Meet The Therapists

Tracy Stone, LCPC, ICDVP

Therapy Studio: Owner and Lead Clinician
Hartgrove Hospital: Clinical Coordinator for School Based Services for Services

Tracy Stone is a Licensed Clinical Coordinator and received a Master’s Degree in Community and Agency Counseling from St. Xavier University. Currently, she is committed to making a difference helping the communities in Grundy and Will County.

Tracy also is working to build a program that can meet the mental health needs of students within a school setting and supervises clinical work for Hartgrove Hospital outpatient settings.

Tracy’s therapy approach embodies trust, compassion, Cognitive Behavioral, and Solution Focused techniques. Tracy brings a unique perspective to counseling due to her experience of working in corporate America and being a business owner prior to becoming a therapist.

Additional Certifications include: Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional (ICDVP) and Perpetrator Abuse Interventions Program (PAIP) allowing her to be trained to counsel Domestic Violence Victims and Perpetrators; Certified Alcohol and Drug Certification trained.

Garilynn Winterbottom, Psy.D

~ I am patient, I am caring, I am empathic, I am hopeful, I am skilled, and I am motivated to help those who need a little help on their journey towards psychological wellness and relational efficacy; I want to get you there.  I will listen, I will explore, I will guide, I will encourage, and I will do my best to empower you so that you can obtain the insight and skills necessary to cope, improve communication, resolve problems, manage maladaptive emotional & behavioral responses to distress, and just feel better overall. Together, we can find the strength, courage, and faith that will allow you to heal, be peaceful, find happiness, and grow as a person. ~ 

 

My name is Garilynn Winterbottom.  I received my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University.  My training and professional experiences include the treatment of children, adolescents, and families with a wide range of challenges including exposure to adverse childhood experiences,  low self-esteem,  depression, generalized and social anxiety, vast mood swings, anger/resentment, post-traumatic stress, homelessness, loss of attachment figures and displacement from biological homes (DCFS involvement), substance use, attention deficit/hyperactivity, poor impulse control, and dysfunctional relationship patterns.  I have been practicing in the mental health field for 13 years. I provide individual, family, and couple’s therapy.  I utilize an integrative approach to therapy and draw from Psychodynamic, Family Systems, Relational, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment modalities; however, my goal is always to provide therapy that is collaborative (therapist-client), client/clients specific, relevant, and realistic.   

 

I love this quote by N.R. Narayana Murphy; it reflects the reality of treatment and I hope it provides you with the motivation necessary to move forward with therapy:

Growth is painful. 

Change is painful.

But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

Joe Ramos, LPC

My name is Joe Ramos; my hometown is the Six Flags area in Lake County, and I live in central Illinois near Fairbury with my wife of 17 years and our four children. 

I have a passion for listening to, understanding, and engaging people. This passion led me to become a professional mental health counselor. I’ve pursued my passion through various roles in some of the most challenging clinical settings, from military field hospitals and ambulance units in Iraq to serving in inner-city community centers and behavioral healthcare units in a forensic setting.. I focus on cultivating psychological flexibility, healing emotional traumas, and alleviating anxiety and depression in my clinical practice. 

I aim to carry my mission of helping people navigate challenging changes, from the clinical setting to the corporate environment. I have a Bachelor of Organizational Management from Bethel College in South Bend, IN. And a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Before licensure as a mental health professional, I served in inside sales, account management, and team leadership with W.W.Grainger and Stericycle. 

My teammates typically count on me to be the Reasoner due to my trio of proficiencies as a therapist, creative thinker, and logical examiner. I am inquisitive and analytical, continually seeking ways to help people be resilient and realistic. 

My approach to therapy is primarily inspired by Dr. Irving Yalom, which you’ll find reflected in my interpersonal style and attention to the present moment—complimenting that with employing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to address stress, anxiety, trauma, and depression. If you’re looking for someone to talk to about these, reach out to me at Studio Therapy for an appointment.

Kathleen wormsley, lpc

My name is Kathleen Wormsley. I graduated with my masters in Human Service and Counseling in 2008 at National Louis University in Wheaten. I have been in the mental health field for the last 15 years. I have worked with children and adolescence with my strength in working with adults. 

