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

Urban Balance South - Michigan Ave 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 South - Michigan Ave 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


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.

Client Satisfaction 5 | Total Reviews 28

Meet Our Therapists

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Adina Johnson


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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Alissa Becker

Clinical Intern

Alissa Becker, Clinical Intern

Alissa is a clinical intern currently completing her Masters in Counseling Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Alissa draws on her experience as a Certified Yoga Teacher and uses an integrative, collaborative approach with emphasis on what is best for each individual client and their needs. She fosters a warm, welcoming and safe environment. Alissa strives to authentically connect with each client that walks through the door and recognize client’s strengths to ensure positive change. Alissa’s clinical interests include working with individuals experiencing life transitions, identity development, relationship issues, grief/loss, parenting, work/life balance, depression and anxiety.

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Allison Steckbeck


Allison Steckbeck, LPC

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

LCPC, Ph.D. Candidate

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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Christine Wielgos


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


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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Gary DeLeonardis


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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Heloisa G. R. Roach


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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Katie Gilly


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.

Joanne Bakowska

Clinical Intern

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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Laura Kelly


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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Lauren Jackson


Lauren Jackson, LPC

Lauren Jackson is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s of Science in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from National Louis University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Lauren works with adults, adolescents, children, families, and couples. She believes that understanding and processing the past shapes the person into who they are now and what they want to be. Through recognition of new self-awareness, clients will work towards their goals through her directive and active guidance. She uses an integrative approach, encompassing Existential Theory with Gestalt techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychoanalytic techniques. Lauren’s professional experience stems from a background in inpatient psychiatry, non-profit organizations, and trauma-informed care in an emergency setting. Her interests include stress reduction, barriers experienced in single motherhood, early behavior intervention, child/parent conflict, family dynamics, interpersonal conflicts, personality disorders, work/life/career balance, and trauma. Lauren is dedicated to creating an environment that allows the client to be grounded in meaning to exist, to experience, to emerge or to become. She believes the therapeutic rapport and collaborative efforts in therapy will allow the client to see their wholeness.

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Manasa Perera


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


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


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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Ruth Johnson


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


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


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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Yana Melnik


Yana Melnik, LCPC

Yana Melnik is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who has worked with adults, adolescents, children and families for over five years in community mental health and academic settings. Prior to joining Urban Balance, Yana was part of the management team at a nonprofit organization, facilitating trauma informed trainings and providing clinical supervision in addition to therapy. She has extensive experience in working with trauma survivors and uses an integrative, strength based approach. Yana draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Brief Therapy methods to meet each client’s unique needs. Her clinical interests include anxiety disorders, depression, life transitions, occupational issues, relationship issues, self-esteem, trauma and work-life balance. She offers a holistic, creative and collaborative approach to empower clients to reach their goals. Yana earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University.

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