Samantha Zurek is a licensed clinical professional counselor with her Master’s of Arts degree in clinical psychology counseling practice from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She completed her therapy practicum at Kenneth Young Center, a community mental health center in Elk Grove Village, IL where she worked with adults as an outpatient and psychosocial rehabilitation therapist. She completed her qualifications for licensure at Bridgeway, Inc, a community mental health center in Kewanee, IL where she was an outpatient therapist treating children, adolescents and adults.
Samantha has experience working with diagnoses ranging from anxiety and mood disorders to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Samantha enjoys working with patients of all
ages who struggle with anxiety, depression and OCD. She utilizes an integrative approach to build a personalized treatment plan. Samantha recognizes the importance of tailoring her treatment to what works best for each unique individual. She prefers using helpful strategies
from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and person-centered therapy. Samantha also enjoys utilizing mindfulness, anger management, and psych-education techniques. Additionally, she also has experience with exposure and response prevention to effectively treat OCD.
Samantha recognizes that it takes a great amount of strength and courage to reach out and ask for help, or even explore that option. She believes that everyone can use extra support at times throughout their life, whether they are experiencing high levels of stress, symptoms, or has been going through major adjustments in their life. Samantha believes therapy is a collaborative relationship that assists individuals in building their tool box, instills hope, and helps each person
overcome obstacles that create difficulty in his/her life. She provides a non-judgmental space to help individuals grow, develop and build on strengths, explore emotions, and improve his/her life.
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Samantha McGann-Taylor is a clinically licensed social worker with 9 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She also holds a professional educator’s license to practice social work in the schools. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Human Services from Millikin University in Decatur, IL in 2009, and her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in School Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. Since 2012, she has also obtained her License in Clinical Social Work as well as post masters education in the areas of Adolescent Brain Development, Restorative Practices, and Special Education Law.
Samantha enjoys working with teens and adults to overcome anxiety, depression and trauma, navigate complex emotional disabilities, suicidal ideation and self-injurious behaviors, anger management, sexual/gender identity, survive sexual assault, and tackle school avoidance concerns, to name a few. Samantha also has experience with families, conflict resolution and specializes in the reintegration process from a mental health hospitalization back into the school setting.
Samantha believes in person-centered therapy, family systems theory, restorative practices, and trauma sensitive care for all. She has done extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, trauma sensitive practices, and solution focused therapy. She also works with clients through play therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, group therapy, exposure therapy and psychodynamic therapy.
Personally, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She grew up in a south suburb called Evergreen Park, IL, and loves to play sports. She loves making music, crocheting, and all things fitness. She also has a passion for helping people and learning new therapeutic methods to help her clients.
Kara Morgan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois and a Master of Sciences Degree in Family Services from Eastern Illinois University. She has served in the Mental Health Field in various capacities for the past 15 years including, community mental health, crisis mental health, SASS, Residential Treatment Center, psychiatric hospitalization, Addictions and Medical Social Work.
Kara works with children, adolescents, emerging adults, adults, couples and families who are dealing with instability in the form of chronic illness, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, LGBTQ+, and behavioral and relationship challenges. She has extensive experience in family therapy, behavior modification, addictions and chronic health problems. Kara holds a strong belief in the impact of the family system on success and stability. She enjoys helping individuals, couples and families work together to better understand family dynamics and behaviors in relationship to the impact on the family system.
Kara utilizes a blend of cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, and solution-focused approaches within session, helping individuals to access these innate skills and abilities during times of challenge and stress.
“Your life is a journey, filled with many stories, some of them imperfect, even perhaps disheartening and damaging. How we understand and tell those stories can inspire or defeat us. We may find ourselves as an individual, parent or family member wondering what we can do to help and feel better. I believe that your success within therapy is largely dependent on the therapeutic alliance or relationship that you have with your therapist and can expect that counseling will be challenging, encouraging, and empowering. You are a unique individual and seeking help can be a difficult choice, but it is also the first step to positive change and success in your life. We live in a busy world with many responsibilities and obligations and many times we neglect the self-care required to be healthy. It is my goal to provide a safe, open, and confidential environment to foster trust, and empower individuals and families in achieving personal growth and healing.” ~Kara Morgan
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