332 South Michigan Ave, Suite 1024, Chicago, IL 60604

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.

Hours of Service:

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

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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Adina Johnson

LPC

Adina Johnson, LPC

Adina Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Adina has clinical experience working with adults and adolescents with a wide range of presenting issues including grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, career issues, cultural adjustments, personality disorders, life transitions, and relationship concerns.

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Allison Steckbeck

Clinical Intern

Allison Steckbeck, Clinical Intern

Allison Steckbeck is a clinical intern from the Counseling program at Northwestern University. During her first year as a graduate student, Allison trained at The Family Institute, working with a diverse range of clientele addressing issues involving depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationships, self-esteem, life transitions, and stress management.

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Andrea Stiles

LPC

Andrea Stiles, LPC

Andrea Stiles is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has been in the field since 2012 working with mental health, mood, personality and trauma issues, and addictive disorders. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University. Her clinical interests include women’s issues, gender, trauma, sexuality, dating, relationships (both traditional and nontraditional), addiction, and life transition issues.

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Brittany Billingslea

LCPC

Brittany Billingslea, LCPC

Brittany Billingslea is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with individuals, families, children/adolescents and groups. Brittany has experience working in inpatient, partial, and outpatient settings with adults and adolescents. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, adjustment/life-cycle transition issues, self-esteem, and relationship difficulties. Brittany is a graduate from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, where she obtained a Master’s Degree and concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Carlin Wright

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Carlin Wright

Clinical Intern

Carlin Wright, Clinical Intern

Carlin Wright is currently completing her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in Psychology.

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Christine Wielgos

LCSW

Christine Wielgos, LCSW

Christine Wielgos is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. She received her Master's degree from Loyola University in Chicago. Her previous training includes a number of years spent in community mental health and outpatient settings where she worked with individuals and families who had symptoms of a persistent mental illness. Christine specializes in treating anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, substance abuse, self-esteem concerns, family conflict, parenting, and child/adolescent disorders.

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Debbie Vyskocil

BCIA

Debbie Vyskocil, BCIA

Debbie Vyskocil, Board Certified by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, trains clients to a healthy, vital life using Neurofeedback. She began life as an electrical engineer, adding a degree in psychology with intensive neurofeedback and biofeedback training to begin helping those battling cancer and young adults with attention issues. Because of the amazing results she has seen her clients achieve, Debbie strongly believes that everyone can benefit from a more balanced brain. Prior to joining Urban Balance, Debbie’s work with Rush Behavioral Health’s Addiction Services- Professional Program led to developing advanced protocols for sleep, pain, attention and for those dealing with addiction. She now writes for The Naval Institute on sleep, speaks regularly and writes extensively. Neurofeedback allows her clients to not only optimally balance their brain, but also learn to handle their stressors in healthier ways.

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Ellen Cerasale

LPC

Ellen Cerasale, LPC

Ellen Cerasale is Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. She has clinical experience working with a diverse population of adults dealing with LGBTQ concerns, anxiety, depression, grief, cultural differences, life transitions, self-esteem, and career issues. Ellen has particular interest in providing couples counseling - helping clients work through premarital, marital, and familial issues to improve communication and build a stronger relationship. Ellen believes that an authentic, collaborative alliance between therapist and client is key for effective therapy.

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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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Gretchen Oschman

LPC

Gretchen Oschman, LPC

Gretchen Oschman is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University. She works with adults, adolescents, couples and families, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral, Existential and Motivational Interviewing techniques. Prior to becoming a counselor, she worked in the advertising and marketing fields.

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Heloisa G. R. Roach

MA, LPC, NCC

Heloisa G. R. Roach, MA, LPC, NCC

Heloisa G. R. Roach holds a Master's Degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Heloisa approaches therapy as a tool of integrative self-awareness, empowerment and action. Further, she learned from her training and practice that exploring personal experiences, relationships and challenges takes courage. Thus, she implements a collaborative, empathic and nonjudgemental approach to promoting meaningful change in counseling.

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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.

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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. In Joanna's experience, an open, collaborative client-therapist relationship allows clients to feel better equipped to set and achieve their personal objectives.

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Kaitlyn Cantwell

LCPC

Kaitlyn Cantwell, LCPC

Kaitlyn Cantwell is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has worked in a variety of settings including group private practice, non-profit organizations, and Chicago Public Schools serving children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with diverse backgrounds. Kaitlyn has experience and interest in working with a wide range of needs, including anxiety, depression, family conflict, relationship issues, parenting, life transitions, abuse, trauma, career exploration, and occupational stressors.

