125 Fairfield Way Ste 380 Bloomingdale, IL 815.295.5470 erinredfern@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Meet Us

OUR STORY

Essentially You Counseling and Wellness Services was founded in 2017 by Erin Redfern a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been working with children, teens and families since 2003. Our therapists recognize that each individual has their own unique path to healing and growth. We use a variety of approaches to customize treatment to your personal journey. Our therapists are engaging, approachable, warm and empathetic and we strive to provide you with a comfortable environment.

Erin Redfern

Erin Redfern

President/Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

The thought of meeting with a therapist can be intimidating and I pride myself in my clients describing me as being down to earth and easy to talk with. Most individuals who have never pursued therapy before are surprised at how much they enjoy the counseling relationship. Think of it as a gift to yourself!!  It is important that my clients are comfortable so they can address their past and present concerns and discover the best version of themselves.  I believe that therapy is unique to the individual and that techniques used should reflect the individual’s needs.

While some problems have concrete solutions, often it is a matter of figuring out how to get through the painful situations in life; not to necessarily solve the problem but learn to find acceptance in it, and determine what it means for you as you move forward.

Within my practice I work with a variety of populations.  If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, domestic violence, grief and loss, or other issues, I can help you set goals for yourself and work toward achieving them. I look forward to working with you!

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

I’ve always enjoyed intimate, one-on-one conversations rather than “small talk” in a large group. I became a therapist because I realized early on that I had a knack for guiding people through darkness.  As someone who has fought her own battles, I realized that it was ok to ask for help and fight those battles with not always ease but determination. I celebrate those moments where I see hope in the eyes of a client, or a recognition of their greatness. There’s nothing I’d rather do with my life. I consider myself so lucky to do this work.

erinredfern@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Kelly McCauley

Kelly McCauley

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor & Site Supervisor

Does something in your life need to change but you aren’t sure how to make this happen? Maybe you’ve thought about counseling but you’re nervous about reaching out for help? I believe every person has a unique life story and their own journey that is no one else’s. It’s okay to ask for help. My non-judgmental, laid back and down to earth personality will allow you to open up in a safe and comfortable space and together, we can find the right plan that helps you achieve your goals.

Throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood, life has obstacles and challenges that can present themselves unexpectedly. It is my passion to help my clients conquer these obstacles by educating, empowering and encouraging them to achieve their most impossible goals and improve their overall quality of life.

While I specialize in working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families, I also enjoy working with adults and couples.

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

Many people are surprised when I tell them I’ve dreamt of being a mental health therapist since middle school. I remember going through some really difficult family issues at the time. I felt alone. I felt that I couldn’t go to my family and my friends just wouldn’t understand. Although it took some time, I finally turned to my school counselor for help. Suddenly, I wasn’t so alone. I felt heard, understood and validated. I knew from that moment on that I wanted to make a difference in the world. I wanted to be that person for someone else. I can honestly say it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.

kellymccauley@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor & Site Supervisor

 

Asking for help is not easy, but it is courageous.

I strive to make a difference in the lives of clients who are seeking to overcome biological, psychological, emotional, and/or spiritual impairments. Potential client issues may include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, substance use, dual diagnoses, life transitions, and loss of hope/meaning. My mission is to collaborate with you and form an alliance based on warmth, genuineness, and empathy.

I will provide individualized treatment tailored to your specific life circumstances. If you are interested in initiating the healing process with a passionate, driven, and action-oriented counselor, please reach out to schedule an initial appointment.

You are not alone; help is available.

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

I chose to be a mental health therapist for a variety of reasons. A few of those reasons include witnessing mental health struggles within my family as a child, having a strong desire to make a lasting impact in the lives of others, and firmly believing in the idea of continuous self-improvement. The concept of service was instilled in me at a young age and I eagerly embrace opportunities to contribute to the change process of others. 

joeryan@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Monika Breidenbach

Monika Breidenbach

Licensed Professional Counselor

We all experience difficulties in life at some point, I would love to walk along side you and build a partnership working towards personal growth and achievement. The decision to seek out help can be a tough one, I understand that, but it can also be very fulfilling and rewarding.

