Jessica Miro, LMFT
Jessica is a licensed marriage and family therapist committed to treating individuals, couples, and families. Her clinical interests lie in treating couples’ issues, bereavement and loss, difficulties with life transitions, and issues related to family business relationships.
Jessica uses a systemic and strengths-based approach in working with clients and the relationships they have in their lives. Using an integrative model of change, she highlights the strengths of different theories to fit the client’s identified needs. She believes there are constraints in a client’s life that impedes his or her ability to identify and reach goals. Using this perspective, she is able to begin on a behavioral level to work on changes in action, and if the client continues to feel stuck, the treatment continues to address cognitions and underlying emotions, to identify where progress is constrained.
Jessica is both a nurturing and direct therapist, displaying patience with the process of treatment and providing a safe and secure relationship with which clients can process their vulnerabilities. With a client’s aspirations in mind, she holds him or her accountable for the change they desire and moves with them on their path to achieving their goals.
Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester with a thesis focus on close relationships. She received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. She has extensive training in crisis intervention, clinical and research experience regarding manifestations of trauma in children and adults, experience in couples’ issues (particularly regarding marriage prep, infidelity, loss, and infertility), and family relationships across generations in the context of a business environment. In addition to her clinical work, Jessica pursues her interests in supervision and clinical training as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and as a member of the group supervising faculty for the MSMFT program at Northwestern University.
To make an appointment with Jessica directly, contact her here.
Megan Hawksworth, LMFT
Megan is a licensed marriage and family therapist committed to treating individuals, couples, and families. Her clinical interests lie in treating couples' issues, anxiety, depression, abuse and trauma, difficult family relationships, eating disorders, and other body/weight-related issues.
Whether working with individuals, couples, or families, Megan views all difficulties systemically and works to shift both individual and relational patterns in order to provide comprehensive, long-lasting results. Trained in an integrative model, she understands that one size does not fit all and can tailor the treatment plan to fit each client's unique strengths and challenges. Moreover, she appreciates the need for efficient, cost-effective treatment. As such, treatment begins with a focus on direct, behavioral change and moves into deeper analysis of emotion, thoughts, and past experiences only as needed.
Megan is a straight-forward, pragmatic therapist who treats clients as equals, taking their concerns into account throughout treatment. At the same time, she provides a warm, safe space in which clients can feel supported and accepted throughout the process of growth and change. While she ultimately holds clients accountable for the change they seek, she sees herself as both a provider of information and a secure base from which clients can explore new ways of moving through the world.
Megan received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and English from Northwestern University. She received her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. She has extensive clinical training in depression, anxiety, emotion regulation, family of origin issues, relationship issues, and couple conflict. In addition to her clinical work, Megan is also an Individual Supervisor for the MSMFT program at Northwestern University and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.
To make an appointment with Megan directly, contact her here.
Natalie Underway, LMFT
Natalie is a licensed marriage and family therapist committed to working with individuals, couples, and families. Some of her clinical interests include managing life transitions, couples' issues, working through family of origin, trauma, and bereavement experiences, improving self-esteem, and working with those impacted by chronic medical issues, mental illness, or disabilities in their family system.
Natalie’s approach is integrative and direct, tailoring treatment to meet the collaboratively-defined goals and needs. She incorporates warmth, genuineness, and humor into her work, aiming to create a space where diverse client systems feel comfortable engaging in critical thinking and introspection. Natalie believes in the importance of integrating past and present experiences, helping clients feel strengthened and more satisfied both individually and in relationships with others. She helps clients access greater understanding and resiliency to create long-standing, meaningful change.
Natalie received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. In addition to her extensive clinical training, Natalie has many years of experience working with couples, families and individuals affected by autism. Natalie is also an Individual Supervisor for the MSMFT program at Northwestern University.
