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Maureen McKane | Batavia Therapist

Maureen L McKane, Director, MSW, LCSW

Licensed: State of Illinois
Postgraduate Training: Family Institute of Chicago at Northwestern University
MSW: University of Illinois
Author: Former Columnist for the Aurora Beacon News
Publications: Articles in the Child Welfare Journal, Family & Conciliation Courts Review & Kane County Chronicle
Recipient: Woman of Achievement Award, 1991
Member: National Association of Social Workers; Diabetes Education Advisory Board, Delnor Community Hospital; Geneva Women in Business
Community Lectures: Empowering, divorce, parenting, children & adolescent issues, step-families, Diabetes and feelings
Board of Directors: Family Counseling Service, Aurora, IL (Past President)
Theoretical Framework:

Mixes Psychodynamic, Practical Behavioral Approaches, Family Systems Theory and EMDR


Stephanie Nelson-Gerhardt | Sandwich Therapist

Stephanie Nelson-Gerhardt, MS, LMFT

Licensed: State of Illinois
MS: Northern Illinois University
BS: Eastern Illinois University
Specialization: Couples issues ranging from intimacy building and communication issues to infidelity. Relationship coaching for individuals who struggle with friends, family members or dating partners to help them create and maintain healthy, meaningful relationships. Family therapy for parents who find it difficult to connect with and influence their adolescent children.
Adolescent Experience: Youth Service Bureau, DeKalb, IL
Couples Work: The Couples Clinic, Geneva, IL
Theoretical Framework: Takes an active, directive approach combining a variety of therapeutic models including family systems and attachment theory
Specialized Training:

Pragmatic Experiential Therapy model for Couples (PET-C).


Julie DeFalco | Therapist

Julie DeFalco, MSW, LCSW

Licensed: State of Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MSW: Loyola University School of Social Work
  • Adolescent Development - helping parents understand what's to be expected with normal adolescent development and what might indicate a problem.
  • Aggression and Behavioral Disorders - helping children and teens understand the motivation for their behaviors and teaching them more positive coping skills and appropriate emotional expression; helping parents set limits and structure to encourage positive behaviors.
  • Mood Disorders - helping clients understand and manage their emotions in order to be happy and productive.
  • Parent-Child Communication
  • Relationship Issues
  • Multicultural Sensitivity - Experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds
Adolescent Experience: Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Hoffman Estates, IL Asst Director for Youth Development
Theoretical Framework: Takes a client-centered approach, combining cognitive-behavioral techniques with psychodynamic, insight-oriented therapy. Counseling is tailored to each client´┐Żs individual needs and preferences.
Specialized Training: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); Positive Adolescent Choices Training (PACT); Washington Aggression Interruption Training (WAIT)

Community Lectures: Communicating with Teens, Parenting Teens, Teens & Technology


Deborah Miller | Elgin Therapist

Deborah Miller-Lunsford, LCSW

Licensed: State of Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MSW: University of Illinois, Chicago
Specialties: Working with individuals, all ages, who are dealing with life transitions. Sexual abuse and trauma. Depression and anxiety. Women's issues. Relationship issues. ADHD: it's individual and family challenges.
Experience: Over 20 years, Spectrum Youth and Family Services: provided individual and Family counseling; coordinated and supervised student internship program; coordinated DCFS contract. Co-chairman Illinois LAN 46 Wraparound Services. Worked also with adults, couples, children and families in private practice settings.
Theoretical Framework: Creates a therapeutic environment that is nurturing and non-judgmental, allowing her clients an opportunity to discover their inner strengths and challenge old belief systems and behaviors that have impacted their quality of life. Treatment approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused and Psychodynamic methods.
Member: National Association of Social Workers
Specialized Training:

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Washington Aggression Interruption Training (WAIT)


Lin Shi | Therapist

Lin Shi, PhD, LMFT

Licensed: State of Illinois, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Nineteen years of clinical experiences
PhD: Texas Tech University

Couple relationships; Child abuse and trauma recovery; Parent-child relationships; Whole family issues; Conflict resolution; Marriage across cultures.

Teaching: Associate Professor and Program Director in Marriage and Family Therapy, Northern Illinois University
Research: Dr. Shi's research has been published in Family Process, The American Journal of Family Therapy, Journal of Family Psychotherapy and other professional journals. Studies include effective treatment methods of family therapy, implications of attachment theory and research in individual and couple therapy, as well as the impact of early trauma and its recovery in adulthood.
Professional Contribution: Dr. Shi is a well-respected clinician, educator, and researcher in the field of marriage and family therapy. She is invited regularly by leading universities internationally to lecture on special topics in Marriage and Family Therapy and provide intensive clinical supervision. She has conducted workshops, trainings, and clinical supervision in Norway, Hong Kong, Kosovo, and China. She has presented at the World Congress of Family Therapy in such countries as Portugal, Holland, Iceland, Slovenia, and Canada. She also presents regularly at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Family Therapy.

Member: Clinical Fellow, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT); Member, International Family Therapy Association (IFTA); former Board Member, Training Division, IFTA

Theoretical Framework: Dr. Shi's clinical work is dynamically influenced by the Attachment Theory, Bowen's Family Systems Theory, Structural Family Therapy, and Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy. Her unique ability to understand the client's challenge as well as strengths comes from her skillful examination and exploration of important life events and emotional experiences. She is an expert in helping clients make constructive changes through gaining important insight from the past, and creating constructive emotional experiences. She encourages clients to explore through her nurturing and sensitive clinical moves.