Meet Our Team

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Adam Ratner, MA, LCSW, MBA
Co-Owner

I’m a clinical therapist, and co-owner of Grow Wellness Group. I provide Western Suburbs and Naperville, IL based counseling to individuals, marriages, couples, teens and families for those navigating the many challenges getting in the way of living their most fulfilling life.

An objective for my clients in therapy is the exploration of my clients’ challenges to help them develop an awareness of conscious and unconscious thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that become drivers of actions that negatively impact them in a myriad of ways. With an understanding of these factors, growth occurs by recognizing new ways of thinking, acting, and exploring options that can lead to a more fulfilling life.

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Wendy Hayum-Gross, MS, LCPC
Co-Owner

I’m an LCPC, and co-owner of Grow Wellness Group. I work with individuals, families, and couples going through transitions in their lives. I provide counseling in Naperville, IL from a holistic wellness perspective; empowering clients to find their strengths and truths. I provide a warm, relaxed and comfortable approach to counseling.

I am a highly integrative Naperville counselor working from a strength-based, positive and affirming perspective over a range of issues. These include, but are not limited to, family counseling, anxiety and depression counseling, life transitions, grief/loss counseling, couples counseling, career concerns, and self-efficacy and contentment.

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Jodi Metcalf, MS, LMFT
Clinical Director

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a specialization in working with individuals, families, parents and couples. I am highly family systems oriented, as well as being well versed in CBT, ACT and Client Centered therapeutic approaches.

As a therapist, I value and prioritize relationships at the center of my work with clients. The relationship between client and therapist is paramount to personal and interpersonal growth.

Those who partner with me can expect a warm personal connection, unconditional empathy, and a deep understanding of how all the pieces of their life are working together to create their current situation. And, what they can to do achieve the growth they desire.

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Courtney Kuhns, MS, LCPC, CADC

Clinical Supervisor

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with several years of experience working with clients to overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, grief & loss, women’s issues, family challenges, major life transitions, addictions and co-occurring issues. I have been a community provider of mental health services in the Naperville, IL community for many years in a multitude of mental wellness settings.

I most often work with individuals (ages 12+) and families struggling with a range of personal and interpersonal growth challenges. I am trained in other areas as well. Through a holistic perspective and use of compassion, empathy, and empowerment, I help clients conquer issues that may initially appear insurmountable.

I practice from an integrative perspective, often taking pieces from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

I view therapy as a collaborative and comfortable relationship that fosters growth and wellness. Growth can occur with your willingness to meet your own personal and interpersonal goals.

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Sue Harvey, MA, LCSW, ACHP-SW, CT

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with experience working with clients to overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, grief & loss, serious illnesses, women’s issues, family challenges and major life transitions.

I also have advanced certifications in bereavement and hospice and palliative care. I have extensive experience working with adults and children – both individually and in a familial setting – through serious illness, caregiver stress, grief, and loss.  

I’m passionate about empathetically joining my clients in their story so we can work together to achieve their goals. I bring a strengths-based approach to my work, recognizing the importance of the client-counselor relationship in facilitating growth and healing. Knowing that each individual is unique, I use different modalities to meet my client’s needs and help them grow.

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Jocelyn Nolan, MA, LMSW

I am a licensed social worker experienced in working with children (4+), teens and adults. As a medical trauma social worker, therapist and school social worker spanning the past 25 years, I have supported individuals working through medical and life challenges including grief, loss, depression and anxiety. In addition, my experience includes ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, emotional regulation, behavior challenges and parenting. 

Connections are so important for each of us. Within the Naperville community,  I have enjoyed volunteering with local youth and crisis support organizations.

It is important for me to provide the empathetic, positive and reassuring atmosphere that we need. I look forward to providing the support and clinical guidance to you and your family members as we navigate our path towards growth and wellness!

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Dave Dennis, MSW, LSW

Dave is an MSW, with several years of experience working with clients to overcome a range of challenges. Particular areas of interest are in the treatment of depression, anxiety, men’s issues, trauma, and LGBTQ issues among others. 