My clinical interests include stress management, depression, anxiety, self esteem issues, life adjustments and cultural issues. Tell me your story and I will listen intently and compassionately.

I love helping my clients develop coping strategies to manage difficult stressors that everyday life brings. My approach is strengths-based, and I believe therapy is an active, creative collaboration between the client and the therapist.  I am fluent in English and Polish.

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

Short and to the point:  Being a therapist reflects a core part of me that enjoys getting to know people at a real level, and see their transformation. 

monikabreidenbach@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Nicky Clark

Nicky Clark

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Everyone needs help at times, whether it requires addressing past issues or more current problems, therapy enables you to receive necessary support, develop skills, embrace your strengths, and make desired changes in a safe, judgment-free space.  As no two individuals are exactly alike, sessions are tailored to meet your own unique needs. I enjoy assisting my clients in the creation of meaningful, realistic goals for themselves. I will strive to provide you the support, empathy, and empowerment needed in order to help you successfully achieve your goals by building upon your existing strengths and skills.  

I have been described as easy to talk to, genuinely understanding, and laid back.  I enjoy working with children, adolescents, as well as adults, and I am experienced working with depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, social skills, and more.   

Together, we can address the issues holding you back, establish goals, and take the steps necessary to make these goals a reality.

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

I am a mental health therapist because I learned how important and valuable it is to have at least one person in your life who is in your corner, on your side, unquestionably cheering and advocating for your best interests.  Personally, there was one person in my life, from the time I was young and throughout my adult years, whom I could count on for anything, both during times of happiness as well as distress.  Since truly realizing this person’s immensely positive impact on my life, it has been my life’s goal to pay that forward to anyone I could.  I have always wanted to be the person for others to lean on when they need it. 

nickyclark@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Sheryl Solomon

Sheryl Solomon

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

 

My passion is to help people and I do this through a holistic approach in counseling sessions.  I enjoy guiding my clients through their challenges whether it be eating disorders, substance abuse, interpersonal relationship issues, anxiety, depression, life transitions and more.

I enjoy meeting with my clients and strive to create a warm, compassionate environment.  When working with my clients, my goal is to develop a comfortable, trusting therapeutic relationship to enable growth and change.  I have worked with adolescents, adults, couples and families.  I have over twenty years of counseling experience in various settings from inpatient to outpatient treatment programs.

I feel it is very important to meet clients where they are at and to assist them to learn to accept challenges they are facing, to become happier.  I believe working as a therapist is an honor and a privilege.  It is extremely rewarding to be a part of that process to empower clients to change.

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

When I chose this field I thought it would be a good fit because I could help people. Over the past 25 plus years of practicing I have realized the field chose me. My journey has been so rich and I am so thankful to be in the position that people trust me to help them though the vast variety of life’s issues. I feel this profession is an honor and a privilege.

sherylsolomon@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Jessica Blumberg

Jessica Blumberg

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

 

Has it been hard for you to embrace life and feel your best? Are you looking for help navigating a lifelong struggle or recent difficulty?

Although your experiences are unique to you, you are not alone and deserve to have your emotional needs met. The therapeutic journey allows you to share the burden and invest in yourself. Together, we can find what works for you and equip you with the tools to conquer anxiety, self-esteem issues, depression, and loss.

I have often been described as compassionate and positive, which allows my clients to build on their strengths in a safe and accepting space. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages.

With an Art Therapy background, I am experienced in using art to complement the therapeutic experience and express things you can’t say with words.

