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Chicago Counseling Collective (CCC) is a group psychotherapy practice founded by Dr. Heather Frank in 2019.  At CCC, our staff values connection as we aim to connect 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 and postdoctoral fellows whom align with CCC's values and mission.  I invite you to learn more about CCC and our experienced and compassionate staff.  If what CCC represents appeals to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Dr. Heather Frank

Founder/Clinical Psychologist

Our Team

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

Founder/Clinical Psychologist

Certified Group Psychotherapist

pronouns: she, her, hers

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 have previously provided clinical services in a number of settings including: university counseling centers, inpatient treatment centers, hospitals and a therapeutic camp for young adults and adolescents. My most recent appointment was as the Assistant Director for Group Therapy at the University of Illinois Chicago Counseling Center. Currently, I enjoy working as a private practitioner and teaching graduate courses at Adler University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


I have extensive experience working with undergraduate and graduate students as well as individuals who struggle with eating and body image concerns.  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.


    Lauren Scheuermann, M.A., LPC

    Staff Therapist

    pronouns: she, her, hers

    As a therapist I bring an empathetic, authentic, and collaborative approach to therapy. I strive to create a safe and empowering space where you’ll feel supported to challenge and untangle thoughts, experiences, and behaviors that are no longer helpful. Using evidence-based practices, we’ll work together to develop tools and skills that will help you grow, heal, and self-regulate. I practice through a trauma-informed, integrated framework and strongly believe in a holistic approach, including the mind-body connection, to treatment. I gravitate toward therapeutic modalities that utilize mindfulness (DBT), explore past experiences (Psychodynamic), create awareness around thoughts and behaviors (CBT), and celebrate your strengths. 


    I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Chicago Counseling Collective, I worked in a residential setting with a diverse adult population. I gained experience working with mood disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, emotional distress, identity development, substance use, trauma/complex trauma, eating disorders, self-injurious behaviors and suicide ideation, as well as relationship struggles. Before receiving my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, I worked for several years in marketing and advertising.


    Specialty Areas:




    Mood Disorders

    Communication Difficulties 

    Trauma-Related Concerns and Experiences 

    Low Self-Esteem/Self-Worth

    Stress Management/Lifestyle Balance/Professional Issues  

    Relationship and Peer Struggles  

    Coping Skills 

    Eating Disorders and Body Image Concerns

    Family Conflict 

    Life Transitions and Change 

    Self-Injurious Behaviors 

    Identity Development 

    Women’s Issues 

    Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors 

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      Stephanie Dykema, Ph.D.

      Director of Clinical Training
      Clinical Psychologist

      pronouns: she, her, hers

      Welcome! I provide individual, couples, and group therapy at CCC. I use a relational-cultural approach to therapy where we will explore relationship patterns and societal messages that can 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, and sexual orientation (among many other identities) on our lives, mental health, and relationships. I also use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help you understand any barriers preventing you from pursuing the life and relationships you seek and to help you connect with your emotions, body, and values. When appropriate, I incorporate Somatic Experiencing (a body-oriented trauma therapy) to process emotions and trauma, foster a mind-body connection, and to facilitate your body's ability to act on your needs.


      I have extensive experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, young adults, and early career/emerging professionals. I obtained my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron and my Master of Arts from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. I completed my APA-Accredited internship at Texas Woman’s University Counseling and Psychological Services, where I received specialized training in women’s mental health, multicultural counseling, and group therapy. I completed my Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on international students and the LGBTQIA+ community at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Counseling Services. Currently, I am pursuing training in Somatic Experiencing through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. I have been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois since 2018.


      As Director of Clinical training, I am passionate about the training and development of postdoctoral fellows, social justice advocacy, and feminist supervision.


      Specialty Areas:

      College students and young adults

      Career concerns and professional growth

      Women’s mental health

      Size/body/weight/fat acceptance

      Cultural/racial identity exploration

      Trauma and complex PTSD

      Family-of-origin dysfunction

      Medical trauma

      Mind-body connection/disconnection

      Couples therapy and diverse relationship orientations

      Dr. Shannon Dalley

        Shannon Dalley, Psy.D.

        Clinical Psychologist

        pronouns: she, her, hers

        Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Chicago Counseling Collective, P.C.  I received my Masters of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Roosevelt University’s APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program. I provide both individual and group therapy to adults and have three years of experience working specifically with undergraduate and graduate college students. I am particularly interested in working with individuals who want to focus on relationship concerns, identity development, issues related to family-of-origin, and phase of life issues. I also have specific training and interest in working with individuals who have eating and body image concerns. However, I am open to working with those struggling with a variety of other mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, and interpersonal challenges.


        I use a relational, process-oriented approach to meet the needs of each individual with respect to their circumstances and intersecting identities. I focus on clients’ strengths and work in collaboration with them to help them gain insight into their experiences and to make meaningful change in their lives. I am also passionate about social justice and am committed to providing feminist and multiculturally-informed treatment. I have experience working with diverse and underserved populations in both college and hospital settings, including those who hold diverse racial, ethnic, class, gender, and sexual identities, and am dedicated to upholding diversity, inclusion, and social justice values in my work with each individual.  


