Light On Anxiety Wilmette

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Ira Finkel, LSW

Ira is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats children, adolescents and adults.

Ira completed his internships in academic settings serving children and young adults with a variety of diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD. He has also received specialized training as a school social worker through Loyola University, Chicago. He has worked in the Chicago Public School district for several years servicing students and is licensed by the National Association of Social Workers as a Certified School Social Work Specialist. Ira’s experience working in academic settings enables him to collaborate effectively with school personnel to support students.

Jess Garlow, LPC

Jess is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats children, adolescents and families.

Jess is passionate about creating meaningful, long-lasting change on the individual and family system level. She values creating a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to better understand their thoughts and behaviors and to apply the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). By working collaboratively, Jess helps clients identify and engage in useful coping mechanisms to make positive changes in their lives, decrease anxiety and enhance wellbeing. Jess emphasizes the importance of involving parents in understanding their child’s needs to be able to best support them outside of sessions.

Maret Thorpe, LSW

Maret is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats children and adults.

Maret’s clinical background includes treating anxiety, depression and related disorders. She has clinical expertise assisting clients in managing life transitions, relationship issues, and work and academic stress. Maret aims to create a space where her clients feel safe, accepted, and supported as they develop new strategies for facing challenges. She uses a foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), with elements of solution-focused, psychodynamic, and trauma-informed therapeutic strategies to help her clients. Maret focuses on holistic healing, integrating client strengths, physical self-care practices and opportunities for supportive connections into treatment.

Jenna Soldati, MA, r-DMT

Jenna is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats adolescents and adults.

Jenna’s therapeutic approach incorporates client-centered and strength-based perspectives. She values collaboration with the client, incorporating CBT, mindfulness and awareness of the whole body to support the client towards their goals. Jenna believes facilitating the connection between mind and body helps to maintain a healthy and happy life. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, as well. Jenna is committed to providing an empowering and welcoming space to her clients.

Marat Kucherina, MA

Marat is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats children, adolescents and adults.

Marat has worked with families and clients of all ages, including utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis for children on the autism spectrum. He has advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) for anxiety related disorders, and specializes in anxiety, PTSD and mood disorders. Marat believes in collaborating with clients so they are actively involved in creating and maintaining their treatment to regain control in their lives.