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

Struggling with my own stressors growing up, I wish I had someone to talk to and explore how things were affecting me. I want to help others through their struggles and gain the tools to handle future things that feel out of their control. Feeling heard and supported is so valuable, but I didn’t know how to ask for it when I was young and many others may not, too. 

jessicablumberg@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Kenny Chan

Kenny Chan

Licensed Professional Counselor

 

We are a combination of our physical attributes, ideals, life experiences, and the social environment around us. This journey called life can be quite a balancing act, and we often lose focus on what is truly important: You.

Through a holistic approach, I am honored to walk alongside each client on this journey. I enjoy working with adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, and families to build coping skills, communication skills, appropriate boundaries, increase self Identity/confidence, navigate life/career goals, manage depression, and other emotional regulation difficulties and process grief and trauma.

Thank you in advance for taking this important first step and I look forward to joining you in a collaborative experience, tailored for YOU.

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

I became a therapist to instill hope through a professional, therapeutic relationship. The journey of healing and growth can be life changing when a therapist and a client agree to work in collaboration.

kennychan@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Michelle Baich

Michelle Baich

Licensed Professional Counselor

 

Working in the field of mental health for over 13 years I have learned a great deal.  The most significant, is that the client/therapist relationship is the most important part of the process.

I cherish that relationship and everything that comes with it. I strive daily to be open, caring, supportive, empathic and above all professional.

I have a background in cognitive and intellectual disabilities, eating disorders, cutting, substance abuse, crisis, grief and trauma, LGBT+ issues, domestic violence and sexual trauma/violence.

I pull from all of my learning and experience to create a comfortable atmosphere and use a holistic eclectic approach where we can find what works for you. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults.

Helping my clients identify their goals and seeing them make progress and grow is such an amazing process.  As a team we can work together to make the positive changes you are looking for.

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

Growing up I always knew I wanted to work with people in a helping way I just didn’t know how exactly. When I was a senior in high school I was able to take Intro to Psychology as part of my school schedule and this whole new world opened to me. Suddenly I was learning about the human brain, Freud, human behavior and I decided I needed to know everything possible about this subject.  I declared my major early in college and knew I wanted to be a therapist.

michellebaich@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Chelsea Johnston

Chelsea Johnston

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 

Does finding peace seem impossible?  Do you feel lost and confused?  Everyone needs help navigating life’s issues and complexities from time to time. Sometimes these problems can lead to feelings of confusion, depression, anxiety, etc. It takes courage to take the first step into a counseling relationship.   Putting ourselves first is often a difficult thing to do.  I am here to help you realize that sometimes if ok to not be ok.  We will work together to manage any current stressors, find new and positive supports and identify healthy coping skills.

I enjoy working with children, adults, individuals, families and couples. Some of my specific interests include: anxiety, depression, phobias, relationships, women’s issues, job stress, and crisis intervention. I focus on CBT, Person centered therapy, and mindfulness in my sessions.  Together we can find solutions that work for you!  I look forward to working with you.

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

I chose to be a mental health therapist for a few reasons.  Since high school I was the person my friends came to when they needed help or advice on personal issues or concerns. And since then, I knew I enjoyed being that person they trusted and looked to for help. I enjoy seeing people grow and adapt to new situations and see them move forward into new opportunities that may have not been possible before

chelseajohnston@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Beth Halterman

Beth Halterman

Licensed Professional Counselor

We are all complex beings filled with unique experiences, emotions, and our own ways of handling stressful and unpredictable situations.  From time to time when we don’t fully understand how to handle events that are going on in our lives, we need someone to walk with us through those tough times.  As a mental health counselor, I want to walk with you as you navigate through your journey and help you find your way to the answers you are looking for.

I believe that each client is different and has their own unique story that they wish to tell, and because of this, I like to tailor the therapeutic approaches that I work from to meet each client’s specific needs.  I primarily see children and adolescents, but I also enjoy working with couples and adults as well.  My areas of clinical interest include: anxiety, depression, eating disorders/body image issues, grief & loss, couples counseling, and trauma.  

