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Our therapists use an eclectic range of modern psychotherapy techniques including, but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure, interpersonal, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, cognitive processing therapy, and solution focused therapies.

Many of our couple’s therapists are trained in Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy.

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“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves”

– Galileo Galilei

Therapist

Lizzy Campbell, LCSW

It is a brave step to begin therapy. Dedicating the time, energy, and resources to tend to yourself is both a big commitment and challenging work. Therapy can be a space that helps us create change and generate insight into our feelings, behaviors, and relationships. I believe deeply in the importance of creating a safe space while also building a strong therapeutic alliance. The healing/growth process is not always the most comfortable but there is nothing more empowering than taking our power back. If you are ready to begin taking good care of yourself, I can help you along that path.

My therapeutic style is warm, collaborative, realistic, and empathetic. I have had the distinct privilege of serving individuals, couples, and families from a diverse range of backgrounds. I specialize in trauma therapy in children and adults and enjoy an experiential approach to healing. I have experience working with domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking survivors. I am trained as a child and adolescent trauma professional and I am also skilled in assisting in an array of clinical issues including chronic stress and anxiety, trauma, ADHD, depression, mood disorders, various personality disorders, Adoption concerns (Birthparents, Adoptive Parents, and Adoptees), esteem, and self-worth, along with academic and employment challenges. I welcome LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities into my practice.

In our sessions, you can expect to see several therapy modalities utilized including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, sand tray therapy, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gestalt, and narrative therapy.

I received a Masters in Social Work from Aurora University and a bachelor’s in Social Work from Western New Mexico University. My clinical experience includes membership on the board of the Illinois Association of School Social Workers. I am also a School Social Worker in the Princeton School District where I focus on developing positive school behaviors, social skills, and support for students and staff.

Abbey Simmons, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working in community mental health and the child welfare system. I believe that everyone deserves a life that is joyful and fulfilling. Therapy can be a tool to help you find balance and happiness when life’s challenges become too overwhelming to manage alone. Mental health is an important component of overall health. Just as you would see a doctor if you were physically ill, going to therapy when you are struggling with your mental health can address symptoms and provide relief.

Taking the step to seek help can sometimes feel scary or overwhelming. I want to make that step easier for you by offering an open minded, empathetic, supportive, and judgement free space for us to develop a therapeutic relationship that makes you feel safe and seen. Together we will work on identifying the root cause of your current struggles, set goals, and work through any barriers you may face to accomplish those goals. I will meet you where you are at, and strive to help you reach your fullest potential.

My special interests include anxiety, depression, life transitions, LGBTQIA+, oncology, and infertility issues.

Tammy Thieme, LCSW

I have had the privilege of serving the Illinois Valley for 35 years. I have had the honor of joining my clients in their pursuit of change and personal growth. I work with my clients on problem solving skills, improving communication skills and developing coping skills to improve overall functioning. I use evidence-based treatment modalities to ensure the desired results for my clients. My approach is encouraging, supportive and informative.

I enjoy working with families focusing on divorce, blended families, adoption and relationship issues.I have worked in the fields of chemical dependency, sexual abuse treatment and as a mental health therapist addressing mood disorders

From working in the addictions, child welfare and mental health fields, I bring an experienced and eclectic background to aid in my client’s growth. I am holistic in viewing the physical, mental and spiritual needs of my clients and the diversity of each person.

Lexi Piccatto, LCSW

A healthy outside starts from the inside. As a Mental Health Professional, I believe that healing begins within. With the use of a Holistic approach, together, can explore all aspects of your life, looking at you as a whole. I strive to meet my clients exactly where they are, identifying the experiences that brought them where they are today, and working together to reveal the potential that lies within you. I have experience working with all ages; children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Approaches that I often utilize in my practice are Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. These approaches have allowed me to effectively assist those with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, mood disorders, life transitions, and trauma. The first step is the hardest, and here you are, taking the first step.

Danielle Stoddard, LCPC

I believe that we are all worthy to pursue a life of fulfillment and happiness. Of course, there are bumps in the road. That is where I come in . I enjoy working with my clients and assisting them overcome their obstacles. I began my journey 15 years ago as a crisis worker. I helped people at their lowest feel safe and hopeful. I enjoy working with my clients as they gain an understanding of their problems and the causes. I then help them develop an action plan to eliminate this problem, and give support along the way.

I use a variety of treatments in my sessions based on my client’s needs. I am trained through the BECK Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Institute. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tic Disorders, supported by the Tourette Association of America. My career has led me in many directions and has provided me with experience and knowledge in a variety of fields. My special interests include Mood Disorders, anxiety, grief, divorce, parenting, Borderline Personality Disorder, ADHD, and college/career planning.

