Our Clinical Experts

Ensuring Reliable and Accurate Mental Health Content

Meet our team of clinical reviewers who ensure the accuracy and reliability of our mental health content. With diverse backgrounds in psychiatry, psychology, counseling, and therapy, these respected professionals bring extensive expertise and a commitment to evidence-based information. Their dedication ensures that our content remains trustworthy and up-to-date.

Abi Mello, MFT

Abi Mello is a Marriage and Family Therapist in New Hampshire who has been practicing since 2022. Abi enjoys working with all age ranges and sees individuals, families, and couples. Abi approaches therapy from a non-judgmental and authentic stance. She understands the value in providing a brave space where clients feel safe and can be vulnerable. Abi has worked in high level substance abuse, seeing diverse mental health disorders, and working with adoptees. She has also provided anger management and parenting education. As a Military Veteran herself, she welcomes all Military and Veteran individuals, couples, and families. Abi is working toward becoming a specialist in cultic studies and aims to see clients who have left their religion or are in faith crisis. Her approach includes various elements of systemic theories primarily using Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Solution Focused Therapy. In her free time, Abi is a cinephile, book worm, and nature lover. She enjoys camping, fishing, and especially when she’s home in Minnesota, riding snowmobiles and snow sledding with her family.
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Amber Jelinek, PsyD

Dr. Amber Jelinek offers psychological and neuropsychological testing and DBT skills group for Illinois. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specialized in Forensics and Neuropsychology. When testing, she works with ages 6+ and assesses for academic issues, autism, ADHD, cognitive and executive functioning, memory, mood, personality, PTSD, and thought disorders. Prior to joining LifeStance, she facilitated group therapy and other various skills groups for 14 years in correctional type settings. Her journey has given her vast experience with providing treatment for all the diagnostic issues she now assesses. When teaching skills groups, she uses a combination of lecture and experiential methods. In addition to impromptu modeling of skills, she pulls from personal or made-up situations to use as examples for various skills to help see the skill(s) in motion. These methods help to optimize the deepest understanding and practice of the skills being taught.
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Amber LeFevour, LMFT

Amber LeFevour, LMFT, Site Director, completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northern Illinois University. My focus has always been on children and families. My experiences working with foster care and international adoption clients has helped me learn to think on my feet and be flexible with whatever is brought into session. I have also had significant experience working with couples experiencing affairs. I use humor and playfulness to connect with clients, while being practical and down to earth. I also have a growing interest in spirituality, Transpersonal Psychology, and extra sensory experiences. Everyone has a unique story that deserves to be shared and understood. My goal is to help each person find a way to live as their best self.
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Angela Caiazza, LMFT

Angela M. Caiazza is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy in Oregon who started practicing in 2010. She has a Pastoral Theology certification from Berean Institute and a BA in Psychology and an MS in Counseling from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Angela believes in an eclectic approach depending on specific and unique circumstances of each client. The majority of her work tends to utilize the Gottman method, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral interventions, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as other systemic frameworks which include developmental experiences and interactions within relationships. In her spare time, Angela enjoys writing, nature, fitness, drums, and Harley Davidsons.
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Angela Eschbacher, LPC

Angie Eschbacher, MA LPC graduated from Lindenwood University with a bachelors in Psychology and a master’s degree in Professional Counseling. Angie has experience in Intake & Evaluation and experience working with children and adults in group therapy in the Intensive Outpatient Program. Angie takes a client-centered approach to fit the needs of the individual, integrating solution focused, cognitive-behavioral models, and mindfulness-based techniques to help manage anxiety, depression, bullying, anger, stress management, life transitions, and substance abuse in a non-judgmental environment.
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Anthony Catullo, LPCC-S

Anthony is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT). His areas of specialty include adjustment disorder, anxiety, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, depression, grief, relationship difficulties, social skills, stress management, and trauma.
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Areum Kim, MD

Dr. Kim is a member of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association. She specializes in the medication management of pediatric and young adult populations for mood and anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, disruptive behaviors, trauma, and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD).
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Ariel Mintz, MD

