhall

LCSW

Kevin Newhall, LCSW

Kevin Newhall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker offering individual and couples therapy.  He has experience in treating mood disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grief and loss, and relationship issues.

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Michael Purszke

LCPC

Michael Purszke, LCPC

Michael Purszke is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience working with a variety of adult and young adult populations, specializing in family and relationship issues, marriage and couples counseling, depression, anxiety and life transitions.

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Joanna Taft

LCSW

Joanna Taft, LCSW

Joanna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, life cycle changes, grief and loss, adjustment to illness, caregiver fatigue, and work-life balance. Joanna believes in normalizing the therapy process and that all individuals can benefit from a therapeutic relationship at different points in life.

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Carolyn Trujillo

LSW

Carolyn Trujillo, LSW

Carolyn Trujillo is a Licensed Social Worker who provides psychotherapy to adults, children/adolescents, and couples. She has worked as a therapist and social worker in a variety of settings including community mental health and social service agencies, a transitional living shelter for homeless women and children, a social services and counseling program for veterans and family members, and in an inpatient psychiatric hospital.

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Susan Schwendener

LPC, AMFT

Susan Schwendener, LPC, AMFT

Susan Schwendener is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who works with children/adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She is experienced in working with individuals and families in crisis using strengths-based, solution-focused counseling interventions

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Shana Sexton

LCSW

Shana Sexton, LCSW

Shana Sexton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who sees individuals (children, teens and adults), couples and families.  Her approach to therapy, which blends cognitive behavioral and expressive methods, emphasizes meeting clients where they are and building strong therapeutic alliances. 

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Sari Ticker

Psy.D.

Sari Ticker, Psy.D.

Dr. Sari Ticker is a licensed clinical psychologist and provides individual and couples therapy.  She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, life transitions and adjustments, with an interest in health psychology.

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Taejah Vemuri

LPC-Pending

Taejah Vemuri, LPC-Pending

Taejah Vemuri is a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s counseling program. Prior to her graduate counseling education, Taejah received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan and worked for three years with youth who had histories of sexual and physical abuse at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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