180 North Michigan, Suite 410, Chicago, Illinois 60601

Urban Balance North - Michigan is a team of trusted, independent and licensed practitioners that provide insurance-friendly therapy. Take advantage of confidential counseling services for families, individuals, groups and couples in and around Littleton - Colorado. We offer you or a loved one a wide variety of counseling services that include:

  • Anxiety Treatment and Depression Treatment
  • Marriage Counseling and Couples Counseling
  • Drug Addiction and Other Addiction Treatment
  • Individual and Group Counselors and Therapists
  • Teen Counseling and Counseling for Children
  • Grief Counseling, Trauma Counseling and More

Urban Balance provides comprehensive therapy services for individuals – adults, adolescents and children – as well as couples, families and groups. Urban Balance is a group psychotherapy practice with a mission of making therapy accessible and affordable by accepting insurance from most insurance companies.

Because we believe diversity is rooted in strength, we happily celebrate diversity in our staff and clients. Thus, we promote an open and accepting community that welcomes all, thanks to a team of more than 150 licensed therapists working as independent practitioners out of 14 office locations. Each of our offices offer daytime, evening and weekend availability to enable increased access to quality therapy and counseling. Our therapists hail from a variety of therapeutic backgrounds and practices. Feel free to search by specialty. We look forward to helping you or a family member!

“Urban Balance in North - Michigan  offers a complimentary 20-minute consultation with a therapist for first-time clients.”

Hours of Service:

  • Monday through Thursday: 7AM - 9PM
  • Friday: 7AM - 5PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9AM - 5PM

Over 30 experienced, accredited therapists: View therapist bios and specialties

Contact:

Contact Urban Balance's intake department at (888)726-7170 or intake@urbanbalance.com to schedule an appointment. We offer a complimentary 20 minute consultation with a therapist for first time clients.

Meet Our Therapists

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Aaron Karmin

LCPC

Aaron Karmin, LCPC

Aaron is a licensed clinical professional counselor who earned his masters degree through Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. In addition, he is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and holds an advanced certification in stress management. Aaron has worked at all levels of mental health care from inpatient to outpatient, private to community, not for profit to Fortune 500 companies. He is a highly effective couple's counselor and individual therapist who is able to discuss a variety of topics including: Anger Management, Emotional Stability, Behavioral Change, Relaxation Techniques, Communication Skills, and Goal Setting Strategies.

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Aimee Daramus

PsyD

Aaron Karmin, LCPC

Aaron is a licensed clinical professional counselor who earned his masters degree through Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. In addition, he is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and holds an advanced certification in stress management. Aaron has worked at all levels of mental health care from inpatient to outpatient, private to community, not for profit to Fortune 500 companies. He is a highly effective couple's counselor and individual therapist who is able to discuss a variety of topics including: Anger Management, Emotional Stability, Behavioral Change, Relaxation Techniques, Communication Skills, and Goal Setting Strategies.

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Alison Thayer

LCPC, CEAP

Alison Thayer, LCPC, CEAP

Alison Thayer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Employee Assistance Professional who has worked with adults, adolescents, couples and families since 1997. She has worked in a multitude of settings ranging from corporate and academic environments to community mental health agencies. Alison offers a collaborative, goal-oriented approach while providing a supportive environment that empowers clients to make effective changes in their lives.

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Alicia Fitzsimons

LPC

Taejah Vemuri, Clinical Intern

Taejah Vemuri is a clinical intern from Northwestern University's counseling program. Prior to her current graduate program at Northwestern, 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. During her first year as a graduate student in Northwestern's counseling program, Taejah trained at The Family Institute, and worked with young adult and middle-aged individuals struggling with issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss, family of origin, sexuality, and relationships.

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Arthur Avalos

LCPC

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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.

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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. Eric works to ensure that the client has a safe space to begin the road to healing, drawing from approaches centered around creating a deeper understanding of themselves and giving them tools to handle life’s stressors. Eric is very compassionate, but yet also challenges his clients to be able to grow and change.  Eric employs a wide range of therapeutic styles for the best fit of the client’s personality and presenting issues, including person-centered, creative expression techniques, and behavioral approaches with a focus on multicultural counseling.

