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Meet The Team

Patty
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I am Patty Dirilten LCSW, CADC, Clinical Director and certified EMDR therapist. I am the owner of The Center for Insight and Connection. I have been helping others for over half of my life. My specialties are addiction, trauma, and first-responder behavioral health. I love using EMDR to help my clients experience change, and you can too!

My clients tell me that our sessions feel genuine and supportive. I am a passionate individual and this comes through in my sessions. I believe in working hard to help people get to where they want to be. 

Jessica
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You rarely make time to prioritize yourself. Though you have accomplished many things, there are still feelings of worthlessness, imperfection, or "not enough" nagging at you. You want to be happy, but joy and contentment feels uncomfortable and you rarely take time to celebrate your wins. You feel disconnected from your friends and family, and wonder how everyone else is so happy when you feel like an imposter at work, in your relationship, or as a parent.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to experience some self love and compassion? It's time to get out of the cycle you're in and try something different. I work with clients using a therapy called EMDR that can help heal all those long standing negative beliefs you're walking around with. You want to feel better. I'm here to guide you.

With a direct and sincere approach, I can help you reconnect to your healthiest and most authentic self. You aren't alone. I will work with you to find ways of reaching your goals and connecting with others.

KAREN
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Hi, my name is Karen Olvera (she,her) and I am a bilingual/bicultural Licensed Social Worker /therapist. I completed my master’s degree in social work with a specialization in health and wellness at Dominican University. I have gained experience working in various healthcare settings. This includes providing support in college health and hospital-based care, as well as navigating the healthcare system to help individuals access the care they need. I have also worked in community mental health, where I have had the opportunity to assist a diverse range of clients. Additionally, I have worked in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, where I have provided care to individuals with acute mental health needs. 

 

As a person of Latina heritage, I appreciate the significance of culturally sensitive therapy and the obstacles that the Latine community encounters when it comes to mental health stigma. I recognize the value of regularly practicing cultural humility during therapy sessions to establish an environment that is secure for clients to work on their mental health and achieve their goals. My goal is to provide a welcoming, empathetic atmosphere where my clients can fully connect with themselves.  

 

In my therapeutic method, I strive to foster a cooperative relationship between my clients and I. Together, we explore ways to manage difficult thoughts, emotions, and experiences by identifying and practicing coping mechanisms that are tailored to unique needs and circumstances. I help my clients effectively identify and confront patterns of behaviors that keep them stuck. Through the relationship that is built with my clients, I utilize a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing (MI). 

 

 I am excited at the prospect of collaborating with you and working towards achieving your desired outcomes. Together, we will embark on a journey towards improving your mental health and overall well-being. I want to provide you with support, guidance, and tools you need to overcome challenges and reach your full potential. I am committed to creating a safe and compassionate space for you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences, and I am honored to be a part of your journey towards growth and healing. 

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Hi, I’m Kenna De Fina and I’m a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CRADC), and National Certified Counselor (NCC).

I have over 5 years of experience helping adolescents and adults on their unique journey to healing, such as helping teens in a PHP/IOP setting find stability, assisting adults with taking powerful steps in recovery from trauma and addiction, and witnessing both teens and adults achieve peace and start living the life they value. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety-related disorders and trauma. My passion is helping anyone who struggles with feeling overwhelmed with stress, worry, or panic. Is pain from your past making it hard to enjoy your life? Sometimes the impact of trauma or anxiety are subtle. What started as a small fear can get more intense as time goes on. Sometimes it takes deep roots, growing until it starts getting in the way of everything– keeping you stuck – from truly living your life and connecting with others. Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root causes of that stress and get you back to having meaningful connections with loved ones again. My approach provides you with a safe and non-judgmental space using a variety of techniques that are tailored to fit your individual needs, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, DBT, ACT, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. 

Kenna
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Hello everyone! I am Irina and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am a patient-centered, compassionate, dedicated, and attentive Nurse Practitioner working with children, adolescents, adults, chemical and alcohol dependence, panic attacks, and other presenting mental health issues. I prescribe medications, as necessary, after proper and careful evaluation. I work with patients diagnosed with anxiety, depression, insomnia, trauma/loss, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, mood disorder, chronic illness, self-injurious behaviors, and chemical dependency.  

I have been serving people with mental health needs for years in multiple settings, such as a hospital intensive care unit, hospital emergency Department, the Department of Corrections, home health care and private practice. 

I am also a Certified Hypnotherapist and my latest passion is to work with patients interested in weight loss and changing their lifestyle to live a happier life!

I believe in a holistic approach and the importance of therapy and lifestyle changes! My clients love my empathic and non-judgmental approach.  In addition to English, I speak Ukrainian, Polish and Russian languages. 

I have a passion for caring for vulnerable populations that leads me to volunteering and helping people in need. Currently I am volunteering with different organizations working with people from Ukraine in need of psychological and psychiatric help

Irina
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Hello! My name is Katie Ricamato, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s in art therapy. I am in the process of getting EMDR trained and specializing in first responder behavioral health. 

 

Have you found that expressing yourself doesn’t work or backfires? Do you feel misunderstood and frustrated, or even angry? Does the past make its way into the present and come back to bite you? Would you like to learn a different way to express and learn about yourself emotionally, but do not know where to start or aren’t sure if it’s even important?

