Counseling speaks was founded by professionals who love everything about counseling!
As highly involved and motivated counselors, presenters, authors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, educators, supervisors, and leaders; we joined forces to create counseling speaks—a contemporary counseling clinic that offers much more than just counseling.
We offer clinical counseling, consultation, coaching, supervision, crisis intervention, and psychoeducational services and products to suit your needs as a client, consultee, or another professional looking to advance your skill set. Here we believe that everyone is capable of change, and by giving you the best of us, we hope to bring out the best in you!
We are a holistic practice with 15 therapists and a psychiatrist who serve a variety of clients. We offer individual, couple, family, and group therapy along with psychiatric services.
We also have a diverse team of multicultural therapists from a variety of backgrounds both nationally and internationally. About half of our therapists are multi-lingual.
Jordyn Adler, MEd, LPC
A licensed professional counselor with a Master’s degree from DePaul University, and Yoga Instructor/enthusiast. As an intern and professional counselor, she gained her initial counseling experiences working as a school counselor in elementary and high schools in Chicago Public Schools, and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.
Jordyn’s passion for mental health counseling started very early, and started working with the youth as a camp counselor in high school. She has experience working with clients from a variety of backgrounds around the Chicago-land area on stress management, social skills, life transitions, anxiety, depression, loss/grief, and anger management. Through Yoga and Meditation, she also teaches mindfulness, self-acceptance/love, patience, breath control, and other tools for positive change.
In counseling, Jordyn works from a person-centered understanding that all humans are inherently good, and believes in developing an authentic, personal, client-counselor relationship. She develops a personalized counseling plan, using different strategies and
exercises, depending on the client’s needs. Overall, she uses strengths-based approaches to empower clients to take responsibility and ownership of their life to make positive change, and live their
Lynn T. Austrheim, MSW, LCSW
Lynn T. Austrheim, MSW, LCSW has a broad experience as a social worker, psychotherapist/counselor that includes working on psychiatric units of two hospitals. Lynn has also provided counseling services for the US Navy and the Veterans administration. He worked for several independent treatment centers in addition to maintaining an ongoing private practice.
The first thing that Lynn examines when acquiring a new client of mental health is to screen to make sure the client has the capacity to learn and retain new learning. Medical issues and brain problems (e.g., memory) must be considered. Lynn is sensitive to the possibility that the presenting problem may be a result of defective parenting and will ask the client to describe their parent’s behavior towards them when they were about 5 years old.
Lynn has come up with the idea that perhaps most people have been compressed by their parents, schools, and society and sees his job as liberating the client so they can be who they really are. To facilitate this liberation of the spirit Lynn has developed an 18-step counseling program called “Sequence Therapy” which has been very effective in helping people have much better and happier lives. Additionally, Lynn is very open about what he is doing and wants his clients to know as much or more than he does about their situation and the world in which they function. In the last steps of sequence therapy Lynn teaches people psychological tools, and ways of relating, so the client will remain psychologically strong in the future with others.
Monika Breidenbach, M.S., LPC, NCC
A counselor with a Master’s degree from National Louis University. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults in different settings including crisis intervention and community mental health.
Monika’s clinical interests include stress management and working with people with mood disorders, with a goal to help them navigate through anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and difficulties in life adjustments.
Her approach is strengths-based, and she believes therapy is an active, creative collaboration between the client and the counselor. She helps the client capitalize on existing strengths and develop a sense of self-awareness functional life skills, which empower them to develop their own vision for life while refining personal goals.
+ Clinician speaks English and Polish.
Katya Budzinski, B.A.
Katya Budzinski, BA, is a clinical intern working towards her Master’s degree In Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University. Katya’s interest in counseling stems from her love for helping people. Her experience includes working as a QIDP with developmentally disabled individuals and their families. Katya chose to pursue the field of counseling because she wants to help provide a better and stronger voice for individuals with disabilities, as well as provide solace for families who are struggling to cope with having a family member with a disability.
Katya is a strong advocate for others. She believes in creating an environment that enables individuals to confidently express themselves in a judgment free and empathic setting. Katya strives to ensure that individuals are able to live life to their fullest potential, and she encourages them to be true unto themselves.
Upon learning about various counseling theories, Katya has found that she is interested in many different theoretical approaches. However, she is particularly interested in incorporating CBT and humanistic theory, specifically person-centered theory, into her counseling sessions.
