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Therapy Team


Julianna Wesolowski, LCPC - Therapy Director

Ms. Wesolowski is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has been with CRT since 2010. She oversees CRT's Therapy Program, which specializes in providing trauma-informed and research-driven assessment, therapy, training, and supportive services for the complex issues that children and families face as a result of stress, trauma, and violence. Prior to taking on the role of Director, Ms. Wesolowski provided therapy to children and their caregivers in many of CRT's community-based sites, managed the graduate-level clinical training program, and supported staff in ongoing professional development. She continues to work therapeutically with families at House of the Good Shepherd and at the clinic.

Ms. Wesolowski has received extensive training on issues of child trauma and exposure to violence, as well as best practices concerning collaborating with systems and mobilizing systems change. She has been trained in specific modes of therapy including Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Theraplay, TF-CBT, and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), and has a special interest in supporting the relationship between young children and their caregivers. Prior to CRT, Ms. Wesolowski supervised the Chicago Safe Start (CSS) program at Family Focus Englewood, a project focused on preventing young children’s exposure to violence by way of community organizing, training and education, and trauma-focused therapy and support services. 

Eric Seto, PsyD - Assistant Therapy Director

Dr. Seto is a licensed clinical psychologist who oversees the clinical services partnership between CRT and SOS Children’s Villages Illinois in the Auburn-Greshem neighborhood of Chicago and in the suburb of Lockport.  He also supervises CRT's therapeutic services at Noble Street College Prep High School in the West Town community.  Dr. Seto joined CRT following varied experiences working with children, adolescents, and adults at several community mental health agencies in the Chicagoland area. He continues working with these diverse populations within the contexts of individual, family, group, and couple therapy. He also provides weekly supervision to clinicians on the therapy team, and approaches clinical formulation primarily from a Family Systems perspective. Dr. Seto earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with an expressed interest in trauma and its broad-reaching effects.

 

Amy Cavazos, MAAT, LPC - Child & Family Art Therapist

Amy Cavazos oversees the clinical services partnership between CRT and Chicago Jesuit Academy, in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. She provides trauma-informed therapy for youth, adults, and families both at Chicago Jesuit Academy as well as at the SOS Children’s Village in the Auburn-Gresham community and CRT Clinic. Ms. Cavazos brings authenticity and compassion to her therapeutic practice and joined CRT after varied experiences working with children, adolescents, and adults in several community mental health agencies throughout Chicago and South Texas. She has a specific dedication to working with and in support of young people and families involved with the child welfare system. Ms. Cavazos earned her MA in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She draws upon relational-cultural, ecological, family systems and critical race theory in her clinical work and operates from a social justice paradigm in counseling. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Ms. Cavazos is interested in socially engaged art practices, critical youth studies, public pedagogy, and urban literacies as it relates to art therapy practice and study.

Joyce Chestek, LPC – Child and Family Therapist

Joyce Chestek is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy from the Institute of Clinical Social Work. Joyce has experience in both individual and group therapy, working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Her experiences and training include working with individuals with histories of developmental and complex trauma, as well as exposure to violence. Moreover, Joyce has experience working with a variety of emotional and behavioral issues, learning difficulties, childhood anxiety and depression, and attachment concerns. She has specific experience working with children diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), ADHD, PTSD and Autism Spectrum, among others. Joyce also has experience and a special interest in working with adopted children and families.

Joyce sees clients at CRT’s Loop clinic and is also a site supervisor at a CRT partner site, The Montessori School of Englewood.  Originally from Brazil, Joyce worked at community mental health centers, school settings, community based clinic and corporations. She is bilingual and can provide services in Portuguese.  

Joyce is also currently a student at The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Joyce’s goal is to enhance her expertise in non-directive play-therapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy approach.

Corinne Fleming, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Corinne Fleming is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who provides psychological assessments for children and adolescents at CRT, along with treatment of children, adolescents, and families.  Dr. Fleming completed her doctorate in clinical psychology, with a concentration in child and adolescent psychology, at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She joined CRT from a large group practice, where she provided treatment services for children, adolescents, and families and conducted comprehensive psychological assessments for children and adolescents with developmental, emotional, and behavioral issues.  Before that, Dr. Fleming gained experience in a range of settings, including an inpatient mental health facility, a community mental health agency, and a therapeutic day school.  Dr. Fleming’s clinical interests include assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma-related problems.  Dr. Fleming also has experience with assessment and treatment of children with pervasive developmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Anne Gamache, LCPC, CADC - Child & Family Therapist

Anne Gamache is a Child and Family Therapist who provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults at SOS Children’s Villages in Chicago and Lockport.  Anne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Lehigh University.  She earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with additional training in substance abuse and addiction counseling. Previous work experience includes outpatient treatment of adolescents in recovery, inpatient treatment of children and adolescents in crisis, and individual and group therapy in a halfway house for women in recovery. 

