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JENNIFER LARSON, LCPC, NCC
Owner |Psychotherapist | Supervisor & Consultant

Jennifer Larson (Karolak) provides:

Individual TherapyCouples & Marriage CounselingTeletherapy & Online CounselingSolution-Focused Services for ParentsConsulting for Professionals and Clinical Supervision & Couples Workshops & Retreats

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with 20 years in various aspects of the mental health field.  I enjoy providing psychotherapy to individual adults, young adults, and couples who are experiencing barriers to personal, relational, and professional growth and fulfillment. My goal is to help others live a happier and more meaningful life filled with connections.  

I use a warm, strengths-based and yet, direct and challenging approach with a foundation in psychodynamic and relational approaches. Depending on your needs, I draw from trauma-informed, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, body-centered, The Gottman Method, and family systems theories. Additionally, I believe a key factor in achieving overall well-being and psychological health rests on developing and maintaining healthy boundaries as well as engaging in a good self-care regimen.

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Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals and couples, here are the areas that I am very passionate about:  

Anxiety and Stress

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Panic Attacks

  • Stress

  • Work, School, Home & Life Imbalance

Relationship and Intimacy 

  • Dating Struggles

  • Communication Issues and Conflict

  • Come Here / Go Away Pattern

  • Emotionally Disengaged

  • Intimacy

  • Infidelity and Affairs

  • Presence of Addiction(s)

Trauma

  • Varying Degrees of Developmental and Relational Complex Trauma

  • The Mind-Body Connection

  • Shame and Low Self Esteem

  • Unresolved Family-of-Origin Issues

  • Invalidating or Less than Ideal Upbringing

Supervision and Consulting

  • Clinical Supervision for Therapists

  • Consulting Services for Therapists Navigating Private Practice

  • Consulting Services for Therapists Who Desire to Strengthen Their Clinical Skills

EDUCATION / TRAINING

I earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology, graduating with honors, and obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I earned membership into Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, and Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.  

I have trained with respected psychotherapists throughout the nation to address the most prominent mental health challenges of the day. I have received extensive training in treating relationship issues, codependency, love, romantic, and intimacy challenges through PCS, Psychological Counseling Services, a well-respected practice in Scottsdale, AZ. Moreover, I completed a number of Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSAT) training modules and supervision offered by Dr. Patrick Carnes and his team at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).  Recently I have completed the ‘Treating Trauma Master Series’ training offered by The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM). This training incorporates research-based findings on the neurobiology of trauma, trauma memory in the nervous system, mind-body connection, and effective therapeutic tools and interventions to use with people who have experienced trauma and anxiety.

I have and continue to participate in couples and marriage training workshops through The Gottman Institute, a distinguished organization committed to increasing the understanding of relationships through research. The Gottman Method is a science evidenced-based model used to help couples overcome barriers to their relationship. Listed on the Gottman Referral Network, I have completed the following trainings:  Level 1 "Bridging the Couples Chasm"; Level 2 "Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities"; Level 3 "Practicum Training"; and 6 Modules "Making Marriages Work by Uncovering Secrets of Sex, Love, and Trust." To bolster my education and professional development with couples, I currently undergo monthly group consultation led by a Certified Gottman Therapist and Master Trainer through The Gottman Institute who also incorporates mind-body, sexual therapy, and multi-cultural counseling and eastern influences in mental and relational health. While I do not have formal training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), my husband and I have attended an EFT workshop. I have found weaving EFT into my couples work to be complimentary and valuable.   

I also have experience and training working with adolescents, teens, and young adults.  I have had the privilege of studying and training the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) (an evidence-supported model) with its founder Dr. Hewitt "Rusty" Clark while working at Young Adult Services Department at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). 

For information on my training in supervision and consultation, please visit here.

My professional background also encompasses both the public and private sector. I have worked in social services at C4 and Thresholds as well as administered assessments for clinical trials at a number of organizations, including University of Wisconsin-Madison - Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WISPIC)

A  LITTLE PERSONAL

In addition to my formal training, I believe my rich and steeped life experiences as well as my upbringing and family dynamics have granted me the opportunity to understand people's trials and tribulations, suffering, and anxieties, and at the same time understand one's desire to work through one's issues. I am passionate about helping others overcome barriers and heal in order to live a more centered and happier existence.  

