About Vanessa Jankowski, LCSW
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
Kyle J. Jankowski, L.C.S.W., M.S.W, M.A.D.P., is the co-founder and C.O.O. of The Center for Change and Healing, a Clinical Social Work and Depth-Psychology based psychotherapy and consulting group practice. For over twenty years, Kyle has been working with youth, couples and families, especially specializing in guiding people through major life transitions. His roles and positions have included classroom aid, drum corps, field instructor, music teacher, swimming coach, lifeguard, school social worker, special education social worker, foster care/adoption case worker, residential day school therapist, police mental health consultant, individual and family psychotherapist, clinical group leader. Kyle has designed and facilitated over a dozen Depth-Psychology based weekend and week-long personal growth retreats attended by both adolescents and adults. After earning his Bachelors from the University of Michigan (B.S.W.), where he also served as president of the Social Work Club, and was inducted into the Greek Academic National Honor’s Society, Phi-Alpha, Kyle completed a graduate degree from the University of Chicago-SSA (M.S.W./A.M.). For continuing education, Kyle completed a seven-year postgraduate advanced clinical training program, and a second Masters from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian & Depth Psychology (M.A.D.P.), with further plans to pursue a PhD. dissertation.
In his clinical and creative consulting practices, in addition to traditional psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and family system’s approaches, Kyle integrates clients’ multiple intelligences, Typology (Myers-Briggs/M.B.P.T.I.), creativity, literary and poetic interests, creative space design/sacred architecture, comedy/improv, graphic art, film and photography. This vocationally focused approach instructs and helps people to recognize, structure, and integrate their creative gifts and traditional intelligence into practical and meaningful career paths. Vocational and creative consultation are useful for midlife career changers, quarter-life existential crises, college drop-outs, non-traditional high school and college students and entrepreneurs. The model simultaneously applies a practical skills and customized solution focused tools, symbolic and holistic mental health, and philosophical and practical approaches to engaged citizenship, family life and individual development/callings. Still others have utilized vocational and creative consultation to rediscover and reintegrate their ethnic cultural practices and identity, which had fallen to the wayside or were rejected when these individuals assimilated into American society. These clients report a new sense of wholeness mentally, socially and culturally, even though they range from first generation immigrants to multi-generational “Americans”.
Outside his clinical and consulting practice, Kyle avidly practices Polish-Hungarian Fencing, saxophone, studies martial arts philosophy and modern and ancient warfare, Central/Eastern European history, is a published poet and scholar. Additionally he enjoys hiking, traveling America’s National Parks, water skiing, swimming, culinary art, interior design, watching Olympic sports, attending Polish cultural events, film discussion and patroning Chicago’s extensive performing arts scene.
About Kevin Kell, LCSW
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.