 

Wendy Kovacs, LMFT - Child & Family Therapist

Wendy Kovacs, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is the Child & Family Therapist for CRT's Project Thrive at the Lockport SOS Children’s Village. Ms. Kovacs has experience providing therapeutic treatment to children, adolescents, adults, and families with advanced clinical training in attachment therapy and trauma. Previous work experience includes supervising and providing therapy in a private practice, teaching at a Junior College, and as a therapist in a foster care agency. Ms. Kovacs has provided trainings on attachment therapy, managing trauma reactions in children in schools, and adoption issues. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. 

 

 

Samantha Orbach, PsyD - Child & Family Therapist

Dr. Orbach has a breadth of experience providing therapy to children, adolescents and their families. Prior to joining the clinical team at Children's Research Triangle, Dr. Orbach worked throughout the Chicagoland area including Mt. Sinai Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, Advocate Illinois Masonic's School Based Health Center, Jewish Child and Family Services, and Lawrence Hall Youth Services.  Dr. Orbach currently oversees CRT's therapeutic services at Johnson College Prep High School in Englewood and provides therapeutic services at the SOS Children's Village Chicago.  At CRT, Dr. Orbach oversees one of CRT's Parent Support Networks, which provides education and support for parents of children who have been prenatally exposed to substances. Dr. Orbach has a special interest in working with clients with trauma histories to develop areas of trust and attachment that are often severed through traumatic experiences.   Her clinical and research interests also include the impact of positive and successful educational experiences on youth, identity formation among adolescents and struggles experienced by LGBT youth. Clinically, Dr. Orbach takes a highly relational approach within the psychodynamic realm. Dr. Orbach obtained both her Masters and Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.

Patricia Peña, MS,LMFT - Bilingual Child and Family Therapist

Patricia Peña has a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Prior to completing her graduate degree, she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Chicago. Ms. Peña is bilingual and is fluent in Spanish. She has completed 40-Hours of Domestic Violence Training and has experience working with women and children who are survivors of Domestic Violence. Ms.Peña also has a breadth of experience in providing individual and family therapy in various CPS Schools, in addition to providing mental health consultation for the Head Start program. Ms. Peña currently provides individual and family therapy at several of CRT's partner sites, including SOS Children’s Village, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, House of the Good Shepherd, and Noble Street College Prep High School. Her clinical interests include relational issues, acculturation, issues of race/ethnicity and/or culture, childhood traumatic stress, and parenting challenges. Prior to joining the clinical therapy team at CRT, Paty worked as a Staff Therapist at the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago and as the Women’s Advocate at the YWCA Evanston.  

Christine Schmidt, PsyD - Child & Family Therapist 

Dr. Schmidt is presently the coordinator of child and adolescent psychology services at CRT, as well as the director for the predoctoral psychology training program. Dr. Schmidt is a clinical psychologist who provides psychological assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, and families. A graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, she has specific training and experience in the field of childhood trauma and maltreatment, including work with children who have extensive histories of abuse, neglect, and problematic sexual behaviors. Dr. Schmidt also has specific interest and experience in the area of prenatal substance exposure, and she enjoys speaking about this topic on both local and national levels. Dr. Schmidt was the Project Director for a federally funded project, intended to identify and improve the lives of adolescents in the child welfare system who were at risk for a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. She currently serves as the Illinois representative for the FASD Center for Excellence, funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Over the years, Dr. Schmidt has especially enjoyed her involvement with Camp SOAR, as both an advisor and senior staff member. 

Tara Thomason, JD, LCSW - Child & Family Therapist

Tara Thomason is a licensed clinical social worker and provides individual, group and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults with histories of complex trauma and exposure to domestic and community violence.  Ms. Thomason received her master’s degree in social work at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  Prior to joining CRT, she served as an Attorney and Guardian ad Litem with the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, where she provided legal representation and advocacy for abused, neglected and dependent children in juvenile court proceedings.  Ms. Thomason approaches clinical work from a psychodynamic perspective and is currently a student in the doctoral program at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago.

Stefanie Ward, LMFT, CADC  - Child & Family Therapist

Stefanie Ward is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor.  Stefanie provides individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and their families with histories of trauma.  Prior to joining the team at CRT, Stefanie worked in an inpatient behavioral health hospital providing therapy to teens and families going through a major crisis.  She also has experiencing providing substance abuse treatment in an inpatient and outpatient setting.   Stefanie enjoys working with individuals and families to help them realize their strengths and work toward long-lasting change.