Wednesday, May 25, 2022


Erica Leibrandt


Hi, my name is Erica Leibrandt, founder of Sound Mind Counseling. You’ll often hear me say, and this is true, talked therapy saved my life…and it can dramatically improve yours as well.

I believe the best therapists are those who are not only educated in the most prestigious schools, but who are seasoned by the real bumps and bruises life can dish out. Someone who can understand, on a deep personal level, things like grief, depression, anxiety, work stress, low self esteem, marital challenges etc. Whatever you’re going through, you want a therapist who can relate and understand your story— no matter how terrible or crazy it may seem.

I love my job because I get to help clients change the pain that everyone experiences for one reason or the next into an opportunity to heal, to grow, and to become the person they are meant to be.

I was lucky to attend both Loyola University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and develop my professional identity as a psychodynamically informed psychotherapist with expertise in mindfulness. That’s really just a fancy way of saying I care about all the variables of my client’s lives; past, present, future, mental, emotional, and physical, and I encourage practices that help bring self awareness into focus.

If you’re ready to get unstuck and start feeling hopeful, empowered, and alive again, reach out. I, and the other talented Sound Mind counselors, are ready to help you do your work.

Tara Parker


Hi, my name is Tara Parker. As a depth orientated psychotherapist, I have a passion for helping clients get at the heart of their issues to create the change they want in their lives. I utilize a psychodynamic approach with my clients, to help discover and uncover the unconscious processes that are behind thoughts, beliefs, and feelings, that are no longer working in their lives and keeping them in stuck patterns. I believe that anxiety and depression are symptoms of deeper issues that when addressed through their root causes can lead to healing and wholeness.

From a collaborative and nonjudgmental approach, we will work together to bring into awareness what shifts in thought and behavior you can make that will lead you to greater life-fulfilling choices. In addition to talk therapy, I offer expertise in mindfulness and body centered psychotherapy.

When we are willing to do the inner work, change can begin to happen and new ways of being in attitude and behavior can take root, creating new pathways to growth and healing. Whatever your reason(s) for entering therapy, your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs will be respected and heard. I look forward to working with you.

I received my MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. I am currently pursuing my second master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. In addition to holding an ALMFT therapist license, I am also a certified Yoga Therapist.

Michelle Waters


My name is Michelle Waters and I am a licensed counselor (LPC) and art therapist (ATR). I believe that creating art with my clients provides a safe space to discuss issues that might be challenging to talk about otherwise.

Therapy is tough, but embedding art in that process takes some of the pressure off and helps develop positive and healthy coping skills.

I received my master’s in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and focus primarily on the issues of anxiety, depression, trauma and ADHD.

Currently, I offer individual therapy and lead Art Club, a weekly art therapy group centered on supporting kids and teens in building positive relationships and practicing creative coping strategies.

Jennifer Stranski


My name is Jennifer Stranski and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

My approach to therapy is based in the belief that our working relationship is what heals. I take an integrative approach to treatment, tailoring techniques and orientation to the individual based on their needs.

Therapy takes commitment and work, courage to be vulnerable, and to me there is nothing more inspiring. I believe that collectively we have learned in the past two years that caring for ourselves, both physically and mentally, is far more important than we may have thought.

I have nine years of experience helping individuals with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship issues, trauma and more. I have mostly worked in Community Mental Health settings, treating a diverse variety of clients.

I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I work primarily with adolescents and adults.

Kaki Voss


The importance of caring for our mental health has never come to focus as it has this past year. Each of us has been presented with new and unusual challenges that never could have been anticipated. Working with a trusted therapist to address and alleviate anxiety while discovering and cultivating strengths from within can be a profoundly positive experience.

Friends and family have described me as having a friendly, approachable personality. My empathic nature helps me tune into the depth and essence of anxiety-raising issues, while thoughtfully providing guidance toward a positive outcome.

My interests include relational issues, grief and bereavement, life transitions and cultural impact. I like to explore the mind-body connection as a tool for improving both physical and mental health.

I graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a Master’s in Social Work in 1996. Most of my work experience has focused on chronic illness and bereavement.

Kelly Scafidi


Hi I’m Kelly Scafidi and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Developmental Therapist (DT).

I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and decided to pursue my career in social work at the University of Illinois Chicago.

I am fortunate enough to have worked in many different environments to expand my life experience and clinical skills.

I work with clients of all ages and concerns, but specialize in working with children and their families.

I am passionate and dedicated to providing a holistic therapy approach to empower clients and take charge of their own lives. When working together, we will build a trusting therapeutic relationship that will be supportive, empathetic, and collaborative to meet your goals.

Debbie Levine


Hi, my name is Debbie Levine, I’m a licensed social worker who finds great pleasure and joy in working with individuals, seniors, couples and adolescents as they navigate their respective life journey.

Whether you are dealing with stress, loss, anxiety, depression, anger, life changes, health or marital issues - being able to help you overcome obstacles as you continue on your path is my goal. No two people experience life the same way, and being able to develop treatment plans and goals to help you be successful is what I find most rewarding.

My therapeutic approach includes the use of mindfulness, holistic, spiritual, people centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. Listening to, and working with clients, is vital in setting up a constructive treatment plan that will resonate with your personal strengths, needs and goals.

I have experienced many of life's challenges and feel that I have been able to grow from each one. Empathy, compassion, and the ability to hear your needs have enabled me to not only advocate for you, but to work to the best of my ability with you, in order to experience personal growth and insight along your unique path.


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