Meet the Sykes Group

  • Rhonda Sykes MHS, LCPC, BSN, RN

    Rhonda Sykes is the founder and president of The Sykes Group, LTD and has been working in the field of mental health and addictions for over 23 years. She has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 1996. Rhonda has vast experience working with adolescents, young adults and adults in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and addictions settings. Rhonda is a state and nationally licensed master’s level addictions counselor. Rhonda specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, but has a vast experience in assessment and treatment of addictions and psychiatric issues. Rhonda also provides Christian Counseling and is an accredited divorce mediator having completed her training at DePaul University. Rhonda is also a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapist.

    Rhonda provides individual, couples, marital and family and groups counseling and focuses on the following issues:

    Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders and Relapse Prevention
    Adjustment issues
    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    Anger Management and aggression
    Anxiety Disorders and Panic Disorder
    Behavioral issues- Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders
    Bipolar and Related Disorders
    Christian perspectives and biblical based counseling
    Coping skills
    Depressive Disorders
    Domestic Abuse/Violence
    Executive Coaching
    Obsessive- Compulsive and Related Disorders
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    Trauma and Stress Related Disorders
    Social Skills Training
    Self Esteem Issues
    Stress Management

    Provides the following modalities in treatment:
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    Behavior Modification
    Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
    EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
    Christian/Biblical Counseling

  • Tanya Alltop MA, LCPC


    Tanya Alltop is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She has spent the last 10 years in community services thus has experience working with a wide range of diagnoses and treatment needs. Her experience has included work with individuals struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, thought disorders and life transitions. She also has experience working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.

    Tanya received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her graduate degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University Chicago.

    Tanya provides a warm, nonjudgemental environment for treatment and believes that the therapeutic alliance is the foundation for effective treatment. Tanya believes people can take control of their lives through better understanding of themselves and that we all hold the ability to change and live the life we imagine. Tanya utilizes traditional therapeutic approaches in treatment and modifies her approach to fit each individuals’ needs. Tanya is open to seeing individuals adolescent to adult as well as couples.

  • Amy Buehl, MSW, LCSW, DCSW, CSW-G, CCM

    Amy BuehlHello, my name is Amy Buehl, and I am a licensed clinical social worker who has experience and enjoys working with all ages of clients from children to the geriatric population. I am also an Illinois state Type 73 certified school social worker. I have experience working with senior citizens within the geriatric guardianship realm, as well as with caregivers and medically complicated clients. Providing financial resource information, school IEP and 504 accommodation assistance, behavioral plans, resource assistance for clients and their caregivers, Veteran's benefit information, and Social Security Disability assistance are some additional services I am able to offer my clients. I specialize in Cognitive behavioral therapy and Solutions focused brief therapy, as well as many other evidenced based treatment modalities.

      My credentials include:
    • Bachelors Degree in Social Work,
    • Masters Degree in Social Work with a concentration in children & families,
    • Post-Master Type 73 School Social Work Certified,
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker,
    • Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology,
    • Diplomate in Clinical Social Work,
    • Reality Therapy Certified through the William Glasser Institute
  • Kristina Caponi MA LCPC

    Lindsey CravenKristy Caponi is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience in community mental health and private practice settings. Kristy has worked with individuals across the life span, as well as with families and couples. She specializes in working with clients who are in crisis, and those who suffer from Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, and familial and relational issues. Self- esteem, body image issues, anger management, and parenting skill development are also area of specialty for Kristy.

    From a clinical perspective, Kristina believes in the integration of several theoretical and therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Person Centered Therapy. She believes that by focusing a clients’ strengths, and through the development of communication skills, coping skills, and stress management skills, a client can reach their goal of living a happier and healthier life.

  • Lindsey Craven, MSW, LCSW

    Lindsey CravenLindsey is a licensed clinical social worker helping to guide clients towards identified goals, setting high expectations, and achieving exceptional results. Lindsey has obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from University of St Francis, as well as a graduate degree in social work from Aurora University. Lindsey has worked with adults and adolescents experiencing many different issues including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, familial issues, relationship issues, and chronic mental disorders. Lindsey also helped individuals who struggle with low self-esteem, self-injurious behaviors, and body image issues.

