Our Clinicians


JEFFREY GERSTEN, PsyD, Founder/CEO, is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Having worked in schools, private practice, community mental health settings and hospitals, he holds twenty years of experience in the field. He is on staff at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, NorthShore University Health System in Skokie, St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, and Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago.

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SILVIA BOZZANO BECK, PhD, Clinical Director at the Gersten Center, received her doctorate from DePaul University and completed her postgraduate training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She has worked as a clinician for twenty years in private practice, hospitals and community mental health settings. She is on staff at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park.

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MICHAEL B. IGARAVIDEZ, PsyD, is a graduate from Illinois School of Professional Psychology and received his doctoral training at UIC Medical Center. He has twenty years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults covering an array of behavioral health issues.

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DEBORAH LIEBLING, PsyD, Clinical Director at the Gersten Center, received her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with an array of behavioral health issues in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, therapeutic day schools, college counseling centers and community mental health.

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MELISSA SOBEL, PsyD, received her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has seven years of experience in private practice with adolescents, families and couples. Dr. Sobel has experience working in schools, psychiatric hospitals and community mental health.

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STACEY LIPSON, PsyD, Clinical Director of Training, Co-Director of Compliance, is a graduate of the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Lipson has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families presenting with a wide range of difficulties and concerns. With experience providing services in English and Spanish, she has worked in various settings, such as community mental health centers, hospitals, primary care settings, and outpatient clinics. Dr. Lipson is also an adjunct professor at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

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MITCHELL DORNFELD, PsyD, received his doctorate from Loyola University Maryland and completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Dornfeld works with children, adolescents, adults, and families dealing with a broad range of mental health and behavioral health issues. He has experience working in a variety of clinical settings including schools, a pediatric hospital, outpatient clinics, and community mental health centers.

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JENNIFER MORALES, PsyD, is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children who present with a wide range of clinical issues. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient programs, community mental health centers, and private practice working with individuals, couples, and families.

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YONATAN ROSENBLUM, PsyD, Co-Director of Compliance, received his doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He completed his doctoral internship and postdoctoral training at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic. He has experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including therapeutic day schools, pediatric hospitals, and outpatient community mental health centers.

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NICOLE LADERBERG, PsyD, received her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, DC. Dr. Laderberg has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of mental health issues in private practice and primary care settings. In addition, Dr. Laderberg is experienced in conducting psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. She assumes an integrative, collaborative approach to therapy and has a special interest in the use of mindfulness strategies.

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ROBIN PALMISSANO, PsyD, received her doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services. She has experience working with individuals across the lifespan, and is able to treat a range of mental health issues. Dr. Palmissano has worked in schools, community mental health agencies, private practices, and a hospital.

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KENDALL M SILVERSTEIN, PsyD, is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship with the Village of Hoffman Estates Department of Health & Human Services and her post-doctoral fellowship with Harper College Psychological Services. Dr. Silverstein has experience working in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient private practice, community mental health, and college counseling centers providing individual, couples, family, and group counseling. She works primarily with adults but also has experience working with children and adolescents presenting with a wide array of behavioral and emotional concerns.

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CARLY NOVAK, PsyD, received her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Novak has worked in hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, long-term care facilities and chronic pain management programs. Her background in health psychology and generalist training provided experience treating psychological and behavioral concerns with adults, adolescents, families, and groups. She strives towards a collaborative approach to therapy with a cognitive-behavioral, goal oriented focus.

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ERINN KOHN, PsyD, received her doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services. Erinn has experience working with individuals across the lifespan presenting with a wife range of mental health difficulties and practices from a family systems and relational approach. Dr. Kohn has worked in schools, community mental health agencies and private practices.

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ADRIJA CHATTERJEE, PsyD, earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. She completed her doctoral internship at Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Chatterjee has extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, child advocacy centers, and hospitals. Dr. Chatterjee uses a collaborative, relational, and interpersonal approach to therapy, and integrates issues of multicultural diversity into all aspects of her practice. She also completes comprehensive psychological assessments to address a wide variety of psychological and behavioral concerns.

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ELIZABETH STEWART, LCSW, completed her graduate studies at the University of Chicago. Lizzie enjoys working with clients of all ages and provides individual, family, and relationship therapy. Lizzie believes deeply in the importance of an empathic, relational, and strengths-based approach to therapy and her therapeutic style is warm and caring while remaining transparent and direct. Lizzie is an LGBTQ-affirming therapist with a commitment to honoring the unique cultures and identities of every person.