I have been trained in all therapies including  person centered, cognitive behavioral, and dbt.  I believe that there is one therapy for all, sometimes you have to take a pinch of this technique and a dash of that technique to find the best one that works with each client. Each client is an unique individual and must be treated that way.

I am very passionate in grounding techniques. I believe that when people are experiencing trauma, ptsd, anxiety, and panic attacks that grounding techniques can help bring a person to the here and the now. Some grounding techniques that I like to incorporate are deep breathing, essential oils, meditation, finding that safe place using all of your senses.

When I am not doing therapy I love to spend time with my husband and kids. Reading is one of my favorite past times as well as going on long walks, I am active in my community in being both a cub scout leaser as well as a girl scout leader. 

Nicole Bandur, LPC

Nicole Bandur is a licensed professional counselor with a passion for helping and advocating for persons in need. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Aurora University in Aurora, IL. Soon after, Nicole received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. She has experience working with several populations including children, adults with chronic to severe mental illness, teen mom’s, young and older adults, with a soft spot for adolescents. She believes that building self-esteem and confidence in those teens who struggle today, helps to lay the groundwork for developing positive coping skills and tools to assist throughout life’s challenges. She has had over 10 years experience working with Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities in a social service setting.

Nicole believes a great deal can be achieved with compassion and kindness. Nicole provides a warm, welcoming, and empathic environment that allows the individual to feel comfortable and safe sharing his or her story. She uses a client-centered approach to tackling various problems, whether it be day-to-day stressors, adjustment, mental health concerns, or major life changes.

Nicole teaches Cognitive Behavioral and mindfulness techniques to promote and empower clients to recognize how thoughts and feelings shape behaviors and build skills to better cope with various situations. She has a proactive positive attitude when it comes to self-esteem building and overall health and wellness. She will take things at your own pace, helping you to set goals and build on your strengths. She understands things are not always black and white, there will always be setbacks or new challenges that arise. She will help you process trauma and past experiences and explore with you how they shape your current beliefs and perceptions, with the hope that you can build off that knowledge and work towards positive

change.

Monica Molesky

We all know that the journey of life can be filled with many different paths.  Some are beautiful and peaceful, while others are difficult to navigate and push us further away from our destination.  

My mission is to walk beside you on whichever path you are currently traveling.  I am here to be supportive, understanding, and help explore.  I also can help strengthen coping skills, reconnect with strength, and discover a new destination (or meaningful life). 

My name is Monica, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.  I received my Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Saint Xavier University.  I have worked with at-risk youth and individuals in residential level of care.  I have experience working with mood disorders, eating disorders, addiction, co-occurring disorders, trauma, and grief.   

I believe an important piece of your recovery journey is building a supportive therapeutic relationship where you can be authentic and vulnerable.  My therapy lens is adapted for your specific needs and I do specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT).  Both of those therapies use commitments, goals, and values to help guide you towards your most meaningful life. 

 I am here to help support you in whichever path of recovery you currently are on and help explore where you would like to go.  I look forward to meeting you! 

Brittany Eikey, LPC

My name is Brittany Eikey and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling from Lewis University.  I am passionate about helping Children and Adolescence move through difficult points in their lives and help them cope with a mental health symptoms. My office will always be a safe place where people are free to be themselves and are comfortable discussing whatever is on their mind. I know that building solid trust with a child can help them open up and address what they are struggling with.  Other helpful therapy modalities I regularly use include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

I believe I can make an impact by raising mental health awareness and ending the stigma that surrounds it. By raising awareness, my goal is to help people feel more comfortable discussing mental health and how it has affected them.

A fun fact about myself is that I love to travel. I have visited about 25 states so far and hope to visit the other 25 one day. I have never been out of the country but hope to do that as well. I also love to kayak whenever I get the chance to.

Stephanie Putman, LPC

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know” These are words that can impact a child’s life and even an adult can take heart in these words. This quote is from Winnie the Pooh, a silly old bear that if we listen closely to may change the way we think of ourselves. My name is Stephanie I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling From Olivet Nazarene University. As a trained professional I have a passion for working with children, adolescents, and adults. 

