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. Aldag is a Therapist and Dedicated Assessor in Turning Point’s Open Access program. As a trauma-informed counselor, she takes a holistic approach, integrating narrative and feminist therapeutic modalities. With a special interest in gender and identity, she believes that people are the authority on themselves. Having worked for a decade in Higher Education, she has extensive experience helping people cope with life transitions. Additionally, she has experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness. Kat provides therapy in English and Spanish.
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.
We welcome Mr. Bjorlin to our team. His bio will be available shortly.
Mr. 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.
We welcome Ms. Bright to our team. Her bio will be available shortly.
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.
We welcome Ms. Dumerauf to our team. Her bio will be available shortly.
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.
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. 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.
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.
We welcome Ms. Hersch to our team. Her bio will be available shortly.
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. 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. Petroschuk, Crisis Worker and Therapist, graduated from Adler University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with adolescents and adults with chronic mental illness. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, life transitions, family dynamics, and young adult mental health. Emily utilizes a client centered approach which combines techniques from solution focused, strengths based, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapies.
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.
Ms. 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.