1945 West Wilson Avenue, Suite 5108, Chicago

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. Adina has training and experience in premarital therapy - focusing on communication, conflict resolution, personality types, family influences, stress, intimacy, and finances.

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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. She will be continuing her graduate training at Urban Balance through offering individual, couple, and family counseling. Allison utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach that is rooted in her psychodynamic training foundation, while incorporating interventions from cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and solution focused theories.

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Chelsea Alarcon

LPC

Chelsea Alarcon, LPC

Chelsea Alarcon is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with experience working with adults, couples, adolescents and children. She strives to create a safe space for others to feel heard, understood, and accepted. She believes people can discover many new things about themselves in such a space, including the values that they want to shape their lives around and how to achieve their most value-centered life. Chelsea uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), expressive therapy, and client-centered therapy to meet the unique needs of each client. Chelsea’s clinical interests include relationship issues, life transitions, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and issues unique to the LGBTQ population. Chelsea earned her Masters degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University.

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Daniel Pardikes

Clinical Intern

Daniel Pardikes, Clinical Intern

Daniel is a Clinical Intern studying at Northwestern University’s Family Institute. Daniel comes to Urban Balance with past experiences working in a community based agency and private practice. He has worked with adults experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, life transitions such as career change and divorce, and chronic mental illness. Daniel is uniquely attuned to family of origin conversations and maintains a strong affinity for the use of group therapy. Daniel’s approach is primarily psychodynamic with elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialetical Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy.

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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.

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Emma Peck-Block

LCSW

Emma Peck-Block, LCSW

Emma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Emma believes that therapy is a unique place to begin to explore an individual’s story and understand oneself in context of a storied life. Emma emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping clients understand themselves and in working towards who they would like to become. Emma has extensive experience working with young adults, adolescents and children who are struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression, chronic stress, trauma, relationship issues and other mood disorders. Additionally, Emma has experience working with issues of self-harm, self-esteem, eating disorders, grief/loss, and life transitions. Emma practices Psychodynamic therapy and will also draw from Attachment theory, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness tactics, body awareness, play, narrative and art in her approach. Emma has also completed a fellowship at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.

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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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Erynn Besser

Clinical Intern

Erynn Besser, Clinical Intern

Erynn is a clinical intern currently completing her Masters in Counseling at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults from a variety of diverse settings including non-profit organizations and medical facilities.

Eve Brownstone

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Eve Brownstone

MA, LCPC, Certified Psychodramatist

Eve Brownstone, MA, LCPC, Certified Psychodramatist

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.

Eve is also a working artist and published writer. Eve has been featured in numerous art shows connected with: Gallery B1e, 7013 Studio and The Rogers Park Art Gallery. Eve is the author of Opening New Doors, a book of poetry and process, which examines a journey from fear to love. Letting Go/Going On, is a booklet for healing from trauma. Born In Relationship tells the story of one identical twin’s search for herself and healthy relationships. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and The WGN Morning Show. Eve is glad to be part of the Urban Balance team.

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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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Ilana Dress

LSW

Ilana Dress, LSW

Ilana Dress is a Licensed Social Worker who provides 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 adolescence, young adulthood, and pre and post baby. Ilana also has experience working with the aging population and family caregivers. She comes to UB with experiences in diverse settings, from community mental health counseling to work in skilled nursing and rehab.

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Jennifer Nudell

LCPC

Jennifer Nudell, LCPC

Jennifer Nudell is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, who graduated from Northwestern University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. During her time at Northwestern, Jennifer interned at the Family Institute as a student therapist where she worked with individuals seeking assistance for a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, transitional issues, grief and loss, and eating disorders. While Jennifer’s training has focused on a psychodynamic approach, she likes to work with clients from an integrative perspective, utilizing interventions rooted in cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, dialectical-behavioral, and existential theory

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Jessica Koester

LCSW

Jessica Koester, LCSW

Jessica Koester is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, cultural issues, substance use and the long-term impact of trauma and abuse.  Jessica works primarily from a relational, client-centered approach utilizing components of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy. Jessica strives to provide a caring, honest and non-judgmental atmosphere in which clients may gain insight and explore change.

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Julie Josler

LCPC

Julie Josler, LCPC

ulie Josler is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Julie has been lucky to work in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, private practice, schools, and even in-home counseling. A volunteer job at a suicide prevention hotline when she was nineteen inspired a career helping people through their most difficult times.

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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.  Her goal is to provide each client with an emotionally safe environment where they feel comfortable exploring even the biggest challenges, whether it is how to manage overwhelming emotions such as anxiety or depression, learning to recognize and fight unhealthy or toxic patterns in life and relationships, or confronting past trauma or abuse.

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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.

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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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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.

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Laura Brownstone

LCSW

Laura Brownstone, LCSW

Laura Brownstone is an LCSW with ten years of experience. She received her masters degree from Loyola University in Chicago. Laura uses a strengths-based, relational approach with her clients and tries to create a safe environment for them to move closer to a greater sense of self acceptance. She has worked with a wide variety of clients from adults in transition to families going through divorce. Laura has experience with trauma-informed therapies and has sensitivity with multi-cultural populations.

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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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Mariko Wiseberg Roberts

LCPC

Mariko Wiseberg Roberts, LCPC

Mariko Wiseberg Roberts is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience in providing therapy to adults, adolescents, families, and couples since 2002. She incorporates a variety of techniques including client centered, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and systemic approaches in her work with clients. By valuing collaboration in therapy, her goal is to empower clients to build upon their strengths and learn new tools to enable growth.

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Melissa Kwafo

LCSW

Melissa Kwafo, LCSW

Melissa Kwafo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families. Melissa is passionate about helping clients feel supported and empowered while moving towards personal growth and healing. She works from an integrative approach, drawing from contemporary psychodynamic theory within a strengths-based, client-centered framework.

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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.   His other areas of interests include both traditional and nontraditional relationships, HIV/AIDS, anxiety, cultural identity issues, domestic violence, Self-esteem, depression, and life transitions.

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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. He also has a background working with traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors, using a Strength-based perspective promoting independence, integration, and empowerment. Utilizing a Psychodynamic approach, he further joins techniques from Narrative Therapy, Family Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as having a background in art therapy, body movement, and yoga. Creativity, trust, and acceptance that promote collaboration serve to guide his clients to achieve their therapeutic goals in a safe setting emphasizing self-growth and lasting insight. Michael earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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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.

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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.

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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. With her interest in sport and health psychology, Rikki also aims to motivate and encourage her clients to utilize exercise as a way to cope with mental health issues. Rikki's clinical interests include anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief/loss, self-esteem, chronic pain, life transitions, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, and trauma. Rikki is skilled at assisting active individuals, including athletes and competitive exercisers, improve the mental skills necessary to excel in their sport.

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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.

Sergio strives to help clients recognize patterns that underlie psychological or emotional distress, and to provide symptom relief. He employs an integrative, strengths-based approach, drawing from person-centered, Humanistic/Existential, Cognitive Behavioral, trauma-focused and Psychodynamic approaches. He has experience working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, parenting issues, stress and anger management, gender/sexuality/LGBTQ and self-esteem issues, as well as complex and trans-generational trauma, substance use, grief and loss, and domestic violence. Other areas of interest include immigration and assimilation/acculturation issues, yoga-focused therapy, Eastern philosophies, and organic living.

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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. Shannon approaches every issue from a trauma informed perspective and uses various techniques to help people achieve their goals.

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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. Susan is amazed by what therapy can bring to someone’s life and has experienced this personally and as a practitioner.

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