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.
Courtney Bowles, LCSW
Courtney Bowles, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 18 years of experience in the field. Courtney began her career as a perinatal social worker with the University of Chicago Medical Center and coordinated the Perinatal Loss Bereavement Program. In addition, she wrote multiple grants to better the lives of the patients she served. She also provided coverage for the NorthShore University HealthSystem MOMS line, a confidential 24 hour crisis hotline providing clinical support and resources to women and families during the perinatal period. Courtney has additional expertise working with individuals and families dealing with aging and chronic illness.
Courtney believes in the inherent power each person possesses to make positive changes in his or her life. She utilizes a strengths based, nonjudgmental approach with her clients. Her areas of clinical interest include grief and loss, adjustment to illness, aging, depression, anxiety, and challenges related to infertility, pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
Courtney holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago.
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.