YOUR COUNSELORS - Lake Bluff Location
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 in 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 who speaks Spanish fluently so our two daughters and the dog can understand French, Spanish and English.
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. In addition to being in private practice, I am also currently working in a residential facility with people suffering from Addictions and Anxiety / OCD issues, and as such, I am current in the latest evidence based practices available today. 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. I am married and my wife and I have a dog.
Christian Jahng, LPC
847-582-0588 ext. 2
YOUR COUNSELORS - Lake Bluff and Antioch Locations
I have been working in the field of mental health since 2008. I received a Master’s Degree in Education Community Counseling from DePaul University. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who is also a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Professional Divorce Mediator. I have experience working with clients of all ages. My past experiences includes working in various school districts, community agencies and private practice. I have a particular interest in working with veterans, police officers, firefighters and all other first responders and helping them work through symptoms of PTSD. I have been successful in helping with the cessation of smoking, weight loss, and anxiety through hypnotherapy. This being said, my main treatment modality utilizes evidence based practices like CBT to address issues such as anxiety, stress, depression and codependency. I have an expertise in marriage counseling. I also enjoy engaging in different presentations for various organizations about topics related but not limited to substance abuse and teens, bullying, depression and anxiety.
Fun Fact: I am married and have two adult children, and three grandchildren. I am an avid wood carver and artist competing in art shows around the country. People describe me as a person who tells it like it is and gets results for my clients. I believe in finding a solution to the problem and help my clients move forward in the quickest amount of time possible. Therapy is not forever.
James Michehl, LCPC, CHT
847-582-0588 ext. 3
847-582-0588 ext. 0