Our Team

Melissa Bercier, PhD, LCSW

Founder & President

Melissa Bercier received her Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in Social Work through Loyola University Chicago.

Melissa Bercier, PhD, LCSW

Founder & President

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Melissa Bercier received her Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in Social Work through Loyola University Chicago and her BA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Bercier is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist, certified through the Traumatology Institute, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois.

Dr. Bercier made compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma her research focus throughout her PhD program, resulting in the first systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions targeting compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma in mental health workers.  Helping the helper is a personal mission for Dr. Bercier.

Dr. Bercier’s experience in mental health began working in community mental health centers in Chicago. Since then, her experience expanded to psychiatric in-patient treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Stone Institute of Psychiatry in Chicago, IL and Montevista Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. Her experience also includes out-patient psychotherapy and group therapy at Alternatives Community Mental Health Center in Anchorage, Alaska.  From 2006 to 2010 she served as the Three Rivers District Chair on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers-IL (NASW-IL).  Since 2010, Dr. Bercier has worked as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) therapist for Perspectives, Ltd. and is currently an affiliate for them, working with various individual, family, and couples’ issues on a brief-treatment basis for those that seek treatment in the Western Suburbs, as she continues to run Couch Clarity, P.C.

Dr. Bercier’s main goal has been to destigmatize mental health enrichment and create a more positive community for all. She believes in being authentic and providing a comfortable and compassionate environment to support Couch Clarity’s clients through meaningful and positive change.

Dr. Bercier’s passion is HELPING THE HELPER and has made this a large part of her private practice.  Staying true to her passion and research, Dr. Bercier continues to expand her practice continuing to create and offer exciting opportunities for growth and change for her own staff. Couch Clarity staff are trained and supervised by Dr. Bercier allowing possibilities to run their own Couch Clarity practice. Dr. Bercier has also created Couch Clarity Franchising, Inc. for future practice growth opportunities.

Dan Frantz, MS, LPC, CPT

Therapist & Coach

  In Dan’s Words: I believe it was Kermit the Frog who put it best, “It’s not easy being green.”  But what do we...

Dan Frantz, MS, LPC, CPT

Therapist & Coach

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In Dan’s Words:

I believe it was Kermit the Frog who put it best, “It’s not easy being green.”  But what do we do with our pain? How do we continue to take care of others and grow more fully into our own potential?

I’m a Strength Coach and a Holistic Coach.  That means I have an integrated approach and I care about your nutrition, fitness, relationships, career, mind, body, and spirit.

I’m an Individual, Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapist.  That means I know how to listen deeply to what’s most important to you.     I won’t be just talking at you or mechanically smiling and nodding with intermittent outbursts of cheerleading.

I used to think that time was our most valuable commodity.  The culmination of lessons I’ve learned with the youth and families I’ve served in over a decade of teaching, counseling, coaching, and care coordination have shown me that time is a blessing, but attention is our most valuable commodity.  Just like a muscle, growth and productive change in any facet of life requires intentional work.  I’m here to help structure that process with you so you can put your attention where it needs to be.

I offer a principled approach in 3 fundamental elements:

Autonomy and Ownership:  This is your sense of purpose and choice throughout.

Competence and Mastery:  Achieving therapeutic goals can feel nebulous.  I’m in your corner to help you consume less noise and generate more clarity, skills, and knowledge.

Connection:  You are not alone.  I am your ally, your Agent of Good Will!  I aim to support you as you establish and nourish the relationships that are most important to you.

As a Therapist and Strength Coach, barbells, kettlebells, relationships, and the most intimate matters of the heart are the tools of my trade.  When used properly, they all promote growth.  I do my best work not because I am awesome, but because IT is awesome.

It’s an honor to serve the community I grew up in.  It’s an honor to support your growth.

Listen.  Trust.  Try.  Grow.  Repeat!

 

Anna Izzi, MA, LPC

In Anna’s Words: I believe that growth happens throughout the span of our life. With the right support and desire, we are all capable...

Anna Izzi, MA, LPC

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In Anna’s Words:

I believe that growth happens throughout the span of our life. With the right support and desire, we are all capable of great change at any time. We can transform the challenges that we face to serve as a springboard to a better, wiser version of ourselves. The first step is the hardest, but it’s never too late to reach for the life we want and deserve.

My approach is collaborative and strength based. I believe that expertise is held by the therapist as well as the client. I see myself as your partner and supporter. My goal is to help you uncover and utilize your already existing strengths and abilities as well as provide you with new skills and tools. All in a space where you can feel confident and safe to express yourself completely.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Organizational Psychology from Adler University. Since 2009 I have worked with clients in various settings including inpatient treatment, community health, employee assistance, and private practice. My clinical interest and experience entails working with stress, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and weight and body image issues. I feel that treatment should be tailored to the individual and I draw from a variety of evidence-based counseling techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, and Mindfulness approaches such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy.

Stefanie Brennan, MA, LPC

In Stefanie’s Words: To me, therapy is a partnership and is truly a privilege to learn more about you! Since I value the uniqueness...

Stefanie Brennan, MA, LPC

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In Stefanie’s Words:

To me, therapy is a partnership and is truly a privilege to learn more about you! Since I value the uniqueness of each person, I utilize a variety of treatment approaches, tailored to fit the needs and goals of the individual. I will provide a safe space free of judgment, in which you are encouraged and empowered to determine what changes you would like to make in your life. We will work collaboratively to identify your strengths and how to utilize them to achieve your goals.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have most recently worked within college counseling and private practice settings. I provide therapy to teens and adults. I am passionate about assisting clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress management, adjustment with new life transitions, and difficulty within family, peer, romantic, or professional relationships. Additionally, I am very passionate about supporting clients who struggle with issues related to pregnancy, as well as postpartum and parenting demands.

