We enjoy guiding our clients towards feeling more grounded as individuals and secure in their relationships
Katie Fleming, MS, LMFT
After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Psychology, Katie returned to her hometown of Chicago to attend graduate school at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. There she earned her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, and completed her clinical training at the Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic. Early in her career, Katie worked in a variety of clinical settings and with a very diverse client base, including work as a Crisis Therapist with a community agency, providing home, school, and hospital-based crisis intervention services.
Katie currently specializes in working with clients struggling with mood disorders, life stage transitions, communication issues, conflict resolution, and clients struggling with repairing broken trust following infidelity. She takes a warm, collaborative approach to treatment, and will gently yet directly guide her clients towards their goals. Katie is a clinical member of the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT).
Outside of the therapy room, her hobbies include working out, spending time with her dogs, and trying any new recipe that involves chocolate.
Vanida Vesuntia, MSMFT
Vanida attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a double minor in Social Work and Adult Development. She then went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University and received extensive training in the context of individual, couple, family, and group therapy. In addition, Vanida has experience providing crisis intervention, deflection and home-based services to children, adolescents, and families undergoing various life challenges.
Vanida’s clinical interests include treating anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, communication, infidelity, intimacy, relationship conflict, and life stage transitions. She uses a systemic approach and believes therapy is an ongoing collaborative process between her and her clients. Vanida empowers clients to take the initiative in achieving and maintaining progress at a pace that feels most comfortable for them. Vanida entered the field of couple and family therapy in hopes of providing support to others when life becomes difficult and overbearing.
Vanida enjoys practicing self-care by going to Zumba classes, playing golf, and finding good deals while shopping. Her little secret is that she hopes to one day own a miniature pet pig and name it Pacheco.
Leah Pifer, MSMFT
Leah attended Michigan State University where she graduated with her bachelor's degree in psychology. She then moved from Michigan to Chicago to attend Adler University where she obtained a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Leah also chose to continue her education and is currently pursuing her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. Through her training, she has worked with a diverse range of clients in settings such as schools and community agencies.
Leah’s clinical interests include working with couples and families to navigate issues with
communication, conflict within relationships, parenting, anxiety, major life changes, self-esteem, grief and trauma. She takes a collaborative approach to instill a comfortable and safe environment for clients to accomplish their goals. Leah also believes in taking a strengths-based approach to empower clients.
Outside of the therapy room, Leah enjoys cuddling with her beloved dog, running half marathons, and
binge-watching the latest Netflix series.