Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Behavioral Health Providers

Kelly Ducheny, Psy.D.
Director, Behavioral Health

Kelly Ducheny is a licensed psychologist and obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in 1993, with an emphasis in multicultural psychology and working with LGB clients. Kelly completed a postdoctoral fellowship in community health psychology at the Center for Healthy Communities at Wright State University. Kelly joined Howard Brown Health Center  Health Center as the Director of Behavioral Health Services in 2008. Before joining Howard Brown Health Center , Kelly was an Associate Professor and Department Chair at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kelly has completed the State of Illinois Domestic Violence Service Providers Training and serves as a Hormone Advocate. Kelly specializes in working with transgender/gender queer, LGB and HIV impacted clients, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Kelly’s clinical interests also include multicultural psychology, assessment, interdisciplinary health care, qualitative research, and immigrant and refugee mental health. Kelly is a member of the American Psychological Association Task Force to develop Guidelines for Working with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients.

Kuanwu Lin, Psy.D.
Associate Director, Behavorial Health

Kuan Lin is a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his Doctor of Psychology from Spalding University in Clinical Psychology, and completed an internship at the Counseling Center, University of Illinois at Chicago. Kuan has over ten years of diverse clinical experience, providing treatments for LGBTQ issues, ethnic minority mental health issues, men’s health, mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, grief and loss, eating disturbance and body image concerns, mindfulness and holistic wellness. Kuan’s work experience also includes Asian Human Services and is fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese. Kuan was the Program Director at the Chinatown Office and the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program from 2001 to 2003, and was a Staff Psychologist and the Assistant Director at the Counseling Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until 2010. Kuan joined HBHC in 2010 because of Kuan’s desire to serve Chicago's LGBTQ community and was promoted to Associate Director of the Behavioral Health Department in 2013.

Aren Drehobl, LCSW, CADC
Program Manager, Recovering with Pride
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Aren Drehobl is a licensed clinical social worker with a certification in alcohol and other drug counseling. Aren received a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago in 2007. Additionally, Aren has completed the State of Illinois Domestic Violence Service Providers Training. Aren’s relevant clinical experience includes work with individuals and groups in both community and hospital settings. Specialty interests include addictions treatment, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and work with LGBTQ communities in general.

Arryn M. Hawthorne, LCSW
Manager, Behavioral Health Consulting
Arryn M. Hawthorne received a graduate degree from University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Arryn also holds a Certificate in Integrated Primary Care from the University of Massachusetts and has completed the State of Illinois Domestic Violence Services training. Arryn joined the Howard Brown Health Center staff in 2006.  Arryn has held other positions at Howard Brown Health Center including Psychotherapist and Coordinator of the Violence Recovery Project.

Michelle Emerick, Psy.D
Director of Clinical Training, Behavioral Health
Michelle Emerick is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as the Director of Clinical Training and a hormone advocate at Howard Brown Health Center. Michelle facilitates the training program for psychology and social work graduate students. Although experienced in working with adults, Michelle’s focus at Howard Brown Health Center is supporting the youth in the GLBTQQ community (ages 15-25). Michelle specializes in working with transgendered and HIV positive individuals, but also has significant training in working with trauma, interpersonal violence, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, coming out and positive communication. Michelle’s doctoral research focused on the experiences of young FTMs living outside of the gender binary and their experiences within the healthcare system. More recently, Michelle participated in the redesigning of Howard Brown Health Center’s informed consent-based hormone protocol, “THInC.” Michelle has been working with the LGBTQ community for over 10 years and facilitates many discussions and trainings for others who wish to support the LGBTQ community. 

Stacy Agosto, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Stacy Agosto received her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in 2012. Prior to joining Howard Brown Health Center, Stacy trained for two years at Center on Halsted where she provided individual, couples and group therapy for LGBTQ clients. Additionally, Stacy completed a year-long, inter-agency clinical training consortium on LGBTQ-specific issues with Center on Halsted, LakeShore Hospital’s Valeo Program and Howard Brown Health Center. In 2011, Stacy served as a Fellow in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office where Stacy researched best practices in serving LGBTQ youth and provided policy recommendations to the Department of Family and Support Services. Stacy’s clinical interests include substance use, trauma, and HIV-related issues.

Melisa B. Bailey, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Melisa B Bailey is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Melisa focuses on working with individuals, couples, and families.  Melisa’s professional interests include training and supervision, working with individuals around issues of identity development- specifically in the areas of sexuality and gender identity, and issues specific to members of the LGBTQ communities.  Additional areas of clinical interest include working with trauma survivors, exploring meaning making, and the development of parenting and family creation within queer relationships.  As a graduate student, Melisa completed a year of clinical training and Howard Brown and the went on to gain clinical experience in private practice,  community mental health, college counseling, and residential treatment.  Melisa has served as training director in a group practice and also as the Manager of Mental Health at Center on Halsted.  Melisa is also an affiliate faculty member in the Clinical PsyD department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She has taught courses in Trauma, Family Systems, Diversity, Clinical Interviewing Skills, and in Clinical Issues for Sexual Minority and Gender Non-Conforming Communities.

