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About

Our Staff

At Zaborac Counseling Group, Doreen hand selected our team of clinicians that is comprised of counselors, social workers, psychologists, and a psychiatrist.  Our clinicians have extensive training and experience and come from diverse career backgrounds allowing us to provide quality, effective treatment for anyone in need.  We are proud to introduce to you our clinicians.  We welcome your requests for specific counselors and will help you to select a clinician who is a perfect fit for you.

Ashley Zaborac, M.A., L.C.P.C., Counselor, Family Mediator, Director of  Operations & Program Development 
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    Ashley is a licensed clinical professional counselor who received her Masters of Arts in Community Counseling from Governors State University. Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude from this CACREP accredited counseling program in 2013 and has worked in private practice since that time.
     Ashley has experience working with children, teenagers, adults, seniors, groups, and couples. She has worked with diverse populations dealing with issues concerning anxiety, depression, relationships, life transitions, parenting, grief, stress management, divorce recovery, anger management, and addictions. Further, Ashley facilitates groups for college and high school students.  Ashley has years of experience working with court involved clients including family and divorce mediation, reunification, high conflict co-parenting training, and therapeutic supervised visitation.
     Ashley's theoretical approach is rooted in reality therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. She utilizes a goal-oriented approach with a focus on establishing a strong rapport with clients in a safe and nurturing atmosphere that promotes growth through support and therapeutic interventions.  Aside from Ashley's dedication to her counseling practice, she loves spending time with family, hiking in the mountains of Tennessee, music, writing, and sketching.

Lindsey Folk, M.A., LC.P.C., Child & Adolescent Counselor
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   Lindsey is a licensed professional counselor, specializing in children and adolescents. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Illinois State University. Lindsey conducted psychological research at ISU, including children’s perceptions of peers diagnosed with ADHD. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Lewis University, specializing in children and adolescent counseling. While attending Lewis, Lindsey completed both a practicum and internship at a local non-for profit agency. 
     Lindsey is highly trained and experienced in working with children, adolescents, families, and adults, both in individual and group settings. She uses the most up-to-date and effective behavioral therapy when treating childhood disorders and life problems. Lindsey uses play therapy in addition to behavioral therapy with children, in order to create a positive atmosphere for her young clients. Lindsey works closely with parents to effectively treat symptoms and create an atmosphere within child’s home that is conducive to the child’s progression. When working with adults, Lindsey’s eclectic therapy approach is tailored to each client’s specific life problems and symptoms. She’s experienced in treating anxiety, depression, job difficulties, interpersonal issues, anger management, stress management, and life transitions. 
     Lindsey is passionate about helping her clients and enjoys helping those through difficult life transitions. She takes pleasure in running an Expressive Arts group for children at the practice. Children use art and creativity to promote social skills, enhance personal growth, and express their own unique qualities and characteristics. Lindsey resides in the south suburbs with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

Dr. Pamela Castellanos, Ed. D., L.C.P.C., N.C.C., Psychologist
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      Pamela is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She earned her Master’s Degree from Governor's State University, and her doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She has over ten years experience teaching graduate counseling students and supervising counseling interns in a variety of mental health and school settings. She has worked extensively with college students who are coping with personal, academic, and career issues. 
     Pamela is person-centered and integrative in her counseling approach, and enjoys working with a variety of adolescent and adult clients who may be facing various problems and challenges with living effectively in personal, relational and career domains. She values understanding and working with individuals in an environmental and lifespan development context, and in assisting them with making positive changes in their lives. Additionally, she specializes in treating individuals with anxiety disorders and depression. 
     Her doctoral dissertation explores the experiences of single professional women and their attitudes about singleness and marriage, and women’s issues and concerns continue to be special counseling and research interests.

Larry Ehretsman, M.S. Ed., L.C.P.C., Counselor
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     Larry is a licensed clinical professional counselor with 25 years of experience helping a wide range of clients facing important life and career decisions. He has served as a graduate level adjunct professor at St. Xavier University training community and school counselors, teachers, and administrators since 1989. He has been a high school counselor and an elementary school principal. 
     Larry is experienced in working with adolescents and adults, individuals and couples, and with clients facing medical and aging issues. His therapeutic style is tailored to each client's specific concerns, seeking to provide needed support in challenging times. He has experience in treating interpersonal issues, job difficulties, grief and loss, spirituality, stress management, life transitions, and career decisions. He has provided parent effectiveness training in a group setting. 
     Larry has presented at National and State Conferences on topics related to providing support for students and career development. He provides consulting services to high schools focused on improving the quality of service to students experiencing a range of problems.