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Katie Gilly

LMFT

Katie Gilly, LMFT

Katie Gilly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Bradley University and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University.  Katie has experience with working with adolescents, adults, and couples.  Her specialities include relational issues, emerging adulthood, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Katie utilizes an integrative, strength-based, and systemic approach which helps promote change within a supportive therapeutic environment.  She focuses on building self-awareness around one’s own story and how it impacts the individual’s daily life.  Katie integrates Mindfulness, Meditation, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy along with skill building as a way of being able to focus on the mind-body connection.

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. Kevin tailors his approach according to the needs and strengths of the client, combining psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral theories. He provides an attentive, honest, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment where clients can increase insight and explore desired change.

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Laura Kelly

LPC

Laura Kelly, LPC

Laura Kelly is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with adolescents, adults, and couples. Laura utilizes an integrative client centered approach, drawing from cognitive therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. She believes that anyone can benefit from therapy, and provides a nonjudgmental space for clients to receive support, gain insights, and learn coping skills to facilitate personal growth.

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Leslie Gordon

LCPC

Leslie Gordon, LCPC

Leslie Aquino Gordon is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Professional School Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor.  Leslie takes an integrative approach to the counseling process that includes aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy techniques with almost 10 years of experience servicing children, adolescents and adults.  Leslie earned her BA in teaching history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MS in Counseling at National-Louis University.

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Lisa Gold

LCSW

Lisa Gold, LCSW

Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to working with clients in a warm, safe, nonjudgmental and collaborative space. Lisa specializes in working with adults, young adults and adolescents. She has experience working with clients who are going through life transitions, struggling with anxiety, depression, stress management, self-esteem, and relationship issues. She is skilled in helping clients make meaningful changes through a strength based approach, using a variety of methods to identify counterproductive patterns and address maladaptive behaviors. Over the course of treatment, these patterns are looked at and replaced with new strategies and skills to better serve the client. Lisa is also well versed in a variety of other modalities to help her clients address unhelpful thought patterns. These modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy. Lisa earned her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
 

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Manasa Perera

PhD

Manasa Perera, PhD

Dr. Manasa Perera is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She has worked in long term care facilities, community mental health centers, and substance abuse treatment facilities.  She has experience treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse and severe mental illness.

Michael Maloney

LCPC

Michael Maloney, LCPC

Michael Maloney is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael specializes in individuals and couples primarily with adults. Michael has completed post graduate training in areas of trauma informed therapy, multi-cultural issues, LGBTQI populations, and expressive therapies.

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Molly Reynolds

LCSW

Molly Reynolds, LCSW

Molly Reynolds is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with professional interests and clinical experience that focus on mood disorders, chronic pain, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, addictions, parenting challenges, ADHD and behavior disorders. She studied at Syracuse University’s School of Social work (BS in social work) and University of Chicago‘s School of Social Service Administration (MA in Social Work).  She trained at North Shore Hospital and PCC Community Wellness Center.

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Rikki Carlin

LPC

Rikki Carlin, LPC

Rikki Carlin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who completed her Masters in Counseling with a Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology from Adler University.  She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults from a variety of settings including a college health center, a non-profit health organization, and a residential school. Using a collaborative and integrative approach with clients, Rikki utilizes cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and mindfulness therapy to meet the unique needs and desires of each client.

Ruth Johnson

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Ruth Johnson

LPC, ALMFT

Ruth Johnson, LPC, ALMFT

Ruth Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology as well as her Master's of Arts in Family Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. Ruth has professional experience working in non-profit and private practice settings providing group, individual, couples and family therapy to adults and adolescents from various socioeconomic backgrounds. She has experience working with many issues, such as anxiety, depression, divorce, family and relationship issues, infidelity, self-esteem, social anxiety and work/life balance. Ruth is a client-centered, solution focused therapist deeply rooted in systemic theory who works with individuals, couples and families to help cultivate receptiveness and empathy for one another’s feelings and needs within the relationship and family system. She is passionate about revitalizing the bond between couples and families through the development and strengthening of interpersonal and relationship skills. Ruth utilizes her friendly and compassionate style to create a safe therapeutic space for her clients.

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Shannon Elizabeth

LPC

Shannon Elizabeth, LPC

Shannon is Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Clinical Psychology and a (MA) in Gender Studies. She has experience with a wide range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, self harm, eating disorders, attachment issues, women’s issues, identity and body issues, and LGBTQ.

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Sierria Coleman

LPC

Sierria Coleman, LPC

Sierria Coleman is a Licensed 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. Sierria is currently pursuing her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She has worked in a variety mental health settings including in and out-patient treatment, private practice and psychosocial rehabilitation centers.

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