LifePath Therapy Associates

Teen Counseling

Individual Therapy for Teens

Our team offers diverse specialties for teens, prioritizing strengths, evidence-based interventions, and a relational, attachment-based approach. We collaborate with you based on your values, providing support at a pace that suits your needs.

Teen-Focused, Anti-Oppressive, Inclusive Care Approach

We provide high-quality therapy that recognizes and nurtures each teen’s unique identities and experiences. Teens deserve a safe, welcoming environment centered on their values and goals. Within this framework, we address a broad range of teen challenges and concerns.

Specialties Include

LifePath Teen Therapists

Paige Burk
AM, LCSW
Elly Calderwood, MA
Master's in Counseling
Anya Drew
MSW, LCSW
Xaviera Gomez Pimienta
Master's in Psychology
Jack Lionberger
AM, LCSW
Geneice Lofton
MSW, LSW
Allison Mozdzen
MSW, LCSW
Amy Munroe
AM, LSW
Deanna Pacelli
AM, LCSW
Samantha Perry
AM, LCSW
Generosa Rodriguez
Master's in Counseling
Payton Willis
MA, LCPC

About Paige

Paige (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker passionate about helping individuals better understand their emotions and experiences in order to expand their capacity to connect, heal, and grow. She uses warmth and authenticity to create an affirming and nonjudgmental space to unpack all the messy, painful, beautiful, and absurd aspects of life. She views herself as a collaborative thought partner, helping clients explore new perspectives and possibilities, challenge oppressive narratives and systems, and use their strengths to live more intentionally. Using a holistic approach, she strives to walk alongside clients with curiosity, empathy, cultural humility, and humor.

Paige specializes in working with adults struggling with perinatal mental health issues (e.g., postpartum depression and anxiety, infertility) and individuals working to heal from acute and complex trauma. She enjoys working with teenagers dealing with depression and anxiety, peer or family relational challenges, and questions about identity. She also enjoys facilitating support groups, recognizing the unique power of the group to help clients find validation and connection.

Paige earned her Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Prior to joining LifePath, she worked with adolescents, young adults, and families navigating challenges related to depression, suicidal ideation, relational conflict, gender and sexuality, and so on. She also has experience in secondary education and higher education settings. Her therapeutic approach is tailored to the needs of each person and is informed by Humanism, Internal Family Systems, Trauma-informed approaches, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment Theory, Queer Theory, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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 Elly

Elly, MA (she/her) aims to deeply comprehend the intricate dynamics that shape the lives of her clients. She believes that within each individual lies inherent strengths waiting to be harnessed through the therapeutic relationship. These strengths can serve as a source of empowerment and a guide through life’s challenges.

Elly views her role as a facilitator on the journey of self-discovery, acknowledging that her clients possess the capacity for healing and transformation. Elly’s foremost objective is to establish a safe, nurturing space that demonstrates transparency and authenticity. Elly embraces a client-centered and strength-based therapeutic approach, recognizing that the real power for change resides within each individual. Elly’s commitment to building genuine and meaningful relationships with her clients is unwavering. She firmly believes in the impact of human connection and its potential for transformation.

Elly’s academic journey led her to earn a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University, Irvine. Her education was thoughtfully informed by a relational perspective and included a comprehensive exploration of psychodynamic therapy models. During a year-long internship, Elly had the privilege of working with individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds, particularly those grappling with eating disorders, anxiety, and various mood disorders. Elly received rigorous training in evidence-based modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and family-based therapy.
 
In her pursuit of helping clients discover their inner strengths and fostering their growth, Elly is dedicated to the principles of empathy, collaboration, and the profound potential for positive change that lies within the bonds created in the therapeutic process.

practice approach

  • Client-centered approach
  • Strength-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Compassion- based

specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating and body concerns
  • Eating disorders

insurance accepted

Aetna PPO
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Site 475 and 489)
Humana

About Anya

Anya (she/her) believes that every individual is unique, and that starting therapy can be difficult no matter your age. A person’s mental health is very important, and while it can be burdensome to start the process of improving it, reaching out for support is an important first step. Anya likes to spend the first session getting to know her clients and their goals. Then, through building- trust, Anya’s objective is to co-create an environment where clients feel open, relaxed, and comfortable. Therapy can be challenging, and at times it may be tempting to give up, but Anya is committed to supporting clients through all ebbs and flows of the journey to ensure clients get the most out of each session.