I firmly support and promote self-care and look forward to celebrating positive, healthy change with you!

Lindsey Patrick, MA, LPC

In Lindsey’s Words: I believe in the power of being heard and understood. I believe therapy is a tool for mental wellness. I believe...

Lindsey Patrick, MA, LPC

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In Lindsey’s Words:

I believe in the power of being heard and understood. I believe therapy is a tool for mental wellness. I believe we all have times during which extra support is necessary.

My therapeutic approach is collaborative, positive and experiential. My job is to be there for you, challenge you, encourage you and help you become the best version of yourself. No person is exactly the same, nor do two people experience the same issue in exactly the same way. I draw from a variety of counseling perspectives depending on your needs including Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have experience working in residential treatment facilities and employee assistance programs (EAP). My clinical areas of interest include relationships (marital, premarital, non-marital, family), substance use and abuse, depression, anxiety, infertility, and life transitions. I look forward to working with you and supporting you on your life’s path.

Olga Konyakova, LSW, CADC

In Olga’s Words: Growth is so rewarding! Life allows us to grow and challenge ourselves by hiking up a mountain, competing in a sport,...

Olga Konyakova, LSW, CADC

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In Olga’s Words:

Growth is so rewarding! Life allows us to grow and challenge ourselves by hiking up a mountain, competing in a sport, or starting a new business. However, there are also difficult situations that life brings us without asking for our permission. Sharing your life story can help you heal and find true joy and happiness. As your therapist, I will listen and provide support and guidance on your journey.

I practice a holistic approach which integrates the mind, body, and spirit through different therapeutic models such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, relationship-based and strength-based. My experience includes stress, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and self-confidence related issues, trauma and substance abuse.

I obtained my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and am a licensed social worker. I am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I work with techniques that include mindfulness as well as experiential activities such as: improv, team-building, and adventure therapy. I work with adolescents, young adults and adults. It would be a privilege to walk by your side on your life’s journey!

Bridgette Maurino, LSW

Child & Adolescent Specialist

In Bridgette’s Words: For those of you that are having a particularly difficult time in this stage of your life, I understand that depression,...

Bridgette Maurino, LSW

Child & Adolescent Specialist

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In Bridgette’s Words:

For those of you that are having a particularly difficult time in this stage of your life, I understand that depression, anxiety, stress, and even unexpected change can be overwhelming or even debilitating. Change can be difficult and scary at times. With guidance through the therapeutic process, you can overcome these challenges. By creating a safe, comfortable space for you, I am able to provide support and feedback in a caring environment. It is my goal to help you learn skills and tools to better manage your symptoms.

My passion and expertise is working with children and adolescents suffering with anxiety and depression.  When working with this population, I find it most important to build rapport and trust in the initial phase of therapy.  I utilize aspects of art therapy along with play therapy.  I will work with my client’s parents and their support system, such as their school social worker or counselor.  My goal is to provide support at home, in therapy and at school.  Additionally, my treatment approach is a combination of a strengths based, person-centered approach with aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. I also believe in being solution-focused, where you actively decide on goals that you would like to achieve. Together we can explore these different approaches and find the right combination that works for YOU!

I am Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University. I work with clients ranging from children to adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, mental illness, substance abuse, self-esteem, anger management as well as those coping with relationship issues. I have also worked in a wide variety of settings such as: after-school programs, juvenile justice departments for domestic violence, hospitals, and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). I hope to have the opportunity to work with you!

A-J Steed, LCSW

In A-J’s Words: I understand about life getting tough. Sometimes events happen that can completely disrupt a life, whether it is the death of...

A-J Steed, LCSW

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In A-J’s Words:

I understand about life getting tough. Sometimes events happen that can completely disrupt a life, whether it is the death of a family member or friend, loss of a job, or bad breakup. When this happens, we often need help bouncing back. It doesn’t always have to be one big event that can shake things up. It can be just the thought about something burdening us, such as sadness, worry or fear. We yearn for a way to somehow get unstuck from this place and move into life feeling more fulfilled and happy. You don’t have to take this journey alone!

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. I have worked in multiple settings in behavioral/mental health including community counseling and schools. I have a passion for teaching about anxieties and watching clients learn how to manage and tame those feelings that had previously been debilitating. I also have unique experience as an advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families. I work with children, adolescents and adults. Feeling comfortable and having the freedom to be yourself while in therapy is important. I can provide a space where you can truly express yourself and your needs without judgment. In that light, you should know that I will genuinely be myself as well. I am looking forward to the opportunity of joining you on this journey if you feel we are a good fit!

Greg Modzelewski, MBA

CFO & Director of The Benefits Team

Following a professional basketball playing and coaching career in Europe, Greg joins the Couch Clarity team and brings a winning strategy with extensive global...

Greg Modzelewski, MBA

CFO & Director of The Benefits Team

Following a professional basketball playing and coaching career in Europe, Greg joins the Couch Clarity team and brings a winning strategy with extensive global experience. As a mentor, coach, and leader, he has depth in developing shared expectations and goals with stakeholders, staff, and teams in both business and sports.

Greg holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, specializing in Finance and Marketing Management.

His achievements include ownership in a professional sports club in England as well as creating a community program that promoted a healthy lifestyle. Attracting significant private and public investment, the program was highly recognized in making a major impact in schools and communities and was strategically implemented nationally.

Along with his creative and innovative approach, Greg maximizes peak performance and growth by striving to inspire, motivate, and empower others.  Greg has lead the Benefits Team initiative of demystifying insurance eligibility and benefits for our clients, leading to decreased anxiety, increased knowledge, and creating a open door of communication that is consistent and helpful to empower our clients in their own mental health care.