Eric Brown, Ph.D, L.P.C.
A native of Texas, Eric began clinical work as a mental health therapist in 2008 and is a licensed professional counselor. His practice focuses on a wide range of issues including anxiety and depression, loss and grief, problems of sexual identity, relationship and family conflict, and substance addiction. He currently works with individuals, couples, and families and has specialized training in couples therapy (Emotionally Focused Therapy), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and other empirically supported methods in the treatment of trauma.
Eric is also an assistant professor and program director of the M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at Wheaton College. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Abilene Christian University, both the Masters and Education Specialist degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida and completed his doctoral degree in Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA). In his doctoral internship he did therapy in a regional hospital’s oncology unit, level one trauma unit, and did counseling and coaching for medical residents. He enjoys reading, movies, exercising, and hiking.
Eric can be reached at (630)-653-2300 ext. 520
Andrea Canlas, M.A., L.C.P.C.
Andrea joined Alliance in 2010 after earning a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College. Before that, Andrea worked as an elementary school teacher and as a stay-at- home Mom. While home raising her three children, she took advantage of the opportunity to provide a nurturing environment as a home childcare provider.
"I have never met a client I didn't like. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, parents, individuals, and couples. I love being in relationships with people, and I believe that this is why I enjoy working with such a broad spectrum of people. I think it is in relationship with others that we can find healing from our wounds. It is my goal to create a safe, nurturing environment for people of all ages. I approach each person as a unique individual and approach the therapeutic relationship as an individualized experience."
Andrea is inspired by the search for one’s voice and is committed to empowering individuals to find their voice. Andrea’s special interests include issues with loss and grief, sexual-abuse survivors, communication/relationship problems, self-esteem building, disruptive behaviors, parenting issues, adjustment issues for children and adolescents. Andrea has a real heart for working with children/adolescents and their families.
Andrea’s favorite way to pass the time outside of work is spending time being a Mom and wife. She also loves to cook, read, run, and share a cup of warm coffee with friends and enjoy the outdoors.
Andrea can be reached at (630) 653-2300 ext. 610.
Sally Griffen, L.C.P.C., L.M.F.T.
Sally received her graduate degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton Graduate School in 1997, after a previous career in business. One of the reasons she made this career transition was the enormous benefit that she, herself, experienced as a result of her own individual therapy.
She says, "I grew up a second time in therapeutic space. I have a first hand appreciation of how much courage it takes to seek help and to do the ongoing work of growth and healing."
In addition to postgraduate work at Covenant Theological Seminary, Sally has received her certification in Imago Relationship Therapy and has also trained with John and Julie Gottman at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington. Sally is also a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist and utilizes EMDR in treatment.
Sally is licensed as both a Clinical Professional Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked as a therapist since 1996, and has been in practice at Alliance since 2001. Her approach is basically psychodynamic insight-oriented therapy. She is very comfortable incorporating spiritual concerns into the therapeutic treatment.
Sally works with adults ages 21 and older. She has had significant clinical experience treating individuals who are coping with anxiety, depression, facing difficult life transitions, and complicated issues of grief and loss. She also has a special interest in helping individuals heal from trauma and abuse.
Sally has two grown children and is personally, as well as professionally, acquainted with various aspects of parenting. Another clinical specialty has been her focus on assisting both parents and young adults with the challenges of leaving home and gaining independence.
Sally can be reached at (630)-653-2300 ext. 270.
Norma Hills, MA, L.C.P.C.
Norma is a bilingual (Spanish/English) and culturally sensitive therapist. She takes a relational and empathic approach in counseling and is passionate about helping adults with depression and anxiety, relational issues, life stage transitions, unexpected illnesses and end of life issues, trauma and post-traumatic stress, cross-cultural adjustments and ministry related challenges.
“I believe therapy provides a supportive and safe place for people to be honest with themselves, gain insight and self-awareness, and find strength to face personal and relational issues and life challenges on their journey toward healing and wholeness emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually.”
Norma earned her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University in 2013. Norma most recently worked as a bilingual counselor/therapist at the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD). Prior to her work at DCHD, she did her internship at Lifetime Behavioral Health.
Norma’s previous work experience included twenty years of international ministry experience in Latin American countries including Costa Rica, Colombia, and Chile. Those years equipped her to provide a deep culturally and spiritually sensitive approach in working with people of all ages.
Norma enjoys spending time with her husband of 33 years, her three grown children and new daughter-in-law. Norma values her Christian faith and maintaining healthy growing relationships. Norma loves to walk, read, cook, watch a good movie and have a good visit over a cup of coffee.
