March 3, 2016



About Vanessa Jankowski, LCSW

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Vanessa Jankowski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a Master’s from University of Chicago, in the process of achieving her Ph. D in Depth Psychology with a specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. Vanessa integrates Psychodynamics, Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C.B.T.), Dialect Behavioral Therapy (D.B.T.), Family Systems, Object Relationships, Rational Emotive Therapy (R.E.T.), Transactional Analysis (T.A.) theories with a Depth Psychology frame work. Vanessa completed an five-year post-graduate intensive clinical training program focused on social work techniques, psychotherapy, group work, and Jungian/Archetypal psychology.

With Depth Psychology, Vanessa guides people to look at what their symptoms and struggles to discover what needed for them to live their best lives. Depth Psychology looks at the symbols of issues, dreams, art work, meditations, as a way of understanding ourselves more fully. Once we understand what is causing our struggles we are able to address the problem on the inside and outside. When people are living a life based on their psychological needs and strengths, there is harmony and fulfillment. Starting with a strength-based clinical social work model to meet the client situationally and emotionally “where they are.” The Center for Change & Healing clinicians are very approachable and educational. The end goal of treatment is for people to no longer be controlled by their symptoms, but to also have developed a life they enjoy, with the knowledge of the psyche to continue their growth.

On a community level, Vanessa has organized and co-led annual retreats, workshops, and programs for The Center for Change & Healing, Beloit College, Corporate Learning Institute, Irons Oaks, Joy Outdoor Educational Center, the Village of Niles and Skokie Middle Schools, and Niles Teen Center. Vanessa was the implementer and director of Horizon Hospice’s youth and family grief group program, Braveheart, where she supervised, coordinated, and facilitated groups for people who had recently experienced a death in the family.
Vanessa has a wide range of experience cooperating with medicinal and holistic practitioners who have clients in need of psychological and emotional support. In treating the mind, the body’s healing process can be more effective.

Vanessa is trained in crisis intervention and psychotherapy. As a high ropes and challenge course facilitator, she enjoyed working with residential rehabilitation groups, sports teams, teacher groups, college students and staff, and corporate organizations. She has worked extensively with groups of teenagers and older children on high ropes and challenge courses.
Vanessa’s lifelong love of painting and many artistic endeavors, allows her to reach individuals through creativity and imagery. Vanessa understands it is important to be healthy of mind and body; she is a student of Yoga, physically activities, and proper nutrition. Through her studies of sustainable sciences, she has traveled to Australia and New Zealand to assist and learn the most innovative ways of living in balance with the natural world. She is a musician and a captivating storyteller. Before becoming a clinician, Vanessa spent her time training dressage and showing horses.

About Kyle Jankowski, LCSW

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Kyle Jankowski, LCSW, MSW has been working with youth and families since 2000 in a variety of roles—tutor, swimming coach, mentor, marching band drill instructor, music teacher, foster care case manager/therapist, support group leader, School Social Worker and presently Clinical Social Worker. Kyle also has experience in community organizing/philanthropy in Flint, Michigan and for statewide professional social work conferences. He studied social work and criminal justice at the University of Michigan (BSW) and clinical social work at the University of Chicago (AM/ MSW). Following graduate studies, Kyle completed a five-year post-graduate intensive clinical training program focused on social work techniques, psychotherapy, group work, and Jungian/Archetypal Psychology. Currently, Kyle studying for a PhD. in Depth Psychology, with focus on Mythology, Jungian and Archetypal Psychology. He has over thirteen years of counseling/therapy experience.

Kyle’s poetry speaks to contemporary social issues, the mental health crisis of modern America, restoring traditional ethnic-cultural practices and heritage, men’s and women’s issues, addiction, integrity, psychology, relationships and common sense. In combination with music, art and philosophy, the poetry is utilized to supplement and enrich over twenty traditional psychotherapy modalities (Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Family Systems schools), to offer highly customized treatment plans. College does not have to become “high school part two.” Kyle also specializes in “failure to launch” and college drop outs. Life is not meaningless, and adolescence is too young to begin a career as a cynical, jaded, nihilist. Whether you are a Millennial, Gen-Xer, or Baby-Boomer, it is never too late to find your life path or start anew.

