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ANGEL IANAKIEV, LCSW, CADC, PMH-C

Angel Hernandez Ianakiev is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified in Perinatal Mental Health, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. With 20 years of experience in social services, her passion for helping others led her to found Anchor Counseling Inc in 2016.

Angel specializes in Women's Mental Health with training in Domestic Violence, Infertility and Perinatal Mood Disorders. She works with adolescents and adults, personally and compassionately addressing their unique needs. She provides an eclectic approach to therapy depending on the clients need and can incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. Her therapy techniques and services treat many concerns including:

Depression
Anxiety
Mood disorders
Anger
Family conflicts

Infertility
Postpartum mood disorders
Stress
Behavior disorders
Family members of substance users

Life transitions

 

Outside of her therapy life, Angel enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, history, and riding her horses. 

Please call 630-765-3214 to schedule an appointment.

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DANA PAULEY, LCPC, CFRC, CCTP

Dana has experience working with adolescents and adults. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), she has a strong passion for helping clients who are working through grief and trauma, as well as depression, anxiety, self-harm, behavioral modification, anger management, suicidal ideation, LGBTQIA+, transgender, and self-esteem issues. Having a Master of Science in Criminal/Social Justice, also from Lewis University, and being a Certified First Responder Counselor (CFRC), Dana has a passion for working with first responders.

She provides an eclectic approach to therapy depending on the clients need and can incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions Focused, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Dana works with people with many concerns including:

Depression
Anxiety
Personality Disorders

Self-Esteem
Anger

Trauma

First Responders
Grief
LGBTQ



Call 630-765-3214 to schedule an appointment.

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CHERI BENNETT, LPC, CAMSII

Cheri has experience assisting adolescents, young adults and adults with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, divorce and relationships. She is passionate in helping women who are in the process of divorce or relational changes. Cheri is particularly passionate about helping women who have experienced a partner with sexual addiction, affairs, or narcissistic traits. 

She provides an eclectic approach to therapy depending on the clients need and can incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions Focused, Psychoanalytic, Rational Emotive Therapy and Christian Counseling.

Cheri works with people with many concerns including:

Depression
Anxiety
Personality Disorders

Self-Esteem
Anger
Family conflicts

Sexual Abuse
Divorce
Grief

Trauma

Issues with spirituality
Family members of substance users

Chronic Illness

Call 630-765-3214 to schedule an appointment.

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OLIVIA ESPINOSA, LCSW

Olivia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who values each client and their unique story and goals. She is humbled to be a part of her clients’ work towards change, healing, and growth. Olivia creates a safe and validating space for her clients to process, plan, and be encouraged each step along the way. She connects well with both adolescents and adults. Some areas of specialization for Olivia include: 

 

Postpartum Disorders (training from Postpartum Support International)

Pregnancy

Grief and Loss

Trauma

Depression
Anxiety

Self-Esteem

Life transitions 

Relational Issues

 

Utilizing techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths Based, Attachment Based, Mindfulness, and Interpersonal Model, Olivia empowers each client as they work towards their goal of growth, healing, etc. 

 

Clients have described Olivia as kind, genuine, funny, and helpful. Olivia is grateful for past field experience such as adoption, trauma, child development, and family support which inform her work today. Outside of providing therapy, Olivia also enjoys car karaoke with her daughters, exploring a good craft fair, and any time spent with her family whether relaxing or going on an adventure.  


 

Call 630-765-3214 to schedule an appointment.

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ALEXIS CZARNECKI, LCPC, CCTP

Alexis "Lexie" Czarnecki is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional-II (CCTP-II), who has been with Anchor Counseling since March 2022. She has worked previously with adolescents who were committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, offering individual, group, and family therapy, along with crisis intervention for 8 years. She earned her master's degree in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015 and has a passion for working with those impacted by the legal and criminal justice system. She also has a strong desire to work with those seeking life transitions, personal or career-related, and those who have been impacted by traumatic experiences in their life. She believes in fostering a safe place through building rapport with clients and allowing them to feel comfortable to be themselves within the relationship.

 

Lexie has worked with individuals who battle:

Anxiety

 Depression

 Trauma/Complex Trauma

 Anger

Obsessive and Compulsive Behaviors

 Conduct and Oppositional Issues

  Grief and Loss

Community Violence

Perpetrators and Survivors of Abuse

Incarceration

 Family Conflict

Self-Harming Behaviors

Pervasive Personality Symptoms

 

Lexie provides an eclectic approach and incorporates techniques pulled from Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy-Trauma FocusedMotivational Interviewing, Narrative Exposure Therapy, Experiential Therapy and Multisystemic Therapy. Additionally, she is a certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist (EAP) and uses Animal Assisted Interventions with the equine team members and therapy dog, Maeve.

 

In her spare time, Lexie maintains self-care by playing with her therapy dog, Maeve, engaging in aerial fitness, recreational softball, and volleyball, watching movies, reading books, traveling, and visiting family members. 

Call 630-765-3214 to schedule an appointment.