Dr. Ariel Mintz, dual certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, attended medical school at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He trained in General Psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic. He previously founded and worked at Kesher Psychiatry, an early adopter of telepsychiatry. He is also the founder of Refuat Hanefesh, a non-profit working to create a Jewish community that is more aware, respectful, and empathetic to people living with mental illness. He has won awards for academic achievement, research looking into factors affecting patient satisfaction, and service to the Jewish community. He has lectured on numerous topics including ethics, childhood mental illness, antipsychotics, mood disorders, delusions, anxiety, bullying, teen dating violence, the relationship between income inequality and mental illness, coping mechanisms, and Alternative Medications. He has authored over 40 articles related to mental illness. Dr. Mintz’s specialty interests include Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety Disorders and Depressive Disorders. He works with children, adolescents and adults.
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Barbara Giordan, LCSW

Barbara Giordan, MSW, LCSW, is gentle, and compassionate. Her life is shaped by a passion to help others, and she is honored and privileged to listen to people’s stories and come along side those who are coping with life’s stressors and mental health issues. Barbara received an MSW from the University of Connecticut and a BA from Fairfield University. With over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, Barbara worked in an inpatient hospital, a day school program, and several private practice settings, including a Christian counseling center. She also lectured in both teaching hospitals and community agencies on a variety of topics and is a subject matter expert on depression, anxiety, grief, and chronic illnesses. Barbara is passionate about helping people obtain solutions utilizing a supportive, problem-solving approach and often incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into her practice. She works primarily with adults and provides individual and couple counseling. Specialization includes the treatment of: anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, chronic illness, women’s issues, life transitions, work burn out, marital issues, and trauma. In addition, she has training and experience in Christian counseling. In her free time, Barbara enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and biking.
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Ben Meils, LPC

Ben Meils, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois, brings a wealth of experience across diverse mental health settings, reflecting a comprehensive understanding of the human experience. His professional journey includes invaluable roles in inpatient psychiatric settings, residential treatment, a university counseling center, private practice, addiction treatment, and community mental health, allowing him to adeptly navigate a wide spectrum of presenting issues. Armed with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Ben’s therapeutic approach is person-centered, unconditionally accepting, and nonjudgmental. This foundation sets the stage for addressing a myriad of concerns, from anxiety and depression to trauma, addiction, low self-esteem, and relationship difficulties. Ben’s commitment to casting a wide net enables him to meet each client with tailored strategies for their unique challenges. With a specialized focus on alcohol and drug use disorders, Ben provides compassionate support to individuals navigating the complex terrain of addiction recovery. His expertise extends to those exploring concerns related to spirituality and religion, offering a thoughtful and inclusive approach to addressing these deeply personal aspects of life. Clients engaging with Ben can anticipate a warm, welcoming, and empathetic environment, fostering a collaborative space to navigate life’s most challenging problems. Ben is dedicated to helping individuals reach their wellness goals, including those on the journey to recovery and those seeking guidance in matters of spirituality. Outside of his professional pursuits, Ben finds joy in the simple pleasures of life. Whether it’s playing with his son, cycling through scenic routes, or immersing himself in the tranquility of nature, Ben embodies a well-rounded approach to both his personal and professional endeavors. Step into a therapeutic journey of self-discovery and healing with Ben Meils, where professionalism meets compassion, and a commitment to holistic well-being guides each client toward a brighter future.
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Daniel Laluna, PsyD, Clinical Director

Dr. Daniel Laluna, Regional Clinical Director, is a licensed clinical psychologist, who has extensive experience and expertise providing neuropsychological/psychological testing, as well as therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults. He specializes in providing comprehensive testing evaluations (e.g. ADHD, Autism, IQ, Learning Disorders, Personality Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Memory, and Pre-Surgical). Additionally, he has extensive therapy experience working with children and adolescents with issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, bullying, school refusal, depression, parental divorce, impulsivity, behavior struggles, and grief/loss. He utilizes various treatment modalities that best fit each client’s individual treatment areas, needs, and concerns. Dr. Laluna received a BA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and PsyD with a concentration in child and adolescent mental health from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He emphasizes attachment and relationships as a key element to the progress and well-being of his clients. He also integrates play therapy, expressive arts therapy, and insight-oriented therapy as part of his approach.
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Dave Lovely, LSW

Dave Lovely is a Licensed Social Worker in Illinois. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences, and a Master’s in Social Work. Dave transitioned to mental health after two decades in corporate life, so he understands that life can be complicated and take unexpected turns. Sometimes we need compassionate, thoughtful advice from someone else who’s been there, too! Dave has an enormous range of prior life experience that he brings to his work as a therapist, on issues ranging from workplace discontent to LGBTQIA+ life to neurodivergence to blended families. Dave is also queer, nonmonogamous, and a parent! Outside of work, Dave is an avid gamer, loves movies and music, and is involved with both the medieval reenactment and furry communities.
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Dr Rachel J Dalthorp, MD