Norma can be reached at (630)-653-2300 ext. 208.
Andy Jack, M.S., L.C.P.C.
Andy believes therapy offers an opportunity for reflection that inspires a greater sense of hope, insight and courage. He strives to offer a creative and collaborative approach to therapy that helps individuals develop new skills, regain their confidence, and discover new perspectives. His clinical experience includes work with both adolescents and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, communication/relational issues, ADHD, grief and spiritual struggles related to mental health.
“I consider it an honor to hear your story and help you find freedom and wholeness. My approach to therapy emphasizes the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment for you to share their stories and struggles. Together, we will find the parts of your history that hinder you, and the strengths that you may not know in order to write a new chapter in a far better story.”
Andy brings more than 20 years of experience working with adolescents and families as a youth pastor, athletic coach, school counselor, and mental health professional in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Andy earned his graduate degrees in Community Counseling at National Louis University and Christian Formation from Wheaton College.
Andy and his wife live in the western suburbs with their two daughters and Labrador Retriever, Ozzie. Born and raised in the suburbs, Andy enjoys all things Chicago: professional sports, music, improv comedy, deep dish pizza, and hot dogs (never with ketchup).
Andy can be reached at (630)-653-2300 ext. 340.
Kathy Jack, M.A., L.C.P.C.
Kathy believes everyone has the potential for transformation. She is passionate about seeing people find their true selves through discovering joy in their passions, creating positive meaning through life experiences, and restoring and healing relationships.
“Therapy is a relationship where people can gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of themselves and stop patterns and behaviors that are not working. Therapy is a safe place to gain insight into how your past affects your present relationships. It is such a privilege to help clients on a journey to find joy in the midst of pain and suffering.”
Some of Kathy’s specialties include: parent/child/adolescent communication/conflict, child centered and attachment play therapy, sand tray therapy. She also specializes in childhood trauma/abuse, counseling couples struggling with infertility, and those touched by adoption. Kathy has experience in the areas of family therapy, eating disorders, depression/anxiety, self harm, shame and self-worth issues, grief work, and co-dependency.
Kathy is a wife and a mother of two daughters. She enjoys riding bikes and visiting parks with her girls, and date nights at the movies with her husband. In her free time, Kathy loves practicing yoga, writing, and having long coffee talks with friends.
Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and received her training in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in 2001. She has had extensive experience working in community mental health setting as well as in private practice.
Kathy can be reached at (630)-653-2300 ext. 310.
Steve Jones, M.A., L.C.P.C. Clinical Director
Since joining Alliance in 1991, Steve has treated adults and adolescents, individuals, couples and families who struggle with a variety of problems. These issues include grief and depression, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, adult children of alcoholic/dysfunctional families, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, marital and family problems and faith issues. His areas of specialty also include treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), sleep problems and men’s issues. Steve is an experienced group therapist and currently has a men’s therapy group which meets weekly.
“I believe that, while most of our wounds happen in the context of relationships, our healing comes almost exclusively through our relationships. I see my role as offering support, encouragement and direction to those journeying from pain and brokenness to healing and wholeness.”
Steve earned his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School and was licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the mid ‘90’s. He also completed a two-year training program in Gestalt therapy. Since 2004, Steve has served Alliance as Co-Director of Clinical Services.
Steve enjoys time with family and regularly contributes to the life of his church community. His personal hobbies include biking, playing guitar, and watching sci-fi series and movies.
Steve can be reached at (630)-653-2300 ext. 330.
Rosemary Macdonald, M.S., L.C.P.C.
Rosemary’s counseling experience includes children, adolescents, and adults as well as families. She has a wide range of experience, including doing play therapy with young children, counseling teens, and working with families experiencing the difficulty of raising a special needs child.
"It is my passion and privilege to help individuals and families have a balanced and healthy life - emotionally, spiritually and physically. I believe that much healing can be done through the counseling relationship. Whatever difficulties you bring, I am committed to helping you move toward hope and growth in your life."
Rosemary is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University. Her clinical experience includes anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, communication and relationship issues, parenting, stress management and self-esteem. She welcomes you to her office and looks forward to building a safe environment for you to share your feelings and experience the growth that will lead to a whole and healthy life.
Rosemary loves spending time with her family, and is involved in her church community. She enjoys reading, swimming, skiing, cooking, and music.
Rosemary can be reached at (630) 653-2300 ext. 670.
Jennifer Mangan, M.A.
