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Chicago Counseling Collective (CCC) is an interdisciplinary group psychotherapy practice founded in 2019.  At CCC, our staff unite around our core values: Community, Collaboration and Connection.  We aim to foster connection with our clients, colleagues and the greater community by providing inclusive and accessible individual, couples and group psychotherapy.  CCC continues to grow in many ways through building our team of dedicated therapists, pre licensed therapists and postdoctoral fellows whom align with CCC's values and mission.  We also are currently offering secure and HIPAA compliant teleservices.  I invite you to learn more about CCC and our experienced and compassionate staff.  If you would like to be connected with one of our staff therapists please do not hesitate to reach out.  

Dr. Heather Frank

Founder/Clinical Psychologist

Our Team

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Dr. Heather Frank
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Heather Frank, Psy.D., CGP

Founder/Clinical Psychologist

Certified Group Psychotherapist

pronouns: she, her, hers

*Waitlist for new clients*

In network with Aetna, BCBS, Cigna and USHIP

PSYPACT member https://www.psypact.org/psypactmap 

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois.  I earned both my Masters of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.  I completed my predoctoral internship at Pace University Counseling Center in New York and my postdoctoral hours at the University of Illinois Chicago Counseling Center.

I practice from an insight-oriented, collaborative, and individualized approach to meet the unique needs of each person I work with. I strive to provide a supportive and accepting space for my patients to feel heard and understood while also feeling challenged to experiment with new ways of thinking, feeling and relating.  My hope is that therapy can be useful in providing tools to relieve immediate stress while also helping uncover the underlying meanings of unwanted or distressing symptoms, feelings and relational patterns in order to create lasting change.

 

I have extensive experience working with undergraduate and graduate students as well as early and mid career professionals.  I also specialize in women's mental health and work with women across the lifespan.  Additionally, I have specialized training in group therapy and am currently completing training in modern psychoanalytic group psychotherapy at the Center for Group Studies in New York.  

Specialty Areas:

Graduate and undergraduate student mental health

Early Career Professionals (psychology, law, medicine and business)

Career related concerns and professional growth

Women’s mental health; prenatal and postpartum concerns; fertility concerns

Identity exploration

Sexual, physical and emotional Trauma 

Family-of-origin concerns 

Coping with being a caregiver to parents who are aging and/or have significant medical needs

Relational concerns 

Life transitions (divorce, becoming a parent, changing career path)

Grief and Loss

Couples therapy 

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    Stephanie Dykema, Ph.D., SEP

    Director of Clinical Training
    Clinical Psychologist

    pronouns: she, her, hers

    *Limited availability for new clients*

    In network with Aetna, BCBS, Cigna and USHIP

    I use a relational-cultural approach to therapy, meaning we will explore relationship patterns and societal messages that result in shame, self-blame, and disconnection. My work with clients often explores the traumatic impact of systemic oppression and the importance of gender, race, size, and sexual orientation (among many other identities) on our lives, mental health, and relationships. 

     

    I am also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-oriented approach to processing trauma. I utilize SE to create emotional and relational safety, facilitate nervous system regulation, and release emotions and trauma that are stored in the body. I have experience helping clients heal from medical/surgical trauma, car/plane accidents, near death experiences, sexual assault, and developmental/family of origin trauma. I may integrate concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to increase your coping skills and create movement towards your values.

     

    I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois and I obtained my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron in Ohio. I completed my APA-Accredited internship at Texas Woman’s University Counseling and Psychological Services and my Postdoctoral Fellowship at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Counseling Services. As Director of Clinical Training at CCC, I am passionate about the training and development of pre-licensed mental health professionals, social justice advocacy, and feminist supervision.

     

    Specialty Areas:

     

    Early career professionals

    Women’s mental health

    Size/body/weight/fat acceptance

    Cultural/racial identity exploration

    Trauma and complex PTSD

    Family-of-origin dysfunction

    Medical/surgical trauma

    Mind-body connection/disconnection

    Near death experiences

    Couples therapy and diverse relationship orientations

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      Kurt Stevens, Psy.D.

      Clinical Psychologist

      Supervisor

      pronouns: he, him, his

      *Accepting new clients*

      In network with Aetna and BCBS

      I provide individual counseling and group therapy at Chicago Counseling Collective. I have extensive experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, young adults, and early career/emerging professionals. I also have a strong personal interest and clinical competency working with middle-aged adults. 