Dr. Dalthorp is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is a former member of the board of directors for the American Association of Ketamine Physicians and founding board member of the nonprofit International Society of Reproductive Psychiatry. She currently serves as Secretary and member of the Executive Council, CME, and DEI committees of the Oklahoma Psychiatric Physicians Association.
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Gurinder “Vicki” Bolina, PhD, PsyD

Vicki Bolina, PsyD, provides a safe space for anyone going through difficult situations or just wanting to improve their mental health. She has experience in private practice, psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, school systems, outpatient clinics, the prison system, among others. Dr. Bolina welcomes all ages into her office and specializes in anxiety, depression, and more. She’s also especially skilled in treating: Adolescent Psychology: Adolescents who are going through a stressful school life and/or home life need coping mechanisms to regulate anxiety. Dr. Bolina offers psychological evaluations, treatment, and support. Forensic Psychology: Dr. Bolina has extensive experience in the prison system. She provides aftercare for those who are released on parole, as well as those who are actively in the court system. In therapy, Dr. Bolina uses different therapeutic methods such as art therapy, CBT, and DBT, and has experience in many different environments to ensure patients get the most appropriate care to live a healthy life. Dr. Bolina earned her master’s degree and doctorate degree from Argosy University. She has been teaching psychology classes to both undergraduate and graduate level students since 2008. She is a wife and mother and enjoys self-care activities, scrapbooking, and traveling. Dr. Bolina is the National DEI Director focusing on education, celebrating differences, and helping make systemic changes to ensure all staff and patients at LifeStance Health, Inc. understand this is a safe place for them to be their authentic selves.
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Jami Shanes, LPC, LICDC

Jami Shanes is a licensed professional counselor and licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. She has a specialized interest in working with dual diagnosis, panic disorder, life transitions, mood disorders and anxiety disorders.
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Jill Matusek, PhD

Dr. Matusek has published and presented internationally on eating disorders and other mental health issues. In addition to eating disorder treatment, her specialty areas of interest are anxiety and mood disorders, women’s issues, and spiritual concerns.
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Joshua Nathan, MD

Dr. Joshua Nathan, a Board Certified Psychiatrist, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, sees stigma – from others and from ourselves -as the the biggest challenge in mental illness treatment. He encourages people to not judge themselves on whatever problems they are facing, and he helps them feel safe to open up and allow for healing. Dr. Nathan takes joy in helping people with mental health concerns and values the trust patients place in him. Dr. Nathan treats people struggling with mood and bipolar disorders, depression, adult ADHD, anxiety challenges such as panic disorder, agoraphobia, OCD, PTSD, and more. He listens to each person’s story, observes how they are faring, and shares his understanding of what is happening so there is a basis for starting or continuing treatment. He considers medications as one tool among many for healing and recovery in mental health. During treatment, Dr. Nathan uses an eclectic framework for understanding mental illness and coping. Trained in psychoanalysis, he finds that existential understanding helps many people reduce suffering, but cognitive-behavioral techniques are more practical in helping people move forward. Thus, he typically employs a combination of theories and techniques, guided by the patient problems, needs, and experiences. Dr. Nathan earned an undergraduate degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a medical doctorate from University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed postgraduate residency training at Brown University. He works with people of all ages, but has a special fondness for working with young and middle-age adults.
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Mark Clark, PsyD

Dr. Clark grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has been a licensed psychologist since 1996. He is married with two adult children. He enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, hiking and traveling.
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Miriam Rivkin, LPC

Miriam Rivkin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Edinboro University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Judaic Studies from Maimonides College.
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Natalie Grandy, PhD

Dr. Grandy works with adults whose concerns range from the stress of normal life to severe and debilitating mood and anxiety disorders. Areas of specialty include treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and clinical assessment.
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Nicholette Leanza, LPCC-S

Nicholette is a faculty member at John Carroll University’s Clinical Counseling program, and she is also the host of the LifeStance podcast, Convos from the Couch.
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Paula Ignizio, LPCC-S, LICDC

Paula S. Ignizio is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC-S) and a licensed independent chemical dependency and gambling disorder counselor (LICDC-GAMBp).
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