Meet our Team

Kathleen Irving, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathleen Irving is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over twenty-five years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Irving specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, chronic health issues, disability, relationship issues, addiction, grief and loss issues, life transitions and women's issues. Her therapeutic style is interactive and direct, while her goal is to help people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs find solutions to personal, relational, and family problems.

In addition to her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Irving has a Master's Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. She is also the founder of Irving & Associates in Behavioral Health.

Oliva O'Hare, L.C.S.W.

Olivia O'Hare is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Substance Abuse Professional with over eleven years of experience in the field of social work. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master's degree in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Olivia has worked in a variety of settings, including: community based, private practice and hospitals. She was trained in evidenced based treatments with children and adolescents focusing on cognitive behavioral techniques, behavior modification and parent support. Olivia focuses on seeing the strengths in a client and helping her client's reach their best functioning. Her specialties include first responders, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

In addition, Olivia is certified as a Substance Abuse Professional through the Illinois Department of Transportation. She can provide SAP assessments, work assessments, violence risk assessments, and drug and alcohol assessments.

Dana Hall, L.C.P.C.

Dana L. Hall, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, has over a decade of diverse clinical experience with an approach to therapy that centers on an empathetic, transparent, and strength-based counseling style. Before entering private practice she worked for several of the top therapeutic treatment facilities, served as a crisis management specialist, professional consultant, educator, and supervisor. She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotion Focused Therapy, ACT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems Theory; which are adjusted and tailored to fit each client's needs and goals. Her specialties include assisting clients and families coping with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma recovery, gender issues, and relational issues in removing self-imposed obstacles, and making healthier choices, while navigating life and relationships more effectively. "Everyday is your chance to make your life what you would like it to be."

Carolyn Boyer, M.S., L.P.C.

Carolyn Boyer, MS, LPC is a masters-level clinical therapist who received her graduate degree in clinical psychology from Benedictine University. Carolyn's previous clinical work includes individual outpatient counseling, in which she developed expertise in treating anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life-stressors/transitions, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Carolyn has experience working with a variety of client populations and enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults.

In addition, Carolyn also specializes in the treatment of chronic pain management for individuals suffering from chronic conditions, in which she implements a comprehensive, individualized program targeting specific areas to improve quality of life and promote well-being. Chronic pain not only impacts physical functioning, but can result in an accumulation of losses that leads to suffering on multiple levels. With therapeutic interventions for chronic pain, Carolyn has developed a program that takes advantage of the way our brain processes pain in order to retrain the brain to manage painful episodes to improve well-being and promote resiliency to cope with chronic conditions.

Carolyn believes in strength-based counseling, in which individual strengths and resources are nurtured and utilized to facilitate well-being and client collaboration to promote and achieve personal goals. Her framework favors a cognitive approach with behavioral, mindfulness, and psychodynamic interventions to address specific areas of distress. Therapy entails a safe, non-judgmental environment, which Carolyn works hard to foster during the therapeutic relationship, and welcomes the privilege of walking alongside others to facilitate individual goals.

Amy Guertin, L.C.P.C.

Amy Guertin is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and professor at two local colleges. She has over 20 years of experience providing individual, family and couples counseling. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of behavioral health settings; including private practice, in-home family therapy, community organizations and hospitals. In addition to being a psychotherapist and professor, Amy is currently working towards her Ph.D. Her combined experience as a therapist and psychology professor allows her the opportunity to offer her clients a unique perspective, which combines both the theoretical as well as the practical application of psychology.

Amy's goal for therapy is to provide an environment that allows each of her client's to feel accepted and empowered.

Araceli M. Avila, L.C.P.C., C.A.D.C.

Araceli M. Avila, LCPC, CADC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor, a certified alcohol and drug counselor, certified in school counseling from Northern Illinois University, in addition to a qualified counselor in the use of Experiential Therapy. Araceli has a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Masters in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in Chicago. Araceli is married and a mother of three young children.

Araceli integrates her knowledge of education and mental health to empower families and children in teaching problem-solving skills to overcome personal struggles and working towards obtaining positive home and school experiences. Araceli's knowledge and experience in working with high-risk substance using youth allows her to provide your child and family with quality care and services to help alleviate the stress this can cause on all family members.

Araceli provides individual and couples therapy to overcome personal obstacles and improve relationships. Using clinical techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Client-Centered approaches she personalizes treatment to fit the client's specific needs. Araceli assists clients in implementing solution-focused tools to obtain overall therapeutic success.

Araceli has worked with many clients over a decade, and has worked in multiple settings, such as community mental health agencies, intensive outpatient centers, and in private practice. Araceli offers family, couples, LGBTQI and individual therapy; she specializes in working with anxiety, ADHD, depression, PTSD/Trauma, and relationship concerns. Research shows that using unhealthy coping skills can cause both emotional and physical stress. Araceli is passionate in her work to help clients learn healthy coping skills and improve ones overall well-being and find their way in life.

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