I strive to seek and maintain balance in my life, nurturing all of areas of my life so I can feel centered within myself and with others. I love being active with my family, eating and dining at home and a variety of restaurants in the city, spending time with friends, doing yoga and practicing mindfulness, and volunteering within the community. 


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CHARLES WEISS, LPC
Psychotherapist

Charles Weiss provides:

Individual Therapy, Couples & Marriage CounselingTween, Adolescent, & Family Therapy, & Teletherapy & Online Counseling   

As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), I have provided therapy for people of all ages.  I work with children, adolescents, adults and their families in a collaborative manner in addressing their challenges that they are facing. My approach to therapy is guided by empathy, understanding, & empowerment. I view therapy as encouraging individuals to view their life as changeable in which they can identify realistic steps that promotes positive change and well-being.  Coming into therapy is a journey towards self-discovery, self-growth and the ability to achieve their full potential.  I am dedicated in providing a safe and calming environment to help individuals explore their needs in hopes to find healing and wellness.

In session, I often begin with utilizing a person-centered approach to establish unconditional positive regard/acceptance towards my clients by being empathetic, non-judgmental and being congruent to their needs. Utilizing this approach, a client can expect to see a compassionate, empathic and authentic therapist who focuses on the 'here and now' in session. These descriptors help me guide each session in which I can help my clients discover their authentic self and begin to find more purpose and meaning in their lives. I believe people have the ability to understand their internal battles/challenges they are experiencing and have the resiliency to overcome any obstacle they encounter.


Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, and adolescents and families, here are the areas that I am very passionate about:  

Anxiety 

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Stressors

  • Fears

  • Panic Attacks

  • Existential Issues

  • The Self & Identity

 Depression & Mood

  • Major and Situational Depression

  • Self Harm

  • Grief and Loss

  • Anger Management

  • Sleep Disturbances

Relationship and Intimacy

  • Identifying Needs

  • Life Transitions and Changes

  • Communication Difficulties

  • Presence of Substance Abuse or Addiction

Tweens, Adolescents and Teens

  • Adjusting to School

  • Life’s Challenges

  • Social and Friendships

  • School and Family Challenges

  • Bullying

  • Self Esteem

  • Anxiety and Depression 

Substance Abuse and Addiction

  • Harm Reduction

  • Relapse Preventation

  • Stages of Change

  • Mental Health & Addiction

EDUCATION / TRAINING

I have earned my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Drake University in Iowa and Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University-Schaumburg.

Prior to my work as a therapist, I worked for over 7 years with individuals who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which was very rewarding and gratifying in seeing the growth they made on their goals. During that time and prior to entering college, I sought out therapy for myself.  With the incredible guidance from the therapist I was able to re-discover myself, develop a stronger sense of identity, purpose in my life, and propelled me into entering the “helping profession” of being a mental health clinician myself.

While obtaining my masters degree, I completed my internship at the Community Crisis Center in Elgin, working with individuals and families who experienced domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse. This experience allowed me to be even more passionate in wanting to become a therapist and continue helping individuals, couples and families achieve the positive change in their lives. 

My most recent position was as a Floor Supervisor & Psychotherapist at Pilsen Wellness Center in Chicago working with individuals, couples and their families who experienced a multitude of mental health concerns. Some of the multi-cultural populations I served were Caucasian, Latino, African-American, and Native-American, which helped me develop cultural competency when working with diverse populations.  During my time at Pilsen Wellness Center, I had two years of experience working with individuals who have both mental health challenges and substance use diagnoses.  It was incredibly rewarding and gratifying to help people who suffered from both to gain more insight into their mental health symptoms and addiction.

In addition, I have worked at other mental health agencies, including OMNI Youth Services, Clear Brook Counseling.

My training spans across a variety of mental health concerns, such as complex trauma, addictions, anxiety, depression, psychosis, mood disorders, personality disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders as well as grief and loss. I have experience and skilled at working in various modalities including: Person/Client Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Therapy – in particular behavior modification, Anger Management, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. I have completed The Gottman Level 1 "Bridging the Couples Chasm" training course to further develop my couples therapy skills and obtain ongoing Gottman professional consultation with Jennifer Larson, LCPC, NCC.

