Lisa Brown, Post Graduate Intern

Lisa Brown is a master’s level Mental Health Counseling Student at Northwestern University. She has a desire to help people navigate all aspects of life in a healthy way despite challenges, big or small. Raising awareness of problematic thoughts, patterns, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors is key, as she works to empower clients to improve their lives. She offers caring support and a safe space, allowing clients to uncover and explore aspects of themselves and their life that do not serve them well.

Currently, she works with patients with a variety of concerns related to depression and anxiety. As someone who values holistic health, she utilizes her rich personal experience and academic knowledge to facilitate healing by encouraging the use of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual faculties to reach a more balanced state of being. She provides psychoeducation that encourages clients to build their own custom toolbox for creating lasting change. Utilizing an integrated approach to therapy, she draws mainly from Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Person-Centered, Multicultural, Existential, and Solution Focused approaches.

“I truly believe that healing is a journey that begins with hope and the desire for something better. Counseling is a vehicle to help you get there.”


Availability: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Karla M Funches, Intern

Karla has worked in health care for over 20 years. Spanning between a variety of departments that were non-clinical in nature. Karla considers the profession of helping other to be her true calling. Karla received her BA in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, California. She is currently a graduate student at Adler University pursuing a master’s in clinical counseling and certification in substance abuse counseling.  Some counseling theories that she considers to be helpful are cognitive behavioral therapy, Adlerian and behaviorism.  A staple of Karla’s counseling is broaching with clients from a variety of populations.

She is open to working with a broad array of concerns.  Karla is available on evenings and Saturdays.

I see the hole and I walk down a different street”  -unknown

David Swanson, CADC, CAMS-II, NCPRSS

David spent his first career working in engineering in the U.S. and the U.K. He completed an AAS
degrees in Computer Aided Design from Schoolcraft College in Michigan. David’s second career is
in Social Work as he completed  his BSW at Governors State University and works on his Masters. David also has professional
experience as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Anger Management Specialist and
National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist. David has led therapy groups with multicultural
adult clients with substance use and mental health disorders who have experienced loss and trauma.
David believes that earning a client’s trust is the foundation of creating a relationship.

“The purpose of life is to discover your gift; the work of life is to develop it; and the meaning of life is to give your gift away.” – David Viscott

Availability: Telehealth only on Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings

Storm Dade, Intern

Storm Dade is a graduate student pursuing her master’s in counseling from Northwestern University. She also has experience working in the education field as both a teacher and College Advisor. Storm believes people benefit the most when practicing self-awareness, self-reflection and self-care through the therapeutic lenses. She is most interested in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and enjoys helping clients grow through new visions and mindfulness. Storm likes to meet clients where they are and work to ensure the client becomes more aware of their thought process, behaviors and beliefs, discover their roots, and to provide the instruments to change patterns and increase wellbeing. Storm believes that in order for that to happen, that both herself and the client have to put in the work. She also believes that all clients have the capacity to resolve their own issues, she is simply the guide with the toolbox to help the client see their full potential.

Storm is open to working with a variety of concerns.

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”

-Michelle Obama

Availability: Mondays and Tuesdays

Fatimah Hishmeh, Intern

Have you ever questioned what is your life’s purpose? Do you struggle to keep a positive attitude? Do you mask who you truly are? These are exhausting thoughts and behaviors. If you’re ready to regain your energy, then pick up the phone and make an appointment to come in and make the changes you’ve been trying to make.

Fatimah Hishmeh is a master’s level intern in the Mental Health Psychology program at Governors State University. Mrs. Hishmeh approaches counseling with empathy, understanding and genuineness. She believes authenticity and trust are vital components in the counseling process and believes change happens in the context of relationships.

Mrs. Hishmeh has over 10 years of experience in working with children and families. Mrs. Hishmeh’s clinical training has included working with individuals experiencing trauma, addiction, life-transitions, grief and adjustment. She feels passionate about seeing individuals in a holistic perspective and empowering them to change their lives. It is her goal to see clients living out a balanced and healthy life.