Cynthia Blindauer, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Social Worker
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     Cindy is a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was enrolled in the advanced placement program. 
     Cindy has experience in working with children, adolescents, families and groups in various settings. She has worked with clients referred by the Illinois Department of Family Services (DCFS) due to physical abuse, sexual abuse, need for anger management and to improve parenting skills. She has treated issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma (PTSD) and behavior disorders. 
     Cindy uses a goal-oriented approach to empower clients and help them experience a sense of accomplishment as they make progress toward decreasing problematic symptoms. She believes this is accomplished by assessing the triggers of those symptoms and then learning to implement healthy coping strategies. During the initial assessment, information regarding family history is gathered in order to obtain a complete client evaluation. A treatment plan is then developed to facilitate the most effective strategies for reaching goals.

Dr. Dick T. Cole, Ph.D., L.C.P.C., Psychologist
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HAPPY RETIREMENT DR. COLE!  We are honored to have been a part of your career journey, and we appreciate your dedication over the years.  Thank you for the difference you made to us and to all of the clients that you have helped during your career.  You are now and will always be a part of our office family.  Best of luck in your retirement.  We wish you many years of making wonderful memories with family and indulging in all of the things you love.  You deserve it!  

-The Staff at Zaborac Counseling

Mary Vasquez-Hansen, M.A., L.C.P.C., Counselor
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      Mary is a licensed clinical professional counselor and National Certified Counselor. She earned her Master's degree from Governors State University in Illinois, a CACREP accredited school in counseling. She also holds a second Master's Degree in Public Administration. She is a member of the Illinois Counseling Association, and the Illinois Mental Health Association for Certified Counselors. She is a certified EMDR practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). Mary received a divorce mediation certification from Northwestern University in Chicago and is a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Alliance. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has worked with various ethnic groups and diverse populations. 
     Mary has experience working in a foster care residential environment with teens and their families. She also has experience working in a domestic violence agency and an alternative school for high school students with behavioral disorders. Mary specializes in issues related to depression, anxiety, abuse, conflict in relationships and teens (e.g., suicide, self-injury, abuse, and trauma). She has also worked with couples related to premarital issues, and separation/divorce. Mary has extensive experience in group work with teens, victims of domestic violence, (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, relationship and divorce recovery. 
     Mary's approach is genuine, filled with compassion, and insight and action oriented. Her goal is to uncover obstacles and impediments that may be causing emotional pain, and hindering personal growth. She utilizes a client centered approach to identify and target client goals specific to the client’s issues or concerns. Her belief is that it is possible to uncover core issues that are most troubling to a new patient in order to design a treatment plan and provide a sense of hope in the first session. When appropriate, she incorporates EMDR techniques and yoga therapeutic interventions including breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation, as well as a yoga practice customized to the client’s needs in order to alleviate specific symptoms; for example low back pain caused by anxiety or depression.

Dr. Lonn Wolf, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
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    Dr. Wolf received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yale University and has been in private practice for over 35 years. He works with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couple, and family formats utilizing an eclectic array of treatment techniques to accommodate the specific needs of each case. In addition to anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues, he has considerable experience working with complications related to separation or divorce and can provide mediation or psychotherapy in these situations, particularly where children are involved. 
     Dr. Wolf has been a clinical supervisor of graduate students for 30 years and currently provides supervision for practicing professionals. 
     Dr. Wolf will take new clients, but has limited availability.

Kelly Ketelaar, M.A., L.P.C.

Kelly is a licensed professional counselor who received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University. Kelly has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, seniors, couples and families in both individual and group settings. She has worked with various populations dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, relationships, life transitions, trauma, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, phobias and substance abuse. Kelly also has extensive knowledge and experience in fitness, personal training and nutrition coaching.

 

Kelly’s approach to therapy is unique to each individual and she believes that a solid therapeutic relationship is more important than any particular treatment approach in producing the best results in therapy. Kelly invites her clients to uncover a clearer understanding of their feelings and behaviors, and helps them to feel safe, comfortable, and to establish trust, not only with her, but with themselves. Her goal is to help her clients explore options and potential solutions and find what works for them, at their pace. Kelly is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy, which works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. 

Laura Latocha, M.A., L.C.P.C., Counselor

      Laura is a licensed clinical professional counselor with over fifteen years of experience in the field. She earned her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Governors State University. She has worked in a variety of counseling settings which include community mental health, child care institutions, and private practice.