    Lindsey's counseling style is warm, direct, and very supportive. Lindsey believes in helping clients learn how to be master of mind, rather than mastered by mind. She encourages people toward greater responsibility for themselves through increased awareness of patterns of thinking, believing, feeling, and behaving. Her therapy approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and dialectical-behavioral counseling styles. Lindsey will develop her therapeutic approach, to meet your needs. She believes in working closely with each of her clients, so they can build an effective treatment plan that is beneficial for growth.

    Lindsey believes her education and experience can help take you where you want to be in life. It takes a strong individual to seek help in working towards a healthier state of mind and soul. Lindsey would be honored to help assist you in making the necessary changes to live a happier and more fulfilling life. Lindsey is here to walk with you down this path of change.

  • Amy Douglass MS, LMFT

    Amy DouglassAmy Douglass is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive clinical experience treating children (ages 3-17), individual adults, couples, and families. Amy received both her Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Master Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kansas State University. With more than sixteen years of experience treating children and families, she has developed expertise in treating trauma-related issues, behavioral concerns, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Amy’s experience includes her work with Jane Addams Hull House Association as a clinical therapist for the agency’s foster care program. During this time, Amy was also a member of the National Health Services Corps, which is an organization committed to providing health care services to underserved populations. She has provided clinical treatment, parenting assessments, parent education, and substance use disorder assessments as a therapist for agencies providing home-based services to assist families in crisis to achieve reunification within the foster care system. In addition to her work as a therapist with Sykes Group, Amy is currently a Clinical Director for a home-based services program in Lake County, Indiana.

    Amy has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which focuses on the treatment of trauma-related symptoms and the development of coping mechanisms to assist with the reduction of symptoms and improvement of functioning following traumatic experiences. Additionally, she utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Relational Therapy, and Grief Therapy in her treatment of children, couples, and families. Marital therapy focuses on skills building, including the improvement of communication skills and conflict resolution skills. Additionally, any existing underlying barriers are identified and addressed to improve the overall health of the relationship.

    Amy offers a strengths-focused and compassionate approach to treatment. By focusing on the exploration, and understanding, of individual strengths of each client, her goal is to assist individuals, couples, and families with recognizing and further developing the existing strengths that are present to achieve treatment goals. Additionally, she focuses on the development of coping skills and support systems in order to create a supportive and positive environment to promote healing and growth.

  • Kristina Fifer MA, LCPC

    Amy DouglassKristina (Tina) Fifer is a licensed clinical professional counselor with many years of experience in private practice and community mental health. She has provided therapy to adults, adolescents, and families seeking help for a wide range of needs. Areas of specialty include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, self-injury, relationship issues, loss/grief issues, and difficulties with life changes. Her approach to therapy is non-judgmental, gentle, and calm. Through a collaborative approach, in which she uses various techniques and theories, she can help you find the answers and healing you need to set you on the path toward reaching your life goals. Tina believes everyone deserves to feel good about themselves, and she wants to help you find balance and wellness in your life.

  • Meghan Garland, MA, LCPC

    Lesley WidmerMeghan Garland is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and holds a Type 73 School Guidance Certification. She has over 13 years experience working in multiple settings including Outpatient Mental Health, Special Education, HIV/AIDS Counselor, Foster Care Therapist and private practice. Meghan has experience working with many age groups including aduts, adolescents and children. Her work has primarily consisted of at risk youth experiencing severe emotional and behavioral difficulties and developing behavior management systems and plans to implement in multiple settings. She has vast experience with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Management and Coping Skills. A primary focus of Meghans has been assisting individuals with developing skills in an attempt at enabling better functioning socially, emotionally and behaviorally.

      Focusing on issues such as:
    • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Adjustment Disorder
    • Anger Management and Aggressive Behaviors
    • Anxiety
    • Aspergers and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
    • Behavior Modification
    • Bipolar Disorders
    • Coping Skills
    • Cutting/Self Mutilation
    • Depression
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    • Panic Attacks
    • Relapse Prevention
    • Self Esteem
    • Social Skills and Communication Skills
    • Stress Management
    • Training for Life Skills
      Therapeutic Modalities:
    • Grief Therapy
    • Behavior Therapy/Modification
    • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
    • Insight Oriented Therapy
    • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
    • Reality Therapy
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Groups
    • Individual

  • Meghan Grzetich, MS, LMFT

    Lesley WidmerMeghan Grzetich is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose specialized background enables her to provide useful and systemic therapy services to her clients. Meghan received her undergraduate degree in Applied Child and Family Studies at Northern Illinois University and then went on to complete a Masters program in Marriage and Family Therapy also at NIU. Meghan has an array of clinical experience with childhood mental illness, family therapy, and couples therapy which includes her work at Gateway Foundation and also within a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault organization where she provided support and advocacy to survivors.

