(708) 535-7320
6006 W. 159th St, Bldg. C
Oak Forest, IL 60452

Therapists

Catherine Fairfield, M.A., D.Min., LCPC - Executive Director

D.Min. from Chicago Theological Seminary; Ordained American Baptist Minister; 30 years of clinical experience; Specializes in feminist perspective; Extensive experience with women's issues and divorce recovery.


C. Michael Ideran, M.Div., D.Min., LCPC, LMFT

D.Min. from LSTC; Ordained ELCA minister; Approved Supervisor for American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy; Extensive experience working with people abused as children, couples and families. Available for mediation in church and corporate settings.


Bruce Johnson Bonecutter, M.A., Ph.D., - Clinical Consultant

Bruce Johnson Bonecutter, Ph.D. is retired after a 45 year career in Public Health Psychology, 1971-2016. His last position was as the "Director of Psychosocial Programs", Isaac Ray Center at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Dr. Bonecutter continues his small private consultation practice with Genesis (which he helped found in 1987) in the Oak Park office. He holds a Bachelors in Psychology/Anthropology from the Honor's College at Michigan State University; a Masters in Social Science Research Methods from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology from IIT. He studied Theology and Pastoral Counseling at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. While at Trinity Dr. Bonecutter was one of the founding members of the Sojourners Journal and Community (sojourners.net) and stays active with them. Dr. Bonecutter has held several executive positions in the Illinois and American Psychological Associations. He is on the Board of Directors for the "Lawndale Christian Legal Clinic", on the Advisory Board of "The Justice Journey" and on the start-up Board for "The Chicago College of Oriental Medicine.


David Barecki, M.A. - Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern

David Barecki earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and is currently completing his pre-doctoral psychology internship. He has previously provided assessment and therapy services in a wide range of clinical and community mental health settings and has experience conducting group and individual therapy with adolescents and adults. David’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, anger management, substance abuse, addiction and adjustment to chronic medical illness. David primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Theory when working with clients to help foster understanding and insight regarding their behaviors and emotional experience. He also incorporates a variety of therapeutic techniques and theories in order to provide an intervention that is not only effective but tailored to client’s specific needs and goals.


Morgan Black, M.A., LPC CYT

M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a Counseling Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and is a certified yoga instructor with a yoga therapy background. Morgan specializes in mindfulness based psychology utilizing meditative and therapeutic yoga practices, also taking an integrative approach to help the individual obtain their goals in therapy. She enjoys working with children as young as three years of age, adolescents, and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and life transitions. In addition, she enjoys working with individuals who are or have served in the Military and are experiencing life challenges in connection with their service.


Kimberly De Jong, M.A., LCPC

M.A. from The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Marriage and Family Counseling. Kim is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families addressing issues such as anxiety, grief, depression, divorce, parenting skills, life transitions, adjustment disorders and marital conflict. She sees clients currently out of the Oak Forest and Oak Lawn office locations.


Brian Dryer, M.S.W., LCSW

Brian is a Licensed Clinical Social Work counselor who earned his masters degree, with honors from Aurora University.  He enjoys working with individuals, couples, families and groups who want to work through the concerns and issues they are facing. Additionally, Brian offers a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the GLBTQ community. He helps clients recognize patterns of behaviors and present alternative points of view that reinforce positivity and decrease negativity in their lives. Brian works with clients who are experiencing difficulty with transitions, grief/loss, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. He also works with clients needing to improve their communication skills and awareness. Brian believes that everyone's life can be enhanced by therapy. If clients are willing to put in the time and effort, the rewards can be immeasurable.


Naomi S. Effort, M.A., LCPC

M.A. in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family from Governors State University, University Park, IL. Prior to joining Genesis, Naomi worked extensively with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as a Clinical Counselor for a private agency.  Within this capacity Naomi worked with adults and adolescents who had extensive backgrounds of abuse and trauma.  Naomi continues to work with adults and adolescents with backgrounds of sexual abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, Bipolar, PTSD, ADD, ADHD, boundary difficulties, grief and loss, adjustment disorders, young adult challenges and life transitions.   Naomi also specializes in working with families and couples who experience family issues, marital/relationship conflict and divorce. Naomi is also a contracted provider for service members and their families.