       

      My therapeutic style is warm, relational, psychodynamic (processing past personal and relational experiences and exploring their potential connection to current personal and interpersonal functioning), and collaborative. As a clinician, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is paramount to establishing a safe, trusting, open, and interconnected space, which sets the tone for personal and interpersonal awareness, acceptance, healing, growth, and change to occur. I continually strive to provide an empathic, supportive, genuine, and collaborative space with my clients in which they can feel understood, supported, valued, and challenged to express their true selves in my presence, eventually (should they choose to do so) even those aspects of themselves that they generally hide from the majority of others in their life. I also believe that the focus of attention and discussion in a particular therapy session as well as the overall pacing of therapy varies by person with some clients preferring and benefiting from a more active therapeutic approach early in treatment, while other clients needing and/or preferring more time before they feel secure enough to delve deeper into their presenting concerns. As a result, I use my extensive clinical experience and strong intuition along with a collaborative approach to discern, discuss, and ultimately decide how to most effectively serve my clients in our therapeutic work together. If you feel like we could be a good therapeutic match, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

       

      I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois. I earned both my Masters of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have spent the past twelve years working and training in several different university counseling center settings. Specifically, I have spent the past eight years at the University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center as a staff clinician and more recently as the Center’s Assistant Director for Group Therapy for the past five years. In addition, I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University Counseling and Psychological Services and my predoctoral internship at American University Counseling Center in Washington, D.C. I also previously trained for two consecutive years as an advanced practicum extern at DePaul University Counseling Services in Chicago.

       

      Specialty Areas:

       

      College Students (undergraduate and graduate) and Young Adults

      Middle-aged Adults

      Relationship/Interpersonal Issues

      Family of Origin Concerns

      Depression

      Grief and Loss

      Anxiety

      Identity Development

      Phase of Life Transitions and Concerns

      Career and Professional Concerns

      Low Self-Esteem/Self-Worth

      Women’s Issues

      Men’s Issues

      Group Therapy

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        Chrishane N. Cunningham, MA, LCPC, NCC

        Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

        Staff Therapist

        pronouns: she, her, hers

        *Limited availability for new clients*

        In network with Aetna, BCBS, and Cigna 

        Chrishane Cunningham, MA, LCPC, NCC  is delighted to join us at Chicago Counseling Collective. After receiving her B.A. from Boston University in Psychology, Chrishane attended The Family Institute at Northwestern University for her M.A. in Counseling, specializing in working with children and adolescents. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University in New York City. Along with children and adolescents, Chrishane treats across the lifespan working with individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in working with people of colour, with particular attention to youth and Black mental health wellness.  

         

        Chrishane’s therapeutic approach is holistic and eclectic, including a mix of modalities attuning to her clients and their needs. Her therapeutic work is centered upon cultural humility and empathy, and she believes a strong therapeutic alliance is integral to successful treatment. Overall, Chrishane’s therapeutic work is highly collaborative and she works diligently to help her clients achieve wellness. She sees herself as a very encouraging and validating therapist and her goal is always to help her clients gain insight and make the changes they wish to see. 

        Specialty Areas:

        ADHD

        Adolescent Mental Health

        Anxiety

        BIPOC Mental Health

        Black Individual Mental Health

        College, Graduate Student, and Young Adult Mental Health

        Communication Difficulties

        Cultural/Racial Identity Development

        Depression

        Family Therapy and Family-of-Origin Issues

        Life Transitions

        Relationship and Couples Counseling

        Self Esteem/Compassion

        Therapists in Therapy

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          Jeremy Cohen, Ph.D.

          Clinical Psychologist

          Supervisor

          pronouns: he, him, his

          *Limited availability for new clients*

          In network with Aetna, BCBS, Cigna and USHIP

          I like working with people to help figure out what keeps them stuck in certain patterns in their lives, and flexibly and collaboratively explore opportunities for change. I strive to establish a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, tailoring the space to each unique individual by taking the time to understand the multiple layers of someone’s identities, experiences, and environments. My approach to therapy draws from multicultural, relational/interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness perspectives, and I ground the therapy in a humanistic and affirmative core. I aim to help people find greater understanding and compassion for themselves while also fostering new ways to cope and navigate challenges. I provide individual and group therapy at CCC, and am humbled by the opportunity to join people in their lives in meaningful and authentic ways.

