Our Team

Sinda Rosenberg, LSW

Therapist

My story:  I am a grief counselor.  Grief can take many forms.  Yes the loss of a loved one, but grief also can follow...

Sinda Rosenberg, LSW

Therapist

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My story: 

I am a grief counselor.  Grief can take many forms.  Yes the loss of a loved one, but grief also can follow from the loss of a job, a divorce, the loss of a home, a pet or a child coming of age and moving on in their life. Grief can take many forms but one thing that always follows is the need to help the grieving individual rediscover a positive future; the need to help that person redefine who she or he might become in the wake of their loss.

The experience of seeing someone shed that weight of grief and loss – to see them walk back into their world feeling lighter, freer and once again excited to pursue their own personal journey – was my core motivation for becoming a social worker.

I engage both strength theory and narrative theory as part of a holistic approach to grief counseling to engage both the mind and the body in the recovery process. Throughout life personal experiences become personal stories. We give these stories meaning: they help to shape our personal identity, they affect how we feel about ourselves and they focus our perspective on the future.  I work within the framework of narrative therapy to harness the power of these stories to help my clients rediscover a positive narrative and to give their life new purpose.

I received my MSW from Loyola University in Chicago and am a Licensed Social Worker.  Following graduation I pursued a fellowship with Rainbow Hospice & Palliative Care in their Grief and Bereavement group.  While studying at Loyola I worked at a home for at-risk teen youth in a disadvantaged neighborhood; I continue to volunteer as a grief counselor for non-profit organizations in one of Chicago’s under-served communities.

Cathleen Palubicki, MA, LPC

Therapist

We all have the strength and power to lead the meaningful and fulfilling lives each and every one of us desires. Life is full...

Cathleen Palubicki, MA, LPC

Therapist

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We all have the strength and power to lead the meaningful and fulfilling lives each and every one of us desires. Life is full of surprises and challenges. It is our perspective that defines how these challenges shape our lives. Positivity can help cultivate what is best inside us and help enhance our personal relationships. You have the power to be your true authentic self!

I strive to create a non-judgmental supportive environment. I recognize that each individual is unique and tailor my approaches based on the goals you want to achieve. I use a variety of treatment methods including cognitive behavioral therapy, strength based, humanistic, positive psychology, and person-centered.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have experience doing group and individual therapy in an intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization setting. I provide education, counseling, and support using a holistic approach by assessing physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

My clinical areas of interest include anxiety, depression, life transitions, dating/relationships, self-esteem, stress management, life balance, trauma and mood disorders. I would be honored to be a part of your journey to gain some couch clarity!

Dan Frantz, MS, LPC, CPT

Therapist & Coach

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?...

Dan Frantz, MS, LPC, CPT

Therapist & Coach

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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!

 

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.

Anna Izzi, MA, LPC

Therapist

I believe that growth happens throughout the span of our life. With the right support and desire, we are all capable of great change...

Anna Izzi, MA, LPC

Therapist

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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

Therapist

To me, therapy is a partnership and is truly a privilege to learn more about you! Since I value the uniqueness of each person,...

Stefanie Brennan, MA, LPC

Therapist

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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

Therapist

I believe in the power of being heard and understood. I believe therapy is a tool for mental wellness. I believe we all have...

Lindsey Patrick, MA, LPC

Therapist

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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

Therapist

Growth is so rewarding! Life allows us to grow and challenge ourselves by hiking up a mountain, competing in a sport, or starting a...

Olga Konyakova, LSW, CADC

Therapist

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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!

A-J Steed, LCSW

Therapist

I understand about life getting tough. Sometimes events happen that can completely disrupt a life, whether it is the death of a family member...

A-J Steed, LCSW

Therapist

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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.