Claire Dixon, LCSW
Claire Dixon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She has several years of experience working with adults and families who have experienced various forms trauma, including refugees and survivors of human trafficking. As a therapist she utilizes a relational, strengths-based and trauma-informed approach, and incorporates mindfulness, creative and other therapies as appropriate for each individual. She has worked with clients who are navigating abuse, family conflict, separation, ambiguous loss, grief, trauma, anxiety and depression. She views each client as author and teller of their own story, and strives to understand the context from which they come. She is committed to journeying alongside clients as they seek healing.
Kelin Hall, LCSW
Kelin Hall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago and several years of experience providing therapy to young people and adults. Kelin views people and their challenges in the context of broader systems (legal, economic, family, etc.) and considers how marginalization can erode well-being. She has received training in LGBTQIA-affirmative and anti-oppressive therapy and has worked with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations as a therapist and previously as an immigration advocate. She offers therapy in English and Spanish.
Kelin strives to build collaborative, trusting relationships with clients. She firmly believes in the healing power of humor and laughter. Kelin has helped clients navigate trauma, grief, anxiety and depression, as well as explore life transitions, identity, relationships, and self-esteem concerns. To fit therapy to clients’ needs, Kelin draws on her training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), creative/expressive therapies, mindfulness-based therapies, and yoga-informed psychotherapy.
Alexandria Champagne, LCSW
Alex Champagne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a degree from the University Of Michigan School Of Social Work. She has 4 years of experience in providing trauma-informed care using a relational, strengths-based approach. Alex works with clients based on the premise that they are the experts of their own life and her role is to help guide clients through their therapeutic process to reach the goals they wish to achieve.
She pulls from a variety of intervention styles, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and body-based interventions. Alex is a kink & poly-affirming therapist with experience and interest in sexual health education and sex therapy practices and is passionate about working with LGBT, queer, and gender non-conforming clients.
Rachel Hines, LCSW
Rachel Hines is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been in the field for 10 years with a focus on providing relational; trauma-informed therapy for children, adolescents, adults and families with a variety of different needs and supports. As one of the YWCA’s Clinical Program Coordinators, Rachel supports a team of therapists in addition to providing individual/family therapy. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), as well as a qualified supervisor in the State of IL with Reflective Supervision training. She believes in engaging in a collaborative process that is client-centered and empowering.
Margot Lassar, LCSW
Margot (Maggie) Lassar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a degree from Loyola University Chicago. She has been providing individual, group, and couples therapy at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Sexual Violence Support Services since 2010. As the YWCA’s Clinical Program Coordinator, Maggie supports a team of therapists in addition to providing individual/group therapy to survivors of sexual violence and their non-offending significant others.
Maggie is a trauma-informed, relational therapist who seeks to create a safe space for her clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviors. Maggie has extensive knowledge of interpersonal trauma and the profound impact it has on survivors. Maggie’s clinical expertise is working with individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress reactions/disorder, personality disorders, substance use disorders, suicidality, self-harming behaviors, dissociation, relationship conflicts, and issues with sex and intimacy.
Maggie believes that healing and growth occur within a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship.
“Our sorrows and wounds are only healed when we touch them with compassion.” –Buddha
Erin Lastres, LCPC, CADC
Erin Lastres is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor with a degree from National Louis University. She is also an EMDR Therapist. She works with children, adolescents, and adults on a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, overwhelm, life transitions, response to trauma, all forms of abuse, and addictions. Erin uses a strengths-based, client-centered approach in working with her clients and integrates a range of therapeutic techniques and methods to assist her clients in reaching their full potential.
These techniques and methods include DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), MI (Motivational Interviewing), Expressive Therapies, Guided Imagery, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). As a trauma and addictions specialist, Erin believes that one must work through the pain of the past while working to address addictive behaviors. Erin works creatively with compassion and care to address the concerns of the client, walking with them through their journey of healing and/or exploration of life concerns. Her main goal is to assist clients in identifying their underlying strengths and to utilize those strengths in achieving their stated goals.
Maya Oyarbide-Sanchez, LCPC
Maya Oyarbide-Sanchez is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. She has been providing therapy to children, adolescents and adults since 2011. Maya’s area of expertise centers on work with survivors of trauma. She has experience in addressing the impact of various traumas including, sexual assault, domestic violence, physical abuse, child abuse, family separation, and disruption in early attachment. Maya also specializes in working with the unique challenges faced by immigrant and refugee populations, including grief/loss and discrimination. As a bilingual and bicultural clinician, Maya is available to provide services in English and Spanish.
The foundation of Maya’s approach to therapy is based on a relational model. She believes that feeling heard, validated, and understood are most important in forming an effective therapeutic relationship. In her experience, meaningful connection in the therapy room can promote healing and often leads to more authentic connections with others as well. Maya also draws on her training in mindfulness, yoga, and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Maya feels it is an honor and a privilege to be invited into people’s lives. She continues to be drawn to trauma work by the strength and resilience she is able to witness on a daily basis.
Yurianna Reyes, LCPC
Yurianna Reyes is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with a Master’s Degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has significant experience in treating adults with trauma, specifically sexual and physical abuse and domestic violence in various settings including private practice, community-based agencies, and inpatient settings. Her counseling style is highly integrative and tailored to the needs of each client.
Yurianna is a bilingual therapist that has worked extensively with clients of Latino descent. She understands the importance of being able to relate to a person from a highly empathic place and being culturally-sensitive. Overall, she aims to provide a safe and compassionate space that allows for a relational and collaborative process. Yurianna’s goal is to assist clients to understand the correlation between current stressors and past events to provide insight and corrective emotional experiences while empowering them to build on their inner strengths.
“We are not what happened to us, we are what we wish to become” -Carl Jung
Katie Ticho, LCSW
Kathleen (Katie) Ticho is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has more than six years of experience providing services to individuals experiencing interpersonal abuse. For the past three years, Katie has been working at the YWCA providing trauma-informed therapy in English and Spanish for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Katie believes in investing time in building a safe and positive relationship with each client. She provides strengths-based, client-centered therapy individualized to each person or family’s needs. She uses a variety of interventions from expressive therapies, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.