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Amanda Elliott is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who joined M&A in 2015. Amanda specializes in treating PTSD/trauma, depression/mood disorders, anxiety, eating disorders, and OCD. She is also skilled in addressing the challenges of life transitions, relationships, body image, self-esteem, personal growth and issues of sexuality, spirituality and gender. Her approach is client-centered, creative and collaborative. Amanda seeks to create a therapeutic environment where clients feel heard, validated and understood. Amanda is also a certified Yoga and Meditation instructor and may incorporate meditation/mindfulness-based practices into client treatment when welcomed and appropriate.
Amanda began working in the mental health field in 1998 and has provided services in the following settings: outpatient behavioral health centers (hospital-affiliated and community-based), employee assistance and behavioral health managed care programs, nonprofit organizations, and residential and transitional living centers. She has experience working with individuals, couples, families, teens, children and groups.
Amanda obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences from Northern Illinois University in 2004 and a Master’s degree in Social Work (with a concentration in clinical mental health) from Loyola University Chicago in 2009. She is a member of The National Association of Social Workers and The Yoga Alliance.
Jami Kolonski is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC). She joined Marks and Associates in 2017. She feels therapy works best when clients come first and believes in creating a safe and nurturing therapeutic atmosphere. Jami meets the clients where they are in life and works with them to create a collaborative treatment approach. Jami is a registered Yoga instructor and uses yoga, mindfulness, and meditation techniques when it is useful for treatment and welcomed by the client.
Jami has over ten years of experience working with adolescents, adults and families and specializes in depression, anxiety, Autism Spectrum issues, grief, and substance use. She has worked in a variety of settings: including therapeutic day school, private practice, and inpatient behavioral health units.
Jami graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2003 and earned her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has certified training through the Grief Recovery Method and is a member of Yoga Alliance.
Alex Raske is a recent graduate from Adler University and joined M&A in 2017. Alex specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, self-injury, sport and health, and athletes. She works best with children, adolescents, and adults.
Alex has wide-ranging professional experience, most recently working for a behavioral health hospital providing daily individual therapy for inpatient children, adolescents, and adults, in addition to facilitating group therapy and completely child and adult trauma assessments. She worked as a sport psychology consultant intern at a NAIA college, providing individual and group session’s geared towards optimal performance and issues most aligned to Men’s Baseball and Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field athletes. Alex completed an internship at a homeless shelter where she assisted clients with homelessness prevention and the development of a physical activity program for residents. In addition, she completed an internship at a domestic violence crisis center where she assisted clients with acquiring housing, clothing, and transportation, as well as supervising children and leading group therapy.
Alex graduated in 2015 from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, MN with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and minor in Public Relations. She earned her Master's Degree in Counseling with a specialization in Sport and Health Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, IL in 2017.
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Dave Marks is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and founded Marks & Associates in 2000. Dave specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and phobias, depression, trauma, grief/loss, relationship concerns, and related issues. Dave works with individual adults and couples, and offers group therapy. Dave also has extensive experience with management consultation and training.
Dave joined the Chicago Blackhawks organization in 2016 as the team's Mental Skills Coach focusing on sports performance and player development. Prior to starting his private practice, Dave worked with an employee assistance program (EAP) for a local Fortune 500 company where he provided brief therapy, training, management consultation and research services. Dave has specialty training in exposure and response prevention to treat anxiety, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR Level II) to treat trauma and other disorders. Dave is currently active with the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), and is on an immediate response medical team that is dispatched during crises resulting from natural and manmade disasters.
Dave earned his Masters of Psychology from Finch University Health Sciences/ Chicago Medical School in 1996, and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas in Houston, TX.
Chris Connolly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and joined M&A in 2012. Chris is also certified by the State of Illinois as a School Social Worker and School Counselor. He has worked with a youth population and families on a variety of issues. Included in these issues are blended families, divorce, depression, anxiety, parenting and school related matters. Chris is also well versed in working through situations with individual adults and also couples.
Before working with Marks and Associates, Chris has spent time as an EAP Counselor and Care Manager in Chicago. During that time, he kept a private practice office on the northwest side of the city. He has also worked in neighborhood and therapeutic schools as well as residential treatment centers.
