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, CSAT Candidate
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
Denise Williams, Intern
Denise is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology focusing on PTSD, trauma, grief and post-traumatic growth, with emphasis on military, veteran, and first responder communities. Denise has more than 10 years of experience working with these communities in various roles. Denise received her BA in Clinical Psychology from Lewis University and is completing her Master’s internship in Clinical Psychology at Governors State University.
The experience of trauma is not the definition of the person and therapy can help define what can come next. This is post-traumatic growth. Trauma and grief are a part of life and Denise works toward providing an empathetic, supportive and strength-based environment in which people, particularly those who took an oath to place service over self, can learn to thrive. She believes we are in control of our memories rather than our histories controlling who we are, and more importantly, who we can become.
“Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” – Peter A. Levine, PhD
Availability: Tuesdays and Fridays, day or evening and Saturday afternoons.
Lindsey Jones, Masters Level Intern
Lindsey Jones received her B.A. in International Studies from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Governors State University. She spent several years doing business and administrative work for a small company before deciding to pursue her master’s degree, and presently works as a homeschool tutor for elementary and middle school students. Lindsey has a passion for cultural diversity and believes a strong therapeutic relationship is built on trust, empathy, and a respect for the uniqueness of the human experience.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
Availability: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for in person and telehealth.