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SARA MADRID, LPC, NCC

Sara believes that we are always healing and already whole. She sees therapy as a tool to help restore your view of of yourself and others. As someone who is passionate about making mental health services affordable and accessible for everyone, she understands how healing receiving clinical services can be. Sara is committed to her clients, and takes joy in discovering and calling attention to your strengths and walking alongside you on your journey to living your life to the fullest. 

Sara obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Trinity Christian College and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wheaton College. Additionally, she has received a Trauma Certificate and a certificate as an Enneagram Coach. Sara has previous experience working at a community-based practice with children, teens, young adults, and adults. She is most passionate about working with women ages 14-40 who face struggles related to:

Stress

Anxiety

Depression

 Trauma

 PTSD

 Life transitions

 Self-esteem

Sara understands that therapy does not look the same for everyone, and she believes everyone has different needs. She aims to implement customized and practical care that employs evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trama-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and experiential approaches beyond talk therapy including play therapy, sand tray therapy, and artistic interventions. 

Call 630-765-3214 to schedule an appointment.

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LINDSEY REDMON, LPC

Lindsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience with children, adolescents and families. Lindsey has worked within a variety of settings and levels of care. She believes that therapy is not only for the child, but also for the family unit, offering guardian support as needed as well. Lindsey has received additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Child-Centered Play Therapy and Trauma Informed Care.

Lindsey has experience working with individuals who present with:

Anxiety

Depression

Self-esteem

Life Transitions

Lindsey also works with young children as well as provides guardian/parent support for those children. 

With a background as a school therapist, Lindsey understands and values the importance of collaborating with the clients support system for long-term success. She brings in a variety of therapeutic approaches to ensure treatment meets the family where they are and works together towards common goals. In addition, Lindsey has a background in creating Individualized Education Plans, Behavior Intervention Plans and Functional Behavior Assessments to support academic success.

Call 630-765-3214 to schedule an appointment.

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CHLOE CARLSON, LPC, NCC

Chloe is passionate about healing and the sacred power of relationships. She believes that authentic relationships with ourselves, others, and animals can be catalysts for meaningful change. Chloe has experience working with children of all ages, adolescents, adults, and families. She practices a trauma-informed, person-centered, and strengths-based approach to counseling. Chloe frequently utilizes mindfulness and attachment-based interventions to meet the needs of her clients. She also utilizes  connection with the environment and intentional experiential interventions to encourage positive growth in her clients. Chloe has worked with individuals who need help with: 

Depression

Anxiety

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Sexual Abuse

Self-harming Behaviors

Behavioral Disorders

Parental Support

Family Conflict

Mood Disorders

Anger Management

Self-Esteem

Chloe obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Illinois State University and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northern Illinois University. She received a trauma certificate during her time at NIU. Chloe is trained in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. Horses hold the key to Chloe's heart and she is incredibly honored to team up with them to offer therapy!

In her spare time, Chloe loves to hike and enjoys engaging in yoga! She loves camping and appreciating nature with her two daughters, 5 years and 9 months old, and fiancé. 

Call 630-765-3214 to schedule an appointment.

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RACHEL KOWALSKI, LPC
 

Rachel is a dedicated and compassionate licensed professional counselor who recently graduated with a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Her journey into the field of counseling has been driven by a deep commitment to helping others navigate life's challenges and find the path to healing. Anchor Counseling marks Rachel's exciting entry into the world of professional counseling. Here at Anchor Counseling, she is enthusiastic about applying her knowledge and skills to make a meaningful difference in the lives of her clients. Rachel understands that taking the first step towards seeking help can be a courageous act, and she is here to provide unwavering support every step of the way. Throughout her academic journey and early career, Rachel has developed a profound understanding of the unique challenges that adolescents and adults face. Her experience in working with these age groups has given her valuable insights into the diverse needs and concerns of her clients. Rachel has worked with individuals who need help with:

Depression

Anxiety

Trauma

Self-esteem

Relationship Issues

Grief/loss

Anger

Personality Disorders

Life Transitions

Rachel firmly believes that healing is not a linear process. Life's twists and turns can be challenging to navigate alone, which is why she is passionate about offering a guiding hand during these healing times. She understands that each individual's journey is unique, and she tailors her approach to suit your specific needs and goals. Rachel provides an eclectic approach, utilizing Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy,  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and components of Narrative Exposure Therapy.

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JESSICA WADE
 
Administrative Assistant

Jessica is our new addition at Anchor Counseling as our Administrative Assistant, as Rachel slowly transitions out of the role. Previously, she worked for the DuPage County Health Department doing customer service until transitioning to a new role as dental assistant.

In June of 2022, Jessica became a stay at home mom after the birth of her son, Hunter. She enjoys being able to be with him every day and experience every milestone. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, their dog, and friends.

Jessica loves to help others and will be there to assist any issues that come up, whether it’s an insurance issue or problems with copays. She is very knowledgeable in a wide range of areas related to client care, and is determined to work together with clients to ensure they receive the best care and leave with a happy and positive experience.

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