Diana Flores, LCPC
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, who specializes in the treatment of Anxiety Diagnosis and OCD. I have a Bachelors of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois im Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters of Art in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My professional experiences have allowed me to work well with people of all ages and backgrounds. I began my career working six years at a pediatric hospital providing both inpatient, outpatient and residential therapy. After that, I worked at two different emergency rooms, where I did hundreds of crisis and non-crisis assessments. I moved on to work with chronically mentally ill adults at a community agency before joining another hospital's Anxiety and OCD department. My last hospital job allowed me to received extensive training in effective and cutting edge techniques to treat OCD and all other anxiety disorders (panic disorder, social anxiety, specific anxiety, generalized anxiety, PTSD).
I enjoy the work that I do and I always look forward to working with challenging or new situations. Even though, I see myself as someone who uses a broad range of therapeutic techniques, my therapy sessions often utilize CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), and ERP (Exposure with response prevention). I take pride in helping people find their inner strengths, and push through the many challenges they are faced with. As my client you can rest assured that there is hope and that together we will identify ways to cope and lead more fulfilling lives. Fun Fact: My family is originally from Sri-Lanka, but I was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland and my first language is French. I am married to someone whose first language is Spanish so as a result, our two daughters and our dog are trilingual.
My experiences in the area of Anxiety, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Eating Disorders and BDD (Body Dismorphic Disorder) are abundant. I have gained my knowledge working in psychiatric hospitals and community mental health centers. I have experience providing vocational services for people with disabilities as well. I have a Bachelors in social science psychology from the University of California - Irvine and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Fresno State University.
My training includes motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based CBT, ACT, DBT, as well as change and learning theories. I value continuing education, and I often attend any seminar related to my interests. In the recent past, I’ve attended the BDD Conference in LA, the OCDF Conferences in San Diego and LA, as well as an OCD conference in Washington DC. My passion is to help people become aware of their behaviors and thinking patterns, and to consider (and develop) new approaches which are more helpful and life-giving. It takes courage to take steps toward healthy change. I’d like to support you through the process. Fun Fact: I used to live and practice in California before moving to Illinois with my wife.
Christian Jahng, LCPC
847-582-0588 ext. 2
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a School Counselor. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders. I have gained my knowledge by working in inpatient and partial hospitalization settings, as well as working as a school counselor. My past experiences allow me to be able to effectively address a wide range of behavioral and emotional concerns. Not only do I work at Forest Bluff Counseling, I also work at a not for profit organization conducting therapy and assisting the community. I grew up in the Libertyville, IL area and I have a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters of Science in Counseling from Eastern Illinois University.
My training includes a client-centered and mindfulness approach, DBT, CBT, play therapy, activity therapy, crisis counseling, individual, family, and group therapy. I believe that therapy is not a "one size fits all" approach and that each client is unique and should be treated as such. Fun Fact: I used to be a reporter before becoming a therapist.
Samantha Bilharz, LPC, PEL
847-582-0588 ext. 3