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

Elizabeth Wolcott Gibbons, Intern

Beth Wolcott Gibbons is a graduate student pursuing her master’s in counseling from Northwestern University.  She also has 13 years of experience working in the healthcare industry.  Beth believes that anyone can benefit from a safe space for self-exploration through therapy.  She is most interested in Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches and enjoys helping clients grow and heal through new insights and awareness.  By meeting clients where they are, Beth works with clients to become more aware of problematic thoughts, beliefs and behaviors, explore their origins, and utilize tools to change patterns and increase wellbeing.


She is open to working with a broad array of concerns.  Beth is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” —Maya Angelou.

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    

Tanzy Clemens, Intern

Tanzy is currently earning her second Master’s Degree at Governors State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has seven years of experience working in the clinical mental health field. Under the direct supervision of Dr. Carla Carter, her goal is to provide a safe, collaborative, supportive, non-judgmental environment for client’s to express themselves and to feel understood.

Tanzy believes that one size does not fit all. Her approach is to provide integrative therapy that is tailored to the specific needs and personal circumstances of the clients she serve. She is committed to helping and empowering others to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life. Making a choice to come to counseling is the first courageous step in starting the journey to healing, self-discovery, personal growth and positive change.

“Don’t give up, normally it is the last key on the ring which opens the door”. – Paulo Coelho

Availability: Tuesday Evenings

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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