 

My clinical work focuses on forging tools for my clients’ healing. Facing past and present traumas has helped my clients look at life and themselves through a different lens. Having a process that they could use to develop skills for coping with life’s difficult thoughts, feelings, and circumstances has helped them feel more confident in themselves and their abilities to get what they need like healthier relationships, a reduction in anxiety, becoming more involved in life and overall feeling more alive and well.

 

I treat the underlying patterns that lead to depression, anxiety, relationship issues and other mental health struggles.  EMDR and art enhance my work with clients which allows them to go deeper into the understanding of themselves in a way that just talking about the present cannot do. Many clients find it hard to express themselves without feeling like another person will criticize what they have to say or use it against them in the future.

 

Knowing that you are not alone and just researching mental health professionals for help is a brave task. Bravo! You’ve just completed the first step in helping yourself feel better!

Katie
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Hi, I am Kristin, a licensed clinical social worker. Over the course of nine years, I have worked in a variety of settings with clients who have a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and adjusting to life changes. My therapy style is client-centered and grounded in the autonomy and worth of my client. I believe that the most important part of therapy is the alliance created between myself and my client as this alliance becomes the vehicle for change that I often get to witness.

My approach is relaxed, genuine, and caring. I believe that people are doing their best but can sometimes get stuck. I believe that acceptance and understanding create an environment where folks can figure out what will work to meet their specific goals. I use several modalities in my therapy sessions with clients.

In addition to those modalities,  EMDR sessions can focus on how the past is related to the present to foster the long-lasting change that my clients seek. Taking the steps to begin therapy is not always easy, but it can empower folks to create a more fulfilling life.

My interests include European history and I enjoy reading, working out, and spending time with my dog. I look forward to working with you.

Kristin
Marianne
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Hello everyone!

     I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC). I believe that our past is significantly influencing our present and future. I have come to realize this through my work here in the US as a mental health professional utilizing evidence-based diagnostic tools, providing counseling to adults and adolescents, providing individual and family counseling sessions, and conducting counseling support groups. In Ukraine I worked in psychiatry with patients in a psychoneurological hospital for 3.5 years, evaluating, diagnosing, and providing pharmaceutical and psychotherapeutic treatment to patients.  Additionally, I conducted psychotherapeutic groups with clients with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I facilitated groups to support military servicemen who returned from the war, refugees, and families of fallen military servicemen.
     As a result of this experience, I have seen firsthand that with psychotherapeutic help a person can change behavior that is not getting them what they want and need. I have dedicated myself to helping individuals live more fulfilling and enjoyable lives while connecting them more deeply with their uniqueness and individualism. My goal is to create a trusting relationship with clients where they can grow, develop, and live more well-rounded lives. I utilize my knowledge and experience from both the medical and psychological fields to understand my clients and comprehend the root causes of their concerns. I enjoy working with individuals in early or middle adulthood who are struggling with depression, anxiety, fear, and anger which can result in relationship conflict, addiction, mood disorders, and stress. I utilize the trusting relationship that is built between my clients and me to help them heal from traumatic events, connect how the past relates to the present, and get the real changes that my clients are seeking.
 
In my practice, I utilize EMDR, CBT, REBT, Adlerian approaches, elements of Gestalt,  psychodynamic approaches, mindfulness, meditation, and motivational interviewing.
 
I moved from Ukraine and shifted my focus from psychiatry to therapy because I believe that the power of the therapeutic relationship between individuals who are working on the same goal is extremely valuable and can bring long-lasting changes that can't be replaced by any other type of treatment!

In my free time, I like to sing, travel, and give gifts to those I love the most. In addition, I enjoy playing intellectual games, reading books, and working continuously on self-improve

Natalia
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Hello, I am Gina Wolf and I am a licensed social worker.

 

My passion in life is to help others reach their full potential whilst in a safe and supportive, therapeutic environment. I believe in meeting my clients where they are and cultivating relationships based on trust, acceptance, and empathy. I employ many modalities of practice including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, and trauma focused therapies. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

 

I received my bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in family and child studies and my Master’s Degree in social work from Arizona State University. I have thoroughly enjoyed raising my children and caring for my family, while also continuing my education in the field of social work. Ever since I was an adolescent, I have been drawn to helping others with life’s difficulties. I have always felt that I have a unique ability to empathize with others while also creating authentic, meaningful relationships. I love to travel, hike, kayak, read and experience everything our world has to offer. I look forward to meeting you and participating in your journey of healing. 

Gina
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“Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.” – Mason Cooley Hi my name is Elizabeth Dufur & thank you for reaching out. It is not always easy asking for help & that is okay, but you are taking the first steps & I am here to help guide you along your journey. There are things that can happen in our lives in which we were not prepared for & have no control over & that can leave us feeling overwhelmed & afraid. I’m here to provide a safe pathway for you as you cope with & overcome these issues in a judgment free & inclusive environment. Never underestimate the power of your own resilience

 

Trauma is something many people have to deal with in some form. It can cause us to feel anxious, depressed, angry & affect aspects of our lives including our relationships, performances at school or work & even how we just think & process our feelings. The thought of addressing & processing trauma can be an uncomfortable and scary venture but it can done.

 

I have a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology & am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I've worked with clients who ranged from children to elderly adults with mental health & substance abuse issues. I specialize in the use of CBT therapy & EMDR. If you think I could be the counselor to help, please feel free to give me a call.

Elizabeth
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