Why I Chose To Be A Therapist

Growing up, I watched my own family members struggle with mental health issues that went untreated.  It wasn’t until I saw someone close to me reach their breaking point when I decided I wanted to be the person who helped others through their struggles.  As I went through my schooling, I began to understand my own mental health struggles and decided to do something about them.  Going to therapy was one of the best decisions I have made for myself.  Having that unbiased person on your side to help you see things you cannot see yourself has been so helpful and beneficial to my personal well-being and overall mental state.

bethhalterman@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Kati Mattes

Kati Mattes

Licensed Professional Counselor

The past couple of years have been challenging for so many people and trying to seek help can be difficult. We all go through tough situations in life and getting the help we truly need is important. I believe everyone deserves a safe space to express themselves and learn how to cope with the struggles in life. I believe that everyone can grow and change for the better. That is what I am here for. Together we can set goals and achieve them to ensure you are living life to the fullest.

I am a very patient, empathetic, genuine person and have been working with children and adolescents for over 10 years. I will always provide unique, individualized counseling to each client. I specialize in working with children and adolescents, but have worked with adults and families as well. My clinical interests include anxiety, self-esteem, stress management, depression, grief and loss, and conflict resolution.

Why I Chose To Be A Therapist

Growing up, I watched my own family members struggle with mental health issues that went untreated.  It wasn’t until I saw someone close to me reach their breaking point that I decided I wanted to be the person who helped others through their struggles.  As I went through my schooling, I began to understand my own mental health struggles and decided to do something about them.  Going to therapy was one of the best decisions I have made for myself.  Having that unbiased person on your side to help you see things you cannot see yourself has been so helpful and beneficial to my personal well-being and overall mental state.

 

Amariah Carnate

Amariah Carnate

Licensed Professional Counselor

At some point in our lives, we will encounter challenges that can cause us to feel overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious. We might struggle with feeling lost with no sense of direction. When we find ourselves in these situations, it can be difficult to face these obstacles alone. Through therapy you can receive the support needed to help you work through those difficult times. My mission in therapy is to provide a safe, open space to help you identify your strengths, develop skills, create goals, and work through challenges in your life.

I strive to remain empathic, supportive, and authentic as we work together in this therapeutic relationship. I believe each individual is unique and I will provide different therapeutic techniques to meet your needs.

I have had the privilege of working with children, adolescents, and adults in both residential and inpatient settings with people struggling with a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, behavioral issues, and emotional dysregulation. From these experiences, I have found the therapeutic process most rewarding when we are able to work collaboratively and openly.   I would be grateful to be part of that process and help you navigate through this journey!

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

I chose to be a mental health therapist because I want a career that focuses on helping others grow. I enjoy collaborating with clients and watching them use the tools they’ve been given in therapy to become their best possible self. It is a rewarding experience and I’m passionate about what I do.

Jamie Voustros

Jamie Voustros

Masters Level Therapist

“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t,” by John Green has always been one of my favorite quotes. As an advocate, I have continuously encouraged individuals to see a therapist. When life feels challenging it may be easy to tell yourself that there is no hope; however, it is my priority to remind you that there is. Therapy is not only for those who are managing something difficult, it can also be for someone who is adjusting to a positive change. It can be for a child starting at a new school, or an adult preparing to marry their soulmate. Therapy is not just for those who suffer from mental health challenges. Therapy is for everyone.

In a world full of negativity, I strive to keep a space where you can feel free to express yourself in a way that makes you most comfortable. I hold myself accountable to remain positive, friendly, and empathetic with my clients in order to be the therapist they need. My goal is that you leave therapy after every session feeling safe, encouraged, and ready to take on anything that comes your way. By teaching you the skills you need to move forward, we can work together to make that possible.

Although I specialize in working with children and adolescents, I am also eager to work with adults, and families. I look forward to speaking with you to begin your journey of self-discovery.

