Amanda Atkins, LMFT, Owner 

I believe that we are influenced, not defined, by our relationships and pasts. It is important to understand that link before we are able to successfully change our behaviors. I also believe that the relationship between therapist and client is an important part of healing and change.  I feel honored to be a therapist and am fortunate to walk through life with my clients. 

I prefer a warm, collaborative approach to therapy and enjoy getting to know my clients and gaining an understanding of what brought them to their current place in life. I enjoy humor in therapy and believe laughter can be part of the healing process.  I specialize in couples issues, grief and loss, women's issues, and parenting issues. I  utilize techniques from a variety of schools of thought, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, internal family systems, and transgenerational family therapy. 

I hold a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Illinois. I am also a candidate to become an AAMFT approved supervisor. I've worked in many different therapeutic settings including hospice, agency, and group practice.  I started private practice in 2015. 

I'm passionate about social justice, animals, and good horror films. 

Marriam VartolomeiAMFT 

Stories have always been important to me. I find myself inspired, enthralled, and humbled by the stories of people and the stories of their relationships with each other. I believe in the importance of honoring each story that I hear and working with each person to help their story be as they imagine it to be. I find value in working with my clients to understand the impact of their important relationships to their lives. I love being a therapist and I feel humbled and fortunate every day to be in this profession.

My approach to working with clients is to get to know their stories and help them to identify the obstacles that are constraining them from achieving their goals. I like to work collaboratively. My clinical interests include working with workplace stress, married and committed couples issues, women’s issues, LGB issues and navigating life transitions. I utilize an integrative theoretic approach including internal family systems and psychodynamic theory. I also like to incorporate mindfulness into my work. 

I hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine in Film and Media Studies and spent eight years in the field of television production prior to changing careers to the mental health field. I am a Master’s graduate of the Family Institute at Northwestern University. I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist on the licensure track.