At Family Service Center, sixteen licensed mental health professionals provide therapy on a sliding fee scale — putting help and support within reach of people who live, work, or attend school in Glenview, Kenilworth, Northbrook and Wilmette. See our locations.
Family Service Center offers professional counseling services to meet the diverse needs of our various communities with multilingual and multicultural therapists. Our therapy staff consists of clinicians who speak Spanish, Arabic, and German. Additionally we now have a child clinician on staff in our Wilmette/Glenview and Northbrook locations, who sees children individually and in collaboration with their parents.Our clinicians are experienced, competent and highly trained. In addition to their professional degrees, most staff have completed postgraduate training programs and participate in ongoing professional educational programs each year.
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Our Clinical Staff:
Dr. Shawn Daugherty, Psy. D. earned a Doctor of Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology from Guilford College. Dr. Daugherty brings an impressive base of experience including community crisis response, individual and family therapy and the delivery of mental health services in a variety of settings. His most recent experience includes serving as the Director of Psychological Services for Streamwood Behavioral Health Systems.
Javier Alonso, MA, LCPC, CADC, received his B.A. in Psychology and M.A in Family Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. Mr. Alonso works with individuals, couples and families with a special interest in addictions and the family system.
Anne Bosio-Appel, MA, LPC- received her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and joined the Family Service Center in 2011. Ms. Bosio-Appel works with couples, families, and individuals with special interest in relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and parenting issues.
Stephan Gombis, LCPC, received his master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. This is his 5th year with the Family Service Center. His focuses are in managing relationship conflict, stress management and replacing bad habits with new ones. Stephan has worked with couples, families, and individuals.
Beth Irwin, LPC, joined Family Service Center in 2013. Ms. Irwin received her B.A. in Special Studies from Cornell College and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. Ms. Irwin has over four years of experience, specializing in play-based child therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, assessment and treatment of children and adolescents in groups; LGBTQ populations; and mindfulness.
Jay Karant, LCSW, has worked as a psychotherapist since 1970 and with Family Service Center since 1985. Mr. Karant received his B. A. at Roosevelt University and M.S.S.A. at Case Western Reserve University School of Applied Social Sciences. Postgraduate training was at the Gestalt Institute & Family Institute. Having worked with adolescents in suburban high schools for 30 years, Mr. Karant is a certified school social work specialist and works extensively with adolescent adjustment problems.
Mona Manning, LCSW, joined the Family Service Center in 2009. Ms. Manning received her B.A. from Mundelein College and MSW from Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Manning is a graduate of the postgraduate program at The Center for Family Consultation. Fluent in the Arabic language, Ms. Manning works with individuals, couples and families.
Paula Merucci, LSW, CADC, Type 73 School Social Work Certified, joined Family Service Center in 2013. Ms. Merucci received her MSW from Loyola University Chicago, where she specialized in the treatment of families and adolescents, with a concentration in substance abuse prevention. She first became interested in working with adolescents as a volunteer support worker 17 years ago at Links-North Shore Youth Health. Ms. Merucci has three years of clinical placement experience in the field of addition and recovery, high school social work, and hospice care.
Tracy Muklewicz, MS Ed, NCC, LCPC, joined Family Service Center in 2013. Ms. Muklewicz received her B.A. in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and her M.S. Ed. specializing in community counseling from Northern Illinois University. She is a graduate of the Certificate in Play Therapy Program from Midamerica Nazarene University. Ms. Muklewicz is a play therapist with over ten years of experience providing services to children and families. Tracy uses directive and non-directive play therapy as well as Theraplay® techniques to facilitate growth, healing, self-esteem and healthy relationships with children, their peers and families.
Ewa Nevler, LCSW, has been a practicing psychotherapist with Family Service Center since 2001. Ms. Nevler, a bi-lingual therapist sees Polish families and individuals. Ms. Nevler graduated at Yagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, and Loyola University-Chicago with a master's in Social Work.
Gloria Passalacqua, MA, LCPC, is a bi-lingual, bi-cultural psychotherapist who has been practicing since 1977 and joined Family Service Center in 2006. Ms. Passalacqua works with Latino families, specializing in family and group therapy with such topics as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Lily Peter, LCSW, has been with Family Service Center since 2013. Ms. Peter received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Vermont and her MSW from Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work. Ms. Peter has over seven years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families, and dealing with anxiety, depression, self-esteem and life transitions. Ms. Peter uses psychodynamic theory, systems theory, and cognitive behavior therapy in a variety of settings including inpatient hospitals, partial hospitalization, and outpatient programs. She also works with Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice.
Laurie Roston, LCSW has been a psychotherapist since 1975 and at Family Service Center since 1988. Ms. Roston received her B.A. at Ohio University and her M.A. at The University of Chicago – School of Social Service Administration. Ms. Roston did her postgraduate training in family systems. Ms. Roston specializes in marital & family therapy.
Heather Steward, LSW, joined the staff of Family Service Center in 2013. Ms. Steward received her B.A. in Psychology and Communications from Lake Forest College and her MSW from Loyola University Chicago, specializing in adolescents and schools. Ms. Steward's areas of expertise include adolescents, young adults, families and school systems, dealing with mood and anxiety disorders, using dialectical behavioral therapy. Ms. Steward is further involved in community outreach, education and training, as well as crisis intervention.
Sarah Stumme, MSW, M Div. Joined the staff of the Family Service Center in 2011. Ms. Stumme graduated from Loyola University with a master in Social Work and she received her M.Div from Lutheran School of Theology. She is in the postgraduate program at the Center for Family Consultation and works with individuals, families and couples.
Susanne Swisher, Ph.D., received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Vienna in Austria. She received her postgraduate training at the Tavistock Clinic in London and at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. She has been with the Family Service Center since 1991 and specializes in marital therapy and life cycle issues, particularly those associated with aging and retirement.