Meet Our Staff

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.

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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.

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Brendan Bell, MA, LCPC

Deer Park

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.

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Ashley Yergler, MA, LCPC

Lake Zurich

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

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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, couples and families. Diane is a highly skilled clinician who can work with clients in identifying goals and change strategies that promote growth. She also has experience conducting wellness seminars with corporations and executives.

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Amy Tanner, MSW, LCSW

Lake Zurich | Chicago

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

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Rick Coffaro, MA, LPC

Lake Zurich

Rick Coffaro’s work experience prior to Cherry Hill 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. He enjoys working with individuals, couples, adults, adolescents and young adults, and groups.

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Karen Robbins, MSW, LCSW

Vernon Hills

Karen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has experience counseling teens, adults, couples, and families. She is trained in multiple empirically supported approaches including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. She focuses on developing rapport with clients and using strength-based approaches to facilitate healing and change.

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Gary Gruebnau, MA, LSW

McHenry

Gary is a social worker with several decades of experience counseling teens, adults, and couples in secular and church settings. He enjoys working with a broad age range of clients from teens to the elderly. His background includes military service, working in the business world, and teaching in both public and private settings.

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Leslie Scofield, MSW, LCSW, CADC

Vernon Hills

Leslie Scofield, MSW, LCSW, CADC 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. She is passionate about working with groups. Leslie is also retired from military service, which informs her clinical perspective.

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Michelle Schaefer, MA, LCPC, PMH-C

Vernon Hills | McHenry

Michelle Schaefer, LCPC, has experience working with adults, couples, teens, and families. Michelle has an advanced certification in Perinatal Mental Health and specialized training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and families. Michelle strives to create a secure client-therapist alliance in order to support people as they navigate life challenges and heal relationships.

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Amy Croft, MA, LCPC, CSAT-C

Arlington Heights

Amy is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist Candidate through Dr. Patrick Carne’s Highly respected International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. She also loves working with clients who are invested in healing from low self-worth, depression, grief, general anxiety, or navigating career transition issues.

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Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, MSSA, LSW

Lake Zurich

Chelsea A. Laliberte Barnes received an MS in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University with a focus in mental health for children, adolescents and families. Chelsea has nearly ten years of experience working with individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders and dual diagnosis. Chelsea is also a SMART Recovery facilitator and overdose education trainer.

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Elizabeth Haines, MS, LPC

Palatine

Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She values a strong therapeutic alliance and believes that a supportive and collaborative working relationship is instrumental in helping clients improve their overall quality of life. She uses her expertise in yoga and mindfulness to assist clients in learning to calm and relax the stressed body and mind.

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Maria Catanzaro, MA, LPC

Deer Park

Maria has a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Wheaton College. Maria enjoys working with a diverse spectrum of clients including individuals, couples, and families and ranging from children to adolescents to adults. She is currently working under supervision to become a certified play therapist.

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Patrick Kelly, MA, LPC

McHenry

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.

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Jack Gordon, MSW, LCSW, CCATP

Deer Park

Jack is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certified clinical anxiety treatment professional. He works with adults, families, and adolescents ages 12 and up. He specializes in anxiety treatment and has a passion for work with clients with chronic pain/illness. His clinical interests include anxiety, parenting skills, life/career transitions, and family/relationship issues.

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Lydia Klassen, MA, LPC, CCTP

Lake Zurich | Vernon Hills

Lydia Klassen received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University. She has experience working with interpersonal issues, emotional regulation, grief, and trauma. Lydia strives to develop safety in the client-counselor relationship as she journeys with clients toward greater freedom in their lives. She has a particular interest in couples, families, and third-culture kids.

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Maria Statkus Ritchey, MA, LPC

Deer Park | Chicago

Maria is a Licensed 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.

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Sara Vasilev, MSW, LCSW

Deer Park

Sara Vasilev received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University. She works with adults and seniors who are facing life challenges such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Sara provides her clients with the support they need to find peace and restore joy in their lives.

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Benjamin Michaels, Psy.D.

Vernon Hills | Lake Zurich

Dr. Benjamin L. Michaels is a psychotherapist and post-doctoral fellow who provides therapy and completes psychological evaluations. He earned both his M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He primarily works with adolescents and adult clientele. He also has experience with domestic violence and substance abuse.

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Liz Lattof, MA, LPC

Deer Park | Lake Zurich

As a Licensed Professional Counselor at Cherry Hill Liz works with a wide variety of clients, children, adolescents, families, and adults. She has additional training in play therapy and groups. She enjoys helping people with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, and other challenges and transitions.

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Taylor Sheahen, MA, LCPC

Deer Park

Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She has experience working with adults with substance use disorder, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, emotional regulation, and relationship and family conflict. Taylor’s goal is to help clients develop a healthy level of functioning, leading to renewed hope and happiness.

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John Dichtl, MA, M.Div., LCPC

Lake Zurich | Vernon Hills

John Dichtl has worked as a counselor since 2012 in both agency work and private practice. He has focused experience providing couples counseling, and treating mood disorders and addictions. With graduate level training in both therapy and theology, John is uniquely equipped to help clients integrate their psychological and spiritual concerns.

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Christina Vargas, MSW, LSW

Deer Park

Christina is a trilingual therapist (English, Spanish, and Thai) with a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Michigan. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Christina emphasizes and acknowledges clients’ strengths as she guides them through their personal struggles in hopes that every client she works with will achieve their full potential.

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Wayne Corapi, MS, LMFT

Lake Zurich

Wayne is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose passion is helping couples in relationship distress find healing and connection. Married for 40+ years and trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, he is dedicated to using his experience and training to help couples find a deeper level of satisfaction and emotional intimacy in their relationship.

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John Kim, MA

Lake Zurich | Deer Park

John received his MA in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University where he gained experience doing therapeutic work through the university’s counseling center. John is committed to building warm, authentic, and meaningful relationships with his clients as he helps them work toward their unique goals. He works with individuals, couples, and groups.

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Risa Becker, MA, LPC

McHenry

Risa is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has a passion for seeing people come into the fullness of what their life could be. Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn, and having someone alongside can make a difference. Other times we need to make a change and need support to make that happen. Either way, I am here for you.

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Chelsea Tatum, Clinical Intern

Lake Zurich

Chelsea Tatum is an M.A. student in Marriage and Family Therapy at Wheaton College. She also has a B.A. from Wheaton College in English Literature. Prior to pursuing her master’s degree, Chelsea worked as a communications manager in the nonprofit sector.

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