935 West Chestnut Street, Suite 204, Chicago, Illinois 60642

Urban Balance River - West 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 River West Illinois 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 River West Illinois 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:

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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Andrea Stiles

LCPC, Ph.D. Candidate

Andrea Stiles, LCPC, Ph.D. Candidate

Andrea Stiles is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, specializing in therapeutic work with adolescents, adults, couples, and marginalized groups. Andrea holds a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University. She treats those that struggle with mood, personality, trauma, sexual, and addictive disorders in the mental health field.
Andrea’s clinical interests include working with women, gender, trauma (complex and secondary), human sexuality, dating and relationships (traditional and nontraditional), addiction, life transitions, identity, religion/spirituality, and racial/ethnic/cultural concerns. She believes that the most important aspect of the therapeutic space is having a collaborative, genuine, and empathic relationship with the client. Her hope for those that she is so fortunate to work with is for them to reach a place of peace, acceptance, and liberation. Andrea has confidence in her client’s ability to cultivate change and create a new meaning and a new story for their lives.
She takes a holistic approach to client care, emphasizing the understanding of cultural, spiritual, and social factors. She advocates for those silenced by stigma and oppression. Andrea is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a research focus on human sexuality, identity development and the process of healing (anticipated graduation Spring 2020).

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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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Dina Isaacs

LCSW

Dina Isaacs, LCSW

Dina Isaacs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago. Dina has experience working with adults and adolescents addressing anxiety, depression, mood management, self-esteem, grief, life transitions, relationship issues, and chronic illness. Dina strongly believes that a supportive and trusting therapeutic alliance empowers the client to make positive change and promotes healthy personal growth. Her therapeutic approach is active, empathic and nonjudgmental. Dina is versatile in her style of psychotherapy, working with a diverse range of clients and not ascribing to a one size fits all approach. She utilizes a strengths-based perspective that is holistic, objective, respectful, and steered by clients. Additionally, Dina incorporates mindfulness techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in her practice. Dina continues to pursue post graduate trainings to meet the needs of her clients.

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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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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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Joanna Bakowska

Clinical Intern

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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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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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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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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Susan Schwendener

LPC, LMFT

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

LPC, MPH

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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