Meet Our Therapists
The Therapists at Lakeview
Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy is a collaborative group of therapists in private practice. We share a common therapy approach which uses the therapy relationship to help clients gain self-understanding and long-lasting change.
PhD, Co-Director, Coordinator of Clinical Training
Niquie is a Clinical Psychologist with specialized training in psychoanalysis, Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 2, modern psychoanalytic group therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, divorce mediation, and substance abuse treatment. She works with high-conflict couples and families. Additionally, she specializes in the treatment adults and adolescents with eating disorders; substance abuse; compulsive shopping, gambling, sex, and self-harm; alternative sexual and relationship lifestyles; trauma; parenting; relationship difficulties; and grief and loss. She conducts integrative relational therapy consultation and supervision and is available for in person, video, and telephone therapy.
LCSW, Co-Director, Coordinator of Intake
Kate is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Kate has advanced training in Jungian and Somatic psychotherapy, authentic movement and mindfulness meditation. She has over 20 years experience in treating eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, and body image issues. Kate also specializes in treating depression, anxiety and mood disorders, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, trauma, infertility and postpartum depression. Kate conducts individual and group psychotherapy. She leads groups and workshops integrating somatic practices, meditation and psychotherapy.
Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years experience. She has a certificate in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Institute for Psychoanalysis. She provides psychotherapy to adults and children at two practice locations. She specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, relationship difficulties, personality disorders, and stage of life transitions, utilizing principles of relational psychoanalytic theory. Sarah provides supervision and consultation to psychotherapy students and professionals as well as faculty and administration of multiple head-start and early childhood programs.
Spencer E. Biel
Spencer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with 15 years of experience treating individuals, couples, and families, and consulting to groups. After earning his doctorate at George Washington University, Spencer completed a four-year fellowship in advanced psychoanalytic studies at the Austen Riggs Center, where he remained on staff for eight years. He has expertise addressing trauma, treatment refractory anxiety and depression, emotion dysregulation, and relationship problems. Spencer provides supervision and consultation to clinicians with a focus on psychoanalytic case formulation and therapy technique.
LCSW, BCD, Child and Family Therapy Coordinator
Nathan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has 19 years experience as a psychotherapist and completed advanced training at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. He is interested in the internal emotional world of people and its bearing on relationships, including the therapeutic relationship. Nathan works with adults, children, parents and couples in consideration of their development—both in health and also when things get “off-track.”
Psychoanalyst, LCPC (IL), LMHC (WA),
LPCC (CA), LPC (AZ)
Tamara is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a psychoanalyst and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who offers a unique blend of in-depth, traditional and relational treatment. Originally from South Africa, she trained at the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis and the Tavistock Clinic in London. Tamara is passionate about helping people succeed in achieving their full potential and improve their interpersonal communication. Tamara’s global experience gives her insight and sensitivity to multi-cultural issues. She has a warm, relaxed and engaging style, and works with both individuals and couples. Tamara also offers supervision and consultation on psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Zack is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with advanced training in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma informed psychotherapy. He is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and he has completed Level 1 training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) . Zack earned his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. Zack specializes in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma related issues, self-injury, self-esteem issues, and anger. Zack provides psychotherapy to adults, couples and adolescents.
Kat Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a Master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago and has advanced training in DBT and trauma informed therapy. She has worked with the houseless population, at Center on Halsted, and at an LGBTQ group practice in Andersonville. She has a strong passion for social justice that she utilizes in her work. Kat’s areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, trauma and LGBTQ+ issues..
Glynis is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She completed her master’s in clinical counseling and psychotherapy at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. She has a background in community mental health and has extensive experience working with families who are dealing with conflict and loss. She specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and concerns around identity and self-esteem. Glynis works with individual adults, adolescents, children and parents. Prior to pursuing her master’s Glynis worked as a middle school teacher.
Deirdre is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She completed her Master’s Degree in clinical mental health counseling at Northwestern University. She practices an integrative therapeutic approach blending psychodynamic therapy and behavioral change strategies. Deirdre believes that experiencing mutually satisfying relationships leads to emotional well-being and that exploring past relationships and experiences can provide a path to growth and self-compassion. She has advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and leads DBT skills training groups and also offers individual DBT therapy. Deirdre works with adults and areas of focus include anxiety, depression, chronic illness (particularly Type 1 diabetes), caregiver burnout, and adult ADD/ADHD. Prior to pursuing her Master’s, Deirdre worked in publishing and technology.
Allisun Noe Conant
Allisun is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialized training in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, and couple therapy. Allisun received post-doctoral certification in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. She has completed an externship in Emotion Focused Couple Therapy as well as training in EMDR. She has experience working with depression and anxiety, relationship issues, identity and self-esteem, LGBTQ clients, eating and body-image disturbances, loss and mourning, and pregnancy related transitions. She is available for individual and couples therapy.
Joseph is a Clinical Psychologist who provides psychoanalytic therapy and consultation. He has significant experience working with adults with longstanding difficulties including chronic depression and anxiety, attachment trauma, loneliness, and unstable self-esteem. He has specialized training in personality assessment and intensive psychoanalytic therapy. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Toledo and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at The Menninger Clinic (Baylor College of Medicine). Prior to going into private practice, Joseph was a Staff Psychologist at Yellowbrick where he provided intensive individual, group, and family therapy, and psychological testing.