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Gary DeLeonardis

LCPC

Gary DeLeonardis, LCPC

Gary DeLeonardis is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience working with young adults and adults specializing in family & relationship issues, trauma, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Gary believes in the importance of a collaborative client-therapist relationship that focuses on working toward client goals and is supported by empathy, respect, and trust. His approach encourages insight, self-awareness, and exploring new ways to connect with yourself and others.

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Jim McNamee

LCPC

Jim McNamee, LCPC

Jim McNamee is a Licensed Clinical Professional  Counselor with a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Community Counseling from Loyola University of Chicago. He has over fifteen years of experience working with adults, adolescents, children and families. Prior to joining Urban Balance, Jim has worked in outpatient mental health, school and community based settings, both as a therapist and clinical supervisor. He has helped people of all ages work through trauma, depression and anxiety, as well as major life transitions. Additionally, Jim works with adults within the LGBTQ community and understands the unique challenge this population faces. Having completed training in Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Relational Psychotherapy, he uses an integrated model to best meet the needs of his clients. Jim works collaboratively with clients to determine the best way to assist them, and he believes that the therapeutic relationship is the most important element in promoting change and growth. Clients can expect a warm, accepting environment and the use of humor and mindfulness techniques as a way of improving symptoms and setting a path for psychological wellness.

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Jordan Wakefield

LCPC

Jordan Wakefield, LCPC

Jordan Wakefield is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who received her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from DePaul University. She believes that relationships throughout our lives impact our self-perception and patterns of behavior, which may result in unwanted thoughts or feelings. Jordan approaches client concerns with compassion and care, normalizing client experiences and allowing space for exploring new ways of being. Utilizing attachment theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and a trauma-informed approach, Jordan provides her clients with empathy in order to support their development of new beliefs and patterns of behavior. Her specialties include anxiety, depression, ADHD, career counseling, and trauma-and-stressor-related issues. Jordan comes to Urban Balance with experience ranging from providing therapy to youth in the foster care system, to supporting adults with their career and employment goals. Jordan’s diverse background enables her to work with children and families, adolescents, emerging adults, and adults.

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Julie Walden

LCSW

Julie Walden, LCSW

Julie Walden is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, possessing 20 years of experience and training in a variety of approaches to counseling, which enable her to tailor techniques to clients’ various and specific needs. She specializes in helping clients process and move past traumatic experiences that hold them back from achieving their goals, or simply from being who they want to be. She can help with issues such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, and grief and loss. Julie is trained in using creativity to express and process experience (Art Therapy certificate, Northwestern University), in family systems (MA, University of Chicago), in Child & Adolescent Mental Health (certificate, University of Illinois), and has also earned the IATP Clinical Trauma Professional certificate. Additionally, Julie has completed the Gottman Method Level 1 training in couples therapy. Prior to private practice, Julie worked in a variety of settings, including juvenile justice and foster care, medical social work and psychosocial rehabilitation. Julie is a compassionate, respectful, LGBTQ-friendly, and faith-friendly therapist who considers it a sacred privilege to share her clients' diverse journeys.

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Katie McBroome

LCSW

Katie McBroome, LCSW

Katie McBroome is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of clinical experience working with adult individuals and couples. Katie earned her Masters degree in clinical social work from Loyola University in Chicago. Katie utilizes a client-centered and strengths-based approach, drawing on Solution-Focused and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques. In her sessions, Katie provides a safe and collaborative space to explore a variety of clinical issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, anger, addictions, self-esteem and women’s issues.

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Kecia Evans

Ed.D, LCPC, CADC

Kecia Evans, Ed.D, LCPC, CADC

Kecia Evans is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), who received her Master’s degree in Community Counseling and Doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. She also maintains a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (CADC). Clinical interests include clients struggling with work/life balance, relationship issues, and those experiencing anxiety and depression, often in tandem with underlying substance issues. Kecia has extensive experience in the hospital setting, including serving as the director of outpatient services, and she is also a professor in the field of counseling. Kecia’s goal, as a psychotherapist, is to ensure appropriate therapeutic treatment is in place and readily available for those in need. She primarily utilizes an integrative treatment approach, emphasizing person-centered and Dialetical Behavioral Treatment approaches.

