Urban Balance River West in Downton Chicago – Trusted Therapists and Counselors Celebrating Diversity

“Promoting Work/Life Balance for You or a Loved One

Urban Balance in River West is a premiere counseling center that provides you or a loved one a wide range of counseling services that include anxiety treatment, depression treatment, relationship counseling, family counseling, couples counseling and more. We are Illinois State-licensed and insurance-friendly taking most major insurance. In addition, Urban Balance understands your need for extended and flexible office hours that now include Saturday and Sunday. Now you can take advantage of the latest counseling and therapy, and enjoy a better work/life balance and healthier personal and business relationships. Urban Balance River West in Downtown Chicago offers these clinical counseling services:

  • Depression and Anxiety Counseling
  • Blended Family Counseling
  • Alcohol Counseling and Support
  • Psychological Testing and Giftedness Testing
  • Counseling for Life Changes and Adult Aging Transitions
  • Counseling and Therapy For Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors
  • Separation and Divorce Recovery, Trauma and Grief Counseling
  • Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling and Family Life Counseling
  • And Other Mental Health Concerns

Urban Balance in Downtown Chicago River West will carefully match you with the best mental health professional for your specific needs and objectives. Now you can finally be listened to and not judged, better understood, and completely validated without prejudice.   

Urban Balance River West Offers a Complimentary 20-Minute Consultation with a Therapist for First-Time Clients

Urban Balance offers you comprehensive counseling services located at 935 West Chestnut Street Suite 204 Chicago IL 60642. Call now at (888) 726-7170.

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

Urban Balance understands the current challenges residents and business owners face in River West. In addition, we appreciate the diversity and strength of River West. This connection helps our therapists and counselors to better understand your needs and unique family life struggles.

Our personalized approach to better mental health and a work/life balance differentiates us from counselors that are outdated and disconnected with their treatment. This advantage sets Urban Balance in River West apart, and facilitates more success and better outcomes.  We offer a variety of proven clinical approaches that our therapists and counselors provide to enhance your family, personal and family life. We are excited to serve the River West community, and our office is open for daytime, evening and weekend office hours.

Confidential Therapists and Counselors - Now with Extended Office Hours in Chicago River West

Urban Balance is nationally promoted, recognized and respected for our work to reduce and eliminate the stigma that many times can be associated with mental health matters. This may include substance abuse, blended families, couple’s issues and acceptance, and work/life changes.

Our mental health services now offer comprehensive therapy and counseling that are insurance-friendly and accessible to everyone. Urban Balance promotes better mental health for you or a family member, and this includes a better work/life and family balance.

Confidential Therapists and Counselors near You:  

Urban Balance – River West in Downtown Chicago
935 West Chestnut Street Suite 204 Chicago IL 60642

Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 7AM - 9PM
Friday: 7AM - 5PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9AM - 5PM

Contact Urban Balance Today:
888-726-7170

Client Satisfaction 5 | Total Reviews 25

intake@urbanbalance.com

Fax: (630) 323-9778

Licensed and professional counseling and therapy for River West and other Downtown Chicago arears including: Greektown in Downtown Chicago, Near West Side in Downtown Chicago, West Town in Downtown Chicago, Noble Square in Downtown Chicago, Ukrainian Village in Downtown Chicago, Smith Park in Downtown Chicago, and surrounding Downtown Chicago areas.  

935 West Chestnut Street, Suite 204, Chicago, 60642

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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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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Ashley Hunt

LCSW

Ashley Hunt, LCSW

Ashley Hunt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with adults, adolescents, and families. She has extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced various forms of trauma, including childhood trauma, perinatal depression, anxiety, and grief and loss. Ashley has worked within culturally diverse and impoverished populations. She strives to build a safe and secure therapeutic alliance with clients in order to facilitate growth. In therapy sessions, Ashley provides a warm environment in which she encourages clients to identify their therapeutic goals. She encourages clients to actively participate in their treatment, soliciting frequent feedback and guiding them in promoting changes in their lives. Ashley focuses largely on the client’s strengths and uses a client-centered approach help clients develop their true potential. Ashley received her Masters of Social Work at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work.

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Carlin Wright

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Carlin Wright

LPC-Pending

Carlin Wright, LPC-Pending

Carlin Wright completed 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. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked with families within the Foster care system. Carlin utilizes an integrative approach with clients and aims to meet clients where they are at. She enjoys working with couples, families, and individuals. Carlin’s clinical interests include anxiety, attachment issues, depression, grief/loss, self-esteem, chronic pain, life transitions, parenting, cultural identity issues, and marriage and relationships difficulties.

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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. Her approach is non-judgmental, client-centered, and strengths-based to create a supportive and trusting therapeutic relationship that empowers the client to make positive changes and promotes healthy personal growth.

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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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Elizabeth Cerven

LCPC

Elizabeth Cerven, LCPC

Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has been  in the field of mental health since 2011. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Elizabeth is passionate about the therapeutic relationship. She feels this bond can impact and enhance change in the client's life. Elizabeth is clinically interested and experienced with trauma, women’s issues, sex, relationships (non-monogamous and monogamous), kink & BDSM, gender identity, sexual identity, and peri/prenatal issues. Elizabeth enjoys working with adults and adolescents in individual, relationship, and family sessions. She is interested in assisting those who are exploring their self-identity and struggling with addiction, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and familial concerns. Elizabeth uses an integrative approach to ensure the needs of the clients are appropriately addressed, while incorporating cultural considerations. Elizabeth is grounded in feminist and systems theories. Elizabeth is a kink and LGBTQ affirmative therapist. Elizabeth is working towards her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Adler University. She is vigorously researching, writing, and developing further presentations regarding her clinical passions. Elizabeth is also working towards her certification in sex therapy.