Anya received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago where she specialized in mental health and gerontology. Anya has spent the last five years at the University of Chicago Medical Center working on the adult inpatient side, while managing private practice on the side. When working with clients, Anya likes to use a variety of therapeutic models. Not everyone benefits from the same standard practice, so she aims to customize her approach. Her primary models of practice are psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, strength-based, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment theory. She believes that in order to change a person’s thought patterns (CBT) you need to look at their past and how these patterns started (psychodynamic). Anya has experience with anxiety, grief and loss, depression, adjustment to chronic illness, familial dementia stressors, and sibling relationships.

Anya enjoys spending time with her 80lb rescue dog Roland, watching sports, completing jigsaw puzzles and reading.

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 Xaviera

Xaviera, MA (She/Her) earned her Master of Arts in Clinical and Health Psychology in Instituto Superior Estudios Psicológicos.

Xaviera brings warmth and empathy to her work allowing the therapeutic space to feel safe and comfortable. She is oriented in a multicultural perspective of care and engages therapeutic work with cultural humility and curiosity. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and blends evidence-based practices such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. With a trauma-informed lens, Xaviera acknowledges the profound impact of the past on the present and ensures a holistic and tailored approach to each individual’s needs. Her commitment to providing compassionate and expert care sets her apart as a valued resource for individuals navigating the complexities of this life-changing journey.

Xaviera works with adults and young adults navigating the varied stages of life. She has worked with clients experiencing trauma, grief and loss, chronic illness and chronic pain as well as depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation. Xaviera also specializes in providing support for a wide range of perinatal challenges, including pregnancy-related anxiety and depression, postpartum depression, infertility and pregnancy loss, parenting stress, relationship changes, self-discovery, and self-fulfillment for individuals and couples during this life-altering period.

With couples, Xaviera utilizes a compassionate and understanding approach where she empowers partners to strengthen their connection, deepen intimacy, and improve their day-to-day communication

Xaviera provides therapy in both English and Spanish.

Outside of work, she enjoys reading, cooking, writing poetry and practicing archery.

practice approach

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy 
  • Client-Centered 

specialities

  • Perinatal Period 
  • Infertility 
  • Stillbirth and Miscarriages 
  • Trauma 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss 
  • Chronic Illness
  • Suicide Ideation 
  • Self Injurious Behavior 

insurance accepted

Aetna PPO
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Site 475 and 489)
Humana

* provides therapy in Spanish and English

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 Geneice

You are not what has happened to you, and you should not have to go through it alone. With a genuine commitment to clients’ well-being, Geneice creates a nurturing space for folks to explore their vulnerabilities and embark on a transformative journey toward healing and self-discovery. As a therapist, she aims to be a guiding force – offering support, understanding, and the necessary tools for individuals to navigate challenges.

Geneice understands that our histories and the systems we live in have not always equipped us with the tools that we need to manage the complexities of life. Specializing in a psychodynamic approach, Geneice helps clients understand the impact of early childhood experiences on their behavior and mental health.

Geneice enjoys working with adolescents and adults as they navigate challenges of life, social anxiety, past/current trauma, and their relationships with family members. She also works with BIPOC individuals navigating racial and ethnic inequalities, intersectionality, complex trauma, relationship and life challenges. She welcomes clients’ authentic selves to be seen, heard and validated.

Geneice previously worked to support Chicago Public School teachers and other staff members through weekly therapeutic consultation as a Mental Health Consultant. She also has rich experience working both in and out of school systems – conducting social emotional learning groups for students, and providing therapy to children in the Illinois Early Intervention program.

On the weekends you will find Geneice at any social gathering. She loves connecting with friends exploring new restaurants, festivals, and lakefront activities. She enjoys bringing laughter to others – life is already serious enough, Geneice believes in making time for fun and silliness.

practice approach / specialization

  • Trauma Informed Practice
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Attachment Theory
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

insurances accepted

Aetna PPO
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Site 475 and 489)
Humana

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 Amy

Amy (she/her) is a Psychotherapist who is passionate about empowering clients to pursue lives of meaning, connection, and joy. Her approach to therapy is relational, drawing primarily from psychodynamic and behavioral models. She is committed to anti-oppressive practice and believes in challenging all forms of systemic injustice.

