ABOUT

Passion. Experience. Empowerment.

MEET OUR CLINICAL TEAM

 
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Founder

Lucas Swenink, LCSW, CADC

Lucas earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007, a Master's of Gerontology at Concordia University-Chicago in 2009, a Master’s of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago in 2011, and is currently working toward a Doctorate of Clinical Social Work.

Lucas specializes in working with individuals and couples who identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer population.  Within the LGBTQ population, he has further expertise in working with those who wish to address the implications of their trauma history, HIV/AIDS-related health and wellness, depression, anxiety, issues related to aging and substance abuse and dependance related disorders.

Lucas practices from an integrative approach with groundings in psychodynamic theory. He believes that insight, awareness and the therapeutic relationship are key parts of any treatment experience. Lucas understands that each client is unique and integrates other techniques to meet the specific personal needs of each individual or couple with whom he works.

Lucas also worked at Howard Brown Health Center and Center on Halsted as a psychotherapist and clinical training manger, respectfully.  In his tenure at Center On Halsted, Lucas provided individual, couples, and group therapy to the LGBTQ population and directed the clinical training program. Lucas has advanced clinical training in working with trauma survivors, individuals and couples identifying on the LGBTQ spectrum, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT).

Education

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO
Masters of Social Work, 2011

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO
M.A., Gerontology 2009

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
B.S., Psychology, 2007

Activities & Affiliations

• NASW, Member
• Equality Illinois, Member
• Civil Rights Conservation, Member

Licensure and Certified Trainings

• Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
• Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC)
• Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified
• Emotional Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Certified
• Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Institute Graduate
• State of Illinois 40-hour Domestic Violence Recovery Training

 

 

 
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Staff psychotherapist

Colleen Kempner, LCSW

Colleen has graduated with both a Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, as well as a Master of Arts in Addiction Therapy from the Hazelden Graduate School for Addiction Studies. Colleen has studied Attachment and Object Relations Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Prior to joining Catalyst Psychotherapy, Colleen provided trauma informed therapy to adolescents at risk for gang affiliation on Chicago’s West Side; as well as provide mental health and substanceabuse treatment specific to members of the LGBTQQA population.

Colleen is passionate about providing culturally sensitive and empathic treatment to any client she serves. With specialties in trauma, addiction, and adolescents, Colleen remains dedicated to serving underrepresented and disenfranchised populations.

Education

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO
Masters of Social Work, 2015

HAZELDEN GRADUATE SCHOOL
M.A., Addiction Studies, 2011

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-TWIN CITIES
B.S., Child Psychology, 2010 

Activities & Affiliations

• NASW, Member
• Civil Rights Conservation, Member

Licensure and Certified Trainings

• Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
• Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified

 

 
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Staff psychotherapist

Jake Hogan, LCSW

Jake specializes in trauma-informed, sex-positive, client-centered work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. He has specific training and experience working with survivors of trauma, as well as those living with depression, anxiety, and those struggling to find meaning and fulfillment in their lives and relationships. Jake also has experience working with clients exploring the intersection of religious faith and sexuality in their lives.

Jake is also experienced working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and is sensitive to a diverse array of sexual expressions and relationships, including polyamory, kink, and open relationships.

Jake believes that therapy is a collaborative project between the therapist and the client; that the client is the expert in their own life, and the therapist’s role is to accompany the client on a journey toward greater insight and fulfillment in their lives. Jake approaches his work from an integrative perspective, using tools from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Theory, all from a trauma-informed perspective.

Prior to his time at Catalyst Clinical Group, Jake has trained at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, as well as at Howard Brown Health Center, where he participated in specialized training for service to the LGBT+ community. Most recently, Jake worked as a Dedicated Assessor and Full-Time Therapist at Turning Point Behavioral Health Center, where he served as an in-house resource for Cognitive-Behavioral approaches as well as LGBTQ+ issues for teens and adults.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-CHICAGO
Masters of Social Work, 2017

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO
M.A., Political Science 2010

INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERISTY
B.S., Political Science, 2008

Activities & Affiliations

• NASW, Member
• Civil Rights Conservation, Member

Licensure and Certified Trainings

• Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

 

 
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Staff psychotherapist

Jenny Levine, LPC

My integrative approach to therapy starts with developing a genuine and supportive relationship while providing a comfortable, safe space for clients to open up. With a master’s degree from Northwestern University and specialized training in child development, I try to individualize each client’s treatment based on their needs. Your child and I would work towards increasing functioning in their daily lives by developing greater self-awareness, fostering interpersonal relationship skills, improving skills to tolerate and reduce distressing emotions, and fostering changes in perspective and behavior. Together, we can work towards a happier, healthier child.

