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Intern Staff

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. I believe humans need good relationships to flourish and grow. I also welcome the opportunity to integrate therapy with Christian faith in our sessions if a client desires to do so.

A healthy space and listening ears have a way of drawing out
the inner healing capacity of every human being.

I started my vocational journey as an engineer and worked full-time in engineering and management positions for eight years. My growing desire to care for people led me to leave the field of engineering. In the ensuing years, I became involved in Christian ministry and several social justice projects. I am currently pursing my masters’ degree in marriage and family therapy (MFT) to equip me to care for families and couples.

As a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, I am available to counsel couples who are preparing for marriage.  I am trained to provide one-on-one caring to those in crisis as a Stephen Minister. I am also certified for trauma work with clients of all ages and I enjoy working with children using play therapy.  I am working under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Francis, OP as I complete my training at CDPCC.

I believe my clinical training and the experiences I’ve had living in several different countries and cultures has prepared me for working with clients of all ages and stages of life.  I am currently available for family and couple counseling.

 

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Education:

MA Candidate, marriage and family therapy, Wheaton College, Illinois
B Tech in electrical and electronics engineering, M.G. University, India

Education:

MA, clinical psychology, Wheaton College
BA, psychology, Texas Tech University

Camisha Kibble, MA

I desire to provide a safe, collaborative space for clients who seek clarity about themselves or a particular concern, through the use of diagnostic assessment.  I offer cognitive and personality assessments to evaluate emotional, social and cognitive difficulties for children and adults.

My clinical interests include supporting adults from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds through experiences of adjustment, depression, anxiety, relational difficulties and self-esteem. My prior training in therapy emphasized warmth and client-practitioner collaboration. I enjoy collaborating with clients to discover insight that could benefit them in their academic, therapeutic, and ministerial pursuits.

I join the Center as a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Wheaton College.  I look forward to serving the Center under the supervision of Dr. Elissa McGovern and Dr. James Natter through July of 2019.

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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.

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Education:

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.

 

Education
PsyD Candidate, Wheaton College
MA in Counseling, Regent University

Credentials
LPC (licensed professional counselor), State of IL
NCC (nationally certified counselor), National Board for Certified Counselors

 

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