Life can challenge us in unexpected ways and sometimes we might need more support to find our way through. I believe therapy should offer support, compassionate space for growth, personal challenge, and hope. Dave’s approach centers on listening, communicating, and cultivating a supportive environment in which we work together to identify the challenges that get us stuck in our lives. Together, Dave’s clients will learn from their past, engage the present, and set intentions for the future.

Dave has worked and is trained in a wide variety of professional settings including residential treatment, inpatient hospitals, community outreach, and outpatient hospital programs.

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Jenille Gunter-Harlan, MS, LPC,NCC, PEL

Jenille Gunter-Harlan completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Northern Illinois University in 2001 and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling at National-Louis University in June 2020.  Jenille has many years of experience working with youth and families through the education system and in community settings.  She is extremely passionate about mental health and exudes professionalism through empathic relationships.

Jenille actively works with clients to achieve desired results of whole health goals through approaches such as but not limited to Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.  She believes it is important to use a client-centered focus to truly engage the individual(s) in effective, positive, and responsive therapy to improve interpersonal relationships and allow long-term progress and sustainable results. 

Jenille is most zealous in helping youth, adults and couples navigate their emotions, life adjustments, stress management, anxiety, and depression, etc.  She has experience with administering Risk of Harm criteria to determine suicide risk, implementing interventions, addressing social-emotional needs, and promoting career and post-high school planning.   Jenille also believes in the importance of strengthening the family unit as well as working with couples and groups.

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Bailey Behrman, MSW, LSW

Hello! My name is Bailey and I ​am a licensed social worker with a Masters degree from Loyola University Chicago. I have experience working with children (3+), specifically ages 3-7 yo. As a school social worker for the last eight years, I have worked with children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, ​attention deficit hyperactivity disorder​, selective mutism and behavior challenges.

I enjoy working with children to help them to understand their feelings and feel confident in their abilities. Using play and mindfulness, I help children with emotional regulation and social skills. It is important for me to get to know your child and what makes them happy. I strive to build rapport and establish trust through each session.

I look forward to learning more about your child’s interests and experiences while offering a warm and playful environment.

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Molly Lown, MSW, LCSW

My name is Molly Lown. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults of all ages, couples and families. I have had the pleasure of providing therapeutic services in a myriad of settings including: outpatient and inpatient behavioral health hospitals/treatment centers, mental health courts within the legal system, schools, chronic care facilities and private practice.  

I truly love working with individuals and families of all ages from varied backgrounds. My primary focus lies with individuals who are working to manage anxiety, depression, trauma, major life events, adjustments/transitions, and chronic health issues. I am skilled in addressing identity issues in connection with gender and spirituality. I am well versed in trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and utilize techniques from the Family Systems Theory and the Strengths-Based Perspective. My approach is holistic and client-focused, addressing each person in their environment, taking into consideration the multi-faceted aspects of society and our modern stressors. 

It is my sincere belief that we are social creatures who work together to express and process our emotions, navigate through life’s greatest obstacles, and create viable solutions to assist in our day-to-day lives. My ultimate goal is to provide a safe, truly therapeutic environment where I vow to take a non-judgmental stance in meeting my clients where they are and remaining dedicated to their personal growth on our journey together. I value honesty, compassion and empathic support. As a therapist, I remain mindful in my practice, encouraging and teaching mindfulness strategies as an approach to coping with daily life. If given the opportunity to work with you, I can promise an open, collaborative environment where you will always be heard. 

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James Gilbert, MS, LCPC, CADC

My name is James. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Addictions Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with 18 years of clinical experience. I work with clients aged 17 and up, and I specialize working with clients of all orientations and beliefs providing Evidenced Based Practice addressing issues with Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use Disorders, PTSD, Major Life Transitions and Acute Trauma.

