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Laura Discipio, LCSW,  Liza Devaney, LCSW  Wendy Pawelski, LCPC, CADC

Vidya Dorjean, LCSW     Kathryn Lipkin, LCPC,    Karen Somers, LCSW 

Jenn Pagone, LCPC NCC         Carol Folisi, LCPC CADC CEAP

Laura Discipio, LCSW . She completed her M.S.W. from George Williams College at Aurora University. She has been in clinical practice for over 15 years. Laura received extensive experience working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault when she worked at Mutual Ground in Aurora. She was a clinical supervisor at Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward, supervising therapists working with patients in the adult inpatient and partial units as well as the eating disorders and geriatric units. Laura uses different models of treatment including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), family systems, and goal-setting to best fit the needs of the individual and learning style. Laura has expertise working with a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, marital problems and ineffective communication in copules, low self-esteem, eating disorders, life transitions, assertiveness, men's issues and anger management. She works with individuals as well as couples. She will partner with young adults through seniors to help them find their strengths and channel their energy into improved well being. Laura is also Executive Director of ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders) and an Allied Staff member at Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward.

Liza Devaney, LCSW completed her M.S.W. at Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois.  Prior to being in private practice, Liza worked as a clinical therapist in the inpatient and outpatient programs, both in individual and group settings at Linden Oaks Hospital. Her expertise is in working with children, adolescents and adults treating a variety of issues such as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, grief and loss, and anger management. Her therapeutic approach is a non-judgmental approach using a blend of eastern and western philosophies, helping people to develop acceptance and cope with their challenges. She is adept in training clients using mindful skills, using Dialectial Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which has been extensively researched as a potent way to treat those suffering from severe mood instability. She also uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  to help clients work through change and become successful in reorienting their perception of problems. Liza is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist through The Grief Recovery Institute and can deal with grief and loss issues through individual, family or group work.

Regina Chow Trammel, LCSW is no longer with Naper Clinical. She is moved out-of-state.

Vidya Dorjean, LCSW completed her M.S.W. at Loyola University of Chicago. After completing her Masters, Vidya served in the Peace Corps and worked in Haiti for 2 years where she gained fluency in the Creole language. When returning to the United States, she has worked with children, adolescents and adults in hospital and community service settings. Her years of experience working at the local and international community in organizations and systems help provide a holistic approach to her therapy. Vidya's strengths are in treating depression, anxiety, marital and relationship issues, healing from divorce, work challenges, cultural issues, parenting and women's issues including infertility.  She focuses on clients' strengths as well as current stressors, looking at each person's unique needs and goals when determining the best therapeutic approach for individuals, couples and groups.  As an Indian-American and because of her fluency in Creole, she is adept at addressing cultural issues and challenges in this increasingly global society we live in. Vidya leads the Transitions group which addresses the needs of individuals discharging from a mental health hospital.

Wendy Pawelski, LCPC, CADC was born and raised in Illinois.  She received her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University, and her addictions training at the College of DuPage.  Wendy worked as a clinical therapist at Linden Oaks providing therapy in group, individual and family settings prior to joining Naper Clinical. Her expertise is in working with depression, anxiety, school issues, family of origin problems, trauma, oppositional behavior in teens, substance abuse and women in transistion from adolescence to early adulthood. Wendy is also an independent contractor for Crisis Care Network, facilitating debriefings for various companies and organizations that have underwent a mass trauma or loss. She is trained as a Divorce and Family Mediator, helping to empower individuals to work towards agreements.  She has also worked as school counselor at Edward Academy where she provided therapy for children with Autism, Aspergers, and other Pervasive disorders. Her outlook in working with her clients is to help them identify and make positive changes to become more satisfied in life. Wendy believes that through encouragement and support, you can achieve your goals. Wendy is also currently leading a Adolescent Teen girl group that addresses self esteem and socialization goals among this age group.

Karen Sommers, LCSW was born and raised in the Chicago area and received her M.S.W. from the University of Loyola in Chicago. She has 27 years experience working in medical hospitals and psychiatric settings with adult and geriatric patients.  She has extensive knowledge of coping with major medical illnesses as well as psychiatric disorders. Karen works with individuals age 18 and over with a fondness for older adults.  She has experience working with those having adjustment to illness or disease. She can help support and guide those juggling caregiving and parental roles in the sandwich generation. Similar treatment areas of focus include: depression, anxiety, coping with aging, low self-esteem, problems with daily functioning and marital/family issues. Karen uses a multi-modal approach to treatment, with input from the client, utilizing whatever best fits the clients' needs. She is a positive, upbeat person who has a strong belief that life can get better with help and support from therapy.

Kathryn Burkhardt Lipkin, LCPC was raised on the southside of Chicago and received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her work experience includes providing counseling in settings such as: family social servies in Missouri, outpatient community counseling on the westside of Chicago, inpatient psychiatric clinical therapy in both adult and adolescents units, and most recently as a clinical therapist at Linden Oaks Hospital. Kathryn has been a clinician since 1992 and in private practice for over 10 years. Kathryn's methods of therapy is eclectic and includes CBT, goal-setting, and family systems. Her approach is in a very warm, non-judgmental and accepting manner with adults, adolescents and families, across cultural backgrounds, religions and sexual orientations.  Her clinical areas of expertise include treating depression, issues of self-esteem, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions and addictions/substance abuse work.

Carol Folisi, LCPC, CADC. CEAP, is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a background in treating clients wtih mental illness and addictions.  She is also a certified employee assistance professional. Carol has been practicing in the DuPage County area for over 20 years both in mental health and addictions services. She recieved her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from North Central College and her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University.  Using a cognitive/behavioral approach, she demonstrates to clients their own abilities and strengths to make a desired life changes.  At the client's request, this can be approached through a Christian perspective.

Jennifer Pagone, LCPC, NCC earned her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University.  Utilizing an empowering and direct approach, Jenn assists clients in identifying core issues and learning how to express their thoughts and feelings beneath the symptoms that they struggle with.  She offers guidance and support for those suffering from eating disorders, trauma, post-traumatic stress, depression, grief and loss, attachment issues, and interpersonal dissatisfaction. Treatment goals are determined by using a collaborative approach with an aim to increase insight and implement strategies to improve functioning and satisfaction with life and relationships. Therapy approaches used are psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, and various techniques to treat trauma.  Jenn also provides equine therapy at Reins of Change in Elgin.  In addition, Jenn works at Arabella House, a unique group home for females with eating disorders.  Jenn is known and respected for her innovative groups on body image, and often provides educational presentations and consultations to groups and other treatment providers interested in learning more about eating disorders