Hugh Cole, MSW, CADC
Substance Abuse Counselor

Hugh has served LGBTQ clientele since 1988 when he began working with Gay Men’s Health Crisis/New York as a volunteer in HIV education and intervention. He began his clinical career at Howard Brown Health Center as an intern in The Recovering with Pride Program and is currently employed at Howard Brown on both the Behavioral Health and Recovering with Pride Program teams. At Howard Brown, he serves as the liaison to the The Chicago LGBTQ Behavioral Health Training Consortium which produces Behavioral Health Clinicians’ Luncheons and he is a member of the HBHC Aging Committee.

Hugh received his Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago with a mental health concentration. He was awarded the 2012 President’s Medallion for community service and completed an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship working with LGBTQ older adults in an ongoing group process called The Journey Continues. He is currently an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for Life.

His specialties include inspiring motivation to change compulsive behaviors with HIV impacted, homeless and substance abusing clients.  His interests include group and individual therapy, working with the voice hearing community, gerontology and human rights advocacy.

Brian D. Flores, Psy.D.
Behavioral Health Consultant
Brian is a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is completing his post-doctoral fellowship at Howard Brown Health Center. Brian has published articles about HIV and Hepatitis C co-infection and about cultural differences in pain management and coping. Brian has experience as a Behavioral Health Consultant in primary care and is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Sara Hays, LCSW, CADC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Sara Hays is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Sara received a Masters of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago in 2012 and joined the Recovering with Pride team in the fall of 2012. Prior to coming to Howard Brown, Sara completed post graduate training as a substance abuse counselor at PEER Services in Evanston, IL. Sara also received clinical training as a graduate psychotherapy intern at Live Oak. Sara’s clinical experience includes work with adolescents, severe mental illness, LGBTQ issues, nontraditional relationships, substance abuse and dependence, depression, anxiety, trauma and loss. Sara’s work is grounded in the belief that the opportunity to engage in a safe therapeutic relationship creates the framework for profound change in the lives of an individual and their community as a whole.

Kathleen M. Jensen, LSW
Behavioral Health Consultant
Katie has a graduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. Katie has a special interest in and has published articles about healthy sexuality. Prior to coming to Howard Brown Health Center, Katie worked in a variety of settings including hospitals and victim services.

Kimberly Lux, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kimberly Lux is a licensed clinical social worker, whose work at
 Howard Brown Health Center  Health Center focuses on serving transgender children and youth as well as their families. Kimberly obtained a Master’s degree in 2009 from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.  Kimberly’s  experience includes therapeutic work with children, adolescents, and families in both clinical and school-based settings.  Kimberly also has extensive experience working with adult and adolescent survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  Special interests include the impact of trauma and traumatic stress on child development and attachment.  Kimberly values the expertise that each individual brings to the therapy room and sees the therapeutic relationship as a vessel for change and for healing.

Larry Nash, MD
Lawrence received his doctorate in medicine from Stanford University in 1996, and completed a residency in adult psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in 2000. After completing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU/Bellevue Hospital,  Lawrence returned to the Midwest, working at the Dean Clinic in Madison, WI, and in private practice at the Family Therapy Center of Madison.  Lawrence served on the clinical faculty for the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry.  A Chicagoan since 2010, Lawrence has worked in private settings and community mental health clinics in Chicago and environs, and is a candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Lawrence's interests include treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, dynamic psychotherapies, as well medication management for adults and adolescents.

Andrea Stein, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker         
Coordinator, Violence Recovery Project
Andrea received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies in 2007 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2009, both from the University of Wisconsin. Andrea’s work at Howard Brown focuses on supporting LGBTQ clients in their exploration of the connection between trauma and addiction. She feels strongly about utilizing evidence-based practices and specifically incorporates mindfulness meditation into her work with clients.  Andrea was previously employed as a Psychotherapist and Addictions Specialist at a community mental health center in Madison, Wisconsin where she provided both individual and group therapy.  Andrea is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and has completed the State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers. 

Lucas Swenink, LCSW, CADC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker         
Lucas Swenink is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor. Lucas received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007, a Master’s of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago in 2011, and currently, Lucas is completing a Doctorate of Clinical Social Work at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Lucas specializes in working with individuals who are struggling with trauma and recovery, HIV/AIDS related health and wellness, depression, anxiety, older adult related issues and substance abuse. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist at Howard Brown, Lucas worked as a psychotherapist and clinical training manager at Center on Halsted where he provided individual, couples, and group therapy to the LGBTQ population. Lucas has received advanced clinical training in working with trauma survivors and individuals and couples identifying on the LGBTQ spectrum.

Trover Gray Wilson, LCSW, CADC, MISA
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Trover Gray Wilson is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and obtained a Master of Social Work from Aurora University with a clinical focus. During his time at Aurora University, Trover also received certifications in alcohol and other drug addictions counseling (CADC), mental illness/substance abuse counseling (MISA), and graduated with honors. Trover is cross-trained in several fields and has experience in outpatient, intensive outpatient, inpatient, and emergent settings with a variety of populations including pediatric, adolescent, and adult. Additionally, Trover is proficient in Spanish and experienced in practice with the Latin community. Before joining Howard Brown Health Center, Trover coordinated a hospital psychiatric unit, functioned in several roles at a community mental health center, and helped to initiate and develop a focused intensive outpatient program. Trover specializes in working with dually-diagnosed or co-occurring disorders, and believes in the treatment of mental health and addictions concerns from a strengths-based perspective. Trover’s clinical interests also include interdisciplinary treatment, practice with and advocacy for diverse and vulnerable populations as well as the LGBTQ community, behavioralism, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic theories, and family systems.