        Specialty Areas:


        Relationship Concerns

        Family of Origin Issues

        Life Transitions/Phase of Life Issues



        Low Self-Esteem/Self-Worth

        Women's Issues

        Eating Disorder & Body Image Concerns

        Professional Issues

        Identity Issues

        Diversity/Multicultural Concerns

        College/Graduate School Issues

        Trauma-Related Concerns

        Stress Management

        Conflict Management

        Communication Difficulties


          Hannah Payne, M.A., LPC

          Staff Therapist

          pronouns: she, her, hers

          Hello and welcome! I provide individual, couples, and group therapy with a multicultural, client-centered, and psychodynamic approach. I am passionate about helping my clients find strength after experiencing adversity, learn more about themselves and accept who they are, and meet their goals for personal growth.  I believe that our childhood experiences and relationships greatly shape who we are and the way we think. If we understand our past experiences, we can gain clarity about our present selves and become who we want to be and create the change we want to see in our future. While exploring ourselves, I also find it important to highlight how culture and our society impacts us and what we need in therapy. I believe that the many layers of an individual's identity - race, gender identity, sexuality, ability, age, citizenship, etc. - must be acknowledged, respected, and appreciated in therapy.  As a therapist I create a safe space for my clients' identity to be fully explored and deeply understood. In sessions, I focus on empowerment, self-discovery, and adjusting to change. I enjoy working with clients who are willing to be vulnerable and motivated to transform. I hope to help my clients change their inner dialogues to create a more positive and meaningful understanding of self and the world around them.

          I have my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Religion. While at Loyola, I completed a 1000 hour internship at Haymarket Center providing individual and group therapy for adults with substance abuse; I then went on to work at Haymarket Center full time before transitioning to private practice therapy. I also have completed an internship with Synergy Services where I was an advocate and case manager for homeless youth. I also am a certified Rape Crisis Counselor and volunteer medical advocate with Resilience. I have received additional training on trauma informed care, LGBTQIA+ clients, human trafficking, sex work, group therapy, domestic violence, systemic racism, HIV & Hepitits C, and childhood sexual abuse.

          Specialty Areas:

          Substance Abuse
          Domestic Violence
          Sexual Assault/Abuse
          Relationships & Couples
          Multicultural Identity & Mental Health
          Strained Family Relationships
          Sex Addiction
          Chronic Mental Illness
          Self-Esteem & Self Compassion
          People Pleasing
          Life Transitions
          Sexual Dysfunction/Satisfaction Concerns
          Stress Management & Coping Skills


            Lincoln Hill, Ph.D.

            Postdoctoral Fellow

            pronouns: she, her, hers

            Hello! I earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and my Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. I completed my APA-Accredited internship in health service psychology from the University of Pennsylvania Counseling & Psychological Services program. Prior to CCC, I worked in many diverse settings with diverse roles in college counseling centers, private practice, and community mental health. I provide individual and group therapy services and have extensive experience in outreach and consultation services related to mental health topics, advocacy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, I have extensive program development and evaluation experience. 


            I am process-oriented and work from a relational-cultural perspective heavily considering how my client’s unique life experiences such as their family dynamics and upbringings, significant life events, communities, values, and cultural identities relate to their presenting concerns and needs in our work together. I view therapy as an opportunity to cultivate a collaborative relationship with my clients while centering connection, exploration, validation, and growth. I invite my clients to use therapy as a space to slow down and practice curiosity towards themselves and their experiences. 


            I have worked with clients presenting with all types of concerns and therapeutic goals. From my clinical and research experiences, I have particular expertise in working with individuals managing the imposter syndrome (objectively successful people with feelings of self-doubt and incompetence); BIPOC individuals and individuals from historically minoritized groups; individuals navigating interpersonal relationship challenges such as identifying relational patterns, addressing conflict, and learning how to communicate and set boundaries that honor the client and their unique personal and cultural values; individuals seeking to explore the impact of the sociopolitical climate on their mental health, particularly with clients holding multiple minoritized identities; and college, graduate, and professional students with issues related to work/life balance, academic identity, and self-worth. 


            Specialty Areas:


            Imposter Syndrome

            Relationship Concerns

            Cultural/Racial Identity Development

            Black Women’s Mental Health

            BIPOC Mental Health


            Body Image Concerns

            Academic Identity and Stressors

            Boundary Setting and Assertiveness

            Life Transitions

            Family-of-Origin Issues




              Ryan Mather, Psy.D.

              Postdoctoral Fellow

              pronouns: he, him, his

              Hello. I received my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) from Adler University’s APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program. Prior to coming to Chicago Counseling Collective as a postdoctoral fellow, I completed my APA-Accredited predoctoral internship at Adler Community Health Services. I have previously worked in community mental health and school settings providing individual and group therapy for youth and adults. These experiences reflect my commitment to social justice and I strive to have this echoed in my work through acknowledging the impacts of social forces on our identities and lived experiences.


              My therapy style and approach is relational and collaborative. I believe openness and acceptance are central to growth, and I want you to feel comfortable discussing whatever may feel important to you. I enjoy working with people experiencing communication difficulties; struggling with low self-esteem or frequent guilt; people who are seeking greater relationship satisfaction (family, peer, work, and romantic); finding meaning in life; previous, recent, or anticipated grief and loss; exploring religion and spirituality (including conflict and identity); those diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI); and LGBTQIA+ folx. I look forward to empathically accompanying you in discovering greater meaning and life satisfaction.


              Specialty Areas:



              Communication difficulties and conflict


              Existential issues

              Family of origin issues

              Grief and loss

              LGBTQIA identity

              Phase of life transitions and concerns

              Relationship and peer satisfaction

              Religion and spirituality

              Self-esteem and self-worth

              Serious mental illness and psychosis


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              Office Location: 

              155 N. Michigan Ave, Ste 566

              Chicago, IL 60601

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              (312) 600-8310


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