All therapists at the Samaritan Counseling Center of the Northwest Suburbs are licensed by the State of Illinois and/or certified by a professional organization. They represent a variety of professional backgrounds, including: clinical psychologists, licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists and pastoral counselors.

All of our therapists and counselors have at least one Master’s degree, as well as a minimum of 10 years experience.

Dr. Kathryn Singer, M.D.
Dr. Kathryn Singer, M.D. is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Singer provides psychiatric services including diagnostic assessments, medication management and psychiatric treatment for adolescents, adults and older adults. Dr. Singer’s areas of special interest include management of mood disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and related mental health concerns. Dr. Singer graduated from The University of Chicago, Division of Biological Sciences- the Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her psychiatric residency training at The University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Singer is a compassionate, caring experienced physician who joins with her patients on their journey toward recovery.

“My years with Dr. Singer have kept me out of the hospital and she rocks. What a great group of support people you have!”
“Dr. Singer is simply awesome. She’s funny, compassionate, caring and a couple of times has kept me from making really desperate, bad choices. Wouldn’t be here without her.”
Dr. Lora Wiens, Psy.D., LCP
Dr. Lora Wiens is Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a MA in Philosophy who treats adults, adolescents, and some children. She specializes in relationship issues, divorce, anxiety, mood disorders, suicide prevention, PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, and LGBTQ issues. Her approach is holistic, focusing on the importance of healing the mind, body, and spirit, drawing upon her training in psychology, philosophy, and theology. She is informed by attachment theory, meaning that she believes that early disruptions in our relationships can negatively impact our ability to form relationships and manage our emotions as adults. Among other treatment modalities, she frequently uses DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), which was designed to give people practical ways to manage intense emotions, negotiate difficult relationships and stop addictive behaviors (e.g. self-injury, eating disorders, and substance abuse).

For more about Dr. Lora Wiens’ approach, check out her blog:drlora.blogspot.com

To contact Dr. Lora Wiens please call 847-382-HOPE (4673) x 315 ; drlora@sccnw.org

“Lora is a truly amazing therapist and deeply cares about her clients and getting them to the best they can be. She is a one-of-a-kind person. Thank you, Lora!”
“Dr. Wiens was wonderful! I was really struggling to get through life on a daily basis when I met her. She listened and adjusted the way I viewed life. Honestly, she was a God-send!”
Dr. Vicki Santos, Psy.D. LCP
Vicki Santos, Psy.D. has over 20 years of experience with a wide range of issues. She works with couples, individuals, parents and children in providing psychological testing, assessements and psychotherapy. She specializes in treatment for depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, health-related stress and boundary work.

To contact Dr. Vicki Santos please call 847-382-HOPE (4673) x 317
DrVicki@sccnw.org

“I was recommended to Vicki Santos for EMDR which we are in the early stages of and she already has put past trauma to rest. I don’t get it but it’s amazing, and she’s so open and caring.” Michele
“Dr. Santos is wonderful. She listens and helps me to understand situations that I’m going through and how to process them. Then we work through how to handle situations that are very stressful to me. She has helped me so much and continues to do so. She is very caring and understanding.”
Dr. Kate Curtis: Psy.D., LCPC
Dr. Kate Curtis has her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and a LCPC license. With over fourteen years of experience in the field, she enjoys working with all ages and sees individuals, couples, and families. Kate works to create a safe space where clients can learn how to overcome/thrive in the midst of emotional, physical, spiritual, and interpersonal challenges. Clinical interests include health struggles such as infertility and fibromyalgia, parenting concerns, and relationship issues. For Kate, the goal of therapy is to help her clients live their best lives—happier, accepting of who they are, and successful at achieving personal/professional goals.

