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

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

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

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.

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