The list below includes professional information about our clinical personnel to provide you with a sense of the diversity of our cultures, languages spoken, clinical experiences and specialty areas. Our experienced intake team assigns clients to therapists based on clinical presentation, client needs and preferences as well as clinician availability.
Turning Point personnel speak a variety of languages, as reflected in their individual bios. While we may not be able to provide services in other languages, our dedicated team is happy to assist in identifying multilingual services to address identified needs.
Ms. Ahmed is a Child and Adolescent Therapist. She graduated from The Family Institute at Northwestern University with a Master’s degree in Counseling. Sarah works with children, adolescents, adults, groups, and has experience working with families as well. Her clinical interests include trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and life transitions. She is fluent in Urdu and offers bilingual therapy services.
Ms. Allegretti, Intake Specialist, has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a member of the intake team, Ms. Allegretti serves as a primary contact and resource for all new clients and community partners. Her main responsibilities include managing the intake phone line, educating prospective clients on our services, and conducting intake appointments.
Ms. Andrews, Outpatient Therapist, works with adults, adolescents, children and couples. She specializes in mood and anxiety disorders including trauma and relationships. Her areas of special interests include contemporary analytic theory and practice, women’s issues and creative personalities. She also volunteers as a counselor with the Chicago Women’s Health Center.
Ms. Barbé, Child and Adolescent Therapist, has completed her Master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis on cross-cultural psychology at the University of Toulouse, in France. She now works as an outpatient therapist with adults, children and adolescents. Her practice is culturally sensitive and based on a psychodynamic approach and psychoanalytical theories. Her clinical interests include parent-infant relationship, post-partum disorders, child development, family dynamics, and mood disorders.
Verda Bhatti is a Recovery Support Specialist with The Living Room at Turning Point. She holds a degree in clinical psychology. She is a certified Domestic Violence Professional, with five years of experience in crisis intervention with the Survivors of Domestic Violence. She is an advocate for providing a safe and healing environment to de-escalate a crisis situation.
Mr. Caughel, Crisis Worker and Therapist, enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and families. He has experience helping individuals and families on their journey of recovery from familial, social, and personal distress related to substance abuse and severe behavioral disturbances. His clinical interests include family dynamics; adolescent and young adult mental health; spiritual and cultural identity; psychological, social, and spiritual issues related to sex, gender, and/or sexuality; LGBTQIQA people’s mental health; and men’s issues. James takes a client-centered approach with a desire to be a collaborative partner/guide through this leg of the client’s journey towards growth and change.
Ms. Dyer is an Outpatient Therapist who enjoys working with adults, adolescents, and children. She graduated from The Family Institute at Northwestern University with a Master’s degree in Counseling. She utilizes an integrative approach drawing from psychodynamic and strengths-based techniques to promote recovery and healing. Megan’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, mindfulness and trauma.
Mr. Faulkner, Outpatient Therapist, has a master's degree in clinical social work with a specialization in mental health from Loyola University Chicago. He has previous international experience working with adolescent and young adults in college settings and both groups and individuals in residential and outpatient facilities. Liam’s practice utilizes an integrative approach combining psychodynamic and cognitive interventions with a strong emphasis upon mindfulness and client empowerment. Working with both adults and children, Liam’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, attachment, gender and sexuality, grief, and trauma.
Ms. Flink, Clinical Intake Specialist, graduated with a master’s degree in clinical social work from The University of Chicago’s School Social Service Administration. She has previous experience in group work and facilitating individual therapy for adults in residential, medical, and outpatient settings. Mollie uses an integrative approach to treatment, drawing on elements of psychodynamic theory, mindfulness meditation, and behavioral therapies. Her clinical style is collaborative, client-centered, and strengths-based. She uses warmth and intentionality to provide clients with a safe, supportive place to foster growth and change.
Ms. Gilly, Outpatient Therapist, has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Katie has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Katie uses an integrative, strength-based, systemic approach which promotes change within a supportive therapeutic environment.
Ms. Golzar is a Recovery Support Specialist with The Living Room at Turning Point. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northeastern Illinois University. She has interests in substance use disorders, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology. She is currently working towards her certification as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor at Oakton Community College.
Mr. Haggard is a Certified Recovery Support Specialist in The Living Room at Turning Point. He has 8 years of experience in peer counseling, public speaking on mental health issues, as well as experience in crisis intervention trainings for law enforcement officers. He cofounded a NAMI On Campus Chapter at Washburn University in 2002, and is passionate about helping de-escalate acute crisis situations. He believes in full recovery for people diagnosed with mental illness and their families.
Ms. Haggard is a Certified Recovery Support Specialist in The Living Room at Turning Point. Her experience includes peer support, facilitating groups and crisis intervention. She is an active volunteer in the community and strives to educate, advocate and reduce the stigma of mental illness.
Ms. Iavarone is a Residential and Adult Case Manager. She is very proud to be a part of Turning Point and its team. Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and has worked with adults in the past as a case manager in and around the Skokie area. She believes in an environment filled with empathy, compassion and communication. She strives to be a strong advocate for the individuals we serve.
Ms. Jenkins, Outpatient Therapist, enjoys working with individuals and families of all backgrounds and cultures. As a Master of Social Work, she is passionate and dedicated to the field of social service and mental health. She utilizes an integrative approach, drawing from psychodynamic theory and cognitive behavioral interventions. Her clinical interests include women’s issues, trauma, mood disorders, and adolescent and adult mental health.
