Meet the Team

Adam Ratner
MA, LCSW, MBA
Co-Owner

I’m an LCSW, and co-owner of Grow. I provide Western Suburbs and Naperville counseling to individuals, marriages, couples, teens and families for those navigating the many challenges getting in the way of living their most fulfilling life.

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.

Wendy Hayum-Gross
MS, LCPC
Co-Owner

I’m an LCPC, and co-owner of Grow. I work with individuals, families, and couples going through transitions in their lives. I provide counseling in Naperville, IL from a holistic wellness perspective; empowering clients to find their strengths and truths. I provide a warm, relaxed and comfortable approach to counseling.

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.

Lisa Pisha
MS, LMFT
Co-Owner

I’m an LMFT, writer, and co-owner of Grow. We built Grow from a concrete belief that we all have a story to tell. Our story becomes our meaning, and our meaning determines how we live our lives. I believe that connection is what we all need, and vulnerability, what we’re all afraid of, is how we get there. I wanted to create a space where people could come and feel comfortable, connected, and safe telling their story. Where being honest, courageous and brave in their vulnerability was honored, and where deeper connections were formed. But most of all, a place where they could explore their story, and grow the courage to become the author.

Rachelle Barmann
MA, ATR-P

As a graduate of Adler University’s dual degree program in Counseling Psychology and Art & Expressive Therapy, I am an art therapist and professional counselor.

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.

Cathy Piehl
LMSW

I am an LMSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois in Chicago. I mainly work with children and their families. I am a mom of three boys and came from a family of ten children so I know how important family is to development and wellness. Previous to working with individuals and families, I volunteered in the community utilizing my community organization skills. For the past seven years, I worked in a school setting. Due to the many forms of childhood trauma, I have been certified as a Trauma Practitioner in Education and trained in restorative practices.

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.

Angela Michalak
MA, LCPC
Partner, Grow Therapy

I’m Angela Michalak and I am an LCPC. I’ve been in the field for almost 20 years and have extensive Naperville therapy experience working with individual adults as well as couples and teens in a variety of settings in the western suburbs.

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
MS, LCPC

I’m an LCPC, with a desire to help you navigate many of life’s difficult challenges and transitions. Relationship changes, work changes, problems with school, family of origin issues, loss or chronic health issues (to name a few) can impact you in ways that may lead to anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma. While collaborating with you and providing a safe and supportive environment, I aspire to help you on your journey to healing, emotional resilience and growth. Whether I’m working with an individual (adolescents, teens, and adults), a couple or engaging in family counseling, I will always personalize my approach to meet your therapeutic needs by combining conventional methods, along with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion.

Kari Wittmann Lata
MS, LMFT, LCPC

Both an LCPC and an LMFT, Kari has over 15 years of Western Suburbs and Naperville therapy experience in community mental health and private practice, working with teens, adults, and families. She has a caring and energetic style that focuses on teaching clients how to care for themselves in a way that truly uplifts them and helps them move past whatever challenges they may be facing. Kari very much believes that every person has the capacity to live a healthy and joyful life if given the opportunity to reflect, heal, and take active steps towards living the life they desire. She will help you set goals based on your personal values, identify the obstacles/unhelpful beliefs holding you back, and then work together to resolve those challenges.

Pam Caine
CPLC

I believe in family. As an educator, volunteer and Family Life Coach for the past twenty years, my primary focus has been to strengthen homes and families. I am aware that every family is made up of individuals each with their own style. My specialty is helping each of them understand how they all knit together. My unique approach meets people where they are, allows them to assess their challenges and gives them the tools they need to move forward. I offer clients support, motivation and guidance through the many stages and phases of personal and family development by providing workshops, programs and coaching catered to the needs of individuals and family groups.

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.

Emily Keehn
MS, LCPC

I am a Naperville counselor serving the surrounding suburbs with a variety of experience ranging from career counseling, individual therapy with young adults and children, as well as working with women and adolescents in recovery from co-occurring disorders such as Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Self Harm behaviors, and Trauma. Through this experience, I have developed a well-rounded approach to working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds through a skills-based approach, Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

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.

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