Whitney Gipson


Whitney Gipson is a Licensed Social Worker and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in individual, child, adolescent, group, couples and family therapy. She maintains a private practice in both Mount Prospect, Illinois & Chicago, Illinois and is the founder of Northwest Suburban Counseling LLC.


With just over 20 years experience, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Her areas of specializations include depression, anxiety disorders, anger management, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, school and home behavior issues, family conflict, marital/intimate relationship conflict, pre-marital relationships, and parenting guidance.


Whitney is an interactive, family systems 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. 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.

Education
  • Oakland University - BA Psychology - 1997
  • Wayne State University - Master of Social Work - 1999



License, Certifications & Awards
  • Illinois Licensed Social Worker (LSW);
  • Illinois Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT);
  • Graduate Certificate for Social Work Practice with Families & Couples - Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan, 2000


Professional Activities and Memberships


American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy - Clinical Member

Sarah Fletcher


Sarah Fletcher specializes in supporting adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders with a focus on harm reduction philosophy.  She received her Master’s Degree from Loyola School of Social Work and has been working in behavioral health for more than twelve years.  During that time she has worked in various settings including residential, homeless shelters, intensive outreach, therapy, as well as abroad with children and families.  


Sarah works from a strength-based approach that focuses on instilling hope and belief that change is possible.   Sarah is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and provides training and consultation on addictions and engaging persons with co-occurring disorders. 

Education
  • Wheaton College - BA Psychology  - 2003
  • Loyola University - Master of Social Work - 2008



License, Certifications & Awards
  • Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC)

About Northwest Suburban Counseling

Kristi Ore


Kristi Ore is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working with adults, children, adolescents and families. Kristi is currently a counselor at a therapeutic school where she provides individual and group counseling to adolescents with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Through her experience in a therapeutic school setting, Kristi has developed and enhanced her skills working with clients with post-traumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and co-occurring substance use disorders. Her areas of interest include trauma related disorders, attachment, family systems, depression, anxiety, and social emotional health.

Kristi’s approach is individualized to meet each client’s needs. Kristi works to build a positive rapport with each client while providing a safe and trusting space to allow clients to explore and process past and current experiences, patterns of behavior, thoughts and emotions. Kristi collaborates with her clients, meeting them where they are at, providing unconditional positive regard, helping clients develop a greater sense of self-awareness, positive self-image, and overall improvement in one’s psychological, social, and emotional well-being. 

 

Education
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, Child and Adolescent ConcentrationThe Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL, 2015
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN, 2010



License, Certifications & Awards
  • Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP) Certification

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Lisa Sporer


Lisa Sporer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University. She has over 15 years of experience providing crisis-related, brief, and long-term therapy in schools, homeless shelters, community outreach centers, and residential settings.

Lisa is also a school social worker at a therapeutic school where she provides counseling and behavioral interventions for children and adolescents with PTSD, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, Autism, OCD, Conduct Disorder, ODD, Gender Dysphoria, and Substance-Related Disorders. Her areas of interest include mental health, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, autism spectrum disorder, social emotional development, and behavioral issues.

Lisa’s approach is supportive, unbiased, and strength-based. She believes in working collaboratively with clients to empower them to overcome life’s challenges. Her practice is strongly rooted in the belief that therapy can allow your best self to shine.  

Education
  • Elmhurst College – BA Psychology & Sociology, 2003
  • Aurora University – Master of Social Work, 2005



License, Certifications & Awards
  • Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Professional Educator License (PEL), School Social Worker

Ashley Pratt


Ashley Pratt is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience working with young children through older adults. By working in assertive outreach, inpatient, and residential settings, she has developed skills working with mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety, substance use disorders, behavioral issues, and traumatic experiences. She has also provided group counseling for anger management, management of auditory hallucinations, collaborative problem solving, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Ashley believes each individual is the expert on themselves and their needs, and that each individual holds the tools within themselves to live a value-driven life as defined by them. She strives to build a collaborative relationship with each person she works with. She focuses on providing a safe space to examine various thoughts and experiences, and explore the impact of these experiences on one's life in the present. She works to provide unconditional acceptance and a trusting environment to help individuals learn to view themselves and their world in a positive light to help improve overall wellness and mastery in their life.  

Education
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - MA in Counseling Psychology/Trauma and Crisis Intervention Concentration - 2014
  • Michigan State University – BS Psychology - 2010



License, Certifications & Awards
  • Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

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Therapy for Individuals, Children, Adolescents, Couples, & Families