Meet the Team
MA, LCSW, MBA
An objective for my clients in therapy is the exploration of my clients’ challenges to help them develop an awareness of conscious and unconscious thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that become drivers of actions that negatively impact them in a myriad of ways. With an understanding of these factors, growth occurs by recognizing new ways of thinking, acting, and exploring options that can lead to a more fulfilling life.
I am a highly integrative Naperville counselor working from a strength-based, positive and affirming perspective over a range of issues. These include, but are not limited to, family counseling, anxiety and depression counseling, life transitions, grief/loss counseling, couples counseling, career concerns, and self-efficacy and contentment.
I take a holistic, person-centered approach to art therapy and counseling. I work to help clients of all ages meet their therapeutic goals in a relaxed and welcoming environment, utilizing tools most comfortable for them. This may include dialogue, visual arts, music, movement, or journaling, as well as the incorporation of mindfulness, nature, and spirituality where helpful.
Sometimes clients wonder if art therapy is for them because they don’t consider themselves artistic. Art and Expressive Therapy does not require creative or artistic experience and is not just for children. It is not about creating an art object, but a mind-body-spirit approach, tapping into our inner wisdom for healing and wellness.
I have also been certified in Active Parenting, helping parents create a strength-based approach to discipline. I utilize evidenced-based practices and meet each individual where they are. I believe in looking at all factors that affect a child’s development, ensuring all resources of value can be utilized effectively. I have extensive experience working with children dealing with grief, trauma, school refusal, ADHD, ASD, ODD, DMDD and various levels of anxiety and depression.
Partner, Grow Therapy
I’ve always liked the saying I heard years ago when I was training at Adler University in the MA in Counseling Psychology program, “It takes a deep commitment to change and even a deeper commitment to grow” by Ralph Ellison. I believe that we all want to be the best version of ourselves and are constantly trying to move toward that goal.
I specialize in helping clients learn strategies to overcome current struggles and find their inner strengths and I have an extensive background with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, infertility, grief, life adjustments, and ADHD.
Michaele (Shelly) Knous
Kari Wittmann Lata
MS, LMFT, LCPC
From improving emotional connections to managing adolescent challenges to learning discipline techniques for young children, every family can benefit from proven techniques and researched approaches that help parents feel secure in their parenting and create healthy lifetime relationships with their children.
I bring a genuine and honest approach to the therapeutic relationship sprinkled with a little humor and believes that by modeling a healthy relationship in the therapeutic setting, individuals are able to feel validated and empowered to approach change.