For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, please call 815-730-4891.
The following counselors are currently accepting new clients.
Mary Novak, MA, LCPC
(Downers Grove location)
Children, Adolescents and Families, Child and Trauma Treatment, Grief and Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Problems
Mary is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience working with abused and neglected children, foster parents/caregivers and biological parents. Mary is also a teacher and is able to work well with children who are struggling academically. Mary is an expert advocate with the school systems. She provides a safe and nurturing counseling setting which allows children to open up and process grief. She works to help them cope and adjust to the chaos and disruptions that occur in life. Mary specializes in helping families work through transitions and prioritize the needs of children when decision making.
Emily Zajda, AMFT, CAMS-I
(Downers Grove, Joliet and Daybreak locations)
Couples, families, adults, children, adolescents, parenting, anger management, individuals, groups, pre-marital counseling.
Emily has her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She obtained her Master’s Degree from The Adler School of Professional Psychology. Emily is currently working towards her Marriage and Family Therapy License. She worked with Hands of Hope for her clinical internship and is now working at the Joliet and Daybreak locations. Emily provides therapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. While Emily uses a variety of techniques and theories with clients she believes in providing a supportive and trusting environment for her clients. This safe environment allows for clients to become more self-aware in order to make adjustments to manage their life stressors and symptoms.
Clairmarie Szopa, MS, LCPC, NCC
(Location: Downers Grove)
Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Life Transitions, Chronic Illness
Clairmarie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with more than 20 years of experience helping people in crisis situations. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Services from National-Louis University and is a National Certified Counselor. Clairmarie’s style of counseling is supportive and collaborative, with an emphasis on respect, encouragement, and hope. She is trained in a variety of counseling approaches, allowing her to tailor the experience to meet each client’s unique needs. Clairmarie works with adolescents/young adults, adults, couples, and families.
Adrianna Cadena, MSW, LSW
(Locations: Joliet and Manteno)
Individuals, Children, Adolescents, Older Adults, Depression, Anxiety, Stress-Related Illnesses, Grief and Loss
Adrianna is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and has her Masters degree in social work (MSW), with a specialized concentration in Holistic, Integrative, and Wellness practices. After completing her graduate degree, she went on to complete a post-master’s level professional certification in Mindfulness for the helping professions, with an emphasis on Mindfulness in clinical practice.
In the therapeutic setting, Adrianna takes a Holistic, Integrative, and Mindfulness-Oriented approach to therapy, addressing the mind, body, and spirit. Mindfulness-Oriented therapy encompasses evidence-based practices that enhance healing and support psychological unfolding.
Adrianna is a Reiki Master Practitioner and through the Integrative Restoration Institute is an iRest® Level I Teacher-in-Training.
iRest® enhances the well-being of one’s mind, body, and spirit and is an evidence-based transformative practice proven to effectively reduce the effects of trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, and more.
With deep compassion and empathy, Adrianna is skilled at holding safe space for clients to express themselves – to be themselves; She recognizes the wholeness of each individual and finds great joy in partnering with clients to support the sacred journey into wellness and discovery – mind, body, and spirit.
Katie Scheer, MA, LPC
(Locations: Morris and Joliet)
Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology as well as a certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from Bethel University. She comes to the counseling profession after spending four years working in the field of education and is passionate about improving mental health to facilitate one’s interpersonal, professional, and academic successes. Katie enjoys and has experience working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-worth, grief and loss, perfectionism, communication difficulties, unrealistic expectations, relationship challenges, women’s issues and medical challenges. She brings compassion, humor, and support to the therapy room to promote the implementation of boundaries, the use of self-care, the fostering of emotional awareness, and overall personal growth. Katie works with adolescents, adults, children, families, couples, and groups.