Keri Powell, MSW, LCSW
"I am comfortable treating most mental health issues and have experience in working with diverse populations. I often work with female clients addressing depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, co-dependency, personality disorders, and substance abuse issues; I specialize in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personalities. I'm passionate about empowering women and promoting self acceptance. I enjoy leading people through a journey of self discovery to assist them in arriving at new insights and realizations.
I am eclectic in therapeutic techniques. I individualize treatment according to my client’s comfort level and needs. I believe in the mind-body-spirit connection and utilize mindfulness approaches. I frequently rely on standard cognitive behavioral techniques and have the ability to implement dialectical behavior treatment plans. The development of a trusting, therapeutic relationship and offering a safe and healing environment are two of the most basic things I offer my clients. It's these simple things that prove to be the most appreciated gift for women in treatment, and they also offer excellent groundwork when ongoing or intensive treatment is required.
I have obtained certification as a guided imagery therapist from Synergy Seminars in Palm Springs, California. When a client is open to using guided imagery, I am excited to utilize it for a variety of treatment issues. Guided imagery works well in promoting relaxation, managing stress, helping people to gain and maintain good health, aiding in the physical healing process, exploring the many inner parts of ones core self, facilitating the grieving process, resolving past trauma, and releasing the past. I am most passionate about using imagery to help people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as it is an excellent tool to help people resolve their issues without retraumatizing clients by reliving their stories through traditional talk therapy." --Keri
Karen Jones, LCPC
"I have 15+ years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and enjoy working with people of all ages. I am holistic in my approach and use twelve step principles, mindfulness training, and expressive therapies to address issues surrounding relationships, anxiety, grief, depression, trauma, and personality disorders. I provide individual therapy, and I also specialize in family and couples counseling.
I utilize twelve step principles to address painful thoughts and beliefs surrounding shame, isolation, and loneliness. I teach mindfulness skills to provide people with effective tools to manage painful emotions that have previously resulted in damaging sabotaging behaviors. I have specialized training in breathwork which is a unique and cutting-edge approach in mental health treatment. I have a teaching background in the fine arts and am passionate about using expressive therapies (music, art, and movement) to help those who struggle with traditional talk therapy.
My goal is to help people replace pain surrounding power struggles, accusations and blame with understanding, acceptance, and accountability. Through processing, destructive behaviors surrounding anger, frustration, and hoplessness are replaced with assertive respectful communication skills. Individuals, couples, and family members are empowered to make healthy choives that support healing and positive change." --Karen
Amy Pico, LCPC, NCC
"I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Illinois. I received my MA in counseling psychology from Trinity International University. I became interested in counseling at a very young age, when I became intrigued by people's behavior and wanted to know how people "tick." I feel this innate passion for people allows me to approach clients with empathy, compassion, and the ability to help them out with whatever brings them into therapy. I treat a variety of issues, some of which are: substance abuse, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship/couples therapy, parenting issues, work issues, co-dependency, and body-image issues.
I am also a registered Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. EMDR uses "dual stimulation" using either bilateral eye movements, tones or taps for the treatment of various traumas. During the reprocessing phases the client attends momentarily to past memories, present triggers, or anticipated future experiences while simultaneously focusing on a set of external stimulus. During that time, clients generally experience the emergence of insight, changes in memories, or new associations.
I have also has presented on a variety of topics to professionals and laypeople alike. Some topics include: using counseling skills cross-culturally, ethics and boundaries, how to identify substance abuse in rural, international settings, and co-occurring disorders." --Amy
Rachel Sutter, MSW, LCSW
"I am aLicensed Clinical Social Worker, and I got into this profession because I am passionate about helping others identify their own strengths and realize their capabilities. I prioritize providing a positive and safe space where my clients are able to feel accepted and able to discuss difficult issues.
I feel comfortable working with all ages-- children and adults. I am comfortable treating most mental health issues in teens and adults including anxiety, depression, anger, co-dependency, and addiction issues. I am eclectic in my approach in the office using cognitive therapy, twelve step programming, and rational emotive therapy to name a few. I am in the process of becoming certified in Theraplay which is an amazing, evidence-based form of therapy based on attachment theory; I've already seen great results using Theraplay with my young clients.
Through my work at a local psychiatric hospital, I gained experience working with all types of populations (adults and adolescents; the mentally ill and people with addictions) and became comfortable working with those in crisis. I chose to move to outpatient therapy, so I could work with clients more long term and incorporate spirituality into their healing process."
Wendi Weidner, LPC
I have been in the mental health profession for over seven years with extensive work experience in a mental health hospital. I feel comfortable working with most mental health issues as well as working with diverse cultures and populations. I am comfortable providing therapy to young children, teenagers, and adults. Some of my most treated clients are those with depression, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, and relationship issues.
At a young age I began listening to and helping others; this has never gone away. It comes naturally to me to be empathetic, compassionate, and trustworthy-- all of which lead to a healthy therapeutic relationships with my clients. I've been known to be called "care-frontational" in regards to my style of counseling. This meaning that I care deeply while directly holding my clients accountable for their progress. I do this job with hopes of assisting people with moving forward in life. I promote healing, assist with positive change, and empower clients to make healthy choices.
I have different treatment modalities, techniques, and approaches that I individualize for each client and what needs they present with. I frequently rely on cognitive behavioral therapy, 12 step models, and expressive therapy. I am currently obtaining specialized training in art therapy which I am excited to implement with clients that are open to this activity." --Wendi
Kenna Dunlap Johnson, MSW, LCSW
I began my work in the field of mental health in 2004 when I began working fir an inpatient psychiatric dacility. Priot to this, I became interested in the field of psychology and was, at the time, working towards my bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. Upon completion of this fegree, I continued to work for the several years at the psychiatric hospital, and continued on at the University of Illinois to to earn my Master's in Social Work in 2008 followed by obtaining my state clinical license in 2010.
I currently work at Keri Powell Therapy on a part time basis. I am comfortable working with most populations. Most of my experience has been with children, teens, and seniors. I too consider myself eclectic in my therapeutic approach, utilizing mostly cognistive behavioral techniques. I believe in meeting the client where they are at. I also enjoy utilizing means of self-expression through the use of art and pay in my work.
I find the field of mental health and social work to be a rewarding field to work in. I am honored to be a prt of the process of change. To me, seeing my clients work to make positive changes in the lives is one of the benefits of working in this field. I see my clients as the leaders of their treatent and myself as a sort of "tour guide" to help them through challeges in their life.