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.

Carolyn Boyer, L.C.P.C.

Carolyn Boyer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience in treating anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life-adjustments, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Carolyn has experience working with a variety of client populations and enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults.

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.

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

Carolyn Schoenbeck is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Carolyn uses an integrative approach to address the best possible solutions by utilizing evidence-based practices and techniques including ACT and DBT. She works with adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples. Her specialties include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body image, self-esteem issues, trauma and PTSD, sex and intimacy issues, and life transitions. Carolyn utilizes a collaborative approach to promote change and liberation. She is also pursuing her PhD in Counseling Education and supervision.

Benjamin Cowell, L.C.S.W.

Benjamin Cowell is a Licensed Social worker. He received his Master's degree in Social Work from the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago. Benjamin has previous experience working in community behavioral health and hospital settings, providing individual outpatient therapy, crisis intervention, and case management services. He works with children, adolescents, and adults utilizing evidenced based treatments grounded in cognitive behavioral techniques, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, ACT interventions, and DBT skills. Benjamin is committed to identifying and implementing an individualized approach for each client to support them in achieving their therapeutic goals. He has experience working with a wide variety of disorders and with severe mental illness. Benjamin's specialties include working with depression, anxiety, trauma, and LGBTQ+ individuals. In therapy, he enjoys collaborating with clients to strengthen their insight, identify their goals, and create concrete action plans to facilitate change.

Samantha Kovac, Master's Level Intern

Samantha is a licensed professional counselor intern. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from North Central College and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University. Samantha uses a collaborative approach to help clients build healthy boundaries and coping skills to live and maintain a healthy, productive life. She uses a client-centered approach with cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness interventions to address identified stressors. Samantha works with clients 13 and older, with a specialty in adolescents and teenagers. Samantha’s treatment specialties include anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress management, self-esteem, school issues, disordered eating, and body image.

While Samantha is an LPC intern, she is and will remain a full time therapist upon licensure from the state in the coming months



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