To contact Dr. Kate Curtis please call 847-382-HOPE (4673) x 311
DrKate@sccnw.org

“It’s hard to put into words how helpful the services I received were. The counseling I received helped me through some of the most difficult times of my life. Kate was helpful beyond words.”
“Dr. Kate was awesome! She was ‘real’ with me while still being compassionate.”
Jaime Altman, LCSW
Jaime Altman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her MSW degree from Loyola University Chicago. While she enjoys seeing clients of all ages, Jaime specializes in working with adolescents and their parents. Jaime has worked with individuals, families and groups on varying issues such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, anger management, and coping with stress. Jaime works from a strengths-based model and believes that everyone possesses positive qualities that can be utilized to promote emotional growth. To contact Jaime Altman please call 847-382-HOPE (4673) x 318 Jaltman@sccnw.org
Amy Bash, LCSW
Bash is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in providing psychotherapy with adults. Her areas of expertise include grief, codependency, addictions, marital counseling, anxiety, divorce, adult children of aging parents, depression, living with chronic illness, trauma recovery, and resiliency. In addition, Amy has extensive knowledge and experience in working with parents of special needs children. She offers a variety of informational and interactive workshops on the unique challenges faced by special needs families. Amy is an expert in the field of codependency and works with clients as they learn to balance caring for others with caring for themselves. She gives seminars on healing from toxic relationships with narcissistic individuals.Amy’s practice is solution-focused and strength-based. She embraces a mind/body/spirit approach. Amy is experienced in holistic wellness and incorporates meditation and other alternative types of healing in her psychotherapy.Amy received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and her Bachelor’s Degree from DePauw University in Psychology. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Barrington Area Council on Aging. Amy’s practice provides education, support and resource referrals for those coping with aging family members and friends. Her background also includes 6 years of managing corporate accounts for Employee Assistance Programs. Her trainings include conflict resolution in the workplace, effective ways of dealing with bullying, and stress management.Amy is warm, empathetic and innovative. She provides clients with the tools and techniques to unhook from self-destructive patterns and build resiliency. Amy’s practice fosters self- acceptance, hope and change.

To contact Amy Bash please call 847-382-HOPE (4673) x 324
ABash@sccnw.org

“Amy Bash as my therapist saved me. She is just everything!” Michele
“My counselor was very kind and understanding, and helped me talk through coping skills for my anxiety and sadness.”
Liz Doyle, CCMHC, NCC, LCPC
Liz Doyle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 28 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She enjoys working with all ages but her specialty focus has been with children, adolescents and families; she has worked with children and adolescents in many different settings including hospitals, residential, intensive in-home and community-based programs. She utilizes a strengths-based, family-focused and wellness oriented approach with children and adolescents. Her experience and training includes developing and implementing several evidence-based practices (i.e. practices based on research) which includes The Incredible Years Training Series for Parents and Teachers, the Transition to Independence Process for youth and young adults, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for individuals with a trauma background and suffering from anxiety, depression, and/or anger issues. The goal of her approach is to meet individuals where they are in their developmental process, to help them to identify their strengths and interests and to use those assets (i.e. strengths and interests) to continue the path of growth and development toward wellness, better relationships, and a happier life.She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. She is a member of the IL Counseling Association, the IL Mental Health Counselors Association, and the National Board of Certified Counselors and has been licensed in three states.

To contact Liz Doyle please call 847-382-HOPE (4673) x 323
LDoyle@sccnw.org

“Liz Doyle is so wonderful. My son has seen her for years. Not only does she come up with new ways to provide support, but she also is able to offer him perspective because of the length of time she has been seeing him. It helps so much!”
“Liz Doyle is extremely compassionate individual that listens well and brings simply yet thought provoking ideas to the sessions. She helped my daughter and I get through a very rough time and we will be forever grateful.”
Rev. Kerry Dueholm, LCPC, MDiv
Rev. Kerry Dueholm, LPC, MDiv Kerry is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her training from Loyola University Chicago and the University of Chicago. Kerry specializes in premarital and couples counseling using the Prepare/Enrich program which emphasizes the couples' strengths. She also specializes in resources for parents, grief and loss issues, postpartum depression and anxiety, and spiritual concerns. She is a licensed trainer for Mental Health First Aid with an additional certification in the Law Enforcement module. Mental Health First Aid helps equip people who are not mental health practitioners to recognize and help someone experiencing a mental health concern or crisis. She is also trained to present QPR, a resource to help prevent suicide. She is available for additional trainings to congregations and community groups.

