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.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I provide guidance and assistance to people who believe that no matter what they do or how hard they try, they’re perpetually stuck and therefore are seeking immediate improvements in their quality of life and/or making fundamental transformational changes to last a lifetime. Previously I have worked with adults and children from very diverse socio-economic backgrounds who suffer from mood, personality, psychotic, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders, as well as OCD and PTSD. When counseling couples/partners, families, and organizational leaders and subordinates experiencing relationship and communication issues, helping people find ways to have their goals and dreams better compliment and align with each other is a strong point of emphasis.
Because every client’s specific needs and issues are different, I employ a variety of therapeutic approaches such as compassion-focused therapy, mindfulness/relaxation techniques, dialectical behavior therapy, narrative therapy, positive/strength-based therapy, and spiritual therapy. When doing brief or solution-focused therapy, I utilize Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and various Cognitive Behavioral techniques such as Socratic questioning, reframing, exposure therapy, guided discovery, role playing, brainstorming, and problem solving therapy. Regardless of the approach, what matters most is being authentic and genuine while establishing a strong empathic relationship with clients who feel safe/secure, accepted, listened to, and completely understood.
For my Bachelor of Arts degree, I majored in psychology and business at the University of Michigan. I also earned a Master’s and Ph.D. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology; then subsequently worked with family businesses of all different sizes to attain our underlying mission, which was to “create harmony in business and family.” I’ve also had the distinct privilege and honor to be able to run a medium-sized family business myself, one with multiple retail/wholesale outlets. It was during this time that I was nominated for Young Executive of the Year by the Automotive Service Industry Association. Ultimately, after many trials, tribulations, and heartaches, I found my true love in life--what I’m most passionate about--which is being a psychotherapist and truly making a difference in people’s lives. To accomplish this, I initially earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Roosevelt University.
Thomas A Rogers, LPC, Ph.D.
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
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