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.
Ms. Albin, an outpatient therapist, graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. She utilizes a person-centered approach, drawing on strengths-based and mindfulness techniques to create an environment of healing and recovery. Some of Jade’s clinical interests include trauma, depression, grief, and anxiety. Apart from her work at the agency, Jade enjoys volunteering her time with Chicago’s Rape Victim Advocates and their efforts to end sexual violence.
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.
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.
We welcome Mr. Brady to our team. His bio will be available shortly.
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. Centeno is a Recovery Support Specialist in The Living Room. Her leadership ability and community organizing skills led to her work toward passage of the 2011 Community Mental Health Act and she serves as a Commissioner on the North River Expanded Mental Health Services Program and Governing Commission. Gloria earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and completed the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Certification Program at Wilbur Wright College. She is certified as a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Educator. Gloria is often described as a butterfly that spreads wings of strength, hope, and perseverance who inspires and motivates others to follow their dreams.
Ms. Diorio, Outpatient Therapist, graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master's of Social Work Degree with a focus on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Caitlin’s practice experience includes community psychiatric supportive treatment; residential treatment; school social work; hospital medical social work; and court ordered treatment. Her clinical interests include children, adults, groups, and families coping with trauma, developmental concerns, substance abuse, sexual abuse and neglect, depression, anxiety, anger management, grief and loss, attachment issues, and transitional challenges in day to day living. Caitlin utilizes trauma informed care, strengths based perspectives, and cognitive humanistic approaches.
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.
We welcome Mr. Fields to our team. His bio will be available shortly.
Ms. Friedland is an Outpatient Therapist and Dedicated Assessor in Turning Point's Open Access program. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Master of Social Work degree. Tali has experience working with children and their parents, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Tali uses an integrated framework drawing on strengths-based and mindfulness approaches to support self-acceptance and self-healing. Her clinical interests include women’s issues in adolescence and adulthood, adjustment to motherhood, parent-child attachment, developmental transitions and relational changes across the lifespan, grief and loss, and religion/spirituality in couple relationships.
Ms. Friedman is the Intake and Engagement Clinician, and enjoys working with youth, adolescents, adults, and families. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where she pursued a clinical social work concentration with a specialization in violence prevention. Maddie utilizes an integrative approach, drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral interventions, as well as harm reduction principles to partner with clients and provide strengths-based care. She specializes in trauma, abuse, divorce, and women’s issues. Maddie has extensive experience working with individuals impacted by the criminal justice system.
Ms. Grzeslo, Outpatient Therapist, enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She graduated from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where she completed a clinical social work concentration with a focus on trauma and violence prevention. She utilizes an integrative strength-based approach drawing on mindfulness, DBT, Internal Family Systems, and Harm Reduction. Some of her clinical interests include trauma, attachment issues, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and exploring identity. Theresa works to create a collaborative and nonjudgmental space for clients to explore their resources and vulnerabilities while working toward their goals.
Mr. Haggard is a Certified Recovery Support Specialist in The Living Room at Turning Point. He has over 15 years of experience in peer counseling, public speaking on mental health issues, advocacy, as well as experience in crisis intervention trainings for law enforcement officers. He is passionate about helping de-escalate acute crisis situations and helping people find a path to resolution and community resources. 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 and Therapist. 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.
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.
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.
Mr. Litherland is an Outpatient Therapist. He works with individuals, couples, families, and groups from a relational-cultural approach. He has completed advanced postgraduate training in client-centered practice and is currently working on his PhD in Counseling. Gideon’s clinical interests including: mood/affective disorders, family counseling, sexuality counseling, and LGBTQ relationships.
Ms. McGraw, Crisis Worker and Therapist, has a master’s degree in social work from the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. Her clinical interests and experience include working with teens and adolescents adjusting to developmental changes; women’s mental health, particularly in the realm of perinatal mood disorders; and family and relationship support in the context of changing roles and family structure.
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. Perez Amick is a Dedicated Assessor for Open Access as well as a therapist with Turning Point. She graduated from Erikson Institute with a Master of Social Work degree. Olivia takes a developmentally-informed approach to her work. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. Her clinical interests include exploring how racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity affect clients’ experience. She is passionate about working in community mental health and promoting equitable access to services.
Ms. Rohde, a Crisis Worker and Outpatient Therapist, graduated from The University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master’s of Social Work Degree with a focus on Mental Health. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Her clinical interests include adolescent and young adult mental health, developmental concerns, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, depression, anxiety and transitional challenges in day to day living. Claire takes a client-centered approach and utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths based perspectives and solution focused brief therapy to help her clients reach the goals they envision for themselves.
Ms. Safron-Chiu, Outpatient Therapist, has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has over thirteen years of experience assisting adults, adolescents, families, and couples in effecting positive change in their lives. Sarah utilizes an eclectic and individualized approach to treatment, incorporating insight-oriented and CBT interventions. Some of her clinical interests include anxiety and depression, women’s issues, improving couples’ relationships, and adolescent mental health.
Ms. Tucker is a Therapist and Dedicated Assessor. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) from Roosevelt University and takes a psychodynamic client-centered approach to therapy. Her clinical interest include grief and loss, anxiety, relational and attachment issues, cultural identity and intersectionality, and complex trauma. Diamond’s work is informed by her belief that people are resilient and that everyone’s story is important.
We welcome Ms. Warda to our team. Her bio will be available shortly.