What We Do At Cherry Hill Counseling

At Cherry Hill Counseling, we use a comprehensive therapeutic approach that focuses on the well-being of you and your family. 

Who We Are

Cherry Hill Counseling provides a safe space dedicated to giving yourself and your family the care, support, and guidance you need whenever you need it.

What We Do

We work hard to restore relationships, heal families and make a difference in our community by fostering a sense of genuine support and healthy living.

Why We Do It

As a practice, we pride ourselves on our broad spectrum of experiences and qualifications, all of which ensure that you will find the help you’re looking for.

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Clark Barshinger, Ph.D.

Lake Zurich | McHenry

Practicing clinical psychology for over 35 years, Dr. Clark Barshinger has broad and deep experience counseling patients. His graduate education includes a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from DePaul University.

Keith Bjorge, Psy.D.

Lake Zurich | Vernon Hills

Dr. Keith V. Bjorge is a clinical psychologist with nearly 30 years of experience. He has experience and passion working with troubled marriages, teen and family related problems, chemical addictions, and mood disorders. Dr. Bjorge earned the Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

Brendan Bell, MA, LCPC

Lake Zurich

Brendan C. Bell, MA, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. He has worked in private practice for over 15 years, with offices in both Lake Zurich and in Wheaton. His expertise involves working with children, adolescents, and their families, with extensive experience addressing behavior disorders. Brendan also works with adults and particularly enjoys counseling artists.

Ashley Yergler, MA, LCPC

Lake Zurich

Ashley Yergler is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has experience working with mood and anxiety-related disorders along with identity, emotional regulation, self-injury, OCD, eating disorders and relational issues. Ashley places importance on helping people discover their own strengths in the process of healing, while increasing their ability to relate in meaningful ways to the world around them.

Diane Geiser, MSW, LCSW

Lake Zurich | Vernon Hills

Diane Geiser, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, marital and family problems. Diane is a highly skilled clinician who can work with individual, families, adolescents and adults in identifying goals and change strategies that promote wellness.

Amy Tanner, MSW, LCSW

Lake Zurich | Chicago

Amy Tanner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the field in various capacities since 1998. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining Cherry Hill in 2008, Amy worked exclusively with abused and neglected children in various settings, particularly in the foster care and adoption arenas.

Julie Hanson, MSW, LCSW

Lake Zurich Annex

Julie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Julie has broad experience as a social worker in mental health. She is passionate about assisting people as they walk through life’s challenges, trials and changes.

Rick Coffaro, MA, LPC

Lake Zurich

Rick Coffaro’s work experience includes twenty-eight years in sales, marketing, and management. The theme of his career was making, building and maintaining relationships. Rick offers first-hand knowledge of life and career transitions.

Valerie A. Bond, MA, LCPC, CAMS-II

Lake Zurich

Valerie Bond has over ten years of counseling experience, working with individuals, couples, families and groups. Her interactive, adaptive approach matches therapeutic interventions to her client’s personality, strengths and difficulties. She is skilled at helping people understand, identify, regulate and find comfort in their emotions. While she treats a wide variety of problems she specializes in relational issues.

Karen Robbins, MSW, LCSW

Vernon Hills | Lake Zurich Annex

Karen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has experience counseling teens, adults and couples. Before joining Cherry Hill, she counseled and led groups in High School and at a Behavioral Health Hospital. Her focus is on developing rapport with clients and using strength-based approaches to facilitate healing and change.

F. Targol Hasankhani, MA, ALMFT


Targol Hasankhani is an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, experienced in working with couples, families, and individuals. Targol approaches therapy from a strength-based, holistic, and highly collaborative model, welcoming diversity of race, culture, spirituality, gender, and orientation. While Targol has experience with a variety of treatment areas, her specialties are in mood disorders, relational distress and family conflict, transitional life events, and grief and loss.

Gary Gruebnau, MA, LSW, Gerontologist


Gary has a social work degree in gerontology and extensive experience working with the elderly and their families. He has also counseled teens, adults, and couples with several decades of experience in secular and church settings. His background includes working in the business world and teaching in both public and private settings.

Delia De Avila, MSW, LCSW

Vernon Hills

Delia De Avila is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twelve years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She has training in evidenced-based treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Delia’s clinical interest include sexual abuse, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, low self-esteem, adjustment after having children and relationship issues.

Leslie Scofield, MSW, LSW

Vernon Hills

Leslie Scofield, MSW, LSW is a Licensed Social Worker who has worked in the field of substance abuse for over 15 years. Her practice ranges from children to adults, and focuses on trauma, grief and loss, family issues, and addictions. Leslie is also retired from military service, which informs her clinical perspective.

Michelle Schaefer, MA

Vernon Hills | Lake Zurich

Michelle Schaefer has her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. She enjoys working with adults, couples, teens, families, and groups. Before joining Cherry Hill, Michelle had a diverse background of work experiences in people-helping fields such as secondary education and ministry. Michelle strives to create a secure client-therapist alliance in order to support people as they navigate life challenges and heal relationships.


Individual Therapy for Adults

Can’t find relief? Feeling overwhelmed? Exhausted from trying? You don’t have to do this alone. We’ll help you overcome challenges that you might be experiencing and teach you to live without unwanted distress.

Family Therapy

If your family is embroiled in conflict or confronted with a crisis, we can help you recover the family you know you can be. We strive to open the lines of communication and increase a family’s ability to form a solid foundation for healing and support.

Group Therapy

The realization that you’re not alone in your struggle is the best catalyst for growth and healing. We offer and host group therapy and counseling sessions that allow you to be involved in community growth and experience a level of support that is both highly effective and heartwarming.

Evaluative Services

If you think that you or someone you love may be suffering from an emotional or developmental disorder that has gone undiagnosed, we can help. We offer a variety of evaluative services ranging from ADHD, depression and behavior disorder screenings to alcohol and substance abuse evaluations. We also offer personality type testing.

Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Children and adolescents often need an inviting and gentle therapy environment in order to recover and flourish. Give us the opportunity to connect with your child or teen and make an impact in their lives.

Marital and Premarital Therapy

Marriage is a sacred bond. That’s why we are here to help you and your spouse restore, deepen, and strengthen those bonds before or after the wedding ceremony. Learn to be your partner’s ultimate support system and grow together in your relationship.

Health Psychology

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a health condition that you’re not sure how to handle, or if you’ve ever found yourself ignoring your health in favor of other priorities, the therapists at Cherry Hill Counseling can help. We can offer support in the face of challenging yet necessary lifestyle changes and connect with your team of health professionals to provide you with a well-rounded approach to your health.

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–Sylvia Plath