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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. 

  • Core Faculty, Marriage & Family Therapy Program
  • Therapist
Types of Therapy:
Couple Therapy, Discernment Counseling, Emotion Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Integrative Systemic Therapy, Premarital Counseling
Locations:
Teletherapy, Chicago, Evanston

Allen K. Sabey, Ph.D., LMFT, is currently a therapist and core faculty member in the Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. He completed his M.S. degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and his Ph.D.

  • Therapist
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Team
Types of Therapy:
CBT-informed, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT-informed, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies
Locations:
Chicago, Evanston, Teletherapy

Ms. McDonnell earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With a passion for a working therapeutic alliance that helps clients feel empowered, she completed her Master of Arts in Counseling at The Family Institute at Northwestern University…

  • Director of Child, Adolescent & Family Services
  • Therapist
Types of Therapy:
Brief Consultation (1-6 Sessions), CBT-informed, Couple Therapy, DBT-informed, Diagnostic Assessment, Family Therapy, Meditation, Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Relational Cultural Therapy
Locations:
Teletherapy, Chicago, Westchester

Natasha Varela, LCPC, began her clinical practice working with children and adolescents in crisis.

  • Director of Couple Services
Types of Therapy:
Couple Therapy, Family Therapy, Integrative Systemic Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy
Locations:
Chicago, Northbrook, Teletherapy

Ms. Klear is an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Fellow, and a candidate for their Approved Supervisor position. Currently, Ms.

  • Therapist
  • Director of Assessment Services
Types of Therapy:
Neuropsychological Assessments for Adults, Neuropsychological Assessments for Children & Adolescents, Neuropsychological Testing
Locations:
Teletherapy, Chicago

Dr. Gartner specializes in neuropsychological assessment, from early childhood through adulthood.

  • Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies Fellow
Types of Therapy:
DBT-informed, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies, Psychodynamic Therapy
Locations:
Teletherapy, Chicago, Evanston

Jessica Dahldorf graduated from The Family Institute’s Counseling program and is currently a post-graduate Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies Fellow. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.

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