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Priscilla De Llovio, LCPC, AMFT, CADC
Priscilla is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT), and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) committed to working with individuals, couples, and families. As part of her specialties and professional interests, Priscilla works with adults and couples experiencing relationship and intimacy issues, sexual difficulties or dysfunctions, pre-marital counseling, infidelity, trauma, anxiety, and depression.
Priscilla works with a holistic and client-centered approach, as she believes that a client’s environment strongly impacts their emotional, physical, and mental state. She helps couples and families to understand and respect one another, acknowledge, define and negotiate their differences, and resolve conflicts into safe, supportive, and healthier relationships. Priscilla focuses on a couples’ pattern of behavior and connection to one another, and uses their narrative to shape their communication of needs and develop a more emotionally supportive cycle in the relationship.
Priscilla earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in Puerto Rico and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Adler University in Chicago. She has also completed the Certificate program at the University of Michigan/Sexual Health Certificate/Sex Therapy Certificate and is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH (premarital preparation program) facilitator. Priscilla is bilingual in Spanish and has experience treating individuals of multiple cultural backgrounds. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, dancing ballet, running, and riding her bike around the city.
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Priscilla trabaja con individuos, parejas y familias de diferentes culturas. Como parte de sus especialidades e intereses profesionales, ella trabaja con adultos y parejas que tienen problemas de relación e intimidad, dificultades sexuales, infidelidad, trauma, ansiedad, depression, manejo de enojo, abuso de sustancias y comportamientos adictivos.
Ella trabaja con un enfoque centrado en el cliente, ya que cree que el entorno de las persona tiene un fuerte impacto a su estado emocional, físico y mental. Priscilla ayuda a que las parejas y las familias se comprendan, respeten, reconocan y definan sus diferencias para resolver los conflictos en las relaciones. Ella trabaja con sus clientes en descubrir patronos de conducta que les ayude a a tener un comportamiento más saludable.
Priscilla obtuvo su Bachillerato en Psicología en Puerto Rico y su Maestría en Terapia Matrimonial y de Familia de la Universidad Adler localizada en Chicago. Ella también obtiene una Certificación en Sexología/Salud Sexual de la Universidad de Michigan y es una facilitadora certificada en el programa de preparación pre-matrimonial PREPARE/ENRICH. En su tiempo libre, le gusta pasar tiempo con su esposo y amigos, bailar ballet, correr y montar su bicicleta por la ciudad.
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Jeffrey Kraft, AMFT
Jeffrey is an associate marriage and family therapist committed to treating individuals, couples, and families. Jeffrey's clinical interests including working with couples around issues such as preparing for marriage, co-parenting, infidelity, and strenuous transitions in their relationship's life cycle. He also holds extensive experience in treating those affected by depression, anxiety and day-to-day stressors. Additionally, he holds a great interest in working with veterans and military families, and how their service has impacted their important relationships.
Jeffrey came into the field to assist others in living a more fulfilled and meaningful life. Whether this includes internal struggles or issues with those important people in our lives, Jeffrey takes a caring and methodological approach when designing an individualized treatment for his clients. He enjoys incorporating a lighthearted and straightforward approach to help his clients feel both motivated and comfortable to produce change. He focuses on the strengths of each client and their relationships to produce longstanding change in their lives.
Jeffrey received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Drake University in Iowa. During this time he worked in a children’s residential center working with adolescents and their families in both a one-on-one and group therapy fashion. From there, Jeffrey attended St. Cloud State University in Minnesota to obtain his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, he completed his Masters thesis studying veterans’ intimate relationships and their families. Jeffrey is also certified in PREPARE-ENRICH's Premarital Education program.
To make an appointment with Jeffrey directly, you can contact him here.
Devon Spencer, AMFT
Devon is an associate marriage and family therapist committed to working with couples, individuals, and families. Some of Devon’s clinical interests include infidelity, difficulties with family of origin and differentiation, women’s issues, self and identity development, and self-compassion.