Chris completed his undergraduate work at Loyola University in 1994, studying psychology and social work. He went on to complete his Masters in Social Work at Jane Addams School on the University of Illinois Chicago campus in 1997. At UIC, Chris had two subject concentrations: one in mental health and the other in schools. Later on, in 2007 he completed a certification in school counseling at Northern Illinois University.
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Carrie Parks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and joined M&A in 2017. Carrie is passionate about supporting adults and children who are facing life challenges, skill deficits, or are seeking improved insight and mental health. Carrie most recently has worked with children ranging in age from 3-18 years old; addressing concerns associated with ADHD diagnoses and behaviors, anger management and low frustration tolerance, anxiety, OCD, depression, difficulties with socialization and familial relational concerns. Previously, Carrie focused her work primarily on helping adults. Her work centered on improved insight, symptom management, root causes of negative coping behaviors, relational difficulties, skill deficits in daily living and identification of distorted thought patterns and psychoeducation. Carrie comfortably works with adults and children as individuals, as well as with families and couples.
Carrie utilizes a client centered, strengths based approach; incorporating problem solving, cognitive behavioral work and creative expression, while maintaining a focus on the importance of the mind/body connection. Carrie has a specific interest in the factors that lead to improved resilience in clients, and often uses this as a roadmap to refer to throughout treatment. Self-described as a playful and compassionate therapist, Carrie appreciates the use of humor and identifies her greatest strength as within her ability to foster mutual respect and trust. She has found this to be the most useful tool in a therapeutic relationship, believing that the best work grows organically from there.
Carrie graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in 1999, and enjoyed a life in Seattle for many years before changing her career path to include social work. Carrie attended Loyola University Chicago, receiving her Masters in Social Work in 2010.
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Kevin Ball is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC). Kevin joined Marks & Associations in 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience working with adults and adolescents who have co-occurring disorders and substance abuse related issues. Kevin utilizes a strength-based individual supportive approach to life stressors, family conflict, and behavioral issues, as well as other disorders. Kevin has extensive experience working with the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems, drug courts, the State Health and Human Services systems, and the local school systems.
Prior to working at M&A, Kevin worked at the Department of Corrections and with hospital-based outpatient substance abuse treatment programs; providing individual and group therapy for his clients. Kevin understands the complexities that both adults and adolescents face today and has a genuine desire to help his clients develop the coping skills they need to better their lives and accomplish their individual goals.
Kevin graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from National-Louis University in 1998 and earned his Masters of Psychology at National-Louis University in 2002. Kevin is a U.S. Army Veteran and has a unique perspective to offer current and former U.S. soldiers. Kevin is certified by Northwestern University in Divorce Mediation and has additional training in evidence-based therapies.
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Katie Diehl is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and joined M&A in 2010. Katie specializes in working with children and adolescents with depression and anxiety. She has experience in working with adults, families, adolescents, children, and couples struggling with a range issues. Katie works with life transition stressors, family conflict, depression, anxiety, ADHD and behavior issues as well as additional disorders.
Prior to working at M&A, Katie worked as a Child and Adolescent Therapist at Kenneth Young Center in Elk Grove Village. While working at Kenneth Young, Katie provided individual, family and group therapy for her clients. Through her experience, she understands the obstacles both youth and adults are facing today. She has a genuine desire to help her clients build a better life and face these obstacles in a healthy way.
In 2002, Katie graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and earned her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Roosevelt University in 2005. She has additional training and certification in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for adolescents with depression as well as training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Andrea Finnegan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and joined M&A in 2002. Andrea specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, trauma/loss, divorce, relationship concerns, and family conflict. Andrea also provides assessment and risk education services for those struggling with substance abuse issues. She works best with adolescents (ages 12+), adults, couples, and families.
Andrea has broad professional experience, most recently working for an employee assistance program (EAP) conducting assessments, brief solution focused therapy, management consultation, and case management services. Individuals, couples, and families accessing their EAP struggle with mental health and chemical dependency issues, work problems, relationship conflict, and other work/life balance issues. In addition to EAP experience, Andrea provided individual and group therapy to adolescents who are state wards living in a residential treatment center. Working with children and adolescents admitted to a behavioral health hospital and families seeking shelter from domestic violence, round out Andrea's professional experience.
In 1996, Andrea graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside in Kenosha, WI with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois - Chicago in 2001.