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Farah Huq

LCPC

Farah Huq, 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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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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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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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. He is also experienced in the use of expressive arts, mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help individuals discover more effective ways to utilize emotions and be in relationship with others. He specializes in affirmative treatment of LGBTQ clients and is comfortable with diverse expressions of sexuality and relationships. Kevin received his Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and has nine years of experience working in a variety of residential, hospital, and community mental health settings.

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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. Kim earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, community mental health agencies, and an Employee Assistance Program.

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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

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Lindsay Wolff

LCSW

Lindsay Wolff, LCSW

Lindsay Wolff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who works with individuals, families, children/adolescents, and couples. Lindsay has experience in treating mood disorders, anxiety, depression, relational concerns, LGBTQ needs, life transitions, and grief/loss. As a graduate from University of Illinois-Chicago specializing in Children and Families and Mental Health her work experience includes inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Lindsay approaches therapy with the belief and understanding that each person is unique and comes with their own strengths and skills that can help them live more closely to their ideal sense of self.

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Michelle Duda

LPC, CADC

Michelle Duda, LPC, CADC

Michelle Duda is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). She has extensive experience working with adults of diverse backgrounds with a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, substance abuse, abuse/trauma, life transitions, and stress management. Michelle is committed to providing a genuine and non-judgmental therapeutic environment for clients to grow through exploration, self-awareness, and personal accountability. In her work with clients, Michelle believes in the importance of a holistic approach, focusing on the mind-body connection. She incorporates a variety of person-centered modalities including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Michelle earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University.

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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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Natalie Rothstein

LPC

Natalie Rothstein, LPC

Natalie is a graduate of the Masters in Counseling program at Northwestern University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Natalie works with adults, adolescents and couples, with a focus on areas that include: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem, OCD, relationship issues, LGBTQ topics, and more. For Natalie, therapy should be a safe place where clients can truly feel heard and supported. As a therapist she strives to create a space that best fits each person's individual needs in a therapeutic context. Natalie is passionate about incorporating warmth and authenticity into the therapeutic relationship. While using a psychodynamic approach, Natalie also incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness into treatment, depending on what would be most beneficial for a client's growth and healing through their work together.

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Raven Curling

LPC

Raven Curling, LPC

Raven G. Curling is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master of Arts in Counseling and Organizational Psychology from Adler University. She works with adolescents, adults, couples and families. She utilizes an integrative style that is comprised of Adlerian, Cognitive Behavioral, Existential and Narrative techniques. Raven’s professional experience stems from background in higher education and non-profit organizations, with missions driven towards childhood education, youth, HIV proliferation and LGBTQ advocacy and support.

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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. Her therapeutic approach utilizes an empathic style to help clients develop a greater understanding into themselves and life events. Meaningful change begins with this insight, which acts as a catalyst to overcome obstacles. Dr. Ticker works collaboratively with her clients to develop an open and honest relationship, while approaching each client's experience as unique. Her clinical style is integrative, and she is thoughtful about working together to shape sessions to best fit your needs.

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Shadan Nabili, LCPC

LCPC

Shadan Nabili

Shadan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She earned her Master's degree in Clinical Counseling from Rosalind Franklin University and undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Shadan has experience working with adults in individual and group therapy within mental health community settings. Shadan has specialized interest in working with adults struggling with anxiety, self-esteem concerns, adjustment issues, depression, grief and loss, and relationship concerns. Shadan provides clients with a safe and nonjudgmental setting where they can process and identify their own strengths.  Shadan practices from a Client Centered foundation with all clients; she also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness tactics, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques, based on the client’s need. Shadan strongly believes that individuals are experts in themselves, and with support from a professional, they can make desired changes in areas of their lives. Besides English, Shadan is fluent in Persian.

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Stephanie Hood

LPC, NCC

Stephanie Hood, LPC, NCC

Stephanie Hood is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), having earned her Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an addiction specialization from Marquette University. Stephanie has worked with adults, adolescents, children and their families in a multitude of mental health settings. She has worked with those struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, substance use and process addictions, trauma and personality disorders. Stephanie works from a systemic perspective, incorporating a strength-based approach and a multicultural lens. Stephanie believes individuals often doubt their own strengths and can undervalue their relationship with others, but most importantly the relationship with themselves. With the help of therapy, she believes that clients can see their strengths, and they will begin to value who they are and what they contribute to others. Stephanie utilizes evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, as well as incorporating positive psychology, to provide a supportive, safe space for all clients.

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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. 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. She has post-graduate training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for mood and anxiety issues at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Pennsylvania and is a proponent of Positive Psychology, which concentrates on helping people flourish instead of focusing on mental illnesses. Sue earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with additional training in Family Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. While working at Urban Balance, Sue is also the internship coordinator for Northeastern Illinois University’s four M.A. in Counseling programs. Sue practices mindfulness meditation and loves to cycle, run, and create art.

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Taejah Vemuri

Clinical Intern

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

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Veronica Heitz

LCPC, CADC

Veronica Heitz, LCPC, CADC

Veronica Heitz is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and her M.A. from Saint Xavier University, Chicago. Veronica has experience with children, adolescents and adults in individual, group and family/couples therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings including, substance abuse (both inpatient and outpatient), foster care and community agency.

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