(847) 438-4222
Fax: (847) 438-0844
5435 Bull Valley Road, Suite 230
McHenry, IL 60050

Cherry Hill Counseling was founded in 1976. We now have several locations in the northwest suburbs including Lake Zurich, Vernon Hills and McHenry. The McHenry, IL office is easily accessible to McHenry County residents, its office being situated very near to the intersection of Bull Valley Rd .and Crystal Lake Rd. In addition to McHenry, the communities of Woodstock, Crystal Lake, Johnsburg, and Spring Grove would have easy access to the Cherry Hill office. The McHenry office is a short drive from local schools, including McHenry West High School and is only 1.5 miles west of Centegra Hospital  and medical complex.

Our treatment team at Cherry Hill – McHenry carries a unique blend of highly experienced clinicians as well as clinicians with specializations and attributes to serve a variety of underserved populations. The Lake Zurich team is composed of a broad spectrum of counseling professionals including: Psychologists, Professional Counselors, and Social Workers. This team of clinicians also provides specialized care for women’s issues including mood disorders that affect women across the reproductive life span. The McHenry team enjoys working with couples and marriages to assist couples with exploring, understanding, and changing relational patterns that cause distress in the relationship and in the home.  Cherry Hill – McHenry has a gerontologist who is passionate about serving the needs of the elderly and their families in McHenry County. It is our hope to provide mental health services to McHenry county residents in these populations that are often overlooked by care providers. See the list below for a more expanded version of all of the treatment specialties provided at this location.

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Treatment specialties of clinicians at this location:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Marital concerns
  • Mood disorders
  • Family Relationships (parents/teens)
  • Early childhood disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Faith-based or spiritual concerns
  • Women’s Issues
  • Life Transitions (adulthood, parenting, work/home transitions, empty nesting)
  • Peripartum/Perimenopausal Mood Disorders
  • Perinatal Trauma/Pregnancy Loss/Infertility
  • Sexual Problems
  • Moral Injury
  • Health/Medical Crisis
  • Self-defeating patterns
  • Addiction patterns and recovery
  • Substance abuse and addictions recovery
  • Personality disorders
  • Senior Citizen issues
  • Adult Children of Aging Parents
  • Anxiety and Depression in Older Clients
  • Divorce Support and Recovery
  • Death and Dying processes
  • Military and Veteran issues

Clinicians at this location:

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. He works mostly with adults, teens and couples.

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 in education.

Michelle Schaefer, MA, LPC

Vernon Hills | McHenry

As a Licensed Professional Counselor Michelle Schaefer has experience working with adults, couples, teens, families, and groups. Michelle has a diverse background of work experiences in people-helping fields. Michelle strives to create a secure client-therapist alliance in order to support people as they navigate life challenges and heal relationships.

Patrick Kelly, MA, LPC


Patrick’s mission as a Licensed Professional Counselor is to utilize his diverse life experience and graduate-level education to make a positive difference in the lives of struggling and hurting people. His passion is working with troubled marriages along with helping individuals cope with and rise above anxiety and depression brought about by life’s challenges and difficulties.