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KELLY GRIFFIN, LCSW, completed her graduate studies at Loyola University Chicago after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Brown University. She completed her graduate internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Kelly has experience working with individuals across the lifespan and within a variety of clinical settings, including residential treatment centers, schools, community youth centers, and adult outpatient clinics. Kelly utilizes an integrative, collaborative approach to therapy to ensure treatment plans are individually tailored to meet each client’s unique set of mental health and emotional needs.

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STEPHANIE BROWN, LMFT, completed her graduate studies at Saint Mary’s University, of Minnesota after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Stephanie has experience working with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings and presenting with a wide range of mental health difficulties. She incorporates family systems and relational approaches to treatment to help increase functioning and build on relationships with others and, more importantly, ourselves.

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KRISTINA SORENSEN, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Adler University. She completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral training at Adler Community Health Services. Dr. Sorensen has experience in community mental health, inpatient, outpatient, and primary care settings. She also has experience with group, individual, and family therapies with specialties in intimate partner violence, peri and postpartum, and additional trainings in PTSD and trauma.

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ABENA W. BERRY, PsyD, received her Doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Over the years Dr. Berry has worked in numerous settings, including Veterans Administration Hospital and private practice. She is skilled in individual, couples, and group therapy as well as diagnostic assessment. She has experience working with individuals across the lifespan and can treat a wide range of mental health concerns. Dr. Berry values the therapeutic relationship and she uses an integrative approach that highlights the uniqueness of each patient.

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ALICE MCCUTCHEON, PsyD, received her doctorate from Adler University. Dr. McCutcheon has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families, in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient clinics, community mental health centers, trauma focused settings, and pediatric centers. She has experience serving individuals with an array of behavioral health concerns.

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MICHA LENEAVE, LCSW, completed her graduate studies at the University of Chicago after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology at Lake Forest College. She completed her graduate internship at the Road Home Program at RUSH University Medical Center. Micha has experience working with children over the age of ten and up, adults in school and outpatient settings. Micha utilizes an integrative approach to therapy to tailor treatment plans to meet the unique emotional and mental health needs of each client.

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YITZCHOK FREID, LCSW, is a graduate of Long Island University and has a wide range of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in various clinical settings. He works with a collaborative, relational approach to therapy and believes in helping people take control of their lives and live by their values.

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STACEY BELMONTE, LCPC, completed her graduate studies at Northeastern Illinois University after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology at Eastern Illinois University. Stacey has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, outpatient clinics, and private practice. Intrigued by the unique qualities of each person, Stacey utilizes an integrative approach to help clients overcome life challenges and reach their goals.

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ERICA FRIEDLAND, LCSW, completed her graduate studies in clinical social work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration after completing her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erica has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in schools and community mental health settings. Erica enjoys using a collaborative and strengths-based approach to support clients across a range of presenting concerns.

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SEAN RAFAJKO, PhD, is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology and completed his doctoral internship at Regional Health Systems in Northwest Indiana. Sean has extensive experience working with adolescents, youth, and young adults in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health, hospitals, university counseling, and residential. Sean uses an integrative approach to therapy that combines research-based treatments with a holistic view of the patient, emphasizing collaboration, therapeutic relationship, and understanding. Sean also specializes in comprehensive psychological assessment in youth to address a wide variety of learning, behavioral, and psychological concerns.
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KATE HOSSFELD, PsyD, is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Hossfeld has experience working with individuals across the lifespan in numerous clinical settings, such as private practices, inpatient hospitals, emergency rooms, and intensive outpatient facilities. Kate is verified by the National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

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CAROLYN ALTER, PsyD, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago. She completed her internship at Purdue University and postdoctoral residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Alter utilizes a collaborative, relational, and multicultural approach to therapy to help patients foster self-awareness, empowerment, relationships, and growth. She has experience with treating a variety of mental health concerns and specializes in grief and loss interventions and trauma-informed care.

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ISRA MALIK, PsyD, graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at Carson City – Rural Clinics in Carson City, NV and her post-doctoral fellowship at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital in Miami, FL with a primary rotation in the outpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) program and secondary rotation in the outpatient Child and Adolescent Center. Dr. Malik has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families that present with a wide range of mental health concerns and come from diverse backgrounds. She has worked in private practice, outpatient, inpatient, schools, and community mental health agencies.

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ELIANA J. KOHN, LPC, completed her graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Oberlin College. She is devoted to helping adults, teens, couples, and families make sense of their experiences and relationships, identifying stumbling blocks to growth and change and providing support. Eliana utilizes an integrative approach and has specialized training in working with the LGBT+ community.

