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

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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.

    Stephanie Dykema, PhD

    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

      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 

        Shannon Dalley, Psy.D.

        Clinical Psychologist

        pronouns: she, her, hers

        Hello! I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow 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

          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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            155 N. Michigan Ave, Ste 566

            Chicago, IL 60601

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