Therapy is important

Find the right therapist to be your guide

Our professionals are highly accomplished psychologists and counselors who recognize that each person is a valuable, unique individual in need of support. An array of clinical services is offered to adults, adolescents and children.

Maria E. J. Kuhn

MA, MS, NCC, FAPA, LCPC

Experience

I have established two multi-faceted counseling centers in Naperville and Batavia and bring over 35 years of clinical experience working with individuals, families, couples and children. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Fellow in the American Psychotherapy Association, as well as an Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I also act as a consultant to numerous schools and courts in Illinois.

Outlook

I serve as a health and psychosocial counselor and as an educational advisor. I’m very passionate about training and educating multi-disciplinary professionals to work together using an integrated health-care team model, combining care for physical and psychological conditions to treat the whole person. I believe the counseling process should incorporate all areas of a person’s life and work together to overcome life’s obstacles.

I can help you with a variety of concerns:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Family Conflict
  • Problematic Behaviors
  • Couples and Marriage Counseling
  • ADHD
  • Chronic Illness or Medical Concerns
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Parenting Strategies
  • Adoption & Family of Origin

And many more!

Jenni Watgen

MA, NCC, LCPC

Outlook

Growing up, I usually was the one out of my group of friends who tried to listen and help others with their problems.  As I got older, I was a part of the conflict resolution team and helped classmates work out their problems at school.  Being a helper brought me happiness and joy, although it was not always easy and not everyone always agreed or made up.  Those experiences as well as my own personal ups and downs molded me into wanting to be a helper for others throughout life.

Experience

I’ve happily been working within the field for over 10 years. I received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Aurora University and went on to obtain my Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Though I originally wanted to work within a criminal justice field, after a counseling internship working with child and adolescent survivors of sexual assault and abuse, I realized counseling in a clinical setting was the way to go.  Since graduating, I became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and also am a National Certified Counselor.  When working with clients, I use a variety of expressive therapies such as art, play, music and sandtray therapy techniques which can be useful when other talk therapies may not be ideal.  Collaboration with families, schools, psychiatrists, hospital staff and others remain a priority in cases where an integrated approach and support system is needed.

I can help you with a variety of concerns:

  • Sexual violence survivors, various types of abuse and co-occurring problems
  • Self-Harming Behaviors
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Managing Stress
  • Obsessive Thoughts
  • Anger Management
  • Family Conflict
  • High Functioning Autism
Consultation

I also work as a Mental Health Consultant for the Two Rivers Head Start program in their 3 centers where I provide behavioral assessments for children ages 3-5, consult with teachers and staff and assist them with developing behavior plans and intervention strategies. Additionally, I provide training to staff on behavioral health issues impacting children and families.

Aubrey Benton

MSW, LSW

Outlook

My social work education and experiences in the field have taught me the importance of meeting a client’s varying and individual needs. It is extremely helpful to use a client’s personal interests to support them on their therapeutic journey. I encourage my clients to be candid so that I can tailor the therapy to better serve them. I love working with clients and helping them achieve their goals and get the most out of therapy.

Experience

I received my Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) from Aurora University with a specialization in Clinical Social Work. I completed my clinical internship at Kuhn Counseling Center, P.C. I have since become a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Illinois, happily working at Kuhn Counseling Center, P.C. as a therapist for individuals and families with a wide variety of needs outlined below. I have previous experience within the child welfare field providing supervised visitation for families. I currently provide Supervised Visitation as well as Therapeutic Supervised Visitation at Kuhn Counseling Center, P.C. Additionally, I have experience working with individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I can help you with a variety of concerns:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Health
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Social Skills
  • Coping Skills
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Disabilities- developmental, physical, mental, etc.
  • Social Work aspect of Court- Assistance and/or Emotional Support throughout the legal process
  • Supervised/Therapeutic Visitation
  • Family Concerns
  • Familial and Parental Skills and Education
  • Referrals for other needs (housing, food, healthcare, insurance, etc.)

Jessica Livingston

Intern

Experience

I graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Missouri. During my time in Missouri, I volunteered at the United Cerebral Palsy Development Center where I worked with children with developmental delays and at City of Refuge as an assistant to the program coordinator creating new programs for refugees in our community. As a student, I facilitated a 6-week program for parents called the Nurturing Program with the goal of helping parents understand their own emotions and create coping mechanisms to help them understand their children’s emotions and behaviors. I interned at Common Ground, a homelessness prevention agency, located in Jefferson City, Missouri. At Common Ground, I met with clients to assess and prioritize their needs and connect them with agencies to meet the needs Common Ground could not address. Once my internship ended, I stayed on staff as the Benevolence Coordinator until the start of my graduate program. Today, I am attending Aurora University to pursue a Masters in Social Work.

Dr. Patrice Paul

PhD

I have been a consultant with Kuhn Counseling Center in regards to assessment needs for children and adolescents for many years. I have a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and did my clinical internship at the University of Chicago Hospitals. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have been focusing on assessment of the pediatric population.

Dr. Michael Downs

PhD, Clinical Supervisor

I have been providing clinical supervision services for the therapists of Kuhn Counseling Center for over 30 years. I have extensive experience in psychological testing and assessment, as well as working with adolescents and adults.