|Who we are||
Dr. Rana Hong is a Certified Theraplay® therapist/supervisor/trainer, and Certified Parent-Child Interaction therapy® (PCIT) therapist/Level 1 trainer, Certified Eye Movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapist, and Registered play therapy supervisor. Dr. Hong has specialized in treating children and their parents with issues of children's behavioral and emotional issues, including but not limited to attachment, anxiety, autism, trauma, and oppositional defiance. With her expertise in attachment-based models, she integrates trauma- informed Gestalt approaches and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing® (EMDR) in working with severely disrupted children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Hong is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the likelihood of restoring integrative self of each individual. She completed her Masters of Social Worker (M.S.W) Degree from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000 and earned her doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Social Work at Loyola University of Chicago in 2014, where she is affiliated for teaching and research.
Jessica Rosenthal, MSW, LCSW
Ms. Jessica Rosenthal has extensive experience in outpatient mental health settings, both in non-profit and private sectors. She provides individual, couple and family treatment across the age spectrum. Ms. Rosenthal is trained in play therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Specifically, Ms. Rosenthal helps children, adolescents, parents and families manage a variety of issues which have included those related to divorce/post-divorce, blended families, academic struggles, social skills, anger management, and mood disorders. She emphasizes building a solid working relationship with clients. She places great importance on creating a safe and non-judgmental environment in which clients can freely explore their thoughts, feelings and sources of stress. As a result, she feels her clients are able to better understand themselves, enabling them to achieve personal growth and positive change. She earned her bachelor degree from University of Kansas in 1998 and completed her Master of Social Worker Degree (M.S.W.) from the Loyola University Chicago in 2006.
Claire Avellone, MS, MSW, LCSW
Ms. Avellone is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of children and families. She completed her Masters of Child Development at Erikson Institute and her Masters of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago in 2008. She uses play therapy to help children learn how to express and manage their emotions, practice ways to solve issues in real life and come to terms with difficult experiences. She is also trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, which is an evidence-based treatment for young children with behavioral problems. She believes that through play, children are better able to share their thoughts, worries, troubles and wishes. Ms. Avellone enjoys working with parents to help them gain a better understanding of what their child is struggling with and give them the tools they need to best support their child’s growth and development. She offers her clients a safe, non-judgmental environment to explore and work through problems and has worked with children on such issues as aggression, anxiety, attachment, divorce, select mutism and self-esteem.
Eve Loumpouridis, MSW, LSW
Ms. Loumpouridis has extensive experience working with children on the Autism spectrum, children with anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and disruptive or oppositional behavior. She is certified in Neurosequential Models of Therapeutics (NMT) and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization in Reprocessing (EMDR), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy® (PCIT), and Theraplay®. Ms. Loumpouridis completed her Masters of Social Work (MSW) at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work with a concentration in child and family therapy. Ms. Loumpouridis has held her Professional Educators License (PEL) from the state of Illinois to work with elementary-aged children and children with special needs in schools. Ms. Loumpouridis is dedicated to walking alongside families as they work to mutually understand one another’s struggles and fill their “toolboxes” with skills to support and build a bright, loving future together.
Yuri Kim, MA, ART-P
Ms. Kim has worked with people from a wide array of backgrounds to empower them creatively through the use of art and talk therapy. Additionally, she is competent in offering Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. Since Ms. Kim believes that art has an intrinsic ability to communicate complex thoughts and emotions, she often combines CBT, DBT, or EMDR and art therapy to encourage clients to examine, expose, express, and expand their human and wellness capacity. Ms. Kim earned an MA in art therapy and counseling from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently pursues a Ph.D. in Expressive Therapy at Lesley University. Additionally, Ms. Kim is affiliated with the Alexian Brothers Behavioral Hospital to offer individual and group art therapy for inpatient or outpatient clients.