Our Therapists

About Us


Jennifer Crumb Perez, LCPC, NCC

When working with clients, I believe that collaboration and understanding is necessary to move forward in attaining the goals envisioned by the client. The work I do is Person-Centered and based upon the notion that many of us desire to move towards personal growth, improvement and change.

I believe that people come to therapy with a myriad of strengths that can be harnessed for one’s ultimate improvement. I will provide you with support and skills to address whatever concerns you may have.

Additionally, I understand that needs of my clients vary. Due to these variations, I incorporate techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and several variations of Family Therapy.

Clinical Areas of Interest/Training

Clinically, I have experience working with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Anger Management, Self-Injury, Family Conflict, Intimate Partner Relational Problems, Trauma, and Parenting Support.

I have previously worked in domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, community health agencies and in private practice.

I enjoy working with Children, Teenagers, Families, Couples and Individuals.


I earned my Masters Degree in Clinical Professional Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. My internship was completed at Will County Health Department in the Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) program. During my internship, I worked with children, adolescents and their families who were in crisis and dealing with suicidal and/or homicidal ideations, extreme anger and self harm to the point that their ability to keep themselves and others safe was in question. I made evaluations for possible hospitalization and then provided crisis stabilization therapy as follow-up.


I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois. My license number is 180.010128.



Kierra Pickens, LPC

I believe in creating a comfortable, safe and genuine atmosphere in an effort to assist clients with progression towards therapeutic goals. My eclectic style allows me to provide therapy focused on integrating clients’ morals, values, and personal history. Clients and I are able to collaborate to discover and determine the most effective goals and treatments. I provide psycho-education to allow clients to better understand symptoms, diagnoses and therapeutic interventions encompassed in treatment. I believe helping clients understand these processes will lead to personal growth and achievement.

I understand that we hold different roles throughout our everyday lives, which might evoke a range of emotions. Events, situations and other circumstances while enacting multiple roles can at times become stressful, depressing and even traumatic. I am here to assist with addressing and processing questions, comments and concerns in order to facilitate clients with living healthy, stable and prosperous lives.

With my diverse clinical background, clients benefit from learning and utilizing techniques from a wide range of modalities including: Anger Management, Stress Management, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy, Mindfulness, Family Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Person Centered Therapy. I am always researching and striving to continue my education and training towards providing the most efficient and effective forms of therapy for each of my clients.

Clinical Areas of Interest/ Training

I have experience working with Anxiety, Anger and Aggression, Depression, Family Conflict, Self-Injurious Behaviors, Trauma, Self-Esteem, Grief/Loss, Chemical Dependency, Sexuality, Couples and Women’s Issues. I also have training in crisis intervention: I have working with individuals suffering from suicidal ideation, psychosis, homicidal ideation, and psychosis.

I have a background in residential counseling, SASS (Screening Assessment and Support Services), and mental health therapy in a clinical setting. From my previous positions and training, I was able to gain experience with conducting individual therapy, group and family therapy. I also became well versed with diagnosing, case management, treatment planning, administering assessments, and clinical documentation. I have a certification in School Counseling which allows me to assist with skills related to academic planning, time management and goal setting.

I appreciate working with children, preadolescents, adolescents, couples, families, adults and focus groups. I admire my clients allowing me to step in their worlds in an effort to provide any assistance I am able to. Witnessing the improvements and positive transitions of my clients never ceases to amaze me.


I received my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. I completed my counseling internship at Hartgrove Hospital in Chicago, IL where I received training in working with various populations including: adolescents, children, preadolescents, adults and older adults with a variety of diagnosis and symptoms. I was able to conduct individual and group therapy focused on depression, anxiety, anger management and self injury.
I administered and composed assessments related to trauma. Through the internship, I was able to obtain hands on experience with all populations, diagnoses and clinical documentation.


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. My license number is 178.012844



Lisa Johnson, LPC

I believe that establishing rapport with my clients is my primary responsibility at the start of the counseling relationship. This process entails putting my clients at ease by fully explaining the counseling process, having clients establish their own priorities for counseling, and encouraging clients to explore what they see as their personal strengths. I believe that everyone, whether age five or sixty-five, has strengths they can utilize to accomplish their goals and improve their lives.

I have been married for over 20 years, and understand the challenges and joys of interpersonal relationships. I believe that the adage “one size fits all” does not apply in my work with clients, and counseling interventions must be tailored to the unique needs of my clients. Through consultation with colleagues and attendance at professional seminars, I continuously strive to learn new and effective techniques for assisting clients with the navigation of life’s inevitable ups and downs. Among the approaches I utilize with clients are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Structural Family Therapy, Art/Play Therapy, and stress management.

Clinical Areas of Interest/Training

I have experience helping clients with issues that include Generalized Anxiety, Depression/Suicidal Ideation, Self-Esteem, Intimate Relationships, Divorce Reactions in Children, Parent-Child Issues, and Chronic Health/Pain.

I have worked at several private practices in the southwest suburbs, and conducted sessions with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, women and men. I have worked with children and families, utilizing the power of art and play therapy to facilitate the expression of a child’s feelings, which can be the beginning of improved communication and greater parental understanding.

My greatest satisfaction is derived from the positive changes I witness in clients, and I especially enjoy working with children, families, teens, and young adults. As for other non-counseling work experience, I have previously worked in academic support in higher education, and assisted students with the development of effective study habits, time management, and stress management.


I earned my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Governors State University in 2011. I completed my counseling internship at Associates in Counseling and Psychotherapy in Crest Hill, a community mental health agency providing counseling services to adults, children, families, and couples. The internship site afforded me the opportunity to experience clients with a variety of life challenges, from a variety of cultures and economic backgrounds.


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. My license number is 178.007512.


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