LifePath Therapy Associates

Family Counseling

Therapy for Adult Family Members

We provide a space, whether in-person or virtually, for adult family members to come together around shared concerns or goals. We understand how the parent-child relationship can shift over time and want to help you navigate these changes. Reach out for more information today!

Specialties Include

LifePath Family Therapists

Jack Lionberger
AM, LCSW
Allison Mozdzen
MSW, LCSW
Sacha Olan
MA, LMFT
Deanna Pacelli
AM, LCSW
Samantha Perry
AM, LCSW
Anuradha (Anu) Spain
MSW, LCSW
Kim Vander Griend
AM, LCSW
Alicia Wilson-Thomas
MA, LCPC

About Jack

Jack Lionberger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned his master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice where he was a member of a program of study that focused on the newest forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Jack enjoys working with both individuals and couples, and draws most from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Jack takes an approach that looks beyond diagnoses, and explores the larger patterns and processes of behavior and thinking that get in the way of people’s lives and relationships. He believes that challenges like conflict, uncertainty, worry, sadness, anger, grief, loss and more, are the natural outcomes of being alive, and often contain important information for what matters most to us.

Jack has extensive clinical experience in community mental health, inpatient psychiatry, and working with frontline and healthcare workers. He has a proven record of helping people who experience acute anxiety, OCD, suicidality, PTSD, moral injury, addiction, interpersonal difficulties, chronic pain, death and grief, and more. Beyond any one theory, Jack believes that therapy should focus on a client’s values and strengths to help them get closer to a life that is authentic and purpose driven; he makes it his mission to show up to every therapy session with empathy, authenticity, care, and humor.

In his personal life Jack enjoys simple pleasures like cooking, baking, good coffee, playing bass, time with his dog, eating pizza, and beach days.

insurance accepted

Aetna PPO
Aetna Medicare Advantage
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Only Site 475 and 489)
Humana
Medicare
United Healthcare/Optum

About Allison

Allison is a dedicated clinical social worker with a commitment to promoting healing and empowerment among individuals and communities. With a strong foundation in trauma-informed care, Allison approaches each interaction with sensitivity and understanding, recognizing the profound impact of past experiences on present well-being.

Grounded in a strengths-based perspective, Allison believes in the inherent resilience and capacity for growth within every individual. Through compassionate guidance and collaborative exploration, Allison seeks to help clients recognize and leverage their strengths, fostering a sense of agency and self-efficacy.

With a deep understanding of the complexities of human suffering and the importance of cultural competence, Allison is passionate about creating inclusive and affirming spaces where all individuals feel seen, valued, and supported on their journey towards healing. Drawing from evidence-based practices and a holistic approach, Allison tailors interventions to meet the unique needs and goals of each client, empowering them to navigate life’s challenges with courage and resilience. Allison enjoys working with teenagers who may be navigating peer or family challenges, young adults who may be feeling like they are experiencing a “quarter life” crisis, and parents from different walks of life whose children may be undergoing school problems or other mental health concerns. Continuously striving for personal and professional growth, Allison remains committed to staying abreast of the latest interventions and best practices in the field of clinical social work.

Allison holds a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University of Chicago and has 10 years of experience working in diverse clinical settings. She has worked in both elementary and high school settings as a social worker. Allison has extensive experience with IEPs, behavioral issues at schools and childhood mental health diagnoses that may interfere with school and home life. She has experience providing individual and family therapy in a community mental health setting working with adults struggling with anxiety, depression and trauma.

Compassionate, energetic, and dedicated to facilitating positive change, Allison is honored to walk alongside individuals on their journey towards healing, transformation, and renewed hope. Outside of session, Allison enjoys sitting on her back patio reading a book with her dog, trying new restaurants in the city, and spending her summers on the water in Lake Geneva.

insurances accepted

Aetna PPO
Aetna Medicare Advantage
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Only Site 475 and 489)
Humana
Medicare
United Healthcare/Optum

About Sacha

Sacha is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist who believes healthy relationships are the stepping stones to healing, processing, and understanding not only each other but also ourselves. While utilizing Gottman, emotion-focused, strategic, and experiential approaches, she seeks to create a space for clients to feel safe in their therapeutic process. She also provides a space for couples to reconnect, rebuild, and redefine their relationship at each stage of their lives.

