Dr. Terry Dornak, Psy.D., CCATP
Clinical Psychologist | Clinical Director
I received my Doctorate of Psychology and Master of Arts from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have gained my therapeutic experience not only working in private practice settings but through working in residential settings as well.
It is my goal that each person who steps into my office feels comfortable and accepted. I respect each individual's culture, gender, race, and sexual identity. I am passionate about my field and believe that each individual that comes into my office is unique. I use an integrated approach that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic techniques. I work with each client to design a treatment plan that meets his or her own personal needs and goals. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults, and I provide individual, family, as well as relationship therapy.
I have extensive experience and training in treating mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, substance use, and anger. In addition, I specialize in treating the psychological struggles frequently associated with chronic pain including anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship difficulties. I also specialize in treating post-partum depression and infertility.
I welcome feedback from my clients. When a client feels that a certain technique is not working, I encourage him or her to tell me so that we can work together to find another technique that may work better. I think therapy is definitely a team effort.
Dr. Nisha Kumar, Psy.D.
Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” This quote by Brené Brown continues to inspire me to show up, to be authentic and vulnerable. I value developing authentic therapeutic relationships with my clients and strive to foster a nonjudgmental space through empathy and acceptance where all emotions and experiences are validated and all diverse race, gender, and sexual identities are affirmed and valued.
We are all human and we all struggle at times. I recognize that asking for help is difficult. I feel honored to hear your story and sit with all you bring into session, whether painful emotions, past experiences, or current stressors, and to help guide you to develop a deeper connection with yourself and others.
I provide individual and group therapy to adults and have training in working with a variety of mental health concerns. I am particularly passionate about working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship or interpersonal concerns, work or professional concerns, adjustment difficulties, low self-esteem/self-worth, and relational trauma. Practicing from an integrative approach, I utilize client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness techniques.
I received my PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University Oregon and completed my internship and postdoctoral hours at Kansas State University Counseling Services. I have extensive experience working with multiculturally diverse adults in university counseling centers and community clinics.
My therapeutic style is warm, gentle, and collaborative. I meet my clients where they are and support them in moving forward toward their goals. It is my hope that, through feeling heard, safe, and supported, you are able to discover your inner strengths and make positive, value-driven changes in your life.
Dr. Nadia Hallak, Psy.D., LPC
Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow
With all the stressors in our society today, a client is in need of an empathetic, caring clinician who can be a main source of support and offer effective therapeutic treatment. I believe the most important element in a therapeutic relationship is empathy. I work to learn about the client’s world and the experiences they endured so as to truly understand their emotions and worldview. With my knowledge, experience, and empathy I can help each client improve and reach their goal. I identify with my client, normalize their experience, and instill hope in gaining an effective therapeutic outcome. I genuinely care about the welfare of every client. Nothing makes me happier then to see my client improve and enhance the quality of their life.
I accept every client and try to make them feel comfortable. I also motivate the client to reach their goals with effective therapeutic treatments. My therapeutic orientation consists of Client-centered therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and EMDR. I enjoy working with clients from all different age groups. My specialty includes cultural psychology, acculturation and assimilation. I also have experience working with Post traumatic Stress Disorder, Mood disorders, Personality disorders and Couples. I have earned both my doctorate degree and masters degree in clinical psychology as well as many years of experience as a Psychology Professor which enhances therapy. I look forward to hearing the client's experience and being their main support throughout their journey in life and in therapy. I want to help the client and will try my best to help them reach their ultimate goal in therapy.
In addition I speak English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
Tara Link, LCSW, CADC, Certified Meditation Teacher, Tibetan Sound Healer
All of us struggle at different times in our life. We often feel stuck in our current state or situation and wonder if this is how life has to be. Whether you are facing a conflict that seems irresolvable, are searching for more meaning in life, or want to heal past wounds to feel a deeper sense of peace, making the decision to seek help takes courage. My belief is that we all have the power to limit the chaos of our own mind through developing a strong and loving connection to ourselves.
I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified drug and alcohol counselor. I completed my Master of Social Work with specialization in mental health from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Throughout my career, I have worked in various settings within the therapeutic community with a diverse client population including adult men and women, families, children, and adolescents. I’ve held positions at the Department of Corrections in the addiction and trauma program in addition to inpatient psychiatry, veteran’s rehabilitation, outpatient therapy, and in the development of mental health programs internationally.
Through my own journey, I have experienced the difficulties of life and realize the freedom that comes through developing self awareness, resilience, and inner peace. I believe in building an authentic and trusting therapeutic relationship, where you can truly be yourself, are accepted, and feel heard.
