About Us

Patti Di Giacinto, LCSW, CADC provides therapy services for adult clients. She has experience working with individuals, couples and families and has worked both in a hospital setting, in a partial hospitalization program, and in the corporate world. She is a graduate of both Loyola University's Master in Clinical Social Work program and Northwestern University's Master of Science in Communication program and has her undergraduate degree from Indiana University. Patti additionally has a specialization of over 500 trained hours, and 3 additional Masters level classes in addiction counseling. Among her areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, grief counseling, career counseling and managing medical stress. She is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. Patti's theoretical orientation is psychodynamic coupled with specialty in CBT and ACT therapies.  Patti also educates her clients about and incorporates mindfulness practice into her therapy.  She is a certified trauma therapist and also a practicing EMDR therapist.  With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing

Dr. Patrick Gunderson specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders (e.g., Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), depression, and sexual trauma and abuse. He utilizes exposure-based interventions, which are used to help clients confront fears, expand their comfort zones, and extinguish avoidance behaviors. Dr. Gunderson helps clients achieve trauma resolution by processing traumatic incidents, reducing the associated anxiety and anger, and assisting in therapeutic corrective experiences.

Dr. Gunderson also works extensively with clients in the LGBT+ community as both a therapist and ally. He helps clients resolve gender dysphoria and assists in gender transition. Dr. Gunderson believes it is important to feel supported, accepted, and comfortable with your identity and body.

Dr. Gunderson is a licensed clinical psychologist and received his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 2009.

Vicki Homola, LCSW, MSW works with adults providing individual and group psychotherapy. Using a supportive and interactive approach, she works with clients to identify their strengths, learn healthy coping skills and work through emotions and roadblocks that inhibit them from reaching their goals or moving forward in their lives.

Her specialties include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, stress, transitions, grief, loss, dual diagnosis and managing emotions. She is also experienced working with clients with substance abuse issues. Whether someone has a specific mental health diagnosis or simply wants support or guidance in setting goals and making or managing life changes, she strives to provide a safe environment to empower them to create the life they want.

Vicki's extensive experience includes working in outpatient and inpatient treatment settings, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, as well as, EAP settings. This background has provided an understanding and appreciation of the strength of the human spirit and the ability of people to make positive changes. The journey of psychotherapy or counseling begins with the desire for someone to want something different. The next step is yours.

Florije Jusufi, LCSW

Florije Jusufi is a licensed clinical social worker who provides treatment for individuals ages 12 and older, couples, and families. With over 30 years of experience in the mental health industry, Florije brings a wealth of experience that is uniquely applied to each individual. Her educational training includes an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign followed by a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. Additionally, she holds an Associate degree in Applied Science with a specialty in substance abuse and other addictive disorders. In addition to addictions, other specialties include working with mood disorders,anxiety,stress management,life transitions,and women's issues. Florije's clinical modality is a combination of CBT, solution focused therapy, DBT and strength based therapy. Florije's early training in inpatient care at a local behavioral health center along with working in a variety of outpatient settings, including being a coordinator for adolescent services in a partial hospitalization program and a case manager in an outpatient addictions program, has provided her with a skill set that allows for a comprehensive assessment of needs of the individual or family. This then allows for a very customized treatment plan that addresses presenting issues bringing the individual to therapy and also allows for evolution towards working on additional goals for further growth. Florije's passion is to work with the individual to create a vision of where they want to be and to accompany the individual on a practical path of how to get there. Often this work is facilitated by assessing the impact of the system within which the individual is operating in and how the effects are being experienced.

Dr. Valerie Lucas

A licensed clinical psychologist who works with adults with a variety of presenting issues. She graduated from Marquette University in 2010 with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Previous to private practice, she worked in a variety of settings including NorthShore Medical Group, Harper College Psychological Services, Marquette University Counseling Center, Aurora Behavioral Health Hospital Eating Disorders intensive outpatient program and community mental health. Dr. Lucas works with adults addressing depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, relationship issues, eating disorders, behavioral weight management, and increasing general coping strategies. Her theoretical orientation is cognitive behavioral, utilizing DBT strategies and techniques, and solution-focused feedback. She approaches therapy as a process to help clients recognize and build on strengths and collaboratively developing and working on goals to decrease psychological distress.

Dr. Tricia McKinney

A licensed clinical psychologist who has been working with children, adolescents and adults since 2005. She is a graduate of the Adler School of Professional Psychology and has her undergraduate degree from Purdue University.  Dr. McKinney's areas of expertise including working with children and adolescents, and families with mood and behavior disorders, ADHD, Asperger’s disorder, bereavement, life transition issues, parenting issues, and anxiety related disorders. She has over 10 years of experience working with children in a partial hospital program.  Dr. McKinney sees clients in individual, family and group therapy and uses a combination of cognitive behavioral and family systems approaches when working with clients. She believes therapy is a collaborative process and works with clients to set the goals for treatment. During therapy, clients learn skills to improve cognitions, emotional regulation and social interactions.

Hira Rehman-Ashraf, LCSW

Hira Rehman-Ashraf is a licensed clinical social worker who works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families presenting with various issues. She creates a safe, caring, and non-judgmental environment in which her clients can feel free to be themselves and receive the support needed to reach their goals. She believes strongly in starting where the client is and helping them to identify their challenges. Her work includes treatment of substance abuse, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and self-injury. Hira received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Applied Psychology and Criminology, Law, and Justice. Hira graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her master's in Social Work with a concentration in mental health. She interned in the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders at AMITA Alexian Brother's Behavioral Health Hospital. Hira then took a position in the Center for Self-Injury Recovery Services followed by the Center for Addiction Medicine. Hira is trained in exposure and response prevention (ERP), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). She is a compassionate and empathic therapist applying the knowledge and experience she has gained throughout her educational and professional life to helping her patients overcome the challenges they experience.

Kate Rhodes, LCPC graduated from National Louis University with her MS in Community Counseling. Prior to entering the counseling field, Kate was an early childhood educator for seven years; her experience there left her with a passion for working with children and helping others. Her background in early education provided a great foundation for working with the entire family.  Kate works with individuals and families who are ready and focused on creating the lives and relationships they desire. She helps her clients move through the healing process while improving family relations & promoting health & wellness in their individual lives. She is a compassionate and professional advocate for individual’s needs with a gentle, empathic approach to counseling. By prioritizing the client-counselor relationship and building a personal connection with each individual, Kate provides a safe, accepting and respectful environment designed to empower clients and encourage personal growth. Her approach to therapy is collaborative and sessions are tailored to best fit the needs of the individual. Kate utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach that includes Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, Art and Expressive therapies and Mindfulness. Kate specializes in helping individuals & families deal with a multitude of emotional or behavioral issues. Specific areas include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, body image, eating disorders, relationship issues and other lifespan issues & adjustment disorders. Kate is dedicated to fostering resiliency in her clients. This is accomplished by helping individuals face the ever-changing world ahead by building confidence in themselves and their decision making skills and instilling a sense of security and connection within the individual and family unit.

Dr. Norman Segal is a board certified pediatrician and a fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics. A native of Chicago, Dr. Segal completed his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and graduated from the Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Segal has been interested in children's ADHD and learning issues since the 1970's. By the 1990's his interests widened to include children and adolescents' emotional and behavioral problems.

Today his passion has extended to college students and adults with ADHD and co-morbid disorders such as Anxiety, Depression, OCD, and Learning Disabilities. Dr. Segal offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of ADHD as well as the treatment of children with learning problems. Dr. Segal follows guidelines established by the Academy of Pediatrics to diagnosis ADHD.