           

          I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia. I completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Counseling & Psychological Services and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware’s Center for Counseling & Student Development where I received specialty supervision in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals. I was a staff psychologist at the University of Delaware for 5 years and served as the Advanced Practicum Coordinator. Most recently, I was a staff psychologist at Northwestern University Counseling & Psychological Services and served as the Associate Director for Chicago CAPS where I coordinated outreach efforts and the postdoctoral fellowship. 

           

           

          Specialty Areas:

           

          Graduate and professional students, early career professionals

          Undergraduate students and college mental health

          LGBTQIA identity

          Identity exploration

          Men’s Issues

          Anxiety

          Family of origin concerns

          Interpersonal and relationship concerns

          Life transitions 

          Low self-esteem/self-worth

          Stress management, coping skills

          Perfectionism

          Benedetta Rossi

            Benedetta Rossi, LCPC

            Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

            Staff Therapist

            pronouns: she, her, hers

            *Accepting new clients*

            In network with Aetna, BCBS, Cigna and USHIP

            I work with clients who are feeling stuck, lost, and struggling to move forward with their life. Seeking help might be intimidating, but therapy can be a space to receive support with navigating the constant struggles of life, and it can be an empowering journey of finding meaning and thinking more thoughtfully about your relationship with yourself and others. This is why I value creating a strong and authentic therapeutic relationship to support your growth and empower you to create the change you desire. I utilize various techniques that are tailored to your specific needs, and I strive to create a warm environment where we can explore different topics and work towards your goals together. 

             

            I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, life transitions, and trauma. I assist my clients with managing professional and academic concerns, creating healthier habits, finding balance, and feeling more fulfilled with their lives. I also offer couples therapy for those seeking to improve intimacy, communication, trust, and emotional closeness with their partners. Additionally, I’m particularly passionate about working with international students and immigrants, a path close to my heart as a former international student from Italy. This firsthand experience of navigating the immigration system and adjusting to a different culture has shaped my approach to therapeutic work, ensuring sensitivity to my clients’ unique experiences, beliefs, and marginalized identities.

             

            I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton. I have previously worked in hospitals and community mental health settings. I also offer therapy in Italian.

             

            Specialty areas

             

            Graduate and Undergraduate students, International students

            Early and Mid-Career Professionals

            Life Transitions 

            Couples

            Relationship Issues 

            Adjustment Disorder

            Identity Exploration

            Stress Management 

            Anxiety Disorders

            Mood Disorders

            Grief

            Trauma

            Immigration Issues

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              Haley Braun, PsyD

              Clinical Psychologist

              Supervisor

              pronouns: she, her, hers

              *Limited availability for new clients*                                            In network with Aetna, BCBS, and Cigna

              Hello and welcome! I believe that relationships can be a source of immense joy, growth, and healing and can also be at the root of deep pain and trauma. This is why I work hard to create an environment that feels warm, affirming, and authentic. I use a relational- cultural and interpersonal approach in therapy meaning that one of my top priorities is getting to know you as a whole person; this includes the many layers of your identity and experiences, and your joys, sorrows, and sense of humor. Together, we can explore, process, and better understand your patterns in relationships and work toward doing something different in those relationships such as setting boundaries, practicing vulnerability, and communicating wants and needs. I am intentional about attending to the roles that systems of oppression, power, and privilege play both in and out of the therapy room. I am collaborative and flexible and want to make therapy a space that meets your needs and goals.


              I love working with young adults, undergraduate and graduate students, non-traditional students, and early career professionals. These phases of life comes with many unique challenges, transitions, and opportunities for growth. It has been one of the joys of my career thus far to work with folks from all over the world and together navigate identity, culture, adjustment, and all that comes with being an international student. I am also passionate about supporting survivors of sexual trauma. I recognize the impact and toll these experiences can have, and strive to make therapy a space that feels safe, connected, empowering, and that honors the strength and resilience of survivors.