Jennifer received her training in clinical psychology from National Louis University and a Masters level certification as a Certified Parent Coach from Seattle-Pacific University. In addition Jennifer is certified in alcohol, drug, sex and other process behavior addictions. Prior to her clinical training, she was a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Chicago Parent, and Associate Editor for Christian Parenting magazine.
Jennifer enjoys working with teens and adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, emotional and behavioral issues, co-dependence and boundary-setting, self-identity, and relationship issues. She also works with couples and families. Special clinical interests include an emerging trend of relationship, love, romance, and sex addiction.
"I am grateful for my many life experiences, for they have led me to this rewarding work. I like what Helen Keller says: 'I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.'"
Jennifer respects parents and individuals who reach out for help because the culture we live in does not support vulnerability. She believes it is the struggles and challenges that help us understand ourselves, which is vital to the healing process. She is continually amazed at how the collaborative therapeutic process can transform relationships and renew the spirit. Despite the sometimes heavy topics, you often hear laughter coming from her office as she uses humor to bring relief and perspective.
Jennifer was featured on Good Morning America, the New York Times, and Fox News as a weekly parenting expert.
Married with 4 adult children, Jennifer enjoys traveling with her husband of 30 years, movies and MilkDuds, along with other hobbies such as creating artful expression, fishing, live music, flea markets, and laughing at her husband's wonderful sense of humor.
Jennifer can be reached at (630) 653-2300 ext. 290.
Sam McEuen, M.A., L.P.C.
Sam McEuen, M.A., joined Alliance in September 2016. He received his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and is currently working toward his Doctor of Psychology at Wheaton College.
“Sometimes, life doesn’t make sense. Pain, suffering, and betrayal throw us for a loop and this is often difficult, confusing, and lonely. It is my privilege to encourage and walk alongside individuals on this meaning-making journey. My hope is to create a safe environment in which people can process their current trials and learn skills to face difficult times ahead.”
Sam has experience working with sexual identity concerns, adolescent concerns and behavior problems, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relational issues, grief, and life transitions. Additionally, much of his experience has focused on helping families navigate difficult situations due to infidelity, sexual compulsivity, or unwanted pornography use.
On a more personal note, Sam enjoys spending time with his wife, playing chess, reading, and spending time outdoors.
Sam can be reached at ext. (630) 653-2300 ext. 525
Sydney McRay, M.A.
Sydney McRay, M.A., earned her masters degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in 1998. Prior to joining Alliance, she worked for over 10 years in cross-cultural counseling and higher education. Her practice includes individual, couple and family therapy. She enjoys helping those facing diverse challenges, including problems of anxiety and depression, trauma, struggles with loss and grief, cross-cultural adjustment difficulties, relationship and family conflict, and spiritual struggles related to mental health.
"Clients seek help for a variety of reasons. Many times it takes great courage to work through their difficulties—through their places of pain and suffering. In working with clients, I strive to create a free and fearless space where mental and emotional healing can take place. As Henry Nouwen writes, ‘Our most important question as healers is not, “What to say or to do?” but, “How to develop enough inner space where the story can be received. Healing is the humble and demanding task of creating and offering a space where others can reflect on their pain and suffering without fear and find the confidence that makes them look for new ways right in the center of their confusion."
Therapy offers an opportunity for reflection that often inspires a greater sense of hope, insight and courage. I count it a privilege to be able to share in my clients individual journeys as they grow and make positive long lasting changes for their life.
Sydney loves to cook and enjoys time with her family biking, traveling and exploring the North woods of Wisconsin. She also is an avid reader and has been involved in the same book club for over fifteen years. In her work with college students she has visited interns in over 20 countries around the world. Sydney is active in her church community and enjoys leading small groups of high school and college-aged students.
Sydney can be reached at 630-653-2300 ext. 600.
Lee Phillips, M.A., M.S.W.
Lee Phillips has been with Alliance Clinical since 1996. She earned her BA from Wheaton College, her MSW from the University of Chicago and her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary.
People seek therapy for many different reasons. Asking for help takes courage and change can be difficult. I believe a genuine connection between the client and the therapist is essential. As a therapist, my goal is to assist you in identifying and renewing your strengths, join you in growth and seeking a more fulfilling life. I believe that people can change.
Lee brings experience in the areas of adult and adolescent therapy. Her interests include the treatment of anxiety, depression, OCD and bipolar disorders. She is skilled in the treatment of ADHD, eating disorders, school adjustment, relationship/family conflicts, day-to-day stressors, healing from trauma and abuse.
Lee was born and raised in Wisconsin. She loves farmers markets, water-skiing, playing the piano and relaxing with a good book. She and Ken have been married for 30 years and have 3 children. She enjoys Saturday morning bike rides with her friends and being involved at church. Always an optimist, she is trying to learn play golf.