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

I chose to be a mental health therapist because I want to be a part of an individual’s personal growth and reason their life changes for the better. I want to see people laugh, smile, and become who they want to be.

Elizabeth Johannson

Elizabeth Johannson

Licensed Professional Counselor

 

Do you find yourself challenged by daily living? Do you have trouble focusing on everyday tasks? Are you worrying about things that are out of your control? Seeing a therapist can seem overwhelming.  From the beginning, my empathic personality will help you to feel comfortable and provide you assurance that you and I together will bring you to a place where you are feeling confident and self- assured. I pride myself in working collaboratively with you so that your needs are met, and you can boldly move closer to living your best life.

My specialties include working with depression, anxiety, life transitions, work-life balance, and domestic violence and sexual assault. Together we will work to alleviate the stressors of your life and find a place of balance and contentment, while bringing mindfulness into the therapeutic sacred space.

Why I Chose to Be a Therapist

I chose to be a therapist because of the life transitions that I went through in different phases of my life. Through my struggles, the strongest help came through the therapists I have seen throughout those transitions. To see the difference in my life due to the help I received, I knew I had to help others going through challenges. My empathic nature led me down this path, as I enjoy working with others and seeing the difference it makes in their life.

elizabethjohansson@essentiallyyoucounseling.com

Courtney Holbrook

Courtney Holbrook

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Are you at a place where you are feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to go from here? Are you struggling with navigating life’s challenges and feeling like you need some additional support? First, let me give you the praise you wholeheartedly deserve. It takes a lot of courage to rise up and ask for help. I have the utmost respect for you allowing yourself to experience that vulnerability and I would be honored to walk with you and guide you on your journey to personal wellness.

I am dedicated to creating a safe, supportive environment for my clients. I take pride in my client-centered, holistic approach. I use integrative methods. I do not believe therapy is an one-size fits all process. You are the expert of your own life, and very deserving to share your story. I am here to listen and help you narrate the story you want to represent to the world!

Why I Became A Therapist

I had my own struggles growing up, and the help of a therapist is what gave me my courage to speak my truth and share my story. I knew then I wanted to dedicate my life to doing the same for others. As I was going through my schooling, I knew I did not want to work a job supporting a corporation. I wanted to help people grow, discover their best selves and overcome. This is what ultimately betters society. What better way than being a therapist? It is an honor to work in this field, and I cannot picture myself doing anything else.

Sherrie Graham

Sherrie Graham

Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer NCCPT, Fitness Instructor

Are you looking to lose weight, boost energy or create more balance in your life?  Do you desire to maintain a healthier diet and lifestyle?  Or just overall improve your self care? It seems almost impossible to keep up with all the changing health and wellness research out there.  Avoid fat – no, eat fat.  Cut carbs – no, carbs are good for you. You’ve managed to lose weight and reach your goals on occasion, but they’ve been impossible to sustain.  You’ve tried so many diets, fads, shakes… But nothing seems to work. Sometimes you wonder if you were really meant to live in the body you dream about.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

What if you could find a way to mend your relationship with food and exercise and your overall health? What if you could finally feel comfortable in your skin and empowered to live the life you desire? I’m here to tell you it is possible. And very much within your reach!

Working with me you will gain a thorough understanding of why you’ve been struggling.  We’ll examine your habits, assess your goals, and create sustainable solutions that fit your lifestyle. My approach is grounded in the pillars of nutrition, mindfulness, movement and self-care. These levers offer a world of opportunity for us to explore and find the specific tools you need to live your best life.  I look forward to being on your journey to great health.  

Why I Became a Coach

In my twenties college life took its toll on me. My daily struggles with emotional eating, sugar cravings, and endless fad dieting began. It was how I coped with stress and trauma. I had a very unhealthy relationship with food. Later in my thirties I became a Personal Trainer and soon learned that nutrition is a huge part of our health.  I wanted to be able to help my personal training clients more so I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and became a Health Coach.  I not only learned the difference between unhealthy and healthy foods but I also learned how to create a better relationship with food.  How not to use food as comfort and how to help my clients stick to their healthy lifestyle.

