Karen E. Focht, MA, LMFT, AAMFT Supervisor, Owner
Karen E. Focht is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist who specializes in therapy services for individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents.
Upon receiving her Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo (Toledo, OH), Karen went on to work with children and families through both Lucas and Franklin County Children Services in the state of Ohio. During this time, Karen worked to maintain the safety of children along with providing supportive services to children and their families.
Karen then went on to earn her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY). While receiving extensive training, Karen provided therapy services to individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents. During this time, Karen implemented group therapy for children addressing issues of divorce, separation and loss and also facilitated couple enrichment sessions focusing on couple intimacy, communication skills and conflict resolution.
Upon completion of her Masters Degree, Karen moved to Chicago, IL and spent over three years working for Community Counseling Centers of Chicago. Here, she provided crisis intervention and therapy services for children, young adults and their families.
In addition to having over 15 years of experience with children and adolescents, Karen has received exceptional training and clinical supervision from world-renowned professor, clinician and author, Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy, while attending Syracuse University. Karen is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an active member in the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT) Chicago Chapter. She is an AAMFT approved supervisor and currently holds a position at Northwestern University as clinical supervising faculty where she provides both individual and group supervision to MFT graduate students.
With over 12 years of experience in providing relationally driven therapy, Karen works from a systemic and integrative perspective. Karen believes in collaborating with her clients with the purpose of working towards individual and relationship goals. She specializes in creating a safe environment for her clients in order to empower personal and relational growth, healing, emotional wellness, goal achievement and development.
Caitlin Nelson, LMFT
Caitlin Nelson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in therapy services for couples, individuals, and families.
Caitlin received her Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Communication from Wheaton College. She then went on to pursue a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. In addition, Caitlin holds a license in Massage Therapy, which she attained after graduating from The Soma Institute.
Caitlin has significant clinical experience working with couples and individuals through a range of issues which include anxiety, intimacy, infidelity, relationship conflict, communication, transition to parenthood, post-divorce transitions and premarital work. She is a trained facilitator of PREPARE/ENRICH, which is an effective assessment tool that can be implemented when working with couples. Her clinical interests focus on premarital counseling, the transition to parenthood, and the mind-body connection.
As a former assistant preschool teacher, Caitlin has a thorough understanding of parent-child dynamics, developmentally appropriate interventions, and the unique challenges faced by families with young children. She utilizes this knowledge and experience while addressing the transition into parenthood along with implementing effective parenting skills.
Caitlin believes therapy is a collaborative process, and strives to help couples, individuals, and families reach their goals by drawing on their strengths and fostering compassion. She works with her clients to build a proactive foundation for managing life's transitions, while also creating safety within vulnerability.
Caitlin is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), as well as a member of the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT) Chicago Chapter.
Sasha Taskier, AMFT
Sasha Taskier is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in therapy services for couples, individuals, children and families.
Sasha received her Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University. She went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University.
Sasha has significant clinical experience working with couples, families and individuals who struggle with issues of depression, anxiety, communication patterns, intimacy, relational conflict, infidelity and grief. Sasha completed a clinical internship specializing in parental communication and familial cohesion for families with children who have disruptive behaviors and emotional difficulties. She is a trained facilitator of PREPARE/ENRICH, which is an effective assessment tool that can be implemented when working with couples.
Sasha has experience working with families and children who are grieving the loss of a loved one and helped to facilitate support groups for children who were struggling with their loss. She utilizes this knowledge and experience while addressing the very challenging and turbulent waves of grief and healing for both adults and children.
Sasha believes therapy is a collaborative experience that must be uniquely tailored to meet the clients’ needs. She works to create safety in a culturally sensitive and affirmative therapeutic environment, which considers the many environmental, psychological, biological and spiritual components of her clients’ lives.
Her clinical interests focus on relational therapy and intimacy building for couples and parents, individual and relational life transitions. This includes the transition into parenthood and the fertility process, family of origin exploration, and grief.
Sasha is a pre-clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), as well as a member of the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT) Chicago Chapter.
Rachel D. Miller, AMFT
Rachel D. Miller is a Masters-level Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in therapy services for families, couples, individuals, children, and adolescents.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. She earned her Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy from Adler University (Chicago, IL).
During her training, Rachel provided therapy services to families, individuals, children, and adolescents, working extensively with family conflict, relational and communication issues, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, and domestic violence survivor recovery. In addition, Rachel facilitated the Will County Project Protect program for divorcing parents.
Prior to earning her Masters degree, Rachel spent nearly a decade providing adult sex education for individuals and couples throughout the Chicagoland area. She is passionate about helping clients navigate individual and relational issues that get in the way of the sexual relationship they desire. Rachel is poly and LGBTQIA affirmative, along with being professional affiliate of KAP through NCFS.
Rachel believes in working collaboratively with her clients, providing a safe, culturally sensitive, and encouraging space to explore personal, relational, and familial concerns. She aids clients in discovering, and achieving personal and relational goals through customized therapeutic approaches based on their unique experiences and situation.
Her clinical interests focus on relational issues, intimacy concerns, and family developmental transitions, particularly around adolescence, young adult launching and divorce.
Rachel, a current PhD student at Adler University, is a student member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), as well as a member of the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (IAMFT).
Michaela Choy, MS
Michaela Choy is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in therapy services for couples, families and individuals.
Michaela received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University.
Michaela has significant clinical experience working with couples, families, and individuals seeking help with depression, anxiety, relational conflict, emotional and physical intimacy issues, infidelity, and communication issues. She is a trained facilitator of PREPARE/ENRICH, which is an effective assessment tool used in couple therapy. Additionally, Michaela received specialized training in a crisis intervention model that emphasizes compassion and support to those struggling with emotional and physical abuse, LGBTQIA+ issues and suicidality during her time as a crisis hotline worker.
Michaela believes that collaboration and a strong therapeutic relationship are necessary components to therapy. She draws on a strengths-based approach and utilizes the best parts of different therapy models to best meet clients’ needs. She believes it is an honor to work with clients in a therapeutic capacity and promotes an environment that is both culturally sensitive and safe for client’s to be their authentic selves.
Michaela’s strongest interests in therapy include workings with couples who seek stronger emotional and physical bonds, strengthening trust and repairing after infidelity, working with emerging adults and families seeking stronger cohesion and connection.
Michaela is a pre-clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), as well as a member of the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT) Chicago Chapter.