    She has specialized training in an Evidenced Based Parent Management Skills Program which allows her to assist parents in learning effective ways of handling pediatric non- compliant, aggressive, & inattentive behaviors. The program focus is about building the parent-child relationship & increasing positive behaviors in children.

    Meghan’s experience also includes working with couples through relational therapy. By focusing on skills to improve understanding, communication, and conflict resolution, she helps partners increase their relationship satisfaction and commitment to each other. She offers the option of using Prepare-Enrich, an assessment tool designed to fit your relationship structure measuring areas of strengths & potential growth. You are given a personalized report on what areas may be important to focus on & then work together using evidenced based skills to make changes.

    Meghan utilizes a genuine and compassionate approach to create a comfortable atmosphere in which each person feels safe and understood. She uses humor, warmth, and encouragement to help clients learn about themselves and get what they need out of therapy to make the lasting changes they are looking for.

  • Melvin Herring, MA, LCSW

    Lesley WidmerMelvin Herring has been a therapist for 13 years. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who believes in the holistic healing (mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually) of human(s) suffering, and empowering the client. He has extensive experience working with client populations such as adults, children, adolescents, families, ex-offenders, members of law enforcement, Veterans and couples. His career has allowed him to provide counseling services in government, non-profit, and academic research organizations, serving the most vulnerable clients. He has also provided in home counseling service to wards of the state, clinical assessments in correctional settings, as well as community based outpatient counseling to combat Veterans and their families. Melvin obtained his Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, with a concentration in Clinical Social Work, in 2005. He specializes in the treatment of trauma and stress, mood, personality, substance, and disruptive behavior related disorders.

    Melvin provides individual, group, couples, and family counseling which focuses on such issues as:

    Trauma and Stress
    Acute Stress
    Adjustment issues
    Anger Management and Aggression
    Bipolar and Related Disorders
    Antisocial and Narcissistic Personality Disorders
    Behavioral issues- Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders
    Social Skills Training
    Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders and Relapse Prevention
    Christian perspective

    Provides the following modalities in treatment:

    CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
    EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
    EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
    Behavior Modification
    Motivational Interviewing
    Christian Perspective
    Family Systems
    ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
    PE (Prolonged Exposure)

  • Anita Jamison, MS, LCPC, NCC, CADC

    Anita Jamison, MS, LCPC, NCC, CADC Anita is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor since 1994. Anita is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Anita received her Master’s degree from National-Louis University in Wheaton, IL. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Governors State University in University Park, IL. Her background spans twenty-three years in mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Her most recent clinical experience was in a psychiatric hospital where she counseled children, adolescents, adults and families for thirteen years. She has worked within gender specific programs and co-ed treatment environments in out-patient, inpatient, or residential levels of care. She also provides clinical supervision to graduate students.

    As a clinician, she espouses a person-centered approach, utilizes motivational interviewing skills, and is currently receiving advanced training in an Emotion-Focused Therapy approach. Overall, she integrates several theoretical and therapeutic approaches to counseling in her effort to meet the individual needs of each client. She also provides Christian counseling and spiritual development counseling. Her belief is in the capacity of the human spirit to change, adjust, to become more reflective and insightful, which in-turn, leads the way to cultivate the resiliency necessary to overcome life’s challenges. This belief provides the foundation for her passion in assisting individuals and families to develop their own strengths to manage life’s problematic transitions; effectively and successfully.