My psychological approach incorporates an emphasis on effective dialogue through a series of open-ended questions and common language referred to as Motivational Interviewing. Together with the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), the combination often enhances a healthy pathway towards effecting a client’s desire to change from within. I am sensitive to each individuals strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.

My professional style is to provide clients with a firm understanding that I am there to pull alongside them as they continue with identifying and addressing barriers to overall wellness. Ongoing support maintaining the gains they have made with guidance and client-centered care are as important as the presenting problem throughout the therapeutic relationship.

As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, I have learned and possess a firm belief in the value of healthy, gainful employment or other meaningful activities as a significant component of overall wellness. I am a strong advocate to those who have placed their trust in me to guide them with their progress. I identify the incorporation of self-advocacy through self-awareness as one of my stronger qualities.

I am a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. As such, I have experience dealing with transition and developing coping skills needed to try to make the best of a potential temporary, but stressful period. My personal journey achieving wellness facilitates an added level of empathy and optimism, while concurrently exploring and addressing discrepancies in a client’s behavior in a manner in which I would want to be treated.

A simple goal I have during therapy is to have my clients reach restoration of self with the achievement of contentment in their lives.

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Charity Shaw-Moyado, MA, LCSW

My name is Charity and I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for more than 20 years. I began my career working with children and families struggling with life challenges and often dealing with depression and anxiety. I have experience with diverse populations and always seek the heart of well-being in human relationships. Through counseling, you’re able to explore your relationship with yourself and others.

I have an inherent belief that people have the solutions within themselves, and through your partnership, you will work on managing challenges so you can live a fuller life. In sessions, I use motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and strength-based counseling. My approach is very person-centered and focuses on your resourcefulness and desires. This collaboration between you and me is instrumental in helping you discover and use your strengths. I tremendously appreciate the uniqueness of each individual and avoid a 1-size-fits-all approach to counseling. I engage with clients by meeting with them on their needs and wants, putting them in the driver’s seat.

If you are struggling, feeling like you are not your usual self, or enjoying life as much as you’d like, you’d be an ideal candidate to partner with me.

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Cathi Hendricks, MSW, LCSW, EMDR

 I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with several years’ experience working with individuals and families. I have worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, private practice, college counseling, domestic violence, child welfare, substance abuse, hospital, and secondary education.

My approach to therapy is relational and systems based, meaning I consider the various people and experiences that have influenced you. I also use mindfulness with lots of humor and laughter mixed in, all while keeping you focused on your goals. I create an inclusive and safe space for individuals so that they can work towards self-awareness, self-worth, and personal growth.

I use many therapeutic techniques and collaborate with you to make sure we tailor our work together in a way that meets your needs. Learning to find your voice and your truth takes time, and I would be honored to be on that journey with you. 

I have a passion for working with:

* Late adolescence/early adults and adults from diverse backgrounds that are experiencing a wide variety of concerns. I enjoy working with concerns related to anxiety, depression, relationships, family issues, and trauma. I am especially passionate about working with individuals from the LGBTQ+ community, including those who are exploring their gender identity. I also have extensive experience in working with and advocating for neurodiverse adults, especially those with autism spectrum disorder.

* Neurodiverse adults that have concerns with executive function skills, life skills, social communication, self-advocacy, and more. I find it important for someone to understand their strengths, not just their deficits in a neurotypical world.

* Individuals that have experienced early childhood trauma or recent trauma. When working with trauma survivors, I help them to understand how those experiences might influence their current ways of thinking about themselves and others, and work toward helping them break patterns that are holding them back. For some trauma survivors, I use a technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This technique requires an extra certification, which I have, and can help lessen the emotional distress associated with traumatic memories. 

 

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Stephanie Wollert, MA, LPC

Hi, my name is Stephanie and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hold a MA in Counseling from Northwestern University and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Aurora University.

My priority is to first create a comfortable environment that is safe, welcoming of all and free of any judgment. I provide a space with warmth, empathy, and humor as I believe these are all important factors within the counseling relationship.

