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. There, she attended graduate school at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She earned her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Also, Katie completed her clinical training at the Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic. Earlier in her career, Katie worked in a variety of clinical settings. She worked with a very diverse client base, including work as a Crisis Therapist with a community agency. While working there, she provided home, school, and hospital-based crisis intervention services.
 
Currently, Katie specializes in working with clients struggling with mood disorders, life stage transitions, and communication issues. She also works with clients on conflict resolution, and helps 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, and spending time with her dogs. She also loves trying any new recipe that involves chocolate.

Vanida Vesuntia, MSMFT

Vanida attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies. She then pursued her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. There, she was trained to collaboratively work with couples, individuals, families, and groups. In addition, Vanida has experience as a Crisis Therapist where she worked with young adults and families struggling with trauma, suicide ideation, major depression, general anxiety and emotional dysregulation.

Vanida is clinically passionate in addressing challenges around high conflict relationships, communication issues, infidelity, and grief. She also has strong interests in cultural matters, family-related concerns, first and second-generation challenges and life stage transitions. Vanida is fluent in Thai and is a culturally sensitive therapist with a deep appreciation in working with people of diverse backgrounds. Vanida uses her warmth, humor, and directness to tailor her approach to the unique needs of those she works with. She evaluates the internal and external exchanges that affect the experience of recurring patterns and empowers clients to explore the deeper meaning of their challenges as means to create a more transformative path moving forward.

Vanida is a pre-clinical member of the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a member of the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT).

During her free time, Vanida enjoys catching up with friends, reading, and playing golf.

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. There, she obtained a Masters 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 and conflict within relationships. Additionally she works with clients on 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.

Rachel Casey, MS, AMFT

Rachel attended Carthage College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then attended Northern Illinois University. There, she obtained her Masters of Science in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has received extensive training in individual, couple, and family therapy. Additionally, Rachel has experience working with children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, as well as behavioral issues.

Rachel’s clinical interests include working with children, adolescents, couples, and families, especially those with communication, behavioral, and parenting issues. Additionally, she helps clients who struggle with anxiety, self-esteem, depression, grief, loss, and infertility issues. She has received certification in Gottman level 1 and 2, which helps her better understand conflict within romantic relationships. By understanding core issues within relationships, Rachel has been trained to manage conflict, help repair past wounds, and guide clients to develop a strong foundation through companionship. Rachel provides a safe, warm, and inviting environment for all of her clients. She believes empowering her clients to make best decisions when navigating through life by utilizing strength-based interventions. She utilizes evidence based theories, as well as systemic theories to help alleviate client struggles.

Rachel enjoys practicing self-care by exercising, particularly by attending Pilates and yoga classes. Additionally, she loves spending time with people she loves, and especially with her puppy, Buster.

Cara Thies, MS, AMFT

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from DePaul University with a degree in Psychology, Cara earned her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Cara completed her clinical training at the Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic, where she worked with children, families, couples, and individuals. Cara has since provided therapy in correctional facilities, as well as inpatient and day treatment settings.

Cara has experience in facilitating therapy groups including groups based in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, and process groups for teens and adolescents. She is highly invested in working collaboratively in therapy to help create and foster a safe and affirming space for self-exploration. Cara is profoundly passionate in working with members of the LGBTQIA+ and GNC community. Her areas of interest include gender processing and exploration, reconciling sexual orientation and religious beliefs, culturally sensitive couple and family therapy, intersectional individual, couple, and family therapy, and non-monogamy, polyamory, and other relationship structures. Cara lived in Oregon, where she primarily worked in a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Unit in a psychiatric residential facility for adolescents where she facilitated therapy groups, and provided individual and family counseling.

Cara returned to her home of Chicago, to fulfill her dream of earning her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Cara is currently a second year doctoral student, and is excited to continue learning and contributing to the field of clinical psychology.

Cara utilizes a collaborative and strength based approach in therapy, and believes that each individual holds the skills they need to live their most meaningful life. In using an integrative approach, Cara works along side her clients to help achieve their therapeutic goals.

Outside of the therapy office, Cara enjoys spending time with her animals, going to the gym, and eating Chicago style pizza.