    Anita provides individual, couples, marital and family and groups counseling and focuses on the following issues:

    Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders and Relapse Prevention
    Adjustment issues
    Anger Management and aggression
    Anxiety Disorders and Panic Disorder
    Behavioral issues- Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders
    Bipolar and Related Disorders
    Christian perspectives and biblical based counseling
    Co-occurring/Dual diagnosis Disorders
    Coping skills
    Depressive Disorders
    Domestic Abuse/Violence
    Interpersonal Therapy
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    Reality Therapy
    Trauma and Stress Related Disorders
    Social Skills Training
    Self Esteem Issues
    Stress Management

    Provides the following modalities in treatment:
    Emotion-Focused Therapy
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    Christian/Biblical Counseling

  • Keith LeVasseur MA, LCPC

    keith LeVassseur

    Keith LeVasseur has been a therapist for over 25 years. He has been in private practice in Naperville since 2006. He completed his graduate work from Roosevelt University in 1988.

    Keith’s clinical areas of specialty include depression, oppositional/defiant disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD/ADD, anxiety, PTSD, and victims of sexual abuse. Keith has extensive experience working with severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents and their families. He also uses play therapy in his practice with children. Keith provides family therapy. He also works with adults on individual and relationship issues. He received clinical training at Tinley Park Mental Health Center. He has worked at Provena Mercy Center on an inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit providing individual and group therapy and Center for Family Services providing individual and family therapy to severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents. He has provided on call crisis intervention services as part of his work at Center for Family Services. He has been a co-supervisor/therapist for an adolescent boy’s group home providing individual/family/group therapy to 13 to 18 year old boys. He has also provided in home counseling to DCFS wards up to 18 years old.

    Keith has experience working with clients between the ages of 5 and 60 years old with specialty in working with children and adolescents. Keith’s approach to treatment is short-term and solution focused. Cognitive behavioral principles with behavior modification are frequently used as well as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). He uses humor and a relaxed but firm demeanor to encourage clients and effect change. He believes that through the therapeutic alliance clients can learn to take responsibility for their own changes in their life and have more control over their future.

  • Priscilla Lynch, MS, RN

    Lesley WidmerPriscilla Lynch is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years. Much of her career was spent at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she was an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing as well as Unit Director over Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Services. In addition to those experiences Priscilla also did Liaison/Consultation work at Rush as well as working in the Substance Abuse area. Priscilla has presented at national conferences numerous times and has been published on several topics relevant to the psychiatric/mental health field. During her tenure at Rush she also maintained a private practice. In 2008 she left Rush to devote her time fully to doing private practice.

    Priscilla works with children and adolescents as well as adults and provides treatment in individual family, couple, or group settings. Priscilla also does crisis/debriefing work along with consulting with groups of people in the business or health care field. Therapeutic modalities include but are not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Insight Oriented Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Grief Therapy, as well as Motivational Therapy.

    Priscilla’s philosophy is that counseling is based on a trusted therapeutic relationship that encourages and enhances the clients growth and empowerment.

  • Heather Stanley, MA, LCPC

    Lesley WidmerHeather sees children, adolescents and adults, in both individual and family/couples therapy settings. I enjoy teaching parenting skills and family interventions, to encourage positive communication techniques. My coaching experience guides clients from a person-centered approach, in order to facilitate personal growth and coping skill development for the client. In both the mental health agency and in private practice settings, I have treated clients for family discord, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, oppositional defiance, and academic stressors. Addressing the problems in a therapeutic setting helps clients feel less overwhelmed and more in control of their life stressors.

    Ongoing stress with depression, anxiety, family conflict and grief/loss have been primary problems Heather has addressed. Everyone deals with these types of issues in their lives, and acknowledging how it can affect relationships, daily functioning and overall well-being is an important step in treatment.

  • Dave Sutor, MHS, CADC

    Bio Coming Soon.

  • Lawrence Tarnowski, MA, LCPC, CADC

    Lawrence TarnowskiLarry Tarnowski is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor.

    He graduated with his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Governors State University in 2007.

    Larry has extensive work with children, adolescents, and adults. He has experience helping people with a variety of issues, including:

    • Depression
    • Bi-polar Disorder
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • PTSD
    • Grief & Loss
    • Adjustment Disorders
    • Life Transitions
    • Relational Issues
    • Substance Abuse

    Larry is a passionate therapist. He is caring, nurturing, and creative. He uses a holistic approach and views each client as a unique individual. He is proficient in:

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
    • Interpersonal/Psychodynamic Therapy
    • Solution-Focused Therapy
    • Expressive Therapies (art, music, and play).