Structured group therapy is available for adolescent through middle-age clients. Groups are a safe laboratory where clients invite and challenge each other to address the demons, dragons, and the elephants in the room and learn to create support networks and community outside the therapy office. Many find group an essential combination with individual counseling/therapy or mentorship. If your school or career is meaningless, and your life has become shallow, group is a place to find your fire in the belly again.

In his spare time, Kyle studies traditional Polish/Hungarian Sabre Fencing, is a classically/jazz trained musician (saxophone), improve comedy and is an avid outdoors enthusiast. This deep appreciation for the great outdoors is an integral part of Kyle’s therapy, helping clients to balance their connection with the practical demands of modern life, their community, family, and the slower, but astounding, natural world. Kyle also offers vocationally focused mentorship which offers all the practicality of life-coaching but is more advanced. This process is focused on intensive inner work toward personal development, breaking through career, relationship, or existential barriers.

About Kevin Kell, LCSW

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Kevin Kell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living and practicing in the greater Chicago area. He received his bachelor’s degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, majoring in psychology. Kevin then graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Masters of Social Work. He is currently pursuing degrees through Pacifica Graduate Institute’s masters/ doctoral program in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. Additionally, Kevin has studied with many professional mentors from a wide variety of cultures and fields of study.

Kevin brings all of his educational and practice experience to each client and session. Kevin provides individual, group, family, and couples therapeutic counseling to clients of all ages. Clients have found significant relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief/ loss, anger management/ rage, self-harm, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, addictive behaviors, and underperformance. Kevin’s approach draws primarily from psychodynamic and depth psychological theories. New skills and information are essential to the healing process, but often there are also unresolved issues from the past that continue to disrupt the present. Lasting change and growth often require that these issues be explored and healed with compassion and understanding. Even clients with a history of treatment-resistant issues have found Kevin’s approach helpful and transformative.

When Kevin isn’t practicing therapy, he is enjoying a wide variety of hobbies and interests. Kevin is an accomplished leather worker and craftsman. He also makes and plays hide drums of many types and sizes. Kevin is a classically trained bass vocalist and regularly performs in local operas and other venues. Additionally, Kevin is a student of language with a special passion for Russian and Cherokee. Kevin can be found throughout the greater Chicago area leading drum circles and sharing his love of art, performance, and beauty.

About Katarina Berin, LPC

Katarina Berin, LPC pursued her education in counselling psychology at Loyola University Chicago through the graduate school of education. The choice to pursue counselling by this route informs Katarina’s emphasis on understanding and self-knowledge. She holds that her clients’ improved ability to observe and articulate thoughts, emotions and behavior means that they can find options and begin to get unstuck.

Katarina adapts counseling techniques to individual needs, strengths and interests. The tools that she uses to help her clients include those from attachment theory, trauma treatment, mindfulness and emotional focused couples’ therapy. Katarina has a background in the creative arts and she has used expressive tools drawn from art therapy, dramatic/somatic therapy, and bibliotherapy.

Katarina cultivates an atmosphere of empathy, calm and intellectually curiosity. She has helped clients who are struggling with mood dysregulation, self-harming behaviors, relationships problems and difficulties in family, work or school contexts. In many cases clients are burdened by adverse childhood experiences, or struggle with generational trauma. Katarina has worked with clients in all life-stages from childhood to post-retirement and has a great appreciation of adolescent struggles and others facing daunting life changes.

Before counselling, Katarina worked in the visual arts, having received her M.A. in Fine Art from York University in Toronto (Canada). On moving to Chicago, she volunteered in areas related to the arts, education, health and sustainability. She currently lives in the near Chicago suburbs with her spouse, two dogs and a rabbit while her two children are away at college.