Joleen Hartland, M.S., LCPC, CADC

M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Illinois Benedictine College; Certified Addictions Counselor. Joleen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience working with couples, families, and adults addressing such issues as depression, anxiety, abuse or trauma and relationship problems or conflicts.


Mary Leonhardt
Mary Leonhardt, M.A.

Mary Leonhardt graduated with her Masters of Social Work from Loyola University specializing in mental health. She has experience helping young adults work through a variety of issues such as anxiety, anger management, and substance use.


Elizabeth Lewitke, M.S.W, LSW

Elizabeth is a Licensed Social Worker who earned her masters degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, and ADHD. Elizabeth also has significant experience helping clients through issues of low self-esteem, grief and loss, life transitions, trauma, family and relationship conflicts, chronic medical illness, sexuality, and aging. Elizabeth enjoys exploring coping techniques that are both interesting and available to clients, often utilizing health, mindfulness, and creativity. She largely draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques in her practice and believes that clients are the true experts of their own life.


Penny Scorzo McGrath, M.A, LCPC - DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

Penny Scorzo McGrath: M.A. Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University, Sarasota, Florida (1999). Penny is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with nearly 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. Penny’s areas of specialty include childhood anxiety and grief, the social emotional components of sensory processing disorder and parenting challenges. Penny also works with adults who are experiencing transitions in their lives such as grief and loss, illness, parenting special needs children, separation and divorce. Utilizing a systemic approach to recognizing the strengths of her clients, together they find strategies to encourage improved mental health and well-being. Penny sees her role as a therapist to "widen the lens" that her clients are currently viewing from in order to shift their perspective to a fuller view and be able to explore possibilities.


Jonathan Miskevics, M.A., LPC

M.A. from Roosevelt University in Clinical Psychology. Jon is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children, adolescents, and adults. While largely drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and concepts, Jon sees the benefits of incorporating other theories when working with clients. He has experience working with depression, anxiety, family difficulties, parenting support, low self-esteem, and life transitions. Jon encourages clients to see their world through different perspectives to examine the roots of their difficulties and how best to handle them. He believes finding balance in life is an uplifting and empowering experience.


Terae Tatum, M.S., LCPC

M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Troy State University. Prior to joining Genesis Therapy Center, Terae worked extensively with children, adolescents, and families who experienced various forms of traumatic events, substance use, depression, grief and loss, and anxiety. She has treated individuals with PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar, self-esteem issues, and various life transitions. Her specialties include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, and Child Parent Psychotherapy. She has performed clinical assessments, family counseling, and parent counseling for the Illinois Department of Children and Families and private agencies. She uses her role as a therapist to assist individuals in becoming better equipped to manage their difficulties and increase their functioning and well-being by recognizing and using their inherent strengths to achieve their personal goals.


Karla Torres, M.A. from Wheaton College in Marriage and Family Therapy

Karla is a bicultural and bilingual therapist, able to conduct sessions is Spanish and English. She is passionate about promoting personal and relational growth by assisting families, couples, and individuals as they gain personal insight and take active steps towards emotional health. She provides care for clients working through grief/loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, relational conflict, self harm, low self worth, acculturation challenges, and topics of spiritual/religious nature. Karla’s personal style is dynamic while being attentive of each person’s story. She connects with her clients from a stance of sincerity, respect, and curiosity as a way of fostering a safe environment where individuals are empowered to accomplish their goals.


Genesis is proud to participate in the advancement of masters students in clinical psychology through an 11 month training program. We are pleased to welcome the following students for the 2018-2019 training year:

Sara Allen

Aida Kaewwilai

Gabby Pribulick