Counseling should be a place where you can come as you are and know that you are strong and worthy even in your darkest hour and lowest moments. I understand what it is like to spend days just surviving and trying to keep your head above water. Please know that you do not have to walk this journey alone and that it would be an honor to walk beside you and help you overcome the past, enjoy the present and create a healthier and happier future. 

I am passionate about working with adolescents, adults, couples and those in the LQBTQIA+ community. I also enjoy working with poly-relationships and families. My experiences encompass supporting those who fight mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mood disorders. I also have experience working with those who have experienced loss, trauma, shame, sexual abuse, parenting struggles and challenges related to foster care/adoption. I recognize that no two people have the same experience. I will make sure to tailor our counseling sessions with methods that specifically meet your needs.

I utilize various techniques, including but not limited to, Holistic Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Holographic Memory Resolution, Strengths Based Methods, biofeedback and meditation.

I want to hear your story and to create a plan together that promotes well-being, healing and self-acceptance.

“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”   -Brene’ Brown

 

 

 

 

 

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Wynne Lacey, QMHP, Certified Professional Coach

My name is Wynne Lacey, and I am thrilled ot have the opportunity to provide you with guidance with personal, marital, parenting or family challenges. I partner with individuals (ages 11 and older), families and couples, as well as lead self-improvement groups, as both a therapist and professional coach.

My objective is to meet clients where the are and address a myriad of life challenges to improve my clients’ well-being and fulfillment.  My clients’ challenges range from feeling overwhelming anxiety and depression, relationship issues, tween/teen pressures of growing up feeling different from societal norms, parenting, women’s issues, spiritual/existential crises, low self-esteem, sports performance and psychology, and suicidal ideation.  I utilize and integrate a variety of therapeutic and professional coaching modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Reality Therapy, Choice Theory, Client-Centered, and Strengths-Based approaches.

I first learned and practiced in the mental wellness field with the employees of my sports entertainment business to offset the pressures of performing in the public eye. Now outside of the sports arena, I make it a priority to share a variety of mental health practices with others, no matter where they are on their wellness journey. 

How does it work to be both a therapist and coach? I compare it to my life in sports. As a seasoned coach, I understand how to empower a person to drive towards their peak performance. But I can also recognize when an injured athlete is limping off the field so they can nurse themselves back to health. Sometimes an injury is chronic and needs long-term care; other times it’s just a pulled muscle that needs some quick TLC.  

Because I am a coach at heart, when we first meet I most likely will believe in you more than you believe in yourself. I see that as my purpose in life; to hold a happy, peaceful, and successful version of you in my mind until you walk away with that same vision or something even better!

I look forward to partner with you in your journey to greater mental wellness, life direction and personal contentment!

 

 

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Susan Riley, MS, LCPC, EMDR

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Over the past 15 years I have been able to enhance my understanding of trauma with training as an EMDR practitioner. In addition, I have done work with anxiety and depression issues, navigating grief and loss, and other stress-related issues. Using a cognitive behavioral and emotional approach with a systems framework is the foundation of my therapeutic style. 

I completed my Masters in Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University and as an intern and a new counselor I specialized in trauma and co-occurring disorders. I also completed domestic violence training some years ago and have worked with women who have had to deal with this issue, sometimes when they are still living with the abusive partner.

Counseling is a tremendous collaborative effort between the counselor and the client. The process is one of gathering memories, impressions, core beliefs, and gaining an understanding of the individual systems which the client has navigated, often from a very early age.

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Saadia Baig, MS, LPC, CCTP, C-DBT

I am a Licensed Clinical Counselor, LPC with several years of experience working  with adolescents, adults, and couples. I have provided care  in a variety of therapeutic settings including, Private practice, Outpatient, Inpatient, and Community Counseling.  I most often work with individuals (ranging from 11 years+) and couples. I mostly work with individuals who have an Eating Disorder, overcoming depression, anxiety, trauma, Post-Partum, and life adjustment-transition issues.