               

              I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University and my APA-accredited doctoral internship at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I earned my Master’s Degree (M.A.) and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at the APA-accredited Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I provide individual and group therapy here at Chicago Counseling Collective. 

               


              Specialty Areas:


              College student mental health (undergraduate and graduate, international students) 
              Young adults and adults
              Relationship/interpersonal concerns
              Sexual and relationship trauma
              Intersectional identity exploration 
              Women’s mental health
              Self-esteem
              Grief and loss
              Life transitions
              Anxiety
              Depression
              Stress management

              Danielle Bertini

                Danielle Bertini, LCPC

                Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

                Staff Therapist

                pronouns: she, her, hers

                *Accepting new clients*

                In network with Aetna, BCBS, Cigna and USHIP

                I believe that the therapeutic relationship is at the crux of change. Through this lens, I offer a safe, warm, and empathic space for clients to explore their inner world. Counseling is not just for those experiencing a life crisis or a current difficulty—counseling is an opportunity to learn new skills, gain new insights, and position oneself for increased health and wellness.

                Although I practice through a foundation of psychodynamic therapy, I believe that every client is unique and needs something different from the therapeutic process. Pulling from a variety of modalities, I tailor techniques in a creative way to fit those needs. Through working together, I believe that I can help you find your way to the path for growth. I have experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationship problems, work-life balance concerns, familial troubles, grief and loss, life transitions and trauma.

                In addition, I'm particularly passionate about working with college students and emerging adults. This time of life can be fraught with anxiety related to academic performance and career choices. You may be navigating the complexities of increased responsibilities and independence, new social and romantic relationships, and the impact of social media in terms of peer comparison. You might also be feeling a tremendous amount of pressure, stress, and uncertainty about what the future might hold for you. All of these various factors can make this life stage feel quite unpredictable and isolating, which is why I believe therapy is so important during this time. My goal is to help you gain useful tools and skills to not only help you navigate this life stage, but also to carry with you in the future.

                I earned my M.A. in Counseling from Northwestern University and my B.A. in Psychology and Communications from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I have previously worked in various community mental health and private practice settings.

                Speciality Areas:

                Graduate and undergraduate student mental health

                Emerging adulthood challenges

                Life transitions

                Anxiety

                Depression

                Relationship/interpersonal issues

                Family of origin challenges

                Low self-esteem/low self-worth

                Identity Exploration

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                  Nabila Irizarry, Ph.D.

                  Postdoctoral Fellow

                  pronouns: she, her, hers

                  languages spoken: English, Spanish

                  Offering only Telehealth (virtual) appointments at this time

                  *Limited availability for new clients*                                 

                  Openings in Women of Color Group

                  In network with Aetna, BCBS, and Cigna

                  Born and raised in Puerto Rico, I follow a culturally-responsive approach to therapy, acknowledging intersectionality and promoting fairness, equity, and justice. I incorporate constructivist, dialectical, and psychodynamic perspectives, which means we will work together to understand both personal and societal factors that contribute to your everyday well-being. My goal is to guide you towards healthier mental habits that can alleviate your suffering and enable a life-long journey of fulfillment. Through self-exploration of personal narratives (Constructivism), analysis of interpersonal experiences (Dialectical), and understanding of the intersections between our past and present (Psychodynamic), we become more in charge of our future and aware of how we occupy and share spaces with others in the world. I believe that therapy is a co-creation of a shared vulnerable space, and recognize that my position as a therapist requires intellectual humility, transparency, and empathy.  

                   

                  I obtained my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the APA-Accredited program at the University of Puerto Rico and completed my masters degree in Psychological Research at the University of Guadalajara. I specialized in psychodynamic psychotherapy, studying Lacanian Psychoanalysis in Quebec at the GIFRIC Institute. I have worked with a wide range of clients including adolescents, young adults, couples, families, and people who are incarcerated. I have helped clients understand how to communicate and regulate their emotions through the acquisition of interpersonal skills, the acknowledgement of unhealthy attachment patterns, and the implementation of self-regulating practices. I am committed to anti-bias/anti-racist practices (ABAR) and encourage my clients to address systemic issues as part of their therapeutic process, so they can feel more comfortable, empowered and self-assured in the space. As a former Montessori educator, I am aware of the importance of recognizing the needs of each developmental stage, and I strive to meet everyone where they are. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you!