She is available on Friday evenings and Saturdays.

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

C.S. Lewis

مرحباًبكم. بداية شكراً لكم لاهتمامكم بصحتكم. لقد وصلتم إلى المكان الأنسب لكم، حيث يمكنكم مناقشة مخاوفكم و مشاكلكم سواءً أكانت : شخصية، أسرية، زوجية  أو تتعلق بتربية أبنائكم . كل هذا في جو آمن وسرّي للغاية. نحن  على بعد مكالمة هاتفية منكم. الرجاء الاتصال بنا.

Richard Adema, Intern

Richard Adema is a current graduate student of Governors State University in the Clinical Psychology Program. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Lewis University. He has taken classes which covered a wide variety of therapies including Cognitive Behavioral, Adlerian, Existential, Client-Centered, Group, and Family Systems. He has also studied Substance Abuse Counseling, Professional Ethics, Human Development, and Multicultural Psychology. He believes in using an integrative approach which combines these various therapies. Richard has had a life-long affinity for helping others and learning more about human behavior. He strongly believes that taking care of mental health is just as important as taking care of physical health.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

Availability: Fridays and Saturdays

Caroline Thielen, Intern

Caroline Thielen is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Concordia University Chicago. She is a student member of the American Counseling Association. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University. Caroline has several years of experience working in the human service field helping individuals and families overcome barriers and cope with mental health related concerns. Her primary counseling approaches are cognitive behavioral, person-centered, psychodynamic, and solution-focused therapies. She will tailor her approach to meet the individual needs of her clients to enhance wellness in a non-judgmental atmosphere. She believes her role in the counseling relationship should be collaborative, genuine, and empathic to facilitate the goals her clients desire.


“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” -Tori Amos


Availability: Tuesdays and Saturdays

Darius Collins, Intern

Darius Collins is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University. His 15-year career as a union sheet metal worker, combined with his love for psychology and desire to assist others in navigating some of life’s common problems, have contributed broad experiences with people of various backgrounds and perspectives. This has provided an array of experiences upon which to draw. Darius believes that while counselors have acquired knowledge academically and intuitively through life experience, each client comes with a unique set of circumstances and the tools necessary to address the issues they face in life. Darius believes that it is sometimes necessary to enlist help to analyze the situation, challenge existing thoughts that are not helpful or useful, explore options, and sharpen or acquire new strategies to utilize.


Darius is prepared to collaborate with a variety of individuals and support them as they find solutions and strategies that they can carry with them and employ when they encounter challenging circumstances.


“There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.”
― Albert Ellis


Availability: Tuesdays and Saturdays

Jasmine Pelayo, Intern

Jasmine Pelayo is a Latina who has been living on the south side of Chicago her whole life. She is fluent in English and Spanish.  A recent graduate from Saint Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Social Work, she is currently a Master of Social Work student at Governors State University. Jasmine  has experience working with diverse populations in different settings such as schools and hospitals.  She is passionate about working with individuals, teens, and families. She hopes to best serve communities who feel underrepresented in professional fields by creating a collaborative relationship based on mutual respect and trust.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”— Carl Rogers
Availability: Mondays and Wednesdays

Yolanda Angelica Casillas (Pena), MA, LPC

Yolanda Angelica is presently attending Adler University doctorate couples and family therapy program. She completed her master’s degree in Art therapy from Adler University. She has experience in working with populations of various age groups. Yolanda Angelica has held positions in Erikson Institute as a bilingual infant specialist working to foster a healthy child-parent relationship. She has also held a position at Riveredge psychiatric Hospital working with families and individuals dealing with trauma, intergenerational trauma, and other mental health issues. She is passionate about working with children of all ages and their families.

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think,  and loved more than you’ll ever know.” – A.A. Milne


Availability:Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

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