Phone: 847.299.3400 ext. 3
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Ryan Shuda is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and will be joining Marks & Associates in November of 2022. Ryan specializes in the treatment of mood disorders, depression, anxiety, anger management, substance related problems, as well as men's mental health struggles. Ryan works with teens, young adults, and adults. Ryan has worked in a variety of professional settings including outpatient counseling, community based support, groups, inpatient substance abuse, as well as hospital-based settings.
Ryan graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (currently Adler University) in 2014 with his Master's in the Art of Counseling with a Specialization in Sport, Exercise, and Health Psychology. Ryan has worked with a variety of athletes from various sports and backgrounds (weekend warriors, hobbyists, Division 1 student athletes, as well as semi-professional athletes). Ryan's undergraduate degree was Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Psychology and Health Sciences: Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis.
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.
Phone: 847.299.3400 ext. 7
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.
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.
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Theresa Pendergraff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined Marks & Associates in 2017. Theresa specializes in trauma with a strength-based skills approach to self-development, recovery, and resilience across the lifespan. Areas of experience include general anxiety and depression, family of origin issues, intergenerational trauma, neglect and emotional abandonment, LGBQT+, ADHD/ADD, mood and personality disorders including OCD, adjustment and attachment issues, dissociative disorders, work stress due to hostile environments, co-dependency, spiritual development, and substance use.
Theresa holds a Masters of Social Work from Dominican University, where she was the president of the Social Work Organization, and degrees in psychology and gerontology. She is training in ARC, CPI, DBT, Solution Focused Interviewing, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Therapy. Theresa adheres to self-development to enhance quality of life. She is a former martial arts instructor of Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts. She has run marathons, competed in boxing, fencing, biking and soccer, as well as enjoys archery. Theresa also helps the artistic development of others, and engages in painting, journaling, writing, is a published poet, and plays the violin and harmonica.
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.
Phone: 847.299.3400 ext. 1
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.