    Larry has worked in community mental health agencies, hospitals (In-Patient and Out-Patient), rehabilitation facilities, and in private practice.

  • Dana Torres MA, LCPC

    Dana TorresOver the past ten years, Dana has provided counseling and related mental health services in a wide range of settings including schools, group homes, and agencies. Dana, who is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, has over seven years of experience in the child welfare system working with children, adults, and families involved in foster care. In working with clients heavily impacted by trauma, Dana has had the opportunity to treat a vast array of mental health conditions including but not limited to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), attachment problems, adjustment disorders, behavior/conduct problems, anger/aggression, ADHD, anxiety, depression, self-injury, interpersonal problems, and grief/bereavement. Dana practices from research-driven theoretical models including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Attachment Self-Regulation Competency (ARC), Theraplay, and Aggression Replacement Training (ART). Dana also enjoys providing education and support to parents in need of assistance attuning to their children’s emotional needs and managing difficult behavior. Dana’s approach to counseling involves building a healthy, trusting relationship with the client and helping the client establish and maintain a healthy support system outside of therapy. As needed and as consented to by the client, Dana will facilitate communication with important entities in a client’s life including family members, schools, and any other individuals/systems that can be supportive of the client’s therapeutic progress. Dana stresses to clients the importance of applying newly learned skills to their everyday lives so as to achieve lasting progress and healing. Dana has been greatly impacted and inspired by her clients, many of whom have been able to overcome significant barriers in life and achieve a level of functioning and emotional well-being that they never thought possible.

  • Mary Vasquez-Hansen, MA, NCC, LCPC

    Lesley WidmerExpertise: Ages 10 through Adult

    Mary is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She earned her Master’s degree from Governors State University in Illinois, a CACREP accredited school in counseling. She also holds a second master’s degree in Public Administration. She is a member of the Illnois Counseling Association, and the Illinois Mental Health Association for Certified Counselors. She is a certified EMDR practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). Mary received a divorce mediation certification from Northwestern University in Chicago and is a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Alliance. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has worked with various ethnic groups and diverse populations.

    Mary has experience working in a foster care residential environment with teens and their families. She also has experience working in a domestic violence agency and an alternative school for high school students with behavioral disorders. Mary specializes in issues related to depression, anxiety, abuse, conflict in relationships and teens (e.g., suicide, self-injury, abuse and trauma). She has also worked with couples related to premarital issues, and separation/divorce. Mary has extensive experience in group work with teens, victims of domestic violence, (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, relationship and divorce recovery.

    Mary’s approach is genuine, filled with compassion, and insight and action oriented. Her goal is to uncover obstacles and impediments that may be causing emotional pain, and hindering personal growth. She utilizes a client centered approach to identify and target client goals specific to the client’s issues or concerns. Her believe is that it is possible to uncover core issues that are most troubling to a new patient in order to design a treatment plan and provide a sense of hope in the first session. When appropriate, she incorporates EMDR techniques and yoga therapeutic interventions including breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation, as well as a yoga practice customized to the client’s needs in order to alleviate specific symptoms for example low back pain caused by anxiety or depression.

  • Linda Wahlen, MSW, LCSW, CADC

    linda Wahlen

    Specialties-Mood Disorders, Addictions-adolescent and adults

    Linda received her Masters Degree in Social Work from George Williams College at Aurora University. Already a licensed social worker, she obtained her Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification in 1995 and her license in Clinical Social Work in 1997.

    Linda has 13 years combined years of hospital experience working on both the adolescent and adult inpatient psychiatric units as well as the outpatient substance abuse unit in a local hospital. Her experience includes providing social histories, discharge planning, conducting individual, marital and family therapy sessions as well as facilitating both therapeutic and educational groups. Linda also has background in conducting DUI evaluations and Risk Education classes for Level I and Level II risk groups for DUI.

    Linda has worked in a private practice setting for both a hospital and local psychiatric group generally using a Cognitive/Behavioral approach. Her experience also includes gay and lesbian issues, unresolved grief and divorce adjustment issues, all of which she welcomes in her practice.

    Linda enjoys knitting, crocheting and quilting in her spare time for her family and for charity. She and her husband enjoy dining out, going to classic car shows and spending time with their four grandchildren.

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