A LITTLE PERSONAL

I would not chosen my current career path if it wasn’t for the strong support from my family, friends and therapist who taught me how to not only have compassion for myself, but to have the courage to change the things that I can control. My journey started during my adolescent stage in my life when I sought therapy.  I am incredibly grateful for that experience which has transformed me to be more compassionate and empathize with individuals who are seeking help for themselves.   

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching movies and sports on TV, going to museums, being outdoors, exercising and attending to my self-care. 

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CHRISTIAN YOUNGINER, LPC, NCC
Psychotherapist

Christian Younginer provides:

Individual Therapy, Couples & Marriage CounselingTween, Adolescent, & Family Therapy, & Teletherapy & Online Counseling   

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with experience providing individuals -adults and adolescents, groups, couples, and families with authentic and genuine therapy. My approach to therapy is guided by empathy, understanding, and meaning. I believe there is great power in uncovering one's meaning and purpose- through introspection and knowing the self. Through therapy, one may find methods and techniques to quiet anxiety or cope with loss, but I also believe there is significant value to exploring the self. My priority in session is to provide a safe space for the client to feel and think- as their genuine self. 

In session, I draw from humanistic/existential theories as well as a person-centered approach. Through these modalities, a client can expect to see a caring, empathic therapist who focuses on the 'here and now' in session. These descriptors guide my hand as we work together to uncover and explore. I am also experienced in providing cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused work, should they be wanted. I believe the client has within them the means and ability to act with their own needs in mind- to bring about change in their lives. Thus I want to form a collaborative relationship with each client.


Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, and adolescents and families, here are the areas that I am very passionate about:

Anxiety 

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Stressors

  • Fears

  • Panic Attacks

  • Existential Issues

Depression & Mood 

  • Major and Situational Depression

  • Self Harm

  • Grief and Loss

Relationship and Intimacy

  • Identifying Needs

  • Life Transitions and Changes

  • Communication Difficulties

Tweens, Adolescents and Teens

  • Adjusting to School

  • Life’s Challenges

  • Social and Friendships

  • School and Family Challenges

  • Anxiety and Depression

The Self

  • Meaning

  • Identity

  • Purpose

  • Spiritual Issues

EDUCATION / TRAINING

I earned my Ed.S. from The University of South Carolina in Counselor Education - Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling. I also hold a B.A. in English and Philosophy.

Prior to my work as a therapist, I worked for almost a decade in an unfulfilling corporate job. During that time, I sought a therapist myself. With her support and compassion, I uncovered a deep passion for helping others as I had been helped. It was not until I could look back from a healthier place, that I see how those experiences shaped me and my therapeutic style. 

My most recent position in Chicago entailed working as an Emergency Services Clinician at Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital. I performed intake assessments with children and adolescent patients in this LGBTQ+ affirming, adolescent psychiatric facility on Chicago’s West Side. I also have experience carrying a full-time caseload while interning for a year at The University of South Carolina - Counseling Center providing individual therapy, couples, and group therapy to college students. In my work with college students, I found great joy in the diversity of clients.  In fact, there were times in which I was able to provide a corrective, positive experience for female clients hesitant to see a male therapist. 

My training spans a variety of mental health concerns, such as trauma, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. I have experience and am skilled at working in various modalities including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Theory for Trauma, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT),  Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Biofeedback. 

In addition, as a scholarship recipient of the American Academy of Psychotherapists, I had the opportunity to receive intensive group therapy professional development.

I have worked with families of at-risk youth, providing  them with Bowenian and Strategic Family Therapy. I am Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) certified, meaning I have training in identifying safety risks and de-escalation techniques. 

My graduate degree is in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling where I developed a foundation in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) and The Gottman Method, the two most prominent and research-based models for working effectively with couples. In addition to my formal education in the area of marriage and couples, I have completed The Gottman Method Level 1 “Bridging the Couples Chasm” training and obtain ongoing Gottman professional consultation with Jennifer Larson, LCPC, NCC.

A  LITTLE PERSONAL

Since recently moving to Chicago, I have enjoyed spending my free time exploring the city and discovering exponentially better (and more) restaurants than in South Carolina. In my day-to-day, I enjoy reading, playing drums and guitar, and cooking.

My journey towards being a therapist began sitting across from one. So to move to the other chair and help others in the way I was helped is an honor and a privilege. It is through those experiences that I hope to bring authenticity and genuineness.