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MAUREEN CONWAY, LPC, is a graduate of the dual master’s degree program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults who present with a wide range of clinical issues. She has experience working across a variety of settings, including in-home, school, clinic, and inpatient hospitals.

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MADELINE ENERVOLD, LCSW, completed her graduate and undergraduate studies in Psychology and Social Work at Aurora University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults throughout various settings including schools, private practice, and community mental health treatment. Madeline follows an integrative and collaborative approach to meet the needs of every client. Madeline is a LGBTQ+ affirming therapist that accepts all clients exactly where they are and provides them with the space needed to reach their goals.

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CHRISTOPHER ALLEN, LSW, completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology at Purdue University and his Graduate studies in Social Work at Indiana University. Christopher has experience in working with pre-adolescents through geriatric aged patients in a variety of settings including Inpatient, Outpatient Clinic, Schools, and Community based treatment. Christopher's areas of focus include trauma-informed care, depressive and other mood disorders, anxiety, and psychosis. He is also a LGBTQ+ affirming therapist that focuses on honoring the culture and identities of each person he serves.

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TOVA GOTTLIEB, LCSW, completed her graduate studies in social work at University of IL at Chicago. Tova has experience in community, outpatient, and medical mental health settings. She also has experience working with adolescents and adults in both group and individual therapies with focus areas in depression, anxiety, chronic illness, and daily stressors. Tova utilizes a collaborative and relational approach to therapy to help individuals express and empower themselves in a safe therapeutic setting.

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REBECCA MARCHETTI, LCSW, completed her graduate studies in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. She believes in the importance of attachment exploration as well as the importance of fostering positive relationships in order to build resilience. Becca is an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist and integrates a holistic and eclectic approach to meet each client's individual needs and goals. She values transparency, authenticity, and warmth in her therapeutic relationships and approach. She is dedicated and passionate about empowering the clients she works with to deepen their understanding and sense of self.

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GINA MASSA, LSW, completed her graduate degree in Social Work from Aurora University and her undergraduate degree at Ball State University. Gina has experience working with a wide range of ages and backgrounds, primarily focusing on adults presenting with anxiety, depression, grief/trauma, and life stressors. Gina utilizes a cognitive behavioral, strengths-based, and solution-focused approach and believes in providing a non-judgmental and empathetic space for all her clients to learn and grow. Gina has worked in corrections, healthcare, community mental health, and outpatient settings.

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EMMA MAGEE, LSW, completed her graduate studies at Loyola University Chicago after receiving her Bachelor of Social Work at Valparaiso University. Emma is passionate about working with youth and families and utilizes a creative, integrative approach tailored to the unique needs of each client. Emma is an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist and is dedicated to creating a safe, empowering environment for all clients to learn, grow, and meet their goals.

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DANIELLE WILLIAMS, LPC, helps her clients navigate through life’s challenges, stressors, and transitions. In her counseling relationship she strives to foster a non-judgmental and safe environment to help her clients build their internal capacity and resiliency. Her therapeutic approaches are grounded in strengths-based and person-centered counseling.  Danielle focus on client’s individual strengths to facilitate well-being and client collaboration to help them successfully reach their goals. She also utilizes aspects of Cognitive Behavior therapy and mindfulness.

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SABA SULEMAN, LCPC, completed her graduate studies at Northeastern Illinois University, Illinois. Saba has experience working with children over the age of thirteen and up, adolescents, and adults in various life spans. She is skilled in individual, couples, families and group psychotherapy. Saba utilizes the eclectic approach to therapy which allows her to use the most effective methods available to address each individual client's needs. She is skilled in providing therapy in English, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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APRIL RIPLEY, LSW, completed her graduate and undergraduate studies in Social Work at Southern Illinois University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and groups utilizing a client-centered, strengths-based and individualized approach. Her primary areas of focus includes depression, parenting, post-adoption, behavioral therapy, anxiety, spirituality and trauma, though has experience with a wide range of clinical concerns. She has a passion for building motivation and feelings of empowerment in working as a team together to reach goals, build strengths, and create lasting positive change.

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ZAKIYA DAVID, PsyD, received her doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and completed her doctoral internship at South Campus Therapeutic Day School. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families presenting with a wide range of difficulties and concerns. Dr. David has worked in a variety of clinical settings including schools, hospital outpatient, residential treatment programs, and private practice. Dr. David maintains a strengths-based, resilience-focused, and culturally responsive lens in order to create and maintain a safe and collaborative therapeutic environment for the individuals that she serves.

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