Clinicians - Chicago

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.

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Dr. Nisha Kumar, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

“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. 

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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.

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Dr. Ivy Burgo, Psy.D., LPC

Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow

We all endure adversities and challenges that can cause us to question our identities, our relationships, and our lives. Navigating and processing these experiences on our own can leave us feeling overwhelmed, confused, and lonely. It is in the midst of such distress that we benefit deeply from receiving warm and empathetic support.

 

Given the unique complexity of each person’s life experiences, I emphasize multicultural sensitivity and the use of a holistic approach to therapy. Honoring who you are is an essential part of experiencing a collaborative and compassionate relationship. Therapy is a space for you to feel seen, validated, and supported while working towards goals that reflect your own needs and desires in wellness and personal growth.

 

My therapeutic orientation is humanistic integrative. I utilize evidence-based therapeutic models, as well as specialize in the use of clinical hypnosis. I adapt the therapy and interventions to the unique needs of each person that I work with. I incorporate trauma-focused approaches and specialize in working with traumatic stress, grief and loss, medical conditions, navigating relationship dynamics and life transitions, as well as managing anxiety and depression.

 

I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from Adler University. I have experience serving as a clinician in college communities, residential and primary care settings, and in community mental health agencies. In addition to my work as a therapist, my clinical research has focused on therapeutic care for women who have experienced loss due to sustaining spinal cord injuries.

Tara Link, LCSW, CADC, Certified Meditation Teacher, Tibetan Sound Healer

Therapist

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.

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Jing Han, LPC

Therapist

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.

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Glynis Fresia, LPC

Therapist

I work with women or individuals on the feminine spectrum, including LGBTQ+, specializing in trauma and complex trauma. Symptoms most associated with trauma include anxiety and panic attacks, fear, anger, irritability, obsessions, compulsions, shock, emotional numbing, detachment, depression, shame, and guilt. Trauma can be associated with a single event, known or unknown to the individual, or it can be considered complex, which is prolonged exposure to distressing environments and circumstances. I have extensive experience working with individuals that have been victims of family or intimate partner abuse and violence. Additionally, I work with life changes, low self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and finding balance.

 

My approach involves creating a safe space to regulate anxiety symptoms and process emotions to heal, find meaning, and become empowered in life. I use a person-centered approach to work with the unique concerns of each individual. I also integrate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive

Behavior Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Psychoeducation, and Existential Therapy.

 

Teletherapy provided in Illinois and Texas

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Santina Bianco, LPC

Therapist

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. 

 

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.  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.

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Sofia Newaz, LPC

Therapist

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

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Brittany Bogdajewicz, LPC

Therapist

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. 

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Belma Prasko, LPC

Therapist

All of us have experienced at least one point in time where we could have benefitted from talking to someone, to resolve our issues, to identify patterns where we continuously struggle and to work towards improving some aspect of our lives. I believe that can be achieved through a genuine, accepting therapeutic relationship. Likewise, I believe that every individual leads a different life with various experiences and carries their own unique story which deserves to be heard. 

 

From a young age, I realized my passion in life was psychology and fantasized a career in which I could dedicate my life to helping others in improving their mental health. With my background of being a first-generation Bosnian immigrant, I have also learned the importance of culture and how it shapes our lives. Through my personal experiences, I have been surrounded by individuals who were heavily affected with PTSD and transgenerational trauma. 

 

I am open, but not limited, to working with adolescents as I have, previously, worked in settings such as schools and outreach programs and value the importance of youth and the experiences we have during an exciting, yet confusing time period. Throughout my education, I have also worked with a variety of clients ranging in age and diversity and would appreciate the chance to learn as much as possible from my new, future clients. 

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I am open to trying many different styles of therapy with the hope of finding different approaches that can be modified and adapted for each individual client. My style is compassionate, honest and creative. I have typically worked with clients using a variation of methods including mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy,  narrative therapy, art therapy and experiential therapy, to name a few.  Languages spoken: English and Bosnian

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Pari Shah, LCSW

Therapist

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

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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.