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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. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and a secondary Master's in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London, U.K. Koren's international exposure has strengthened her cultural awareness and sensitivity. She enjoys working with diverse clients and has interests in anxiety, depression, trauma, family of origin issues, grief and loss, interpersonal conflict, and career/life transitions.  Koren utilizes an integrative style, applying a variety of approaches including Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, Strengths based, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, to best meet the goals and needs of each client. With compassion and empathy, she creates a collaborative, supportive, and safe space.

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Lacey Watson

LCPC

Lacey Watson, LCPC

Lacey is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling with a Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology. Lacey has experience working with adults of all ages in individual and group therapy settings, including an intensive outpatient hospital setting.  Additionally, she has worked with athletes throughout the process of early stage development, athletic career transitions, building identity, and exploration of transferable skills.  Lacey has found success with clients by encouraging them to reach their full potential through self-exploration and mindfulness.  She utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Mindfulness based approaches to help clients to achieve balance and wellness in their lives.  Her specialties include career/life transitions, interpersonal conflict, grief and loss, stress management, self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, and family of origin issues. Her goal is to provide clients with healthy coping skills and help clients explore their inner self, gain insight, and develop self-awareness to create an environment in which the client is living a more intentional and fulfilling life.

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Melanie Brown

LCPC

Melanie Brown, 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.

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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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Nina Logan Jenner

LCPC

Nina Logan Jenner, LCPC

Nina Logan Jenner is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience providing individual psychotherapy to adults with a wide range of presenting issues. Clinical interests include life transitions, relational problems, stress-management, self-esteem issues, work-life balance, anxiety, and depression and mood disorders. Nina strives to create a warm, empathic, and non-judgmental atmosphere in therapy while utilizing a collaborative and strengths-based approach to identify goals and facilitate growth, change, recovery, and healing. Nina utilizes a variety of evidence-based practices, primarily including an integration of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and insight oriented therapies while tailoring her specific style to meet the unique needs of each client.

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Silvija Barisic

LCPC

Silvija Barisic, LCPC

Silvija Barisic is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and earned her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in the treatment of addiction disorders from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Silvija received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia

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Stephanie Quattrocki

LPC

Silvija Barisic, LCPC

Silvija Barisic is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and earned her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in the treatment of addiction disorders from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Silvija received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia

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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.  She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and has worked in corporate, higher education and hospital settings.

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Susan Schwendener

LPC, LMFT

Susan Schwendener, LPC, LMFT

Susan Schwendener is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed 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. Sue’s first objective is to provide a non-judgmental and safe place where clients can focus on concerns ranging from relationship and life transitions to career and workplace issues.

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Susan Song

LCSW

Susan Song, LCSW

Susan Song is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with adults, adolescents, and families. Some of her specialties include anxiety, mood disorders, stress management, life transitions, multicultural issues, and gambling addictions. Susan has worked with clients in a variety of settings including inpatient treatment, community mental health, and Employee Assistance Programs. Susan is dedicated to providing a safe environment where clients can process and reflect upon life’s stressors, traumas, and challenges. She guides clients to identify their strengths and to develop coping skills so they can maintain balance and improve the quality of their lives. Susan utilizes a multitude of treatment approaches, which include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Susan received her Master's of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Taejah Vemuri

LPC, MPH

Taejah Vemuri, LPC, MPH

Taejah Vemuri is a Licensed Professional Counselor from Northwestern University's counseling program. Prior to her graduate program at Northwestern, 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. During her first year as a graduate student in Northwestern's counseling program, Taejah trained at The Family Institute, and worked with young adult and middle-aged individuals struggling with issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss, family of origin, sexuality, and relationships.

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Allison Herbert

LPC

Allison Herbert, LPC

Allison Herbert is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her dual Master’s degree in Counseling and Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Allison provides individual and couples therapy to those looking to strengthen their relationships, ameliorate symptoms, and improve their quality of life. As the client explores who they are in a safe and supportive environment, Allison empowers the person to move away from things that no longer work and towards a preferred way of being. The process is one of discovery and transformation that honors both who the client is and what they wish to become. Allison will collaborate with the client utilizing evidence-based therapies, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic processing, and Applied Behavioral Analysis. Areas of interest include anxiety, depression, relationship issues and trauma. Through compassion, committed action, and curiosity, treatment will support the client in living out narratives that support the development and emergence of the preferred self.

