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Erin M Liebich, Psy.D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Owner & Clinical Director

Dr. Erin M Liebich is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the owner of Center for Personal Growth.  She provides therapeutic and assessment services to individuals of all ages.  In 2017, Dr. Liebich was elected to the APA Committee for Disability Issues in Psychology. and 2018, she served as the Chair for the committee.  Dr. Liebich specializes in physical and developmental disabilities, humanistic/integrative therapy, and collaborative psychological and neuropsychological assessment.  Her treatment approach focuses on mutual respect, cooperation, and empowerment with the belief that each person has an innate growth potential when provided acceptance, understanding, and the right skills.  Dr. Liebich regularly collaborates with schools, residential facilities, attorneys, social workers, individuals, and families to assess for a variety of concerns.  Her areas of assessment expertise include intellectual and learning disabilities, developmental delays, dementia and other neurocognitive deficits, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders.  Dr. Liebich also enjoys offering a wide range of therapeutic services, including individual, group, family, and couples’ therapy.  She has worked in a variety of settings including an inner city school, community health centers, and an organization for refugees.  She was an invited continuing education presenter at the last four National Conventions of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Liebich can also personally relate to overcoming challenges in life as she was born with a physical disability, Cerebral Palsy.  She considers her disability as a welcomed aspect of diversity as it helps her to understand the difficulties that her clients face.   

  Dr. Liebich offers the following services:   
*Neuropsychological Assessment     * Psychological Assessment                   * Individual Therapy

* Family & Couples Therapy            * Child Centered Play Therapy  

 

 

Jeanette Mazeikis, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 

Jeanette is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who earned her MA degree in clinical psychology in 2015 from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and her BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. Her previous clinical work includes diagnostic and therapy training in various outpatient mental health offices as well as social services at a skilled nursing facility prior to entering graduate school. Aside from therapy services, she works administering cognitive assessments to applicants as part of the state screening process for disability benefits. Jeanette currently provides outpatient therapy services to individuals with common psychological issues including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, intrusive thoughts, anger problems, codependency, and interpersonal problems. She also provides comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessment to children and adults of all ages.

"I believe that everyone is doing the best they can and that we each have the resources to improve our lives. When I work with clients, I strive to meet them where they are at and develop an empathic understanding of their unique needs. Establishing therapeutic trust using warmth and a non-judgmental stance helps people to become more open about their struggles. I often use dialectical-behavioral as well as acceptance and commitment therapy informed techniques to teach individuals coping skills that are effective in reducing suffering and improving quality of life. I also provide clinical hypnosis to help people with significant anxiety, intrusive thoughts, explosive anger, and chronic pain learn to manage their symptoms effectively."

Jeanette offers the following services:
 

* Individual Therapy                    *Child-centered Play Therapy        *Family & Couples

*Psychological Assessment        *Neuropsychological Assessment 

  *Hypnosis                  *DBT                           *CBT

 

 

 

Julia Randall, Licensed Social Worker, Master's of Jurisprudence

Julia Randall is a Licensed Social Worker and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a Master of Social Work Degree. Julia also holds a Master of Jurisprudence Degree (a type of law degree) from Loyola University. Julia has practiced in a variety of settings including a children’s hospital, outpatient mental health, case management, and in a Partial Hospitalization setting. She has training and work history in treating individuals with eating disorders (binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia), mood disorders, trauma, and women with high risk pregnancies. Julia’s philosophy is influenced by a variety of therapeutic models (cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and solution-focused therapy) and she uses an eclectic blend of therapy to meet her clients where they are in their recovery. Julia currently works in a partial hospitalization program for eating disorders in addition to her time at Center for Personal Growth. Julia is an advocate for eating disorder awareness, postpartum depression/anxiety, and mental health stigma.

“My treatment philosophy is to bring compassion to the therapeutic relationship. My role is to support and empower clients to help them find their voice, build on their strengths and learn tools to cope with the challenges of life.”

Julia offers the following services:

*Individual therapy         *Family therapy          *Play therapy

 

 

 

Dr. Erica Carter, D.Min, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Dr. Erica Carter is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in Advanced Studies in Psychotherapy and Counseling from Chicago Theological Seminary, a collaborative program with the Center for Religion & Psychotherapy of Chicago. Dr. Carter’s research examined an integrative approach to mental health in religious contexts, incorporating psychology and religion/spirituality. 

Dr. Carter has worked in community mental health, as well as a psychiatric residential  treatment facility, providing therapeutic services to children, teens, adults, and families. She has experience providing individual and group therapy to individuals with severe mental illnesses, behavioral, and emotional challenges. These include neurodevelopmental disorders, schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar and related disorders, and disruptive, impulse control, and conduct disorders.

Dr. Carter seeks to foster a sense of hope and healing, by providing her clients with a safe space to navigate the therapeutic process and empowering them to discover their inner strengths. She believes that building a strong therapeutic alliance through support, empathy, compassion, and trust is the foundation to assisting individuals with overcoming their challenges.  