I have experience working with youth and adults dealing with family issues, identity issues, behavioral issues, trauma, depression, anxiety, and self esteem/body image issues. These issues can lead us to feel disconnected from ourselves and the people we care most about. In my work I strive to guide individuals to a happier balanced life through a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness which are customized to individual needs. 

So whether your 8 years old or struggling somewhere in your 30’s I can help you make sense of the life you are boldly walking through. Counseling can help guide you to make empowering decisions and live a life you truly want for yourself. It is a brave step to reach out for support whether it is for you or your child. I encourage my clients to use their strengths and interests during treatment as I facilitate a safe, judgment-free space that provides room for healing and growth.

Julie Tenorio, LPC

Julie received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University- Chicago. Prior to that, she attended Argosy University – Chicago, where she obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She incorporates various theories into her work, including person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems. In addition to individual therapy, Julie has experience conducting couple’s therapy, family therapy, and psycho educational consultations. Julie’s overall goal for every client relationship is to help strengthen, heal, and empower each client to improve their overall well-being through the therapeutic relationship and self-exploration.

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma

Issues

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Divorce
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Family Systems
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Parent-Child Interaction (PCIT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational



Deanna Blyth, LCPC

Deanna has been treating adolescents and adults who struggle with the effects of trauma, anxiety, depression, and self-destructive behaviors such as substance abuse, non-suicidal self injury, and anger. Her focus is driven from a perspective that we are strengthened by our experiences and through these experiences we gain courage and confidence. Without our human struggles we cannot discover our hidden internal strengths.

Her passion stems from an Emotional Focus theoretical orientation. Through our attachment we learn to navigate the world. Through the discovering of the client’s strengths they can learn to effectively utilize and build the support systems that surround them. Encouraging the adoption of a healthy lifestyle from the physical, psychological, and sociological elements, this allows for the client to be able to safely reflect upon their current self and their circumstances. Within this journey they are empowered to embrace their present selves and free to determine their desired future.

As a previous teacher of adolescents, current Adjunct Professor and graduate of Roosevelt University with a master’s in Clinical Counseling, she has worked with a variety of settings with adolescents, young adults, and families that have presented with a variety of emotional, social, and behavioral concerns. In addition to teaching and counseling she is a trainer for The National Council for Behavioral Health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and for Edwards/Elmhurst Hospital, including Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.

Cole Deischer, LPC

My name is Cole Deischer. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), who received their Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University in 2019. I have lived and worked in different parts of Illinois throughout my life, allowing me to be able to see an array of people at their worst, their best, or somewhere in between. 

With that being said, throughout my life I have developed a passion for working with individuals from the LGBTQ+ community. As a transgender member of the LGBTQ+ community I understand how important it is to find an affirming provider. Whether you’re struggling with figuring out who you are or how you identify, or you’re having uncertainties or difficulties with friends or family in regards to your gender identity or sexual orientation, I’m here to help with a compassionate approach. I want people to know that they have a safe space to freely talk about their feelings when they come to my office. 

I also have 10 years of experience working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities. I have learned through that time different approaches and modalities to use to allow individuals with Developmental Disabilities to better understand what they may be feeling or experiencing. Sometimes all somebody needs is to feel heard and to not be seen as different, but instead as unique of an individual as everyone else in the world. Life can be a roller coaster and rarely do people express their thoughts and feelings the exactly the same way. Getting to the base emotions that a person may be feeling or Experiencing can be difficult. I am willing to work with any individual to get beyond the person that you are showing the world, and gradually take down the wall that you’ve built up brick by brick to reveal the you that you genuinely are.

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Taylor Sanders, LSW

Coming Soon!

Felicia Frazier, LCSW

Felicia Frazier is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for mental health. Felicia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 and her Master of Social Work degree from Governors State University in 2013. Felicia has over 13 years of experience providing mental health services to various populations including children, adolescents, teenagers, women, people living with HIV/AIDS, and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Felicia is extensively trained with using client-centered therapeutic interventions. Felicia believes that the client is the expert on their own lives, and it is her role to partner with her clients to help them achieve their mental health goals. In her spare time, Felicia enjoys spending time with family, collecting vinyl records, and playing with her beloved beagle.