Our newest staff members:
Ashley Pinto, MA, LCPC is one of the newest members of the Centers for Family Change. Ms. Pinto brings a strong background in working with adolescents and young adults, with a wide range of problems and concerns including mood disorders, trauma, impulse control problems, and anxiety disorders. Ms. Pinto also has experience in working with adults with both acute and chronic mental illness. Ms. Pinto utilizes a strengths based solution focused approach in her work, and draws heavily on Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral therapies in her work. Ms. Pinto works in both our Naperville and Oakbrook offices and has evening and Saturday hours.
Robin Kulesza, MA, LCPC is one of the newest members of the Centers for Family Change. Ms. Kulesza is an experienced clinician who has previously worked in foster care, residential treatment, and private practice. She is well-versed in working with young clients with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues, including histories of trauma and abuse. Ms. Kulesza also works with multiple adult concerns and specializes in working with adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Ms. Kulesza provides premarital counseling using the PREPARE/ENRICH program. Ms. Kulesza utilizes evidenced based treatment models, including solution focused and cognitive behavioral therapies. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTP) and utilizes Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Mindfulness in her work with clients who have experienced trauma. Ms. Kulesza works in Oakbrook office and has evening and Saturday hours.
Kim D. Grant, Ph.D., joined the Centers for Family Change in March of 2017, after relocating from Pennsylvania. Dr. Grant is very experienced psychologist who has practiced in community mental health, veterans’ hospitals, oncology and behavioral health, and a college counseling center. She has been a consultant to multidisciplinary medical teams, college administrators,and community agencies, regarding mental heath issues. Dr. Grant specializes in the evaluation and treatment of the full spectrum of mood and anxiety disorders, and identity issues, particularly with gender and cultural/ethnic concerns. Dr. Grant utilizes a relationship centered approach, drawing on psychodynamic, behavioral and cognitive orientations. Dr. Grant works in our Oakbrook office and offers evening and day time appointments.
Latasha Brown, M.A., LCPC, CADC. joined the Centers for Family Change in March 2017. Ms. Brown is a bi-cultural therapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. Ms. Brown’s professional experience includes working in both academic, and community settings. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and families addressing academic challenges, behavioral issues, and interpersonal problems. In addition, Ms. Brown works with adolescents/adults with disabilities, focusing on social emotional issues, as well as social skills training. Ms. Brown is a CADC and works with substance abuse in adults and adolescents. Ms. Brown utilizes evidenced based treatment models, including solution focused and cognitive behavioral therapies. Ms. Arnold works in our Oak Lawn office.
Katy Crone, PsyD, provided a training to Centers for Family Change staff, “Clinical, Ethical and Cultural Issues in the Treatment of LGBTQ clients,” on December 9th, 2016. This presentation examined how broader cultural issues impact LGBTQ clients, considered unique challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals and examined the clinical issues that often occur in working with LGBTQ adults and adolescents.
Peter Perrotta, PhD, presented, at part of a panel presentation, on Looking Within: How do Personal and Situational Dynamics interact with Ethics?, at the Illinois Psychological Association’s annual conference, November 2015. Dr. Perrotta and other other members of the Illinois Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee (and mental health attorney, Scott Hammer), considered the ways in which the life situation of the clinician (both personal and family dynamics, as well as other situational factors) can pose ethical challenges in therapy. The presentation utilized case vignettes to illustrate issues and challenges that therapists face and discussed strategies for managing these issues. Please check Dr. Perrotta’s Blog for posts discussing issues from this presentation.
Peter Perrotta, PhD, was a presenter, at part of a panel presentation, on RU@Risk? Ethics and Technology, at the Illinois Psychological Association’s annual conference, November 2014. Dr. Perrotta and other other members of the Illinois Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee (and mental health attorney, Scott Hammer), examined ethical challenges that technology poses for mental health professionals. The presentation considered issues ranging from the challenges and risks of TelePsychology, to ethical obligations involved in using technology, to whether or not to Google potential clients and new employees. Please check Dr. Perrotta’s Blog for posts discussing some of the topics included in this presentation.
Peter Perrotta, PhD, presented (October 28, 2014) “Improving Effectiveness”, as part of Centers for Family Change’s ongoing half day seminar series. This seminar examined specific strategies that therapists can utilize to improve clinical effectiveness. Dr. Perrotta drew from research on psychotherapy outcome and effectiveness to identify ways that therapists can improve their work and increase their ability to assist their clients. Please check Dr. Perrotta’s Blog for posts elucidating strategies for improving effectiveness.