Sonia Chand, MA, NCC, LPC
Sonia is dedicated and committed to providing a safe space for Clients to fully be able to be their true authentic selves. Furthermore, Sonia is passionate about helping Clients live to their fullest potential so that her Clients can live their best lives. Sonia also aims to build her Clients up through self-empowerment.
Sonia works with a variety of different conditions including self-esteem issues, body dysmorphia, autism spectrum disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety, social anxiety, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.
Sonia uses a variety of different modalities to treat Clients in the manner best suited for Client. Some of the modalities utilized include psychodynamic theory, gestalt, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Melody Chen, M.S.Ed, LCPC
A Clinical Counselor with experience in working with a diverse client population in a variety of settings, including community mental health, home-based therapy, crisis intervention and residential treatment. Her clients presented with issues ranging from adjustment disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, complex trauma, autism spectrum disorders and psychosis.
Melody is culturally sensitive and believes in professional but authentic human contact. She is passionate about addressing mental health issues with a collaborative, strength-based and humanistic approach to promote problem-solving, self-awareness and resilience. She draws from her eastern cultural background the practice of mindfulness and distress tolerance, while incorporating the well-established knowledge on attachment by western psychology to help clients develop skills in symptom management, as well as healing from emotionally/psychologically damaging experiences in life.
In addition to individual work, Melody also take into consideration contextual factors that contribute to clients’ difficulties. That is why she collaborated frequently with schools, doctors, Department of Child and Family Services and probation, and explore external resources to strive for optimal treatment outcomes.
*Melody is bilingual, proficient in English and Mandarin Chinese.
Lindsay Clark, BA, CADC
Lindsay Clark, BA, CADC, is a certified addictions counselor with a Bachelor’s in Addictions Studies from DePaul University. She is currently a clinical intern pursing her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Northwestern University.
She gained her initial counseling experiences working at a private practice in Chicago with culturally diverse adolescents and adults with a spectrum of issues including: eating disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, and trauma. Later, she focused upon substance abuse disorders at a nonprofit foundation, as the lead counselor for an inpatient substance abuse program for older adults with disabilities. She is an advocate for equality, mental health and well-being.
Lindsay enjoys collaborating with clients to create individualized, holistic, and integrative treatment goals. She uses a psychodynamic approach informed by client-centered and cognitive behavioral modalities to help her clients make changes that positively impact their lives. Her goal is to instill in each client that there is always hope.
Laura Esposito, Clinical Intern
Laura recently completed a social justice practicum where she created “Faces of the Fox,” a project that showcases diversity in five cities in the west suburbs. The project features fifteen unique individuals, including first generation citizens, a transgender male, people with shared housing, interracial couples, and more. The project, to be exhibited throughout the cities, includes photographs of the individuals along with their biographies. Laura is passionate about appreciating diversity and creating a more culturally competent world.
Laura values a strong therapeutic relationship with all clients. She ascribes to person-centered theory, which values a collaborative relationship between the counselor and client and unconditional positive regard. Laura believes that everyone has the capacity to fulfill their potential, and she is committed to providing support and empathy throughout the counseling process. She has interest in various techniques from several theories, including cognitive behavioral therapy, existential therapy, and reality therapy. Laura understands that therapy is not one-size-fits-all and values getting to know her clients and tailoring therapy accordingly.
Princess Gabor, MA, LCPC, NCC
A Licensed Professional Counselor at counseling speaks. She has Master’s degree from Argosy University, Chicago and is currently still attending that university where she is working on her doctorate in counseling education and supervision. She has experience working with intellectually disabled adolescents who were survivors of physical/sexual abuse and parental neglect, which were also dually diagnosed with disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar, and anxiety. She has experience with individual, group and family therapy as well as crisis intervention.
Princess’ integrated style of counseling and creativity allows her to help her clients get an individualized treatment plan which helps accommodate the clients learning style, and perception as they go through their process at their own capacity. She has worked with culturally diverse populations including the LGBTQA community using music, art, movies, role-play and experiential therapy.
Some interesting facts about Princess is that she lived in five states, went to two high schools, and five colleges/universities which has given her the wonderful opportunity of experiencing multiculturalism and taught her that there was a purpose for everything that fell into her life. Princess believes that the life that you live is not filled with mistakes- it is filled with knowledgeable experiences that bring forth wisdom.
Matthew Glowiak, PhD, LCPC, CAADC, NCC
A Clinical Counselor and Speaker at counseling speaks with experience in working with children, adolescents, families and adults. Matt works collaboratively with clients to set practical, achievable goals that ultimately yield sought after change.