Ms. Jurek is a member of The Living Room at Turning Point team.
Ms. Kater, Living Room and Outpatient Therapist, combines cognitive-behavioral therapy and the art of healthy living to assist clients in making choices that promote increased well-being. Sharon is a Reiki practitioner, and she combines psychodynamic and holistic training to create a healthy environment for healing.
Ms. King, Residential and Adult Case Manager, graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS in Child and Family studies, with an emphasis in Family Social Services. Alexis has worked in the past as a crisis intervention case manager and is extremely pleased to be part of the team at Turning Point.
Mr. Kloet, Crisis Worker and Therapist, has a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Roosevelt University. Jacob’s practice utilizes an integrative approach that connects existential psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral techniques. Some areas of his clinical interest include anxiety and depression, spirituality, relational issues, and adolescent/adult mental health.
Ms. Kolzow, Crisis Worker and Therapist, received her Master’s Degree in Social Work specializing in Addictions. She has experience working with all populations and ages with chronic mental illness in a psychiatric setting. Her clinical interests include substance abuse, crisis, domestic violence/sexual assault and trauma. Katie focuses on using Solution Focused, Client Centered, Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectal Behavioral Therapies.
Ms. Komblevitz, Linkage Case Manager and Therapist, enjoys working with adults, adolescents, and children. Ms. Komblevitz utilizes an integrative approach drawing on cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic techniques. Her areas of interest include anxiety and depression, relationship issues, career exploration, and life transitions.
Ms. Kwafo is a Crisis Worker and Therapist. She has experience working with adolescents and adults. Ms. Kwafo is certified in domestic violence and sexual assault counseling. She is passionate about helping clients feel supported, accepted, and empowered to utilize healthy coping skills and bring about personal growth and healing. She uses client-centered, strengths-based, and collaborative therapeutic relationship approaches in her work with clients. Ms. Kwafo’s clinical interests include trauma, women’s issues, and life transitions.
Dr. Levin, Outpatient Therapist, facilitates groups in our PSR program including organic gardening and weekly goals groups. He also maintains a private practice.
Mr. Levin is an Outpatient Therapist. His areas of special interest include working with adults, couples, and groups, with particular attention to relational issues, anxiety, depression, aging, transitional challenges, men’s issues, and personal growth to achieve greater satisfaction in living. Apart from his work at the agency, he maintains a private practice and serves as a co-leader of experiential weekend programs for men.
Ms. Levin is a Recovery Support Specialist in The Living Room at Turning Point. Her degree is in behavioral science, and she has both participated in and facilitated women's experiential work. Diane believes that recovery and healing are possible for everyone, throughout the life span.
Ms. Ligon, Outpatient Therapist, has a master’s degree in clinical social work with a specialization in mental health from Loyola University Chicago. Her approach varies depending on a client’s needs but may include solution-focused, narrative, psychodynamic, and strengths based interventions. Sarah views clients as experts on their lives and works to highlight individual strengths with the goal of empowering her clients and fostering growth towards reaching their goals. Some of her clinical interests include women’s issues, trauma, anxiety and depression.
Mr. Litherland is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. He works with individuals, couples, families, and groups from a relational approach informed by feminist theory and practice. He has completed advanced postgraduate training in client-centered theory and practice. Gideon’s clinical interests including: mood/affective disorders, adolescent and young adult mental health, couples counseling, queer mental health, sexuality counselling, and LGBTQ relationships.
Ms. McNair is an Outpatient Therapist with prior experience working with adults in community mental health settings. Liz believes in an integrated, collaborative therapeutic relationship, utilizing a strength-based approach that is client centered, supporting self-acceptance, coping and healing. Her areas of interest include treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and women’s issues.
Ms. Pothour, Outpatient Therapist, enjoys working with people of all ages. Some of her prior experience includes working with survivors of trauma and domestic violence, women experiencing homelessness, and community mental health. Her clinical interests also include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, trauma theory, and self psychology. Anne utilizes an integrative, trauma informed, and strengths based approach to support clients in recognizing and building upon their own strengths to help them through their recovery.
Ms. Rosen, Outpatient Therapist, has her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from The Art Institute of Chicago. She has a special interest in working with people who experience severe and chronic mental illness. She runs art therapy groups for members of the PSR program and sees clients individually. Ms. Rosen uses art therapy as an innovative way to increase self-expression and emotional exploration for individuals of all ages.
Ms. Torres, Crisis Worker and Therapist, enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work specializing in Healthcare Mental Health. She has experience working with all populations with chronic mental illness in a psychiatric hospital and an emergency room. Her clinical interests include crisis, self-injury and eating disorders, trauma, mood disorders and development. Danielle is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She takes a humanistic approach and focuses on promoting self-awareness and self-esteem by developing a greater understanding of the person in their environment.
Ms. Watkins is a Crisis Worker and Therapist, and enjoys working with individuals of all ages. Her clinical interests include crisis, trauma, attachment and development, and grief/loss. Her approach pulls from relational and client-centered theories, and she enjoys employing non-traditional methods including play, art, music and spirituality. In addition to her degree in counseling, Catherine also holds a master’s in theology and has worked for several years as a pediatric hospital chaplain.