Courtney M. DeCarlo, MA, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University, and her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She has been working in the field of psychology since 1998 in a variety of settings, including community mental health, ER/hospitals, and private practice. She has had the privilege of working in such nationally esteemed hospitals as Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital and Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital.
Courtney specializes in depression, anxiety, crisis intervention, parenting, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, life transition issues, childhood & adolescence, LGBT, marriage and family struggles. An integrative therapist, she uses evidence-based treatment modalities which include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness to help her clients live more rich, fulfilling lives.
Courtney is a member of the Illinois Psychological Association and is a Board Member of Family Counseling Service of Aurora, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has served the Fox River Valley community since 1925.
Rachael A. Egge, MA, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and is certified in perinatal mood disorders through Postpartum Support International (PSI). She obtained her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis University in 2006 and has been providing direct patient care to adolescents and adults for the past 10 years. Rachael specializes in eating disorders, providing skills and support to assist those attempting to resist maladaptive behaviors. She also has a special interest in perinatal mood disorders, depression and anxiety and trauma related symptoms. She is experienced in providing group therapy to adolescent and adult females suffering from anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Rachael’s style emphasizes a collaborative and honest relationship in order to enhance emotional, social and physical well-being. While focusing mainly on cognitive behavioral techniques and client-centered therapies, she also utilizes a variety of treatment models where appropriate.
Rachael is skilled in identifying barriers to employment, aptitudes and interests for career direction, utilizing the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory. In the past she has facilitated workshops for WorkNet DuPage on the MBTI, stress reduction during job loss and job search bootcamps.
In addition to her position as an outpatient therapist at Oswego Wellness, Rachael also holds a position at Linden Oaks Hospital in Naperville. She provides assessment and referral services, bedside counseling to individuals on the medical floors and conducts screenings and counseling services for patients experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety after delivery on the mother/baby unit.
Michelle Del Muro, MA, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Purdue University, and her Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has been working in the field of psychology for over six years. Michelle’s professional experiences range from outpatient therapy in community mental health, as well as the court and prison system. For the last several years, she has had the privilege of working as a group and individual counselor at the Ecker Center for Mental Health.
Michelle specializes in anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, transitional life issues, grief and loss, relational issues, and substance abuse. She strives to create a positive and safe environment whereby individuals can identify the areas of their lives that they would like to improve. By facilitating patient empowerment, together they work toward addressing these problem areas and enhancing their lives. Michelle is also skilled in developing vocational skills, and has led many therapeutic groups aimed at identifying barriers to obtaining employment, volunteerism, or attending school. She combines evidence-based treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), reality therapy, motivational interviewing, and
In addition to her position as an outpatient therapist at Oswego Wellness, Michelle also holds a position as a Drug Court Coordinator with Kendall County. She and her team are responsible for developing a comprehensive treatment program for individuals who struggle with substance abuse and/or dependence, so that they can improve the quality of their lives and avoid recidivism. Within this role, she has gained invaluable experience in grant writing and partnering with other community organizations to ensure the success of this venture.
Sarah Matlin, MA, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Bradley University, and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship at the Metropolitan Preparatory Schools in Arlington Heights. Sarah provides individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults, and families. She specializes in anxiety, anger management, depression, life transition issues, adolescence and crisis intervention, with a particular interest in working with adolescents and young adults. Sarah believes fostering a trusting therapeutic relationship is in itself, a significant agent of change. She provides a warm, down-to-earth and supportive environment which helps cultivate this relationship and encourages change. She enjoys helping others recognize their individual potential and to work towards inner peace and happiness, identifying and breaking down any barriers that get in the way. She considers the unique needs & goals of each individual, and customizes treatment accordingly, utilizing elements from several evidence-based treatment models. These often include: Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Guided Meditation/Imagery and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Sarah has 12 years’ experience in the field working with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health and substance abuse issues. She has provided individual and group therapy at the nationally accredited Linden Oaks Hospital, with a special focus in working with children and adolescents in the inpatient setting. She has also spent many years working in the crisis department, providing assessment and support to patients presenting with psychiatric emergencies in the Emergency Room, Medical Floors and Intake Department of the Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital.
In addition to working as an outpatient therapist at Oswego Wellness, Sarah continues to hold a position at Linden Oaks Hospital. She currently works as the primary clinician at the Assessment & Referral Center at Edward-Elmhurst Hospital in Plainfield. In this role, Sarah provides level of care assessments and crisis intervention to individuals of all ages; connecting them with the mental health and/or chemical dependency services that meet their individual needs.
Jennifer Cromer, LCPC, RPT is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois, as well as a Registered Play Therapist. She earned her Master’s Degree in community counseling from Roosevelt University and has been working with children, adolescents and adults for over a decade. Prior to working with Oswego Wellness, Jennifer has worked in private practice, community mental health agencies, early intervention, and a therapeutic day school. She is a caring individual who has a strong passion to provide the best care to her clients.
Jennifer’s experience ranges from working with children as young as age three to adulthood. Her therapeutic style is integrative, utilizing client centered, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness interventions that her clients find both supportive and helpful. When working with children and adolescents, Jennifer combines play and art therapies to appropriately meet their social and emotional development, in conjunction with supportive behavioral therapy for the family. Jennifer specializes in working with anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, eating disorders, blended families, parent education, and women’s issues.
Amanda Tison, Office Manager graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Illinois State University. She has over 15 years of experience providing administrative and office support in variety of business settings and industries. At Oswego Wellness, Amanda handles insurance billing, claims, business organization and administration, customer service, and marketing. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, in Aurora.
