Nancy Eschbach, LCSW
Nancy Eschbach, LCSW is a seasoned licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years experience. She has held an array of clinical and leadership positions within the non-profit sector in the Chicago area. In addition to her previous role as Director of Social Work for NorthShore University HealthSystem, she was the long term Director of the Perinatal Family Support Center at NorthShore providing clinical services to patients as well as supervision to clinicians, interns and new graduates. She was an adjunct instructor with Jane Addams College of Social Work for nearly 10 years and provided training on a local and national level. In addition, she provided mental health consultation to the District 65 - Family Center.
Her experience also includes extensive organizational and operational expertise related to program development, implementation and oversight to improve services to clients, effective budget management aligned with cost containment, successful grant writing and personnel administration.
Nancy strongly believes in the resilience of the human spirit and works with clients from a strength-based and relationship focused perspective. Areas of clinical interest include: life transitions, relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, loss/grief and challenges related to infertility, pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Illinois-Chicago.
Marie Fuentes-Harris, LCSW
As a bilingual, bicultural social worker, I’ve worked with individuals from a variety of backgrounds for more than 25 years and pride myself on meeting clients where they are in their journey. My areas of expertise include trauma informed care, perinatal mood issues, domestic violence, chronic and acute illness and life transitions as well as anxiety, depression and grief/loss. I utilize several therapeutic approaches in my work: CBT, mindfulness, strength based and psychodynamic. However, as a believer in one size doesn’t fit all, I strive to provide interventions that are based on the unique needs and strengths of the individual.
Charlotte Walker, LCSW
Charlotte Walker, LCSW is an experienced clinical social worker with over 15 years experience. Prior to joining our practice, Char was a therapist with Integrative Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem for many years.
Char's approach to therapy is centered on the belief that everyone has inherent strengths and wisdom. She focuses on a joint working relationship with her clients to develop a path to meaningful insights into his or her life. Her goal is for her clients to learn new skills that allow for thoughtful, positive changes. Char's therapeutic style is open, accepting, mindful, warm and genuine.
Drawing on her expertise, Char uses mind/body integrative techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, gentle humor and mindfulness based practices such as hypnotherapy, guided imagery and relaxation breathing. Specialties include anxiety, panic disorder, women’s health issues, cancer, perinatal and postnatal concerns.
Char holds a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University.
Deborah Janos, LCSW
Joe Rubin, LCPC
Deborah Janos, LCSW has over 20 years of experience working with people of all ages. She has previously worked for Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care in Chicago where she helped individuals and families overcome feelings of grief and loss due to illness and death. She has also worked for Catholic Charities where she developed extensive experience working with children.
Deborah's approach is eclectic in nature from psychodynamic to practical solutions for life concerns, anxiety, depression and similar challenges. She enjoys helping clients of all ages meet their goals.
Joe Rubin, LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor with significant experience working with a wide variety of clients from many different backgrounds. Joe has spent many years in various roles at Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health Services, most recently as Psychiatric Counseling Coordinator.
Joe's treatment philosophy helps clients gain a new perspective on the concerns that may be holding them back, which enhances their ability to focus on the things that they value most in life. Joe's clinical interests include anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, grief and loss and life changes such as divorce. Joe works with individuals, couples and families ages 13 and older.
Francine Cohn, LCPC, CADC
Francine Cohn, LCPC, CADC is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. Francine's career as a professional psychotherapist has spanned over 30 years. She has worked in an array of settings including community mental health, probation, and hospitals as well as maintaining a private practice since 1998.
Francine enjoys working with adolescents, adults and couples and has highly specialized training to assist with addiction and substance abuse disorders as well as mental health concerns. She is comfortable using a variety of treatment modalities and is flexible to meet the needs of her clients.
Karyn Cihak, PsyD
Karyn Cihak, PsyD is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience. She has worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, assisted living, hospital, and outpatient settings. Dr. Cihak’s approach to therapy focuses on a collaborative relationship with her clients to facilitate the development of increased self-awareness while promoting the development of healthy coping strategies to assist in navigating life’s challenges while solidifying strengths. Areas of interest include women’s health concerns including infertility and pregnancy loss, perinatal mood disorders, anxiety, depression, chronic medical issues, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, mild cognitive impairment and dementia, and head injuries.
Dr. Cihak utilizes an eclectic treatment approach including psychodynamic, brief solution-focused, mindfulness, Rogerian, trauma-informed care, neurolinguistics programming, and relaxation techniques.
Jessica Boland, LCSW
Jessica Boland, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience in the field. Jessica has worked in a variety of settings, with a focus on healthcare and significant expertise in the area of perinatal mental health. She remains a resource worker for the NorthShore University HealthSystem Perinatal Depression Program, home of the 24/7 MOMS Hotline. Jessica is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working with Hispanic/Latinx clients as a complement to her work as the Director of Behavioral Health for a community-based primary health care center on the southwest side of Chicago.
Jessica uses a variety of therapeutic interventions, primarily drawing on a feminist, strengths-based approach. Her areas of clinical interest include perinatal mood disorders, interpersonal trauma, and work with adolescents.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago.
Jo Kim, PhD
Jo Kim, PhD has over 20 years’ experience in hospital-based and outpatient care settings. Her early career experiences included working with veterans in neuropsychology, spinal cord injury, rehabilitation and hospice settings and delivering psychosocial interventions to individuals coping with cancer diagnosis and treatment. Since 2006, she has served as the Director of NorthShore’s Perinatal Depression Program, overseeing a variety of clinical, educational and research activities focused on perinatal mood disorders.
Jo’s approach to therapy is collaborative. Her clients are active partners in a process where she relies on them to teach her about their experiences, values and priorities, while she helps them identify and master new skills and strategies to reduce distress and work through barriers standing between them and the life they want to live. She is trained in cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, behavioral activation, interpersonal and dialectical-behavioral therapy approaches. Her areas of clinical interest include perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment to disability, coping with cancer diagnosis and treatment, chronic pain, life-threatening medical conditions, end of life issues.
Jo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Chicago and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University.
Deborah Garman, PsyD
Deborah Garman is a psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in private practice helping a wide variety of clients, from teens to seniors. She specializes in working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, life changes, grief, loss, career, or parenting challenges.
Occasionally life’s challenges can overwhelm us. During those times we can benefit from outside help to navigate through them. Deborah believes in the instinctual drive for health and balance, and collaborates with clients to re-establish that balance, by helping then develop new mindsets and coping skills, working together to understand the challenge, and focusing on building resilience.
Deborah uses an eclectic treatment approach combining strengths from psychodynamic, cognitive, mindfulness, solution-focused, strength-based, and client-centered forms of psychotherapy.
Helen Schaeffer, LCSW
Helen Schaeffer, LCSW is an experienced clinician with more than 20 years of experience providing therapy in a variety of settings. Helen utilizes a variety of approaches including psychodynamic, emotionally focused, cognitive behavioral therapy, and client centered in her work with clients. She believes that therapy should be focused on change through understanding, respect, compassion and encouragement and views herself as a partner in guiding her clients through current life challenges.