Amy is particularly interested in working with young adults, people navigating life transitions, and clients with anxiety and mood disorders. She also enjoys working with clients with ADHD, clients in the LGBTQ+ community, and those experiencing relationship issues. In sessions, Amy strives to create a therapeutic environment where clients feel safe, understood, and valued. Amy believes in the healing power of laughter and enjoys using humor as a means of connecting with clients.

Amy holds a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Macalester College. Prior to joining LifePath, Amy taught ESL to adult immigrants and refugees, and worked as a case management intern at a residential shelter for unaccompanied minors. Originally from Texas, Amy desperately misses Tex-Mex food and seeks it out whenever she visits her home state. In her free time, Amy enjoys singing and playing the ukulele, listening to folk music, and exploring Chicago neighborhoods and parks by foot.

practice approach

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Practice

specialties

  • Young Adults
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • ADHD
  • Life Transitions
  • LGBTQ+
  • Relationship Issues

insurances accepted

Aetna PPO
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Site 475 and 489)
Humana

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 Generosa

Generosa (she/her) earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development from DePaul University. Prior to coming to LifePath, Generosa worked in an inpatient hospital setting providing crisis management and therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults. Generosa has also worked alongside various non-profit organizations and community based mental health centers to address barriers to mental health services in underserved communities.
Many of the clients she serves are working through concerns related to trauma, grief, loss, life transitions, chronic illness, immigrant and multicultural experiences, caregiver support, family conflict, identity, anxiety, and depression.

Generosa’s therapeutic style is warm, supportive, collaborative, and strength-based. She aims to create a safe environment where clients can feel seen, heard, and valued. Through care and compassion, she works alongside clients to process and explore their most vulnerable thoughts and experiences, while creating goals that promote growth and healing. She works from a trauma-informed lens and draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic therapies to meet the individualized and unique needs of every client. Generosa is passionate about creating an inclusive and culturally sensitive therapeutic space while striving to empower clients to make positive changes in their lives as they work towards becoming the best version of themselves. She would be honored to be part of your healing journey.

Generosa is bilingual in Spanish. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, drawing, and painting.

practice approach

  • Client-centered
  • Strength-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic theory

specialties

  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Chronic Illness
  • Immigrant and Multicultural Experiences
  • Caregiver Support
  • Family Conflict
  • Identity Exploration
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

insurances accepted

Aetna PPO
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Site 475 and 489)
Humana

* provides therapy in Spanish and English

About Payton

Payton is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is passionate about providing care for individuals and couples experiencing a wide variety of challenges. Payton creates a safe place for clients to feel valued, heard, and empowered helping to foster personal growth. As a relational-cultural therapist, Payton helps clients gain insight into how relationships impact life experiences. Payton has had substantial experience working with adolescents and young adults navigating anxiety, depression, life transitions, interpersonal relationship issues, and substance abuse. Payton focuses on exploring values to aid clients in uncovering their life compass directing them towards a more fulfilled and purposeful life.

We face many challenges and stages in life’s journey and navigating through its different phases can sometimes be a difficult process. Payton focuses on supporting clients through this difficult process and collaborating with a strong therapeutic relationship. The beauty of therapy is that it will look different for each person and will be tailored to specific needs. Payton also specializes in facilitating sustainable empowerment and personal growth for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community.

Payton is building interest in working with couples who are experiencing disruption in their relationship. Payton utilizes Emotion Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method to provide structure, space, empathy, warmth, and compassion. Payton is focused on helping couples increase awareness, intimacy, acceptance, regulation, respect, effective communication, and connection.

Her therapeutic approaches are centered around Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered, Solution-Focused, and trauma-informed care.

Payton earned her Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Northern Colorado. Payton gained invaluable experience as an intern in the Weld County, Colorado Public Defender’s Office and at Hartgrove Hospital where she provided counseling services to a myriad of individuals experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationship conflict, gender-identity questions, and trauma history.

Outside of work, Payton enjoys reading, pilates, yoga, hiking, traveling, and good food!

insurances accepted

Aetna PPO
BCBS PPO
BCBS Choice PPO
BCBS HMO (Site 475 and 489)
Humana