Heather A. Johnson, MS, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from Loyola University Graduate School of Social Work in Chicago, IL with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has over 13 years experience providing counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults with broad range of issues including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, relationship issues and divorce.
Heather's diverse background includes training and treatment in cognitive behavioral therapy, social skills development, parent-child therapy, addiction, and family therapy. She believes the therapeutic relationship and insight development are integral in reaching one's goals. For the last 10 years, she has worked in a hospital setting, in schools, and in client homes providing psychotherapy and assessments for diverse populations and across the lifespan.
Katie Howe, MA, LCPC is Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Illinois State University, and her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis University. She has been working in the fields of psychology and criminal justice for over 15 years. Katie’s experience is in a mixture of settings including the court and prison system, hospital based mental health services and private practice. For the last many years, Katie has had the privilege of working as an Intake Counselor at the nationally recognized Linden Oaks at Edward.
Katie specializes in anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, eating disorders, women's issues, life transitions, substance abuse and marriage/family issues. Katie sees a wide base of clients including children, adolescents and adults. As a therapist, Katie strives to create a positive and nurturing atmosphere where individuals can be supported in their efforts to grow and change. She believes therapy should be an experience tailored to fit each client's needs. An integral therapist, Katie combines evidence based strategies from a variety of therapies including client centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Katie has special interest in treating grief and loss issues, as well as providing counseling for law enforcement professionals.
Karen Whited, MA, LCPC earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame. She completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and has been a practicing Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for over 15 years. Karen also has an endorsement in School Counseling from NIU, and is proud to hold a position as School Counselor at Murphy Junior High School in School District 308. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Educational Leadership in addition to her other pursuits.
Karen is passionate about facilitating others’ abilities to effect change in their own lives, especially with children and adolescents. She thrives on helping individuals identify their problems, implement their strategies for change, and realize their potential. For the past decade, Karen has specialized in the treatment of victims and witnesses of abuse, specifically for children, adolescents, individuals, and families. She has vast experience in parenting difficulties, including the specific issues of divorce, grief/loss and behavioral concerns. Karen has a special interest is in treating women’s issues, especially those surrounding abuse.
Karen uses an integrated approach to therapy, which includes a client centered and a solution focused approach. Karen partners with her clients during the difficulties and challenges life presents. She is a calm and consistent presence who will encourage and implement positive and productive choices.
Christine Conover, MS, RD, LDN earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from NIU, and her Master’s in Nutrition and Wellness at Benedictine University, where she also completed her ACEND-accredited dietetic internship. In addition to her role at Oswego Wellness, Christine provides dietetic services for Association for Individual Development and currently holds a position of Director of Nutrition Services for the non-profit organization Help.Sorry.Love. As a dietitian working the behavioral health field, she has gained invaluable experiences with various aspects of nutrition and wellness. These experiences include working with patients struggling with eating disorders and emotional eating, overweight and obese individuals, and a variety of medical diagnoses, including diabetes, hypertension, thyroid issues, food allergies and drug/nutrient interactions.
Christine is a warm, approachable dietitian who believes nutrition plays a crucial role in not only physical health, but also mental health and overall wellness. She takes a client-centered approach in her counseling, focusing on the specific needs of each individual. She provides a non-judgmental, positive and encouraging atmosphere for her clients and uses goal-based nutrition therapy to help clients achieve their desired results. Christine enjoys a hands-on approach, often helping clients with meal planning and grocery shopping. Her focus is on providing people with a better understanding of how the food we eat affects our bodies. In her spare time, Christine enjoys hiking, running, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Jaclyn Harwey, MS, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Aurora University in 2006 and her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Aurora University in 2010. She has been working in the field since 2006 in various settings including community mental health centers, residential/group homes, homeless shelters, and hospitals.
Jackie specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, parenting difficulties and crisis intervention. She has worked with clients across the life span in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Jackie’s treatment approach is highly individualized to meet the needs of each client. She uses evidenced based treatment practices including cognitive behavioral therapy, along with elements of strength based therapy, holistic therapy and mindfulness. Jackie is extremely warm and calm, and is genuinely invested in helping each patient reach their potential. Her deep sense of empathy lends itself to developing strong therapeutic relationships with her patients—a very necessary component of the healing process.
In addition to her position as an outpatient therapist at Oswego Wellness, Jackie also holds a position as a Senior Licensed Social Worker at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, Il. For the past four years, she has provided assessment, crisis intervention, counseling, and referral services at both Presence Mercy Medical Center and Rush Copley Emergency Departments.
Jessica Mueller, MSW obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Lewis University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in school social work from Aurora University. She completed her internship at Open Door Clinic in Aurora, Illinois providing individual counseling and community education. She has worked for the past 5 years in the Plainfield School District as a school social worker. Jessica has over 5 years experience working with adults, children, adolescents and families as they cope with a variety of life transitions, experiences and emotions.
Jessica specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, childhood and adolescence, LGBTQ, crisis intervention, social skills development, behavioral intervention, anger management, family issues and parent education and support.
Life tends to throw us some unexpected twists and turns at times. Jessica recognizes these times can be incredibly stressful, but with support and encouragement they can also be a remarkable catalyst for growth and change in our lives. Jessica commits to providing non-judgmental, open-minded support that is tailored to fit the individual needs, goals and values of each and every person she interacts with.
Jessica’s therapeutic style is strengths based. She relies frequently on motivational interviewing techniques to assist clients in discovering their values and motivations and using this as a basis for the direction of counseling. She utilizes evidence based practices including CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and Mindfulness. Jessica has a special interest in working with Children and Adolescents.