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:
Peter Nichols, MD, MHA, joined Family Service Center in 2014. Dr. Nichols received his MD at the University of Southern California and did further training at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Nichols has been the Program Director of the Intensive Outpatient Program for Chicago Lakeshore Hospital and the Unit Director of the Pervasive Developmental Disorder Unit at Streamwood Behavioral Health Systems. Dr. Nichols is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist who strongly believes in integrated care. At Family Service Center, Dr. Nichols works closely with the psychologists, social workers, and counselors to provide comprehensive support to all clients.
Anne Appel, MA, LCPC- 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.
Mary Claire Axford, MSW, LCSW, joined Family Service Center in 2014. Ms. Axford received her Masters Degree from the University of Maine, with a concentration in Health and Mental Health. Ms. Axford has over 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker and therapist. Ms. Axford has extensive experience conducting evaluations and psychosocial assessments in many different settings, and in providing counseling and therapy, including play therapy, to diverse populations.
Kristin Cleland, LCSW, joined the staff at Family Service Center in 2014. Ms. Cleland received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago. Ms. Cleland works with individuals, families, adolescents, and couples, and has extensive experience dealing with addictions, compulsive behaviors, depression, anxiety, and bipolar and psychotic disorders.
Lynn Denton, LCSW, joined the staff at Family Service Center in 2014. Ms. Denton received her Masters in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work, UIC, with a concentration in School Social Work. Ms. Denton works with individuals and families on coping with life events such as divorce, illness, relocation and job-related stress. Ms. Denton is also on staff with the Theraplay Institute as a school focused consultant.
Heather Freed, LSW, joined the staff of Family Service Center in 2013. Ms. Freed 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. Freed's areas of expertise include adolescents, young adults, families and school systems, dealing with mood and anxiety disorders, using dialectical behavioral therapy. Ms. Freed is further involved in community outreach, education and training, as well as crisis intervention.
Sari Glazebrook, MSW, Type 73, CADC, joined the staff at Family Service Center in 2014. Ms. Glazebrook received her Masters in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago and her B.A. from the University of Iowa. Ms. Glazebrook has over fifteen years of clinical professional experience working with adolescents and families. Ms. Glazebroook specializes in addictions support, versed in intake, assessment, and discharge planning.
Charles Hutchcraft, LCSW, joined Family Service Center in 2013. Mr. Hutchcraft received his Masters in Social Work from Loyola University in 2008, and his B.A. from Southern Illinois University. Mr. Hutchcraft is trained as an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist as well as a Sandplay therapist. Mr. Hutchcraft has extensive experience providing individual and family therapy to children and adolescents in crisis and their families.
Beth Irwin, LPC, joined Family Service Center in 2013. Ms. Irwin received her teaching certification from the University of Iowa and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. Ms. Irwin previously taught in Washington D.C.'s public school system and brings over four years of experience working in mental health, 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.
Tony Malloy, MS, CADC, joined Family Service Center in 2014. Mr. Malloy received his M.S. from Loyola University Chicago and his B.S. from Kent State University. Mr. Malloy is experienced in group and individual clinical therapy for substance abuse and dual diagnosis clients, working with adolescents and multi-family groups.
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. Ms. Merucci combines six commonly used and studied evidence-based approaches that form the core of positive results and the evidence of effectiveness: Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, 12-step facilitation, community reinforcement, integrated dual disorder treatment, and systems treatment. Ms. Merucci believes in a collaborative, person-centered approach that is empathetic and supportive. 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.
Nanci Priest, AM, MATS, MSW, LCSW, joined the staff at Family Service Center in 2014. Ms. Priest received her Masters Degree from the University of Chicago. With almost 30 years of experience, Ms. Priest treats individuals, couples, families, and groups as a licensed clinical social worker. From 2007-2013, Ms. Priest served as staff therapist with the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan. Ms. Priest's areas of professional competency include, but are not limited to, divorce, family blending, disabilities, parenting, depression, grief and loss, aging, transitions, women's issues, foster care, adoption, and death of a child.
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.
Daniel Stalilonis, LCSW, joined Family Service Center in 2013. He received a Masters in Social Work in 2009 from Loyola University, and received his B.A. from Fairfield University. Mr. Stalilonis previously worked as a school social work intern at Evanston Township High School.
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.