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Meet Our Therapists
Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy is a cooperative of independent professionals.
PhD, Co-Director, Coordinator of Clinical Training
Niquie is a Clinical Psychologist with specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and substance abuse treatment. Niquie has over 20 years experience in treating eating disorders. She completed training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and works with high-conflict couples. Additionally, she specializes in the treatment of compulsive substance use, shopping, gambling, sex, and self-harm; alternative sexual and relationship lifestyles; work with high-conflict families; trauma; parenting; relationship difficulties; and grief and loss. She conducts therapy with adults, adolescents, couples and families and is available for supervision and consultation. She also provides phone and video psychotherapy.
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.”
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.
Zack is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with advanced training in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and trauma informed psychotherapy. He is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Zack earned his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. He completed practicum training at Northwestern University’s Family Institute and a one-year externship at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. 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.
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.
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.
Britt is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP). She is a graduate of the Center for Group Studies’ training program in modern analytic group psychotherapy. Britt works with adults in individual therapy on issues concerning transitions of adulthood; parenting, divorce and blended families; the experience of first generation Americans; mood and anxiety disorders; trauma; and self-injury. Her interpersonal process groups offer adults of all genders a supportive environment in which to better understand their relationship and communication patterns. Britt leads a training group for clinicians and provides individual consultation to therapists who are interested in group leadership and group work. She has presented experiential trainings in group therapy at local and national conferences.
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.
LPC, Senior Postgraduate Fellow
Deirdre is a Postgraduate Fellow at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northwestern University. She was an advanced practicum Extern at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy, and prior to that was a psychotherapy Intern at both Alexian Brothers Community Mental Health Center and The Family Institute. Deirdre provides integrative relational psychotherapy to adults and co-leads a Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills group. Her clinical interests include working with those with chronic illness, caregiver burnout, life transitions, trauma and PTSD, and anxiety. Prior to pursuing her Master’s, Deirdre worked for over two decades in publishing and technology.
MA, Postgraduate Fellow
Bill is a Postgraduate Fellow at the Lakeview Center. He holds two masters’ degrees – one in clinical counseling and psychotherapy from the Institute of Clinical Social Work, and another in Education from Bank Street College of Education. Bill provides individual therapy for adults and adolescents. While the foundation of his practice is psychodynamic, Bill’s approach is integrative. Bill’s clinical interests include helping individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, spiritual concerns, and LGBTQAI+ issues. A former middle school humanities teacher, he enjoys working with individuals in the helping professions and arts.
MA, Psychotherapy Extern
Amanda is a Psychotherapy Extern at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. She is a second-year master’s student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work, a psychodynamically-oriented graduate program, where she is working towards her LPC. Previously, she has worked with adolescents at the Chicago High School for the Arts’ clinical counseling program. She is interested in psychoanalysis. By working without judgement and in great detail, she tries to speak to the origins of those symptoms, putting words to what feels unsayable, paying close attention to desires and conflicts, inner and external worlds, weaving past and present, fantasy and reality, in order to effect change.
MA, Psychotherapy Extern
Ryan is a Psychotherapy Extern at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy and a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Adler University. He provides integrative psychodynamic psychotherapy. Ryan’s clinical interests include working with adults and adolescents presenting with complex trauma, mood disorders, and life transitions. Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, Ryan was an actor and Improv performer. He has an engaging and relaxed style, and believes humor can play a central role in the healing process.
Melinda is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Social Worker, Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor, and Certified Psychoanalyst. She treats children, adults, and couples. Melinda specializes in treating mood disorders, anxiety, relationship problems, adapting to stage of life transitions, substance use, addiction, grief, loss and trauma. She enlists theories encompassing a broad spectrum of psychotherapeutic practice. Her belief is that people come to therapy for symptom relief and a greater understanding of who they are. She believes therapy is an opportunity for emotional understanding of the self which can be a transformative experience. Melinda provides consultation to other mental health professionals, and supervision to graduate and post-graduate trainees.