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Our Therapists

When you work with one of us, you work with all of us. We are a diverse team of therapists who partner together. Our collaborative approach of sharing knowledge and skills ensures the best possible outcomes. 

  • Director of Community Programs & Outcome Measurement
  • Psychologist
Types of Therapy:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Couple Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies, Premarital Counseling, Relational Cultural Therapy
Locations:
Chicago, Evanston, Teletherapy

Dr. Gooden is passionate about helping people through individual and couples therapy and applied research and program evaluation. In therapy, Dr. Gooden guides people to understand their emotions and experiences, identify their values and address unhelpful thoughts and behaviors. Dr.

  • Department Chair, Counseling Program (on campus & online)
  • Clinical Professor
  • Therapist
Types of Therapy:
Couple Therapy, Diagnostic Assessment, Discernment Counseling, Emotion Focused Therapy, Family Therapy, Integrative Systemic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Premarital Counseling, Relational Cultural Therapy
Locations:
Chicago, Evanston, Teletherapy

Dr. Baptiste, in practicing therapy, is not just "flying by the seat of [her] pants." Apart from being a therapist, she is also a mental health educator and scholar, and both her interventions and guidance are based in research science, while maintaining best practices. Ms.

  • Therapist
Types of Therapy:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brief Consultation (1-6 Sessions), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Couple Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Integrative Systemic Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy
Locations:
Teletherapy, Chicago, Evanston

Karl Briedrick, MA, LPC is a Postgraduate Fellow at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. He graduated with his Masters in Counseling from Northwestern University. He received his undergraduate degree from New York University at the Gallatin School.

  • Clinical Director, Transitions to Parenthood Program
  • Therapist
Types of Therapy:
Couple Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Locations:
Chicago, Teletherapy

Ms. Lively is a certified Emotionally Focused couples Therapist (EFT) and her main area of expertise is supporting women, men, infants, couples and families in the transition to parenthood. In addition, she specializes in women's reproductive health.

  • Therapist
Types of Therapy:
Brief Consultation (1-6 Sessions), Family Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Relational Cultural Therapy
Locations:
Chicago, Northbrook, Teletherapy

Michelle McMartin is a member of the Child and Adolescent Team at The Family Institute and has over 18 years of experience working with youth and families in the Chicago area. Ms.

  • Therapist
  • Coordinator, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Program
Types of Therapy:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
Locations:
Chicago, Evanston, Teletherapy

Mr. Nikiforov is a staff therapist at the Family Institute.

We have several satellite locations in addition to our four main facilities.