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Student Life

Counseling Services Staff

Mary E. Grigar, PhDAssistant Dean of StudentsDirector of Health & Wellnessmgrigar@lakeforest.eduMary E. Grigar, PhD
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Health & Wellness
mgrigar@lakeforest.edu
 

Mary earned her Ph.D. (2001) in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University and her M.S. (1995) in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky.  She completed her doctoral internship at the Illinois State University Student Counseling Services and her postdoctoral fellowship at the      University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to her graduate work, Mary received a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she majored in Psychology and Anthropology. Her clinical experiences include primarily university and college counseling center work where she has had the opportunity to fulfill a variety roles such as counselor, supervisor/trainer, mentor, advocate, consultant, and administrator. Mary approaches her clinical work with a focus on understanding a client’s social, cultural, and biological factors to allow for a supportive, validating, and empowering space for clients to examine who they are and who they want to become. In her supervisory relationships, Mary places a high value on the supervisory relationship in order to provide an authentic space for growth and development through establishing trust and safety in the journey of becoming a positive change agent in our ever changing world.


Ed Neumann, PsyDAssistant Director of Counseling ServicesCommunity Wellness Coordinatorneumann@lakeforest.eduEd Neumann, PsyD
Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Community Wellness Coordinator
neumann@lakeforest.edu

 

Ed earned his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology (2012) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Butler University and his postdoctoral fellowship at Northeastern Illinois University.  Prior to his graduate studies, Ed received a B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University.  Ed has trained and worked in a variety of different clinical settings in his career, including a private practice, a community mental health center, and several college counseling centers.  He also spent several years working on a psychiatric hospital unit for children, adolescents, and young adults.  In these settings, he worked with a diverse range of people with an equally diverse range of reasons for seeking counseling.  Ed approaches counseling primarily from a humanistic, person-centered perspective, but also integrates components of existential and psychodynamic theories into his work with clients.  As a part of this approach, Ed is sensitive to each person’s unique blend of multiple social identities, including race, ethnic background, gender, sexual identity, ability, SES, and religious background, and how these various identities contribute to an individual’s overall sense of self.  Ed’s areas of interest and specialty are depression, loss and mourning, identity development, trauma, crisis, and interpersonal relationships.  In addition to his clinical work, Ed is also highly committed to supervision and training.  His approach to training is developmental and informed by his humanistic perspective.  Accordingly, Ed believes that the training relationship is paramount and must be characterized by trust and collaboration, which allows trainees to feel both supported and challenged to pursue the goals they set for themselves. 


Kasey Schultz-Saindon, PhDAssistant Director of Counseling ServicesCoordinator of Clinical Trainingschultzsaindon@lakeforest.eduKasey Schultz-Saindon, PhD
Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Coordinator of Clinical Training
schultzsaindon@lakeforest.edu

Kasey earned her M.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (2013) in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. She completed her doctoral internship at the Colorado State University Health Network and her postdoctoral fellowship at Roosevelt University’s Counseling Center. Prior to her graduate work, Kasey received a B.A. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she majored in Psychology and received minors in Spanish and Mathematics.  Beyond her work in multiple college counseling centers, Kasey also has previous clinical experience in private practice and outpatient mental health clinic settings. She enjoys engaging in the wide variety of responsibilities and relationships that come with working in the college setting, including providing counseling services, supervision/training, outreach, and consultation to the campus community. In addition to enjoying working with individuals, Kasey has a passion for both group and couples counseling. Some of her other clinical interests include life transition and adjustment, relational struggles, identity development, self-esteem, gender concerns, autism spectrum disorders, stress management, and alcohol and other drug use concerns. Her approach to counseling stems from client-centered and interpersonal process theories. She believes that clients can begin to make the changes they want in their lives through building a supportive relationship with a therapist who is genuine, authentic, and empathic. When a therapist creates a space in which clients feel safe enough to sit with uncomfortable emotions, clients are able to begin to be more authentic and congruent themselves. Kasey takes a developmental approach to supervision and training, which is influenced by her client-centered and interpersonal style. She believes that the foundation of the supervisory relationship creates the opportunity for growth and further development as a psychologist in training. Most importantly, she strives to be her authentic self and create a space in which trainees can be their authentic selves, developing their own voices and identifying who they are and want to be as a psychologist.  

   

AbenaAbena Benjamin, MA Psychology Intern (847)735-5244 abenjamin@lakeforest.edu   

Abena Benjamin, M.A., is currently completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2016 and is expected to complete her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in July of 2019. Prior to her graduate studies, Abena received a B.A. from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where she majored in Psychology. Abena has trained and worked in a variety of different clinical settings in her career, including private practice, VA hospital, and college counseling settings. Specifically, she has completed externships at Mental Health Solutions, Governors State University, and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Abena has also had the opportunity to gain experience in teaching by working as a faculty assistant for the diversity in clinical psychology course through her graduate school. Abena’s clinical approach is largely informed by humanistic-existential and interpersonal theories. Through this approach, Abena strives to foster a strong rapport with all of her clients and explore the way they make meaning within the world. As a therapist, she is her authentic self and empathetic. Abena believes that all humans are capable of growth and achieving change within their lives. Abena believes a primary catalyst of change is the therapeutic relationship, and she provides her clients with an accepting environment in order to facilitate growth. Abena also believes in valuing the perspectives of her clients and meeting them where they are so meaningful work can be achieved through the therapeutic relationship. Abena is sensitive to the various social identities of her clients including, but not limited to, race, gender, sexual identity, and ability. Abena has experience and special interests in identity development, anxiety, depression, sexuality, self-esteem, transitional/readjustment issues, trauma/PTSD, relationship difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, and severe psychopathology/psychosis

 


LouisLouis Formica, MEd  Psychology Intern (847)735-6211 lformica@lakeforest.edu     

Louis Formica will have completed a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago by the summer of 2019. Louis received a master’s degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University in 2013. Louis has experience providing counseling and other psychological services to clients in both community and university/college settings. Across his training, Louis has helped clients work through a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, difficulties with adjustment, relationships, career/vocational choices, and identity formation. Louis has worked with clients from many different cultural backgrounds and social identities, and he understands that each individual will have a unique worldview because of the diversity of each person’s lived experiences. Louis’ approach to counseling is integrative, utilizing strategies from cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and humanistic-existential frameworks. Most importantly, Louis believes that a warm, supportive therapeutic relationship is essential to the counseling process.