To accommodate busy schedules, I offer appointments in the evening and on Sundays. I will also be running groups where children can learn how to interact with others while improving and learning other life skills.

 

Education

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
M.C., Masters of Counseling 2018

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO
B.A., Psychology 2009

Activities & Affiliations

• NBCC Board Certified
• Civil Rights Conservation, Member

Licensure and Certified Trainings

• Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

 

 
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Staff psychotherapist

Jess Albright, LCPC

Whether you are looking to cope with mental health concerns or eager to explore and understand yourself more fully, therapy can guide you to a more fulfilling daily experience that you can carry with you over your lifetime. Taking the step to start therapy is a move made out of courage and strength. I believe that through evidence supported treatment, humor, collaboration and a strong, supportive therapeutic relationship, change can begin from the moment we meet. Let's work together to help you build a life worth living!

I have had the privilege of collaborating with adults and children from all walks of life, in a variety of settings. I specialize in working with individuals who struggle with OCD, social anxiety and other anxiety disorders. My experience also includes working with depression, trauma, relational issues, gender identity and sexual orientation.

I utilize approaches under the umbrella of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD. I also incorporate Attachment theory and person-centered approaches. I have a strong passion for working with the LGBTQ community.

 

Education

THE CHICAGO SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
M.A., Psychology 2012

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY-MIAMI
B.A., Psychology 2010

Activities & Affiliations

• NBCC Board Certified
• The Anxiety and Depression Association of America
• Civil Rights Conservation, Member

Licensure and Certified Trainings

• Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
• State of Illinois 40-hour Domestic Violence Recovery Training

 

 
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Director of intake

Staff psychotherapist

Caleb Collins, LCPC

I approach my work with an understanding that each client's experience is unique and I appreciate the courage it takes to engage in therapy. I work to help my client's feel heard and understood while exploring the sources of their difficulty. It is important to me that my relationship with clients is collaborative and I believe that you are the best expert on yourself and what you want for treatment. Sessions typically focus on building insight into how past experiences affect us today as well as developing communication and coping skills.

I work with children and adolescents who struggle with social/emotional problems as well as issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. I am committed to ending school bullying and work with all levels of primary and secondary educators on the subject of school bullying and current intervention strategies.

Additionally, I work with LGBTQ adults struggling to create change in their lives. I believe engaging in therapy is an intimate and earnest course toward better understanding oneself. It is important to find a clinician whom you feel safe exploring what brings you to session.

 

Education

THE CHICAGO SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
M.A., Psychology 2012

DRURY COLLEGE
B.A., Business 2007

Activities & Affiliations

• NBCC Board Certified
• Human Rights Campaign, Member
• Civil Rights Conservation, Member

Licensure and Certified Trainings

• Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
• Emotional Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
• Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Institute Graduate

 

 
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Staff psychotherapist

Delaney Savoie, LCPC, CADC

Therapy can be beneficial for everyone, but it is not one size fits all. Delaney recognizes that what works for one client, may not work for another. Therefore, she values collaborating with clients to find the approach that best fits each individual’s needs and compliments their strengths. She places an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship as an agent for change. She believes that a secure, compassionate, and non-judgmental space is the foundation that is needed to foster hope, resilience, and growth. Delaney is passionate about creating an affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Delaney’s integrative approach uses modalities such as CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and trauma-informed therapy. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and currently working toward EMDR certification. Delaney uses these skills to help the client gain insight about their world, make positive changes, and build a toolbox of coping skills. She works with adults and adolescents who struggle with anxiety, depression, gender identity, history of trauma, addiction, relationship issues, and/or codependency. One of her specialties is providing long-term supportive treatment for individuals who have a history of substance abuse and/or behavioral addiction. Therapy is not only place to change but also a place to maintain what is going well!

 

Education

THE CHICAGO SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
M.A., Psychology 2016

DePaul University
B.A., Psychology 2012

Activities & Affiliations

• NBCC Board Certified

Licensure and Certified Trainings

• Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
• Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
• Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained


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