Sacha acknowledges each client’s experiences as their own while providing a systemic perspective to assist them in their process to self-discovery. She has experience with guiding both individuals and couples through life transitions, anxiety, depression, relational challenges, and emotional healing. Sacha often works closely with clients to build skills around communication, healthy boundaries, and interpersonal relationships. She understands for people to process life’s challenges they need to experience a supportive, earnest, and genuine environment. Sacha provides that with empathy, cultural sensitivity, humor and a deep care for human nature.

insurance accepted

Aetna PPO
Aetna Medicare Advantage
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Only Site 475 and 489)
Humana
Medicare
United Healthcare/Optum

* provides therapy in Spanish and English

About Deanna

Deanna earned her Master of Arts in Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a Bachelor’s in Theatre from New York University. Prior to coming to LifePath, Deanna worked in community-based mental health treating violence intervention and prevention, child welfare, crisis intervention, LGBTQ+ identities and their intersections, foster care and adoption, grief and loss, complex trauma, and intensive outpatient treatment.

Deanna believes a person’s identity, values and beliefs guide their path of healing. Therapy can be a way of liberating ourselves from limiting ideas, societal messages, oppression and isolation. Deanna sees the client as the expert in their experience and collaborates with them to develop a space to learn and grow. Her therapeutic approach is both systemic and person-centered with a focus on inherent strengths and resilience. Deanna pulls from relational, attachment, family systems, racial trauma and polyvagal theories while using such modalities as ACT, DBT, CBT, TCI-F and Motivational Interviewing. She also draws, when appropriate, from her own life experiences.

Deanna’s peace comes from walking her dog, cooking, singing, connecting with my community and attending weekly meetings to continue recovery from addiction and oppression.

insurances accepted

Aetna PPO
Aetna Medicare Advantage
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Only Site 475 and 489)
Humana
Medicare
United Healthcare/Optum

About Samantha

Samantha (she/her) is a Licensed Social Worker, who became a therapist because she believes that change is always possible, and that humans have an inherent ability to heal and transform when they feel safe, heard, and connected. She understands that sometimes patterns of thinking or difficult emotions feel like they pull us away from living life fully. In session, Samantha works with individuals to identify their strengths, increase self-compassion, create safety in their bodies, and expand their capacity to respond in the face of life’s difficult moments. She’s also a big believer in the power of humor, and encourages her clients to bring their full selves into their work together.

Samantha specializes in working with young adults and adults as they move through life transitions. She has worked with individuals experiencing complex trauma responses, processing grief and loss, working through identity related concerns or religious deconstruction, and those struggling with shame, self-esteem/body image, suicidal ideation, depression, and anxiety. In her couples and relationship work, Samantha helps partners strengthen connection, navigate deep-seated conflict, and improve day to day communication. She has experience working with couples preparing for marriage/life transitions, and partnerships navigating the impact of trauma on their relationship.

Samantha shows up to sessions with compassion, curiosity, honesty, and hope, creating a space to slow down and tune into emotions, beliefs, and responses. While she often works in the present moment through using mindfulness and coping skills to manage immediate needs, she understands the impact our histories have on our sense of self and current challenges. She therefore takes a holistic perspective to treatment, and provides space to challenge societal messages and experiences related to sexism, racism, oppression, and marginalization, and their impact on your mental health.

She earned her Master of Arts in Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Service Studies from Elon University in North Carolina. Prior to coming to LifePath, Samantha worked with college and graduate students at Columbia College of Chicago Counseling Services, with children and adolescents experiencing community violence and trauma, and in the field of community development, where she partnered with a health center in Uganda to conduct human-rights focused HIV/AIDS research.

practice approaches

  • NeuroAffective Relational Model
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Informed (Neurosequential Model of Treatment)
  • Somatics and Mindfulness
  • Integration of faith and spirituality when requested

memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences
Away from work, you can find her by the lake with a good book, in a pottery or dance class, or taking a meandering stroll through Chicago’s neighborhoods (in the pursuit of great coffee).

insurances accepted

Aetna PPO
Aetna Medicare Advantage
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Only Site 475 and 489)
Humana
Medicare
United Healthcare/Optum

About Anu

Anu is a licensed clinical social worker with 15 years of psychotherapy experience. She received dual master’s degrees in Social Work and Women’s Studies from Loyola University, Chicago. She previously worked as a hospice and palliative care social worker for 7 years at Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter (now Journeycare) where she provided care for individuals and families coping with with terminal and life limiting illnesses. Anu was a therapist at Thrive Counseling Center in Oak Park for 8 years, working with older adults providing at home psychotherapy, and also doing individual and family therapy with adults across the lifespan. There, she started and facilitated a support group for individuals struggling with death, loss and grief. She was one of the co-founders of the agency’s BIPOC group. She currently teaches core courses at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social work. Anu’s previous experiences include running a shelter program and counseling women escaping partner violence.

