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OUR TEAM

Our team is passionate about helping.  As experts in the fields of psychology, counseling, and social work, our therapists have a diverse range of experience and clinical interests.  Use this page to get to know the contracted therapists who work with Alder Grove Counseling. 

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GINA HINES, LCPC

Practice Owner

(630) 206-0272 ext 1

gina@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Arts in Counseling, Bradley University
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

EMDR Therapist
National Certified Counselor

School Counselor
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Certificate,

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
American Counseling Association Member
Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Wife, Mother

She/Her/Hers

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JODI HARAP, PHD

Clinical Psychologist

(630) 206-0272 ext 9

jodi@aldergrovecounseling.com

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology,

Drexel University

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

American Psychological Association Member

Illinois Psychological Association Member

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Aunt

She/Her/Hers

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BRIAN ANERINO, LCSW

Clinical Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 11

brian@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Social Work, Aurora University

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

School Social Worker

Middle and High School Coach

Son, Brother, Uncle

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KIM KRIKS, LCSW

Clinical Director

(630) 206-0272 ext 8

kim@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Social Work,

University of Illinois at Chicago

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

School Social Worker

Training in Perinatal Mental Health

Early Childhood Specialization

Association for Play Therapy (APT) Member

Daughter, Wife, Mother

She/Her/Hers

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MELISSA KUCIA

Intake Coordinator

(630) 206-0272 ext 0

melissa@aldergrovecounseling.com

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 

State Univeristy of New York at New Paltz

Professional Artist

Montessori Assistant Certificate

Daughter, Sister, Granddaughter

 Wife, Mother, Aunt

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STACEY PATTERSON, LCPC

Education Director

(630) 206-0272 ext 19

stacey@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Arts in Counseling, Xavier University

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Board Certified Music Therapist

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Aunt

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EITHNE KIELY, LCSW

Clinical Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 3

eithne@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Social Work, Kingston University, London, UK

Psychotherapy Specializations, Loyola University Chicago

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Medical & Mental Health Social Worker

Society for Transplant Social Workers Member

Early Childhood Specialization

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Aunt

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KATE SCHLEYER, LCSW

Clinical Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 7

kate@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Social Work,

University of Illinois at Chicago

Certificate of Advanced Mental

Health Practice, Loyola University

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

School Social Worker

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Aunt,

Stepmother, Grandmother

She/Her/Hers

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LESLIE KULA-LEITNER, LCSW

Clinical Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 21

leslie@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Social Work,

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Accredited Case Manager (ACM-SW)

Community Mental Health Specialization

Grief and Loss Specialization

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Aunt, Mother

She/Her/Hers

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LISA GACKI, LSW

Staff Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 27

lisa@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Social Work,

Governors State University

Licensed Social Worker

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

Certification (CEDS), in progress

Experience working with children, adolescents, and adults

Daughter, Sister, Cat & Dog Mom

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LEIDA WOODHAM, LCPC, CRC

Clinical Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 22

leida@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling,

Northeastern Illinois University

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)

Bilingual in Spanish and English

Daughter, Sister, Mother, Aunt

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MEGAN GRAY-GORDON, LCSW

Clinical Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 26

megan@aldergrovecounseling.com

Masters in Social Work,

University of Chicago 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Contextual Behavioral Therapies

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Trauma-Informed Care

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother

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KELLY WYDRA, LCPC, CADC, CCM

Clinical Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 15

kelly@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Forensic Psychology,

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)

Certified Case Manager (CCM)

Gottman Method Couples Therapy - Level 1

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Aunt, Mother

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PAUL AVRAM, MA, LCPC

Clinical Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 23

paul@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology,

Adler School of Professional Psychology

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Specialization in Trauma

EMDR Therapist

Employee Assistance Professional

Experience in Foster Care Administration

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MARYSSA DeNARDO, LSW

Staff Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 25

maryssa@aldergrovecounseling.com

Masters Of Social Work, Aurora University
Licensed Social Worker
Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Daughter, Sister, Dog Mom

She/Her/Hers

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MARY SEAL, LCSW

Clinical Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 18

mary@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master of Social Work,

University of Illinois at Chicago

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

School Social Worker

Works with Children, Adolescents, Adults 

Couples Counseling

Bereavement and Loss Specialization

Daughter, Wife, Mother

She/Her/Hers

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ALEXIS STELLA, LSW

Staff Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 24

alexis@aldergrovecounseling.com

Masters Of Social Work, Aurora University
Licensed Social Worker
Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC)

Daughter, Sister, God Mom, Dog Mom

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ANGELA ERICKSON

Clinical Intern

(630) 206-0272

angela@aldergrovecounseling.com

Masters Of Social Work in progress, Aurora University
Bachelor's Degree in Middle Level Education, 

Illinois State University

Licensed Educator experienced in working with children of all ages and families in a variety of settings

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ISABELLE CHIMERA

Staff Therapist

(630) 206-0272 ext 28

isabelle@aldergrovecounseling.com

Master Of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Northwestern University
Professional Counselor, pending active license

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) in progress

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Dog(s) Mom

She/Her/Hers

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LAUREN PENKAS

Clinical Intern

(630) 206-0272

lauren@aldergrovecounseling.com

Masters Of Social Work in progress, Aurora University
Bachelor's Degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Services, 
Northern Illinois University

Experience in providing mental health support for people of all ages, children through adults,

and crisis intervention 

Daughter, Sister

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Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

"It’s no use to go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."