To contact Kerry, please email PastorKerry@sccnw.org or call 847-243-6878 X326.

“Kerry Dueholm, being a pastor, understood the pastoral issues I was facing in a new role with an antagonist supervisor; overall, my anxiety was through the roof. Kerry provided helpful tools to manage the anxiety so that I could function better in a very difficult circumstance, and assisting me with transitioning into new and forming pastoral role. I appreciate her care and understanding during the times I was tender and hurt deeply during my vocational experience.”
“Kerry Dueholm was compassionate. She really seemed to care. She had helpful suggestions. I have a child with disability who is very unstable. Kerry’s advice and support made a big difference in my ability to cope.”
Brian McCallum, LCPC

Brian is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), who holds a master's degree in community mental health counseling from National-Louis University. He has gained a diversity of clinical and helping experience in various contexts: hospital, group practice, community agencies, and churches. Brian responsibly draws from various models, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Positive Psychology, and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Though he believes that the therapeutic relationship is crucial, Brian also strives to empower people with skills and tools for change. He enjoys helping people with anxiety, depression, stress, loss / grief, transitions, spirituality, and more. Brian is comfortable working with pre-adolescents, adolescents; and adults, including individuals and couples. He is a Prepare-Enrich facilitator, guiding premarital couples and married couples to stronger, healthier relationships. Brian has completed 60 hours of continuing education in the area of domestic violence as well. Brian is also trained in QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer) and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) models of suicide prevention and intervention. bmccallum@sccnw.org

 

“Even though I had difficulty communicating my issues, Brian was always patient and helpful.”
“I am happy with the professionalism of Brian because he is so responsive and a very good listener. He has great resources and follow-up.”

Carol Irons, LCSW, AdvantageEAP Manager
Carol Irons specializing in addiction, grief, depression, coping and life transitions, and workplace issues using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques for individual and couples therapy. Carol also manages the AdvantageEAP employee assistance program, providing confidential mental health care to employees and their families, and support for supervisors needing mental health assessments for their workers.

CIrons@sccnw.org

“Carol was very good and super understanding. Asks good questions that relate to topic that were helpful for me. She has keen insight and a good sense of humor.”
“Carol was an excellent and compassionate listener and very patient. She could identify with my issues and helped me find ways to move forward in my life.” C.B.
“Carol had her work cut out for her with our marriage therapy, but she’s a great communicator and doesn’t play favorites. We’re still a work in progress, but we have hope, direction and coping skills.”
Dan Martin, LCSW, CADC
Dan Martin, LCSW, CADC, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified alcohol and Drug Counselor. He received his MSW from Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC. Dan has 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. Dan’s expertise includes bi-polar disorder, psychotic disorders, borderline personality issues, depression, anxiety/panic attacks, ADHD and substance abuse recovery. He utilizes proven therapeutic interventions including CBT and DBT. Dan is positive and supportive and he helps his clients gain the insight, hope and courage to make real changes. His style is holistic and interactive and he works together with his clients to help them realize their potential and develop the skills to move towards more fulfilling lives.

dmartin@sccnw.org

“I think Dan probably saved my life. I don’t know how I would have handled my issues and anxiety without his help. He’s knowledgeable, caring, patient and has a good sense of humor.”
“I wish I could have continued seeing Dan. I’m now at the VA in their PTSD program, and am glad I got the head start I did with Dan.”
Nicole O’Dea, LCSW

Nicole received her Bachelor of Psychology degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her Master of Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago. She has extensive experience with adult and family therapy, addressing issues of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief & loss and co-occurring issues. She also specializes in care-giving challenges and has experience with eating disorders. Nicole uses a holistic & strengths focused approach, and is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and QPR ~ a suicide-prevention strategy.

