Sajitha Chacko, MA candidate
My goal as a therapist is to create and foster a healthy relationship with my clients while providing an environment for healing. Theoretically I work from an attachment theory foundation, but my passion is to provide a space for clients where they can process their issues and guide them in the path of healing and growth.
A healthy space and listening ears have a way of drawing out
the inner healing capacity of every human being.
I believe humans need good relationships to flourish and grow. Sometimes we need one another to overcome difficulties and get back on the track of life.
I started my vocational journey as an engineer and worked full-time in engineering and management positions for eight years. My growing desire to work with people who need support led me to leave my job and get involved in Christian ministry and many charity projects over the next several years. During this time, I was troubled by what I saw to be the effects of divorce on families, individuals and children, and this led me to pursue training in marriage and family therapy (MFT).
As a marriage and family practicum therapist at CDPCC, I am working under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Francis. I am confident that my MFT training and past experiences working with people from many cultures, nations, and age-groups will enable me to work with clients from all stages of life. I prefer to do family and couple counseling as that is the focus of my training, although I am open to working with a variety of clients.
As a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, I conduct premarital counseling. I am also a certified Stephen Minister, trained to provide one-on-one caring to those in crisis. I welcome the opportunity to integrate spirituality with therapy if a client desires to do so.
630-752-9750 ext 28
MA Candidate, marriage and family therapy, Wheaton College, Illinois
B Tech in electrical and electronics engineering, M.G. University, India
Wendy Smith, MA, MS
The therapeutic process is like taking a journey together and I am honored to be invited to walk this sacred ground with you. I work primarily from relational and developmental perspectives and work with clients across the life span from children to adolescents and adults. Therapy should provide a safe space where you can share and process your disappointments and pain, while also making room to explore your hopes and dreams for the future.
I am passionate about working with people who have felt sidelined, overwhelmed, and defeated through relational difficulties including interpersonal and community-based trauma. My clinical interests include depression, anxiety, identity concerns, problems with relationships, cross-cultural issues, secondary trauma, and navigating life transitions. I am also passionate about integrating faith into the healing journey for clients who are interested.
Outside of my clinical training, I often spend time in the South Side of Chicago implementing faith-based community outreach programs for children, adolescents, and adults, and providing psycho-educational training seminars through the Roseland Lighthouse of Chicago, NFP.
It is an honor and pleasure to be a member of the Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium (CACTC) internship cohort for the 2018-2019 training year and to work under the supervision of Dr. Pat Francis. OP at CDPCC.
630-752-9750 ext 33
PsyD Candidate, Wheaton College
MA Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College
MS Christian Counseling, Cairn University
Grace Schuler Spencer, MA
I enjoy supporting clients on their journeys through both pain and joy in the pursuit of the fulfilled and enriched life. I draw from several therapeutic theories and am primarily anchored in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I invite clients into developing values-guided behaviors that promote hope and meaning in the face of life’s challenges. For those interested, I also utilize the integration of spirituality and therapy by incorporating spiritually informed interventions. As a therapist, I see my role as fostering a warm and creative shared working alliance that mindfully engages the here and now.
I approach the work of therapy from a holistic perspective as I appreciate the multiple components of life, including those that are biological, psychological, social, and spiritual. My clinical interests include women’s issues, trauma, mood concerns, anxiety concerns, identity development, multicultural and cross-cultural issues, relationship concerns, and developmental concerns. Formative past training experiences include working in settings such as community mental health, college and university counseling, therapeutic day school, and acute inpatient hospital programs.
I am delighted to join the Center as a member of the Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium (CACTC) internship cohort under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Cochran for the 2018-2019 training year.
PsyD Candidate, Wheaton College
MA in Counseling, Regent University
LPC (licensed professional counselor), State of IL
NCC (nationally certified counselor), National Board for Certified Counselors
630-752-9750 ext 26