Our Providers

Reem K. Cutinello

MSW, L.C.S.W.

Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) Certified Practitioner

Reem Cutinello is a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and a Certified Practitioner for Rapid Resolution Therapy. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Reem received her training and certificate of completion for Mediation from Northwestern University. Reem continues to find avenues to enhance her counseling and mediation skills through continuing education seminars, classes and conferences.

As a therapist and mediator, Reem focuses on being genuine and mindful as to what is in the best interest of the client(s). She believes that working together as a team produces the best results and helps you identify and explore sources of stress, set specific goals, and identify methods to achieve the desired outcome(s). Often times, simply shifting the way we think, behave, or our expectation, leads to significant improvements in how we feel. A new way of thinking can help one begin to take steps forward.

Reem has always enjoyed working with a variety of clients and a wide array of conditions. Along with her clinical expertise, she brings humor and dedication to each situation. She focuses on strengths and techniques to promote progress toward desired outcomes. Her clinical expertise includes working with adolescents, adults and families, marital and relationship challenges, mood disorders, anxiety, and depression. Reem coaches families through the challenges of divorce to provide healthy compromises and outcomes for both the parents and children.

Alia Elshaer

MSW, LCSW, CHT

Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) Certified Practitioner

Alia Elshaer is a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and graduate of the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, obtaining a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work in 2006. She has also completed the Domestic Violence Professional Certification training, and is the former assistant director of Family Shelter Services. Alia has managed courses for children, adolescents, and adults to promote self-esteem, communication, accountability, relationship-building, and individual success and growth. She has also completed certification for Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy with the Wellness Institute, in addition to previous certification for Rapid Resolution Therapy to support individuals with Trauma. She is currently working with clients who present with symptoms related to Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress, Sexual Abuse, OCD, ADHD, LES, Adjustment Disorders, Codependency, relationship issues, building communication, and life skills, as well as a wide variety of personality disorders and life setbacks that are commonly incur.

Anna Ashum

MSW, LCSW

Certified in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Anna Ashum is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago. Anna believes that individuals can improve their own lives when given the guidance to draw upon their strengths and realize their potential. Regardless of a person’s past or current situation, Anna realizes that everyone deserves to live a happy, fulfilling life. She understands that reaching out for guidance can be challenging. Anna recognizes the variety of needs life brings and helps individuals find direction through compassion, building on their strengths, and focusing on overcoming what may be holding them back. She has a warm, empathetic approach to each person and uses many therapeutic techniques such as conventional talk therapy, play therapy (for children), art therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and body awareness. Anna prides herself in providing a safe atmosphere of acceptance and support that encourages growth and healing.

Anna works with a variety of needs and has experience in treating individuals, families, and couples in the following areas: trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, Anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, grief, depression, divorce, ADHD, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), executive functioning, school refusal, self-esteem, self- awareness, and relationship challenges. She also offers insight into techniques that help guide parents and loved ones whose family members are exhibiting challenging behaviors. In addition to her LCSW, Anna also holds a 65 hour certification in sexual abuse and domestic violence. In order to better serve her clients, she continues to educate herself by utilizing classes and trainings to strengthen her skills.

Nicole Prescott

MA, LCPC, LPC, GRS

Counselor

Nicole Prescott is a LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor). Nicole graduated with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology: Specializing in Child and Adolescent therapy from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Nicole is also currently licensed in the state of Wisconsin as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). Nicole has worked towards several certifications in Equine Assisted Therapy, Brainspotting, and Grief Recovery Specialist from the Grief Recovery Institute.

Nicole is focused on learning new and integrative ways to work with her clients to provide the best services possible. Currently Nicole is in training for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Nicole has worked in a variety of service locations from Non-profit community mental health organizations, Wilderness Therapy, Online Counseling, Residential treatment, and is looking forward to this next step into Private Practice. Nicole has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. Nicole enjoys bringing experiential and creative methods into working with her clients to integrate mind and body to heal the whole individual.

Nicole believes that working with the whole family unit is an essential part of working with the child and adolescent to make the life changing heal take place. Nicole focuses on client rapport in understanding that relationship and attachment is an integral piece to the therapeutic process. Nicole’s experience include, individual, family, couples, group, and adventure therapy in the areas of depression, anxiety, self-esteem, attachment, adoption, grief, trauma, PTSD, personality disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Spectrum Disorders (Autism/Aspergers), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), self-injury behavior, suicidal ideation, eating disorder, and substance abuse. Nicole is available to work with children, adolescents, and adults.

Danielle Ludkey

MSW

Counselor

Danielle Ludkey obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2015 and a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2016 from Loyola University Chicago. She is working toward licensure under the supervision of Reem K. Cutinello, LCSW. She believes strongly in a strengths-based approach in counseling to help clients meet their goals.
Danielle strives to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for her clients in each session. She utilizes a client centered approach while incorporating elements of play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy. Throughout a client working to achieve their goals, Danielle provides empathetic support each step of the way. While working with children and adolescents, she involves their families in order to support the client in all aspects of their lives as well as providing parental support. Additionally, she works with the school so that the client is supported in the school setting as well. She believes that a collaborative approach is best. Danielle utilizes a client’s strengths to create effective strategies that best help the client. She is passionate about empowering her clients through life’s challenges including divorce, loss, and life stressors such as school. Danielle enjoys embracing an individual’s differences and experiences that they bring. Danielle continues to attend classes and trainings to further her education and strengthen her skills. She is currently working with children, adolescents, young adults who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, or other emotional difficulties.

Ray Strzykalski

MSW, LCSW 

Counselor

Ray Strzykalski is a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and Certified School Social Worker. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago in 2006. Ray began his career in mental health residential treatment facilities in Chicago and the suburbs where he developed and managed treatment plans for residents and their families.

Ray has worked throughout the Chicagoland area as a school social worker. This background experience includes working with developmental disorders, and mental illness, as well as other psychological stresses brought on by life circumstances. These experiences have shaped his perspective that working together in a team approach while focusing on the individual’s and families’ strengths is optimal for personal growth and healing to occur. His therapeutic approach is non-judgmental, client-centered and strengths based. He seeks to form a collaborative, therapeutic relationship with clients, allowing them a safe space to explore and gain understanding about obstacles to personal growth. He then provides empathic support and feedback to ultimately empower clients to set realistic goals and make necessary lasting changes. His passion to help others drives his continued education through seminars, classes, trainings and conferences to enhance his skills.