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 completes his BSW at Governors State University. 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

Savannah Couch, M.A., Intern

Savannah Couch recently received a Drama and Movement Therapy M.A. at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: University of London. Savannah’s initial interest to work in mental health came from her passion for using dramatherapy as an intervention and tool for people with cognitive differences, such as autism spectrum disorder.

Savannah is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northwestern University. Through this training, she will expand her skill set to help clients through more direct counseling methods. Savannah believes that integrating the indirect approaches of drama therapy with the more direct approaches of counseling can provide a more holistic approach for clients to express, explore, and process their emotions and experiences. Working under the direct supervision of Dr. Carla Carter, she will hone her skills in utilizing and combining these approaches to provide clients with the clinical therapeutic experience that best suits their individual needs.

Savannah is available Mondays.

“We should not pretend to understand the world by only the intellect. The judgment of the intellect is only part of the truth.” -Carl Jung    

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 Thursdays.

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.

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