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JENNIFER LARSON, LCPC, NCC
President & Psychothe
rapist

Jennifer Larson (Karolak) provides:

Individual TherapyCouples & Marital TherapyTeletherapy & Online CounselingSolution-Focused Services for Parents, & Consulting for Professionals and Clinical Supervision

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with more than 18 years in the mental health industry 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.  

I use a warm, strengths-based and yet, direct and challenging approach while drawing on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, relational, mindfulness, 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.

To learn more about Jennifer's clinical supervision and consulting services for professionals, please visit Consulting & Supervision for Professionals page.

TOP 4 SPECIALTIES

Although I provide a variety of therapy and counseling services to individuals and couples, my Top 4 Specialized Services include:

  • Anxiety Disorders and Work & Life Balance
  • General Relationship Challenges + Romantic and Intimacy Difficulties
  • Codependency, Love, & Relationship Addiction
  • Family-of-Origin Issues

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, sex addiction, and love/romantic addiction through PCS, Psychological Counseling Services, a well-respected practice in Scottsdale, AZ. Moreover, I  completed a number of Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSAT) workshops offered by Dr. Patrick Carnes and his team at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)

I also have significant experience and training working with adolescents, teens, and young adults.  My formal training entailed studying Transition to Independence Process (TIP) model with its founder Dr. "Rusty" Clark while working at Young Adult Services Department at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4).

I have and continue to participate in marriage and couples training workshops through The Gottman Institute, a distinguished organization committed to increasing the understanding of relationships through research.  Some course topics include "Bridging the Couples Chasm" and "Making Marriages Work by Uncovering Secrets of Sex, Love, and Trust."  

My professional background 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 enjoy cooking and being active with my family, dining at a variety of restaurants in the city, spending time with friends, and volunteering within the community. 

MICHELLE TAUFMANN, LCSW
Psychotherapist

Michelle Taufmann provides:

Individual Therapy, Couples & Marital TherapyChild, Adolescent & Family Therapy, Teletherapy & Online Counseling, & Solution-Focused Services for Parent

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Mindfulness Consultant with more than 15 years experience providing mindfulness methods to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, tap into creativity, reduce addictive behaviors, and enhance relationships and performance.  

My approach to psychotherapy is mindfulness-based and eclectic. Mindfulness-based psychotherapy recognizes that human suffering is caused by distorted perceptions, thoughts, and beliefs that limit our potential and our sense of ease and well-being.  Developing insight into the true nature of our minds and experiences in the hallmark and focus of mindfulness-based psychotherapy.  One of the primary goals of this work is to strengthen your ability to live more fully in the present moment, free of anxiety, anger, sorrow, and other de-stabilizing emotions. 

I believe there is no single theory or perspective that can explain the whole of human experience and psychological functioning.  Thus, I draw from a number of well-established theoretical frameworks, including psychodynamic, relational and attachment-based, cognitive-based, and family systems.  My goal is to be transparent in my work and to de-mystify the experience of psychotherapy. 

TOP 3 SPECIALTIES

Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, children, adolescents, and families, my Top 3 Specialized Services include:

  • Mindfulness Therapy and Practice (examples: Mindfulness for Parenting and Children, Mindfulness for Grief & Loss, Mindfulness Sobriety, Mindfulness for Performance & Enhancement)
  • Couples, Children & Families
  • Depression and Anxiety Disorders

EDUCATION / TRAINING

I earned my M.A. in Social Work from the University of Chicago, an M.B.A. from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and B.S. in Psychology and Finance from Northern Illinois University.  

My training in mindfulness-based practices includes instruction in Mindfulness-Based Stress Relief (MBSR) from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the Founder of MBSR; Certification in Mindfulness-Based Corporate Training (CBMT) from Potential Project; and on-line coursework from Mindful Schools in California.

Some of my work experiences include counseling college students and adults; providing grief counseling to individuals and families in a hospice setting, and mindfulness-based methods to people of all ages at elementary schools, retirement communities, non-for-profit organizations and corporations.   

One of my current and future focus in professional development is going through The Gottman Method training for couples.  I enjoy helping couples to learn how to become more vulnerable, intimate, and work through some of the barriers (including flooding and past traumas) to intimacy.  Other former training include Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for older adults with substance misuse issues.  I have completed intensive group facilitation training, and specialized in conducting research with children and teens.

A  LITTLE PERSONAL

I enjoy the four seasons here in Chicago; I especially like to hike and explore outside of the City with my family.  I grew up on a farm and love getting back into the wide-open spaces when I can.  I do appreciate the benefits of City life, though, such as being able to walk to most places and meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures.

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MYRON NELSON, LCPC
Psychotherapist

Myron Nelson provides:

Individual TherapyChild, Adolescent & Family Therapy, Teletherapy & Online Counseling, & Solution-Focused Services for Parent

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LCPC) with over 7 years of experience in therapy and psychological research.  I understand that some of the problems people face are rarely simple, but can be improved with collaborative efforts.  I have worked with children, adolescents, families, and adults to address a range of problems, whether they are permanent or temporary, personal or occurring externally. My goal is to help improve people's lives by assisting them to garner greater insights.  

I view therapy as a way for people to become more self aware not only about their problems and challenges, but also their strengths and assets.  My approach is rooted in person-centered psychotherapy while drawing upon elements of positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to provide clients with innovative interventions.  Additionally, my work is informed by empirically-validated, psychological and neuroscience research.   

TOP 3 SPECIALTIES

Although I provide generalized therapy and counseling services to individuals, children, adolescents, and families, my Top 3 Specialized Services include:

  • Substance Abuse & Co-occurring Disorders
  • Mood and Bipolar Disorders 
  • LGBTQ Population

 EDUCATION / TRAINING

I earned my M.Ed. in Counseling from Boston University and completed my B.A. in Sociology from The Ohio State University within 3 years.  

My professional background include working in non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and private practice.  While working at Pillars, a community mental health agency, I provided individual and group therapy to people of all ages to treat a range of issues including mood disorders, substance abuse and addiction, anxiety and LGBTQ-related issues.  

I have also provided individual and group therapy to high school students who struggled with substance abuse and addiction in tandem with other mental disorders at Northshore Recovery High School, one of the only high schools in the country that provides treatment to dually-diagnosed students. Additionally, my research experience includes best interventions for runaway teenagers and victims of bullying at The Ohio State University Couple and Family Therapy Clinic and Boston University Social Justice and Bullying Prevention Laboratory, respectively.  

A  LITTLE PERSONAL

I believe it is important to spend your time doing what enriches your life along with finding ways to keeping it sustainable.  I enjoy taking in the culture of Chicago through shows, festivals, movies and museums.  I also like to spend time outdoors, walking the streets of our city or out in nature.