Meet Our Therapists

Ana Baird, LCSW

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychotherapist

Ana is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker. She graduated summa cum laude with her Masters of Social Work degree from Aurora University. Her level of expertise includes working with individuals, groups, and families from diverse backgrounds, as well as the LGBTQIAA community. She addresses depression, anxiety, grief, anger, trauma, and family relational problems.

Ana uses a holistic person-centered approach to help clients utilize their own strengths and build new skills to achieve change. Other approaches used in therapy include family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and strengths-based therapy. She is committed to assisting each individual build on their existing strengths to live their best possible life. She believes helping is an honor; therapy is a collaborative adventure; and that we are all choice-makers.

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Claudia Skowron, LCPC, CADC

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychotherapist

Claudia is a licensed clinical professional counselor who has also attained her CADC certification. She graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University earning her Master’s Degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology. Her previous experience consists of working in a community mental health center in central Illinois on an outpatient basis. She then transitioned to the northwest suburbs of Chicago where she began working with adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral distress at the inpatient and partial hospitalization level. She has also trained, mentored, and supervised younger clinicians and enjoys teaching.

Claudia has extensive experience conducting Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical-Behavioral, and Motivational Interviewing therapies. Yet, her therapeutic approach is eclectic, meeting the needs of her clients. “A certain approach that works with one individual may not resonate with another; it’s my role as a therapist to meet each client where they are in treatment and adapt the most appropriate therapeutic interventions.”

Claudia enjoys working with adolescents and families, as well as young adults and young couples. Her level of expertise shines in individual and group therapy, and she is frequently attending conferences and trainings to stay up to date on the newest therapeutic treatment modalities.

Claudia has spoken at the Illinois Association of Behavioral Health Conference, was interviewed on the podcast “Feeding Curiosity,” and has been featured in The Waiting Room Magazine as a “Top Counselor.”

Claudia is also fluent in Polish.

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Phet Coggin, LCPC

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychotherapist

Phet is a licensed clinical professional counselor who specializes in providing individual counseling for adults, adolescents, children and their families. She received her Master’s degree in counseling from Northern Illinois University. Her experience includes working in the community outpatient agency, hospital, and school settings. Phet has working knowledge of IEPs and 504 plans, and continues to collaborate with schools with recommendations while advocating for her client’s needs. She has extensive experience working with clients in crisis and assisting with stabilization.

Phet’s approach is client-centered and individualized to meet her client’s current needs.
Her goal is to assist clients to reach their potential well being through education, teaching, and modeling skills, while assisting to identify barriers that prevent change. She is an empathic and compassionate listener who assists her clients in creating positive changes. Her therapy approach is guided by Dialectical-Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Cognitive Processing therapies.

Phet is certified as a Transgender Care Specialist. She works with individuals, families, and medical providers to assist in the process of those who are transitioning and seeking to be assessed for hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery. She also provides ongoing therapy for those who have transitioned through all cultural settings.

As Phet views humankind as ever-changing, she analyzes and imparts valuable counsel to her clients accordingly. Phet recognizes the complexities and sophistication of today’s society and the diverse residents living in it; she is also able to discern that each client is unique. Her versatile approach, therefore, is key in restoring clients confidence, core values, and competence.

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Paul Martin, LCPC

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychotherapist

Paul is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and brings with him 11 years of experience in the Community Mental Health field working with children, tweens, teens, adults, families and couples.

Paul is bilingual in Spanish/English and has extensive experience working individually and in groups with children and teens with ADD/ADHD as well as working with families to gain the communication and coping skills necessary to understand this diagnosis. Paul has also worked with schools and other professionals to advocate for IEP and 504 plans.

Paul’s calm and easy demeanor are reflective of his decade of experience in Anger Management and Domestic Violence issues with men and women. Paul teaches the Live Respect curriculum coaching middle school and high school adolescents and young adults on concepts such as Toxic Masculinity and Healthy Manhood.

Paul utilizes insight, mindfulness, non-violent communication and various psycho-dynamic and cognitive therapies to help you invite harmony and tranquility in your life and regain the peace of mind you deserve.

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Shelby Morse, LCSW

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychotherapist

Shelby earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University. She has a background working within hospitals, crisis departments and outpatient behavioral health centers.

Shelby has worked with individuals ranging from ages 6 and older. She has training with providing crisis intervention, grief support and critical incident stress debriefing. Shelby has experience working with individuals and groups at various stages of life.

Her areas of interest include behavioral management, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, self-esteem, family conflict and life transitions. Her approach is individualized to meet her clients current needs and goals. Shelby provides an empathic and client-centered approach with psychoeducation and skill building techniques to help empower her client. 

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Kevin Smerko LCPC

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychotherapist

Kevin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loras College and his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. Kevin completed his internship at Beloit College and continued to serve the college population before serving the adult population through outpatient services in a community behavioral health center.

Kevin has experience serving individuals from adolescents to the senior population.
He has completed training in crisis intervention, brief therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy. He utilizes techniques from these areas to drive a person-centered and strengths-based approach when working with those he serves. Kevin has areas of interest that include mood disorders, symptom management, anxiety disorders, working with trauma, stress reduction, and adjustment disorders. Kevin views therapy as a process that can be brief or long-term depending on the need and works with each client to identify the best service setting and approach for them.

Outside of the therapy setting, Kevin and his wife Julia, along with their dogs Sumo and Tobias, are regulars of the dog park. Kevin also enjoys being immersed in the soccer community in Rockford where he continues to play a several days a week. 

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