Lee can be reached at 630-653-2300 ext. 503.
Angela Taylor Shields, M.A., L.C.P.C.
Angela's passion for growth fuels her work as a therapist. She loves seeing people become who they are uniquely created to be.
In Angela's current practice with adolescents and adults, common themes include: relational conflict/communication difficulties; issues of self-esteem; loss and grief; obtaining healthy emotional and relational boundaries; premarital and marital counseling; adjustment challenges and spiritual growth. Angela also does a great deal of work with women's issues, focusing on such areas as self care, development of a strong identity, stress management, post-partum depression and anxiety, and transition to motherhood. In addition, Angela specializes in the treatment of post-abortion issues. Angela has addressed post-abortion trauma through both individual and group therapy, and she is a community speaker in the area of post-abortion education.
Angela brings a warm and open approach to counseling, nurturing a collaborative relationship with clients and creating an environment where clients can freely express their feelings and safely face personal wounds.
"I admire the courage of my clients. Looking at emotional hurts is not an easy process, but the journey is so worthwhile. On the other side of the pain is a greater sense of wholeness and freedom. People are capable of tremendous growth, and therapy is a tool for discovering the potential of a fuller life. I see clients move from places of doubt to confidence, from shame to acceptance, from despair to hope."
Angela earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in 1999, and she is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Angela joined Alliance in 2005 from a diverse background in both community mental health and private practice settings.
In addition to being a therapist, Angela is also a wife and a mother who values being part of a church community and sharing laughter and a cup of coffee with friends. Angela enjoys painting, fitness, live music, being near the ocean, and experiencing joy-filled moments with her three sons.
Angela can be reached at (630)-653-2300 ext. 501.
Tim Shields, M.A., L.C.P.C.
Tim’s fundamental approach to therapy comes from a simple belief that change is possible.
Tim believes that when clients feel truly understood and accepted, transformation begins to happen. Regardless of whether someone is experiencing an incredible challenge, wanting to improve relationships, or handling ordinary life stressors, therapy provides the potential for gaining skills, confidence, and new perspectives.
“One of the things I love most about being a therapist is seeing the resiliency of people. In the midst of facing various life struggles, I see tremendous strength in my clients. It is a privilege to help people discover their potential, and to watch them move forward with hope. The therapy process can ultimately lead to greater fulfillment and a renewed sense of joy in life.”
Tim works with clients across the life spectrum, from early childhood through older adults. In his clinical work, Tim addresses a wide range of mental health issues. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and bipolar. Tim is skilled in addressing concerns related to low self-esteem, shame, healthy emotional management, communication/relational issues, loss, faith/spirituality, and life transitions. Tim has considerable experience working with families, assisting parents of children who are challenging or defiant. In addition, Tim is experienced in working with children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Tim is a seasoned clinician with experience in a variety of mental health settings. Tim received his graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in 1998, and he joined Alliance in 2007.
He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
Tim finds fulfillment in time spent with his wife and their three sons. He values strong friendships, humor, and his faith. In his free time, Tim enjoys reading, listening to live music, being outdoors and staying active with a variety of sports.
Tim can be reached at (630)-653-2300 ext. 630.
Margery Walters, M.Ed, M.A., L.P.C.
Margery’s philosophy of counseling begins and ends with grace. She warmly invites clients to discover more about themselves and their life patterns. She believes through an authentic, accepting and safe environment, a client can explore his or her thoughts or feelings. Margery wants to facilitate an encouraging environment where goals can be set to achieve desired outcomes.
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Margery recognized early her passion for helping people. Each of her educational accomplishments- Bachelor of Science from Charleston Southern University, Masters of Arts from Furman University and a Masters of Education in professional counseling from West Texas A&M University- have all been moving toward the desire to be equipped to support the emotional, mental, social and spiritual development of others.
Margery’s counseling practice focuses on individual and group therapy. She is skilled in helping individual’s grow and become reconnected with their strengths and dreams. Her special interests are helping individuals who are “feeling stuck”, experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, negative self talk patterns and feeling overwhelmed by stress and circumstances surrounding them.
Margery is a licensed professional counselor. She has worked as a teacher, a women’s spiritual formation director at a church and has lived in many states around the country combining work, family and ministry. Currently, Margery is employed as a counselor at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She has been in this position over twenty years. Her counseling there includes personal, career and academic counseling.
Margery has been married since 1984 and has two adult daughters. She enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family.
Margery can be reached at (630)-653-2300 ext. 215.
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