OUR CLINICIANS

Rachel Epps, LCPC

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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.

 

Rachel Epps

Email | racheleppsbauer@gmail.com

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Danielle Kraus, MA, LCPC she/her

Danielle Kraus

MA, LCPC she/her

 

Danielle Kraus is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, with a focus in Child and Adolescent Development. As a clinician, Danielle is committed to supporting you in the discovery of underlying emotional issues, while focusing on diminishing your undesirable symptoms. Danielle has experience in both an inpatient and partial hospitalization, in addition to her work in a private practice setting.   

Danielle’s education 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. She is also an advocate for Healthy at Every Size (HAES), recognizing the importance of inclusiveness for individuals of all sizes working towards adopting healthy behaviors.   

Within each therapy sessions, she is dedicated to supporting you successfully confront those barriers to change. Building a trusting, therapeutic relationship creates a positive long-term change. If you have any questions on starting treatment, she invites you contact her to discuss all your options. Danielle values the significance of feeling comfortable with the process and would like to address any of your questions or concerns. 

Danielle Kraus

Email | danielle.m.kraus@outlook.com 

Christine Widuger, PsyD

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Christine Widuger

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. 

 

Christine Widuger

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Ashley De La Paz, LSW

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Ashley De La Paz

LSW she/her

 

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.

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Nancy Kuhlman, LSW

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Nancy Kuhlman

LSW she/her

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.

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Manuel Meza, LCSW

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Manuel Meza

LCSW, He/Him

Manuel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who completed his master at Jane Addams College of Social Work. He believes we all have the capacity to change and grow given the appropriate tools and skills.

Manuel prioritizes creating a safe and trusting environment in which a client can work towards their goals in a comfortable, supportive setting. He uses Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavior Therapy, motivational interviewing and family systems theory as a way to help his clients achieve their goals.

Manuel has worked with teens and young adults in a residential setting. He has experience helping others work through their depression, anxiety, trauma, and anger. He currently works with adults experiencing homelessness who have a mental health diagnosis and also conducts crisis assessments at Cook County Hospital ED.

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Araceli Diaz, LPC

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Araceli Diaz

LPC, she/her

Welcome! Araceli is a bilingual and bicultural licensed professional counselor. Her approach to counseling is grounded in the belief that holistic care is crucial to healing ourselves, our communities, and our planet.

 

Believing that all people are natural storytellers, Araceli takes the time to listen deeply to clients’ unique stories so as to co-create goals that will allow them to live their life with more ease, joy, and confidence. Araceli strives to provide a safe and affirming space where clients can speak their truth and explore their deep inner world with openness and self-love rather than shame or fear.

 

As a holistically oriented therapist, Araceli makes sure that to address the whole person all parts in treatment, incorporating the subconscious, the past, the body, the environment & the spiritual. She is also a certified yoga teacher and eco-therapist in training, so sessions may incorporate meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, or interacting with Nature therapeutically depending on client needs and goals.

Be Carter, PsyD

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Dr. Be Carter

PsyD, Post-Doctoral Resident, she/her

Dr. Carter’s approach to therapy is that as a client, you should be provided the space to guide the work, fostering self-empowerment, identity development, and discovering what will work for you. Her goal is to create a partnership with her clients while bringing in expert knowledge about psychological care. She has worked for years with children and adolescents in a variety of clinical settings, including schools, residential facilities, and the juvenile justice system. Dr. Carter’s primary area of clinical focus is working with adolescents at various stages of recovery from trauma disorders and has experience working with clients struggling with identity/personality development. Additionally, Dr. Carter identifies as a queer and has significant experience working with LGBTQQIP2SAA+ clients. 

 

Currently, Dr. Carter is able to provide either in person sessions or virtual sessions and is accepting clients across the lifespan for trauma disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, and/or preventive work for daily life stressors. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is working with AMS Wellness as a post-doctoral clinician under the guidance of Dr. Melissa Salinas. Dr. Carter practices from a Relational Psychodynamic orientation, while incorporating elements of Systems (e.g., family therapy), Humanistic-Existential, and CBT interventions on an as needed basis. Everyone’s journey through life is unique, and as such, treatment should tailored to meet the needs of each individual client.