Char Scott, LCSW, CADC, CIP
President, Riverwalk Counseling Center
Char Scott is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Type 73 School Social Worker and a Certified Intervention Professional. She has been working in behavioral health since 1986. Her professional credentials include a Bachelor Degree in Science from Indiana University in 1981, a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University in 1993 and a Post-Masters Certificate in school social work from Aurora University in 2004. Ms. Scott has developed two successful programs for co-occurring disorders over the last 20 years at MacNeal Hospital and Linden Oaks Hospital.
She also has extensive training in Arise Interventions, Group Psychotherapy, analytical/psychodynamic therapy, CBT and ACT. She is active in the treatment community on a national level to stay current with treatment programs and approaches. Living and working in Naperville,
Char has a vested interest in improving the lives of area residents, especially working with schools, businesses and treatment centers. She has also developed a network of physicians she can rely upon for thorough assessments and medication if necessary.
Char is committed to helping people get well and live happy and productive lives. In addition to her individual psychotherapy practice she helps many people go from disease to recovery each year through her Guided Passages Intervention program. She is on staff at the University of Southern California as an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work.
Dawn Leprich-Graves, MA, LPC
Oswego Program Coordinator
Dawn Leprich-Graves is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from Benedictine University. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with additional training in addictions and trauma. Additionally, she completed the Postpartum Support International Certification Training, to help women experiencing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
Dawn has experience working with clients who have eating disorders, personality disorders, trauma, addictions and anxiety, utilizing an infusion of ACT, DBT, Experiential and Narrative Therapies. She also completed Level I training in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
Dawn began her career working at Linden Oaks Hospital in 2004, working with the general adult, chemical dependency detox, and inpatient/ outpatient eating disorder populations. She then went on to work exclusively at Arabella House, LOH’s group home for women with eating disorders. Most recently, Dawn transitioned into a clinical therapist role in the Maternal Mental Health program. In addition to Linden Oaks, private practice at Riverwalk Counseling Center, Naperville and Oswego locations, Dawn also works as a primary therapist at the Renfrew Center, Northbrook location, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders.
Robin Withrow, LCPC, CADC
Robin earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Northern Illinois University in 1998. She has worked in behavioral health since 1987, when she began working with foster care teens in a group home. She assisted in the development of three start-up programs; Illinois Department of Corrections and Rosecrance Parole substance abuse treatment program, Discovery, a Residence for recovering woman and children, and Rush Behavioral health Dual diagnosis program for impaired professionals. She has worked for addiction treatment centers, community agencies and is currently an outpatient therapist at Linden Oaks Medical group. Robin uses a combination of approaches being trained in DBT, CBT.
She focuses on building a trusting relationship with her clients, meeting them at the place of readiness for change. She works with adolescents and Adults, and has a passion for helping clients speak their “truths”, as well as working with clients who are in 12 step recovery programs.
She is experienced in working with a variety of mental health issues; anxiety, depression, Bi-Polar disorder, grief and loss, ADD/ADHD. Robin has a passion for learning and enjoys enhancing her training and skills. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Robin brings compassion; humor and a straight forward approach in helping her clients make changes during difficult times.
Anjali Gupta, M.D.
Riverwalk Counseling is pleased to welcome Dr. Anjali Gupta, M.D. to our practice. Through Dr. Gupta, we are now able to offer clients medication-assisted recovery programs.
Practice Manager, DUI Counselor
Riverwalk Counseling’s backbone … Lori oversees every aspect of our busy, growing practice. Most recently she has taken on the role of DUI Counselor. We are pleased to offer DUI Evaluation and Risk Education. Here you can satisfy all DUI court and probation requirements, in a comfortable, safe setting.
Mary E. Reagan-Vorasorn, M.A.,
Student Program Coordinator
Mary E. Reagan-Vorasorn is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, particularly in the area of addiction and recovery. Mary completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Lake Forest College in 1987 and her Masters of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy at Adler School of Professional Psychology in 1998. She has a broad range of experience working with people of all ages from various backgrounds and cultures. Mary is fluent in Spanish and is expanding her knowledge and understanding of the Asian culture.
