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, Director of Training, Certified Group Psychotherapist, PSYPACT Provider
Niquie is a Clinical Psychologist with specialized training in psychoanalysis, Gottman Couples Therapy Level 2 and Gottman Seven Principles Leader, 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. Niquie has expertise helping couples and families struggling with divisive politics. She runs interpersonal process groups and conducts integrative relational therapy consultation and supervision.
LCSW, Co-Director, Intake Director
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.
LCSW, Co-Director, Director of Clinical Supervision
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 Board Certified 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. He approaches clients in consideration of their development—both in health and also when things get “off-track.” Nathan works with adults, children, parents and couples.
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 (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is a white, cisgender, queer therapist and has a Master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago. Kat is primarily an ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) focused clinician with additional training in other behaviorally based and integrative therapies. She completed an advanced Contextual Behavioral Fellowship and has extensive training in the treatment of relational trauma. She has worked with the houseless population, survivors of IPV, Veterans, 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. Prior to pursuing her master’s Glynis worked as a middle school teacher. 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.
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. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Toledo and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at The Menninger Clinic (Baylor College of Medicine). He has specialized training in personality assessment and intensive psychoanalytic therapy. 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. He has significant experience working with adults with longstanding difficulties including chronic depression and anxiety, attachment trauma, loneliness, and unstable self-esteem. Joseph provides psychoanalytic therapy and consultation.
Max is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. He completed his master’s in clinical counseling and psychotherapy at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and has additional training in integrative couples therapy. Max works from a psychodynamic perspective and specializes in treating individuals with mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, low self-esteem, identity issues, grief, and relationship challenges. He provides psychotherapy to adults, children, adolescents, and couples.
PMHNP, DNP, APRN, LCPC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lois is a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Illinois. She is an Assistant Professor at Rush University and a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been in practice over 30 years. Much of her experience has involved helping women with depression, relationship problems, parenting or medical illness. She is available for medication management for adults, adolescents, and children and also provides psychotherapy. 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. For every new patient, Melissa provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment, and offers subsequent mental medication management and individual psychotherapy. She is eager to collaborate with other providers (therapists, counselors) to provide optimal care for her patients. Melissa offers general psychiatric services for adult patients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, or thought disorders. She sees adults and adolescents. Melissa is available in person and remotely through telehealth.
LPC, MA, Senior Postgraduate Fellow
Hali is a Postgraduate Fellow at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. She holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. Prior to Lakeview, Hali worked with individuals at The Family Institute and with groups at Turning Point Behavioral Health Center. Hali specializes in working with anxiety, perfectionism, queer communities, and artistic/creative minds. She is committed to incorporating social justice into her therapeutic approach, and promotes vulnerability in therapy so clients can feel accepted and understood. Hali provides psychoanalytic and integrative psychotherapy with adults, couples, adolescents, and children.
MSW, Senior Postgraduate Fellow
Gabriel is a Postgraduate Fellow at the Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. He obtained his Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis and is a graduate of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute’s Child Adolescent/Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program. He has advanced training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, an evidence-based approach which leverages psychoanalytic theory and experiential and body-mind-focused interventions. He also employs other experiential approaches including Internal Family Systems and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy. Gabriel has extensive experience treating patients with depression, anxiety, relational trauma, substance use difficulties, sexual difficulties, suicidality and self-harm, relationship difficulties, intimate partner violence, grief and loss, poor self-esteem, and emotional dysregulation. He strives to foster a collaborative, developmentally informed, and emotionally alive relationship with his patients. Gabriel provides psychotherapy to individual adults and couples and facilitates an all-gender interpersonal process group.
PhD, Postgraduate Fellow
Rachel is a Postgraduate Fellow at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy trained in existential, psychodynamic therapy. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from The Teacher’s College, Columbia University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University. Before joining Lakeview, she completed her internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She has expertise in treating mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties, as well as significant experience working with women’s mental health, emerging adults, and couples. Rachel’s approach is contemplative, emotion-focused, and attentive to meaning and purpose. Patients can expect a safe place to explore philosophical, spiritual, and existential questions of every kind, as well as the more mundane challenges of daily living. Rachel provides individual therapy to adults, older adolescents, and couples.
MSW, Postgraduate Fellow
Cecilia (she/they) is a Postgraduate Fellow at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh, where she specialized in direct practice and received a certificate in gender, sexuality, and woman’s studies. Prior to joining Lakeview, she worked in community mental health for drug and alcohol treatment, bipolar disorder, and life transitions. She also has experience facilitating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups. Cecilia uses an integrative, trauma-informed approach. She works to create a safe healing space where clients are met with compassion and respect. Cecilia specializes in mood disorders, substance abuse, women’s issues, gender and sexuality, and trauma. She sees adults, adolescents, children and couples for psychodynamic, integrative, and DBT therapy.
Ryan (he/him) is a Postgraduate Fellow at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. He will obtain his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in August 2023. Before returning to Lakeview, where he had done a practicum year, Ryan completed his internship at Oregon State University, and has also trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Psychological Consultations in Chicago. Prior to his career in psychology, Ryan was a writer and performance artist and worked in the service industry as a bartender. He also has a love for comedy and improv, elements which distinctly color his therapeutic approach, as he often infuses play, humor, and laughter into the healing process. He holds a deep belief that identity is a creative task, and consciously weaves creativity into his therapeutic work. Ryan specializes in the intersection of creativity and mood disorders, offering insights and strategies to manage these complex challenges. Ryan’s approach assists clients in navigating the specific issues often faced by those with a creative disposition. He employs an integrative psychoanalytic approach and provides both individual and group psychotherapy.
Matin is a Graduate Student Extern at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy trained in psychodynamic, existential, and relational therapy. He is currently in his 2nd year pursuing his Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling at Northwestern University. Previous to Lakeview, he worked as a therapist-in-training at the Family Institute at Northwestern University seeing low-income and uninsured clients. Matin approach is relationally informed, expressive, and experiential. He sees his clients through a multicultural lens. As an immigrant himself, he connects to those with similar experiences. He adjusts his clinical approach according to the unique needs of each client. Matin specializes in mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, and trauma.