Who We Are

Eva Savickas
Business Manager

Eva is the Business Manager for our practice. Her background in customer service and her love of organizing makes her the perfect fit for the Cognitive Clinic. She manages the scheduling of clients, insurance billing, and planning of events and workshops. Eva is always available to answer questions or to help resolve any issues that come up.

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” –Sally Koch


Carla Carter, Ed.D., LCPC, CMPC, EMDR Certified

Dr. Carter began her career working in education. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Northern Illinois University. She furthered her education at National Louis University by earning her first Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Carter went on to earn her Doctorate in Education and System Reform from Loyola University in Chicago. Upon deciding to change careers, she attended Adler School of Professional Psychology and earned a Master's Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Sport Psychology.

Dr. Carla Carter works with individuals dealing with a variety of issues such as depression, trauma, anxiety, and adjusting to new life circumstances. She specializes in helping those struggling with compulsive overeating as well as those struggling to overcome traumatic events. She finds that the combination of CBT, EMDR, and mindfulness techniques provide her clients with the tools needed to overcome the obstacles in their life.

As a sports psychology consultant, she works with coaches, athletes, and parents to overcome barriers that they may be experiencing while involved in sport. Either as a team or individual, mental skills help clients gain an edge in their sport as well as in their everyday life.

"I'm passionate about working with people to solve their own problems. Everyone has the capacity to resolve their issues and lead a healthy life but not everyone realizes they have the tools. Some need help discovering these tools so they can develop a healthier life."


Katrina Kurtz, MA, LCPC, ATR

Katrina is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. She received her Masters in Counseling and Art therapy from The Adler School of Professional Psychology. She is trained in both art and verbal therapy. Katrina has experience working with all age groups and has worked in various settings, such as hospitals and adult day programs, as well as private practice. Katrina works with clients who experience depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief and loss, life transitions, and mood disorders. She teaches positive coping skills in order to help with symptom management, independence, and personal empowerment.

As a Registered Art Therapist, Katrina utilizes art and creative therapy to help clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves. Her personal passion for art is manifested in her work as a therapist. Katrina is a firm believer in the healing power, insight, and creativity that art can bring to others. Katrina does not interpret art, but asks you questions to reflect on the images you see. Using an eclectic approach, Katrina believes in finding the best treatment modalities that are as unique as each individual and their goals. In session, Katrina strives to create a safe place, where clients can feel heard and work on themselves in order to live happier and healthier lives.

“I believe in meeting each client where they are at and working to foster healing through empathy and creativity. I believe that therapy is a time for you and look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals."


Sheila Corbett, MA, LCPC

Sheila attended St. Xavier University, obtaining both a Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master's Degree in Community Agency Counseling. She brings with her over 12 years of experience with adults dealing with trauma, self-harm, addictions, and other mental health issues. She believes that the aim of therapy is to help clients change behaviors for a more positive outcome.

Sheila enjoys working with young adults, but is also a highly effective and experienced therapist with any age group.

“I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou


Lori Smith, LCSW

Lori has worked for over 30 years with those who have experienced difficulties with life transitions, as well as challenges with depression, anxiety, or family conflicts. Acutely aware that life can pull the rug out from underneath us with an unexpected life or traumatic experience, Lori has worked with survivors of violence and traumatic loss. She has loved ones who live with mental illness and knows the burden that this can place on the loved one and other family members. Lori graduated from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She holds a certificate in family dynamics from the Center for Family Consultation. She also received advanced training in pastoral counseling and theology at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Lori deeply appreciates the toll that trauma work takes on first responders and helping professionals. She has developed workshops, trainings, and clinical strategies to help those who serve and protect others. Lori has trained new detectives at the Chicago Police Academy, leaders and front line DCFS workers, clergy and spiritual leaders, and other mental health professionals. She has taught at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and DePaul University.

“Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and wisdom.”
― M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth


Amber C. Gardner, MA, LPC, ALMFT

Amber has two Master’s Degrees from Governors State University, one in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy and the other in Communications and Training. Her passion is helping individuals (children, teens, adults and seniors), couples, families, and groups work through stress, anxiety, fear, depression, personal challenges, grief, and relationship issues. She believe that if you change the way you think, you can change your behavior. Amber uses a more positive approach to help clients switch their focus to solutions instead of problems. Amber uses play therapy when working with children which helps them express themselves more freely. She is also trained in Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy and maintains a Level 1 Certification.

Amber believes that people cannot always control what happens to them. The only thing that they have the ability to control is themselves and how they react to what happens to them. She is uniquely qualified to help clients live their life on purpose by creating a positive, more peaceful life so that they can reach their full potential!

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”. Charles Swindoll


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 adults over the age of 18 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.”


Dana Massat, Post Graduate Intern

Dana Massat is currently an Intern at the Cognitive Clinic as she completes her Master's in Psychology. Dana believes is a holistic approach to psychology and emphasizes the importance of viewing the person as a whole being made up of many parts (physical, mental, emotional & spiritual) working together as one. The use of the term “holistic" dates back to the time of Hippocrates, over 2,500 years ago, implying it was it was insufficient to focus on one aspect of a person. Dana has experience working with anxiety, depression, everyday stressors, transitions, repeated negative life patterns, addictions, and more. Dana has been exploring, living, and teaching an integrated approach to healing for more than 13 years by using an Eastern approach to healing. Dana uses her experience and wisdom of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit to help others access self-healing through self-awareness and coping skills.

Tony Robbins “There is no breakthrough without a breakdown.”


Deona Brooks, Post Graduate Intern

Deona Brooks received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in clinical psychology at Governors State University. Deona is passionate about helping individuals (children, adolescents and adults) work through depression, anxiety, stress, personal issues, and other life challenges so they can achieve change and a greater sense of well-being.

“If you do not like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou


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

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

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