Mary has over 15 year’s clinical experience working with adults, adolescents and children. She has been using her specializations in chemical dependency, dual diagnosis and art therapy to assist our clients in learning coping skills and ways to have positive self esteem.
Mary works with her clients in a creative, intuitive manner, while also assisting them in developing concrete, pragmatic approaches to current life challenges. Using warmth and humor in the therapeutic process, her personal belief is “we are all works in progress.”
Catherine Conway, M.S., LCPC, CADC
Catherine Conway is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Addictions Counselor and Certified Poetry Therapist with more than 12-years of experience as a therapist. Trained in EMDR, she is currently undergoing certification in Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT). Catherine graduated from Aurora University, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and received her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University, in 2001.
Currently, she is the President of The National Association for Poetry Therapy (www.poetrytherapy.org). She uses an integrative approach to help clients identify issues that prevent them from living a fulfilled life. She uses a strengths-based approach, integrating poetry, creative writing, journaling, and art therapy – as well as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – to help clients identify problematic behaviors and beliefs that interfere with mental and emotional health and personal growth.
Catherine is also a Certified S.P.A. Sister, and facilitates Awakening Retreats and Wellspring Groups for women, helping women gain insight and reconnect with their true self through. Her areas of expertise are trauma, mood disorders, addictions, life transitions, grief and loss, and personal growth. She works primarily with adults.
Christine Kim, LCPC, CADC
Christine is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has been helping clients heal since 1996. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, and addictions. Christine has special expertise in treating clients with dual diagnoses.
She has extensive experience conducting family therapy and facilitating groups. She has been trained in a variety of techniques including CBT, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
Colleen Llacsa, MSW, LSW
Colleen Llacsa is a Licensed Social Worker who has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University and a Master’s Degree in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University. She is certified in domestic violence and sexual assault. As a Behavioral Health Associate at Linden Oaks, Colleen worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment. She has worked with adolescents, adults, and families in the areas of eating disorders, depression, self-esteem, anxiety, self-injury, domestic violence and addictions.
Colleen uses a strength-based approach to treatment and has experience using a variety of therapeutic treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She believes in the resilience of the human spirit and is passionate about helping people create the change in their lives they need, to live abundantly
Eric Mueller, LCSW, CADC
Eric Mueller Eric has worked in the behavioral health field since 1994. He had been employed by Edward Hospital for 12 years and spent eight of those as a Clinical Therapist with the Addiction Services Department. There he helped clients and their families cope with the impact of drug and alcohol addiction.
Eric earned his CADC in 1999 and completed his Master’s Degree in social work from Aurora University in 2005. In addition, he has supervised those becoming Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors since 2000 and has held an adjunct faculty appointment at an area college behavioral science department.
More recently, Eric has completed a Type 73 School Social Work Certificate Program at Aurora University. This state certification enables Eric to work closely with schools and adolescents as they chart their course back to healthy living.Eric is comfortable dealing with all clients and brings compassion, dignity and clinical expertise to each individual journey to well-being. He is particularly gifted with working with adolescent clients and men who are struggling with staying sober.
Kandee Willis, M.A., LCPC
Kandee earned her Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling from National Louis University and is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She has worked in the behavioral health field for over 25 years serving adults, adolescents and their families. She is certified in problem and compulsive gambling, and has training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Levels 1, 2, and 3.
Initially, Kandee served in the US Army as a behavioral science specialist counseling inmates, soldiers and their family members. She was a member of a combat stress team and worked with a MASH hospital during Desert Storm. She has worked with chronically mentally ill adults as well as with crisis intervention helping adolescents, adults and their families manage psychiatric crisis. In addition, she has experience facilitating therapy and psycho-educational groups in the management of schizophrenia, domestic violence, stress management, suicide prevention and substance abuse prevention in adolescents.
Kandee’s treatment philosophy provides acceptance and understanding to clients and help them employ choices and behaviors to improve their lives. She accompanies her experience, education and skill with providing hope and reassurance along the way