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Holly Chuang

Clinical Intern

Holly Chuang, Clinical Intern

Holly Chuang is a Clinical Intern working towards her Master’s degree in Counseling at Northwestern University. Holly’s areas of interest include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, life transitions, issues related to attachment, racial identity development and trauma. Holly holds passion in working with immigrant parents or children of immigrants navigating family conflicts. She is sensitive to both traditional values and modern realities. Mandarin-speaking clients are welcome to speak Mandarin in session while Holly responds in English and Mandarin. Holly is also very comfortable with clients seeking to integrate religion or spirituality into their therapeutic work. She has been shaped by life abroad in cities including Tel Aviv and Hsinchu. In her therapeutic practice, Holly shows a strong commitment to Rogerian principles of unconditional positive regard, congruence, and empathy. Additionally, she applies theories from psychoanalytic thought, DBT, and ACT to conceptualize each client’s treatment plan. Her experiences have convinced her that denial, grief, and ambiguous loss are all part of growth toward more mature psychological and spiritual stages. Holly journeys alongside clients who want to grow, allowing what must be deconstructed to be reconstructed, what must be dismantled to be replaced, and what must die to be resurrected.

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Rachel Kennedy

LCPC

Rachel Kennedy, LCPC

Rachel Kennedy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with eight years of experience in the field. Rachel is passionate about working with individuals impacted by infertility and perinatal mental health concerns. She completed training from Postpartum Support International and 2020 Mom to obtain a certificate specialization in therapy to support maternal mental health. Rachel believes it is vital to support moms and families from challenges with fertility to pregnancy and through the postpartum period. Other areas of focus include grief and loss, life transitions, relationship issues, anxiety disorders, and depression. Additionally, Rachel has experience working with individuals living with cancer and their caregivers and specialized in Health Psychology while earning her Masters Degree at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She understands how changes in physical health can significantly impact emotional well being, relationships, and daily routines. Rachel utilizes a collaborative, strengths based approach while incorporating tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into her work with clients. Rachel feels therapy should be comfortable and accessible and strives to create a non-judgmental, safe space for clients to explore and grow as they work towards their goals.

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Jaci Biere

LCSW

Jaci Biere, LCSW

Jaci Biere is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work and a specialization in mental health. Jaci has experience working with adults, adolescents and children in school and community mental health settings. Her experience includes working with those with severe and persistent mood disorders, trauma, behavioral disorders and adjustment disorders. Jaci works with individuals who present with a variety of issues including anxiety disorders, depression, stress management, trauma, grief and loss, women’s health problems, addictions, relational abuse, life-stage adjustment, navigating sexual and gender identity, eating disorders, family of origin issues, and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. Jaci believes in the necessity of a strong therapeutic alliance, and utilizes a person-centered, nonjudgmental approach that aims to make clients feel safe, validated, and hopeful for recovery. She believes that clients are the experts on themselves, and therapy serves as a tool to help recognize patterns, articulate desires, and move towards healing. Jaci uses several therapeutic modalities based on the needs of her clients, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT/Na­­rrative Therapy, Art Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

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Angela Sourounis

LCPC

Angela Sourounis, LCPC

Angela Sourounis is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who received her Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Angela has clinical experience working with adults and adolescents with a wide range of presenting issues including depression, anxiety disorders, relationship conflicts, family of origin issues, life/work stressors, life transitions, grief/loss, self-esteem, body image issues and eating disorders (Binge Eating Disorder and emotional eating). Angela believes in the resiliency and strength of an individual in overcoming their pain and suffering. Her mission is to provide appropriate guidance and help through this journey of healing and recovery, tailoring her treatment style specific to the client’s individual needs. Angela primarily utilizes evidenced based practices, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), while also drawing upon mindfulness-based approaches and techniques. Angela strives to provide a safe, nonjudgmental and supportive space. She works collaboratively with her clients to empower and assist them in actualizing their full potential. Clients will be encouraged and supported to explore their challenges, identify and modify behaviors and thinking patterns that perpetuate distress, learn coping skills, and increase their self-awareness to ultimately work towards achieving personal growth and meaningful change.

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