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.
Lyndal 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.
eric bjorlin is a full-time therapist with a focus on children and adolescents. He received his Master of Social Work degree from Northeastern Illinois University after working as a high school teacher and non-profit professional. eric brings a client-centered focus to his practice, recognizing the need to build connection and collaboration with clients while letting their wants and needs guide the work. eric also brings strengths-based, solution-focused, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed frameworks to his work with clients. Clinical areas of interest include, but are not limited to, identity, relationships, men’s issues, sex-positivity, and group work.
Ramie Bou-Saab is an Outpatient Therapist. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a Masters in Clinical Social Work. Ramie has experience working with adolescents and adults of all ages and uses an integrated framework drawing on psychodynamic and mindfulness approaches. His clinical interests include men’s issues, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, developmental trauma, relational issues and couple’s work.
Bill Brady is a Recovery Support Specialist with 29 years’ experience in the mental, emotional and behavioral health fields. His primary focus is adult recovery from family dysfunction, abuse, neglect, alcoholism and addiction. His principal areas of expertise are in 12 Step recovery and Self-Inquiry. Having graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Knox College, Bill has spent much of his professional life in the architecture and interior design industries. However, he is now committed solely to helping provide solid mental health support to all those in need, when they need it most.
Sara Bradley is an Outpatient Therapist. She holds a Master’s degree Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University. She uses a humanistic approach to therapy, incorporating each client’s strengths, interests, and motivations into treatment to create a personalized therapeutic experience. Sara's clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, relational issues, depression, women’s issues, and coping with life changes.
We welcome Stephanie to our team. Her bio will be available shortly.
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Gloria 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.
Sarah Dunevant is an outpatient therapist working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She graduated from the Institute for Clinical Social Work with a master's degree in clinical counseling and psychotherapy. Sarah's training and approach are based in psychoanalytic principles. Using curiosity and creativity, she helps her clients explore the questions and feelings behind their communications. Her clinical interests include psychosis, trauma, anxiety, and depression.
Linnea Durbin is a Recovery Support Specialist in the Living Room. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Welfare, and speaks both English and Spanish. Linnea plans to go to graduate school to earn her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in addiction and mental health counseling.
Daniel Fleischman is an Outpatient therapist working with children, adolescents, and adults. He graduated with a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy. Daniel uses a Psychodynamic approach to help his clients develop a deeper understanding of their unique subjective experience. Daniel brings a deep empathy and a desire to acquire a better understanding of people who may feel misunderstood or invalidated. Daniel’s interest include anxiety, depression, relational issues, trauma and grief, and addictions.
Johanna Fierke, Outpatient Therapist, works with children, adolescents, and adults. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago after working for several years as a youth mentor and educator. Johanna uses an integrative approach to therapy that invites her clients to share their stories through words, play, and creative expression. She is committed to creating an identity-affirming therapeutic environment that considers each client’s strengths and goals. Some of her of her clinical interests include trauma, life transitions, and cross-cultural communication.
Emily Grayson is an Outpatient Therapist. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Master of Social Work degree after having been a licensed massage therapist for twenty years and a trainer at the Feinberg School of Medicine on how to combine compassionate presence with medical expertise. Emily works with adults, adolescents, couples and families using a systems framework which considers the environmental and relational context within which clients live and work. Emily is passionate about fostering a warm and creative therapeutic space replete with empathy and humor and where clients and families can work toward their therapeutic goals. Areas of specialization include couples, young adults, adults in transition, depression, and anxiety.
Andy Green is both a staff therapist and Living Room therapist. He works with all age groups, and his therapeutic approach is informed by elements of dialectical behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and person centered approaches. Andy holds a master’s in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has seven years of experience in community outreach, primarily in ACT teams. His biggest passion is providing understanding and working with people where they are at to provide assistance to their journey of recovery.
Susan Haggard is a Certified Recovery Support Specialist and has been a team member of The Living Room at Turning Point since it opened. She has been working in the field of mental health for over 15 years and her current primary focus is crisis intervention. She is committed to educate, advocate and reduce the stigma of mental illness locally and nationally. One of her career highlights was speaking at the White House on the topic of improving healthcare in the United States. She is an active volunteer in the community, including the USO of Illinois. Susan is dedicated to helping others through their most difficult moments and creating a healthier and better life.