As a clinician drawing from Family Systems theories, Anu has been utilizing concepts of a person in environment perspective to recognize and incorporate knowledge of systemic “isms.” She sees the therapeutic relationship as a collaboration between the individual and the therapist while exploring and creating supportive systems in the community which continue to aid the client and family in their recovery. She works with clients struggling with chronic mental illnesses and focuses on depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, marital and partner dynamics and challenges of individuals on the neurodivergent spectrum. She uses narrative and feminist therapeutic models to recognize intersectional challenges experienced by women, people of color and LGBTQI populations. Her therapeutic style is empathetic yet directive. Anu often utilizes her background in yoga teaching to help clients learn ways in which trauma manifests in the human body and incorporates mindfulness and meditative practices in her work.

practice approach

Her therapeutic style is empathetic yet directive. Anu often utilizes her background in yoga teaching to help clients learn ways in which trauma manifests in the human body and incorporates mindfulness and meditative practices in her work.

insurance accepted

Aetna PPO
Aetna Medicare Advantage
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Only Site 475 and 489)
Humana
Medicare
United Healthcare/Optum

About Kim

Kim Vander Griend, AM, LCSW is a strengths-based, client-centered psychotherapist who focuses on partnering with clients while moving at their own pace. Her collaborative style utilizes an integrative, solution-focused approach where concrete skill development is addressed. Kim’s approach to therapy emphasizes the importance of seeking and creating healthy relationships. She believes strongly in utilizing the therapeutic relationship to explore positive change and growth. Kim draws from family systems, cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing and psychodynamic theories in her practice.

Kim earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications Arts and Sciences from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned her Master’s of Arts from The University of Chicago, The School of Social Service Administration. She completed her post-graduate clinical training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Baltimore, Maryland. She also was a Field Consultant and graduate student instructor at The University of Chicago, The School of Social Service Administration.

clinical and teaching experience

  • The University of Chicago, The School of Social Service Administration
  • Symmetry Counseling, PLLC
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Pillars Community Services
  • Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, The University of Chicago Law School
  • Completed Level 1 and Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Kim is ABE Board Certified in Clinical Social Work and is a member of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers

practice approach

  • Creating safety
  • Collaborative partnership
  • Strengths-based approach
  • Empirically validated interventions
  • Client-Driven
  • Insight Oriented
  • Custom-tailored and individualized treatment plans
  • Relational Models
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

insurance accepted

Private Pay Only

About Alicia

Alicia A. Wilson-Thomas is an experienced clinician and a (former) global leader, who brings a wealth of expertise in counseling, multicultural team development, and consumer research.

Alicia is an EMDR trained licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) with certification in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Alicia specializes in trauma-focused therapies, working with diverse age groups and family systems across the Chicagoland communities. Her clinical areas of focus and interest include adjustment to trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief (loss) and bereavement for adults, couples, and families. Alicia has an expressed passion for providing services to older adult populations (55+). Prior to coming to LifePath, she co-created the Meaningful Living for Older Adults groups (sponsored by the village of Oak Park/River Forest & Concordia University) which were designed to facilitate and support this population as they navigate life transitions including grief, loss, and bereavement.

Alicia brings a unique blend of mental health expertise, leadership, consumer research acumen, and humor to drive positive change with and for her clients. Alicia’s mixed approach of humor, authenticity, and empathy cultivates a “come as you are” environment with her clients which facilitates their ability to feel heard and begin the process of healing and positive growth.

Her career spans leadership roles at UCAN and the Concordia University Counseling Center, where she led trauma-focused CBT sessions and facilitated grief counseling. She received her master’s degree (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University-River Forest and her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University majoring in biology with a minor in psychology. Outside of sessions, Alicia enjoys sewing, music (she was a former gospel soloist), and active participation in several national service organizations, namely Delta Sigma Theta, Inc, NCNW, and NAACP.

practice approaches

• EMDR
• Trauma Focused Therapies
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Relational

insurances accepted

Aetna PPO
Aetna Medicare Advantage
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Only Site 475 and 489)
Humana
Medicare
United Healthcare/Optum