OUR THERAPISTS

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Ameera Khan
 

Ameera Khan is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Children and Adolescents.  Her area of expertise is children and not limited to, ADHD, anxiety, autism and depression, through both individual, and group therapy sessions.  She believes that each child or teen has unique needs, therefore, her clinical approach involves collaboration and working with client and his or her family to find a treatment plan that best suits them in a supportive and friendly environment.  Ameera aims to work with her clients to better their relationships and life choices using a holistic, evidence-based approach.  This approach integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, play therapy and mindfulness.  She believes that the most important part of therapy is to work with clients towards overall wellness and better quality of life and aims to provide this through her sessions.

Amy Fayazrad, Psy.D.

Dr. Amy Fayazrad is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She offers services for all ages in the form of individual, couples, family, and group therapy. She specializes in working with individuals experiencing developmental delays, anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, behavioral and regulatory issues, family conflict, and school-related difficulties. Dr. Fayazrad conducts behavioral and psychological testing to measure components of an individual’s cognitive abilities, behavioral patterns, and emotional functioning as well as tailors therapeutic interventions and techniques to meet the needs of each person. She also provides groups for children and adolescents focusing on developing and utilizing adaptive coping skills, social skills, and self-esteem.

Jillian Cohen

Jillian Cohen is a Professional Certified School Counselor with a Masters Degree in School Counseling.  She has over 10 years of experience working in various private Chicago area school districts as a school counselor providing services to students ages 4-13 with or without special needs.  Jillian has also worked with special education summer programs for the past 15 years.  Jillian works with students individually and in group settings, focusing on building self esteem, coping skills, managing self control, and developing behavioral and social skills. 

Margaret Pragalz

Margaret Pragalz is a Certified Special Education Teacher (birth ­-18 years old) who has worked with the special education population for over 25 years. She is also a Certified YogaKids Teacher (CYKT), specializing in children with special needs.

Genny Chesney

Genevieve (Genny) Chesney is a certified in child and family welfare and has a masters degree in school social work.  With over 10 years of experience working with pre-adolescents, Genny’s focus is on anxiety, ADHD, and social skills. 

Becca Canastra, MT-BC

Becca Canastra, MT-BC is a board certified music therapist with over 18 years of experience.  She works throughout area school districts as a music therapist servicing special education students ages 3-22.  Becca also has a private practice providing individual music therapy and piano lessons to area students with and without special needs.  

Ilana Gross, Psy.D.

Dr. Ilana Gross is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is particularly passionate about working with children and adolescents ranging from 2 to 18 years of age. Dr. Gross is a client-centered psychologist who believes that a therapeutic relationship built on trust and safety is the foundation for effective therapy. She uses a collaborative approach and strives to walk alongside each client on their journey to reaching their full potential and finding their unique strengths. Dr. Gross utilizes play and expressive therapies to enable each client to communicate in their own voice.

Julie Ludwick, MAAT, ATR-BC, LCPC

Julie Ludwick is a board certified art therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor.  She received her Masters of Art in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Julie has over 10 years of experience serving children, adolescents, and adults living with a variety of special needs including mood disorders, ADD and ADHD, autism, and physical and intellectual disabilities.  Practicing in a person-centered and relational-cultural framework, she offers those she supports opportunities to connect to their creative selves in a safe and respectful space.  Art therapy can be therapeutically beneficial in many ways including, building self-esteem, self-identity, self-determination, problem solving skills, and relationship skills. Art therapy offers a wealth of opportunities for expression and communication, leading to greater self-awareness. 

Jennifer Wagner, LCSW

Jennifer Wagner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in providing individual, family, and group therapy.  She has worked with a diverse population of clients (ages 2 yrs-adult) in a variety of settings. The main focus of her professional experience has been with children/adolescents, families, and young adults with a range of issues including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral concerns, school related difficulties, parenting struggles, self-esteem, and family/relationship issues. She is also experienced in directly working with military families who have children ages 6 weeks-18 years old addressing topics surrounding military family issues, child behavioral/emotional issues, deployment/reintegration and transitions. Jennifer likes to incorporate a combination of clinical approaches while collaborating with a client, their family, and outside providers/schools to reach their goals in a laid-back supportive environment.