Emily Hanneman is an Outpatient Therapist who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She practices an integrative approach to therapy that is rooted in relational psychodynamic tradition and focused on affect regulation, emotional validation, play, and movement. Through their work together, Emily helps clients and their families develop practical, attentive interventions to address their concerns. She has extensive experience working in therapeutic residential treatment where she had the privilege of supporting clients through periods of emotional crisis, helping them to learn and grow from their most challenging moments. Emily’s clinical interests include trauma, relational issues, and LGBTQIA+ affirming practice.
Lauren Hersch is an Outpatient Therapist and Team Lead of Turning Point’s Emergency Services Team. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her degree from The University of Chicago. On the Emergency Services Team, Lauren is involved in creating training protocol, as well as providing crisis assessment and de-escalation services. As an Outpatient Therapist, Lauren works with a variety of clinical presentations and has experience with children, adolescents and adults. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, relational issues, and working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She utilizes an eclectic approach, with a particular emphasis on psychodynamic processes and mindfulness techniques.
Melissa Iavarone is a therapist who sees adolescents as well as adults. She is very proud to be a part of the Turning Point Team. Melissa received her BA in psychology, and then went on to earn her Master of Social Work while working as a case manager at Turning Point. She believes in an environment filled with empathy, compassion and communication. She strives to be a strong advocate for the individuals we serve.
Cathy Jurek is a Team Leader and Certified Recovery Support Specialist for The Living Room at Turning Point. She has a passion for helping those in mental health crisis. Cathy provides interventions that focus on self-care, mindfulness, humor, and providing supportive resources. She recognizes the importance of advocating for changes in mental health treatment and policies. Cathy is currently working toward her master’s in social work: Leadership and Change program at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
Sharon 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.
Kathryn Klingle is a recovery support specialist in the Living Room. They earned a bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Harvard University where they also worked as a peer counselor on the college’s body image and eating concerns hotline. Kathryn strives to provide a welcoming space for people to come as they are and feel safe doing so.
Erik Lees is an outpatient therapist and dedicated assessor. He completed a Master’s in Social Work at Loyola University with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling. Erik has worked frequently with people experiencing psychosis, substance abuse, spiritual issues, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Being client-centered is at the core of his practice and he strives to tailor therapy to a client’s goals.
Adam Levin, Outpatient Therapist, facilitates groups in our PSR program including organic gardening and weekly goals groups. He also maintains a private practice.
Alan 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.
Tathiana Martinez is an Outpatient Bilingual Therapist and a Crisis Worker. Tathiana graduated from Northwestern University with a master's degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Tathiana’s therapeutic approach is psychodynamic, person-centered, and dialectical behavior skill usage, though is flexible to individual's preference. Her clinical interests include trauma, acculturation challenges, family systems, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. Tathiana is dedicated to helping others creating a nonjudgmental environment for clients to feel welcomed and safe.
Daniel Morganstein is a Recovery Support Specialist in The Living Room, and is working towards his CRSS credential. He has spent the past 5 years in direct mental health service and over 10 in the social services field. His clinical interests include existential and narrative therapies. Daniel also co-facilitates a group dealing with psychosis.
Sarah 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.
Elyse Schauer is a Recovery Support Specialist on the Living Room team. She holds a Masters degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Elyse is interested in trauma recovery, creativity, and holistic wellness practices. In her current role, she aims to collaborate with Living Room guests so that they can move through crisis with compassion and support.
Marie Shebeck, Living Room Therapist, is a recent social work graduate with a decade of experience working in various social service settings, particularly with immigrant populations. She is bilingual in French and English languages. Marie's interests include integrated care, mindfulness, vicarious and complex trauma work, and the immigrant experience.
Sophie Starks is an Outpatient Therapist and Crisis Worker who has worked extensively with adolescents and adults. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work with a focus on psychoanalysis from the University of Chicago. Her therapeutic style is exploratory in nature and rooted in psychoanalytic practice. Sophie’s clinical interests include relational difficulties, grief, women’s issues, and the particular needs of the queer community.
We welcome Maggie to our team. Her bio will be available shortly.
Stephanie Warda is a Residential and Adult Case Manager at Turning Point. She works towards finding resources that would allow her clients to live a more manageable and fulfilling life. Stephanie’s goal is to help all clients become more independent. She is currently in graduate school working to achieve a Masters in Family and Marriage Counseling. She has a passion for working in diverse communities and admires different cultures. Stephanie is excited to be a part of the team and is honored to help make a difference in the lives of our clients.