Devon is a candid and sincere therapist. Though she believes the client guides the work, she also actively collaborates to help direct and shape the therapy. She recognizes that therapy comes with many serious challenges, and for this reason incorporates humor and warmth to create a more balanced experience. Devon understands that no two clients require the same approach, and integrates a variety of interventions, such as communication techniques, emotional regulation, or self-exploration, depending on client need.
Devon received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia. She obtained extensive academic and practical training in Psychology before enrolling at Northwestern’s The Family Institute, where she earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to her clinical training, Devon has worked with severe mental illness, group process, and the criminal justice system.
To make an appointment with Devon directly, you can contact her here.
Claudia Minner, LMFT
Claudia is an associate marriage and family therapist committed to treating individuals, couples, and families. Her clinical interests include treating couples’ issues, pre-marital counseling, family difficulties, anxiety, depression, and communication issues.
Claudia works with clients in a space that fosters personal growth, learning, and change through an integrative, strengths-based approach. To implement healthy solutions, Claudia collaborates with clients to view problems as interrelated; seeing how different constraints in the client's life may contribute to the overarching problem as opposed to focusing on one isolated aspect. Claudia’s approach places an emphasis on behavioral change as it relates to clients’ emotions and thoughts. While Claudia offers warmth in the therapy room, she also offers direct feedback in order to create a healthy working relationship between her and her clients. Claudia’s goal is to work together to process issues the client presents with, hold clients accountable for change, and create a safe space to explore personal growth within.
Claudia received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Pinnacle Counseling, Claudia worked in a PHP/IOP program delivering treatment to patients with debilitating psychiatric symptoms. She has extensive training in crisis intervention, couples conflict/difficulties, anxiety, depression, and family of origin.
To make an appointment with Claudia directly, you can contact her here.
Gianna Saviano, AMFT
Gianna is an associate marriage and family therapist committed to working with couples, individuals, and families. Some of Gianna’s clinical interests include relationship and intimacy issues, sexual difficulties or dysfunctions, infidelity, family of origin issues, and women’s issues.
Gianna works with an integrative and strengths-based approach, while incorporating mindfulness and holistic principles. Gianna believes therapy is a collaborative process between herself and her clients. She uses a warm, directive, and authentic approach to create a safe and supportive environment that invites clients to build insight and achieve balance. She empowers clients to accomplish their goals, while utilizing their strengths for change. Gianna strives to be a source of motivation and commitment for clients as they navigate the ebb and flow of life.
Gianna received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Indiana-Bloomington, with a double minor in Psychology and Human Sexuality. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University with extensive clinical training in integrative and systemic models at the Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic. In addition to her clinical training, Gianna is also certified in Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy training.
To make an appointment with Gianna directly, you can contact her here.
Eleanor Parkins, AMFT
Eleanor is an associate marriage and family therapist committed to working with couples, individuals, and families. Some of Eleanor’s clinical interests include couple conflict and communication issues, transitions within relationships, difficulties with family of origin and differentiation, men’s issues, depression and anxiety, and personal growth and fulfillment.
Eleanor is a systemically-driven therapist who strives to helps her clients explore issues that are standing in the way of living life more fully. She believes therapy should be a collaborative process, as it holds clients accountable for being involved in their own journey of exploration and growth. Eleanor considers herself to be a warm, compassionate, and nonjudgmental therapist, as she fully recognizes that every client has a different background and deals with a unique set of challenges. Eleanor works hard to understand her clients and the contexts they live in, and believes it is equally important for clients to work to explore and understand more about themselves.
Eleanor received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from DePaul University. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Pinnacle Counseling, she worked at a trauma-informed behavioral healthcare organization, where she provided exercise training, support, and counsel to adults with serious mental illness. In addition to her clinical training, Eleanor is a certified personal trainer and takes an interest in the mind-body connection.
To make an appointment with Eleanor directly, you can contact her here.
