Therapy is important

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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

CREDENTIALS: MA, MS, NCC, FAPA, LCPC
CORE SKILLS: Working with children, adolescents and adults; individual and family therapy
PHONE: 630 879 1091
EMAIL: mkuhn@kuhncounselingcenter.com
LOCATIONS: Batavia and Naperville

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.

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.

AREAS OF FOCUS

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

Jenni Watgen

CREDENTIALS: MA, NCC, LCPC
CORE SKILLS: Working with children, adolescents and adults; individual and family therapy
PHONE: 630 879 1091
EMAIL: jwatgen@kuhncounselingcenter.com
LOCATIONS: Batavia and Naperville

EXPERIENCE

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.

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.

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.

AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Managing Stress
  • Sexual Violence/abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Self-Harming Behaviors
  • Obsessive Thoughts
  • High Functioning Autism
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Behavioral Concerns

Aubrey Benton

CREDENTIALS: MSW, LSW
CORE SKILLS: Working with children, adolescents, and adults. Primarily working with individuals, some family work
PHONE: 630 879 1091
EMAIL: abenton@kuhncounselingcenter.com
LOCATIONS: Batavia and Telehealth

EXPERIENCE

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.

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.

AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Social Skills
  • Autism
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Supervised/Therapeutic Visitation
  • Organization & Time Management
  • Familial/Parental Skills & Education
  • Disabilities – Developmental, Physical, Mental, Learning, etc.

Jessica Livingston

CREDENTIALS: LSW
CORE SKILLS: Working with children and adults
PHONE: 630 879 1091
EMAIL: jlivingston@kuhncounselingcenter.com
LOCATIONS: Batavia and Naperville

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.

AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Neurodiversity
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Adam Chunn

CREDENTIALS: MSW, LSW, PEL, CADC
CORE SKILLS: Therapeutic work with adolescents and adults. Mostly working with individuals; family work on occasion. Knowledgeable of school systems, substance use, and various cultures, specifically in areas of faith/spirituality.
PHONE: 630 879 1091
EMAIL: achunn@kuhncounselingcenter.com
LOCATIONS: Batavia, Naperville (upon request), and Telehealth (upon request)

EXPERIENCE

The professional and educational experiences I have gained as a social worker have provided me with a wide variety of perspectives to view clients. I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) with specializations in Clinical Social Work, Addictions, and Faith-Based/Spirituality from Aurora University. I am also a certified teacher, receiving my undergraduate degree in education at Aurora University as well, serving as a special education paraprofessional and educator for East Aurora and West Aurora school districts. I completed rewarding internships at Kuhn Counseling, Gateway Foundation, and East Aurora Counseling. I also provided educational material and acted as a consultant for both colleagues and Aurora University staff regarding spiritual/faith-based interventions.

I approach each client as a unique individual capable of great potential with a distinctive view of life. One’s views can center around a faith-related, or spiritual concept; or a client may feel his/her/their sense of meaning in life is lost, or yet undiscovered. The role of faith or spirituality can play a religious or secular role in our lives and provide a sense of fulfillment that adds to our sense of wellness. While not all clients require exploration into this to achieve mental wellness, it is a unique human quality that provides comfort and healing through our most difficult challenges. The role I take in a client’s healing is as a guide through both the suffering a client has endured, as well as the available choices ahead of them in alleviating pain and fostering growth.

AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Identity Issues
  • Faith-based/Spiritual Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Coping Skills
  • Substance Abuse

Camille Hoffman

MSW Intern

Experience

Camille Hoffman is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University. The Generalist track allows for her studies to cultivate her passion in the areas of trauma-informed care and Social Emotional Learning (SEL), while working with clients of all ages. Recently, she completed the Foundation Internship at a private practice in the Fox Valley area. Through this internship Camille gained valuable experience working with children and adults both in person and via Telehealth.

Utilizing a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree from National Louis University, prior work includes the Batavia Public School system as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher. In the role of paraprofessional, Camille worked one on one with special education students to assist with academic and Social Emotional Learning. As an educator, her experience includes work in the Chicago Public School system and homeschooling her two children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Camille has mentored teens through her volunteer work with The Greater Fox River Valley Chapter of Operation Snowball, a teen leadership organization that advocates for the prevention of drug and alcohol use and suicide prevention.

Camille has over seventeen years of experience as an equestrian. She plans to combine her knowledge and love of horses with her passion for helping humans to facilitate Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in the future. Currently this pursuit includes the care of her retired horse and assisting with equine activities for retreats. Camille lives in the Fox Valley area with her husband, two college age children, and their three-year-old dog.

Dr. Patrice Paul

PhD, CMIP

As a consultant to Kuhn Counseling Center, I assist the counseling team with the psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological assessment needs of their clients. I also have extensive experience assisting with the educational planning process for students throughout all grade levels, including the transition to the many types of available post-secondary settings. It is also my privilege to assist with the education and training of future therapists in my role as adjunct faculty in the university setting.

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.