Dr. Carter offers the following services:

*Individual Therapy        *Family Therapy          *Child Centered Play Therapy                           

 

 

 

 

Kelly Santoyo, Psy.D Eligible, Postdoctoral Resident

Dr. Kelly Santoyo is our 2021-2022 Postdoctoral Resident in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in children and adolescents. She received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2016 from Adler University in Chicago, IL and completed the requirements for her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) in June 2021.  She is awaiting her degree conferment. Kelly has worked in various settings, including community mental health, private practices, a psychiatric inpatient facility, a therapeutic day school, and a crisis hotline. Kelly has experience working with individuals dealing with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, ADHD, grief and bereavement, self-harm, behavioral issues as well as other disorders. She has provided therapy to individuals, couples, groups, and also has experience providing therapy in Spanish. Kelly sees the importance in using the therapeutic relationship and collaborating with her clients in order to facilitate growth through using various modalities, such as cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and psychodynamic therapies, based on her client’s needs.

During her free time, Kelly loves playing soccer, going to the gym, and doing various other physical activities. She is also a huge lover of both animals and nature, and likes to spend some of her time playing video games when she can.

Kelly offers the following services:
 

* Individual Therapy                    *Child-centered Play Therapy        *Family & Couples

*Psychological Assessment        *Neuropsychological Assessment 

*DBT                           *CBT                    *Services in Spanish

 

 

 

Brittany Burkes, M.A.Psychology Intern

Brittany is a clinical psychology graduate student, as well as a disabled veteran. In her Psy.D program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University-Chicago, she is currently in her last year. Brittany earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Tampa. Presently, she is working on her clinical research project that involves exploring languages in multilinguists' dreams. She has been published in several academic articles. Her latest was a group publication on the psychological effects of Covid-19. 

Brittany has practiced in a variety of environments, including private practices and community mental health clinics. She has substantial training in the diagnosis and providing treatment for various degrees of mental health disorders. She performed psychological evaluations to help diagnose intellectual issues, learning disorders, and clarify psychological diagnoses. 

When conducting therapy, Brittany uses an integrated approach. She uses her knowledge of several evidence-based theories to determine the most appropriate interventions based on the client's symptoms and behaviors. In sessions, Brittany uses client-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and psychodynamic theory. Even though she tends to use interventions from those three approaches, she also uses other interventions from other approaches when necessary. She has provided therapeutic services for numerous mental health conditions, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, trauma, learning and developmental disabilities, and personality disorders.  

Brittany is experienced in using alternative treatments to medication. Her work as a neurofeedback technician helped treat individuals with mental health issues, traumatic brain injuries, and physical health impairments. 

Brittany enjoys working with individuals from all backgrounds. She is sensitive to the impact of various diversity factors on mental health. Brittany has clinical experiences working with members and families of the LGBTQ+ community, numerous minority groups, and individuals from various social-economic statuses. Additionally, she has worked with individuals ages ranging from 4 to 80.

Brittany offers the following services:

*Psychological Assessment        *Neuropsychological Assessment

*Client-Centered                               *CBT   (Cognitive behavioral therapy)

*Psychodynamic Theory                              *Individual Therapy

 

 Luis “Fernando” Casillas Plazola, B.S, Doctoral Extern

Fernando Casillas Plazola is our 2021-2022 Diagnostic Extern. Fernando was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish and English. He is currently a second-year student at Adler University in Chicago working on his Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology. In 2016, he graduated from the University of California- San Diego where he studied psychology with a medical emphasis and researched neural pathways related to habitual and addictive behaviors. He was also part of a research team in 2018 at the Medical College of Wisconsin, studying the protective effects of exercise on medically induced vascular rarefaction.

His clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, dismantling the stigma around mental health in minority populations, and working with survivors of interpersonal trauma. At the Center for Personal Growth, Fernando will be offering Therapeutic Assessment of cognitive and personality functioning using a variety of psychological and neuropsychological measures and providing pragmatic  recommendations to help clients improve their quality of living.

Fernando offers the following services:

*Psychological Assessment                                                      *Neuropsychological Assessment

 

 

Brooklyn Martner, B.S, Doctoral Extern

Brooklyn Martner is one of our 2021-2022 Diagnostic Externs. She is currently a second-year student at Adler University in Chicago working on her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology. In 2020, she graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she studied psychology and the criminal justice system. While attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, she was a part of a research team that explored ideas related to attitudes, persuasion, behavior, language, self-talk, and motivation.

Her clinical interests include depression and anxiety disorders, working with children suffering from mental health problems, and spreading awareness about the importance of mental health. At the Center for Personal Growth, Brooklyn will be offering a Therapeutic Assessment of cognitive and personality functioning using a variety of psychological and neuropsychological measures and providing meaningful recommendations to help clients improve their quality of living.

Brooklyn offers the following services:

 

*Psychological Assessment                                              *Neuropsychological Assessment"

 

 

 

Support Staff:

Kiera Liebich, Office Manager                             

 

Kiera has an Associates degree in Culinary Hospitality. Although working in the culinary field may not be for her, she loves cooking and entertaining for friends and family, with whom she spends most of her time.  Kiera is a constant student who loves learning new things and likes to stay open minded. Kiera is responsible for scheduling, billing, and general office management at Center for Personal Growth. If you have a question about billing issues, please contact Kiera at [email protected]  (Available Thursday, Friday, and select Saturdays) 

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Receptionists:

*Eileen Ganley

Primary Receptionist for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and select Saturdays 

*Marie Ganley 

Receptionist for fill in as needed basis

Reception is typically available Monday-Thursday 2pm-8pm; Fridays & Saturdays 10am-3pm

If you would like to schedule/change an appointment, have any questions regarding services or our facility, please email [email protected]. or call (630) 791-0118 during Reception Desk Hours. Thank You