Amanda Atkins LMFT, PMH-C, Founder
I believe 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 the relationship between therapist and client is an important part of healing and change. It is an honor to be a therapist and I 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 appreciate humor in therapy and believe laughter can (and often should) be part of the healing process. My specialties are in couple's issues, grief and loss (particularly partner, parent, or child loss), illness, and women's issues, as well as infertility, and parenting. I have had advanced training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders from Postpartum Support International and am a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. I’m currently in the process of being EMDR trained. The therapeutic techniques I use come from a variety of schools of thought, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, internal family systems, and transgenerational family therapy. I also have a specific interest in providing therapy for other therapists, focusing on the unique challenges associated with being a mental health provider. As a frequent guest lecturer at both the Family Institute at Northwestern University as well as Northwestern Medical School, I’m passionate about education and training.
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 as well as an AAMFT approved supervisor. I am a certified perinatal mental health therapist. I also hold a certification as a Prepare/Enrich facilitator, which primarily serves premarital couples. In the past, I've worked in many different therapeutic settings including hospice, agency, and group practice. My private practice was founded in 2015.
I'm passionate about social justice, animals, and good horror films.
Marriam Vartolomei MS, LMFT
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 treating workplace stress, couple’s issues, women’s issues, LGB issues and navigating life transitions. I utilize an integrative theoretic approach including internal family systems and psychodynamic theory. I incorporate mindfulness into my work. I have a specific interest in perinatal mood disorders and have been in this area trained by Postpartum Support International.
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 a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Illinois.
Amina Elmahdy MS, AMFT
Getting help is part of being human. Plain and simple. I believe everybody can benefit from a friendly, non judgmental and validating space in therapy. I view each of my clients as unique and value taking time to understand the many influences in their lives and the voices inside of them that inform who they are. In my office clients explore the stories of their lives, and are encouraged to nourish the parts of themselves they love, and find strength to evolve away from what is no longer working. Through warmth and empathy I create an open canvas to explore new ways of being.
My specialities include working with couples to improve communication and intimacy, helping clients with life transitions, maneuvering depression, anxiety, trauma and loss.
I have experience as an instructor for Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. My teaching experience helps my clients because I value bringing education into my office. I have found that teaching clients the tools of therapy often helps them find the confidence to expand what they learn in therapy to other areas of their life. Additionally, I am interested in learning how culture informs our relationships and sense of self, and enjoy exploring this with my clients.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University in Fullerton. I have received specialized training in group therapy, couple’s therapy, and family systems. Additionally, I have trained with Postpartum Support International to assist mothers and fathers with the unique needs of mental well being, pre & post childbirth. My theoretical interests include narrative approaches to therapy, Adlerian theory, and Imago couple’s therapy.
Brittany Larsen, MS, AMFT
I became a therapist because I have a deep desire to help others heal their emotional wounds and live richer, fuller lives. I believe we hold the answers we are looking for within us but sometimes need help accessing our inner strength and wisdom to uncover them. That is why I practice from a collaborative perspective, giving clients the space and time to go at their own pace while never leaving their side. I like to meet clients where they are and gently introduce a safe and accepting space to explore past and present challenges, identify obstacles, and increase self-awareness and personal growth.
I hold a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Performance Studies and a master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy from Northeastern Illinois University. I welcome the opportunity to work with couples, families, and individuals from a variety of different backgrounds. I am an LGBTQ affirming therapist, who integrates a feminist, relational model that recognizes all intersections of my clients’ identities. I have experience working with anxiety and depression, issues related to motherhood and new parenthood, identity and relationship exploration, as well as family of origin issues. I enjoy working with families and couples looking to increase loving and respectful communication, redefine their relationship, strengthen boundaries, and deepen connections.
Margaret Touny, Psy.D
Therapy is courageous journey of self-discovery that involves vulnerability and engaging in wholehearted living. I believe that the core of “good” therapy involves creating a collaborative relationship founded upon mutual respect, trust, and empathy. My intention in our work together is to see you, understand you, and challenge you to grow. Depending on your needs and goals, I will help you identify patterns in your life that may be holding you back, offer different skills to alleviate your pain, join you in shared laughter, and validate your experiences. We will explore your strengths, support systems, and passions to empower you to navigate life’s challenges as they arise. I will check-in with you to assess what feels helpful and what I can do differently to best meet your needs. I am honored to accompany as we embark on this journey together.
I have a relational, psychodynamic, person-centered, and multicultural lens while utilizing trauma-informed, CBT, Mindfulness, and DBT skills. By understanding your past and present, we will have more freedom and choice to shape your future.
I specialize in working with adult survivors of childhood trauma, individuals struggling with feelings of unworthiness/low self-esteem, family of origin/interpersonal conflict, generalized and social anxiety, depression, and struggles related to identity development. I am passionate about social justice and working with individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community, women, immigrants, and individuals with bi-cultural identities.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois. I have a doctorate degree in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have worked in a variety of settings including elementary, middle, and high schools, an inpatient hospital, community mental health, outpatient group practice, and university counseling centers. My clinical work leaves me in constant awe of our ability as humans to be resilient in the face of suffering.
Please note: Margaret is only accepting out-of-pocket clients at this time. Please contact her to discuss rates. Sliding scale is available.