My style is genuine, compassionate, and practical. My approach to healing is holistic and integrative, combining evidence-based modalities including Cognitive and Dialectical behavioral therapy, with mindfulness, transpersonal psychology, and alternative healing modalities such as sound healing, naturopathy, meditation, and breathwork. As a certified meditation teacher and sound healing practitioner, I enjoy introducing new tools and ways of coping in conjunction with traditional talk therapy. Because no single treatment is suited for all, I strive to tailor our sessions in line with your unique values and needs. I encourage you to follow your intuition and welcome the opportunity to work with you.
Raphaelle Cuenod, LCSW, Certified Yoga Instructor
I believe therapy can be one of the most healing techniques for someone trying to overcome a challenge. Whether it be a life transition, tension in a relationship, or past trauma, therapy is a way for people to reconnect with their minds and bodies in order to better understand their feelings and behaviors. It allows people to regain control over their choices and make decisions that are a better fit for them. I create a space in which each of my clients feel comfortable and accepted in their journey towards their goals.
Some of the common issues I help my clients with are trauma and/or PTSD. I am especially interested in childhood and sexual trauma. I also enjoy working with couples who are looking to deepen their connection and work through challenges in their relationship. No matter the topic, I am also excited to work with individuals who are searching to reconnect with their bodies through breathwork, yoga, and meditation.
Every client is different, that is why I use a variety of treatments to best suit my clients’ needs. I most often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness/Grounding Techniques, Seeking Safety, and Motivational Interviewing. As a certified yoga instructor, I utilize yoga and breathing exercises in order to assist people in their journey to reconnect and/or process trauma that is held in their bodies.
In addition I speak English and French.
Pari Shah, LCSW
I take a warm, empathetic, authentic, and “real” approach to therapy. I believe in maintaining a personable professional relationship with my clients helps build a strong therapeutic alliance. My clients are the experts of their lives and allowing them to take control empowers them to make lasting changes. My clients have uncovered that being able to talk with me-openly and freely without judgement is a great source of liberation.
My clients come from all walks of life who are seeking to live a well balanced life. Hence, I aim to provide a safe space where you can develop coping skills and emotion regulation techniques. I recognize therapy varies from person to person, therefore, I utilize a person-centered modality through a culturally competent lens. My primary theoretical orientations are CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Acceptance/Commitment Therapy which I’ve found to be highly beneficial. I believe these modalities can help clients identify their triggers, manage symptoms, and learn ongoing coping skills.
I’ve had a lifelong passion to learn about people’s journey which inspired my career in mental health. I’ve worked with survivors of domestic violence, clients with severe mental health, and child abuse/trauma. My experience has been primarily working with adolescent and adult populations focusing on anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, sexual kinks/fetishes, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, relationships, grief, and loss.
On a personal note, I am a hot sauce connoisseur who enjoys kickboxing, art, and trying new foods. My love for spice has inspired me to create my own recipes, research, and learn about all things spice!
Languages spoken: English, Gujarati, Hindi
Santina Bianco, LPC
I received my Master of Arts with a specialization in forensic counseling from Adler University. Adler University was important to me because of its emphasis on social justice and community engagement. Being a part of the Chicago community has opened my eyes as I am originally from a small town. Being a small fish in a big pond has allowed me opportunities and experiences that I feel has helped me grow as a counselor. My desire in the field of forensics stems from the fascination of psychology and law working together to help survivors of crimes or justice for the wrongfully accused.
I have gained therapeutic experience working in residential settings such as Chicago Public Schools, juvenile residential centers, and crisis centers. My passion involves working with children, adolescents, and young adults while promoting diversity. I provide individual, group, and family therapy. My experience consists of treating a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), adjustment disorder, and anger.
My approach is integrated combining evidence-based practices including client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and Adlerian therapy. My area of specialty involves the use of play therapy. Play therapy is psychotherapeutic approach primarily used to help individuals freely express their emotions and thoughts through the use of play. Therapeutic play is a way for me to help individuals with academic, behavioral, social, or emotional issues with those who express communication differently. Verbal communication is not for all of us and can be intimidating. I prefer getting to know someone while doing something active or fun.
My passion is to help my clients reach their fullest potential by using their strengths to foster independence. My style of therapy involves meeting my clients where they are currently at. After all, the session is all about you. My own personal experiences with counseling are reasons for understanding the vulnerability that individuals face throughout therapy. That is why it is important to treat my clients as VIPS throughout our time together. My goal is to provide a unique and authentic counseling experience where one can feel accepted for being yourself. I seek to provide a safe and collaborative space to help develop trust to facilitate growth in the therapeutic relationship.