Sausha Gruca, AMFT
Sausha is an associate marriage and family therapist committed to treating individuals, couples, and families. Sausha’s clinical interests include working with youth and their families ages 0-22, pre-marital couples, issues of spirituality and intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Sausha believes that the therapeutic relationship is one of the biggest indicators of change, which is why she strives to create a safe, warm space in which clients can feel seen and heard. She places importance on understanding a client’s context and meets them where they are in the therapeutic process. Once a relationship is established, she compassionately challenges and collaboratively works with clients to recognize and identify the constraints that might be hindering their goals. She works from an integrative, strength-based approach and empowers clients to reconstruct or create new narratives that bring about understanding, healing, meaning and a stronger sense of self. Sausha hopes to help clients realize that they are not defined by their struggles, but rather are human beings first and foremost.
Sausha received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, with a double minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Child and Youth Studies. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Pinnacle Counseling, Sausha worked at an interdisciplinary clinic that specialized in providing services to children, teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has extensive training in DIR/Floortime®Therapy, Social Skills group work, social/emotional challenges and familial, couple and sibling relational issues. Sausha has experience in treating clients of various cultural backgrounds, especially Spanish speaking clients.
Sausha es una terapista que trabaja con individuos, parejas y familias. Sus intereses clínicos son
trabajando con jóvenes y sus familias de 0 a 22 años, parejas prematrimoniales, problemas de espiritualidad y discapacidades intelectuales y de desarrollo.
Sausha cree que la relación terapéutica es uno de los mayores indicadores de cambio, por eso, ella se esfuerza por crear un espacio seguro y cálido en que los clientes puedan sentirse vistos y escuchados. Ella le da importancia a entender el contexto de un cliente y se los encuentra donde están en el proceso terapéutico. Una vez que se establece una relación, ella desafía compasivamente y trabaja en colaboración con los clientes para reconocer e identificar las limitaciones que podrían estar obstaculizando sus metas. Trabaja desde un enfoque integrador, basado en la fuerza, y capacita a los clientes para reconstruir o crear nuevas narrativas que generen comprensión, curación, significado y un sentido más fuerte de sí mismo. Sausha espera ayudar a los clientes a darse cuenta de que no están definidos por sus luchas, sino que son humanos sobre todo.
Sausha recibió su Bachillerato en Psicologíade la Universidad de San Francisco, con una doble menor en Estudios de Género y Sexualidad y en Estudios de Niños y Jóvenes. Recibió su Maestría en Terapia Matrimonial y Familiar del Instituto Familiar en la Universidad de Northwestern. Antes de unirse a Pinnacle Counseling, Sausha trabajó en una clínica interdisciplinaria especializada en brindar servicios a niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con Autismo. Ella tiene formaciónextensivo en Terapia DIR / Floortime®, liderando grupos sociales, desafíos sociales/emocionales y problemas familiares, de hermanos y de pareja. Sausha tiene experiencia en el tratamiento de clientes de diferentes culturas, especialmente clientes que hablan Español.
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Crystal Grimsley, PLPC
Crystal is a licensed professional counselor committed to treating individuals, couples, and families. Her professional interests include treating children with emotional or behavioral issues, adults struggling with life transitions, co-parenting, family of origin dysfunction, couples’ issues, self-compassion, trauma, and anxiety.
Crystal uses a holistic and client-centered approach to collaboratively design and guide the therapeutic experience. Highly driven by mindfulness-based principles, sincerity, and humor, she strives to create a therapeutic climate that is safe, supportive, and culturally inclusive for all to pursue change. Crystal places high value in the art of introspection, thus transferring this skill to empower individuals, couples, and families to unapologetically embrace their unique journeys while simultaneously striving to evolve into healthier and more fulfilled versions of themselves.
Crystal received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Webster University. Prior to joining Pinnacle Counseling, Crystal worked in an intensive outpatient therapy program where she provided therapeutic services to children and families struggling with severe behavioral and mental health challenges. She has extensive experience in trauma-informed care, positive parenting methodologies, and family system dysfunction. In addition to her clinical work, Crystal is in pursuit of attaining a PhD in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on childhood and adolescent development.