I am a Certified-Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and a Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Professional (CDBT). My therapeutic orientation is eclectic and I provide counseling from various theoretical orientations: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Client-Centered. I am a bilingual therapist and can provide therapy in both Urdu and Hindi as well.

I believe that everyone has a unique story and life.  My goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for individuals in which they begin to work towards experiencing cohesiveness and personal growth. I enjoy working from foundations inlaid in both compassion and empathy. As a therapist, I am mindful of others’ needs, unique multicultural related issues, and spirituality.

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Meagan Sherman-Sporrong, MA
LPC, MDiv

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor serving the Chicagoland area through telehealth therapy. I have experience as a therapist in groups and individual settings with all age groups from toddler to elderly, including: anxiety, depression, couples work, life transitions, behavioral and family therapy with children on the autism spectrum and expectant grief counseling. Prior to returning to school I received a Masters in Divinity (MDiv) and became a pastor in 2009. Serving congregations all over the Chicagoland area from as far south as Tinley Park to the western regions of Aurora and throughout the city I met and worked with an array of populations and in a variety of settings. These experiences along with living in Eastern Europe in the early 2000s shaped my approach to counseling and working with clients. Each person I met is unique and has their own story. I am a counselor because I want to help people rebuild their lives when their world no longer makes sense, help people discover new ways of solving life problems, to help people repair the hard and broken places in their hearts, and to help them improve the important relationships in their lives.

While I draw from many counseling methods to help people change their lives, I primarily focus on family systems and use CBT and DBT among other approaches to help the client build tools. For those who are interested, I am able to offer a spiritual focus to the session and can provide pastoral counseling for those seeking a religious approach to their therapy.

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Will Dorion, QMHP

Hello! My name is Will, and have a deep passion for working with children, teens, and young adults. Specifically, I work with those struggling with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Behavior Issues, Blended Families and Adoption. While I utilize many therapeutic methods depending on my client’s needs, I often use a client-centered approach to therapy which means that my clients will experience empathetic understanding, positive regard, and a warm/trusting relationship. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is crucial to success and I will approach each client with curiosity, kindness, and a non-judgmental attitude.

Life can be challenging especially during uncertain times like this year, but we can work together to explore, gain a deeper understanding of life’s struggles, process, and develop a plan to help move forward. 

I look forward to being a passenger on your journey to personal growth!

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Cathy Piehl, MA, LMSW

I am an LMSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois in Chicago. I mainly work with children and their families. I am a mom of three boys and came from a family of ten children so I know how important family is to development and wellness. Previous to working with individuals and families, I volunteered in the community utilizing my community organization skills. For the past seven years, I worked in a school setting. Due to the many forms of childhood trauma, I have been certified as a Trauma Practitioner in Education and trained in restorative practices.

I have also been certified in Active Parenting, helping parents create a strength-based approach to discipline. I utilize evidenced-based practices and meet each individual where they are. I believe in looking at all factors that affect a child’s development, ensuring all resources of value can be utilized effectively. I have extensive experience working with children dealing with grief, trauma, school refusal, ADHD, ASD, ODD, DMDD and various levels of anxiety and depression.

 

 

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Jack Kane, MSW, LCSW, CADC

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Addictions Counselor, with several years of experience working with clients to overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, grief & loss, men’s issues, family challenges, major life transitions, addictions and co-occurring issues. I have been a community provider of mental health services in the Naperville, IL community for many years in a multitude of mental wellness settings.

I most often work with individuals (ages 12+) and families struggling with a range of personal and interpersonal growth challenges.

I practice from an integrative perspective, often taking pieces from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I also strive to integrate an existential approach to recovery clients using mindfulness practice and Compassion Focused Therapy, with clients. 

I love to play ice hockey, am a lifetime Chicago Blackhawks fan, and grateful for supportive family, and two dogs that help me “live in the present moment.” 

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