Kat Aldag, LPC
Therapy is about building an understanding of yourself and creating a path forward to grow. I want to connect with you and help you connect with yourself, at your own pace. To accomplish this, I create a compassionate space in which you can cope without criticism. As an intersectional feminist, I approach therapy as a collaboration between equals, and I believe that you are the authority on yourself. In my practice, I avoid condensing you to a simplistic category; I take into account personal and social issues such as identity, the mind-body connection, power, and privilege — all the things we can and cannot control. Considering and accepting your whole self, you can work to withstand and welcome the world in a way that works for you.
Prior to clinical mental health counseling, I studied linguistic anthropology – the interaction of culture, communication, and self. Combined with psychotherapy, this provides a unique framework through which to explore and assert autonomy, authenticity, and connection. In our sessions, you will have the opportunity to reclaim and reshape your own narrative; you are the author of your story, and I serve as your psychosocial thesaurus guiding you decidedly toward your chosen path.
In addition I speak both English and Spanish.
Sofia Newaz, LPC
During our time, it is my goal to help provide and guide the client to learning skills to better regulate their emotions, develop coping skills, and become better communicators with those around them while setting healthy boundaries. The goal is to best manage all that goes on around them and the feelings that follow. My theoretical orientations are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). I have found these modalities to be highly beneficial for clients to accept and embrace their thoughts and feelings while identifying their triggers and learn ongoing coping skills.
We will probably laugh during our sessions and naturally talk about random things. I believe that the therapeutic relationship we have between us as a therapist and client is the strongest tool that we have. It is my goal that clients who work with me feel comfortable and at ease during our sessions. I am dedicated to creating an open-minded and non-judgemental space where laughing, crying, venting and all the things are perfectly welcome during our sessions. I believe that you have the power and strength to grow and change from within, and the goal during our sessions would be to provide you with the tools to get you there. I trust that our relationship will help you stay accountable for reaching your own goals inside and outside of the sessions.
I have worked with adolescents of various ethnic backgrounds and can empathize with specific struggles that the minority population may face today, as a First Generation Bangladeshi American. Everyone has a story that deserves to be heard. I allow people to tell their stories in a way that helps them feel understood. When it comes to those who have experienced trauma, therapy can be a safe space to explore your narrative or even open up about parts of your story that you have never shared before. I hope to provide a safe, comfortable, and non-judgemental space for you to share your story and experience the growth you are looking for.
Languages spoken: English and Bengali
Brittany Bogdajewicz, LPC
We all have unique innate strengths that create our inner awesomeness. However, sometimes we forget or lack the skills to nurture these qualities when we are consumed by the chaos of our day-to-day lives. By recognizing and developing these qualities we will come to recognize and “own our awesome.” Together, we will take the first steps on your journey to maximize your full potential. We‘ll identify and work on areas where you get stuck, to increase your alignment with your values, as we develop practices that create life-changing shifts and lasting results.
I am a licensed professional counselor. I completed my Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago. Throughout my career, I’ve held positions in outpatient therapy and residential treatment programs. I have worked with diverse populations and ages including adolescents and teens, adults, and individuals with chronic mental health and physical health issues. I use an integrative approach of strengths-based, person-centered, and psychodynamic techniques. I strongly believe in the importance of the therapeutic alliance and that clients should feel safe and supported. Each session we will collaborate on your treatment to help you meet your personal needs and goals.
Jing Han, LPC
I believe we’re naturally good and unfortunately taught to feel shame, worthlessness, inadequacy, and the ideas of “bad” and “wrong”. I’m dedicated to providing a non-judgmental environment to support clients, explore their situations, and achieve their goals. I strive to hear and understand your feelings, past and current experiences, as well as to provide information and new coping strategies to help you deal with your concerns, difficulties, and struggles. We will sort out what’s going on in your life and sort it out together.
I received my Master’ degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University. I have received training in CBT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and personality disorders treatment and management. It is my goal to keep enlarging my toolbox in order to provide more efficient and effective support to my clients.
The differences between cultures, languages, and environments may cause frustration or even conflict, and having new information and ways to handle them will create fresh insights and help you accomplish your goals. I hope after every session my client feel more confident, having healthier boundaries, and enjoy their lives more.
I offer therapy to individuals, couples, and families in English, Mandarin, and Japanese.
Hermina Chamnankit, RDN
Nutrition and Dietetics
Mindful eating is at the center of my approach to helping clients reach their goals towards living a healthier lifestyle. Our health is impacted by the choices we make in selecting and preparing meals each and every day.. The reason for choosing this field is because of the “healthy food healthy body” concept that made me realize how much I can help myself and other people.
I received my BS in Nutrition and Dietetics at Dominican University and did my internship in Community Nutrition, Food Service Management Nutrition, Outpatient and Inpatient settings.
Languages spoken: English, Romanian.