After working in various settings with a wide range of clients, Laura discovered her true passion is providing help and hope to preteens/adolescents as they face unique struggles during this special time in their lives. She also assists people of all ages develop the ability to apply their strengths toward reaching life improvement goals. Laura has worked with individuals, couples, and families with issues regarding anxiety, depression, grief/loss, self-harm, gender spectrum, relationships, understanding family dynamics and more.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, reality therapy and relational therapy are the approaches which have resonated the most with Laura. Easing the burdens of others is what drives her work ethic. She will provide a safe, comfortable environment. The inherit intensity of therapy is balanced with humor. Art therapy tends to play a part in healing for those interested. Laura weaves mindfulness and improvement of self-concept into most plans because she believes if we are aware of all we have to be grateful for and if we are feeling good about ourselves, we are more apt to follow through with making positive changes.

Chloe Cooper, M.A., L.C.P.C., Counselor
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      Chloe Cooper is a licensed clinical professional counselor who has been in a private practice for 5 years. Her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology graduate degree is from Governors State University. Chloe graduated with honors from this nationally acclaimed program in 2017, and has continued to serve as a counselor to children, teens, adolescents, and their families in the Lincoln-Way community. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association.

      Chloe has extensive experience working with families, teenagers, children and adolescents. She works with various populations dealing with issues concerning depression, anxiety disorders, life transitions, parenting, mood disorders, grief and loss, spirituality, divorce, self-harm, and stress management. Chloe has worked at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center as a Behavioral Health Specialist for 3 years, treating various disorders in young girls and women with co-occurring disorders. Chloe has also completed post graduate training in becoming an anxiety disorder specialist (CCATP) by completing 21 hours of advanced training in treating anxiety related disorders. 

      Chloe’s theoretical approach comes from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Chloe has also become a trained Animal Assisted Therapy provider. Chloe provides Animal Assisted therapy with her corgi, Oakley, who is certified as a Therapy Dog by Therapy Dogs International’s (TDI) accreditation program. She believes in meeting a client where they are at and treating the client at their individual speed and comfort. She believes in providing clients with a safe, nurturing environment that will promote healing and instill hope. 

Mindy Eastling, M.A., L.C.P.C., L.M.H.C., Counselor
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Mindy holds dual licensure to practice counseling in both Indiana (LMHC) and Illinois (LCPC).  She received her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Governors State University.  Her bachelor's degree in psychology was received in 2014 from Purdue University Calumet.  Ongoing professional affiliations include accreditation by the Illinois Counseling Association and American Counseling Association.

Mindy's approach to therapy is unique to each individual.  She utilizes evidenced-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Play Therapy, and Family Therapy.  Mindy works with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couples, and family counseling. Mindy has a natural ability to connect with her clients and establish trusting relationships to set the stage for clients to reach their full potential.  

Katie DeMent, M.A., L.P.C., Counselor
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Katie received her master's degree from Adler University in Chicago.  Katie also holds a degree in elementary education.  After completing her undergraduate degree in education, Katie's love for learning and her desire to help people led her to completing her masters degree in counseling.

Katie provides counseling for adolescents and adults in individual, couple, family, and group formats.  Her therapeutic approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while integrating tools and interventions from a wide variety of approaches.  Katie is always studying and learning about the newest evidenced based treatments to integrate into her work with clients. Katie provides her clients with a comfortable, nurturing environment to promote progress and growth by building a working relationship with each individual.  Katie is passionate about helping her clients reach their goals and utilizes her creativity to establish treatment plans that are tailored to meet her unique clients' needs. Katie is a skilled counselor who treats clients on a broad spectrum of mental health needs including anxiety, stress, life transition, depression, panic disorders, phobias, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, and struggles with education and career.

Trish Fee, M.A., L.C.P.C., Counselor
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Trish has a passion for helping people become the best version of themselves and to work through challenges that they are experiencing in their lives.  Trish is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, personality disorders, grief and loss, divorce reactions, self-esteem issues, stress, issues related to life transitions, school issues, peer relationship issues, family conflict, parenting, women issues, body image, weight loss issues as well as working with couples and families to transform relationship wounds into meaningful partnerships.

 

Prior to becoming a counselor, Trish worked extensively with adolescents in the school system with my Masters of Arts degree as a Learning Behavior Specialist.  Trish completed her internship at Northwestern Medicine providing individual and group therapy to adults in an outpatient setting who struggled with various types of mental health disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar I and II Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Alcohol/Substance Use Disorder. She believes in utilizing various types of therapy methods that are most appropriate for each client. I often utilize Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy.  We are all a work in progress. Trish would love for you to share your story with her so that she can support you in your goals and empower you to become resilient in all aspects of your life.  

