Meet The Team

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Leah Stewart

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Laura Murray

 

I am Patty Dirilten, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC). I am also EMDR certified which I have found to be an extremely effective type of treatment for many of my clients.   I have been partnering with people to help move them out of struggle for over half of my adult life.  Advocating for people started when I was a child.  As early as second grade, I was sticking up for people on the playground and standing up for what was right.  In middle school my friends would find me very easy to talk to and laugh with.  In high school I realized that I had to choose a career that involved helping others.  I have worked with children, teens, adults and families.  I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois Chicago. I feel like having received education in these two areas and the experiences I have had helping others form the foundation of my work. My education and experience have both helped me to see how problems are created, how to come up with effective solutions and how to connect effectively with others. My specialties are addiction, trauma/PTSD, and first responder behavioral health. I love the work that I do and believe that this shows in the connection that develops between my clients and I. I believe in really getting to know my clients as a whole and meeting them where they are without judgement to help them get to where they want to go. I use several psychological approaches to help, but believe that it is the partnership that is the catalyst to change.

Jessica McCormack

Hi all, my name is Jessica McCormack, and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I pull from Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and methods from the Gottman Institute to help couples fall back in love. Below you’ll learn a little bit about me, how I came down the couple’s therapy road, and what topics I really like to work on with couples.


When I was a kid my dad would take me to the library on Sunday mornings after making pancakes for us; by far one of my favorite traditions and memories from my childhood. One Sunday stands out in particular. I was 14 perusing the Young Adult section while he went off to the non-fiction section to read about gardening. I stumbled across a book called "Kissing Doorknobs" by Terry Spencer Hesser. In short, it's about a teenage girl who gets diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I was hooked. Every Sunday we would go to the library, and every Sunday I would read more novels about disorders, self-help books, and academic journal articles about psychology. I had decided at 14 years old to become someone who helps people overcome their emotional pain.


Oddly enough, I stuck by those convictions. I went to Edgewood College in Madison Wisconsin for both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees. In 2009 I received my Bachelor's of Clinical Psychology and in 2011 I received my Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. The day immediately following graduation, I moved down to the Chicago Suburbs to pursue a career as a therapist.

 
Alison Graft

I am Alison Graft, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I create a therapeutic environment that is nurturing and non-judgmental. My philosophy of psychotherapy is grounded in the importance of safe, compassionate and non-judgmental relationships with ourselves and others for emotional well being. My clinical efforts are driven by a genuine interest in helping people feel and function better. I work with individuals, couples, and families to challenge old belief systems and behaviors that have impacted their quality of life. I use a Mindfulness-based approach, believing each person thrives when they experience a non-judgmental and compassionate acceptance as they work through the challenges they face. I am an EMDR trained clinician, which I have found to be an extremely effective form of treatment for many of my clients.

 

My work with individuals focuses on helping people to better manage and cope with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, grief/loss, postpartum adjustment, LGBTQ challenges, poor self-esteem and life transitions. My work with couples includes Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

 
Kenna De Fina

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. 

 
Dr. Mary Anastasi
Ph.D.

Hello, I am Mary Anastasi.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have a PhD in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, specializing in early childhood development and care.  I have worked for many years as a school social worker and therapist with children, adolescents and adults. 

For as long as I remember, I have been drawn to helping people.  Throughout my childhood, I loved learning people’s unique stories and figuring out ways to support anyone experiencing difficulties and helping them to find resources and resolution to their challenges.  I have learned that we can navigate our own life best when we understand our unique set of strengths and our valuable purpose.  When life becomes challenging, we need support and guidance to attend to any pain and trauma we have experienced and to help us take charge of the narrative that defines our lives. 

 

I am grateful to have learned a variety of tools and skills to help support and guide people throughout my career (e.g. CBT, Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused, EMDR) and have been awed to watch these modalities and the therapeutic process transform people, supporting them in overcoming adversity, building resilience and living their life to the fullest. 

 
Leah Stewart

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works closely with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in adolescents and adults. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have worked in a variety of settings including crisis counseling, with the criminal justice population and homeless support. I have worked in the inpatient and outpatient treatment settings as well as from the community in clinics and the home. I have participated in program development and outreach to help increase mental health awareness. 

 

I began working in this field because I am passionate about increasing awareness in the self and preventing personal struggles from escalating to continued cycles. I believe in challenging others as well as myself to utilize potential and avoid self-doubt. Overall, I believe in doing what you think is right regardless of who is watching, having persistence and tenacity. I value authenticity and strive to walk with clients down the path of discovering their self-worth and purpose. 

 

My clinical work focuses on using approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral and EMDR therapies. These work to provide validation and general active listening while treating depression, anxiety, adjustment, substance use, behavioral problems, trauma, grief, family and relationship concerns

 
Laura Murray

Ever since I was a kid, I have always found myself helping my friends and family who were struggling with their own mental health. I have continued this calling of supporting and advocating for others by becoming a therapist. I believe that everyone benefits from a therapeutic relationship. Whether you are trying to navigate a new life change or wanting to take steps to find some relief, a therapeutic relationship can help. When we find ourselves confronted with symptoms of anxiety, trauma, depression, and grief it can be difficult to navigate this alone. I believe that with a trusting, non-judgmental, and safe place you are better able to take the courageous steps to talk about your thoughts and feelings. I am committed to helping people get well, take control of their lives, and discover their greatest self because everyone deserves to be heard. I support my clients by taking an individualized approach to work on whatever my client’s needs are.

 

I am Laura Murray LCPC and trained EMDR therapist. I have worked in the hospital and school settings helping hundreds of clients with mental health and substance abuse needs. My specialties are addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma and first-responder mental health. I love the work I do because I get to be your advocate, help you feel safe, and find the hope and beauty in your world. You do not have to go at this alone and I am here to let you know, with some extra support, the unmanageable will start to feel manageable.

 

I understand how scary and uncertain speaking with a stranger can be. However, life is very challenging and no matter who you are or what you are going through you deserve support too. I am passionate and care because you have value and are important. So together we can take the journey to find your greatest self. Please do not hesitate to call or email me today to take that first step!