Jessica M. Dergance, LCSW, ACSW

I believe that therapy provides an opportunity for healing and growth. I focus on cultivating a nonjudgmental and supportive environment that opens the door to self-discovery. We will work together to understand what might be getting you “stuck” in reaching your goals. We will draw upon your strengths to develop a healthier way of coping with the challenges that you are facing. We will focus on a balance of relieving specific symptoms that you are experiencing as well as finding the root causes of those symptoms to empower you with lasting insight. Many times the challenges that you are facing are rooted in the complexities of the relationships in your life. We will work together to identify these issues and resolve them to promote lasting change.

I have experience in working with clients deal with a variety of issues including depression, mood disorders, anxiety, difficult relationships, addiction, loss and grief, career concerns and life transitions.I also have extensive training in trauma and can use supportive practices as well as evidence based interventions to help you overcome traumas that you have experienced in your life.I have a passion and commitment to using mindfulness based skills as well to help individuals find relief in current symptoms that they are dealing with. Mindfulness can also be a path to giving you space to slow down and evaluate what your goals are that you plan on pursuing. Above all, I hold a deep respect for client’s individuality and recognize that each therapeutic relationship will evolve in its own unique way.

Traci Midnight, LCSW

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years experience working with couples, teens, adults and families. My compassionate and direct communication style helps develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship. I offer a non-judgmental, supportive environment, which facilitates growth and change. I believe in every person’s right to determine his or her future. I work with each person, couple and family on an individual basis to develop goals to work toward. I believe that helping people enhance their self worth, improve coping skills, develop insight and practice mindfulness skills will help move toward balance and will build a foundation for a less conflicted and more authentic life.

I have experience in working with clients deal with a variety of issues including depression, mood disorders, anxiety, difficult relationships, addiction, loss and grief, career concerns and life transitions.I also have extensive training in trauma and can use supportive practices as well as evidence based interventions to help you overcome traumas that you have experienced in your life.I have a passion and commitment to using mindfulness based skills as well to help individuals find relief in current symptoms that they are dealing with. Mindfulness can also be a path to giving you space to slow down and evaluate what your goals are that you plan on pursuing. Above all, I hold a deep respect for client’s individuality and recognize that each therapeutic relationship will evolve in its own unique way.

Lauren Holt, LCPC

I believe therapy can help a person work through any life problem they may be experiencing. I believe that therapy can help a person relieve current symptoms that are being experienced. It is also important to get to the core root of the problem causing those symptoms in order to heal. I consider it best to help a person work through different avenues in their life to find happiness by utilizing effective coping skills to diminish future symptoms. Through a therapeutic alliance, we will work together to find you a healthy life balance.

I have been working as a therapist since 2008. I have experience working in an outpatient setting and inside of a correctional facility. I am trained in crisis intervention, marital therapy with emphasis in conflict resolution, verbal de-escalation, substance abuse counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. I am trained in Clinical Hypnosis, which can be utilized along with other treatment modalities for problems with decision making, treatment of some phobias, some addictions, anger, and anxiety. I have experience with trauma informed therapy.

I enjoy working with adults who may need help with addiction, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship/marital problems, career conflict, and grief and loss issues. I am a firm believer that how we perceive and look at things in life guides our behavior and attitude. Therefore, I have a passion in helping you find an alternative to your current thought process to grow and achieve your goals. A lot of therapy is about self-realization and finding your own inner peace.

Kim Mercer, LMFT

When life gets out of balance, and the pain is robbing you of joy and happiness, counseling can help find some solutions. I am a calm, empathetic and nonjudgmental therapist that will collaborate with you on the best way to achieve your fullest potential. My passion is to help you work through the immediate problems that are causing you hurt and distress, and then utilize this pain to discover new possibilities for growth and personal fulfillment. Traumas, big or small, often cause depression, anxiety, strained relationships, occupational and academic obstacles, which interfere with achieving life goals. With guidance and support, clients learn to make connections between past traumas, current stressors, and triggers to employ new and more adaptive ways to cope.

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 19 years of experience providing mental health counseling to all ages, including individuals, couples, and families. I use a strength based, holistic, person-centered approach pulling from many modalities such as CBT, DBT, solution focused, narrative therapy, attachment systems and trauma informed. I’m confident that we can find the right approach to help you find the balance and joy in life again.

Staff

Sara Troccoli BSW, Office Manager

Sara Troccoli holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and has worked in the mental health field for 10 years.  Sara has joined our team as our Office Manager.  When you call Life Balance, Sara will assist you in getting set up for your initial appointment.  She can answer any questions and make sure this is an easy process for you. Not only does Sara have a caring personality but she is very knowledgeable in managing any scheduling, payment or insurance questions. Our business office is typically open Mondays through Thursdays, 9am-2pm.