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Dr. Stacey Willard

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PsyD

Dr. Stacey Willard is the Founder and Executive Director of CTAS. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned her Master's in Art Therapy: Counseling Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her clinical internship at Adler Community Health Services, and postdoctoral residency at Lawrence Kerns, M.D. & Associates. Dr. Willard places great emphasis on providing a warm, empowering environment, and applying research and evidenced-based practice with adults (including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and relaxation training). She values the importance of forming a supportive relationship, and will work with you to generate transformative insights and constructive solutions that address your objectives. Dr. Willard holds an active license in both Illinois (PsyD 071.009205) and Colorado (PsyD PSY.0004654).

Accepting: BCBS, UHC (Optum), Aetna, Cigna

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Dr. Matthew Waxler

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PsyD

Dr. Matthew Waxler is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Waxler focuses on working with adult clients ages 20's to senior years. A significant portion of his work has focused on treating traumatic stress across the lifespan, depression, anxiety, anger, chronic pain, and substance use. He has interest working on relationship problems with individuals and couples. Other clinical interests include treating men's issues, grief and loss related to death, and significant life changes. Dr. Waxler matches evidence supported treatments to client's presenting problems and goals. He is comfortable working from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and psychodynamic orientation. Dr. Waxler looks to bring a relational component to clinical work as he believes it is a strong factor in bringing about change.

Accepting: BCBS, UHC (Optum), Cigna, Aetna

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Dr. Kalena Peterson

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PsyD

Dr. Kalena Peterson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Peterson completed her clinical internship at Adler Community Health Services. Her previous experience includes providing psychotherapy in the Cook County Jail (women's division), and in Chicago Public School systems working with children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Peterson's focus has predominantly been with disenfranchised communities, treating PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other social/emotional/behavioral concerns. Her clinical approach is guided by CBT, trauma-informed CBT, psychodynamic, and relational therapies. Dr. Peterson is providing telehealth only to Illinois patients.

Accepting: BCBS, UHC (Optum), Aetna, Cigna

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Fanai Croff

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC; LCPC Candidate

Fanai Croff is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master's of Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is completing licensure hours toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, as supervised by Dr. Stacey Willard. Fanai values authenticity and self-actualization and believes individuals have the inherent knowledge and tools necessary to become better versions of themselves. Her approach to treatment is foundationally person-centered, places high value on the therapeutic relationship, and utilizes/embraces the 'here and now'. Clinical interests include anxiety, trauma, identity, self-worth, and relationship challenges. In addition, Fanai draws from nearly two decades of experience in corporate sales and marketing, to help clients navigate “feeling stuck”, work/life balance and the desire for change. She works with adults and couples.

Accepting: BCBS, Cigna, Aetna

Dr. Yuliya Wallace

PsyD Post-Doctoral Fellow, Perinatal Mental Health Certified (PMH-C)

Dr. Yuliya Wallace is a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow who earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology degree from Adler University. She completed her predoctoral internship at Harry S. Truman VA Medical Center in Columbia, MO, and is completing licensure hours toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, as supervised by Dr. Stacey Willard. Dr. Wallace is Perinatal Mental Health Certified (PMH-C), she is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, and insomnia; she is also trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She has interest working with adults with trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use, addictive behaviors, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. Dr. Wallace is collaborative, warm, and empathic - and values the importance of forming a genuine therapeutic relationship; she helps clients increase awareness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to collaboratively develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Accepting: BCBS, Cigna, Aetna

Dr. Samantha Barker

Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology, MA; PsyD Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Samantha Barker is a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow who earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Emphasis in Primary Care Psychology and Behavioral Medicine degree from Adler University. She completed her predoctoral internship at Adler Community Health Services in Chicago, IL and is currently working at CTAS under the supervision of Dr. Stacey Willard. Dr. Barker has experience in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals/primary care, and community mental health. She utilizes a warm, thoughtful approach to collaborate with her patients. Dr. Barker's therapeutic approach is relational and integrative; she is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness. She strives to create a safe, non-judgmental environment. Special interests include issues related to anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, chronic medical conditions, grief, trauma, and behavioral / school-related issues for children and adolescents.

Accepting: BCBS, Cigna, Aetna

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