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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. 

  • 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)

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 Arlington Heights, 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.

  • 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

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Caitlin Kyle

Caitlin Kyle is a clinical mental health counseling masters student with Northwestern University. She strives to provide individualized care to each unique individual. Caitlin has experience working with crisis counseling and aims to provide a safe space within the counseling environment. Utilizing multiple therapeutic modalities, she aims to tailor the counseling experience to fit and best serve the needs of each unique individual. 

  • Northwestern University - Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum Student
  • Loyola University Chicago - BS Psychology - 2020​

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.  

  • 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 Andersen

Ashley Andersen 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.  

  • 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)

Rachel Bianchi

Rachel Bianchi is a Licenced Clinical Professional Counselor who has experience working with a diverse population. She has experience working with various issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, personality disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and psychotic disorders. In addition to individual work, she has facilitated group therapy in an outpatient setting to help individuals learn how to navigate many of life's challenges. She works with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. 

Rachel’s approach is integrative, strength based and holistic. She works to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where change and growth can be made possible. Rachel believes in the potential of each of her clients and works side by side with them to develop the skills that will help them better manage personal stress and struggles. By helping her clients develop insight and self-awareness, Rachel strives to help people build a more satisfying life. She has a passion for empowering people to discover meaning, happiness, and balance in their daily lives.

  • Adler University - MA in Counseling - Specialization in Clinical Mental Health- 2017
  • Elmhurst College– BA Psychology - 2015

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