Matt has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults through individual and group services in home, clinical, outpatient, and college campus settings. Matt’s clients have presented with a variety of concerns and issues including substance use disorders, dual-diagnosis, domestic violence, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, sexual trauma, bipolar disorder, et cetera.
Matt has a history of working with substance use and dual-diagnosis disorders, He has treated a wide variety of issues that range from mild to very severe in nature. In his role as case manager he has also become skilled at locating various client resources.
Melissa Harper, MA
Melissa’s clinical interests include trauma, PTSD and intimate partner violence. In addition, clients who are struggling to work through daily life stresses. Her approach is diverse based on client’s needs; however, she is currently working on a certification in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Melissa strives to view clients holistically, taking into account cultural, religious and family structure considerations. Melissa believes in creating a safe and therapeutic environment for clients to process emotions and thoughts. She also works from a strength-based model, empowering clients to believe they have the power to make changes in their life.
Denise Hirsch, MSW, LCSW
Denise takes a strength based, eclectic approach in order to tailor treatment to best suit the needs of her clients. Whether seeking counseling to manage concerns such as grief; depression and anxiety; family, school, or work related crises, Denise’s goal is to ensure clients feel comfortable, informed, and empowered by the process. She has a special interest in working with those who have experienced trauma and has received specialized training in managing crises and past trauma.
In addition, due to Denise’s extensive experience in schools, she is also able to provide guidance and support for families navigating challenging school situations related to such things as bullying, learning disabilities, Autism and ADHD.
Tyler Presjak, Clinical Intern
Tyler’s has had previous individual and group counseling experience, and has worked with a variety of demographics. Tyler’s previous work experience includes those struggling with addiction, individuals with dual diagnoses, and adolescents; however, his interests also expand towards individuals in the LGBTQ community. Working with these populations, Tyler has learned to support a broad range of individuals and hopes to continue to build communities that challenge social stigmas around mental health, and create a platform for his clients to not only grow but also feel comfortable being their most authentic self. Tyler strives to create an environment for his client where their actions and words can be met with understanding and acceptance throughout the clinical experience.
Tyler’s theoretical approach aligns closest to social-constructionist theory, and thus he has always felt comfortable helping his clients challenge societal norms, while also fully understanding the cultural backgrounds and norms of his clients. Apart from social-constructionist, Tyler has experience with other post-modern approaches such as narrative theory, and experience with person-centered theory as well.
Pneurissa Stamps, B.S., INTERN
Pneurissa is a clinical intern at Counseling Speaks. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Chicago State University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Chicago State University. She has worked as a Cosmetologist for several years and her passion grew from making women look good externally to helping them cope and heal from daily life stressors.
Pneurissa leads a group of women that teaches them to journal as a way of expressing internal conflicts and develop adaptive coping skills. Her clinical interests are in trauma, substance abuse/addictions, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Her desire is to build rapport and help her clients to achieve wellness using holistic approaches and to work collaboratively with clients to empower them to make achievable goals.
Pneurissa values many different theoretical approaches and modalities. The theoretical orientation she regularly uses include: cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, and reality therapy. These approaches help clients develop rational thought processes and to focus on the present using techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and breathing techniques.
Nicole L. Thompson, MA, LPC
A Licensed Professional Counselor at counseling speaks. Nicole earned her Masters of Arts in Community Counseling at Argosy University after completing her undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Nicole has experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults through individual and group services in home, correctional, and clinical settings. Nicole’s clients have presented with a variety of concerns and issues including substance use disorders, domestic violence, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, et cetera.
Nicole is a multicultural and gestalt therapist who is committed to the process of understanding and addressing societal issues that impact clients’ emotional and psychological health. Nicole works collaboratively with clients to connect to their authentic selves, step into their power, and set goals to achieve their desired holistic needs.
Kasia Wereszczynska, MA, LCPC, RYT
A Clinical Counselor, Speaker, and Yoga Instructor at counseling speaks with experience in working with children, adolescents, families and adults. Originally from Poland, Kasia has developed an appreciation for different cultures. She works to build a healing environment that helps facilitate personal growth and positive change. In addition, she empowers her clients by helping them set and achieve realistic goals in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.
Kasia has an extensive training and experience in crisis intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy and positive psychology. Her areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, life transitions, addiction, trauma, self esteem concerns and stress management.
Kasia has provided counseling to a culturally diverse population serving the South Side of Chicago and the North Shore area. She has a history of working in various settings including the mental health court system, hospital emergency room, community mental health agencies, and both inpatient/outpatient psychiatric hospital settings.