Rachel Epps, LCPC she/her
Rachel Epps is a licensed professional counselor who received her masters in counseling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Her clinical focus is working with child and adolescent clients who present symptoms of emotional and behavioral disorders. Rachel has provided individual and group counseling services in school and residential living environments to youth from multicultural backgrounds. She has experience providing services that focus on trauma, grief, life transitions, school performance, learning disabilities, social functioning, depression and anxiety management.
In therapy, Rachel focuses on providing a safe environment that is conducive to effective treatment. To meet this goal, Rachel uses creative and enthusiastic methods to meet the needs of her clients. Rachel is a strength based clinician who utilizes cognitive behavioral techniques to assist her clients in obtaining a higher level of functioning and emotional comfort.
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Danielle Kraus, MA, LCPC she/her
MA, LCPC she/her
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor specializing in treatment with individuals, families, and group therapy. I am committed to supporting you in the discovery of underlying emotional issues, while focusing on diminishing your undesirable symptoms. I have worked in both an inpatient and partial hospitalization setting for the past 6 years.
My experience includes working with a variety of symptoms related to mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorder behaviors, self-harming behaviors, family conflict and crisis intervention. In my recent work, I have worked with adolescents and adults with overcoming their struggles with Eating Disorder behaviors.
I feel that within each therapy sessions, we can begin to successfully confront those barriers to change. I believe that building a trusting, therapeutic relationship creates a positive long-term change. If you have questions, please call or email me, and we can discuss your options. It’s important that you feel comfortable with the process, and I would like to address any of you questions or concerns.
§ Preferred clients: adolescents and adults
§ Specialties: Depression, Anxiety and Eating disorders
§ Willing to work on a sliding scale for limited number of sessions with clients
Christine Widuger, PsyD she/her
PsyD, Post-Doctoral Resident she/her
When choosing a career path, Christine Widuger had one motivation: to find her voice and to share it with others. Originally, she thought that meant singing and performing on stage. However, she discovered something more important: finding her voice and then helping others to find their voice too. Dr. Widuger earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Loyola University Chicago. She went on to earn her masters in counseling and doctorate in psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Her focus became advocating for populations who struggled to have their voices heard. Her attention was drawn to working with families involved in the legal system and youth populations to provide additional support and advocacy of mental health needs. She continues to work with a wide range of age groups from young children to adulthood through individual and family therapy services.
Dr. Widuger has worked in multiple settings including: private practice, outpatient clinics, partial hospitalization programs, in school services, specialized behavioral programs, and nonprofit community outreach organizations. She focused her experiences on supporting individuals with symptoms of anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Selective Mutism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, learning disabilities, divorce reaction, eating disorders, self-injury, and adjustment difficulties. She primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Theory in the therapy sessions.
Strength based treatment and positive psychology is the driving force behind Dr. Widuger's approach to providing therapeutic support. She believes that by focusing on a person's strengths anyone can discover their voice and achieve their goals. Therapy is designed with smaller, attainable goals to increase an individual's confidence and self-awareness as they continue moving towards greater opportunities and success. Dr. Widuger encourages each person to take a moment in the spotlight and let their unique voice be heard.
Ashley De La Paz, LSW
Ashley De La Paz
Ashley De La Paz is a Licensed Social Worker who is passionate about offering services to adults who present symptoms of anxiety and depression. She obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University with a specialization in Substance Abuse.
Ashley focuses on evidence based practice while striving to promote a safe space for healing. She incorporates strength based methods and mindfulness in her practice to provide clients with self-awareness skills which helps solve current issues. She has diverse experience in the mental health field currently working as an employee of Linden Oaks’ partial hospitalization program and previously in an inpatient unit and homeless shelter. These experiences have allowed Ashley to work with a large scope of individuals with various needs.
In her free time, Ashley spends time with her two rescue dogs - Maci and Molli. Her greatest pleasure is traveling and reading. You may also find her practicing Yoga.
Nancy Kuhlman, LSW
Nancy Kuhlman is an LSW with a Master of Social Work from Aurora University. As a clinical therapist working with clients with depression and anxiety, Nancy offers open-hearted kindness and reflective listening to create a foundation for clients to feel supported as they begin to unpack their journey toward wellness. Nancy brings years of experience with evidence-based practices including cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies, mindfulness, self-compassion, and values based theories. Nancy currently works with adults as a Clinical Therapist at Linden Oaks Outpatient Hospital and brings additional experience as a group facilitator with young parents and adolescents in an outpatient setting.
Nancy enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dog, birdwatching, mindfulness, and connecting with nature. With knowledge, kindness and compassion, Nancy specializes in working with adults as they seek and define their wellness goals, and learn to recognize and live through their own inherent inner resources, strength, and resiliency.