Martha Cook, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, and Beth Tipton, PhD, provided a training to Centers for Family Change staff, “What’s Attachment got to do with it? Gottman & Emotionally Focused Therapy,,” on August 15, 2014. This presentation examined John Gottman’s research on marital therapy, and considered how Gottman’s approach can be integrated with Susan John’s Emotional Focused Therapy, which emphasizes the role of attachment in working with couples. This presentation was part of Centers for Family Change’s “Clinical Consultation” series.
Peter Perrotta, PhD, presented, Bold New Frontiers: Ethical Challenges Facing Therapists in the Era of Technology & Social media, at The Centers for Family Change’s Half Day Professional Seminar Series, on April, 2013. This seminar offered a detailed examination of how advances in technology (from social medial, to email and text messaging, to electronic health records and on-line marketing) present ethical challenges for professional practice.Please see Dr. Perrotta’s Blog for a more detailed discussion of this issue and for resources for professionals interested in learning more about these issues.
Peter Perrotta, PhD, presented on Evolving Trends in Technology Use: Clinical, Ethical and Legal Considerations, at the Illinois Psychological Association’s annual conference, November 2012. Dr. Perrotta was part of a panel, made up of members of the Illinois Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee (along with mental health attorney, Scott Hammer). The presentation examined how technology and social media have affected clinical practice, with particular emphasis on the ethical and legal challenges technological innovations pose for clinicians.
Katharine Grinnell-Noak, PsyD, provided a training “A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to treating Personality Disorders” to Centers for Family Change staff (November 8, 2012). This training provided an overview of Judith Beck, PhD’s Cognitive Behavioral approach to treating personality disorders. Key issues addressed in the training included: the importance of establishing a collaborative working relationship with the client; specific strategies for addressing distorted thinking; and the need for greater flexibility when working with clients with personality disorders. Dr. Grinnell-Noak is one of the Centers for Family Change staff who specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Carol Wahlstrom, MS, RN, LCPC, provided a training “An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” to Centers for Family Change staff, (August 23, 2012). This training included an overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a discussion of its basic principles, and case discussion to illustrate how this treatment approach works. Differences between ACT and CBT were discussed.
Jamie Pagano, MA LCPC and Patrick McKee, MS, LCPC, presented (on April 18, 2012) on Working with LGBT youth in the school setting, to school social workers and counselors, from Bolingbrook and Romeoville middle and high schools. This presentation focused on understanding the challenges facing adolescents struggling to clarify their sexual identity, strategies for assisting these adolescents, and a general discussion of ways to address bullying and negative peer responses.
Ms. Pagano and Mr. McKee are available to provide trainings to school personnel. Please contact our office for more information.
Peter Perrotta, PhD, provided a training “Assessing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, in Children, Adolescents and Adults” to Centers for Family Change staff, (April 19 2012). This training focused on how to more accurately and effectively assess for ADHD. The training detailed an interview based assessment model of ADHD. Areas addressed included: the importance of establishing childhood onset; the use of the latest rating scales, to supplement interviewing; issues involving differential diagnosis; and guidelines for making a diagnosis. Please see our website for a more detailed discussion of the assessment of ADHD.
Peter Perrotta, PhD, presented (March 6, 2012) “Financial Challenges and Ethical Practice”, as part of Centers for Family Change’s ongoing half day seminar series. This seminar examined the ethical challenges and dilemmas clinicians face when responding to clients’ financial issues. Problems addressed include: the valuing of therapy; ethical challenges involving payment, collections and insurance; and working with clients’ financial problems.
Ericka Axness-Jackson, MSW, LCSW, Rebecca DeNosaquo, PsyD, and Wendy Romano, MSW, LCSW, provided a training to Centers for Family Change staff, “Managing Suicidal Risk in Clinical Practice,” on February 29, 2012. This presentation reviewed the latest research on the management and treatment of suicidal patients. This presentation was part of Centers for Family Change’s “Clinical Consultation” series.
Peter Perrotta, Ph.D., provided a training, “A Family Therapy Approach to Treating Problems of Children and Adolescents” for the Family Practice Residency program, at Christ Hospital, in Oak Lawn, IL, on February 29, 2012.
Peter Perrotta, PhD, presented on Ethics and Money, at the Illinois Psychological Associations annual conference, November 2011. Dr. Perrotta was part of a panel, made up of members of the Illinois Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee (along with mental health attorney, Scott Hammer) who presented on the ethical challenges financial concerns can raise for clinicians.