620 W Roosevelt Rd
Suite C-2 Wheaton, IL 60187
(847) 438-4222
Fax: (847) 438-0844

We are excited to announce our recent merge with Upswing Counseling in Wheaton, Illinois. Our office is conveniently located within walking distance from downtown Wheaton and the train station, near the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Carlton Street, in the Prairie Path Office Park. Our location can serve families in surrounding communities including Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Winfield, Warrenville, Naperville, Lombard, and Lisle.

Our 2nd floor suite provides a discrete and calming space that looks out on the Prairie Path-a local wooded walking path, and conveniently located near a play ground. We have offices designed for adult therapy and teens, and also fully-equipped play therapy rooms for children.

See the list below for a more expanded version of all of the treatment specialties provided at this location.


  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Counseling for adolescents and young children

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Wheaton Therapists

The following therapists are available in Wheaton

Veronica Gillen, MSW, LCSW


Veronica Gillen is a licensed social worker with a Masters Degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis on trauma informed care and strengths-based recovery support. Veronica is a bilingual therapist and provides services in both English and Spanish. Veronica enjoys working with women, children, and teens as well as families.

Brendan Bell, MA, LCPC

Deer Park | Wheaton

Brendan Bell is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. He has worked in private practice for the last 20 years, with offices in both Deer Park and in Wheaton. His expertise involves working with middle schoolers, adolescents, and their families, with extensive experience addressing behavior disorders. Brendan also works with adults and particularly enjoys counseling artists.

Maria Statkus Ritchey, MA, LCPC, CCATP-CA

Deer Park | Wheaton

Maria is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Maria is enthusiastic about working with different populations, including children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Maria has experience utilizing non-directive play therapy and her approach is client-centered based, while integrating client strengths within the process.

Kristine Buelow, MSW, LCSW

Deer Park | Wheaton

Kristine has had the honor and opportunity to help many individuals and families over the past 25 years as a social worker. She truly enjoys working with seniors, family caregivers, adults, families, and parents. Her approach is genuine, full of grace and with a sense of humor.

Elaine Iwicki, MA, ALMFT


Elaine has an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Wheaton College. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. She believes that relationship health is crucial to healing and she is passionate about being a part of that healing process.

Sandy Rud, MA, ALMFT


Sandy received her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Wheaton College. She enjoys working with children, couples, adults, and families. She believes the health of family relationships is central to the emotional health and well-being of parents and children.

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Wheaton Groups

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S.A.G.E. Space

A safe place for identity exploration through group processing, developing self-advocacy skills, and learning how to cope with identity related stressors. For adults approximately 18 years and up.

Date: Mondays, 7-8:30pm, virtually running in 4-week cycles. Can attend continuously.

Location: Cherry Hill Counseling via Zoom

Cost: $60/session, sliding scale available upon consultation

Contact: Emily Salomon or Alessa Rosati, emily@cherryhillcounseling.com or alessa@cherryhillcounseling.com

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Connections Group for Women

Our Wednesday Women’s Connections group is accepting new members. The group is led by therapists Diane Geiser, MSW, LCSW and April Wazny, MA, LPC.

Date: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Zoom

Cost: $195/month. Reach out to discuss payment options

Contact: April Wazny, 847-438-4222 x169

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