Leigh is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Leigh emphasizes an integrative approach including psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, and behavioral change techniques. Leigh works with individuals, couples and family systems on issues of trauma, regulation of emotions, interpersonal dynamics, conflict resolution, increased performance, and creation of meaningful life endeavors based on personal values and motivations. Leigh has advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), is certified in Prolonged Exposure therapy, and to administer Personality and Feedback assessments. Additionally, Leigh works with family owned businesses and facilitates the Leadership Institute through Loyola University’s Family Business Center.
PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cayce is not accepting new patients at this time. Please contact Melissa below if you would like to schedule a psychiatric evaluation now and transfer to Cayce when she accepts patients in the future.
Cayce is board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing in the Chicago area. Her philosophy to care is connection, with an emphasis on compassion, dignity and respect. She believes in connecting clients to available community resources and enhanced access to care through in-person as well as telehealth services. She embraces a whole person approach to care that may encompass mindfulness practice, psychotherapy recommendations, and an inclusion of the community/faith/spiritual/familial influences that support or help guide one’s mental health journey to a better state of being. Cayce strives to work together to improve quality of life and achieve the client’s personal goals, whether that be with a psychopharmacological approach, a psychotherapeutic approach or a combination of both. Cayce’s work includes a focus on women’s trauma, mood spectrum disorders including depression, post-traumatic stress , anxiety related disorders, disorders of psychotic states and substance abuse support services. She is a proud allied professional of the LGBTQ and minority health communities.
PMHNP, DNP, APRN, LCPC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lois provides medication and psychotherapy. Much of her experience has involved helping women with depression, relationship problems, parenting or medical illness. She is an Assistant Professor at Rush University and a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been in practice over 30 years. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Illinois. She is available for medication management for adults, adolescents, and children. Please note that Lois is OUT-OF-NETWORK for all insurance carriers.
PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melissa Vitale is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She provides a holistic approach that considers your unique physical and mental health needs. She offers general psychiatric services for adult patients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, or thought disorders. For every new patient, Melissa provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment, and offers subsequent mental medication management and individual psychotherapy. She sees adults and adolescents. She is eager to collaborate with other providers (therapists, counselors) to provide optimal care for her patients.
LPC, MA, Senior Postgraduate Fellow
Bill is the Senior Postgraduate Fellow at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. He holds two master’s degrees – one in clinical counseling and psychotherapy from the Institute for Clinical Social Work, and another in museum education from Bank Street College of Education. While the foundation of his work is psychodynamic, his approach is integrative. Bill uses a trauma-informed approach to help individuals facing anxiety, depression and life transitions; and exploring existential and spiritual questions. In addition, he has extensive experience working with individuals living with severe mental illnesses including bipolar and schizoaffective disorders. Prior to pursuing work as a psychotherapist, Bill taught middle school humanities.
LPC, MA, Postgraduate Fellow
Sevil is a Postgraduate Fellow at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. She recently completed her master’s degree in Clinical Psychotherapy from the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Previously, she worked at Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute to complete her internship. Although her foundation is psychodynamic, she believes in an integrative approach as every person’s needs are unique. Sevil provides individual psychotherapy for adults, young adults and adolescents. Her experience and interests are depression, anxiety, trauma, body image, identity, immigration and LGBTQ+ issues.
MSW, MA, Postgraduate Fellow
Katie is a Postgraduate Fellow at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. Katie holds a master’s degree in social work from the Erikson Institute, where she specialized in working with children, adolescents, and families in community settings. Before joining Lakeview, Katie completed a psychodynamic clinical internship at JPA Chicago, where provided integrative, relationship-based interventions. Katie’s background is in working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, life stressors, identity concerns, difficult family dynamics and grief/loss. Katie explores how the intersections of identity, family of origin, relationship patterns and past losses shape our present experiences. She helps clients make meaning of their stories and life experiences to develop a foundation for emotional health and wellbeing. She sees clients of all ages for integrative psychodynamic therapy.
Call 773 257 3240
MSW, AM, Psychotherapy Fellow
Katie is a Psychotherapy Fellow at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. She holds a masters degree in social work from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining Lakeview she was a student therapist at the Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago, providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to adolescents and adults. In addition to providing individual therapy, she also has experience facilitating groups in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Skills & Body Image Flexibility. Katie provides individual psychodynamic and integrative therapy to adolescents and adults. Her clinical interests include parenting and family conflict, life transitions, relationship issues, self esteem, body image, stress and anxiety, and women’s issues. Katie is passionate about creating a safe and healing space in collaboration with her patients.
MA, Psychotherapy Fellow
Nicole is a Psychotherapy Fellow at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Institute for Clinical Social Work.. She has training and experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and is also a fellow at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. Nicole’s areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, trauma, self esteem, relationships, family dynamics, and multicultural therapy. Nicole provides psychotherapy to adults and families.
Hali is an LGBTQ+ Psychotherapy Extern at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. She is obtaining her Master’s degree at Northwestern University, a psychodynamically-oriented graduate program. Previously, she has led group therapy sessions at Turning Point Behavioral Health and individual therapy sessions at The Family Institute. Hali’s clinical interests include psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults and adolescents working toward discovering their authentic selves. She promotes honesty and vulnerability in the therapeutic space so clients can live more fulfilling outside lives. Hali creates a safe environment for LGBTQ+ folks, and clients with stress and anxiety, body conflicts, and perfectionism.
Kyle is a Psychotherapy Extern at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy and a second-year master’s student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. He provides psychodynamic psychotherapy to individual adults and adolescents. Kyle’s clinical interests include working with people presenting with depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, loss, relationship concerns, and existential questions. Kyle has an intentional and thoughtful style.
Call (414) 671-9422