                   

                  Specialty Areas:

                  Racialized trauma 

                  Women’s mental health

                  Women of color

                  Latinx population

                  Life transitions

                  Couples therapy 

                  Attachment therapy

                  Neurodiversity

                  Identity exploration

                  Boundary-setting skills

                  Relational concerns

                  Mood disorders

                  Grief and Loss

                  Autism spectrum 

                  Body dysphoria/dysmorphia

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                    Beatrice Rothbaum, Ph.D.

                    Postdoctoral Fellow

                    pronouns: she, her, hers

                    *Accepting new clients*

                    In network with Aetna, BCBS, and Cigna 

                    I work collaboratively with clients from a relational, psychoanalytic perspective and view the therapy relationship as an opportunity to explore, bring awareness to, and transform patterns of relating to others and oneself. I remain curious, open, and engaged with my clients, whom I view as the authorities on their own lives. Together we will explore past experiences and relational patterns that may be holding you back, and situate current struggles in the context of your life history. Ultimately, the goal is to gain insight, create a broader range of emotional responses, and begin to live with more clarity and authenticity.

                    I specialize in identity exploration, relationship issues, life transitions, creativity, gender and sexuality, substance use, depression, and anxiety. I enjoy working with individuals and couples of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, nationalities, cultural backgrounds, and I welcome clients from marginalized communities.

                     

                    I earned my B.A. in English from Oberlin College and received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. I completed my APA-accredited doctoral internship at Lake Forest College’s Counseling Center, and completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University in New York.

                     

                    Specialty Areas:

                     

                    Identity Exploration

                    Relationship/Interpersonal Issues

                    Creativity

                    Anxiety

                    LGBTQIA+ Community

                    Depression

                    Trauma

                    Couples/Diverse Relationship Orientations

                    Grief and Loss

                    PTSD

                    Family of Origin Challenges

                    Emerging Adulthood Challenges

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                      Leslie Potter

                      Director of Operations & Outreach

                      pronouns: she, her, hers

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                      As director of operations and outreach at CCC, I wear several hats, overseeing client billing, intake coordination, HR/recruiting, marketing and outreach, as well as general business/office management. My mission is twofold: create a welcoming and positive experience for clients seeking and receiving therapy, and help our therapists deliver their services more efficiently and effectively. I also partner closely with our founder and training director to discuss and implement initiatives to improve work culture and expand in ways that align with our values.
                       
                      I deeply believe in the power of therapy to transform lives, while also understanding that this journey can be extremely vulnerable and sometimes intimidating. I’m here to create an emphatic and safe space for you to share your needs so I can best match you with a therapist who will meet those needs. It is an honor to support you on your healing journey.

                       

                      I spent the first half of my career in corporate in a variety of marketing, project management, client success and technology roles. These past experiences have equipped me with in-depth knowledge in multiple administrative areas and a unique perspective for the mental health industry. Working in mental health administration has been profoundly rewarding, and I am proud to be part of the CCC team.

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                        Tara Van Zant

                        Billing Specialist

                        pronouns: she, her, hers

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                        With over a decade of experience in various medical offices, combined with my bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration with a minor in communications, I bring a deep understanding of aspects clients need to consider when balancing their health and finances. I take pride in taking the time to fully learn your plan and one of my favorite aspects of my job is breaking down insurance details, making it easier for you to understand and utilize your coverage effectively.

                        Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, a licensed clinical therapist, and our three kids. Although I’m not “outdoorsy”, I love sitting outside and reading a good book or watching my children play at a park. I have an addiction to Cherry Coke and drink way too much of it, but justify this indulgence by also drinking plenty of water. Living in beautiful Utah, I’m inspired by the breathtaking snow-capped mountains on a daily basis.

                        Dr. Dykema
                        Dr. Frank
                        Chrishane
                        Dr. Cohen
                        Benedetta
                        Dr. Stevens
                        Tara
                        Dr. Irizarry
                        Danielle
                        Dr Braun
                        Dr. Rothbaum
                        Leslie

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                        Office Locations: 

                        Loop Office:

                        155 N. Michigan Ave, Ste 707

                        Chicago, IL 60601

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                        2218 W. Lawrence

                        Chicago, IL 60625

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