Our Clinicians & Psychologists
Laura Argentine, LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been providing counseling and psychotherapy services to individuals and families for over 25 years. I specialize in treating cognitive impairments, mood disorders, behavioral difficulties and grief/loss issues.
I provide my clients with psychoeducation, stress management techniques, transitional skill development, and emotional/behavioral therapy to help them deal with the various changes and challenges that have been presented to them. I work collaboratively with other professionals who are involved with my clients and advocate for them as needed in order to provide the best comprehensive care that they deserve.
Amanda Berbaum Aussem, LCSW
Amanda graduated in 2000 with her Masters in Social Work specializing in mental health. For the past fourteen years, I worked in the emergency room with patients of all ages who are in crisis. This involved extensive individual and family contact. I have also provided clinical supervision to graduate students in their master's program.
I enjoy giving back to the next-generation by being a mentor. My goal is to get to know people, and have a little fun along the way. When not working, I love traveling around the world. My favorite place is Africa, where I've been on five photography Safaris!
Dr. Erin Conway, PsyD, CADC, BCB, BCN
Licensed Clinical Forensic Neuropsychologist
I'm a Licensed Clinical Forensic Neuropsychologist who graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where I trained with an emphasis in forensic and neuropsychology. I am board certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback, certified in Animal Assisted Therapy, and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Even though I love learning, I also love creating the thirst for knowledge in other people. To that extent, I teach at The Chicago School in their Online Forensic Masters Degree program.
I have also created an accredited 36 hour didactic course for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) that fulfills the didactic requirement for BCIA certification and has been approved to provide 36 hours of continuing education credits from the American Psychological Association!!!
I am also working towards a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology at The Chicago School in order to expand my knowledge of how medication interacts with the brain as the brain waves stabilize, and with the hopes of becoming a Prescribing Medical Psychologist in the state of Illinois.
I have extensive experience in neuroscience, and with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, organic brain disorders, and non-organic brain disorders.
Using an integrative approach by combining neurotherapy along with traditional counseling, I create a unique treatment experience for my patients.
Karen Glaza, LCSW
Karen Glaza obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and went on to attain her Master of Social Work from The University of Michigan in 1998. Karen has been working with the geriatric population since 2003, beginning her career as a medical social worker. She then became Director of Social Work in a Skilled Nursing Facility and, in 2011, became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.
Karen is passionate about working with the geriatric population and their families, assisting them through life’s transitions with respect and dignity. Armed with a vast knowledge of senior living facilities, she uses her empathy and creativity to find solutions that benefit both her clients and the facilities. She is highly skilled at easing challenging behaviors and educating staff on new ideas of how to deal with such clientele.
Aging has a wonderful beauty and we should have respect for that. ~Eartha Kitt
Lisa Kusumpa, LCSW
I have been a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past 18 years. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Social Work with a Concentration in Health Care from Loyola University Chicago.
I have a long history of working with our aging population in their homes, senior living, and hospital settings. I work with clients to help them understand their stressors, maintain their current abilities, and highlight their own strengths. I am a compassionate and thoughtful therapist who values my relationship with my clients, which I believe is foundational to the work I do.
I utilize a relational and strength-based approach and actively work with clients to help them solve their problems. It is important for my clients, families, and I to work together to understand their difficulties in the context of their personal lives, family,aging, and culture. My approach is relational, warm, and supportive. I take a holistic view of healing and growth, and always collaborate with my clients and families. With the firm belief that each person has a unique story, I feel it is important to take time with our aging population to hear their stories and appreciate them.
Terrance S. McNicholas, M.Div, LCSW
Terry is a skilled and seasoned Therapist, Family Mediator and Collaborative Law Fellow providing individual, group, couples, child and adolescent therapy, family mediation and life coaching for over 25 years.
Terry brings a holistic and spiritual sensibility to his work. Terry’s therapeutic approach is rooted in his belief and respect that his clients come to him with a wealth of life experience, wisdom and skills. Building on this foundation; Terry assists clients in sorting out issues, deepening insights and strengthening and developing life skills and strategies to create new empowering opportunities for them and their families.
Jill Panavelil, LCSW
Jill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Worker from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from William Paterson University, also located in New Jersey.
I have extensive clinical experience in a multitude of mental health issues. Whether it be clients suffering from depression, anxiety, dementia or clients struggling with psychosocial stressors such life changes and end of life issues, I thrive to help them gain their highest level of functioning. I have worked with individuals of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of settings. My passion is to create a therapeutic alliance with the clients and empower them with gainful knowledge of their mental health and use appropriate coping skills to improve their socioeconomic functioning as well as achieve their goals.