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CHARLEY SMITH
LCSW
Executive Director

As Haven’s Executive Director, Charley is responsible for ensuring that Haven provides quality, evidence-based programs to youth and families in the community. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. He has over 15 years of experience as an administrator and therapist, including work as the Director of Outpatient Services in a large non-profit for adolescents in Chicago’s juvenile justice system.

 

Charley assesses the evolving community needs and looks for solution-focused interventions to best meet the challenges families face today. Additionally, Charley provides therapy to youth and families at Haven.

Contact Charley: Charley@havenforyouth.org

ELLEN SWITALSKI MILLER 

LMFT
Clinical Director

Ellen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been providing individual, couples, and family therapy at Haven Youth and Family Services since 2015.  Ellen graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies from Michigan State University.  She then received her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

 

Ellen uses care, compassion, and collaboration to help adolescents, young adults, and their families experiencing a variety presenting problems.  Her clinical interests include relational distress and conflict, life-stage transitions, depression and anxiety, challenges for athletes, identity development, and self-esteem issues.  She is excited to work side-by-side with all clients so they can view themselves and others with more empathy and understanding. 

Contact Ellen: ellen@havenforyouth.org

JIMENA ESCURRA
LCPC
Crisis Manager &
Therapist

Jimena is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at Haven. She received her MS in community counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her undergraduate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Prior to joining Haven, Jimena’s clinical experience includes working in community counseling agencies and school settings. Her approach to therapy is strength-based, drawing on existing strengths and resilience while also providing new skills to help clients navigate life transitions, healing and growing. Jimena is bilingual/bicultural in English-Spanish, utilizing culturally competent and trauma-informed therapy techniques.

Contact Jimena: Jimena_Escurra@havenforyouth.org

KATE VERSAGE
MA
Intake & Fundraising Coordinator
Outreach Specialist & Therapist

Kate completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling with Specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University.  Kate’s clinical experience and interests include LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy, gender, and sexual identity development, self-image and awareness, and LGBTQ+ parent support.  Kate works from a person-centered and strengths-based therapeutic approach and utilizes a collaborative process with her clients based on trust and a non-judgmental environment.

Kate is passionate about the expressive arts, which can consist of art, music, drama, writing, and movement techniques and can provide clients an opportunity to express themselves in ways that sometimes traditional talk therapy is unable to do.  It is important to understand that an individual does not need to be an ‘artist’ or ‘writer’ in order to find the expressive arts beneficial and empowering.

 

Contact Kate: Kate@havenforyouth.org

NINA ESSHAKI
LCPC
Therapist &
Outreach Specialist

Nina is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at Haven and coordinates outreach services at New Trier High School.  Nina received a bachelor's degree in English and a Masters in Marketing from Northwestern University. She then completed her Masters in Community Counseling at National Louis University.

 

Nina is a long-time Chicagoland resident and very familiar with the community.

 

Contact Nina: Nina@havenforyouth.org

JEANNE KELSO
LPC
Therapist

Jeanne received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. Jeanne’s previous clinical experience includes supporting individuals managing depression, anxiety, substance use, PTSD and sexual identity/orientation. She is inspired by her clients and their ability to continue to strengthen and grow, as they develop an understanding of who they are. She believes in the mind-body connection and incorporates mindfulness and yoga as she finds it beneficial in the therapeutic experience.

 

Contact Jeanne: JeanneKelso@havenforyouth.org

JOAN MADSEN
LPC
Therapist &
Outreach Specialist

Joan Madsen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and coordinates outreach services at local middle schools. She completed her bachelor's in Interior Design from Miami University and holds a Masters in Community Counseling from National Louis University. Joan additionally has completed a certification in Spiritual Direction.

Her practice emphasizes a holistic approach to health and well-being through creative and proven therapies.  Her strengths-based work with clients includes coping with anxiety and depression, family systems, women’s issues and finding success in life transitions.

 

Contact Joan: Joan@havenforyouth.org

LAUREN SPEHR
LSW, CCLS 
Therapist

Lauren has her master's in social work from Loyola University – Chicago.  She received her bachelor's at the University of Iowa.  Lauren is also a Certified Child Life Specialist. Lauren’s clinical interests include providing support for young children and their parents with concerns for behavior, social engagement, and school functioning.  Additionally, Lauren previously worked as the Crisis Intervention Manager at Haven, working with teenagers experiencing heightened conflict at home or those participating in risky behavior.  Lauren utilizes a trauma-informed approach that considers CBT and DBT strategies as well as motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy.

 

Contact Lauren: Lauren@havenforyouth.org

MIGGIE MCCURRY
LSW
Therapist

Miggie completed her Master’s of Social Work at Loyola University-Chicago and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Notre Dame.  Miggie’s clinical experience includes working with adolescents and adults living with substance use disorder, anxiety, and depression, as well as grief and loss.  She enjoys partnering with parents to support their efforts to raise resilient and healthy children and teens while nurturing their own journey and well-being.  Miggie believes therapeutic support is an invaluable tool for clients seeking greater insight, support, and hope for themselves and their families.

Contact Miggie:  Miggie@havenforyouth.org

RORY
JEANNITON
Intern

Rory is a military veteran who served 6.5 years as an aircraft maintainer in the United States Air Force. While on active duty, he was involved in a variety of mental health programs and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Maryland University College. Following his enlistment, he worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital with children, teens, and adults who struggled with a variety of behavioral struggles ranging from extreme aggression to suicidality. While there he found that he gravitated towards troubled teens whose anger or sadness stemmed from feeling misunderstood and unheard. This motivated him to pursue a career in mental health. He is now in his second year at Northwestern University’s Masters of Counseling program and is projected to graduate May 2020 as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

 

Rory uses an integrative therapeutic orientation that contains approaches and methods from psychodynamic, CBT, and mindfulness theories. He is exceptionally skilled with individuals who struggle to control their anger, frequently skip school, and feel socially isolated. Additionally, he specializes in multi-race individuals.

Contact Rory: roryjeanniton@havenforyouth.org

Employment Opportunities:

Haven is currently not hiring.

Internship Experience:

Haven is accepting applications for Master-level interns for Fall 2020.  Please submit your application and resume to Ellen at ellen@havenforyouth.org

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