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Student Life

Counseling Services Staff

Mary E. Grigar, PhdAssistant Dean of StudentsDirector of Health and Wellnessmgrigar@lakeforest.edu

Mary E. Grigar, Phd
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Health and 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. 


     

KaseyKasey 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.  

                                                            

 
   

Ben Foster

 Benjamin Foster, MA Psychology Intern (847)735-6211   bfoster@lakeforest.edu   

Benjamin Foster, M.A., is currently completing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2017 and is expected to complete his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in July of 2020. Prior to his graduate studies, Ben received a B.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with a Major in Psychology. He has previous experience working as a counselor at Elmhurst College. Ben has worked as a therapist for clients all across the lifespan and has most of his experience working with people in school settings. Throughout his training, Ben has helped clients with their concerns related to depression and anxiety, trauma, identity development, romantic relationships, and family dynamics. Ben has worked with clients from many cultural backgrounds and believes that every person’s unique constellation of cultures and identities will lead to a unique experience for them in therapy. Ben’s therapeutic approach stems from person-centered and interpersonal psychodynamic theories. In general, Ben is focused on helping a person discover a deep sense of understanding toward all parts and versions of themselves. It is important to Ben that he build a genuine, real relationship that can be trusted with his clients, because he believes that this is what truly helps people to grow and heal. 

 

 


Sindhu Singh

 Sindhu Singh, MA  Psychology Intern (847)735-5240 ssingh@lakeforest.edu     

Sindhu Singh, M.A. is currently completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is expected to graduate with her Psy.D. in July of 2020 from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2018. Prior to her graduate studies, Sindhu received a B.A in Biology and a B.A. in Psychology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. She has previous experience working as a therapist at Northeastern Illinois University and DePaul University. She has also worked within 3 different in-patient hospital settings and has seen clients from across the lifespan. Sindhu has worked with individuals from a spectrum of mental health concerns and severity including, identity development/conflicts, trauma, family dynamics, relational concerns, spiritual conflicts, body image and eating concerns, alongside those experiencing manic or psychotic symptoms. She is a strong advocate for taking a social justice lens in therapy and considers how the client’s identities are interacting with their environment and our larger societal and global context. Sindhu believes that therapy fulfills a need to be understood and seen and aspires to create a genuine relationship with clients. She is also fluent in Hindi.