Elisha Mairet, LCSW
Elisha received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Argosy University and her Master's Degree in Social Work from George Williams College of Aurora University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. Elisha has experience with individuals who've encountered the following stressors in their lives: traumatic brain injury, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disorders, learning disorders, ADD/ADHD, characteristics of the Autism Spectrum and more. With experience in the public school system, she is able to support children and families in working with their school team to help create an ever evolving productive team to ensure a desirable school experience. Elisha's practice incorporates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Family-focused Therapy, Strength-based Therapy and more to foster life goals and encourage client's to live in a way that is meaningful and more comfortable.
Scott Campbell, ACSW, LCSW
J. Scott Campbell, ACSW, LCSW, Clinical Director has over 40 years experience in the planning, development and implementation of behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Scott is a skilled, veteran mental health administrator and supervisor who served as Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer for a large community mental health center in McHenry County for 39 years. He has directed a number of counseling programs throughout his career. Scott is committed to the provision of Service Excellence through our dedicated team of licensed, experienced professionals focusing on providing “Hope, Help and Healing” to all who seek our services. Scott is committed to providing the highest level of service utilizing both evidence-based and faith-based approaches encompassing both solution-focused and strength-based approaches. Scott provides consultation services to schools, churches, business and industry and provides Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Management following a crisis situation. Clinical interest areas include mood disorders; grief and loss; relationship issues and suicide prevention. Scott is a Certified Trainer of “QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer” – a nationally acclaimed Suicide Prevention Program and is available to present this training in the community. Scott has served on a number of health and mental-health related boards of directors and currently serves as Co-President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in McHenry County. Scott is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and a member of the national Academy of Certified Social Workers. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Carthage College in Sociology, Psychology and Secondary Education and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from George Williams College with a concentration in clinical-psychiatric social work and community mental health. To make an appointment with one of our excellent clinical staff, please call Scott at 847-382- HOPE (4673), extension 316.
Amanda Savage Brown, PhD., LCSW
PhD., LCSW

Amanda Savage Brown, PhD., LCSW, is a psychotherapist specializing in evidence-based therapies rooted in contextual behavior sciences. She has trained extensively in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness, and clinical relational frame theory. ACT is a powerful psychotherapy grounded on research into how the human mind works and is proven effective across a wide range of human experiences. Amanda has successfully used ACT to help people struggling with a variety of issues including recovery from childhood abuse and neglect, other complex PTSD, grief and loss, chronic pain, generalized anxiety and specific phobias, life transitions, low interpersonal effectiveness and emotion dysregulation. She is particularly interested in helping individuals navigate age and health-related changes over the life cycle so they can continue living fulfilling lives. With Clinical Social Work's person-in-environment focus, over a decade’s experience in Public Health, and a PhD in Human Genetics, Amanda brings a holistic perspective to her practice and deeply understands the impact of biological and social influences on her clients’ lives. Amanda recently relocated to the Northwest Suburbs from Atlanta, GA with her husband, two of their three daughters, and their dog and cat. 

Sharon Fu, LPC
LPC

Sharon Fu, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor with extensive background working with children and adolescence as well as counseling teenagers and adults with persistent suicide ideation. Sharon comes to Samaritan by way of the Children’s Home & Aid Society in Rockford, Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia and the Community Crisis Center in Elgin. Sharon’s primary approach to addressing youth and family dynamics is with Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is also trained in Theraplay and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). She and her husband have three sons and a teenaged daughter.

Eileen Rancharan
Samaritan's 2018-2019 Intern

Eileen Rancharan Samaritan’s 2018-19 intern who counsels adolescents, young adults and their families and has experience in higher education and in community programs working with these very populations. Eileen has worked as a child care worker at the Hephzibah Children’s Association and most currently serves as the Senior Assistant Director of Freshman Admission at Concordia University Chicago where she provides college admission counseling. She is driven to help others achieve wellness and mental health through teaching positive coping skills, empowerment, and showing empathy. Eileen is grounded in the theoretical principles of the person-centered/humanistic approach and knowledgeable in cognitive behavioral techniques. She is fluent in Spanish and is very comfortable working in multi-cultural settings or with families with diverse backgrounds. Eileen is a member of the Illinois Counseling Association (ICA) and the Illinois Association of College Admission Counselors (IACAC).