About Chicago, IL
Chicago, the Windy City, is home to countless highlights including Lake Michigan, spectacular skyscrapers, deep dish pizza, The Lincoln Park Zoo, Millennium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the 2016 World Series winner, The Chicago Cubs. Chicago is a city filled with history, friendly people, and a welcoming vibe even during the frigid winter months. Summer in the city, however, is the best. There are festivals like The Taste of Chicago, great beaches, and music fests like Lollapalooza.
In-Home Community Support
Serves clients ages 14-24, and their families. Our clients frequently come to us before or after completion of a wilderness program or short/long term residential treatment.
Sarah Schwartz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, with a concentration in children and families. Sarah comes to Vive with nearly a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She has worked in schools, in residential treatment facilities, within a therapeutic wilderness program, in various outpatient behavioral health clinics, as well as in the home and community. Sarah uses a strength-based, person-centered approach in her practice and has extensive training in both CBT and DBT. She is purposeful and compassionate in building a strong therapeutic alliance with each client, as she views the relationship between the therapist and client as the foundation for the change-making journey. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time in the out of doors, be it taking a bike ride, going for a long walk with her dog, or enjoying Chicago’s lakefront with family and friends.
Rhonda LaPoint is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Rhonda has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in community settings. Rhonda’s experience includes family and individual therapy using a relational approach with an emphasis on strength based behavioral strategies. Most recently, Rhonda worked with Ada S McKinley to provide crisis intervention and assessment services in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals and homes in the community. Rhonda’s experience includes training teachers and school staff in effectively supporting children and adolescents with ADHD and other impulsive behavior issues. She also has trained clinicians to effectively intervene and assess crisis situations. Rhonda participates in a variety of experiential programs that promote personal and interpersonal understanding and enjoys various physical activities including hiking, biking and swimming as well as spending time with her four young adult children.
Tina Shrader is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Master of Arts in Couple & Family Counseling from Adler University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Florida. Tina believes that time spent with family should be enjoyable, affirming, invigorating, and safe. She has years of experience working with young people, and families in crisis, and assisting them in achieving their goals with a systemic and solution-focused approach. Tina empowers families by addressing maladaptive communication strategies, parenting techniques, assessing expectations, and balancing power dynamics. Tina’s favorite part of being a therapist is that she has the privilege of being welcomed into families, and being trusted with their deepest vulnerabilities. Tina is a newlywed, a stepparent to two amazing girls, and a pet-parent to a Wheaten terrier and a kitten. She enjoys spending her free time doing yoga, watching Netflix, traveling, and entertaining on her patio with friends and family.
Adam Stewart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work Degree from Stony Brook University. Adam is dedicated to encouraging teens, young adults, and their families in overcoming challenges. Since graduating from Stony Brook University, Adam has worked with this population in a variety of capacities, including community, hospital, and residential settings. Adam has completed several trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Motivational Interviewing. Adam uses a strengths-based, motivational approach to highlight and capitalize on strengths while strategizing ways to address areas for growth. He firmly believes the challenges teens and adolescents face exist within the context of the family, while simultaneously recognizing adolescence and yound adulthood as unique developmental periods. He is truly invested in his clients’ self-discovery, development, self determination, and healing. In his down time time, you can find him running, watching soccer, and spending quality time with his wife, family, and friends.
Ryan Weinstock is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago. From an early age he developed a love for the outdoors and a passion for playing sports. He is an avid distance runner and was captain of the Cross Country team at his alma mater, Kenyon College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in sociology. Ryan has nearly 10 years of experience working with at-risk adolescents and young adults in a variety of settings. He uses outside the box thinking to conceptualize creative, often experiential strategies to connect with youth. He is a firm believer in meeting clients where they are at in their therapeutic process. It is this client-centered approach along with a knack for active listening that has allowed him to make a strong connection with so many young people. In his free time, Ryan enjoys volunteering, hiking, and kicking around the soccer ball. When he is not off exploring the trails Chicagoland has to offer, he is spending quality time with his girlfriend Rachel, with whom he has plans with to someday amass a family of dogs together.
Marisol Bucio is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
from Adler University. Marisol is a bilingual therapist (Spanish) and has experience working with a culturally diverse population. She has worked in different settings such as not-for-profit organizations and community agencies where she assisted in reunifying families. Marisol believes that every individual can benefit from therapy and works to create a safe, trusting, non-threatening environment for each client. Marisol specializes in helping children, adolescents, and adults with work-life balance and transitions, depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, grief/loss, trauma, and self-harm. Using a collaborative and integrative approach with clients, Marisol utilizes cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and Adlerian therapy to meet the unique needs and desires of each client. During her free time she enjoys traveling, eating at new restaurants, and watching Netflix.
Lizbetth Gomez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from DePaul University. Liz feels passionate about mental health and the wellbeing of youth and families. She has held multiple roles around the wellbeing of children and adolescents experiencing different mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorder. Liz uses strengths-based, person-centered approach, and cognitive behavioral therapy in her practice. She believes it is important to create new constructive ways of thinking or behaving, learn new ways to problems solve, improve coping skills, become more aware of situations and how they are handled, focus on individual strengths, and optimize self-confidence. In her spare time, you can find her cooking, watching Netflix and Hulu, and cuddling with her dog.