Today I am armed with the knowledge required to be my best self, I am finally in control. The result? A healthier, happier woman whose intense gratitude inspires me to give this gift to others.

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Heather Hahn

Heather Hahn

Medical Billing Specialist/President of Premier Medical Billing Services

Having started my medical billing career in 1999, I am passionate about the work that I do. I am here to help you navigate the maze of insurance coverage, out of pocket cost, and gaining access to the mental health care you seek. I welcome your questions and enjoy helping you resolve any concerns you may have. Working together we will stay ahead of your insurance changes and account balances.

With demonstrated success in healthcare as both an administrator and medical biller for over 20 years, I started my own medical billing service in 2015. Helping doctors and patients regain control of their benefits and healthcare services has been ultimately fulfilling. Working constantly in staying up-to-date in the field thru continuing education has kept me in sync with not just medical billing requirements, but medical compliance and insurance regulation.

essentiallyyou@premiermbs.com  | 630-791-8025

Emily Reed

Emily Reed

Student Intern

Are you feeling overwhelmed and ready for a change? Most of us are pulled in so many different directions these days it is easy to feel stressed, anxious, or depressed. I understand asking for help can be an uncomfortable decision we have to make during these times. As a therapist, it is my goal to empower my clients through these hardships and bring light into their lives.

I believe creating an optimistic, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment is vital in helping a client move towards their goals. My approach with each client is genuine and compassionate. We will work together to reach the goals that will lead you to live a more fulfilling life. 

My experience includes working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings. I also enjoy working with adults, and families. I work from a collaborative approach, and believe that a support system is important in helping my clients achieve their goals. It would be an honor to help you reconnect to the things in life that bring you a sense of calm and joy. 

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

I have always been the supportive friend that others would come to if they were going through a struggle. Whether it be going through a breakup, or dealing with a past trauma, I would always be there for them. I pride myself on being nurturing, compassionate, and non-judgemental.

Through being there for my friends, I realized that helping others is what I have a passion for. My biggest goal in life is to help others, and make a difference in this world.

Paige Block

Paige Block

Student Intern

Do you want to make changes in your life but feel unsure about how to proceed? It is a big step to seek out and ask for help. Life throws a lot of challenges our way and many of these challenges take us by surprise and can leave us feeling anxious, stressed, and sometimes depressed. I’m here to walk with you, at your pace, through those challenges by helping you to uncover and explore the underlying causes of your emotions, see things from a new point of view, and develop skills to cope with both the expected and the unexpected moments of life. In our sessions, I will strive to create a warm, safe, and trusting environment for us to explore your emotions, thoughts and experiences by working with you to foster a supportive and caring therapeutic relationship. Working together, we will individually tailor your treatment plan for your unique needs in a judgment-free and safe environment, so that you can reach your specific goals. I am passionate about working with individuals who have ADHD, anxiety, depression, are experiencing life transitions, relationship issues, and lower self-esteem. Allow me to assist you in cultivating the changes you wish to see in your life.

Why I Chose to Be A Therapist

I came into this field after a career shift and some much-needed personal growth. After realizing I was in an unfulfilling career, I finally stopped allowing perceived obstacles to keep me from exploring the one field I had always been interested in: mental health. Following my own personal therapy, I began my shift into counseling where I believe I have truly, finally come home. It has been so rewarding to be allowed to come along with someone on their life-journey, walk with them along their path, and watch them process and grow on their terms. I find people to be incredibly inspiring and I enjoy the opportunity to provide a space where they can show up as they are, explore their feelings, and evolve in a nonjudgmental and supportive environment. It’s truly an honor to be in the field.

Your mental health starts with you. Let us help you on your journey.