Mary Cherullo, L.C.S.W., Social Worker
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Mary believes that when life becomes unfocused, or the weight of stress too much to carry, it is the resilient who seek clarity and work to better distribute the weight. It is the evolutionary elite who are able to view change and stress as an opportunity for growth and adaptation. Mary's approach in her clinical practice guides clients to identify their opportunities for growth and adaptation and to work through life's challenges to achieve a well-balanced, optimal life.

 

With more than 18 years of clinical experience, Mary offers a client-centered therapy, with a foundation built on empathy and unconditional positive self regard. She uses a well balanced knowledge of Strengths Perspective, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic

Theories to provide assessment, planning, and facilitation of progress towards a calm, balanced, life perspective and attainment of desired goals

 

It is important to Mary that clients feel comfortable sharing their life story, perspective, and goals, at the pace they set, with some appropriate encouragement and therapeutic challenges when necessary.  Mary's versatility in working with a diverse population of all ages and her skills in a wide variety of client issues allow her to meet her clients' needs by creating an individually tailored plan aimed at reaching each unique goal.

Don Kronenberg, L.C.S.W., Social Worker

Don Kronenberg is in his 42nd year in the mental health field (as of 2023), with 34 of those years having been in a private practice setting. Don graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from North Central College in Naperville, and his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Don initially spent 10 years working in psychiatric hospitals and then 27 years in schools, while concurrently working in private practice. Don was also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor for 36 years.

 

Don works with both younger and older adults starting at age 18, and continues to work with addictions such as alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, sex, etc., as well as anxiety, depression, and general stress management. Don is Gottman Method trained and also works with couples on relationship issues. Don’s theoretical approach is reality based, client centered, brief, and solution focused, utilizing strategies such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and general mindfulness and healthy mind/body approaches.

 

Don is a strong believer in the research showing that the quality of the client/therapist relationship is a significant factor in achieving a successful outcome.

Please see some of Don’s blogs elsewhere on this website for more on his theoretical approach.

In his free-time, Don and his wife enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and golfing, as well as traveling with a goal of visiting all the nations National Parks!

Mary Beth Lunter, L.C.S.W., Social Worker

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Mary Beth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from Governors State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Children, Families and Aging and a Master’s Degree in Holistic Practices. Mary Beth has a Certificate in Mindfulness for Social Work and is a Certified Grief Informed Professional.

Mary Beth is passionate about helping children, adolescents, adults and seniors.  While working in hospice Mary Beth provided counseling for clients and families experiencing grief, anxiety and depression and helped them manage end of life decisions and family dynamics. Mary Beth supported her clients and family members as they navigated challenges and concerns due to aging such as decline in health and cognition, loss of independence, financial concerns, and exploring options for long term care while working in Senior Social Services.  Mary Beth ran a support group for children who experienced domestic violence and provided counseling to the woman receiving services at a Domestic Violence Shelter.

Mary Beth’s treatment goal is to meet clients where they are; to provide a safe and comfortable environment, establish rapport, help clients meet their unique needs and goals and to promote personal growth and positive life experience. Mary Beth’s theoretical approach is holistic; mind, body, spirit, person-centered and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness techniques.

In Mary Beth’s free time she enjoys spending time with family, her boyfriend, friends and her dog Oliver and Cat Bella; being outdoors especially hiking in the forest preserves and working in her garden; travelling and practicing mindfulness. One of Mary Beth’s goals is to visit all of the National Parks.

Dr. Jorge E. Fernald, Psychiatrist
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Dr. Fernald is Board Certified both in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as General Psychiatry. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology at the College of the University of Chicago. He went on to complete his medical degree at Rush Medical College at The Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center. He studied General Psychiatry at The Loyola University Medical Center and completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at the Lurie Children’s Hospital Northwestern University Program. 
     Dr. Fernald has been practicing Psychiatry for more than 20 years. His practice includes but is not limited to ADHD, anxiety disorders, Autism, mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression as well as psychotic disorders. Dr. Fernald has helped countless clients improve their lives through his thoughtful and competent medication management which is achieved by taking the time to truly listen to his patients and work with them to make decisions in their medication treatment plans. Not only does Dr. Fernald prescribe medication, but he also provides his patients with recommendations to improve their quality of life in conjunction with medication.  He is a valuable and highly esteemed member of our team who provides an invaluable service for clients in need.

Our Amazing Office Staff

Debby Johnson, Office Manager

Nicole Hughes, Office Assistant

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