Our Team

Jenni Sefcik, MSW

Therapist

I have devoted the majority of my academic and professional work to understanding and working with trauma. I am a graduate of Loyola University...

Jenni Sefcik, MSW

Therapist

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I have devoted the majority of my academic and professional work to understanding and working with trauma. I am a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a Masters in Social Work. As a certified yoga instructor, I am able to incorporate bodywork modalities such as trauma-informed yoga and Trauma Release Exercises into my clinical practice. I also have a love for therapeutic gardening and enjoy utilizing gardening as a mindfulness technique. I am completing additional training in Substance Use Counseling and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.

Jennifer Mulhall

Administrative Assistant

I am a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, having received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with Minors in Human Relations...

Jennifer Mulhall

Administrative Assistant

I am a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, having received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with Minors in Human Relations and Aging Studies. As a prior undergraduate research assistant in a neuroscience of learning laboratory, I enjoy learning from others and developing new methods to create future research. I am an advocate for mental health, which I was able to further explore being a member and volunteer for Dance Marathon at Iowa. Through this organization, and along with hundreds of other students, I was able to provide emotional support to pediatric oncology patients and their families at Stead Family Children’s Hospital. In my leisure time, I am dedicated to running and practicing yoga.

Bridget Stukel, MSW

Therapist

I believe that each of us possesses an inherent capacity for growth and the power to create a fulfilling life for ourselves. As a...

Bridget Stukel, MSW

Therapist

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I believe that each of us possesses an inherent capacity for growth and the power to create a fulfilling life for ourselves. As a therapist I seek to partner this capacity and strength of yours with my abilities to instill hope and use evidence-based interventions. I place value in the therapeutic relationship and by bringing warmth and empathy into each session, I believe that together we can work towards reaching your goals. Whether your goal is to learn coping mechanisms, improve your quality of life, work through difficult life events and/or trauma, or expand self-awareness, I will strive to be a catalyst in helping you create lasting changes in your life.

In my practice I use an eclectic approach that is strengths-based and integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic theory, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and solution-focused therapy. I also place an emphasis on the integration of body, mind, and spirit to care for the whole person by incorporating mindfulness techniques. I’m ever cognizant to approach all of my clients with an awareness of the intersectionality of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, and varying abilities and seek to tailor my approach to each individual’s unique needs.

I possess a Masters Degree of Social Work with a mental health specialization from Loyola University Chicago. I will be certified through the ChildTrauma Academy in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics in the next coming months. I have experience working with individuals of all ages at the inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Additionally, I specialize in the treatment of teens and young adults and am passionate about providing care that recognizes the unique triumphs and challenges of those stages of life.

Olivia Kenny, MA, LPC

Therapist

I have always felt as though I have a calling to help teens and adults overcome life’s most challenging events. This has led me...

Olivia Kenny, MA, LPC

Therapist

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I have always felt as though I have a calling to help teens and adults overcome life’s most challenging events. This has led me to pursue my career in the Counseling field. I graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in Human Relations. I then received my Master’s degree in Counseling at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. Utilizing my gift of being healer and helping others discover tools to live their best life has always been a role I have been proud to undertake. I primarily use a holistic approach, centering on Psychodynamic Therapy for individuals, families, and couples. I also have experience with a variety of empowerment services including life coaching, parent coaching, behavior-based counseling, anger management, and domestic violence counseling. Many of the client’s I have worked with cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, ADHD, OCD, relationships, and parenting skills. My goals as a Counselor is to ultimately help clients live a more productive, satisfying life.

Nicole Muller

Benefits Team

Nicole is a current student at Adler University where she is pursuing her Master’s in Counseling. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminal...

Nicole Muller

Benefits Team

Nicole is a current student at Adler University where she is pursuing her Master’s in Counseling. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Elmhurst College, where her excitement for the field continued to grow. Being a research assistant for her Criminal Justice professor allowed her to dive into the depths of the term Justice which sparked her desire to be part of the positive change that the mental health field can bring. She is passionate about being a part of the community and aligns well with Couch Clarity’s mantra of helping the helper.

Monica Zabinski, MA, LPC

Therapist

Author Ray Bradbury once said: “We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing when to tip ourselves over and let...

Monica Zabinski, MA, LPC

Therapist

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Author Ray Bradbury once said: “We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing when to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” This quote encapsulates my understanding of growth and change in our life as beauty does not just come from joy and happiness, but also pain and struggle. The question is, how do we navigate these difficulties, so we can get to a place where we can tip over and let the beautiful stuff out?

That, to me, is where therapy comes in to play. Therapy is a tool that can help individuals find clarity and understanding into their own lives and explore the various components that contribute to how we feel and experience the world around us. As a therapist, my goal is to create a space in which all of my client’s feel comfortable tipping themselves over and exploring what comes out in a nonjudgmental, empathetic and understanding way.

To achieve this goal, I purposefully tailor my sessions to each individual client and utilize various therapeutic approaches and interventions to help my client understand their strengths and experiences. As an eclectic clinician, I tend to incorporate multiple evidence-based theories including Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology and incorporate diverse techniques including Art-Based and Psychodrama.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I received my Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. I work with a variety of clients who experience issues including but not limited to addictions, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder. My particular populations of interest include individuals working in helping fields, especially police officers and other uniformed officers, first responders, military personnel, and fire fighters as well as their families. I also have native fluency of Polish in speaking, reading and writing.

Sinda Rosenberg, LSW

Therapist

My story:  My life’s journey has allowed me to gain knowledge and experience in so many areas.  I wanted to be able to share...

Sinda Rosenberg, LSW

Therapist

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My story: 

My life’s journey has allowed me to gain knowledge and experience in so many areas.  I wanted to be able to share my knowledge and interpersonal skills with others on a deeper level so I decided to get my Master’s Degree and became a therapist.  I enjoy working with all types of issues.  I work with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, teen issues, empty nest syndrome, post-partum, divorce, mid-life changes, just to name a few.

I am also a grief counselor.  Grief can take many forms.  It can be due to 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. One aspect 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.

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-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.

Dan Frantz, MS, LCPC, 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, LCPC, 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 IL.

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. As of January of 2018, Dr. Bercier was asked to join the Small Business Council for the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.  Through this position, Dr. Bercier advocates for entrepreneurs and small business owners as she meets in Washington, D.C. and other areas in the U.S. throughout the year to inform and be informed on policies that directly affect small business.

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 of HELPING THE HELPER is 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 team. Couch Clarity employees are trained and supervised by Dr. Bercier allowing possibilities to run their own Couch Clarity practice.

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.

Lindsey Patrick, MA, LPC

Therapist

We are made for and require connection with others, which is why investing in your relationships is so crucial. As a practicing therapist for...

Lindsey Patrick, MA, LPC

Therapist

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We are made for and require connection with others, which is why investing in your relationships is so crucial. As a practicing therapist for several years, relationship work is my foremost area of focus. I have been trained in and utilize Gottman Method therapy for couples work (marital, pre-marital, dating, co-habitating, etc.), which focuses on conflict management skills, improving communication and rebuilding or improving intimacy and connection. During our work together, we will thoroughly assess areas of both strength and challenge in your relationship in order to guide the therapy. I specialize in helping couples who experience: high levels of conflict; inability to communicate; emotional and physical distance or disengagement; infidelity and betrayal; transitioning to parenthood; infertility/pregnancy loss; difficulty overcoming family of origin or cultural differences; difficulty making the decision to divorce or separate.

I also have significant experience working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions, anger, infertility/pregnancy loss, relationship stress, grief and family of origin issues. My approach is highly collaborative and focused on your specific needs.

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.