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STAFF

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katie

schrems

Hi There! My name is Katie Schrems and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).  I have extensive experience working with youth and families from all backgrounds. I have worked in a variety of settings, including residential treatment for adolescents, a community mental health setting as a therapist for youth in foster care, as well as the general population and also in a substance abuse treatment facility with teens and adults. I have a Bachelors Degree from Central Michigan University in Clinical Psychology and Family Studies and a Master Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I consider myself a generalist practitioner but have focused on youth, adolescent and family therapy. I have primarily worked with early childhood complex trauma as well as areas such as anxiety, depression and self-esteem, which can manifest in adult life as well. I absolutely love working with others to help them achieve their goals and believe everyone’s path to healing is unique and important. My treatment approaches vary from a psychodynamic approach to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and always encompass a strengths-based approach. I am very excited to join such a wonderful practice and help serve our community together.

Therapist

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Lauren

Eagle

Therapist

Hello! My name is Lauren and I want to help you discover your true potential. I have extensive experience in a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient behavioral health, partial hospitalization programs, and private practice. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Family Studies and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Couple and Family Therapy. I currently hold an active and unrestricted license as a licensed marriage and family therapist. I am deeply passionate about fostering change through solution-based interventions and can aid in emotional regulation and development of coping skills. My treatment approach is primarily cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. My treatment specialties involve crisis management, family conflict, anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, and relationship issues. Together, we can make progress and achieve your goals to help you live your fullest life.

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Katie Ringer

For the last ten years, I have been drawn towards the counseling profession. It has been a long journey to get here, during which time I have found ways to be involved deeply in people's lives and offer support, especially through music, ministry work and mentoring.  I am motivated to walk alongside you in your journey to discover and become all that you are meant to be and find healing and wholeness. It would be my joy and privilege to offer support in a judgment-free environment and tailor our sessions to your personality and needs, whether you are working through past hurts, current struggles, or want to work towards future goals. 

I am excited to meet you wherever it is you find yourself at in this moment in time, and I am particularly interested in helping those who struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression, relational conflict, and adoption-related concerns. 

Therapist Intern

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Michelle Fry

Therapist

Hello! My name is Michelle, and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). I am excited to begin this journey with you. My goal in therapy is to provide a safe, open space to help you identify your strengths, develop skills, create goals, and make desired changes in your life. I have experience working with youth and adults in a variety of settings, including community living homes, homeless shelters and in-home. I have a Bachelor's Degree from Lewis University in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling with a Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling from Adler University. My counseling focus includes the following areas: anxiety, depression, grief, stage-of-life transitions and Autism Spectrum and Down Syndrome. My primary treatment approach varies from cognitive behavior therapy to a solution focused therapy. Thank you for taking this important first step and I look forward to joining you in a collaborative experience, tailored to you. 

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Angela

almendarez

Hello! My name is Angela and I am here to support you as you navigate life in a safe, nurturing environment. My goal is to help you discover and achieve your personal goals through evidenced-based approaches by way of the development of effective coping strategies and other self-regulating tools.  I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in different settings, including residential treatment, inpatient behavioral health, outpatient behavioral health, juvenile justice, and within the school system in the form of individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. I have a Masters Degree in Social Work and hold licensure as a clinical social worker. My treatment specialities include crisis management, conflict resolution, anxiety, depression, trauma, and family and other relational conflict. Working together, we can maximize your potential to become a better version of you.

Therapist

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Thomas purnell

Since 2000, I have been working with adolescents, couples and families. I have extensive experience working with people navigating challenging relationships in their personal life, as well as in the workplace setting. My focus in counseling extends to issues related to anxiety and depression, adjustment difficulties, couples’ distress, and stage-of-life transitions. In my free time I enjoy coaching sports, lifting weights, hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with my family. I started True North so more people in need could gain access to good therapists.  This is such an important time in life to get the right kind of care.  I am so glad you made it to us!

Owner/Therapist

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eLIZABETH

GEORGE

After studying Business Management at DePaul University and working for nonprofit organizations, my career has taken me along the healthcare administration path, where I’ve gained experience ranging from private practice to large hospital settings. I’m currently working towards becoming a Certified Resume Writer and have been successfully helping individuals with their job search for more than 10 years. I am also fluent in Malayalam and Spanish. Serving in community outreach and serving others are my passions. I look forward to connecting the therapists of True North with the schools, hospitals and clients who need them. I am thrilled to be a part of the True North Palatine team!

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