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Welcome!

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 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

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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

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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    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:

     

    Anxiety 

    Depression 

    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

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        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
        Trauma
        Sex Addiction
        Anxiety
        Depression
        Chronic Mental Illness
        Self-Esteem & Self Compassion
        Codependency
        People Pleasing
        Life Transitions
        Sexual Dysfunction/Satisfaction Concerns
        Stress Management & Coping Skills

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          Kurt Stevens, Psy.D.

          Clinical Psychologist

          pronouns: he, him, his

          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

            Staff Therapist

            pronouns: she, her, hers

            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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              Ryan Mather, Psy.D.

              Clinical Psychologist

              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:

               

              Anxiety

              Communication difficulties and conflict

              Depression

              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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                Jeremy Cohen, PhD

                Clinical Psychologist

                pronouns: he, him, his

                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

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                  Benedetta Rossi, LCPC

                  Staff Therapist

                  pronouns: she, her, hers

                  Welcome! I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, born and raised in Italy. I provide individual therapy at Chicago Counseling Collective using a multicultural, empathic, and individualized approach. I value creating a strong therapeutic relationship to guide you through your healing journey, to support your growth and validate your feelings. I strive to empower you to create change, letting go of behaviors that no longer serve you, and discovering your unique self. I use a trauma informed and client-centered approach to support you with balancing new life roles, coping with interpersonal conflict, exploring identities, and dealing with academic and professional concerns. I also utilize various theoretical approaches that are tailored to your specific needs and goals, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness skills, and psychodynamic techniques. 

                   

                  As a former international student, I have firsthand experience navigating the immigration system and adjusting to a different culture. My personal background has shaped my approach to providing care, taking into consideration different identities, beliefs, and communication styles. I believe that therapy is a journey of self-discovery, where you will learn valuable skills that will serve you and empower you throughout your life. 

                   

                  My previous professional experience includes working at Thresholds, serving individuals with serious mental illnesses, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have also trained as a group counselor at St. Joseph Hospital Intensive Outpatient Program, using evidence-based practices, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to treat mood disorders, anxiety, relationship issues, and life stressors. Additionally, I have received training on managing high-risk behaviors and providing crisis intervention, including safety planning for suicidal and homicidal ideation, self-injury and aggression. I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton. 

                   

                  Specialty Areas:

                   

                  Graduate and Undergraduate students, International students

                  Early Career professionals

                  Life Transitions

                  Identity Exploration

                  Trauma – emotional, physical and sexual abuse

                  Interpersonal issues

                  Mood Disorders

                  Anxiety Disorders

                  Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation

                  Personality Disorders

                  Psychotic Disorders

                  Stress Management

                  Group Therapy 

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                    Constance Victor, Psy.D.

                    Postdoctoral Fellow

                    pronouns: she, her, hers

                    Hello and welcome! It takes a lot of courage to begin therapy and I hope to encourage and foster this courage in our work together. I view therapy as a collaborative process. I integrate and draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches such as Adlerian, dialectical behavior therapy, existential, humanistic, narrative, person-focused, internal family systems, and positive psychology. Overall, I take a holistic and multicultural perspective, which means that all parts of your life are welcome and encouraged in our work together. I believe your identities and history are essential to who you are and how you navigate the world. You are the expert of yourself, and I collaborate with you so that you feel less alone and more understood. I offer genuine encouragement and help you recognize your progress. 

                     

                    I am passionate about working with individuals who have experienced physical, emotional, relational, and sexual traumas as well as working with individuals who are struggling with symptoms of depression and anxiety. In my therapeutic work with clients, I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment in which non-judgmental self-exploration can be fostered and encouraged to promote growth and change. We may explore how your early life experiences and family dynamics have influenced the messages you received, how your worldview was formed, and how you move towards your goals. We may also explore other facets of your mental health, such as community involvement, belonging, values, connection, and identity. 

                     

                    I received my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Adler University’s APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program. Prior to coming to my work at the Chicago Counseling Collective as a postdoctoral fellow, I completed my APA-Accredited predoctoral internship at Northern Illinois University’s Counseling and Consultation Services. I have also previously worked in community mental health, hospital, and additional college/university counseling settings in which I provided individual and group therapy.

                     

                    Together we'll figure out the purpose of your symptoms, and how to better reach your goals. Progress may not be linear, but we'll get you to where you want to go, and we'll get there together.

                     

                     

                    Specialty Areas:

                     

                    Adlerian Therapy 

                    Anxiety

                    Boundary Setting/Asserting One’s Needs

                    Communication Difficulties 

                    College/Graduate School Issues

                    Depression

                    Identity Exploration – Racial, Cultural, Sexual, Gender, Religious 

                    Internal Family Systems/Parts Work

                    Life Transitions/Phase of Life Issues

                    Self-Esteem/Self Compassion

                    Stress Management

                    Trauma -emotional, relational, physical and sexual 

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                      Irina Rivera, Ph.D.

                      Postdoctoral Fellow

                      pronouns: she, her

                      Welcome! I work from a relational paradigm because I believe therapy is a co-created, collaborative process. I bring to therapy my previous experiences working in creative environments, to help clients foster new perspectives and solutions that fit your unique issues, identities, and personality. Also, I have found that warmth and empathy from me helps clients relax and feel safe enough to explore parts of the themselves that may be hidden or unconsciously buried. I have worked with a diverse range of clients, many of whom have experienced abuse, loss, and/or marginalization. Areas of ongoing interest and research are in the experience of awe and spirituality. This is just a brief description of my work, so please feel free to ask questions so that you can decide if we are a good fit.

                       

                      I earned my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Fuller Psychology & Marital and Family Therapy in Los Angeles, CA. My undergraduate degree is in Communication, Film Emphasis, from Loyola Marymount University. I completed my APA-accredited internship at University of Illinois, Chicago counseling center. Prior to coming to CCC, I worked at a private practice, community mental health center, and university counseling centers. I provide therapy for individuals, couples, and groups. I also have experience leading workshops on topics such as Compassion for Our Inner Critic, Unconscious Bias, and Perfectionism. 

                       

                      Specialty Areas:

                       

                      Anxiety

                      Adjustment to College/University

                      Creativity Issues

                      Cultural Identity Development

                      Depression

                      Existential Issues

                      Grief and Loss

                      Parenting 

                      Perfectionism

                      Religion/Spirituality

                      Stress

                      Trauma

                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
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